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Getting this T-Dub having been away from 2 wheels for so long & joining the forum got me to thinking last night about all the bikes I've owned in the past. I wish i had photos of them, but I was never one for snapping pics. I have a couple that were the product of phone cameras getting invented, but nothing before & that's a damn shame.
I figured I'd list everything I've had over the years & I'd be really interested to see what everyone else has had!

1984 Suzuki ZR50 slk
1987 Suzuki TS50X
Vespa 125 (don't remember the year or model)
1983 Suzuki GP100
1982,1984,1985 Honda CB250N
1981 Honda CM200
1977 Honda CB175
1975 Honda CB360
1987 Suzuki GS550 standard then chopped
1988 Suzuki GS750 (Later a 750/850 conversion streetfighter)
1988 Suzuki Streetfighter 1100 (same bike as above with a GSXR1100 motor)
1938 BSA M21
1987 Yamaha XT500
1968 Triumph 3TA
196? Triumph 5TA Speed Twin
196? AJS 250 Stormer scrambler
193? James 175
1966 BSA Bantam 125
Several MZ TS (125, 150, 250)
1986 Ural Cossack outfit
2000 XV1600 (later bored to 2050 & heavily customized)
1989 Harley 1200 Sportster (馃ぎ)

The 750/850.....
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The XV 2050 (The Wife's Bonny American in the back)
Tire Wheel Land vehicle Fuel tank Plant

Fuel tank Wheel Tire Automotive fuel system Vehicle


GSXR750 Magazine giveaway bike I collaborated on building
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Me at work in around 1995 (BEST job I ever had, bar none)
Tire Wheel Land vehicle Vehicle Automotive tire

Vehicle Motor vehicle Car Tire Automotive exterior


I guess I'm a little late for an intro/history, but i figured I probably ought to show my bona-fides before I try to offer any type of advice! 馃槀
 

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IIRC, mine are all in my comments signature -- will see if I'm right in a moment here...LOL.

EDIT: drat...I think they wouldn't all fit down there, so I amended what I put in that section at some point.

Anyway, here they are then (listed in purchase-date order from first to most recent):

-New 2007 Honda Ruckus (yea I'm counting it LOL!)
-New 2007 Yamaha TW200
-Used 1997 Suzuki DR200
-Used 2007 Kawasaki Ninja 500
-Used 2009 Kawasaki KLX250S
-New 2015 Yamaha XT250
-New 2019 Yamaha YZF-R3

Yes -- apparently, I have a thing for new Yamahas.

I am currently saving for another new dual sport (possibly DRZ400S or CRF300L -- or, hopefully, some damn magical new WR350R pipe-dream bike...but not likely...).
 

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WOW, a Brain Teaser! I am sure this post WILL be edited!
197? HD Z90
1987 HD 883 Sportster
1992 HD Softail Custom
1995 HD 883 Sportster
19?? Yamaha RD350
20?? Buell S1 Lightning
19?? Kawasaki EX500/Ninja 500 X3! (2 race bikes, 1 daily driver)
20?? Kawasaki ZX-6R
201? Yamaha FZ1 Bumblebee!
201? Yamaha WR250F? Supermoto/Dual sport
2019 Indian FTR1200S
2023 Yamaha TW200 (on order, FEB delivery supposedly)

I loved them all with the exception of the 1992 HD Softail. The most uncomfortable, unreliable, unruly bike I have owned. I bought it from peer pressure (HERE'S YOUR SIGN!)

The most practical bike.......The Kawasaki EX500/Ninja 500R. I won an Amateur regional WERA Roadracing Championship (1999?) on a highly modified one, and drove to work on one for a couple years. Easy to work on and almost bulletproof!

The one I want back.....201? Yamaha FZ1 Bumblebee! I took it on a "trackday" after I was done roadracing. It was in Grattan, MI. I was just playing, having fun and the transponder said I cut my best racing time by A LOT without almost crapping my leathers at every turn and only shifting 3-4 times on a lap! A Torque monster!

Hopefully my soon to be here TW200 will make the best bike list!
 

