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Modified 01-31-2017 to correct a couple areas and clarify wording (I hope this version is correct).  :groan
And to update for ending time of Jan 1, 2017. And to add Photos of BSA from CA Days that I recently found.

PAULRIDES – My Ride History since 2001, could say since 1962, but no details on first 3 years. California rides (time frame 1962 to 1965) for which I do not have details. I had a Honda Dream (150cc) as first MC that I ever owned. I traded for a BSA (350cc). I sold the BSA when we left CA in 1965. I rode on street for about 1 1/2 years and about the same in dirt. I gave up street riding when I went to dirt. Dirt riding was trails, and roads (mostly desert riding). I never did any official racing, just some playing around on race tracks.   

I started riding again in TN in May of 2001 at age 63 and have details for that.
Paul's Machines May 2001 to Jan 1, 2017 (Total 341,900 Miles).

1) 2001 Honda VLX 600 bought new May 2001.  I sold Jan 2006 with 71,000 miles on it. 71,000 Round off

2) 2005 Kawasaki 800 Classic bought in Jan 2006 with 2500 miles. I sold May, 2011 with 86,500 miles on it. 84,000 Round off

3) 2007 Suzuki Burgman 650 Scooter bought in March of 2009 with 1700 miles. It broke down with total of 73,900 in Nov, 2013. It was sold broke down in Aug of 2014. For Info, buyer fixed it with repair to the CVT (Plastic Gears that drive the Primary Pulley Position and the CVT Belt changed). 72,200 Round off

4)2008 Kawasaki NINJA 500 in May of 2011 with 1000 miles on it. I sold July 19, 2015 with 60,120 miles. It was a fun machine, I liked it, just a bit uncomfortable for a 77yr old.
59,100 Round off

5) 2011 Suzuki Burgman 400 Scooter bought Dec 26, 2013 with 5200 miles on it. It had 37,837 as of Jan 1, 2017 and still riding it. It is a great ride for my rides. I like it better than the 650, sometimes I could use the extra power of the 650 for passing or when cruising at 70 MPH (actual). 32,637 Round off

6) 2014 Honda CB500X bought July 23, 2015 with 15,041 miles on it after an 11 mile test ride. So, say 15,030 miles when I first rode it. It had 37,984 as of Jan 1, 2017 and still riding it. 22,942 Round off.   
 
« Last Edit: January 31, 2017, 09:37:00 pm by PAULRIDES »
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« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2016, 12:39:05 pm »
I started riding in 1966 on a Bridgestone 90cc 2 stroke, the a Honda CB160, Honda CB 350, Kawasaki KZ 650, Harley  Sportster 1000, Yamaha Vision, Yamaha Virago 750, Harley 883, Yamaha V Star 650, Buell 1200,and last but not least, Honda Shadow 1100.
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« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2016, 12:39:02 am »
honda little 90 in the late 60s , not the supper 90 . an old friend friend of mine back then had a supper 90 & i swear i saw it do 76 mph with 2 14 year old boys on it . me & my friend . then the 175 hondas came thru & then the 350 hondas . nobody had much but hondas in knoxville back then . cops rode harleys * you might an old guy on a bsa , norton & a tramp or 2 .then the 750-4 cb showed up & everybody was like "wow" , about the same time kawasaki came back with the 500 h1 mach 3 . that's the way i went . it was quick , too quick .2 speeds , off & on . my was a 73 or 74 . in florida i tried to trade it for one of them new honda 450 -4s i think because i wanted something to putt around on . maybe that 400 -4 . i thought it was junk because i didn't know to get the rpm,s up on a 4 cycle back then . mo to come   
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« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2016, 10:51:07 pm »
skeeter has been around some.  :happypep :happyrider :21
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« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2016, 02:34:01 am »
in the late 70s ,got broke in folrida & sold the kawasaki to get back to ktown . traded into a vw 3 wheeler . it was a 650 rocket bsa frame hooked to a vw transaxle & i put a 1600 vw one it & that was about all it was . fork was about 4 in over & 18 in pull back apes . just a big chopper . late one nite ,i went to get a bunch of smokey mtn market hotdogs & some guy pulled up beside me at the north end of the hensley st bridge  on a brand new hd sportster 883 . the started gunning his motor & the race was on .i was parked at smokey mtn market & he was so mad when he pulled in behind me . he said " harley told me this was the fastest bike on the street & you will never beat him again " i said " well they lied  & if you wait right here ,i'll beat you back across the bridge " he did & i did . i stopped at the red light on henley ,waiting on him & he didn't . he just ran the red light & went on .   
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« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2016, 08:25:07 am »
Bikes I've owned over the years...some are photos of the bike I owned. If photos of the actual bike weren't available I've found photos of the same model.


