What's everyone's two-wheeled History?

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Re: What's everyone's two-wheeled History?

Post by ricconhan » Thu Jan 01, 2015 9:43 am

14 years old my dad took me to Sioux City in his brand new 1968 Ford station wagon we went to the Honda shop and picked up a 1964 Honda 125 scrambler, I was a proud of young lad.....I wanted to ride it home but of course I didn't have a driver's license and so dad and I loaded it in the back end of that station wagon and hauled it home, I rode that thing everywhere and every day I was able to have a school permit and rode it to school everyday even when there was a couple inches of snow on the road ended up with frostbite around my legs were my socks and pants separated and also froze my hands, but I was bound determined to ride my motorcycle everywhere and all the time.

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Re: What's everyone's two-wheeled History?

Post by jadeuel » Thu Jan 01, 2015 7:28 pm

Always had big bikes, kind of one of those once you've had....never go back. I had them in the order they appear below...and if you ever get a chance to ride a Suzuki TL1000R it is a blast and a serious Torque Monster!

1984 Yamaha FJ1100
1984 Yamaha FJ1100

1993 Suzuki GSXR 1100
1993 Suzuki GSXR 1100

2002 Triumph 955 Sprint ST
2002 Triumph 955 Sprint ST

2003 Suzuki TL1000R
2003 Suzuki TL1000R

2009 Harley Davidson Ultra Classic (Stripped Down)
2009 Harley Davidson Ultra Classic (Stripped Down)

2005 Honda Goldwing GL1800
2005 Honda Goldwing GL1800

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Re: What's everyone's two-wheeled History?

Post by echinus1988 » Fri Apr 17, 2015 11:58 pm

My first experience on a motorcycle was in the Air Force. Late for a practice (Keesler AFB Drum & Bugle Corp) I asked a friend for a lift. He handed me a helmet, I said No Thanks, I'll walk. After all, motorcycles were death machines!

He talked me into it and we went over. I was hooked! A Honda 550 that flooded everytime I rode it but he taught me how to ride and I spent a number of hours on that bike and even took a girl out on dates with it!

I moved onto my next base and couldn't get bikes out of my mind so I tested on a friends Honda 350 and passed. I then bought a 1970 Yamaha XS650 in the very early stage of being chopped. It had slightly raised handlebars and a hooker header with the baffling blown out of it. I was 300 miles from my parents and they helped me find it. The weekend I was to pick it up I returned by bus home and noticed my dad had thoughtfully parked it in the garage and left their car outside. Of course, when he opened the garage door, there was my "new" 650 neatly laid out on blankets in pieces! My dad believed in making sure it was ready to do by rebuilding it. No manual, just his own incredible knowledge of how engines worked. We had it back together and ready to ride the next day. So I putted around town getting used to it and left the next day. My dad was incredible when it came to mechanical things!

Well, put a bunch of miles on that bike in a short time (West and Central Texas so almost year round riding) and decided to upgrade.

I bought a 1977 Yamaha XS750D triple with shaft drive. I loved that bike! I put 32,000 miles on it in only 18 months. I rode everywhere! My car got very lonesome except on bad weather days! I rode that bike until I had a family and decided I needed to make sure I stayed around. So began my 20 something years of four wheels.

About a year ago, I came home to find my birthday present from my son (the instigator), my mom and sister sitting in the driveway. Yes, I listened when he said pull in carefully since my truck blocks my driveway. There was a 1980 Goldwing sitting in my driveway. After much work, cussing, frustration I got it running. Just recently repaired the fuel leak with the help of the great people here! I have about 6,000 miles on it right now.

So I am getting ready to put tires on my 1982 Aspencade next week which will be my next bike. The 1980 will go to my son until we get the 1992 Seca II fixed and ready to run. Then I'll sell the Goldwing and keep the Aspencade.

Oh and my son and I will be working on a 1975 Goldwing to restore that which I think will take about 1-2 years with the work that needs to be done on it. That will be the last bike to work on unless we find any others.

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Re: What's everyone's two-wheeled History?

