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Old 07-15-2010, 01:49 PM   #1
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My first ride..

I grew up in South Africa and my first bike was a Katana 50cc (16-18 you could only ride 50cc, no cars). I did some major mods including ports and carbs, sprocket ratios. My dad had someone at work do the pipe. You had to push mine to get rolling unless you were facing downhill, but it had long legs and was a blast to ride. It pulled to 14k (stock redline was 10k, 12k max) but as I didn't change anything internal you couldn't use that often. I put a full fairing on it and painted it black. We raced outside town every Friday after school and although I was slow to get away, for a short while it was the fastest (50cc) bike in town. I had to cut the speedometer to allow the needle to move lower than the 120km/h max indicated, it would get up to about 135km/h indicated (no idea actual)..

Ah, memories.

The guy I sold it to destroyed it the first week. Blew it up!

My dad would let me ride his DR250 on weekends. I had about a year and a half on (my friend's) dirt-bike before I got my own at 16..
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Old 07-15-2010, 01:51 PM   #2
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Great shots, I bet that little Kat was a blast to ride. It looks like a motorized bicycle.
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Old 07-15-2010, 03:40 PM   #3
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My first bike was a Honda S90. You can't believe how I loved that bike. First bike is the best, why is that?

I'd buy an S90 now, but it probably wouldn't move under my 200 lbs.
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Old 07-15-2010, 05:32 PM   #4
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If you want to see a GEEKY first bike (other than minibike) look up a honda 1966 CA160.
Sorry but I have no pics.
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Old 07-15-2010, 06:21 PM   #5
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Way nicer than my first bike.

I had a 50cc Honda Moped!

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Old 07-15-2010, 06:25 PM   #6
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my first bike was a bicycle))
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Old 07-15-2010, 06:30 PM   #7
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Great pics and story! Thanks!
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Old 07-15-2010, 07:50 PM   #8
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cool. Here's my first ride:

http://www.jwoodandcompany.com/2009/...ini%20Bike.jpg

One hawt bike!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was so cool.

Luv that little mini bike!

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Old 07-15-2010, 07:59 PM   #9
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First bike is the best, why is that?
Not so much for me. First bike was a 1997 Suzuki Katana 600. That bike was awesome. Then I wrecked it and replaced it with a Honda CBR 600R. A while later a coworker picked up a used Kat 600 and asked me to check it out for him since I'd had one in the past. What a POS. I hadn't realized how refined the CBR was till I rode that thing. It was in good condition and he bought it but no way I'd ever own one again. My roommate who bought hers with me still has hers though and loves it.
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Old 07-15-2010, 08:56 PM   #10
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Don't remember which was first the white scooter or the 80cc street bike. My dad was a salesman at Sears. Late 60s through the 70s. He brought home a scooter once, but the one I rode the most and liked was the 80cc street bike. 2 stroke, the gas cap had a cup attached so you would know how much oil to put in the tank.
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Old 07-15-2010, 11:13 PM   #11
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cool. Here's my first ride:

http://www.jwoodandcompany.com/2009/...ini%20Bike.jpg

One hawt bike!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was so cool.

Luv that little mini bike!
Looks a lot like mine...except yours has brakes! Damn I went through a lot of work boots on that thing.

Young, stupid and in our own minds.....immortal.
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Old 07-16-2010, 07:21 AM   #12
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cool. Here's my first ride:

http://www.jwoodandcompany.com/2009/...ini%20Bike.jpg

One hawt bike!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was so cool.

Luv that little mini bike!
That looks an aweful lot like a Lil' Indian. My first as well. My first "real" bike was a Suzuki Trail Hopper. My brother has it. He completely restored it and it has become a part of his Vintage collection. I think he's up to 28 bikes now?

HS, thanks for the pic! nice memories from that. Including my first crash. I still remember it.
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Old 07-16-2010, 09:15 AM   #13
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cool. Here's my first ride:

http://www.jwoodandcompany.com/2009/...ini%20Bike.jpg

One hawt bike!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was so cool.

Luv that little mini bike!
My freind owned one just like that. Instead of the old "Briggs" he had a chainsaw engine. Holy crap was that thing loud, but a ton of fun at that age. That was also the bike where the chain fell off and we had the brilliant idea of trying to get it back on the sprocket while rolling the bike. Ended up putting my finger in between the sproket tooth and the chain. It went through the top of my nail but luckily we weren't going fast enough to pull my finger any further in.
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Looks a lot like mine...except yours has brakes! Damn I went through a lot of work boots on that thing.

