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Old 05-24-2010, 10:15 PM   #1
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What was your first "whoah, power!" bike?

I first started off legally driving a 1987-89 (cant remember) Yamaha DT-50 dual sport in high school. While it was probably the most FUN I have had (running away from angry parents/neighbors, cutting through ditches, riding MAX SPEED at the bare minimum freeway traffic on the right lane, doing two up with my buddy. (ANYTHING we could do to get to the nice trim of 2 girls attending Stratford high school at the time) It REALLY lacked anything saying "big league" fun..

But one day it was stolen.. (not even 5 feet from my front door, and I was on the opposite side watching T.V...the dogs didnt even bark probably a "friend" in the hood at the time i bet.) anyways

With the money, from insurance, my brothers friend was willing to sell a SHINY nice Yamaha MAXIM 1984 year, inline twin 400 cc. "whaoh..power!"

complete with WINDJAMMER front fairing ugly as , but hey it had 2 speakers (2 additional rigged up by the owner) and a CD playa! I WAS the MAN.. actually I felt like a chump...but then when the GSXR guys were having fun with me, I would aways say "yeah..but can you do this!?" load my hot (STRATFORD gir!!)l on the back, turn up the tunes, and cruise off

, I was CAREFUL of that extra 350 cc

Along the way I have collected a few other bikes (and much more powerful) but THAT bike was the one that taught me real thottle control, and introduced me to "big bike" feel. Subsequently I could cruise with my brother on his 1100 cc maxim and take roads together.

what about yall? I dont mean the BEST bike you had, just the one that REALLY opened your eyes to "go anywhere, do anything" motorcycling?

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1994 - My friend Frank had a '92 GSX-R 750 that he bought at Ft Drum off a Staff Sgt that raced bikes and snowmobiles. Pretty stout - I don't remember what engine mods were done to it, but I do recall how well it pulled on a stock '93 750 one particular night. It had flatslides on it and was a to start cold. It would foul the plugs out if you cruised it at anythning under about 6K, but on the gas it was freaking evil. I'd only been on stock 600s up to that point. First time I got on the bike hard, I swore my was going to slide right off the back from the accelleration. If I could ride it today, it might not seem quite as evil now - but at the time it was a mind warping bad mother of a ride.

I was young, stupid and bulletproof at the time. People give me these days about being Mr. leather and body armor, but I still have a faint scar on the inside of my right calf from that bike where I burned my bare leg on its pipe while riding in shorts. , I even rode a time or two without a helmet - before my friend Tim Lahey died of head injuries on his Gixxer 1000. Live and learn...

In the end, Frank traded it and some cash on a drag car and the asshat that bought it totalled it on a phone pole 3 days later. Didn't get killed, but I'm not sure how.
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2002 r6. I started out on a kawi 250, rode that for a bit, then took my friends CBR f4 out for spin. Instantly loved the response. About a year later I bought the 02 r6.
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Heh, see, my first bike is the one I bought a month ago. '10 Ducati Streetfighter S.

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A friend's 1998 Yamaha R1. Went into a turn, ham fisted the throttle open, rear wheel spun and slid, then the front wheel came up. near had to buy new underwear after that.

Next in line would be same guy's first year Mille. After a quick ride, I told him I couldn't tell the difference between it and my 900 SS/SP powerwise. He asked when I was shifting, I said around 7500. He said to try running up around 10,500. Geezus! Lovely power. Still like those bikes.

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For Higher RPM/More Nimble power was the switch from my 07 zzr600 to the 07 zx6r
For Sh*t and Get from the Red light power was the switch from zx6r to Harley Nightster
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I've put over 3k miles on the bike since I got it. Which was almost exactly 4 weeks now.
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Old 05-25-2010, 12:31 AM   #13
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PHIBER,

please take care not saying you dont know anything, but for SURE the first 3-6 months are probably going to be the most dangerous for ANY new rider.

dont quote me, but I think I want to say (from what I remember) was that

FIRST MONTH - learning everything, and really nervous..maybe a couple of close calls

SECOND MONTH - seen a bunch of "close calls" but avoided them and was more "aware" of potentials, throw in a rainy day, and maybe some high traffic.

THIRD MONTH - Eyes are now open and "experienced" to a lot of potential threats, (lots of "repeat" situations you encounter from months 1 & 2, that SEEM the same) and by this time knowledge of the bike settles in making it seem like there is tons of experience. (which there IS in initial experience, but not necessarily "fine tuned".

but after that is when you really start to develope the sense where many things look the same at first, but the outcome end up different, there is always a surprise...

Enjoy the ride , but take your time too welcome to the world of a different breed
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Old 05-25-2010, 02:09 AM   #18
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lemme guess..2008 busa?
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Old 05-25-2010, 03:10 AM   #19
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It would have to be my first street bike bought new in 1986 a Honda Nighthawk 700S
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http://hondanighthawks.net/700s.htm

I bought it first couple of months in the AirForce at Kessler AFB Biloxi MS and had it for 9 years, Militray shipped to Germany and when it wasn't raining it was great.
FYI there are no straight roads in Germany,

I had a good friend I met at tech school in the and we both got same assigment to Germany he had a KZ1000 shaft drive guess it was an early 80's.

Many good time riding in Gemany even though both bikes are slow by todays standards.

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