After starting out on a red framed 3.5 horse mini bike in early grade school I bout this Honda CL100 in 7th grade. In high school I graduated to the 1977 750 Super Sport (mine had a black Vetter fairing). I got married in 86 and was out of the motorcycle game until I retired and bought this 06 Roadstar this past fall. The Road Star is the only picture of a bike that I own. The CL100 and 750 I found pictures to use just for likeness....
My most nostalgic bike was a white BMW R75 - the day I bought it from my brother's best friend, he asked me to help "time" the speedometer on his Triumph GT-6 that he had just installed a "full" race cam in! We went onto Rte 3 in Massachusetts from Rte 139 where Rte 3 has a long, descending hill. We were going SO fast that ALL the cars for a mile or so ahead of us shifted to the right lane at the same time!
Interestingly, after going back to his place for awhile and then leaving for my apartment at the time, the bike blew the front tire at 50 mph or so, while on Rte 3A, a two lane state road. Darn tire let go in the middle of a curve with traffic coming at me. The bike sashayed back and forth across both lanes and, between either becoming a Chevy hood ornament or going into the trees, I chose the trees and laid the bike down.
I did one somersault as I hit the ground and stopped, the bike's front end bounced off a tree stump and that was that. We were both okay and the Good Lord was watching out for this old gal on THAT day! Did it slow me down? Well, sorta - maybe... Didn't ride much after that, for the next 15 years (ex didn't like bikes, among other thangs). That incident, though, WAS about thirty-five years ago and I'm riding again... them's wuz the daze and that were a good ol' bike!
Glad you got back to the real world after a long layout. You were very fortunate in your accident, lots of folks would not be here to tell of it with a wreck like that, I think maybe THE BIG GUY was watchin over you pretty good! Memories are burned in our old brains forever, makes life great! Have fun, Ride safe!
The most nostalgic bike for me wasn't even one that I owned. When I was about 8 years old a kid in that lived a couple of houses away from me got a new YZ80(must have been 77 or 78) and he took me for a ride around the block. It turns out that my mother saw us and flipped her lid, and grounded me for a week(are you allowed to ground kids anymore?) It was worth it, all it took was that ride around the block and I was hooked. My first bike was a 1982 Yamaha maxim 750 that I found siting in a parking lot for years. I will always have fond memories of that bike but the YZ80 is the one that started it all.
The one I miss the most was a 1975 Kawaski S1 250 Triple. Got it used in the early 80's. Man was that one quick bike! Kept right up with my buddie's CB 550 four. Always wanting a bigger bike,I ended up trading it in towards an XS400. Currently there is an S2 350 sitting under a tarp waiting to be brought back to life(winter project maybe ?)
1948 Pan. Thirty four years ago. Turn the gas on, full choke the Linkert, kick it twice, open the choke, turn the ignition on, Retard the spark, kick it again and away she'd go, advance the spark and point it in the direction that you wanted to go.
1978 Yamaha 650 twin that was the vastly improved knock-off of the British twins. Still crude by today's standards, but absolutely bulletproof and gets 75 mpg!
Bought it new and still have it. Went through a lot of other bikes over the years, been riding since the early 60's, but could never part with the 650. When my Harley's were in the shop for the all too frequent rebuilds and the Wing's were too heavy for tooling around town, the old Yamaha would never miss a beat.
Now it is totally rebuilt with vastly improved progressive and re-valved suspension, Brembo brakes, clutch and control cable upgrade, manual fuel valves, carburetors brought up to the modern crap fuel standards and tuned, and old school off road handle bars similar to a Honda 450 Scrambler that I bought new as a kid - the Scrambler was junk though.
Crank it up, go for a spin, and it still puts a smile on my face!
Second is a Suzuki DRZ 400S. Light, fun, flexible, and economical, but completely disposable when its number is up!
Probably a Honda 305 Scrambler. When I was about 10 or so I saw one and got hold of a magazine that had a road test on one. I had no idea what most of the technical stuff meant but I thought this had to be the most wonderful machine ever.
Didn't actually own one for almost 40 years. Should have never owned one because of course it was a let down from the fantasies I had concocted about it. Sometimes I find its better not to try and go back.
There are 2 for me....1st is a 68 Triumph Bonneville, the bike I learned to ride on at the age of 14...someday I'll have another. 2nd is a Yami DT250....I had 3 through the years and would love to have another.
I've had 16 or17 bikes probably more , many brands. My favorite was a 1972 Triumph 750 Trident with a 1953 LS200 sidecar ( I still have the sidecar ). No bike that I ever owned handled like a Triumph in the dirt. A Honda was awful in the dirt. I made long trips with my BMW, but I was too young and It was too slow.