Post by bubba9710 » Wed Sep 09, 2015 3:06 pm

At age 16, I bought my first bike...and it would be three years before I bought a car. My youth leader at Church had a 1978 KZ400 sitting behind his garage. The original tires were on it and it only had 4500 kms on it. He wanted $400 and it came with owners manual, repair manual, two helmets, a back rest, even a a tool kit! I was in heaven!! I bought it as soon as my parents went to a conference that would take them out if the country. (I was brave but not stupid). I put over 30,000 kms on that bike before my dad took it over to learn on. Since then, I've owned a '79 Yamaha XS650 Special, a '78 Suzuki GS750, rode my dads '84 V45 Magna for a year, and now my '81 GL1100. I'm in the middle of giving her a custom paint job - complete with a lace insert on the fuel shroud. So far, it's looking great! I may be biased. Lol

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Re: What's everyone's two-wheeled History?

Post by Jeff M » Mon Oct 12, 2015 6:17 pm

This is a great thread, I've read all the posts. I'm 63 and had my first bike at 19, here goes...

1970 Yamaha RD 350. Lucky I didn't kill myself on it
1972 Yamaha XS 650. Bought it brand new (only new one) put 11,000 miles on it in four months. Sold it that fall when I bought a
1970 BMW R75/5. I loved that bike, it was so much different than everything my friends were riding. Sold it when I got married, but bikelessness didn't last long when I started over with a
1971 Yamaha RD 250. Better than nothing, but I hankered for a bigger one, so got a
1975 Suzuki GT 750. Water Buffalo!! Fast, rode like a pine board. I wanted another Beemer, so sold the GT and got a
1976 BMW R60/6. A real puff, but I wish I had the 750. Marriage failing, wife pissed all the time, so sold it. Divorce! enabled me to get a
1977 Yamaha XS 750 dresser, maroon. A real looker IMHO, and ran/sounded great. Met my present wife on it, she'd never ridden but got quickly hooked. Which led me to a
1984 GL1200, my first Wing. When I rode BMW's I sort of looked down on wings--too big, heavy. Well, when you hit middle age and you yourself are a bit bigger and heavier a Wing is the only way to go. I had that bike for five years and never lost the stator but always feared doing so which led to its replacement by my present ride, a
1998 GL1500. I've had this for 11 years now and have just loved it. That power plant has to be the best engine anyone ever made for anything. Sort of thought it would see me through to the end, but lately I've been thinking pretty seriously about an 1800. I've never ridden one. They say you shouldn't try one out unless you plan on buying it...which is not scaring me off.... :-)

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Re: What's everyone's two-wheeled History?

Post by punch7 » Mon Nov 02, 2015 9:53 am

WOW! Great pics/stories from all who posted. I just wish I'd had the wisdom to have taken my Kodak Browine early on and taken a few shots of my bikes.

I started my riding career in 1954 on a 1953 Harley 165 two stroke. It belonged to a bud who's dad got it from either Montgomery Ward or Sears when they were selling mail order motorcycles back in the stone age. His dad hid it from his wife, knowing she'd hit the ceiling if she knew about it. My bud slid into some gravel and went down hard. Mom raised holy hell and I wound up with the little Harley. I delivered papers on it until I discovered girls and cars, not necessarily in that order. In high school I rode a Simplex until it came apart. Then I was really into cars, girls, marriage and family. Next was a 125 Yamaha in 1974, well after both my children were born. The same year saw a 250 Yamaha, then a year later, a '75 500 Honda followed over the years by an '81 650 Honda and an '83 Kawasaki 850GS. My wife would never ride any of those bikes with me so in 1989 I brought home an '86 GL1200 Aspencade. Just happened to be the day before Mothers Day so I claimed that I bought it for her present. I managed to get her to ride "around the block" with me and that little ride turned into a three hour journey through the backroads and byways. I created a motorcycle passenger that day and she's never looked back! She's been my riding partner for the last 26 years and we've covered 48 states, most at least twice, seven Provinces of Canada and right at 800,000 miles together on Gold Wings. I wish I'd logged my early solo miles, which included four trips to Daytona in the late 80's, plus Boscobel, WI, Deep Creek, MD and a number of rides to Eureka Springs, AR. After the '86 Aspencade came the 1990 GL1500, a '94 GL1500, an '98 GL1500 all with a matching Escapade trailer. Also during those years there was a 2000 Kawasaki 1500fi Classic for my solo rides. Our first GL1800 was a 2004 model and during that time I also had a 2004 Kawasaki Nomad. LOVE those Nomads!! We sold the '04 wing and Nomad due to health problems, that thankfully we overcame, and this year I found a beautiful 2000 GL 1500SE and we now, thank the Lord, are able to be back on the road doing what we love; riding. Maybe another 800,000 miles? LOVE those Gold Wings!!!

