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Mark kinda got me thinking about our first bikes as he's been sharing pics of classics from the Barber Museum.

My very first bike I bought back in 1968 in Huntington Beach, California was a 66 Yamaha 250 Catalina, parallel twin 2 stroke naked street bike. Mine was the first year that Yamaha came out with the automatic oil injection system. Had a buddy with a stock 65 Yammy that had to mix his oil in the tank and his bike was faster than mine. I cursed this darn bike so much as it was notorious for fouled plugs. I darn near wore myself out pushing it down the street trying to jump start it as the kick starter just couldn't get it going most of the time. I was happy to see that bike go and get replaced with the classic Honda 305 Scrambler. Now there was a bike to lust after.
 

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1967 Triumph Bonneville
Man, you guys started out with the big boys. I think I paid 300.00 for my Yamaha 250 and if memory serves me sold new for about 650.00. Always loved the Bonneville retro look and the sound of the exhaust....very nice.
 

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I purchased a 1975 Honda CB360T when I was 18; going against the wishes of my mother!
 

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In 1980 I bought a 1968 BSA Thunderbolt. It was a 650 classic English bike. I used it around college for a couple years. I still had it when I moved to Mississippi in 1982. It had electrical issues from 1984 on until I finally sold it around 1989. Got married, child on the way.... Crap better get rid of it
 

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Not sure what year it was but my first was a Hodaka B model I got while a freshman in high school, it was good for the river bottom we lived in and in later years was a real POS.
 

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Not sure what year it was but my first was a Hodaka B model I got while a freshman in high school, it was good for the river bottom we lived in and in later years was a real POS.
I think Doc had a Hodaka too. Good looking bike though.
 

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New 1977 yamaha 750 shaft drive, first year they made them with shaft drive..
 

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1974 Yamaha TX500
 

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The first roadworthy bike was a 1976 Kawasaki KE125. Similar to the picture.
 

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2014 Honda Goldwing GL1800 - NAV, ABS "the works". Will NEVER forget the day it was delivered on Friday afternoon at 1pm, April 28, 2014.

Coming up on 20,000 happy miles and still running great!

Thanks for the memory!!!
 

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Purty bike and engine looks huge. How did it pull?
500cc engine did very well even on the interstate highway. Around town it was light and easy to ride (after I learned to ride)
 

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Benelli, 65cc, back about 100 years ago when I was 9 or 10. I had more than a ton of dirt bikes.

First street bike I think was a Honda CL360, then bought a 1975 Z-1, my world went from night to day in 2 seconds... man that thing FLEW... Fastest production bike up to that point. 4 cylinders of high compression GO. Would run circles around Chopin's little "A.S.A.P." 500...
 

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How'd it do off road Kerry?
You know, I don't remember ever having it off road!
I do know its top speed was 60 MPH, downhill with a tail-wind. :laugh2:
 

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First street bike I think was a Honda CL360, then bought a 1975 Z-1, my world went from night to day in 2 seconds... man that thing FLEW... Fastest production bike up to that point. 4 cylinders of high compression GO. Would run circles around Chopin's little "A.S.A.P." 500...
That's funny Tom. Wonder what his comeback will be. I think a friend of mine has one he's restoring and was stationed out in west Texas many years ago and rode those long straights at 140mph for hours on end. Must have been a rush.
 
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