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I started riding in 1989, and this isn't every motorcycle I've owned or spent time with, but it's a selection of photos I was able to find.

1. 1978 CB400 - My first motorcycle, bought for $200 because the headlight was burnt out. Photo taken on CA-33 in 1989. 

2. 1990 Katana 600 - Bought new, rode from SoCal to Minnesota and back that summer. This photo is in Miles City, Montana with a cousin aboard.

3. 1985 Interceptor 700 - I bought this bike for $2500 and in nine months spent another $1000+ on repairs. Garbage motorcycle. This photo is from camping at the 1991 USGP at Laguna Seca; my wife is with the Honda, and our friend Darrel with the Harley hauled all our gear.  

4. 1987 FZR750 - I still regret selling this bike. Lovely motorcycle but pretty uncomfortable after 60-70 miles. This photo was a Sunday in ~1992 at the Rock Store, where I used to be a regular. 

5. 1985 K100RS - I put 90,000 painful miles on this massive pile of dog squeeze. It was 600 pounds of rolling scrap metal. Here it is with my oldest son in about 1996.  

6. Later I painted the BMW flat black. I hated that thing but rode it literally everywhere. This was at "Berkeley North" in Eugene in 1999 or 2000. 

7. 2000 TT600 - Loved this bike; incredible handling and surprisingly comfortable. One of the most underrated bikes ever. Here it is camping in Yellowstone in 2005. 

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Honda H100, Yamaha XS250, Suzuki GT380, Kawasaki KLE 500, Yamaha XJ900 Honda CBF1000 and the best of the lot Tracer 900

From 1980 to now with a big gap in the middle.

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7 Tracer 900.JPG

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1 hour ago, HGP61 said:

Honda H100, Yamaha XS250, Suzuki GT380, Kawasaki KLE 500, Yamaha XJ900 Honda CBF1000 and the best of the lot Tracer 900

From 1980 to now with a big gap in the middle.

 

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Very cool! That GT380 is a beauty. 

I was a huge fan of the XJ900, but sadly Yamaha never sold it in the USA. It would have been a perfect commuter for me in the 1990s, and if it'd been offered here I'm sure I would have traded my dreadful BMW for the XJ. 

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I've had at least one bike in my garage since 1979, and they each has a distinct claim to my heart, but my very first road bike that I bought with my own money and owned it myself was this beauty from 1975. Despite a potpourri of frankenbikes and mopeds that my brother and I cobbled together before I bought this, I consider this my very first bike. And like other notable firsts, you never forget your first bike. 

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’70 Yamaha 125 Enduro; ’75 Honda CB360T; ’81 Yamaha XS650SH; ’82 Honda GL650 Silver Wing Interstate; ’82 Suzuki GS650L; ’87 Yamaha Virago 535; ’87 Yamaha FJ1200; ’96 Honda ST1100; ’99 Yamaha V-Star Classic; ’00 Suzuki SV650; ’07 BMW K1200GT; ’12 Suzuki DR200; ’15 Yamaha FJ-09.  Bold = current

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-07 FJR

-08 R1 in track getup 

-14 R1 in tour mode 

Guess I'm a Yamaha guy.. 

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2009 Kawasaki Ninja 650R. I had her for 10 years. Did about 25k miles before trading in. 

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5 hours ago, keithu said:

5. 1985 K100RS - I put 90,000 painful miles on this massive pile of dog squeeze. It was 600 pounds of rolling scrap metal. 

 

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"Nevertheless, he persisted" 

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’70 Yamaha 125 Enduro; ’75 Honda CB360T; ’81 Yamaha XS650SH; ’82 Honda GL650 Silver Wing Interstate; ’82 Suzuki GS650L; ’87 Yamaha Virago 535; ’87 Yamaha FJ1200; ’96 Honda ST1100; ’99 Yamaha V-Star Classic; ’00 Suzuki SV650; ’07 BMW K1200GT; ’12 Suzuki DR200; ’15 Yamaha FJ-09.  Bold = current

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Did not start riding until 2003.  My first bike was a 2003 VFR 800, followed by a 2007 CBR 600 RR which eventually became my track bike after a couple years of street duty.  Bought a 2011 Ninja 1000 and totaled it, but promptly picked up a 2013.  Missed my 600 after I gave up track days and got a 2015 ZX6R.  Finally realized super sports were no longer my thing and traded the ZX6R for my Tracer GT.

 

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There is nothing like spending a day riding with friends in the grip of a shared obsession.

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Here are the last 2 bikes since 2004, a ZRX1100 Eddie Lawson Kawi, a 1996 ZX11 Ninja, notice the handle bars, old man crotch rocket and a 1999 VMax carbon fiber. All from a long list. The list gets pretty long when your in your 60s!

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Ain't no fun when the rabbit gets the gun!

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I don't have pics of every bike I ever owned, so I found some on the internet for 1, 4 and 5.

1. 1978 Honda CB400T Hawk Type II (Mine was also blue, keithu)

2. 1983 Yamaha Vision XZ550

3. 1989 Honda Hawk GT NT650

4. 1993 Kawasaki KLX650

5. 1995 Kawasaki GPZ100 (ZX1100E)

6. 1999 Suzuki SV650

7. 2002 BM R1150R

8. 2005 Suzuki  DR650SE (current)

9. 2005 BMW R1200GS (current)

10. 2015 Yamaha FJ-09 (current)

 

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Hord Power ECU, K-Tech suspension, MC Cruise

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2002 Suzuki GS500

2013 Triumph Street Triple R

2006 Kawasaki ZX6R (for track)
 

Wife: 2012 Triumph Street Triple

 

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4 hours ago, maximo said:

"Nevertheless, he persisted" 

LOL. The K100RS was terrible, but I was too poor to buy something better so I had to keep it running. At least it was easy to work on. In 90k miles the only time I removed that huge fairing was to paint it.

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3 hours ago, duhg said:

I don't have pics of every bike I ever owned, so I found some on the internet for 1, 4 and 5.

1. 1978 Honda CB400T Hawk Type II (Mine was also blue, keithu

 

The CB400T was a fantastic first bike. I rode the piss out of mine.

I was always a fan of the mid-90s GPZ1100. They come up cheap on Craigslist once in a while, nobody seems to know what they are. Someday I'd like to pick one up as a project.

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11 hours ago, keithu said:

Very cool! That GT380 is a beauty. 

I was a huge fan of the XJ900,

Unfortunatly the GT380 is a stock picture, mine was a wee bit rougher looking, I remember the throttle having two positions off and almost full on and doing about 30 miles to a gallon.

My XJ900 was a fantasticly reliable big air cooled workhorse that never gave me any issues. Only mechanical glitch in 5 years and 70,000 miles was a broken gear lever return spring, Sorted for about £3.50 and I hamfistedly cracked the alluminium oil cooler when I took it off for some service work being done.

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I will try to track down some pictures later... I've owned 4 motorcycles.

'05 Ninja 500R

'08 FZ-6

'08 Versys 650

'15 FJ-09

The Ninja was honestly terrible looking back, but it was a very cheap started bike so it served its purpose.  I loved my FZ-6. The engine was SO SMOOTH. The Versys was a solid bike but kind boring. Then the FJ... 

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'15 FJ-09 w/ lots of extras...

Fayetteville, GA, USA

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