Remembering Your First Motorcycle?

Can you recall your first scooter? I call to mind mine was a used motorcycle, a Honda 750 four. I bought it used in 1972 for $700.00. I remember it had something like 3000 miles on it when I purchased it. For what it was it was a great motorcycle.

My next motorcycle was a used Norton 750 Commando. It was a fast motorcycle its day.

It was a John Player Special, it was about 60hp @ 7000rpm and would run wide open at just around 120 to 125 mph. It was a four speed, I can still recall winding it out and thinking it could probably run faster if it only had one more gear.

When I was younger I was into used motorcycles. Well it was not that I was so much into them as it was all that I was able to buy. The complex didn’t last forever though and in 1975 I joined the United States Army and the next year I paid for a brand new Harley Davidson Sportster 1000cc bicentennial addition. Although it was one of those AMF Harley’s, it was a sweet little motorcycle. I purchased it while I was in Germany and I road my sporty all over Europe. I road my sporty for well over ten years after that, in 1987 I had to lay her to rest though because I had a crash. Alas, my 1976 AMF bicentennial Sportster was in smithereens.

I have owned quite a few bikes over the years. I have owned just about every kind of motorcycle you can perceive. I had a Fat Boy for a while, I owned a KZ LTD. 1000cc Kawasaki Police interceptor, and I’ve also had a Yamaha 250 Enduro and a 1975 Bultaco Alpina 250cc for off roading.

Those where all good times and great motorcycle but time marches on, I have grown up and although my taste in scooters hasn’t changed very much I do prefer a more comfortable motorbike these days. I ride a Honda 2005 1300 VTX at present.

Even though to some, riding a motorcycle that isn’t made in the USA might be considered un-cool or misanthropic. To them I say, GET OVER IT! Long gone are the days of my, it’s got to be a Harley or nothing at all. I am not saying that I wouldn’t own or ride a Harley they are great motorcycles. I’m just saying, it doesn’t matter what the bike is, what matters is that I can get out on the open road.

I must say my VTX 1300 is a nice comfortable ride, it is very smooth on long rides and it has all of the power I need.

The one thing about my VTX though is, it is a 2005 and it’s getting a few miles on it. I am thinking about selling it and getting a different one. I haven’t decided yet what kind of motorbike I want. I am thinking that I might not opt for a new motorcycle this time. Oh well, I am not in any great hurry, however I just might start looking for inquiring about a used motorcycle for sale.

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