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Offline Rat1104

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Re: So What Bikes Have You Owned Over The Years
« Reply #20 on: 13 April, 2009, 12:19:09 AM »
A strange line up from a newbie

1996 TDR 250
1997 Xt600
3 year break
2000 GSXR400 - piece of rubbish
2001 Zephyr 550
2003 KTM Duke 620
2005 Fazer 600 - hated it
2006 SV1000S - Wonderful
2008 Ducati Multistrada 1000 Fab handling but motor is too industrial
2009 CBF1000 ABS  - Fab smooth and munches miles

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Re: So What Bikes Have You Owned Over The Years
« Reply #21 on: 13 April, 2009, 09:46:34 AM »
Here's my roll of honour.
My memory is not what it was, so I may have forgotten some.

Corgi Bike.  98cc Excelsior engined ex-paratroop mini bike.
Francis Barnet Fulmar 150.   3 speed AMC engine. Banana shaped bodywork!
James 250 Sports Super Swift.  Villiers 2T engine.
Kawasaki S3 400. 2 stroke triple.
Kawasaki Z1A 900.
Kawasaki Z900.
Kawasaki Z1000. Custom Red/Silver paint in style of BMW R90S.
Kawasaki Z1R 1979.
Kawasaki Z1R 1980.
Kawasaki KE175 Trail bike.
Kawasaki Z1100A shaft drive.
Kawasaki KDX175 Enduro bike.
Kawasaki Z650SR.

6 year gap with marriage and divorce!!

Francis Barnet 200.  Cannot remember model name.
Kawasaki Zephyr 1100.
BMW KI.  Blue/Yellow.
Kawasaki ZZR 1100D1 Black.
Kawasaki ZZR 1100D1 Orange/Purple.
Kawasaki ZZR 1100D5 Red  Sold for deposit on house in France.

4 year gap. Happy this time but still bikeless!!

Triumph Sprint 900.
Honda Varadero 1000.
Kawasaki ZZR 1200 Silver. "Best bike I have ever owned"  Redundancy forced sale!

1 year gap.  Very unhappy without my beloved ZZR1200!

BMW R1150R
Honda CBF1000/ABS  Bombay Orange with Ermax lowers and Givi boxes.
The CBF is new to me, but I like it so far. 

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Re: So What Bikes Have You Owned Over The Years
« Reply #22 on: 13 April, 2009, 10:12:29 AM »
*Originally Posted by ridgeback [+]
so I may have forgotten some.

Not surprised with a list like that RB :001: Kawasaki features strongly I see.

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Re: So What Bikes Have You Owned Over The Years
« Reply #23 on: 13 April, 2009, 02:55:43 PM »
It all started in the 70's for me!
250 Suzuki X7----------MAD with a light front end!
250 Kawa. KH triple----Wish i still had it
550 Honda Supersport----nagging cutting out
650 XJ Yamaha-----I liked this shaftie
500 Honda CX Custom----Red with lots of chrome
900XJ Yamaha---------I liked this also
750 hONDA FD------high speed wobble :191:
500 Honda VF-------Annoying fuel fault
1000 BMW K100-----Reliable
800 Honda VFR-----Toured Ireland on her, but allways gave me pins and needles in my wrist
1300 Yamaha FJR-----Non ABS,Cracking bike, getting a bit heavy for me now though.

1000 Honda CBF GT------PICKING HER UP TOMORROW !!!!!!!

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Re: So What Bikes Have You Owned Over The Years
« Reply #24 on: 13 April, 2009, 02:59:56 PM »
Here's my list

1988  SUZUKI RG125
1990  KAWASAKI ZZR 250        Did test on this
1990  YAMAHA FZR 600             Bought it the same day I passed test
1991  DUCATI 851                    wish I hadnt sold it
1993  KAWASAKI ZZR 600 E1
1994  SUZUKI GSXR 750           Hated it !
2000  SUZUKI Bandit 600         After being without a bike for seven years
2003   HONDA FireBlade 954
2004   DUCATI Monster 620
2007   Honda CBF 1000a          still here
2008   DUCATI Monster 696      love this thing !
2000   APRILIA RS 125              What a laugh !

2010   HONDA BLACKBIRD V4   Hopefully!!!!!
« Last Edit: 13 April, 2009, 03:07:41 PM by steven »

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Re: So What Bikes Have You Owned Over The Years
« Reply #25 on: 13 April, 2009, 05:11:23 PM »
Here's my list. The year is the year I bought it (approximately in some cases). All were used except the latest.

1972 - Honda CB250 K0
Learned a lot about tuning engines on this one, eventually resulting in me getting a ticket for 100 mph on the flat - not bad for a 250cc 4-stroke!
Passed my test on it too.

1974 - Yamaha XS2
A short-lived model and some would say deservedly. Blew up the motor and rebuilt it as a 750 with high-compression pistons and hot cam. Went well when it went at all. I never could get the vacuum carbs to work right.

1975 - Suzuki GT750 Water Buffalo
Actually, this one was my brother's but I rode it a lot.