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1970 DT-1 250 Enduro
1971 H1 Mach III 500
1973 CR250 Elsinore
1975 Z1 900
1975 Sportster
1975 Superglide
1976 Electraglide
1983 R80RT
1971 H1 Mach III 500
1987? KDX 200 air-cooled
1989? KDX 200 water-cooled
1989? ATK 406
1990 DR350
1996 XR400
1975 XS650 (have had several, but this was the 1st and favorite)
1986 C10 Concours (Owned it twice. Sold it, got to missing it a couple years later. Found one next state over, it was my old bike)
1972? CT90
2005 TW200


I'm sure I've forgotten a bunch. Many more not listed. These are the ones I rode for a while. At one time I accumulated (a more accurate term than collected) Kaw triples (20+) and XS 650's (10+)
Yeah, I'm a product of the 70's and 80's. That's why I love my TW. (If I had to explain, you wouldn't understand.) ;)


Mike
 

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1970 DT-1 250 Enduro
1971 H1 Mach III 500
1973 CR250 Elsinore
1975 Z1 900
1975 Sportster
1975 Superglide
1976 Electraglide
1983 R80RT
1971 H1 Mach III 500
1987? KDX 200 air-cooled
1989? KDX 200 water-cooled
1989? ATK 406
1990 DR350
1996 XR400
1975 XS650 (have had several, but this was the 1st and favorite)
1986 C10 Concours (Owned it twice. Sold it, got to missing it a couple years later. Found one next state over, it was my old bike)
1972? CT90
2005 TW200


I'm sure I've forgotten a bunch. Many more not listed. These are the ones I rode for a while. At one time I accumulated (a more accurate term than collected) Kaw triples (20+) and XS 650's (10+)
Yeah, I'm a product of the 70's and 80's. That's why I love my TW. (If I had to explain, you wouldn't understand.) ;)


Mike
Japanese bikes from the late 60s thru the early 90s truly are the best! Fast enough to scare you, modern enough to tackle everything & simple enough to fix. Just perfect!
 

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Hi All,

I've put a deposit down on a new 2023 TW200, the first bike I've bought new. I'm not new to motorcycles, however.

I grew up with a fleet of Honda CT Trail 90s, riding them since I was about 13 years old. I got into road bikes with a 1992 Honda CB750. I currently have a 2002 Kawasaki Vulcan 800.

I've found that I don't ride street bikes as much as I like to ride in the dirt. A small, lightweight dual sport seems to hit the sweet spot for me. I'm not interested in going fast or riding like I'm still a teenager (those poor Trail 90's!!!) so I think I'm really going to enjoy my Tdub.

I also really like the community you've all built here; it's been great to read all your content collected here.
 

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~1974 Montessa 250 ( thrown away at the dump, landed atop an other basket case motorcycle)
1982 Kawasaki KDX175 -parked in barn
1982 Yamaha YZ250 -parked in barn
Now have a pair of fat tire baby thumper TWs. The narrow tire 2-strokes just couldn't tread lightly enough for guilt free stewardship on the soft soils of my rural property.
Note: Cable chains on a TrailWing rear are no miracle cure when things get soft.
Wheel Tire Fuel tank Vehicle Automotive tire


ATV tires can be more gentle on the land leaving few ruts or displacing soils.
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WOW, a Brain Teaser! I am sure this post WILL be edited!
197? HD Z90
1987 HD 883 Sportster
1992 HD Softail Custom
1995 HD 883 Sportster
19?? Yamaha RD350
20?? Buell S1 Lightning
19?? Kawasaki EX500/Ninja 500 X3! (2 race bikes, 1 daily driver)
20?? Kawasaki Ninja600
201? Yamaha FZ1 Bumblebee!
201? Yamaha WR250F? Supermoto/Dual sport
2019 Indian FTR1200S
2023 Yamaha TW200 (on order, FEB delivery supposedly)

I loved them all with the exception of the 1992 HD Softail. The most uncomfortable, unreliable, unruly bike I have owned. I bought it from peer pressure (HERE'S YOUR SIGN!)

The most practical bike.......The Kawasaki EX500/Ninja 500R. I won an Amateur regional WERA Roadracing Championship (1999?) on a highly modified one, and drove to work on one for a couple years. Easy to work on and almost bulletproof!

The one I want back.....201? Yamaha FZ1 Bumblebee! I took it on a "trackday" after I was done roadracing the EX500. It was in Grattan, MI. I was just playing, having fun and the transponder said I cut my best racing time by a lot without almost crapping my leathers at every turn and only shifting 2-3 times on a lap!

Hopefully my soon to be here TW200 will make the best bike list!
Wow, 145 horses on that FZ1. I've never ridden anything over 60hp. That could really get you into trouble.
 

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Man, that 45 is gorgeous! 鉂
 

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Discussion Starter · #19 ·
Well hell. I thought all the sidevalves were 45s! Shows you what i know about Harleys! 馃槃
 
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