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Sorry if this thread already exists but I couldn't find one. What was your first bike?

I didn't own a Honda until I got the CB175 a couple years ago. My first four motorcycles were all Yamahas, starting with this '73 LT 100 with the awesome purple metalflake tank. Even my mom liked it!

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Second bike: '75 MX 125B. Painted the frame red. Trickit fork extension (increased travel) which made the brace mandatory. Laid down Work Performance shocks which required cutting and re-routing the pipe (louder and meaner sound with better revs). Big fat Metzler out back.

All in all a great woods bike. The bottom end was basically the same as the DT models and had a hefty flywheel which gave it a lot of low end pulling power.

Should of kept it. Sold it to a kid who couldn't afford a YZ so he painted it yellow and black. Uhhhg.

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Mine was a 1980 CB750K that I bought in '92. It was my daily rider all through college. I still have it, though it hasn't been ridden in almost 20 years. It's on the project list.
 
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My very first bike was an emerald green CT70 about 1971. I bought my first "street bike" in 1975 when I was 16. My best friend and I left school at the beginning of 2nd period and went to the local Honda dealer where I bought a 74 XL350 for cash earned working part-time at the local hardware store. We were back in time for 4th period and our 3rd period English teacher never noticed our absence.;) In retrospect, she probably appreciated it! :grin:

I was pretty hard on both those bikes. :-? It was the peak of Evel Knievel's career and that little CT spent more time in the air than it should have. It was also the bike I learned to slide on, down in the creek bottom field one Saturday afternoon after watching highlights of the Springfield Mile on "The Wide, Wide World of Sports." The XL is responsible for actually making me a motorcycle guy though. It's dual sport capability probably endearing the sport to me more than any strictly street bike could have at that stage. It was also that which got me into more trouble than advisable. ;)

Good times indeed. Thanks for making me think about that today!
 

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I started with a 3 HP Briggs powered mini bike. Then (and I hate to say this) a Harley Z-90:eek:
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Don't hate that! :grin:

I traded a complete "as found but running" Z-90, to an Aermacchi specialist last summer in exchange for his fine tuning my SX 250. Among other things he replaced the crank, crank bearings & seals, and a bunch of other lesser work. It's now ready for the track and waiting on spring! ;)
 

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there seems to be a harley component here so i'll jump in.

first bike: orange MTD "trail flite" mini bike with 3 HP Tecumseh 1971
second: Harley "shortster" X-90 1973
third: honda TL-125 trials 1974
4th: Harley SX-250 1976
5th: Suzuki 250 Exacta trials 1974
6th: Kawasaki KZ-1000 1978
current: Honda nighthawk 450 1986

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2006 Harley Davidson Heritage Softail === first, 50 year birthday gift of sorts

2nd == CB350/4

3rd == CB750K5

4th == CB100

5th == CB350 Twin engine and SL350 frame

6th == CB175 Need an engine and bits for a complete bike, so anyone have an engine (cheap)
 

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73 CB750K but that was more for wrenching and learning, I still have it and it'll get a quality build someday. My first bike to get any real seat time on was a 92 CB750 Nighthawk.
 

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My first bike was a Honda 50, C100.

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That is one embarrassing photograph.

Briefly followed by a BSA 175 scooter, then a Yam 80 YG1, then a Suzuki B120P, then my first (and best) CB175. Also had a Yam 100 twin (YL1) as a field bike.

Even more embarrassing:


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Richard - I think those pictures look period correct! (though I can't say I've ever seen a sissy bar on a C100 before)
 

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A 1960 Maico 250... wow, that's not a common first running bike. Very cool. Do you have pictures of it?
Nope, no pictures. A friend of mine and his new bride bought this 250cc road version in 1959. Picked it up, brand new, at the factory(just down the road from the new in-laws' house) then spent their honeymoon touring Europe before shipping it home. 016.JPG 019.JPG
Mine was the off-road version, high pipe, telescopic forks, off-road style fenders.
 
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