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Re: What's everyone's two-wheeled History?

Post by SequiMike » Fri Jan 01, 2016 6:58 pm

This is as best I can recall. The year model may be off a bit, and I've probably forgotten a few, but this is what I remember -

19?? Triumph 650 - Hardtail, a real POS
1969 Honda CL90 - My first new "motorcycle". Lots of fun.
1970 Triumph 650 - Better than the other, but still a POS.
1970 Honda 350 - Shifter/brake on opposite side of Triumphs. Fun.
1969 Honda 750 - One of the first 750's. Big step up from Triumph!
197? Yamaha 175 - Took lots of lumps on this one!
197? Yamaha 125 - Bought for wife - she hated it.
197? Husqvarna 250 - Blazing fast, but kept seizing.
197? Honda 450 - Great bike - rode all over.
1977 Honda 750A* - Hondamatic! Kept in storage 25+ years.
1990 Kawasaki Ninja 750 - Very fast!
199? Honda 650 twin - Nice little bike.
1991 Honda CBR1000R - Fun and fast. Too fast for me.
1993 Honda Goldwing GL1500 - Great bike, but top heavy.
2013 Harley Heritage* - Kept dropping the Goldwing, so I bought this.
2002 Honda Goldwing GL1800 - Great bike! Not as top heavy.
2014 Honda Goldwing GL1800* - Smoooth...
1998 Honda Valkyrie 1500C* - Bought recently - a real beast.

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Re: What's everyone's two-wheeled History?

Post by Lendirk » Sat Jan 02, 2016 8:43 pm

1966 Honda S90, when I was 14
1969 Suzuki T350 (2-stroke, with 6 gears... A real little screamer!)
I crashed that bike when I was in my early twenties, then didn't ride again for many years
2007 Honda VT1100C Shadow Spirit
2008 Honda VTX 1800T
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Post by gypsy traveler » Fri Jan 08, 2016 8:03 pm

was high school in 72, working at burger chef about 30$ a week. A bulletin board at school had a white 66 s90 Honda for sale for $165. The guy let me make time payments...then I got it! Rode it for 2yrs, engine started making noise...found out the crank was broken. Rode the heck out of that thing ...used it like a dirt bike...used it to go down [5mi} on the RR tracks to go fishing. Throttle cable broke on one of those trips. Now that was a rough ride home on the RR tracks with the throttle cable wrapped around my thumb! ...that was 45 bikes+ ago!...endless other stories!

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Re: What's everyone's two-wheeled History?

Post by GramKate » Wed Jun 01, 2016 3:22 pm

After riding on the back of my husband's GoldWing's for years, I finally got a small bike to learn on. Within 4 months, I was proficient enough to take the Motorcycle Safety Course and pass it with flying colors. My next step was to trade in the small learner bike for a 2012 Honda 750 Shadow Aero in dark red metallic. I love riding so much that I used to ride it work on nice days (30 miles each way) and took every opportunity to ride anywhere and everywhere. It's been six years since I began riding on my own and am still going strong.

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Re: What's everyone's two-wheeled History?

