Featured Your Motorbike History?

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  1. Funnelli

    Funnelli Well-Known Member

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    On a different forum many years ago a very fun thread was posted asking for people’s biking history,
    I always enjoy hearing other people biking history so thought it would be fun to start it on here.
    I am very very fickle so mine is reasonably long….. first bike to last…,

    Yamaha RD 50 M - so slow compared to a fizzy,
    Yamaha rd 125 lc- I thought I was so cool, but not as cool as a gamma.
    Kawasaki zzr 600- sold within two months, rotten exhaust.
    Kawasaki zx6 j1- loved it but it wasn’t cool enough.
    Ducati 748 - definitely cool enough,really loved it when it wanted to start, hated it when it didn’t.
    GSXR 750 K2- awesome bike.
    GSXR 750 K5 (corona) sold it to my brother.
    GSXR 750 K5 ( relentless) purchased it back from my brother after he came off, repaired and repainted.
    Yamaha R1 5pw - highsided it and broke my pelvis.
    ZX10 2005 - insane, and I hadn’t learned my lesson after the accident.
    Bandit 600 - boring.
    GSXR 750 K5 - yes I bought another one!
    FZ8 - boring
    Zx7r- track bike
    Yamaha R1 5jj - loved it wish I had kept it.
    2013 street triple 675 r- sweet as.
    2018 765 rs- loved it but saw a Speed twin 1200!
    Speed twin 1200 - still own and love it.
    Royal Enfield Scram ( winter bike,)- what was I thinking ? Sold it within two months.
    KTM 790 adventure (winter bike, still own it) - Adventure/touring bike but as mad as a box of frogs!
    I have never owned a Honda or aprillia,
    Probably forgotten a couple but hoping that someone else will have a go,
    I am considering swapping out my beautiful Speed twin for another 765 rs, as I said I am fickle!!!
     
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  2. Funnelli

    Funnelli Well-Known Member

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    Oops……
    Between the 765 r/s and the Speed twin I bought a brand new tracer gt, sold it after two months in favour of the Speed Twin!
     
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  3. Mrs Visor

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    Absolute contrast to yours @Funnelli as a late starter.....

    Yamaha YBR 125
    Herald Classic 125
    Triumph Street Triple 765R (2021)
    Honda Fireblade (2004)

    I still own both the Triumph and Honda and no immediate thoughts of swapping either (the 'blade was only acquired in January and has only been ridden a few hundred miles by me due to the less that perfect road conditions lately).
     
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  4. Glenn2926

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    Suzuki GT 250 ram air
    Montesa 348 cota
    Honda XL125
    A few years without
    Yamaha Fazer 600
    Honda Blackbird
    BMW R1200GS
    Yamaha Super Tenere 1200
    Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro
     
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  5. Gary_P

    Gary_P Active Member

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    Honda MT5
    Kawasaki Z200
    Honda VT250
    Suzuki GSX400F
    RD350LC YPVS
    Kawasaki ZZR400
    Triumph Thunderbird 900
    Honda CBR600
    Honda Hornet 600
    Honda VFR800 VTEC
    Suzuki Bandit 1250
    BMW F800GS
    BMW R1200GS
    Triumph Tiger Sport 1050
    Kawasaki Z900RS
    Triumph Scrambler 1200 my current bike

    16 bikes in 40 years of riding, a couple of gaps but only for a few years.
     
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  6. Funnelli

    Funnelli Well-Known Member

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    Ha,
    All but two of those were in the last 19 years, I wouldn’t like to think how much money I have wasted over the years!
    I would love a Fireblade, maybe that’s one to think about.
     
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  7. Funnelli

    Funnelli Well-Known Member

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    Oooh you had a 350 lc, for me that was the one that got away.
     
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  8. Funnelli

    Funnelli Well-Known Member

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    A friend of mine had
    My dad loved his Blackbird, he was like I was with the GSXR 750 K5, always went to another one.
     
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  9. learningtofly

    learningtofly He’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy!
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    Hmmm… starting in 1977:

    Honda CG125
    Honda CB250 Dream

    30+ year break…

    Triumph Street Twin
    Triumph Street Triple
    BMW R9T
    Triumph Thruxton R
    Triumph Tiger 900GT Pro
    Harley Davidson Sport Glide
     
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  10. Funnelli

    Funnelli Well-Known Member

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    I remember 16 year old me hankering after a cb 250 super dream,
    That’s what I enjoy about posts like this, it brings back old memories about bikes you had forgotten about.
     
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  11. learningtofly

    learningtofly He’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy!
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    I always preferred the original dream… I think it was the curvaceous lines! Oh, and agreed re the whole nostalgia thing.
     
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  12. Funnelli

    Funnelli Well-Known Member

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    Had it not been for “Tuckers Luck” and “Boon” on UK television my life probably would have been bike free!
     
