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What was your first big bike?

I bought a 1980 Z1R for $200 less than msrp out the door.

Took a little 400 mile ride over to Mark's house.
Nice little kodak moment, wish the pic was better.


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CB750F - late 70's DOHC version.
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define big? havent gone over a liter yet. been on 250's 600s, and 919 thats it.

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busa new in 02. Liked it but just not as fun as my gsx-r 750's were. Got a vtx1800 great bike for a second bike couldn't shake the sport bike inline four feeling though. I had WAAAY more fun on a cbr600 than I did on my busa and my 9er is gold as far as I know. The 919 fits me except I do get figgity on long trips even with the corbin thats my only gripe.

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in 1990 bought my first real streetbike, a 1982 Suzuki GS550L. Got it for $500 out of a farmer's barn. Rode it for 3 months then sold it to a friend to get a bigger bike. It was in perfect working order. I think I had to replace the battery. Can't find a deal like that anymore. Hell, bikes that don't even run are being sold for $1000.

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My first one was a Honda Slr 650 from year 1997. 1997 Honda SLR 650 specifications and pictures
Handled like a bicycle and was just fun to drive. When went driving with friends then they always had to wait me on turns so I wount miss them

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1980 CB900C, about 650 lbs of smooth sailing. Triple discs, shaft drive, 10 speed transmission, air assisted supensption, double bucket seat, and a Vetter fairing. Went all over the country in pure bliss. I traded it for a 1994 Yam Secca, the cheapest and worst piece of manure I ever rode.

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haha the CB900C with its high low range was pretty bamf!

my first BIG bike was my 04 CRF250X in the dirt... on the street when i turned 19 (2 yrs ago) i started riding on a regular basis my dads 02 VTX1800R... put bout 6k miles on it in the course of a year or so... then i bought my 919 a yr n a month ago.

Yes.... my first real street bike was a VTX1800R... talk about handing ur kid a loaded gun, that thing has nuff power to do a roll on burnout and chirp the tire at 85 between 2nd n 3rd.... no wonder why i went through a set of tires in like 6 months on the thing haha. fuggin 1 pistion the size of all 4 of our 919's!

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'78 CB750Four Supersport here, wish I never sold that bike for the '77 GS750 but the 919 is a GREAT replacement.

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I bought a brand new 1981 Honda CB900F in 1981... 400 Hawk before that!


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fuggin 1 pistion the size of all 4 of our 919's!
I had a 1800 a few years back. The only cruiser Ive ever rode that would pull the wheel up with out clutchin it. Also the only bike I ever felt very uncomfortable busting a wheelie on, what a friggin ride! That thing came down like a BRICK everytime.

Also at the time I bought mine (5-6 years ago) it was the biggest production piston honda made. Cool little factiod.

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The first big bike I ever rode was a 75 Ducati 860 back in the early 80's when I weighed 130 and the bike weighed 46,000lbs. It was my dad's bike and he disabled the electric start so it had to be kick started. I had to put all my weight on that kick starter to turn it over.

The first big bike I owned was my 919.

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First bike - Honda Hawk 400
this isn't it but it has the same color sceme and looked identical


CB900F Supersport
this isn't it, mine had tons of mods

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71 Norton Commando, which was also my very first bike and what I learned to ride on.

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1966 Norton Atlas, bought new and first bike it's what I learned to ride on. It came from Ace Cycle World in Chicago and I also worked there, I was in hog heaven.

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I started with a 1982 Honda CB750SC (Nighthawk) then on to a 1998 Triumph Trident 900 and now the 919.
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1984 Honda Sabre for me. Got it when I was 19 or 20 years old. Of course I rode it to Myrtle Beach, and of course I pulled over at the South Carolina state line to remove my helmet.

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I started on a 81 KZ750 man it was a pile of crap shoulda never bought it but I knew nothing about bikes. Moved up to a 82 V45 Sabre.My Sabre (1).jpg

Now I have the 9'er. Someday ill have a liter bike.



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post #22 of 45 Old 12-06-2010, 07:43 PM
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I bought a 1980 Z1R for $200 less than msrp out the door.

Took a little 400 mile ride over to Mark's house.
Nice little kodak moment, wish the pic was better.


Here's your pic with a little better contrast.

Bought the 76 and the kz in a two for one deal for $800. Not bad, restored both and sold the 550 for what i bought both for. Spent about 2 years on the 650 and then sold it when I moved for more than twice what I bought it for (well, I suppose I made out a little less than half after my time and parts were into it). Then got the cb750kfc (mix and match all sorts of parts) and was working on that. The picture is when I bought it for $500...All it needed was new ignition and a set of tires and I could have been up and running...but I thought I wanted to do it all and modify the hell out of it. Decided to stop the mod and ride instead. Bought something I could trust - a much safer 919.

My next purchase will probably be the new 1700cc thunderbird sport. I like the looks and the misses wants a more comfortable cruiser. Just wish it was a triple (the rocket III is a bit too big for me). My kid wants to ride bike too, I'll pick him up a old school 250 or something and we'll build on that until he can ride. Should be fun!
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First street bike was an 84 Honda v65 sabre . Bought it while in college to beat up on the crotch rocket punks. That thing was a torque monster!

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'82 Suzuki GS450L - still in my garage 15 years later. To me, it WAS a big bike, LOL!

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Hello gents been around here for a while just to shy to introduce my self. My first big bike was also my first a 2006 roadster warrior with a stage 4 kit. Sales people will sell anything to anybody. Had personal problems so it had to go. Got the 919 in 2009 now I know how fun it can be to ride a bike.

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post #26 of 45 Old 12-07-2010, 06:39 AM
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1983 Interceptor 750! Here it is on my trailer when I brought it home on 9/9/01. I got it registered/insured on 9/10 and was hoping to get out of work early the following day to do some riding. And then all hell broke loose with 9/11 and living/working in central NJ my company closed down and sent everyone home by noon. I spent the rest of the day alternating between taking short rides and checking the news to see what was going on... I sold that bike in early 2009 getting ready to buy my 919!
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'78 CB750Four Supersport here, wish I never sold that bike for the '77 GS750 but the 919 is a GREAT replacement.
You sold a 78 CB F for a && GS?
No wonder you still feel pained.

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I started with a 1982 Honda CB750SC (Nighthawk) then on to a 1998 Triumph Trident 900 and now the 919.
I've always liked that 750.

Preschool - Kawasaki 100 enduro
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I learned shifting/clutching on this (pretty big for me):



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You sold a 78 CB F for a && GS?
No wonder you still feel pained.
I don't think I'll ever stop regretting selling the CB, If I ever find another one I'll try to buy it.

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The '67 Norton Atlas was a twin 750, also my first bike and the bike I learned to ride with. Then I dropped down to a GPz550. But my Big Bike is the 9ner.

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For me it was a '82 KZ550 LTD, still in my garage. Just need to put the carbs back in it.

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I don't think I'll ever stop regretting selling the CB, If I ever find another one I'll try to buy it.
My 73 is still in the garage - had it since new.
Has not been ridden since 95.
I have a stash of them, plus parts.
I even have a spare set of 69-71 era pipes in the basement that have one season of use on them from ever so long ago.
I've sunk too much $ into the 919 and the 750 track bike to be able to afford to get at the old CB, but I really do need to do something about that.

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The Radian and the older NightHawk just look right to me even today.
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this is my 1st bike in 2004..too bad the company was closed down and i couldnt find any spare parts..


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