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And then I bought the 2002 C10.
And then the 2005 C10
Snowmobiles, I have a bunch.
Motorcycles-I haven't had anything except dirtbikes 30 years ago, so this will be all new to me.
2005 C10 with Rifle w/s, SISF Exhaust sprocket, overflow tubes, 2 minute jet mod. (SOLD)
2004 Honda ST1300-the current mule.

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I had a 71 DT250 new. Third bike for me.
 Was stationed on a destroyer during Vietnam era. Last visited port was Hong Kong before Subic Bay, PI before ship rotating back to San Diego.
 Asked Exc if ok to bring back mc. Yes, so three of us did. Bikes were hoisted up from pier to 01 exterior level deck next to torpedo tubes and tied to safety cable stanchions. Bikes in crate and sealed in plastic so no salt exposure during transit. Borrows crow bar from machinists mate and used bike tool to assemble front wheel/bars. Rode it down the gangway to the pier.
 Many a good time riding around the county and out in the desert trails.



 File photo of ship

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I had several dirt bikes when I was younger. Much younger, as in beginning40 plus years ago. No surviving pictures although I did repurchase my second "real" bike about 30 years ago and have kept it in captivity out in the shed untouched (as in unrestored, which it needs/deserves desperately). I did get it fired up this summer just to see if it would. That ones a '72 (?) Suzuki TS125.
After that there were some Yamaha MXs and an IT175.
I never had any interest in street bikes. Figured a mistake on a dirt bike could (and did) injure me and that was my fault. On the road someone else's mistake could kill me.
Then I got married and started a contracting business and life went on. Most "toys" we're in the form of snowmobiles to help pass the time during the long MN winters.
Then a few years ago while attending and swapping at the largest power sports swap event in MN I was starting to notice road bikes. Not sure why, but a browse thru CraigsList found something that looked useful and unintimidating. And under $1000. And only a few miles away.
So I contacted the guy and went and had a look. Bought it, left my car there and rode the '82 (?) Honda GL500 home. 175 miles home. On a bike I knew nothing about history wise, old weather checked tires and no current license-me (no mc endorsement) or the bike. Reception at home was less than enthusiastic, to say the least and it meant a round trip drive to retrieve the car. But, I have/had bought dozens of snowmobiles and turned them (sometimes quite profitably to finance other toys/trips), so figured this could just be another such participant.
After new tires I enjoyed it. After a couple short rides the wife even enjoyed it. A lot. It was a great beginner street bike. Easy to ride, easy to touch the ground, stable and relatively underpowered. I needed/wanted more, but this one was the one that started me on the path to riding on the roads.

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And currently the 2004 Honda ST1300.
Click on the pics to view full size low resolution.
Not sure how to get around the file size limit for full size pics like many are able to post.
« Last Edit: November 20, 2016, 06:26:49 pm by jettawreck »
Snowmobiles, I have a bunch.
Motorcycles-I haven't had anything except dirtbikes 30 years ago, so this will be all new to me.
2005 C10 with Rifle w/s, SISF Exhaust sprocket, overflow tubes, 2 minute jet mod. (SOLD)
2004 Honda ST1300-the current mule.

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Ok, I think I can get away with this one, since I no longer have her...  :??:  :'(

At the end of 2010 when the 2011's were hitting dealers I bought a brand new left over 09ABS Connie for $10k OTD, this was the very first bike in all my life that I bought brand new, all my prior bikes were always used.

Here's a pic of her on day one, I had them remove that ugly rear fender and oem potato launcher before even riding her home, and that's where the journey started.  :)




She wen't through a couple renditions over the years of ownership, I have short attention span, lot's of great times and memories with this ZG, had it not been for this bike I most likely would never have found COG. Lot's of time and dough went into this bike, she kept me entertained for many years!  :great: :great:















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My very first sport touring bike was an 06 VFR800, loved this bike, bullet proof and so comfy compared to all my prior sport bikes, lockable hard luggage gave me a new look on bikes and what I wanted as I aged.

