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Wow, quite a story!! Good for Mom and Dad, damn!

I've got a few coming...these other stories are going to be hard to compete with.

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“Plus one” for Randy’s parents story. :good:

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“Plus one” for Randy’s parents story. :good:


Now Randy has another unread post added to his count... :smilie_happy:

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When I first started riding I knew almost nothing of bike repairs. I had gotten this old heavy street bike. No idea now what it was. I rode it back and forth from Ft Campbell Ky. I was a private in the Army. One morning I was on my way in negotiating a long left turn at about 50mph when the motor locked up. Locking up the rear wheel too. I fought for control and slid ever closer to the ditch before I pulled in the clutch. I regained control and rode off into the grass to a stop. Put the kick stand down. Walked a few steps. Turned around. Went back and kicked the bike over on it's side and walked away. Never went back to it.

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When I first started riding I knew almost nothing of bike repairs. I had gotten this old heavy street bike. No idea now what it was. I rode it back and forth from Ft Campbell Ky. I was a private in the Army. One morning I was on my way in negotiating a long left turn at about 50mph when the motor locked up. Locking up the rear wheel too. I fought for control and slid ever closer to the ditch before I pulled in the clutch. I regained control and rode off into the grass to a stop. Put the kick stand down. Walked a few steps. Turned around. Went back and kicked the bike over on it's side and walked away. Never went back to it.


Damn it's a wonder you ever got back on one! :shock:

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This is fun thread and I've enjoyed the stories. I always wanted to be a Hells Angel but lacked the nads, I must admit. Besides I really didn't care for the Rolling Stone. (Obscure reference)

I started out with a GT500 two stroke that I only had for a couple of months back in the 70s. Knew nothing about it except it scared the hell out of me and I sold it for $100 more than I paid for it and that was big money then. A few months later I bought a new 79 Suzuki GS400. Seen below.

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Added a Rooster fairing, changed the color to black and rode the thing all over every place east of Kansas. Never let me down, or went down. I rode with several guys that had much larger bikes, and with more experience, and were crazy people. That is how I learned to ride. Either that or get left behind.

I have since had many bikes from 90 cc to a Kawasaki six. Restored at least a dozen and sold them all. Have kept my current project, the Gold Witch, for almost three years now and would only sell it if I found a good 1500, or 1800. Thankfully I have learned to work on bikes, and thank God for good forums.

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I love the hells angels story! Today I went to the harley dealer where my bike is stored (safer there) had to put money down on new tires to be installed. Was shocked to end up chatting with the service mgr about old goldwings and other hondas! Seems he was previously at a dealership in alaska representing HD, BMW, and another brand. Nice to know I can show up there on something other than my Harley.

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I love the hells angels story! Today I went to the harley dealer where my bike is stored (safer there) had to put money down on new tires to be installed. Was shocked to end up chatting with the service mgr about old goldwings and other hondas! Seems he was previously at a dealership in alaska representing HD, BMW, and another brand. Nice to know I can show up there on something other than my Harley.

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Veteran of the USAF, my love of motorcycles blossomed after I finished my service, and I began saving money to purchase a bike of my very own. Years later, after a lot of crazy ups-and-downs, I purchased a Suzuki GS500E basket case.
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After getting rid of the offending pile of scrap, I got a job at a local Harley-Davidson dealer to better feed my obsession. A number of months passed and my hard work was rewarded with a chance to buy a very nice Yamaha V-Star 950.
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I foolishly sold that magnificent bike as I was unsure of the path I wanted to take in two-wheeled riding. I used the funds from the sale of the Yamaha to buy from my dealer an insane Buell X-1 Lightning.
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Having put my license at risk by excessive speed and other foolhardiness, I decided to sell the Lightning to use the funds elsewhere. Since then, I have been slowly purchasing a battered Royal Enfield Bullet 500 from a friend.
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I'm still working to finish the purchase and the rebuild of the Enfield, and I'm starting a second job. At that job, I will have the opportunity to acquire a GL1200 for nearly nothing out of pocket. (more on that later)
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1979'ish. Adjusting the valves on my SOHC CB750K. During the process, I still had an annoying tapping on one of the exhaust valves. As I was trying to isolate where it was coming from, I got just a little too close to one of the EXTREMELY HOT header pipes...

...with the tip of my nose! Burnt the livin' heck of it. I had the pleasure of explaining what happened to my nose for quite a while after that. I haven't told that story very often, we're all friends here and it happened.

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1979'ish. Adjusting the valves on my SOHC CB750K. During the process, I still had an annoying tapping on one of the exhaust valves. As I was trying to isolate where it was coming from, I got just a little too close to one of the EXTREMELY HOT header pipes...

...with the tip of my nose! Burnt the livin' heck of it. I had the pleasure of explaining what happened to my nose for quite a while after that. I haven't told that story very often, we're all friends here and it happened.

Just another burnt tip story... :smilie_happy: :smilie_happy: :good:

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Started with a 5HP "Lil" Indian mini bike when I was 11yrs old, at 16 yrs old i got a 125 cc Harley Davidson, at age 21 I ordered a 1980 750 Custom, then some 20 years ago or so I bought my current ride a 1982 1100 Aspencade. playing with the winter toys right now when we have enough snow, but won't b long and the 1100 will b back on the road :moped: :moped: :moped: might actually get it inspected this year :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: and b legal :smilie_happy: :smilie_happy: :smilie_happy:

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I grew up never allowed to have a motorcycle. "Not while you're living under this roof" kind of deal. Fast forward to my mid 30's. I was downsized and out of work for a few month with 2 young kids at home. I picked up a 78 XS650 that was destined as a parts bike, restored it, took the cycle safety course, and never looked back. Since then, I've rescued my '76 GL1000 and an 84 XLH1000 Sportster from the same fate. I now have 3 restored bikes that were nothing but junk to begin with. I cannot part with any of them because of what I've learned and enjoyed. I own 3 completely different types of bikes. I will say though that I am done with any major bike projects from now on.

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