My first bike was a 1967 CB160 with CL tank but the low level CB exhaust.  Like this bike but with the lower CB pipes.



My first “big” bike, a 1970 CB350 K2.  I’ve always thought this was the best paint job Honda put on any of the CB350s.  How popular was the CB350?  For a couple of years Honda sold more CB350s in the US than everyone else sold motorcycles combined!  I sold it when I got orders to Thailand.



Norton Commando Roadster  I had two Commandos, a 1971 750 and a 1975 850.  I bought the first in Hampton VA in 1975 and the second from a guy at RAF Lakenheath, UK in 1985. Ah, Nortons...they look so good and break so often.




1972 Suzuki T250.  Not a photo of my actual bike but identical to mine.  It was my first two stroke bike which got me around Goldsboro NC while I was stationed at Seymour Johnson AFB in 1975. Rose landed it in a big bush in our front yard and I had to lift it off her....after I stopped laughing.  :)




1976 BMW R100RS.   My first "big and expensive" bike. 35 years later the styling still looks great. When it came out nothing else looked as swoopy. I’ve had two RSs. . My first one was the 330th one made and I bought it in 1977 from Motorradhaus Lehner in Kaiserslautern, Germany.  I loved this bike more than any other I've owned and would still have it except for it being stolen in Amsterdam in April of 1980.





Our first CB400F, a 1975, which we bought in 1978 while stationed at Ramstein AB in Germany.. I’ve never been able to decide, are the blues ones faster or the red ones?




The second one, a 1976 with small racer wannabe aboard in Texas.




My much loved old 1979 GS1000S. It doesn't seem fair..she still looks as good as she did in '79 and the rider doesn't. This is actually my second big GS-S. I raced the first in Open Production in the CRRC in Texas in 1981. I sold it a couple of years later when I got orders for the UK. Big mistake and I always regretted selling it. After I retired I started looking for another and found this one in a collection in Indiana in 1998. I'll never sell this bike. It's still a hoot to ride.



A recent photo on the Dragon




Yamaha's wonderful RD350LC. (LC = Liquid Cooled)  Just the thing for hooligan riding on English backroads. The two most fun letters in motorcycling had to be "RD". Mine was a blue and white 1981 model I bought in 1984 at RAF Mildenhall in the UK.

 


My Suzuki RG500 Gamma which I bought new in 1986 from a shop in London.  Compared to the Gamma everything else was either too heavy or too slow. It took the four strokes 10 years to catch up but in 1986 nothing else had over 100 hp and weighed only 403 lbs with a full tank of gas. I had the engine on mine tuned by Stan Stevens in the UK and then it made even more insane power. It’s the way the power hits that makes it unique.  Power goes from about 50 at 7000 RPM to better than 90 at 8500 and just keeps climbing.  When the exhaust system power valves retune at 7200 it feels like you just engaged the afterburner.  This thing was the bike your mom warned you about.  I love it! 



Here it is in Germany in 1991 being used as a jungle gym for middle son Colin.




While stationed in Spangdahlem I bought a CM400 Honda, mostly because I got a real good deal on it.  It turned out to be a great bike that was perhaps the most reliable bike ever.  I’ve had three more since the first one and still have one today and another in storage awaiting our return to the US.



While I was a Spang in 1990 I bought a 1976 FXE Shovelhead from another MSgt in my squadron.  I didn’t really want a HD but the price he was asking made it one of those deals you just can’t pass up.  Turned out I really enjoyed the bike.  It was like having a vintage bike I could still get parts for. I ended up selling it to a German fella who gave me about twice what I paid for it which made  it still a heck of a bargain for him.



