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    Wow interesting reads here. I'm 52 now so the memory is a little foggy on exact dates.

    Let see started riding around 12 on a 1973 on a 50 cc Yamaha.

    Around 1974-1975 Dad bought me a Suzuki TS 185 duel sport. Road it on trails all over the small logging town I grew up in the Pacific Northwest. Stated doing offroad poker runs. I learned a lot on that bike with its limited suspension and all and crashed it a fair amount on dirt. I put a lot of had miles on this bike.

    Around 1976-1977 bought a nearly new 1975 MX 250 Yamaha. Basically a YZ250 with a wide ratio tranny for going fast in enduro mode. I got along with that bike real well did Poker Runs, A couple Enduros, a hill climb. A few Motocross races. Before I started running it at local arena short track events. I really liked trail riding and arena short track. But racing got to expensive replacing broken parts. Ended up selling it when I was 17.

    When I was 19 I bought a new KZ650 street bike. Had that about 4 years.

    Bought another duel sport, a XT500 Yamaha. Had that around 8-9 years. Road on and offroad.

    Around 2000 I bought a KTM 380 EXC Still have this offroad beast.

    A year later I bought a TTR125 and modified it a lot. Still have it.

    Than I bought a Yamaha 2005 FZ1 still have.

    A couple years ago picked up a clean Honda 919 still have this one.

    This year I picked up another duel sport a Honda CRF250L.

  2. #62


    Am 56, been riding for 38 years, other bike is a Kawasaki Z1000J ( bought new) of which I kept.

  3. #63
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    Grande Prairie Alberta Canada


    Starting riding in 1986 on a 1983 Honda XRL 350. Next bike was a CB450 around 1988. Rode that for some time then bought a 1981 Yamaha 1100 Maxim. Took a few years off with family obligations and so forth then got on a 2001 Honda Firestorm. Summer of 2005 purchased new in the crate 2003 SV1000s with lower fairing installed, tank bra, and higher windscreen all in for $8250. Dealer had brought in a dozen or so and was blowing them out for Suzuki.
    Sold the SV and got a 2005 Hayabusa. Rode that till 2012 and switched to a 2007 ZX14. The ergos on the ZX were much more forgiving than the Busa. Have just recently sold the ZX and am picking up a mint 06 Yamaha FZ1. Can't fold onto the sport types any more.

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    Senior Member JEFFKISTHENAME's Avatar
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    Apr 2017
    209 Valley/510 Bay Area, California


    My Motorcycle Riding Career:

    Started: September 2015

    Total Years Riding Experience: 1.6 years (as of this post)

    Mileage on Bikes:

    - Yamaha FZ-07 (approximately 30,000 miles as of this post)
    - Yamaha FZ1 (approximately 1,200 miles as of this post)

    Total Mileage Riding Experience: 31,200 miles (as of this post)

    Typical Riding Conditions:

    - Commuter (more than likely rain or shine)
    - Canyon Carver (This is done usually once a month, highly dependent on work schedule)

    Note: I do want to learn to track ride. I may be converting my FZ-07 into a FZ07R and starting my track riding with that machine. Before motorcycles I was big into cars; the Mazda RX-7 specifically. Now that I'm into motorcycles, it's very hard to consider ever going back to Autos as a hobby (way of life), because it's just too expensive on four wheels. Now that I'm a family man, I can't foresee myself spending the kind of loot I used to.
    Current Bikes:

    - 2014 Yamaha FZ1
    - 2017 Yamaha FZ-10

    Check out my Build Thread:




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