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post #21 of 51 Old 04-25-2019, 10:18 AM
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And Porsche has some history with the bigger scooters:
Recall that the water-cooled, fuel injected DOHC four-valve engine in the Harley V-Rod is a Porsche design. In fact other parts of the bike were done by Porsche too.

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Yup. The only Harley I'd even consider owning is a VRSC V-Rod. (No offense to the Harley fans on the board because I get the allure ... some of the same arguments against most Harleys can be made against old-school Porsches and new-school Porsches, all the way back to the air-cooled vs. water-cooled argument.)
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Like Aeronca, strangely enough I also had a ‘67 Honda 305 Scrambler bought used in 1969. Third bike after a 60cc Bridgestone and concurrent with a nice Honda 175 Scrambler as I wanted more oomph. The 305 wasn’t with me long as I replaced it with a CB350 that I put a lot of mileage on in a couple years then crashed it in a traffic jam breaking my ankle and immediately trading it in for a new ‘70 Honda CB750! Much better for longer distance touring and a DD commuter and even for bachelor-level grocery shopping.

I also had a Honda SL350 for a long time, great for exploring fast logging roads. Last new bike, and the best one, was a 1979 Yamaha XS11, nearly maintenance free and easy to ride with broad torque, very powerful, put on a lot of mileage, a daily driver. The aerodynamics and flexibility of the Vetter fairing resulted in an oscillation starting about 112-115 and I never dared try to push on past that!

As age caught up with me in the canyons the 1100 was replaced by the new red ‘91 Toyota MR2 mentioned at the bottom of my posts... I would like another bike but I know as an old geezer it wouldn’t be smart!
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I crashed my first bike, a 1970 450 Honda when a car turned left in front of me destroying my left knee in the process. The next year after recovering I bought a new 71 CB750. Rode that till the New York Steak (Z1 Kawasaki) was released in late 1972 and bought one taking delivery in early 1973. I toured the western states pretty extensively in June and early July on that bike that year, along with three buddies riding an H1 Kawasaki, a GT750 Suzuki and a GT380 Suzuki. We also met up with an older gentleman on a TX750 Yamaha along the way that stayed with us a few weeks before he branched off to his original destination. None of us had any issues along the way, racking up just over 6000 miles on the trip. When I got home the Z1's rear tire was bald and the chain was pretty worn.

I have a long history with motorcycles over the years since. I sold my last two bikes last year because of problems with diabetes and neuropathy in my feet. I miss riding, it was my first love with things mechanical and cars always were a second fiddle to my bikes. I was fortunate to have had many opportunities to take grand motorcycle journeys over the years sampling some of the best roads in motorcycling. Lots of great memories and great motorcycles.

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I lusted for a Z1 in the mid-70s, but didn't have the $ at point in my life. The sound with a 4-1 header and no muffler was awesome, unmistakable and heard for a long way off!
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Rode since I was in grade school when Dad brought home a Honda 90 for the backyard.

20 + years later, got me a Suzuki DR 650 and loved it until someone else stole it.

Few weeks later went to the Ducati dealership and got a 695, about 6 months later added a Hyper 1100S.

Well, sold the 695 two years ago, and now the Hyper is up for sale - just too loud for me now and time to move on.

As good as the Ducs are, the DR 650 was my fav - especially for Albuquerque street, sand, forest trail, technical rocky...

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I had an uncle that was something of a black sheep in the family. He drove Harleys until he couldn't fit enough oxygen tanks on it to keep him alive in his late 80s. When I was 12 or 13, I happened to be coming from his backyard during a family visit and I hear him telling my frugal father, "Bob, you really ought to get the boy a motorbike. Now, if you do, make sure it is bigger than 300ccs because smaller than that is considered a dirt bike." I wasn't going to screw this up by appearing at that moment so I turned around and slipped away. I waited for 3 or 4 years with great anticipation but growing recognition that my dad had no intent on buying me anything, and certainly not a motorcycle! When I was about 15 he and I went to the Carl Casper auto show at the fairgrounds and as we walked in, there was a 1968 Triumph Spitfire in British Racing Green, and I'm like, "Dad, it's only $3,000 brand new!" and he said, "Son, come up with only $3,000 and its yours!"

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I lusted for a Z1 in the mid-70s, but didn't have the $ at point in my life. The sound with a 4-1 header and no muffler was awesome, unmistakable and heard for a long way off!
I was a few years too young to even hold a licence when the Z1 came out. But I owned various different motorcycles between the ages of 17 & 21 (eight in total) & graduated to a Kawasaki Z1000 J2 at the age of 22 when it was a brand new model. That was a great motorcycle for the time & my first super bike, though there was a fairly long list that followed. I went on to own in excess of 40 motorcycles over the years but stopped a number of years back after a careless motorist came just a little too close to killing me. I'd still hop on one now but for my wife, but all things considered I can concede her that.
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Still have my first bike. its a 1948 Harley. rigid frame chopper. it was already chopped when I got it 45 years ago. so no thoughts of restoring it.



a 1977 FXE that I rescued from a friend at work. it was his deceased brothers bike, he knew nothing about it and didn't ride but it still took me 3 years to get it off him. I have done a bunch of engine work, upgraded the brakes, repaired the wiring etc. but kept the paint job. I liked the patina.



And my 01 FLHTC, the engine in this one has been bumped from 88 to 117ci dynoed at 125 hp and is quite the sleeper. This is what we take on trips.





Along the way I've had a Kawasaki H1B that I regret selling. a 1964 HD Sprint Scrambler, some type of Yamaha 125 dirt bike I only rode a few times before selling it. and an old Ducati 250 road bike I never did get to run right. Think I just gave that one away. I was really only into the Harley Chopper at the time anyways.
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Found a picture of the Big Dog. Loved it. Interesting, sold it to a German guy who was in the states buying up motorcycles to ship back. Cheaper here than there I guess.
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Took some pictures a while back of this one off cafe racer commissioned by Bell & Ross, the Swiss watch manufacturer.
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