I did some odd's and ends to her, exhaust, seat, bar risers, etc. For a solo bike it was everything I wanted, only reason I let her go was she just wasn't a great 2up loaded bike for me & mama...  :??:


Now that I dig for pics and post this maybe I'll need to pick up another, I always liked the red/wht/blu ones they did a couple years later...  >:D







This was the first bike our youngest daughter began to go on rides with me, great times! Don't hate on the lack of ATGATT, I wasn't as mature then as I am now...  :truce: ;) :)


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1981 Suzuki GS650E.  (Internet pic)  Was a great first bike. Had it for a few years and learned how to ride.  But, it was tough keeping up with my friends who were driving 1000s and 1100s.


1984 Honda V65 Magna.  Had it for many years and many miles. 


Picked up a KLR 250 to satisfy my off-road riding.


2005 Honda 919. 

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Picked up a KLR 250 to satisfy my off-road riding.



Like!  :great:

What year is that PG? I'd love to hear more about this one...  :)  :popcorncouple:
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Ok, I'm having to dig for old photo albums now, pre digital photo's lol, here's some phone pics of those, much faster than scanning them in...  ;D

This was an 87 Ninja 250, judging by the Langlitz leather pants, tennis shoes, and mullet  :o,  I'm going to guess this pic was taken in about 88/89'sh. These bikes weren't off the line fast, but they were like an RX7 rotary engine and red-lined at like 12 or 14k, an absolute blast in tight twisties!  :motonoises: :great:




I ended up wrecking it, back then having no $ I glued & fiberglassed the backside of the bodywork back together and rattle canned it full red in my Dad's garage (I was still living at home back then), it actually came out pretty good, I probably didn't spend more than $100 fixing/painting myself...  :great:

The hot chick on it in this pic is my then highschool girlfriend... (she's now my wife of 25+ years  :-*)


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Picked up a KLR 250 to satisfy my off-road riding.


Like!  :great:

What year is that PG? I'd love to hear more about this one...  :)  :popcorncouple:

I believe it was a 1985.  I bought it from the original owner in the 90s while I had the V65.  Replaced the DOT tires with knobbies and explored the NH woods and power lines for years with it.   Very reliable and took a beating.   

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  Marc,
 Yeah the cx based gL was imo a good unit with an engine that was durable.
 I had the last year, 1983, that had the bored/stroked? 674 cc that they called the GL650, that was also the interstate model with 3/4 fairing, saddle bags and top box over the passenger seat. I did outgrow it in 2 yrs and got my first Connie a '98 in Aug 1997.

I had several dirt bikes when I was younger. Much younger, as in beginning40 plus years ago. No surviving pictures although I did repurchase my second "real" bike about 30 years ago and have kept it in captivity out in the shed untouched (as in unrestored, which it needs/deserves desperately). I did get it fired up this summer just to see if it would. That ones a '72 (?) Suzuki TS125.
After that there were some Yamaha MXs and an IT175.
I never had any interest in street bikes. Figured a mistake on a dirt bike could (and did) injure me and that was my fault. On the road someone else's mistake could kill me.
Then I got married and started a contracting business and life went on. Most "toys" we're in the form of snowmobiles to help pass the time during the long MN winters.
Then a few years ago while attending and swapping at the largest power sports swap event in MN I was starting to notice road bikes. Not sure why, but a browse thru CraigsList found something that looked useful and unintimidating. And under $1000. And only a few miles away.
So I contacted the guy and went and had a look. Bought it, left my car there and rode the '82 (?) Honda GL500 home. 175 miles home. On a bike I knew nothing about history wise, old weather checked tires and no current license-me (no mc endorsement) or the bike. Reception at home was less than enthusiastic, to say the least and it meant a round trip drive to retrieve the car. But, I have/had bought dozens of snowmobiles and turned them (sometimes quite profitably to finance other toys/trips), so figured this could just be another such participant.
After new tires I enjoyed it. After a couple short rides the wife even enjoyed it. A lot. It was a great beginner street bike. Easy to ride, easy to touch the ground, stable and relatively underpowered. I needed/wanted more, but this one was the one that started me on the path to riding on the roads.

