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Old 02-12-2009, 02:52 PM   #21
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I've always believed you should start in the dirt if possible. My first bike was a Hodaka Super Rat, second was a Yamaha 360MX, third was a 380 CZ. I raced MX for 10 years before I owned a street bike. After I got out of the Navy I started street riding:

'80 Kawasaki 750t
'76 Shovelhead chopper
'78 Sportster Hot Rod
'75 Yamaha YZ 250
'71 Yamaha Mini-Enduro
'75 Sportster
'80 Shovelhead FLHP
'83 Kawasaki GPZ750
'85 BMW K100RS
'79 BMW R100RT
'84 Honda V65 Sabre
'86 Kawasaki ZX1000R
'95 CB750 Nighthawk
'80 GL1100 Interstate
'97 VFR 750
'01 Bandit 1200S
'02 BMW R1150RT
'02 Triumph Trophy
'05 Thruxton
'05 Superglide
'06 Triumph T100
'05 Superglide bobber
'02 Bandit 1200S
'08 FLHT...

Might have missed a few but I think that's it. A definate progression though from a 100 cc dirt bike to a 96 inch touring bike..
I bow down to you... and your list of bikes! Now the question is: did you buy new bikes just because you wanted to, or because you just got tired of them?
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Old 02-12-2009, 03:35 PM   #22
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My guess is the former, I laugh at the idiots down by where i work. They're all welfare bums talking about riding bikes. One says to the other "oh snap, you need a leeetar cause you be bored on any dinky 600!"
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Old 02-12-2009, 08:41 PM   #23
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I bow down to you... and your list of bikes! Now the question is: did you buy new bikes just because you wanted to, or because you just got tired of them?

Both really, some I wanted then found they didn't really fit the bill, others I loved and rode until something else caught my eye, depended on the bike and circumstances. They were all fun at the time though.
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Old 02-13-2009, 11:59 AM   #24
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As for me.... '02 (I think) Kaw 250, then '03 SV1000S. (Actually, the 250 was my wife's, and there was about 4 years between the actual riding of the two bikes...)
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Old 02-13-2009, 12:31 PM   #25
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Well I was trying to avoid this but my progression is the reason I feel so strongly about a new rider starting out to big. Fortunatly I started racing which helped me advance my learnign curve big time!
1985 VF500
1987 VFR700
1988 FZR1000
1989 GSXR750
1991 GSXR750
1991 GSXR750
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1999 TL1000R
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Old 02-14-2009, 08:48 AM   #26
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68 Yamaha L5t (1972)
70 Kawasaki G3TR
74 Suzuki TM125
73 Rickman/Zundapp 125
75 YZ250
74 TM400 (I know, I know)
80 IT425
74 DT360
73 R5C
73 CB500
78 KZ650
81 YZ465
81 XJ550R Seca (1982)

Lots of other, little bikes in there, too, so I guess there is some "progression".

1st 1000cc bike, 1979 GS1000 about 6 years after the Seca.
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Old 02-14-2009, 01:45 PM   #27
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My guess is the former, I laugh at the idiots down by where i work. They're all welfare bums talking about riding bikes. One says to the other "oh snap, you need a leeetar cause you be bored on any dinky 600!"
If he actually meant that, I sometimes wonder how it could be humanly possible to be that jaded and live.

Or possibly he is just so far out of touch with his inner hooligan that he can't comprehend any sort of entertaining misbehavior from other sources than straight line speed.

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Old 02-14-2009, 03:18 PM   #28
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Something wrong with the TM400? (just wondering

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Old 02-14-2009, 04:07 PM   #29
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Something wrong with the TM400? (just wondering
The early ones had rubber frames. Beautiful bikes, they looked just like DeCoster, Roberts and Gebhors factory bikes but the combination of a strong motor with a light switch power band and a flexy frame put a lot of folks on their noodles....

Still be a cool bike to have though
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Old 02-14-2009, 07:33 PM   #30
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TM400s had confused CDIs. You never knew when they were going to "hit". It usually happened at the most inconvenient times. The fix was to use the ignition off of the street legal TS400. Nowadays (did I just type that?) they AHRMA guys are using KX500 ignitions, which, I understand, pretty much bolt on.
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