Post by trashtruck » Fri Dec 23, 2016 10:24 pm

OK, so my riding carer started in the bicentenial with my first bike, a 68 puch 175 which i quickly out grew by the end of the summer. next spring i picked up a 64 triumph tt250 which i absolutely hated and traded for a 74 suzuki rm 400. after a few years of inactivity i picked a a real gem in my neighbors barn, a 62 honda dream. it was an awsome bike until some moron pulled out in front of me and i planted it in his back seat at the cost of a broken foot and 3 cracked ribs. my next investment was a few years later, a cb750f super sport which i had for several years and loved it. after that i decided to shift gears, sold the honda and picked up a 99 suzuki 800 intruder which was nice but i ended up trading it for a class b camper. after that i inherited a 82 gl1100 interstate which i had for a couple of years until i moved and had to sell. i got a little 150 jonway scooter to blast around the city with and ended up trading it for my newest aquizition, an 85 suzuki gv700 v-4 madura.


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Re: What's everyone's two-wheeled History?

Post by froglaps » Sun Apr 23, 2017 2:53 pm

The first bike I ever rode or owned was a used gs1100gk, bought from a dealer used in flagstaff. It was in horrible shape, had to use a screw driver to start it. The ignition was torn up. I had never even been on a dirt bike before. It was bought out of necessity to get to work. I left the dealer on it, not knowing a damn thing about motorcycles. Ive since logged a ton of miles.. Had my first accident on 4/10/17, I totaled the 2013 wing after hitting some loose salt/sand on a curve. I slid about 120 feet taking out a mailbox on the way. ended up with 4 sutures, and a dozen stitches.. all in all came out pretty good.

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Re: What's everyone's two-wheeled History?

Post by OldGold13 » Mon May 01, 2017 9:55 pm

I'm a true Honda guy! I've owned a Honda since I was 16.

1st a 68 Honda 175 CL, silver and black...sold it to my brother
2nd a 72 Honda 500 4, metallic grass green...traded it for my next bike
3rd a 79 Honda GL1000, black, gold pinstripes...still have it and am customizing it
4th a 76 Honda GL1000 LTD 200 year U.S. model, metallic maroon still in showroom condition.
I always have one eye on the local marketplace for that next Honda that I have to buy!


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Re: What's everyone's two-wheeled History?

Post by paneled » Wed Feb 28, 2018 9:11 pm

my first was a 3.5 horse briggs minibike
second was a 79 ltd 250 gutless but dependable
third was a stripped kaw 125 fun in the dirt
fourth was a 75 gold wing rode it like I stole it
and it took everything I gave it, burnt up in house fire
fifth was a suzuki gs 850 quick and reliable
sixth and still own is an 86 gold wing sei awesome machine
heavy but lighter feeling than the 75 and faster.
86 aspy sei
54 chevy panel truck
68 chevy van
69 chevy van
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Re: What's everyone's two-wheeled History?

Post by DenverWinger » Thu Mar 01, 2018 8:36 am

First was a '72 Honda CL-350 basket case (traded an under-dash FM-Cassette deck for it), PO ran it out of oil, cam bearings were seized.
Second was a '78 Suzuki GS-550, this one took me several trips Denver-to-Michigan
Third was a '77 GL-1000 wing, $100, She ran but was stone-ugly from PO's rattle-can paint. Lots of work to make her pretty.
Fourth was a '80 GL-1100 wing basket case, bought as parts hoping to fit full Vetter set onto the GL-1000. Mounting bolts wouldn't line up. Tried firing engine, it actually started but ran badly. Decided to repair. I still have her today. In 2010 replaced the Vetter Saddlbag set with the rear-end saddlebag rack (with trailer hitch) from an Interstate and bought a camper trailer. She's pulled the camper around on several road trips, now with 101k Mi on the clock.
Fifth is a '93 GL-1500 Aspencade, Acquired last March with 44k Mi. Camper trip to Michigan last Labor Day holiday, Now 50k Mi on the clock.
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Post by imboot » Tue Mar 27, 2018 8:21 pm

I grew up on and around motorcycles of every make.My first road bike was a 1982 CB900C.
It had the fixed fairing and full tour pack. Bought it in 1994 with 9k miles in 2006 It had 97k miles needed a valve job and carbs had to be rebuilt again . Sold it for the down payment on my 2007 Fatboy (first new big ticket item I ever bought) . Bought a hyosung 2009 GV650SE. Rebuilt a 1982 CM250 for my wife did a Fatboy tank with a center console. Had a 2010 300cc johnypag spyder. Have a 2016 320 pagsta chopper. My latest purchase is a 1981 GL 1100 Goldwing in much need of repair currently only has seven thousand miles

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Re: What's everyone's two-wheeled History?