Young, stupid and in our own minds.....immortal.
lol, same here, but I never thought I was immortal, just too stupid to understand I could get injured or die. Dad told me years later that both he and mom figured I'd kill myself doing something stupid, so he took out life insurance on me! ha, too much.

Thanks all. It's that stupid little seat, huh? I mean, anyone who had that little bike just remember that seat, which as about as big as the bike. Odd how we remember certain things.

Then, after the seat, all the friend just wanted to ride it, until they talked their parents into buying one. Think our street had about 4 just like it until we all graduated into dirt bikes.
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Old 12-24-2012, 07:53 AM   #15
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Did a bunch of digging as it was driving me nuts that I couldn't find it.

Turns out it wasn't sold as a Katana even though it was modeled on the big Katanas that came out in the early 80's - it was the RG50F or Gamma!

1982 RG50 Gamma specifications

Dry weight: 69 kg
Engine type: 49 cc Water-cooled single-cylinder 2-stroke
Power Output: 7.2 ps/ 8.000 rpm
Torque: 0.66 kg-m / 7.500 rpm

Overall Length: 1 880 mm
Overall Width: 6 55 mm
Overall Height: 1 015 mm
Wheelbase: 1 235 mm
Ground Clearance: 155 mm
Seat Height: 737 mm
Dry Weight: 73 kg
Engine type: 49 cc Water-cooled single-cylinder 2-stroke. Piston reed valve.
Power Output and Torque: 7.2 hp (5,3 kW)/ 7.200 rpm, 0.72 kg-m / 7.000 rpm
Bore x Stroke: 41.0 x 37.8 mm
Compresion Ratio: 8.6:1
Gearbox: 6 speed constant mesh
Sprockets: 13-43
Fuel Tank Capacity: 11 liter
Front Tyre: 80/90-17
Rear Tyre: 90/90-17
Top Speed: 105 km/h

I had made significant mods to mine. My dad welded a pipe over the exhaust baffle. I c cleaned the head, which I recall had very rough inlet and exhaust ports - I made them almost mirror-smooth. I used the top of my dad's circular saw bench as a flat surface and removed a little of the lower surface of the head.

After those mods, instead of pulling hard to about 10k (had an 11k redline), the tach would peg inside the cluster at around 12k. I opened up the gauges and cut the plastic so that the needle could sweep to around 14k! I never knew until I found those specs today that original peak power was at 8k. Wow!

I rode the bike hard for months before selling to leave the country. Someone told me the buyer blew it up within a week.
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Old 12-24-2012, 07:55 AM   #16
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More pics. They didn't offer the fairing in the years I had mine. I did buy a generic track fairing, though, and fitted it to the bike. I don't recall if I sold it that way or with the stock fairing. No pics of that, unfortunately..
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Old 12-24-2012, 09:29 AM   #17
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Mine first bike was an '81 Yamaha 650 XS like this one. Would like to get my hands on another one in this good of shape to putt around on the backroads on some.

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Old 12-24-2012, 09:55 AM   #18
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My very first bike was a 1973 Suzuki TM125. I got that in 1975



Then I got a Honda CB350 for the street in 1976.



In 1978 I bought my first real bike. A 1978 Yamaha RD400
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Old 12-24-2012, 03:50 PM   #19
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Nice RD flbusa. Notice you have the required expansion chambers on it too

First bike as a CT 70. Graduated to an XL100, this was all around 1975. Asked my neighbor to let me ride his '74 TM400 Cyclone. It was one of those "if you can start it you can ride it" deals. My neighbor was shocked when I got it running, but a deal is a deal. Took it out the back yard and into the grassy field behind my house. It felt like it had hand of God power as it sprewed sod and wheelied every time it hit the powerband. I was 13 years old, and my life was never quite the same after that

Some photos then. Nice safety gear!



Neighbor's bike was like this one. The bike itself was nothing special. It was all about that rude dog open class 2 stroke engine.



My first "real" bike, a '79 RM125. Loved that thing. It was cutting edge racing bike at the time, bought it new while in high school for $900 with my lawn cutting money. Can't do that anymore eh?



Fast forward to the '87 CR250, etc etc to the current '10 Husaberg 450. Favorite bike I have ever owned. Love the thing. Just love it. The ride continues

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Hahaha... Those big bore 2 strokers were frightening!

I had a pristine 1973 CR250 Elsinore for a long time. Sold it in 2001.

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