My second RS was a red '81 I bought in Tacoma WA when I was stationed at McChord AFB.  This one had the lightened flywheel and Nikasil cylinders. Despite all the improvements I managed to blow the engine up. Ended up selling the rolling chassis for about what I paid for the bike originally so I guess it worked out OK



My BMW K100RS that I bought in Florida in 2005 as a bike to use for touring the US during our summer vacations.  Pictured at the Dragon around then.

 

On tour in Pennsylvania.  I couldn’t resist stopping in York to let these guys see what a real bike looked like.




1996 GSF1200 Bandit on Yokosuka Navy Base, Japan.  I bought the bike in 2002 soon after arriving in Japan from a guy who worked at the Commissary at Atsugi Naval Air Station.



GSF1200 Bandit and wife visiting celebrity American military man, Col.Harlan Sanders in Chiba, Japan.



Cornering in Yokohama.




Waiting to be Blessed in Germany.



Climbing a really big hill in Italy



And resting on a roadside in France

« Last Edit: January 05, 2016, 02:25:01 pm by Chris »
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« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2016, 10:21:52 am »
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Love the pics of old bikes. Especially the CB 350. Just like the one I had. I would love to have another.
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« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2016, 12:37:40 pm »
Especially the CB 350. Just like the one I had. I would love to have another.  -Darrell

Darrell,

Me too Buddy!  Say, might be another Old School Speed topic there....  :)

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« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2016, 04:27:29 pm »
Chris --- DNPofMC (Dang Nice Presentation of Motor Cycles). You was and is a MC Man.  :happypep

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« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2016, 08:48:44 pm »
I'll play the game.
My ownership of motorcycles couldn’t begin before I left the house that my Mom ruled!
Even poor ol’ Dad couldn’t talk her into letting me have one (because he secretly wanted one also!).  ;D
My riding back then (50’s) consisted of sneaking to my cousin’s house and riding his 75cc Yamaha.

Some of these pics are pretty badly faded and discolored but you’ll get the gist.

*Anyway, starting with my first bought in 1969…a Honda 305cc Superhawk shown here parked outside of the barracks of NAS Corpus Christi, TX. Sold it before I left Texas.

*Next was a 1972 Kawasaki 250cc F8 street/trail. This pic was taken in a riding area just south of NAS North Island in San Diego,Ca. I always took the headlight and tail light off and hid them in the bushes before tearing up the trails so they would still be intact for the ride back to the base.

*After I got out of the Navy and back to NC, I decided that I wanted to try motocross racing so, the F8 got traded for a 1972 KX250.

*One badly injured knee later, I traded for a “72 Kaw 750cc H2. The first pic of it is how it was when I bought it. The second (very faded) pic is after I installed a Tracy fiberglass body, Wheelsmith cambers, and a fairing. I won the trophy showing it in a Cafe bike class. Sold it before moving from NC back to Texas.

*Next is a bike I built from two basket case 500cc Kaw H1’s that I was lucky enough to find for free while living in Houston, Tx in the late 70’s/early 80’s. It was a scary little thing! Sold it when I moved back to NC.

*After more than a few non-motorcycle years, I got back into it here in TN with a ’95 Harley 1200cc Sportster.

*Then the “Harley Mystique” crowd convinced me I needed to go bigger so, the 2000 Softail Standard found it’s way into my life (and wallet!).

*After that, I had had enough of the Harley crowd so I sold it and went for what I truly loved….another dual purpose bike…the 2002 Kaw KLR650.

*While I still had the KLR, I found a 1980 Kaw KZ1000 that I just had to have. First pic is how it looked when I bought it. Second pic is how it looked when I sold it. I sold the KLR while working on the KZ also.

*Now, all I’m left with is the torn down ’80 Yamaha XS650 you see in my avatar. Hopefully, it’ll be a fun Street Tracker sometime next summer!

Yeah….wish I had ‘em ALL back!

