Cool story, especially the part about the fingerprints. Kids not only got into riding from those minibikes, but also learned something about mechanics. My Z50 was followed by a '75 YZ80, a 10 year break, '84 Yamaha Virago 1000, '87 HD FXR (I still own), an '06 SV650, an "09 DL650 (Still own) and an '09 Aprilia Mana 850.
Yeah buddy. Dad bought it new for me and I rode the heck out of it in the boonies of Michigan where I grew up. I don't have the bike, but have the receipt from the dealer, but what's really cool is that I have the Chiltons manual with my 10 year old greasy fingerprints in it.
Xr75, then 77 Yz125, then Kaw 440ltd, 20 year break, Drz400s, Klx300, Kz1000p...currently riding Ktm525, Dl1000.