1976 - Sold the Yamaha and switched to sidecar racing. It's hard to say when/what changed as you rarely change the whole bike, it's more of a gradual evolution as various bits change. I break it out as follows, based on chassis/basic engine combinations:

1976 - Honda CB750/810/998/810
The 810 was actually faster and more reliable than the 998 so I went back to it and did some more work. The chassis was ancient and the Hondas basically tore it apart culminating in it coming apart in a very bad way down the back straight at Cadwell.

1978 - Suzuki 750 / Fidderman chassis.
My dream was to make the Suzuki as fast as the TZ750 Yamaha outfits. I had a couple of ex-Barry Sheene motors to start from and very nearly made it  :012: The problem was, you could make the water cooled triple as fast as the TZ but, if you did, you couldn't actually retain the crankshaft on the inside of the engine where it is most useful. I seriously blew up 3 engines in one weekend (at bloody Cadwell again!) and just ran out of money.

[27 year gap where I moved to the USA and didn't have a bike and then moved to France]

2007 - Yamaha XS400 (28 years old & a non-runner when I bought it)
Bought this as a "try-out" bike to see if I was still interested as I hadn't ridden in so long and my wife had never really been on a bike at all. Spent more time working on it than riding it but enjoyed what I did do. It wasn't really practical 2-up but gave the wife enough of a taste for it that she suggested we buy a new bike  :037:

2009 - Honda CBF1000A
And here we are, my first ever brand new bike in a biking lifetime spanning 32 years - and very happy I am with it too.


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Re: So What Bikes Have You Owned Over The Years
« Reply #26 on: 13 April, 2009, 08:44:44 PM »
Not a huge list but had a 15 year gap from biking, wife kids divorce = back to biking!

Yamaha FS1e
Yamaha 125 twin wish I still had it great bike
RD350 power valve wrote off end off biking 1987
2002 >
Fazer 600 getting use to bikr again
CBR600 W reg good bike
GSXR 750 new way to radical for me only had it six months
VFR800 New
FS1e for old time sake rebuilt it and sold to fund below triumph with VFR as px
Triumph Sprint ST 1050 new great bike but build quality poor compared to Honda
CBR600 pgm f1 2002 down trade good bike
CBF1000 love it only be changing for another cbf1000 but new wife and kids but she likes bikes, Hip hip hurray!!
And NSR125 but project bike now painting and then going for sale sad to see it go.

Some great times on all of thr above but I feel greater to come
Think bike ! I always do !

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Re: So What Bikes Have You Owned Over The Years
« Reply #27 on: 06 June, 2009, 07:20:47 PM »
Brought over from another thread.........
*Originally Posted by Peterjohn [+]
The 110 was a beauty...all chromed up with with clip ons.

Those were the days :oldie: :152:

My A10 Road Rocket in cafe racer trim suffered badly when a Hillman Minx driver thought to slow me down a bit by turning right across my path :005: :161:

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Re: So What Bikes Have You Owned Over The Years
« Reply #28 on: 06 June, 2009, 11:36:11 PM »
Well my list is quite long and varied:

Suzuki B120  (I was 15 and rode it around the fields)
Suzuki TS50
Suzuki AP50
Suzuki ZR50
Suzuki x5
Yamaha DT175
Suzuki GT185
Suzuki GXS250EZ (Katana shape)
Kawasaki KDX175
Kawasaki KDX200 (had 2 of these over about 2 1/2 years)
Suzuki GT550
Suzuki GS550
Honda XL185
Honda CB250N Superdream
Suzuki RM250
Yamaha XJ750
Honda CBX750   :015:
Suzuki GSXR1100WP   :001:
Yamaha R6   :046:
Kawasaki ZX6R Ninja (bought brand new and written off at 20mph after just 5 months) :005:
Honda CBF1000

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Re: So What Bikes Have You Owned Over The Years
« Reply #29 on: 07 June, 2009, 12:03:19 AM »
First ride BSA Bantam
First 'owned' bike - 1937 Francis Barnett Cruiser - hand gear change - two stroke with separate oil supply and fully enclosed (no need for a rear wheel hugger!)
1935 Velocette MSS (500cc single, solid rear end - dropped a valve - end of story)
1956 Series 'C' Vincent Rapide (Now there is a real 'V' twin - and you could remove either wheel without a spanner.)
32cc Cyclemaster (I noticed a slight drop in performance)
Velocette Thruxton - sadly a poor example
Many Army bikes including prewar BSA 500cc side valve (M7??), Royal Enfields - awful bike - and they still make them???), Triumph 500cc twin side valve - can't remember model - smooth but not so good cross country compared with the old BSA 'mud pluggers'.)
a Jap 125 2 stroke 'screamer' (can't even remember which one) in HongKong
1964 Velocette Vogue (Fully enclosed fibre-glass body, flat twin water cooled, shaft drive, twin headlamps, built in panniers, 192cc, and a magnificent 9bhp - just as well as the brakes aren't very assuring - still have, but needs restoration and I prefer riding.)
Yamaha Majesty 250cc Scooter (After major surgery)
Deauville 650
Deauville 700

and in a few days time a Biffer the first four cylinder bike I've owned. (Again I have forgotten some bikes, and won't admit to others, but you get the general drift - Oh and I was a Rocker - these mods on scooters....)

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