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« Reply #10 on: February 12, 2016, 11:24:17 pm »
I can't offer all those details or photos. But, I can give you a list of most of the bikes I've had over the years.
My first bike was a 1981 Yamaha y-zinger (pw50), from that I went to a early 80's Suzuki ds100. Then a basket case yamaha 2 stroke 125 that I couldn't say as I ever knew the model of it. Next was my first 4 stroke in a 1987 Yamaha TW200 dual sport. After the TW200 was stolen I later replaced it with an identical one that was never quite the same. After selling that bike I went without for a while. When my brother bought a motorcycle I got the fever and traded my 4 wheeler for 1980 Yamaha 600. After I got sick of fixing that poor neglected bike I sold it. And I bought a 80 something kawi 440Ltd. Then there was a 80 something kawi 750. Around 2005 I bought my first V-twin in a 2003 Honda shadow 750 ACE. My father in law later gave me his 2003 Honda 1100 Sabre and traded my 750 in on his new bike. And, I sold the sabre after buying my 2006 VTX1300C. I also have a Meanstreak project bike. And, Ian is working on restoring my dad's CB750.
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« Reply #11 on: February 13, 2016, 02:43:26 am »
I'll play the game.
My ownership of motorcycles couldn’t begin before I left the house that my Mom ruled!
Even poor ol’ Dad couldn’t talk her into letting me have one (because he secretly wanted one also!).  ;D
My riding back then (50’s) consisted of sneaking to my cousin’s house and riding his 75cc Yamaha.

Some of these pics are pretty badly faded and discolored but you’ll get the gist.

*Anyway, starting with my first bought in 1969…a Honda 305cc Superhawk shown here parked outside of the barracks of NAS Corpus Christi, TX. Sold it before I left Texas.

*Next was a 1972 Kawasaki 250cc F8 street/trail. This pic was taken in a riding area just south of NAS North Island in San Diego,Ca. I always took the headlight and tail light off and hid them in the bushes before tearing up the trails so they would still be intact for the ride back to the base.

*After I got out of the Navy and back to NC, I decided that I wanted to try motocross racing so, the F8 got traded for a 1972 KX250.

*One badly injured knee later, I traded for a “72 Kaw 750cc H2. The first pic of it is how it was when I bought it. The second (very faded) pic is after I installed a Tracy fiberglass body, Wheelsmith cambers, and a fairing. I won the trophy showing it in a Cafe bike class. Sold it before moving from NC back to Texas.

*Next is a bike I built from two basket case 500cc Kaw H1’s that I was lucky enough to find for free while living in Houston, Tx in the late 70’s/early 80’s. It was a scary little thing! Sold it when I moved back to NC.

*After more than a few non-motorcycle years, I got back into it here in TN with a ’95 Harley 1200cc Sportster.

*Then the “Harley Mystique” crowd convinced me I needed to go bigger so, the 2000 Softail Standard found it’s way into my life (and wallet!).

*After that, I had had enough of the Harley crowd so I sold it and went for what I truly loved….another dual purpose bike…the 2002 Kaw KLR650.

*While I still had the KLR, I found a 1980 Kaw KZ1000 that I just had to have. First pic is how it looked when I bought it. Second pic is how it looked when I sold it. I sold the KLR while working on the KZ also.

*Now, all I’m left with is the torn down ’80 Yamaha XS650 you see in my avatar. Hopefully, it’ll be a fun Street Tracker sometime next summer!

Yeah….wish I had ‘em ALL back!

Sonny

Sonny,

I love the Kawi triple with the Tracy body kit!  The blue LTD is pretty nice too.  Thanks for posting those!

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« Reply #12 on: February 13, 2016, 11:08:48 am »
Did a bike update.  I started riding when I was 14 on a 1950 HD 125.  Then bought a used Zundapp 200cc bike from a friend.  Later got hold of a 1945 HD Model 64 side shifter.  Gave 125 to my brother and later sold the other two bikes.  Mom has all of the pics.  The HD125 was in pieces in a box when I got it.  My friend had the same bike but it was a 1951.  Rode relatives and friends bikes (Kawasakis, Yamahas, HDs, Triumphs, BSA, etc. while in college.  Lived in N.O., LA after college and that was no place to own a MC.  Drivers were too bad, streets were more like trail runs, and traffic too much.  Just borrowed bikes from time to time until I moved to TN in 2007 and bought a 2004 naked Honda Shadow 750 Aero.  In 2010 I bought a 2000 Honda Valkyrie Tourer.  She was all black and beautiful.  That got crunched from the rear on Sept. 1, 2011.  Sept. 20, 2011 I flew to Denver, CO and bought the 1999 Valkyrie Tourer I currently have with 43,500 miles on it.  Rode it back to TN and now have over 105K on her.  Dec. 12, 2015 I traded the Shadow for a 2012 Honda NC700X, my gravel road bike.  May 10, 2016 totaled it in a wreck.  July 2016 flew to Searcy, AR and purchased a Red 2014 NC700X and rode it back to Seymour same day.  Never kept track of the miles ridden until the last couple of ears.  Lots of fun and a few hurts but love those two wheels.
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« Reply #13 on: February 13, 2016, 10:27:25 pm »
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Quote   I'll play the game. My ownership of motorcycles couldn’t begin before I left the house that my Mom ruled!
Even poor ol’ Dad couldn’t talk her into letting me have one (because he secretly wanted one also!).  ;D
My riding back then (50’s) consisted of sneaking to my cousin’s house and riding his 75cc Yamaha. Quote

