I've been riding motorcycles since age 10, when my brother put me on his brand-spanking new 1966 Honda CL-160. First I did several power-off dry runs, coasting down a hill in front of the house. The first one ended rather ignominiously when I dropped the bike after coming to a stop. The next few went well, though, and I was soon putting around the yard, having the time of my life.
That was in the fall of the year, and by the next spring I had my very own motorcycle. My brother, no doubt fearing for his little Scrambler <grin>, decided I had to have a bike of my own, you see. It was a '66 Harley-Davidson M-50S, a single-cylinder 50cc 2-stroke built by the Italian firm Aermacchi. Not too many folks can claim a Harley as their very first motorcycle, at age 10, but I'm one of them!
That little bike changed my life, without a doubt, and I've never been without a motorcycle of some sort in the intervening 30+ years.
In the pages to follow, I'll show you some of the bikes that influenced me when I was growing up; bikes that my brother owned, mostly, a procession of bikes that I've owned over the years, some bikes that I currently own. Also bikes that I read about (and lusted after!) in the cycle magazines of the time, as well as a few Fidonet friends and their bikes.
|1960 BSA Gold Star||1966 BSA Lightning|
|1966 Honda CL-160 Scrambler||1969 BSA Victor 441|
|1966 BSA Hornet Scrambler|
|1965 Harley-Davidson M50S||1973 Yamaha RD-350|
|1968 Suzuki 80cc trail||1973 Harley-Davidson Sprint SS|
|1972 Honda SL-125||1975 Goldwing|
|1972 Yamaha RT-2 (jump)||1976 Honda Z-50A|
|1972 Yamaha RT-2 (snow)||1977 Honda XL-350|
|1968 Yamaha DT-1||1991 Honda ST1100|
|1972 Yamaha XS-2||1992 Yamaha WR-200|
|1970 Hodaka Super Rat||1976 Kawawasi KH-500|
|1972 Honda CB-350F||2000 Honda ST1100|
|1975 Honda XL-350||others|
|Vincent V-twin||1969 Honda CB-750|
|Early sixties Honda road racers||1971 Kawasaki H-2|
|Early sixties Honda automobiles||1972 Yamaha SC-500|
|The 2-stroke motocross revolution||1973 Honda Elsinores|
|Maico||1976 Yamaha XT-500|
|Husqvarna||1977 Yamaha IT-400|
|1965 Honda CB-450||1978 Kawasaki Z-1R|
|The Bleeding Edge|
|If I won the Lottery...|
|My heroes have always been.. flat-trackers!|
|Ray Woods||Mike Murray (and Linda)|
|Bryce Lee||Helmut Lenders|
|William "Buffalo" Pearson (and Sue)||Jack Schwendener|
|Jim McGee||Birgit Murphy (und Rocky)|
|Rusty Stevens (and Sharon)|