My previous motorcycles 19 so far

1975 Kawasaki 75cc monkey bike

I loved this bike. It was a 3 speed with no clutch, 2 stroke with auto mix. It never got any maintenance but just worked. I bought it for $75 with money I earned on a paper route. The was the beginning of my passion for motorcycles.

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1962 Honda 65cc 

I bought this from a friend for $50, second gear didn’t work so you just had to shift up to third from 1st. It was my first motorcycle with a clutch. I beat the crap out of this bike. Frame is make of sheet metal and the front shock is a cantilever. I felt like I was riding a real motorcycle on this one. I took the motor apart thinking I would fix the second gear, that was the end of this bike. I am not a mechanic.

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1975 Rickman 250

Now this was a real motorcycle. I bought it from a racer for $200. It was worn out. The piston slap was amazing. The compression was so bad it order to start it I had to take the exhaust off the head and spray starter fluid in the cylinder when it was cold. But the bike was fun to ride. I broke 14 spokes on the rear wheel when I didn’t quite make it over a ditch I  was trying to jump. Rickman was a very advanced bike for it’s time. The engine was Montessa.

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1976 Suzuki TS 185 enduro

I wanted a street legal dirt bike and I was making good money as a janitor $200/hour, so I bought this bike new. It was a year old model that did not sell. Two stroke nothing fancy but was new. First new vehicle I bought. I think I paid $1600 for it and sold it for $500 less than a year later.

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1975 Honda 350 four

I bought this from a friends dad for $500. I was set up for touring, Fairing and racks. I was going to travel the world on this bike. It did get some use but not enough. This bike is a collectors item. I sold it for the same as I bought it, in much worse shape. Did I tell you I never worked on any of my motorcycles. Not even an oil change. I like to ride them.

 

1982 Honda Express 50cc

I bought this brand new near Camp Pendleton for my college transportation. I had no pride at all. This bike worked perfect and never had any maintanience done on it either. Got about 100 mpg. cost nothing in insure or use.

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1980 Yamaha XS 400

I bought this at a dealer for $300 in San Diego. It had a puddle of oil below the bike leaked more than a old Harley but ran great. Sold it for $75 to a friend in college. This was the first bike I mounted a tire on myself. The tire cost about $11 was a front with the parallel tread pattern, bad on rain groves. Very challanging with a couple of flat head screw drivers and a cressant wrench.

1985 Honda VT500 Ascot

I bought this from my best friend in college for $500, was a great bike. Shaft drive. Honda V twin, very dependable. This bike took me to Wyoming, Mexico and many other fun trips during medical school.

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1982 Honda Goldwing 1200

I bought this salvage title bike when I was suppose to be getting the Honda Ascot a new tire. Saw this thing in the shop and had to have it. I paid $3000 for it. It was a terrible to ride. Felt like a car. Kluncky. It did a few long rides to San Diego but never turned me on. I sold it for $1500.

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2002 Honda VT 750 Shadow

2002 Harley Davidson Road King

Chinese ATV 150cc

2002 Yamaha TTR 225

2002 KTM 520 EXC

This was my first real dual sport bike. I bought this used for $2900 and put a ton of miles on it. Was a great bike. Very lightweight, massive power, great suspension. Eventually every part was breaking so I had to either put a lot of money into her or upgrade to a new bike. I switched to a KTM 690, much heavier, slower, worse suspension, but new and dependable. When you are in the middle of the desert you want the bike to not fail you. I was a the point I just did not trust my racing bike. Always ran like it was Ready to Race, the slogan for KTM.

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2013 BMW GS650 Sertao

This bike was a mistake, but did get me into the Adventure bike class. I traded in my Harley for only $5000 towards the $10,000 BMW. Then I put about $5000 worth of Touratech parts on it. I did ride the bike quite a bit 26,000 miles in two years. Sold the bike to a cousin for $6000. Good bike. Gutless as far as power. It is basically the GS650 Dakar but the motor is made in China that bothered me on a expensive BMW German bike. Lots of people put massive miles on these bikes. It is basically a very expensive KLR.

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2014 KTM 1190r

I needed a larger Adventure bike. I was torn between the BMWGS1200 for $25,000 or this KTM 1190r for $16,000. Money talks. Also more horsepower. Better suspension. Much more dirt worthy. I should like a trophy truck with the stock exhaust. I can ride this on any road, most trails and carry an a passenger without even noticing the extra weight. Very fun.

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2014 Harley Davidson Road King

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2016 KTM 690 Enduro R

My KTM EXC 520 was just plain worn out. So I sized up a bite to the 690. It is actually very light weight and the tank being under the seat makes the weight even lower to the ground.  Basically an expensive KLR.

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2007 Beta Rev3 250 Trials bike

I figured I need to learn and never grow up. So why not buy a trials bike.

 

 

 

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