DANG good recap of your MC Life.  :happypep   :21
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« Reply #14 on: February 13, 2016, 10:46:02 pm »
Deuce & El Borrego --- Making Memories I would say.  :happypep
Sad - no pictures to go with the write up.

I wish I would have dug out some photos of my second MC, a BSA 350 one lunger (1963 I think) I had in CA from  about 1963 to 1965. Blue and Chrome Street Bike with a lot of chrome (those days fenders where chrome and gas tank was blue and chrome). I have some pictures and 8MM movies of that. Maybe dig a picture or two out of an old scrap book and Scan it. I only rode on the street about  a year and decided too dangerous. Stripped it down and rode hills and desert (hauled out from Orange County, CA).   

Before the BSA 350, my first bike was a Honda 150CC Dream (black with flared front fender). I had not a clue about riding and no instruction. Lucky lived thru it. I don't think I ever had a picture of that 150cc Dream.  I only had it a year or so (about 1962 or 1963) then traded for the new BSA 350. 
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« Reply #15 on: February 14, 2016, 02:14:07 am »
I'm really glad to see the activity on this thread.  The stories are great.

Ian?  You're up next.  And Paul wants pictures!

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« Reply #16 on: February 14, 2016, 09:01:05 am »
While I had obviously been surrounded by motorcycles my whole I had never ridden before until I was about 17. A friend at a party was showing off on his Ninja 250 and ended up with a broken collar bone. He knew my dad and assumed I knew how to ride so he tossed me the key on the way to the hospital. I was sure I knew the basics and had a hefty sized lack of judgement so I took the bike over to the empty church parking lot across the street from where we were and 30 minutes later I was riding it home.

Soon after that I picked up my own new Ninja 250 and rode it pretty much daily.  Friends would leave bikes with me and I would bounce around between various things before moving to TN and finding myself bikeless. Since I have been here I've had/still have: 1978 Suzuki GS1000E, 2003 Kawasaki ZX6R, 2012 Triumph 675R, various GS project bikes, 1975 Suzuki GT185 and a little Honda 75.
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« Reply #17 on: February 14, 2016, 12:52:52 pm »
DANG good recap of your MC Life.

Why thanks! It took quite a bit of searching for photos and memories but, it was fun to look back.

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« Reply #18 on: February 14, 2016, 07:04:06 pm »
I started riding when I was 14 due to my buddy I rode bicycles with graduating to a trail bike.That would be around 84.It was an 80 Honda Cb125S.I think grandpa paid 300 for it.It was a decent little bike that took on several changes during my ownership.It initially got turn signals stripped and a 56 tooth sprocket with a knobby rear for trail riding then as we rode more on the rode a 40 and a universal tread and finally back to stock.While I still had the Honda a guy my grandpa worked with offered to sell his sons Yamaha SR185 Exciter.I think it had about 2500 miles on it and sold with 4600.That was my favorite bike of what I had back then.Torquey for its size.Found a 82 GS300 and sold the Yamaha.The CB had left just a bit earlier.It only had 1600 miles and had all the problems from sitting and me without the knowledge to fix it.It was the bike that broke my desire for a long time.It wasn't really the bikes fault but I didn't really have anyone to ride with at the time and like I said i didn't have what it took and my folks wasn't paying for an experienced wrench so for years I blamed the bike but it was more me than it.Sold it when I was 18 which was 91 and didn't ride till 09 when I bought a 85 Shadow.I dont remember the miles but it was like 57000.I fixed it enough to run pretty good and kept it a few months before the wife got the bug to ride with me we bought the 01 Vstar 1100 and it underwent quite the roller coaster of transformations.Brought it home with 14000 miles and sold it with 34000 in 2013 when I bought the 07 1600 Nomad with 9400 miles which now has 15500.In 2014 I picked up an 89 Goldwing trike with 57000 which now has about 63000.