Post by echinus1988 » Sat Mar 31, 2018 1:49 am

While I am now a Goldwing rider, I am trying to get my hands on a 1979 KZ1000ST. I usually pick these up to fix and sell but something I like about this bike so I am trying to get it and fix it up, leave it naked, and ride it occasionally. So far, the owner and I haven't agreed on a price. Mainly, I feel the welding that would need to be done brings the price down, that back section snapped off! Haven't seen that before. But it will require a fix to assure nobody leans back and breaks it again but I ride solo so not a big deal and I know someone that can weld it correctly for me.

Also working on selling my 1980 GL1100 and my 1982 GL1100 Aspencade. Then my 1979 Suzuki GS450L and then the 1970-something Honda CM400 Custom. Start clearing things out!

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Re: What's everyone's two-wheeled History?

Post by Stew » Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:02 pm

I haven't had nearly as many motorcycles as a lot of you but here is how I got started...

It all probably began in May of '72 when my dad sat me on his buddy's motorcycle and snapped this pic:

In 7th grade, around '84 my very awesome mom bought me my first motorcycle, a 1979 Yamaha GT80:

Over the next couple years my dad took me on some trips on the back of his 1985 Goldwing Aspencade GL1200 and gave me a taste of what touring is all about:

And in 1986 I think it was, he bought me my next ride, a new CR125. This is the bike where I learned what a powerband is lol:

I had the CR125 for a few years and sold it and around 1989 or so bought a Honda Elite 50 on a whim just like in the picture. Didn't need an endorsement for this, it was my first road going motorcycle:

I eventually sold that to my boss around 2002 and shortly after at the beginning of the big recession when gas was getting over $5.00/gal I bought a new Honda Ruckus just like in the picture below to make my 80 mile round trip commute. Yes, 80 mile. This went fast enough that I needed my endorsement, which I got, piece of cake on the Ruckus as you might imagine:

Gas prices settled back down after a year or two and I traded the Ruckus on a new 2005 CRF230F which I rode for a few years but it's been sitting in the garage hasn't been registered since 2008:

Then fast forward to October 2017 when my dad handed down his 2000 GL1500 SE to me, and here we are! What better street motorcycle to transition from a Ruckus that probably weighs 150 pounds than a 900 pound Goldwing, right?

Winging it every chance I get 8-)

19,119 miles when I got it from dad Oct 15, 2017 --- 26,975 miles and counting as of Aug 15, 2019!

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Post by DarthJ » Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:59 am

My history is this: Started with a little Honda elite CH80 back in 93. Good for in town riding, but back then no underseat storage, just behind a front panel. Had to take a break for a few yeas and then got a Honda Silverwing. That 600 had a good pickup, decent storage, but it never felt right to me. So moved to a Honda Shadow VT750. And now have my GL1500. Haven't decided yet whether or not to stay with Mother Honda, but may hit up a 2017 GL1800 when I'm in the market. Wanted a Victory Cross Country Tour, but with Polaris having shut them down, I'm not sure I trust their promise for parts support.

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Re: What's everyone's two-wheeled History?

Post by tiretread » Tue May 22, 2018 9:07 am

Great thread. Love hearing about how everyone got into motorcycling.

I never wanted to ride. Had uncles that rode (One was a Hells Angel even) and my Dad even had a Vespa but I never really wanted to ride. Until, one day in my high school library, I opened a magazine (can't remember which one) and was gob-smacked in the face with a full spread ad for the mighty V-max (this would be 1986 or so). I knew I had to get me some of that so a few years later I end up with my 1st motorcycle.