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 Back in the day we did things that are not 'acceptable' today. 2yr old daughter Carrie in back pack. I was just putting around on a remote gravel road with wife taking photo
 PE 250 near Evanston WY 1982 was working construction on high elevation (8k ft) gas fields.

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First bike was a 1972? KZ400 I bought used in 1976. I don't have any pictures of that bike.
Second bike was a 1978 KZ1000 purchased through overseas purchase service and picked up in San Francisco when I returned from Italy.

Wrecked that bike in December 1978 in New Mexico riding from San Diego to the east coast for school.
Next was a 1979 KZ1000LTD purchased in spring of 1979 to ride back to San Diego.

The vette in the background was bought after wrecking the 1978 KZ1000 with plans to drive it back to San Diego and sell it. Wrecked it after about 6 weeks.
Next was a 1990 HD Superglide that I still have and ride on weekends.

In 2010 I bought my 2010 C14 for road trips. It is my daily commuter, when work allows.

Really wished I had kept the 78 and 79.


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Whelp, I sold my connie and have an 08 FJR AE now, so not sure if this qualifies but this is it.....................
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i can play.

It's partly SiSF's fault. He let me ride his c14 with trick Traxion/Penske suspension. I was gonna get a Versys next year or in '18, after the c10 turned a quarter million miles. The ride on his bike with that trick suspension sold me on updating sooner iff'n it made sense. A short time later I found this:


Yeah, if you want true ram air tuning, you better be willing to ram some air! (SiSF)
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JAY.....



circa 1980 something, after a couple crashes...gotta dig up the history photos taken of various stuff... pre digital...
my '78, Ltd...
mising some parts...


looks like this now...






but, that is after it was wrecked again, in '02




digging for OLD stuff and digitizing... I'll be back....

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My 2003 Honda Magna VF750C brand new on her maiden ride.

The first "new" bike I ever bought. The very last year of the 3rd generation of the name.

Love this bike. Quick, light, easy to ride and as bulletproof as the Concours. Doesn't get as much ride time as in the past, but still in my stable.

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  Keith,

 Love the V4's!
 Brother Mark bought this 1985 V65 Sabre new in box in 1987 at Renton WA Honda and when he moved to NM in 2004 I bought it after bugging him to sell it the last 10 years!   :pokestick:




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Good thread ZG. :great:
I've been fortunate to have quite a few over the years, hard to choose pics-
Also an excellent choice with the 500EXC.... maybe Santa will bring me one this year! >:D


Gotta throw a GL1800 in here for ya...
Probably the best pic I got from a 5000+ mile cross-country trip back in '09.
Somewhere in the Sierra Mtns-


And ongoing/upcoming winter project: 2001 Yamaha FZ1 streetfighter
No beauty queen but perfect for when I feel like hanging it out! :motonoises:







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My 4th FJR, should have kept this one...

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The one that brought me to COG damn near 20 years ago I guess...  I would love to know where it is!

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Back in the day we did things that are not 'acceptable' today. 2yr old daughter Carrie in back pack. I was just putting around on a remote gravel road with wife taking photo
 PE 250 near Evanston WY 1982 was working construction on high elevation (8k ft) gas fields.


Great pic D!  :great: :great:
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@ MOB...

 :)) :)) :))
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Good thread ZG. :great:
I've been fortunate to have quite a few over the years, hard to choose pics-
Also an excellent choice with the 500EXC.... maybe Santa will bring me one this year! >:D

Gotta throw a GL1800 in here for ya...
Probably the best pic I got from a 5000+ mile cross-country trip back in '09.
Somewhere in the Sierra Mtns-

And ongoing/upcoming winter project: 2001 Yamaha FZ1 streetfighter
No beauty queen but perfect for when I feel like hanging it out! :motonoises:

Thanks LT!  :beerchug:

And thanks for the Wing love n pic, big girls are fun and comfy!  :)

Keep us posted on the FZ1 project...  :popcorncouple:
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1984 Honda VF1000R bought as a  parts bike with missing 2nd gear in 2001, spent the next 10 years building it up.  Love the big V4.   Tank was ordered  from UK with a more square look.   My first paint job, looks better in the picture than it really was.   Sold  :??:

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