The pics of everything prior to the VStar is what I found on the net but are a very close representation down to color.The Vstar pics are of the different looks it had during ownership and the Nomad and trike pics are pretty accurate other than I have the passenger seat and backrest off the Nomad.Sorry I forgot the Shadow and added it to the end.
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« Reply #19 on: February 17, 2016, 09:57:24 am »
Cool Information.

You had a gap in riding as I did.

However, my longer gap was 1965 to 2001 (35 Years). 1965 when I left CA and sold the BSA 350 to 2001 when I bought the VLX 600 in May.
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« Reply #20 on: February 17, 2016, 04:42:50 pm »
I started riding when I was 14 due to my buddy I rode bicycles with graduating to a trail bike.That would be around 84.It was an 80 Honda Cb125S.I think grandpa paid 300 for it.It was a decent little bike that took on several changes during my ownership.It initially got turn signals stripped and a 56 tooth sprocket with a knobby rear for trail riding then as we rode more on the rode a 40 and a universal tread and finally back to stock.While I still had the Honda a guy my grandpa worked with offered to sell his sons Yamaha SR185 Exciter.I think it had about 2500 miles on it and sold with 4600.That was my favorite bike of what I had back then.Torquey for its size.Found a 82 GS300 and sold the Yamaha.The CB had left just a bit earlier.It only had 1600 miles and had all the problems from sitting and me without the knowledge to fix it.It was the bike that broke my desire for a long time.It wasn't really the bikes fault but I didn't really have anyone to ride with at the time and like I said i didn't have what it took and my folks wasn't paying for an experienced wrench so for years I blamed the bike but it was more me than it.Sold it when I was 18 which was 91 and didn't ride till 09 when I bought a 85 Shadow.I dont remember the miles but it was like 57000.I fixed it enough to run pretty good and kept it a few months before the wife got the bug to ride with me we bought the 01 Vstar 1100 and it underwent quite the roller coaster of transformations.Brought it home with 14000 miles and sold it with 34000 in 2013 when I bought the 07 1600 Nomad with 9400 miles which now has 15500.In 2014 I picked up an 89 Goldwing trike with 57000 which now has about 63000.


The pics of everything prior to the VStar is what I found on the net but are a very close representation down to color.The Vstar pics are of the different looks it had during ownership and the Nomad and trike pics are pretty accurate other than I have the passenger seat and backrest off the Nomad.Sorry I forgot the Shadow and added it to the end.

I agree with Paul....Very Cool!  Thanks for posting!
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Re: Your MC History -- Put it in a Reply for All to See.
« Reply #21 on: February 17, 2016, 06:52:09 pm »
Yep I quit completely from 91 till 09 but had pretty much stopped 2 yrs before.I still remember each bike well and wish I had those first 3 back.That little cb was a heck of a trail bike you have seen the places we went. ;D
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Re: Your MC History -- Put it in a Reply for All to See.
« Reply #22 on: February 18, 2016, 02:03:35 pm »
First street bike i ever bought was a little cb125 that was absolutetly identical to the one in that picture.

I really miss that thing.

I have no doubt in my mind that it would haul my fat ass around.

Great machine.

After that there was a string of bikes.

1985 450 nighthawk

A buttload of 750 fours

Love me a 750 chopper.

A harley chopper

A trimph 650 bonneville chopper

Another buttload of 750 fours

A bunch of goldwings

And a yamaha venture.

There is no way i could name every bike ive owned.

I tend to collect.

Ive had more bikes that a dog had fleas. .
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Re: Your MC History -- Put it in a Reply for All to See.
« Reply #23 on: February 18, 2016, 02:44:24 pm »
You had a gap in riding as I did.