1981 Yamaha Seca 900

Loved that bike. Of course the first bit of riding advice I was given (by the previous owner) was not to get too hard on the front brake as it would catapult me over the forks if used too aggressively. I'm surprised I survived that bike.

After that, I had a long hiatus of owning (but I was riding friends bikes) until I was a 2LT flush with money straight out of OCS and learning how to throw large bullets into grid squares in Lawton, OK. I picked up my 2nd bike:

1998 Suzuki TL1000R

What a fat non-handling pig. Until, you got rid of the stock damper and that pos rotary rear damper/shock. Different bike. And omg, with an aftermarket M4 full exhaust, it could sing! Loved that bike. So much so, that I would purchase another several years later. This bike was unfortunately totaled on a minor high-side (oxymoronic, no?). It was replaced with a:

2000 Suzuki Hayabusa

My goodness. Hyper space at the twist of a throttle. I still own this bike. I have done so much work on this bike that I'm not sure I could ever sell it even though it does nothing but gather dust in my garage. Great motorcycle though. I then realized I needed a more multi-purpose motorcycle:

2003 Suzuki V-strom DL1000

The tiller motor made this an easy gimme for ownership. Plus, it was ugly and Suzuki so I had to have it. This has been my primary steed since I bought it used in 05. It has carried me throughout the world. The Alps, Dolomites, France, Prague, All over Germany, and throughout the US (including Sturgis, Colorado, and the Tail of the Dragon). It even carried me through the front end of a Buick. Totaled the car but rebuilt the front end of the strom and it goes as good as ever. Just last month I did a solo 5,000 mile ride to Mexico and back. Love this bike.

I currently own 8 motorcycles but I have owned many bikes. Here are the majority of them:

1958 Ural Dnepr - Scariest motorcycle I have ever ridden
1971 CB 500 - Cafe'd out by the previous owner. I tore it down in anticipation of a better rebuild. Got orders to Germany. Been in pieces for 8 years.
1975 Honda CB750K Four - Just picked this up last week. It is a blast to ride. Will be my in town scoot.
1982 Honda Goldwing 1100 - Great motorcycle. Wish I had a bit more room to move my legs around for long trips.
1989 Yamaha FZR600 - Not a favorite.
1991 Yamaha V-max - What a fun bike. Handling and suspension sucked but it sure looked the business and the engine sounds wonderful at full song.
1993 Yamaha GTS-1000 - I currently own three of these. They are my crack. I love the wonkiness of them and they are blast to ride.
1998 Suzuki TL1000R - Owned 2 of these. Wish I still had one.

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Re: What's everyone's two-wheeled History?

Post by RockportDave » Wed May 30, 2018 8:44 pm

Started as a preteen on a Briggs’s&Stratton powered mini bike chopper somewhere in the late 60s.
Bought my first motorcycle, 60s model CL90, with exhaust cut short and no front fender.
Got my first real street legal bike in my late 20s, a 1980 Yamaha 850 special with a fork mounted fairing. It had shorty mufflers and vibrated a lot.
Traded the Yamaha for a 1981 GL1100 Interstate. Sweet bike and rode a lot of miles on it.
Bought a 1985 GL1200 LTD that had a salvage title. Mechanically sound, but did a lot of plastic welding on it. Loved the fuel injection. This was the bike the wife and I rode on our honeymoon.
Traded up to a 1988 GL1500 with 73,xxx miles. Had it about 2 months when the opportunity to get the identical bike with 32,xxx miles on it. We covered a lot of miles on that bike and loved every mile. This was in the mid to late 90s. In 1999 this was also the bike I was on when a Toyota Carolla pulled out about 20’ in front of me while I was traveling about 50 mph and gaining speed. Totaled the bike, the Toyota and me for about a year. Thank The Good Lord for helmets and a good friend who was my Chiropractor.
Lots of traveling for work and kids needing cars kept us from riding until we recently bought a 1999 GL1500 SE.
Note: I say “we” and “us” a lot. My wife loves to ride and 95% of the time we are 2 up.
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Re: What's everyone's two-wheeled History?

