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post #1 of 23 Old 02-17-2013, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
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Show us your old bikes that you've owned

How about a tread with bikes you owned in the past?

Here's a couple of my old rides.
1978 CB750 - I put 80k miles on this old beast.



1985 Honda V45 Sabre

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Damn, but I made this look good. ca 1975.


1979 CX500 Deluxe with color-matched Windjammer and Samsonite luggage. Traded it in the next day on a 1982 Mustang, which I never should have done.


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I can't find any scooter or moped pics, but I can pitch in on the old Hondas.

A few hours before I sold it.






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Darn, still wish I had them all again.


This is an AC Agajanian mini bike my dad bought for me when I was about 13 from Montgomery Wards with a 5 hp Briggs&Stratton. Most mini bikes at the time were only 3hp and this one rocked...to me anyway.


bd616500 by a99flash, on Flickr


Pops bought this one for me also when I was 15 and had a learners permit for it at 15 1/2. I'll never forget the feeling of freedom this bike gave me, I went EVERYWHERE on it.


Honda 1969 CL 100 copy by a99flash, on Flickr


This one I bought myself at around 18. For the time a truly amazing bike... DOHC and the dual leading link drum brakes up front before disc brakes became common. Took my first road trip on this one with two of my riding pals, one on a Suzuki 250 and another on a brand new Kawasaki 900 Z-1. Left L.A. on a Friday up the 395 to Lake Tahoe, camped two nights and rode back Sunday down the PCH. Good times and still my favorite road trip ever.


Honda 1971 CL 450 copy by a99flash, on Flickr


This is the same Z-1 mentioned in the Tahoe trip that I bought from my pal a few years later. Again, a truly amazing bike for it's time. This was the king of performance for a few years and I dearly wish I still had it.
(not the actual bike I had, ripped this photo from the web and some others here)


Kawasaki 1971 Z-1 900 copy by a99flash, on Flickr


After selling the Z-1 I didn't ride for a couple of years and bought this from the Methodist preacher here in town. He used it as a commuter back and forth to Dallas when he was going to seminary. It was just ho-hum for me and I remember valve adjustments were a bear to do.


Honda V45 Magna copy by a99flash, on Flickr


Got the dual sport bug and bought the KLR in 2008. I'd always wanted one since they first come out and finally got one. Just wish I'd done it sooner.


01032009101 by a99flash, on Flickr


KTM 990 Adventure. If I could only have one bike ever this would be it.


11272009311 by a99flash, on Flickr

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The machine that changed my philosophy of motorcycling. I've owned nothing but big dualsports ever since 1994, the year I acquired this 1985 (the only year they were offered, I believe) Suzuki SP600.





Me wrenching on the SP's successor, the Honda XR650L, circa 1997. After selling it and being without a motorcycle for a few years, I picked up the KLR. I really like the XR's, but the KLR is much nicer for commuting and longer rides.






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I miss the old beast.

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As I posted in this thread: http://www.klrforum.com/showthread.p...810#post117810

I can't say I was the owner of the first three bikes - except for a couple years with the second one - but my Dad was and I rode 'em...

1971 Suzuki TS90 - Dad ended up selling / giving this one to my sister and her second husband...


1975 Suzuki TC185 - Dad held onto this one for awhile, then gave it to my sister and her third husband until they decided it was just taking up space, then she gave it to me, and after I couldn't get it running right, I ended up giving it to my older brother. Now this one is sitting in his back yard waiting for attention...


1973 Honda CL350 - This one never worked right again after I clipped a parked Dodge Dart while delivering newspapers on it (I twisted the forks a bit). Dad ended up selling it to a guy down on the reservation in town, and from there I have no idea what became of it.


I was "out of motorcycles" for a lot of years, until I purchased a 2007 Yamaha XV-250, aka Yamaha Virago 250 to get back into motorcycling and get used to two wheels again.


...and finally, after being away from enduros / dual sport motorcycles, and after having read up on KLRs for about 12 years, I purchased the 2012 KLR. I am very happy with the bike... I just wish winter hadn't set in so soon and froze me off the bike until probably March.

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Ahh, I thought we'd done this before. Just couldn't remember if it was this forum or another I'd posted to.

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Ahh, I thought we'd done this before. Just couldn't remember if it was this forum or another I'd posted to.
I wasn't sure either - so I went and searched through my old posts to check.

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I miss the old beast.

Striking similarities between the old Honda and Suzuki, especially the dual exhaust headers and the gold wheels. Other features like the drum rear brake, front fender placed two feet above the tire, etc. seem to be standard for the era.



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