Yeah, I had a gap also from about 1988 to 1998. I took on a job that required a move and a lot of travel so, it wasn't practical to own one.

Also, I forgot to include a Honda 250X three wheeler in my list. Not sure if it classifies as a MC but, it provided much fun in the Uwharrie National Forest in NC in the early 80's and I made it street legal.

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Re: Your MC History -- Put it in a Reply for All to See.
« Reply #24 on: February 18, 2016, 09:01:39 pm »
Yeah, I had a gap also from about 1988 to 1998. I took on a job that required a move and a lot of travel so, it wasn't practical to own one.

Also, I forgot to include a Honda 250X three wheeler in my list. Not sure if it classifies as a MC but, it provided much fun in the Uwharrie National Forest in NC in the early 80's and I made it street legal.

Sonny

Add the 3 wheeler to your original post.
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« Reply #25 on: February 18, 2016, 09:03:46 pm »
Hey Rick --- That many fleas would need a Big Dog.  ;)

You have done some bike swapping for sure.  :happypep
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Re: Your MC History -- Put it in a Reply for All to See.
« Reply #26 on: February 19, 2016, 06:46:04 am »
Rick likes bikes and we like that fact.
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I went back and updated my original Post to update miles, etc., to Jan 1 2017 as ending date.

I aslo made a few corrections (math, clarification of wording, and rounded off miles).

I think I have it correct now @ 341,900 miles since May 2001.

So, since the new data is in the first post, I deleted a post I made on Jan 02, 2017. No sense in having it in both places. This is getting confusing.  :banghead

By the way --- I have enjoyed reading thru this AGAIN.  :happypep

I WONDER -- if anyone that did not post would want to add to the history? 
 
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Add update to another post about my MC History (other post had pictures of the bikes - this just has miles ridden).

So update miles ridden as still the same two bikes I had last year: 1) Suzuki  Burgman 400 Scooter 2) Honda CB500X

PAULRIDES – My Ride History since 2001, could say since 1962, but no details on first 3 years. California rides (time frame 1962 to 1965) for which I do not have details. I had a Honda Dream (150cc) as first MC that I ever owned. I traded for a BSA (350cc). I sold the BSA when we left CA in 1965. I rode on street for about 1 1/2 years and about the same in dirt. I gave up street riding when I went to dirt. Dirt riding was trails, and roads (mostly desert riding). I never did any official racing, just some playing around on race tracks.   

I started riding again in TN in May of 2001 at age 63 and have details for that.
Paul's Machines May 2001 to Jan 1, 2018 (Total 371,220 Miles).

1) 2001 Honda VLX 600 bought new May 2001.  I sold Jan 2006 with 71,000 miles on it. 71,000 Round off

2) 2005 Kawasaki 800 Classic bought in Jan 2006 with 2500 miles. I sold May, 2011 with 86,500 miles on it. 84,000 Round off

3) 2007 Suzuki Burgman 650 Scooter bought in March of 2009 with 1700 miles. It broke down with total of 73,900 in Nov, 2013. It was sold broke down in Aug of 2014. For Info, buyer fixed it with repair to the CVT (Plastic Gears that drive the Primary Pulley Position and the CVT Belt changed). 72,200 Round off

4)2008 Kawasaki NINJA 500 in May of 2011 with 1000 miles on it. I sold July 19, 2015 with 60,120 miles. It was a fun machine; I liked it, just a bit uncomfortable for a 77yr old.
59,100 Round off

5) 2011 Suzuki Burgman 400 Scooter bought Dec 26, 2013 with 5200 miles on it. It had 46610 as of Jan 1, 2017 (Jan 2018 56,100) and still riding it. It is a great ride for my rides. I like it better than the 650, sometimes I could use the extra power of the 650 for passing or when cruising at 70 MPH(actual).Total Bike as of Jan 1, 2018 = 50,900

6) 2014 Honda CB500X bought July 23, 2015 with 15,041 miles on it after an 11 mile test ride. So, say 15,030 miles when I first rode it. It had 37,984 as of Jan 1, 2017 (Jan 49,050) and still riding it. Total Bike as of Jan 1, 2018 = 34,020   
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