Post by JustBought » Sat Jun 02, 2018 3:08 pm

Well I'm only 26 but I love bikes. I have owned the following
2004 rebel 250 was cheap 1070 bucks and only had 1400 miles on it. I used it mainly as my gas saver but times got a little rough and sold it.

1979 cm400a got it free with title and was going to use it as a project but within a year I had only 3 weekends off work and I have a 5 year old daughter that needs me to be a dad. So with no time to mess with it I got rid of it due to a limited space at the time.

2013 CBR 250 again was cheap and had 1470 miles 2000 bucks, was making payments to a soposed to be buddy and he tried to change the deal after he relized it was worth 3000. I said screw you and sold it for what I had in it and paid him what I owed him.

Now I have a 1984 GL1200. Had a guy i worked with that ran a shop on the side and he had it for sale, so we wrote a contract and I made payments on it. I wanted to get it before he decided to pull it apart, didnt think I would actually like it and knew it needed a little work. Actually paying it off before I could actually ride it due to a change in jobs and needed the payment gone so i could afford plates. I got it plated yesterday and I love the goldwing. No plans to be upgrading it cause I love the GL1200.

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Location: Rockport Texas
Motorcycle: 1999 GL1500 SE
Previous bikes:
1969 Honda CL90 “bobbed” before it was cool
1981 Yamaha 850 Triple w/Windjammer
1981 GL1100 Interstate
1985 GL1200 LTD
1988 GL1500
1988 GL1500

Re: What's everyone's two-wheeled History?

Post by RockportDave » Sat Jun 02, 2018 7:15 pm

Glad you were able to get it going and welcome.
One of my favorites was a 1200 and I was thinking of getting another, but I’m not getting any younger and opted for a 1500 for the reverse.
1999 GL1500SE 5th Goldwing through the years

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Re: What's everyone's two-wheeled History?

Post by JustBought » Sun Jun 03, 2018 7:32 pm

The reverse would be nice. I thought about getting an aspencade and turning my interstate into a naked.

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Re: What's everyone's two-wheeled History?

Post by GGreen » Sun Jul 01, 2018 11:55 am

My father had burned his legs when he crashed his Harley and split a fuel tank seam in the late 1920s, so he really didn't want me to ride a motorcycle, so I brought home a Foreall scooter (like a doodlebug), less the engine, in parts in 1962. I went through a series of engines and put about 8,000 miles on it then upgraded to a 1963 Bridgestone Trail 90. It was a blast to ride off road but I replaced it after about 11,000 miles with a 1966 Bridgestone DT175. It carried two up at the legal speed limit on the interstate but the oil injection pump failed about every 8-10,000 miles causing the engine to seize up twice at speed. When I transferred to a college ~90 miles away, in 1968, I traded in the DT175 on a 1965 Honda Superhawk and immediately put a first generation Vetter 1000 Series fairing on it. I rode all the above year round in central Illinois. Had to stop and beat the feeling back into my legs ever 40-50 miles in the winter. I put over 33,000 miles on that Superhawk and it is still the bike I regret selling the most. My wife purchased a 1980 Honda CB650C Custom as a present for me a few years before I sold the Superhawk and while our boys were growing up we rode only about 3,000 mile/yr. Later on we traded the 650 for a 2003 Kawasaki VN750. It was a good bike but after ~12,000 miles we wanted something more comfortable on longer rides so we traded the 750 in on a 2005 Kawasaki 1600 Mean Steak. It was a nice bike too but both Kawasaki's suffered from a severe lack of cornering clearance. After putting 20,000 miles on the Mean Streak my wife saw that we had a Master Dealer for Honda Goldwings in the area and since we were contemplating trying some cross country touring we went to check it out. We bought a 2010 GL1800 in 2011. 43,000 miles later we put a CSC Cobra XL trike kit on the Goldwing over the winter of 2017-2018. I immediately missed having a 2-wheeler after having ridden for 55 years so when the opportunity presented itself we bought a new-old stock 2013 CB1100 to ride locally. Currently we have both the Goldwing trike and the CB1100.

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