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Readers Respond: What Was Your First Motorcycle?

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That's a real bike

My first bike was a 1970 Yamaha XS 650, a faded red with black powdercoated frame, chrome megaphone mufflers that had holes in the bottom, and a rear disk brake that would lock up if you looked at it. At idle it smoked, and the handlebars not only shook, they rattled....HARD. Once you got the bike up to 45, the vibration would make your teeth chatter and my nuts numbed up. I went down to my local Suzuki dearlership, and one of the salesmen got all nostalgic on me; said he sold those bikes and wanted me to start it up. I did, and when he sw the handlebars jumping all around, he said, 'That's how we used to pitch those bikes: see, this here's a REAL man's bike.'
—Guest Harme

1st bike

mine was a 2fer, a45 Harley in the basket and a Norton 750 Commando. The norton was great and never gave me any trouble. Got the 45 about 75% done and got more than it was worth for it and let go.
—Guest Ray

My first bike

I was 15.In Florida 1959.At the time at that age you could get a drives licence for a car or motorcycle with no driver's ed. It was a 125 Harley Hummer 2 stroke.Fron there I was Harley all the way.1959 Sportster.1960 Pan,and now I have a 1986 FLHTC which I bought new.It just turned antique, rebuilt the engine at 90.000 Miles.Looks and drives like new. Glad to share..stay safe
—Guest Butchanthensum

FIRST (running) Bike.

I wanted a motorcycle throughout my teenage years. I had built hotrods, but no bikes. At 110 lbs and a 27 inch inseam I was definitely big bike challenged. This was the 1950’s and there weren’t a lot of small bike choices. Then the magnificent Honda revolution began. I wanted a Red Super 90. But even at Honda’s super low prices, it was still out of my range. Then I found a Yamaha 80 two stroke at a boat dealers. Someone had traded it on an outboard. The price was affordable; it was red and looked new. I put flat track handle bars on it, removed the fenders and I rode it for years. No helmet, no boots and no leather jacket. Only fell once. I could beat my Bobbie’s Ducati 125 and Butt’s hard starting Royal Enfield. Of all the eleven bikes I have own since, that was the bike I had the most fun on.
—Guest Joseph Tierno

56 Triumph 500cc Army - in pieces

I was 17 and I had the opportunity to buy my 1st motorcycle. My brother's friend said he had good bike for me, but it was in pieces, but was assured that once back together it would work. So I bought it for $75 in 1968. I have a photo of the bike in the back of my brother's half ton truck. If I could upload it you will see the pistons hanging out of the crankcase and about the only thing together was the the front tire attached to the forks. After a trip to the library for a manual, three weeks later, with no prior experience, I had it running, with the help of a friend. I went on to change most of the bike to something more like other bikes of the day. I even made my own handlebars and had them chromed. A 2nd hand seat that took a passenger was exchanged for the old saddle seat and the dents were fixed. The cowling was removed and a new light added along with other additions and then I spray painted it myself. Black frame and blue tank and fenders. Again I wish I could post my photo!
—alan60

1968 Kawasaki 350 Avenger

Candy apple red with chrome tank panels and rubber knee pads. Two stroke rotary valve twin. Lots of steam; I feared no single carb 650 britbike. Awful suspension, short, and weavy handling, but horsepower covers a multitude of sins. My brother seized it up but we got it running again and sold it in case it became a habit.I "moved up' to a 500 Kawasaki triple. Just as snakey and lots more power. Fun but dangerous. Then some Nortons, and Hondas
—Guest Bruce

Old Harley guy

My first bike was when I was 12 and I bought an Allstate motor scooter !!!! Lame start into riding motorcycles but I have had 15 bikes since and I now ride a HD Road King Custom.... just 48 years since my first bike. Old Harley Guy
—Guest Rick

1ST

HONDA 90 WITH A SLIGHTLY BENT REAR RIM THAT WOBBLED ALL THE WAY DOWN THE ROAD. ABSOLUTLY LOVED IT . RODE IT TILL IS BLEW UP
—Guest NICK56

First Bike

Yamaha 90 Enduro purchased new in the summer of 1970
—Guest Jeff Bauman

1st bike

1946 cushman scooter, was 15 at the time been riding motorcycles ever since
—Guest albedard

FIRST BIKE

MY FIRST BIKE WAS A WHIZZER. PUSH IT FOR A LITTLE WAYS, AND JUMP ON. 35 MILES PER HOUR.LOT'S OF FUN.HAD A BIG SEAT,SO IT WAS COMFORTABLE, AND LOOKED GOOD! THOM
—Guest THOM GILLETTE

My First Bike

First bike was a 1975 Harley-Davidson XLCH Sportster, after riding a Honda 350, a BSA 441 Victor Special, a 750 Royal Enfield, a Honda 750-four, and a Suzuki 380 K Sebring. It' been nothing but Big Twin Harleys since then.
—83shovelhead

junkie suzuki

i had a 125 susuki that spent more timme in the shop because the owner of the shop said the electric system was bad.in truth he was the prolem.honda is still the best vtx 1800n
—Guest dav

Roadrider

I purchased my first motorcycle when I was in the military stationed in Rhodes Greece with the Coast Guard. It was an Italian Legnano I purchased for $85. I had an International Driving Permit so it covered me driving my bike. I drove it all over the Island on my off duty time and had a great time with it as a cocky 25 year old.
—Guest Roadrider

1966 Honda CM-91

My first bike was a red and white honda 90. The step through model with the automatic clutch. It was a great bike.
—Guest Roadengn

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