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Old May 1st, 2014, 07:01 AM   #31
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Ah, you kids have no idea what you missed!
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Old June 18th, 2014, 09:12 AM   #32
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I Ride: 2013 Hyperstrada, 2003 KLX400
2009 GXT-200 chinese bike (sold)
2008 DRZ-400 SM (sold)
2011 Hypermotard 1100 EVO SP (sold)
2002 XT 225 (sold)
2013 Hyperstrada
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Old June 19th, 2014, 06:17 AM   #33
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Hmm, looks like there are not a lot of paved roads down there in Costa Rica? I've read about off-road tours there.
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Old June 19th, 2014, 07:07 AM   #34
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My turn: 22 years of motorcycle riding and still alive

1992 - Yamaha XT500. Great bike with NO breaks! (2000 kms)
1993 - Yamaha XJ 600S (Diversion in France). No comment (18000 kms)
1997 - Yamaha TDM 850. At this time, I thought it was a good bike (17000 kms)
1998 - Yamaha TRX 850. Much better than the previous, but awfull fork (25000 kms)
2000 - Ducati ST2. My first real bike! Electricity was a pity... (15000 kms)
2004 - Ducati 800SSie. A great little old fashioned sport bike (8000 kms)
2006 - Ducati ST3. The one I'm still in love with (45000 kms)
2014 - Ducati Hyperstrada. What else (1000 kms)

I realize that since 1997, I only owned bicylinders bikes
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Old June 23rd, 2014, 07:53 AM   #35
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Pics or it didn't happen...!

I have always preferred singles; had a cafe'd '76 XT500, two different SR500s and a built-up SRX6. And I've had every other layout except a V4 or a six. Here's my flat twin - a 1958 Velocette Valiant. Pic taken at a show, that's the current owner behind the bike. He made and installed that rack, it's not my fault!

That Valiant was a mini BMW, with shaft drive and 200cc. Light and quick handling, but maybe 12 HP on a good day. Not very suitable for SoCal highways.
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Old June 24th, 2014, 04:15 AM   #36
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Don't have any pictures before the ST3.
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Old May 15th, 2017, 10:53 AM   #37
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Think I'll post a brief update.

We still have the SV and of course the Strada. A KTM 390 Duke has joined it in our garage. The little rigid frame Velo MAC that wifey rode to the top of Pike's Peak has been sold, as I have determined that we have no room for bikes we no longer ride. It went to another Club member who lives in the Sierras, perfect for the little roads there.

Meanwhile, the '56 MAC has received some major upgrades - bigger front brake, spin-on oil filter conversion, bored to 380cc with a Triumph piston in a custom sleeve. Compression raised from 6.5:1 to 8:1, 17/8 cam (same as the faster models) and a modern carb on a cylinder head that came from under Mr. Arnold's workbench. It is heavily ported and has an oversize intake valve from one of the OHC models.

With the modern carb it starts first kick and idles perfectly. And it will run it's (clockwork) Chronometric speedometer's needle right into the odometer...more than 80 mph. Not bad for a bike almost a old as I am.

Finally, I am storing (and maintaining) a 2015 FZ-09 for a friend who has moved back East. I am thoroughly impressed by this bike. Has a few more ponies than the Strada, but two inches less wheelbase and a lot more low end power. It's teaching me how to deal with wheelies! Might have to keep this one.
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Old May 16th, 2017, 04:17 PM   #38
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Thanks for reviving this thread. I'm new, have a few bikes/history to share.
Love your vintage bikes and history. Awesome.

I rode and destroyed a few "vintage" bikes back in the 60's ... then re-bought them years later when I knew better how to care for them. The best, I wish I'd kept: A Rickman Metisse 650 TR-6.

Started on a Vespa and a Honda 50. Raced Bultaco at Ascot at age 14. Motocross later, rest is history.

I raced Triumph's and BSA's in the SoCal desert as well, so I leaned in that direction later when buying old bikes. Love Velo's, never owned one.

Like you, I have little to NO record of early bikes before digital pics. I've shot a few old prints and posted here. Funky.

Some gaps here, will try to add more later.


1985 ... 1st year Ninja 600, Honda Nitehawk, Bonneville.


1987: start of AMA enduro race "career" at age 38. '86 Husky 250XC ... a true torture rack but made me "hard". A good thing.


'67 BSA Lightning - owned 12 years then sold off.

1989 - On the way to Baja ... the hard way. 1987 Honda XL600R. One on dozens of Baja rides over the years. About 2500 miles on this ride. Only as far South as Mulege' on that one. The XL was good until stator failed.


-92 Yam 250WR (two stroke race bike) One GREAT bike!


Old and New: Around 1997. '79 Bonneville Special, '95 Tiger

Lots more to share, sorry for gaps. Many more bikes in my "youth" ... 60's and 70's. No photo evidence. Will post more later.
Only about 30 more bikes to go!

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Old May 16th, 2017, 07:25 PM   #39
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I do not have my pictures from the 80's and 90's. I think maybe my sister does but not really sure.
My list isn't long or impressive in any way.

1981 Honda XR80 (age 10)
1980 Honda ATC 110
1986 Honda ATC 200X
1987 Honda ATC 350X
1989 Honda XL650 (20 something)

Last bike I sold off was the 200X when I was 25. It lasted the longest because it was my favorite and a really well engineered machine.
Became a *responsible adult* and no bikes for a number of years.

Now:
1997 Diamondback Approach Hybrid bicycle (commuted daily on it in the city for 3 years before getting back into motorcycles again)
2007 Suzuki LS650 (S40, formerly known as the Savage 650)
2013 Ducati Hyperstrada

Here's a picture of the Satanic Suzuki (named so because the engine is bored out to 666 CCs), sitting next to my fiancÚ's Vstar 650.

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Old May 17th, 2017, 09:33 AM   #40
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Jello Biafra for President!
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