Here was my first bike: A 1972 XR75. My father bought it for me, then taught me how to ride it, something I will forever be indebted to him for doing. We rode quite a few times together, but most of the time I was racing it around fields, jumping it like I was evel Knevel and running from cops at a young age. I was 10 years old.
Then a 1976 Honda MT 250. My dad bought it, then I took it over. I got my first ticket on this bike: 55 in a 25, no license, no helmet, no registration, excessive noise, and the cop followed me for 2 miles before I noticed him and pulled over. I seized this bike more than a few times, and it would cool down and just keep running. I actually sold this bike a few years ago. It still ran.
A 1984 Honda Magna (at one point I had 2. I 700cc and a 750cc) I bought the first in 1989 when I was living in Long Beach, and put 72k miles on it. It gave up the ghost, and I got another one and rode it for about a year. This bike turned me onto long touring, and when I finally couldnt afford to keep it together from thrown transmissions, blowby from bad rings, and leaky engines I literally cried when I took it to the dump and unloaded her. She’s the bike that showed me the beauty of a long open road and the time to go down it and enjoy it all. To this day, when I see a magna, it puts a smile on my face. I kept a written log of some of my rides on the magna when I first got her, and which was the idea to start this blog. its under the Honda Magna Retro Logs section.
My 1987 Suzuki SP 600. I bought it for 50 bucks, broke my ankles everytime I started it, launched it in the air several times, and threw the chain about every 40-45 minutes riding it. It was held together with JB weld and what mustve been a guardian angel to keep me alive on it. This was the only bike I had for a while. I sold it for 50 bucks. I am quite positive it is sitting in a ravine somewhere, and a good possiblity of a missing person lying next to it.
This is my Street Glide. The second I saw her, I knew I was walking out with her. Not trying to be dramatic, but it was love at first site. Best bike ive ever owned.