- First bike was a BSA 175 Bantam, pushed it more than I rode
- —Guest rkjmg5757
- Mine was a Gilera 98, Italian motorcycle with gearshift on the right. It took getting used to. Put a lot of miles and never let me down. This was way back in the Philippines in the 60's.
- —Guest Ricardo Gaerlan
- My first bike was 1958 Puch 175cc split single a.k.a. twingle, two cycle had to mix the gas and oil. I was 15 and I loved that bike.
- —Guest jldick50
"Sling out clutch Sportsman"
- My first bike at age 13, was a kick starting, "sling out clutch," (automatic) 1951 Whizzer Sportsman in 1951. It had a rather disastrous ending when I hit a Meritta Bread truck from the rear six months later. I survived with cuts and bruises and a concussion, (no helmet was required in SC during those days) and and rode mainly BSA's and TR's from then on after turning 14 and beings licensed.
- —Guest Walter Griffin
Honda 750 Shadow Spirit
- Took me awhile to get the courage to buy a bike, as everyone told me that it was too dangerous. However, at 55 I decided to ignore the naysayers and started to shop around. I wanted a bike that would be small enough for a newbie, but big enough to take on the highway. I originally planned to use it for weekend rides. Then the car started giving me trouble, and gas prices exploded, and my trusty Honda became my commute and my saving grace. Still have the bike today, but have recently bought a new car, and need the cash. Looks like my trusty Honda will be saving me again.
My 1st Motorcyle
- 1977 K1000Kawasaki,4 into 1 headers,re jetted carbs, performance air box. LTD seat,Backrest & pad. I personally dad it to 143mph, it was still pulling, but that was fast enough. That was when I was young & stupid! But I never rode without a helmet. 2nd 1976 Kawasaki 900 LTD,3rd 1999 R1100RT BMW,4th 2006 R1200RT. Had numerous surgeries. Just bought a 2003 Honda VTX1800C, with 2807 miles. Excited to get back into it!
My first bike
- My first real bike was a 1966 Honda 305 Super Hawk. I was 15 at the time. All my buddies had CB160's so I thought I was really cool with the 305. Rode it for 1 year and traded it for a 650 Triumph.
- —Guest Skibo
My first machine
- When I lived in The Bronx had my first. It was a 1942 Model 45 Harley. It was an old Army bike. Didn't look very good. The blue paint was scrached off in places and you could see the olive drab paint unerneath. Had the gear shift on the tank and a foot clutch and lots of lights. It was kinda ugly, but ran and rode great. I loved it!
- —Guest Al Summers
- Yamaha XS650 1977. Bought new. Beautiful Blue metalflake paint. Kept it for about 1,000 miles and sold it for something faster but it was a great bike with electric and kick start
- The first two wheeler I had was at the ripe age of 14 and was an ugly cushman then later I graduated to a new 1971 Kawasaki 90cc when I was about 27. I kept riding the rice burners until my knee replacment this year. I hope to get back next year on a honda, my favorite. I have had viragos, shadows, maxims, all kinds of suzukis, even a bridgestone..
- —Guest Laredokid
MY FIRST M/C
- IN 1950, I BOUGHT A 1948 INDIAN CHIEF AND FOR GRADUATION MY DAD AND I TOOK A TRIP TO CALIF A BACK TO MARSHALL MO , ALMOST 5000 MILES AND 2 WEEKS , NO MOTELS, SLEPT OUT EACH NITE. TOOK HIWAY 40/50 TO CA AND ROUTE 66 RETURN MISSOURI ,, MADE MY DAD AND I CLOSER AND GREAT MEMORIES OF A FINE M/C [ HARD SEAT THOUGH]
- —Guest JERRY SHERWOOD
What Was Your First Motorcycle?
- My first (and last) motorcycle was a 1969 Sears 250. Our neighbour bought it through the Sears catalog and sold it to my older brother after driving it for a year. My brother also kept it for about a year and and then I bought it from him. I drove it one summer only after which I stored it at my parent's place, moved out of the house and out of town for work and forgot all about it until a friend of my younger brother inquired about it. By then it hadn't run in over 3-4 years and had started to rust. I gave it to him and never heard about it since. It looked a bit like the old Hondas of the same time period. It had a 2 cycle, 1 cylinder, 2 pistons Puch engine (made in Austria). It vibrated like hell. Top speed was about 80 mph at your own risk. It had chrome on both sides of the fuel and oil tank. The entire bike was painted glossy black and it had a lot of chrome parts. It wasn't very reliable and parts had to be ordered through the Sears catalog. They took forever to arrive.
My first Bike
- I guess that depends on what you consider a motorcycle. The first two wheeled motorized vehicle I got,when I was 14,was a Heathkit Boonie Bike my parents allowed me to get. I built it,rode the daylights out of outgrew,wanted bigger. Mom and Dad let me buy a 1969 Honda CL-90 for $40.00,that came as a rolling chassis and 3 milk crates of parts. They figured I'd screw with it for a month or so,give up on making it run,and that'd be the end of the "I want a motorcycle" phase of my childhood. Took me a week to make it a runner. Spend all week after school rebuilding it,take it out Saturday to break in the fresh top end,somebody would ride up and throw a challenge,and the race is on. Thrash it around the hills for an hour or so,melt a piston,walk it home,repeat 7 or 8 times. upgrade to bigger bike....
- My first bike was actually bought by my father in 1967 when I was 15 - a used black Yamaha 80 street bike. He never did get his license but I did.....The two stroke had a separate spot for the motor oil but you really had to keep an eye on the level. It got about 100 mpg back when gas was 50 cents a gallon. All of about 7 hp and a top speed of about 58 mph with a tail wind but it was enough of a bug to bite. After a year I sold it to a neighbour's kid and moved on to a used Honda 175. The Yamaha was forgiving enough that I learned to change tires and chains, broken levers, and a glitch in the shifter that locked it up from time to time. Quite a hoot for a young kid.
- My firstever bike was a 125CC two stroke Excelsior British bike with windscreen and bags A clean looking bike, I rode that bike for two years and then sold it to my younger brother and he rode it into the ground. This was in 1952 . I dont remenmber what year the bike was.
- —Guest mred