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    learningtofly He’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy!
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    Ah, yes - Boon. Brilliant series.
     
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  14. RevPaul

    RevPaul Senior Member

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    #14 RevPaul, Mar 26, 2023
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    September 1978 Suzuki GT250X7 (first ton up 250) on L plates; it was a different world:eek:. First accident 4 weeks after purchase. 2 more shortly afterwards, learnt it’s better to enjoy what you can do on a bike rather than prove what you can’t. Passed RAC ACU training and DoT tests within 6 months of riding. Accident one month later; egged on by my pillion I forgot the above lesson. PX (with 24,000 miles) for below.

    September 1980 Honda 400 Superdream. Superb bike, under appreciated because of it’s underpowered 250 sister bike. 3 years and 36,000 faultless miles later, sold to buy a car so I could carry stuff to and from University.

    Very long break until.

    September 2019 Triumph Street Cup. Finally got a Bonny that the teenage me always drooled over (Except of course the modern ones don’t leak oil and start on the button). Only 4000 miles so far and the skills are slowly coming back. I love this bike and will probably only get rid of it when my frail body can no longer cope:).
     
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  15. Geoff Butler

    Geoff Butler Never too old for Biking!
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    Jeez, this thread has made me realise that I’ve been biking for 40 years! :eek:

    Honda SS50 - My first bike and a complete POS
    Suzuki ZR50 (a derestricted Belgium import)
    Yamaha RD125 air cooled
    Kawasaki KH 250
    Yamaha RD400 air cooled (crashed it and broke my leg)
    Suzuki GS550
    3 x Yamaha RD350LC (the best bikes I have EVER owned by far)
    Honda CB900F (crashed it and broke my arm)
    Honda XL500
    Yamaha WR426 (my Enduro and Green Laning phase)
    Kawasaki GPZ900R
    Triumph Trophy 900
    Triumph Street Cup 900 (I really miss this bike)
    BMW F900XR (hated it!)

    …and of course my current bikes:
    Triumph Daytona T595 (1998 owned since new)
    Triumph Sprint GT 1050 SE (2016 but new to me last year)
    Yamaha XSR700 (2022 with a YPVS bodywork conversion)
    Yamaha RD350LC 4L0 (1981 Mars Bar and fully restored) :heart_eyes:

    Wish list:
    Yamaha RD350 YPVS 31K in Kenny Roberts yellow
    BSA Scrambler when launched
    Triumph Tiger 660 or 900 GT Pro
     
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  16. Funnelli

    Funnelli Well-Known Member

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    Someone else's biking history always has a memory of some kind for me.
    My friend owned a custom painted skoal bandit x7, it was awesome.
    He once gave me a lift on the back and wheeled it up hill on Sandhurst Road in Tunbridge Wells, scared the living crappie out of me!!
     
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  17. Funnelli

    Funnelli Well-Known Member

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    You have two of my favourites,
    the 350lc and of course Top Gun himself GPZ 900, although I did prefer the look of the 600, intrigued by the xsr 700 but why not the 900? Had to be the easier ypvs option?
     
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  18. Dawsy

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    Started in 1979 with a FS1M
    KH250 smoked like a chimney!
    Z400J bit dull
    GPz750 massive disappointment
    GPz1100 original model,much more like it!
    SR500 loved it!
    Put the 1100 engine in Harris Magnum frame, tuned it. Fast as f... But not very reliable
    GSXR 1100 slab side brilliant bike!
    GSXR100L first of the upside down forks. Not as good as the old one
    YZF750 we were knocked off this going to WSBK at Donnington. Swapped the remains for a GSXR750 which was great :grinning:

    Swapped for an XT600. Wouldn't start if left for a week so took back to dealer and got a Honda SLR650. Closest I have ever been to falling asleep on a bike. Awful.
    Got rid for about 17 years until 2018.
    2001 Speed Triple had it for three weeks as it kept blowing main fuses and subframe was cracked. Got money back and bought an SV650. OK but no loin stirring when I looked at it.
    2014 Speedy LOVED IT!
    Now got my 2019 Speedy RS BEST BIKE EVER:heart:
     
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  19. Funnelli

    Funnelli Well-Known Member

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    Now you would have been one of the guys that I would have been in awe of!
    The GPZ 1100, wow!
    But of course the RS, I need to ride one, I have always fancied the 2008/9 speed triple in orange with those cool black wheels, maybe one day, as I only have room and enough patience from my wife for two!
     
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  20. Dawsy

    Dawsy Cumbrian half-wit
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    When I rode that first Speedy it reminded of my Harris GPz as I had done that like a street fighter. Big bars, loads of noise and a big F off engine! Pure fun:grinning:
     
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