I wish I still had my first bike a 1971 Yamaha DT1 one of the first dual sport on the market. Bought it used in junior high ($75, needed a coil and shift lever)had to keep it at my friends house because my mother was an emergency room nurse and banned us from motorcycles. She still doesnít know about it 40 years later! My friends and I had to ride a mile on the street to get to some great single track in the woods.
I can still smell the leaves, dirt and two stroke oil remembering beautiful sunny fall days bombing through the woods.
I still own my first street bike, a Ď77 BMW R100/7, my favorite year for that bike, spokes and disc brake.
I bought it for $850 (never paid over a grand for a bike, a rule I made and have stuck to, itís how I feel about dogs, why buy a dog when you can get one at the pound or rescue?) and it was my only motorized transportation for years. I was coming from building Volkswagen motors so no biggie mechanically. I rode year round in Colorado, snow, rain, never bothered me.
That bike is such a tactile joy, the noisiest motor, but makes beautiful noise! They call it the rubber cow, wallows around like one, not my favorite canyon bike but itís lovely on the open road. The brakes suggest that they will work, try not to use them, will upgrade to dual disc.
I lived on a dirt road, steep rocky drive. Bike was awesome on dirt.
Itís always had a two into one with barely any baffling. Maybe someday Iíll change it, probably not.
Cafe bars, black lacquer with red pinstripe. Itís a huge memory machine for me, Iíll never sell it.
Riding on full moon nights in the Rockies, snow on the ground and just the most beautiful moonlit landscape, the whole road to myself.
Taking beautiful women on dates on it. One of my girlfriends I met when she came up to me as I was about to fire it up
ďhey, Hereís my number, call me and we can have coffee ď
That was one elated ride home on a dark winter night in Colorado!
Itís sad to me that every one of these bikes Iíve seen on the road down here in Florida has been butchered into very poorly executed bobbers, really tragic.
One other thing is that I had Woodys Wheel Works in Denver true up my wheels and remove the dings.
They do amazing work, that was 30 years ago but heís still there, real craftsmanship, I highly recommend for any kind of wheel work.
Last edited by Rides; 09-02-2019 at 03:42 PM.