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    I totally agree. I started out on these at 12, and had a 125 and eventually a 490 afterward. I've had a good number of Yamahas and Kawasakis. Fewer Hondas and Suzukis, but the Hondas' aesthetics always rang my bells (I still think the VF1000R I had is one of the prettiest fully faired bikes ever made, and I do love the CB900f a whole bunch-other than the wheels).

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    Quote Originally Posted by KEITH KRAUSE View Post
    Interesting that a manufacturer would voluntarily reduce a bikes power and allow a competitor to take the "fastest bike" crown. I wonder if the 5HP was the difference or if Suzuki had it locked up regardless?
    At the time there was discussion of limiting motorcycles in Europe to 100hp, countries thought anything over 100hp was excessive and dangerous and implied they would be prohibited. France followed up on it the rest of europe did not, Honda not wanting lose market share had already reduced the CBX by 5hp for 1980.

    Suzuki never reached 100 until the twin cam 1100 arrived in 1981, by then Honda transformed the CBX into a sport tourer. The 1/4 mile and zero-60 differences between the GS1100 and the '79 CBX came down to rider skill. Honda had also shifted it's direction.
    1979 CBX, AW440 Maico, GS1150EF

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    Anyone notice this poll is from four years ago? heh
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    Quote Originally Posted by earlfor View Post
    Anyone notice this poll is from four years ago? heh

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    1) how do you use your bike mainly? Mostly just for fun, occasional commuter (it's only 5 miles to work)
    2) how old are you? 50

    Got my first bike for my 12th birthday, a very used 1972 Yamaha DT 250 Trials. Pic not my actual bike but exactly the same, and is in much better shape that my beater. I learned to ride and crash (a lot) on this bike.


    Sold the bike and got my first 3-wheeler at age 13 or 14. Yamaha Tri-Moto 200. Paid for w/ paper-route money. No rear suspension, fun times. Me in pic (not very smart, no helmet):


    Sold that a couple years later and w/ more paper-route money bought a 1986 Brand New Honda 200X. Also me in pic.


    Went away to college in Boston, and sold the 200X. Had a long break from riding in the 12 yrs I lived there. A buddy and I did take the MSF course at Hanscom AFB, but at that time, licence endorsement was not part of the deal. So I didn't ride again until I moved back to central PA in 2002, took the MSF here and got my M stamp, and my Brother-In-Law gave me an early '80s Honda CB125. Looked something like this:


    Around 2004, a friend really needed this non-running 1982 GS750T gone from his property, so gave it to me. This is the only pic I have of the bike in the state in which I received it:


    Today, its a real runner, and I think it's looking pretty swell, with a giant thanks to all the help I've gotten from the terrific folks here on the GSR!:







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    The wheelie pic at age 14 is awesome. I couldn't even wheelie my bicycle then (or now).
    1986 yamaha fazer 700 - sold, finally
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    hehe, I still can't wheelie a bicycle well, never got the knack for it. But on a trike, it's almost impossible to not wheelie.

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    Nice Scout in background too.
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    Really wish I still had the 1976 Scout Traveler. That was the vehicle I learned to drive in/ took my test in/partied in/drive anywhere in.

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    My first ride. Apparently I haven't learned anything since 1973. Yes I rode when the snow was still on the ground and into November.
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