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    Focused kbasa's Avatar
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    Marin By God County, California
    Holy moly. Quite a collection you've got there, Chris. You riding them all to the rally?

    Dave Swider
    Marin County, CA

    Some bikes. Some with motors, some without.

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    Motoring Malcontent ScottM's Avatar
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    Dallas, TX

    I count TWELVE!


    You still have twelve bikes? I can't imagine! I have heard these things tend to reproduce, I can see you haven't yet to find the cause.
    2002 R1150R (Black)

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    Focused kbasa's Avatar
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    Send pictures.

    Dave Swider
    Marin County, CA

    Some bikes. Some with motors, some without.

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    looking for a coal mine knary's Avatar
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    Originally posted by speed reed
    Well since I showed you a picture of my first BMW heres one of me and my first wife (and only). A name with a face. I like to see who I'm talking to.

    We need a "Best Beard" thread.

    Nice to meet you Reed.

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    . . . when I first saw that list, I thought I was reading a dealer inventory sheet. I counted 32 in all--and you still own 12? I would love to see some pictures of the R90 and the CB450 Honda. My old '72 Honda 450 gave me a lot of great memories. Any good stories to along with any of those past and present rides?

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    Rally Rat BMWRider's Avatar
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    Upper Arlington OH
    I thought I'd replied to this already ... but maybe not.

    • 1973 Suzuki GT550
    • 1976 Kawasaki KZ750-Twin
    • 1980 Kawasaki KZ750-Four
    • 1993 Honda GL1500 Gold Wing Interstate
    • 1996 BMW R1100RT
    • 1999 BMW K1200LT
    • 2002 BMW R1150GS

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    A bozo on the bus deilenberger's Avatar
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    Spring Lake NJ, USA
    Somehow I missed this first pass - thanks to iRene for bringing it back to the surface..

    1970? Hodaka 90cc (Red/Chrome)
    1973 Hodaka 125 Wombat (Red/Chrome) (New)
    196? Harley Davidson 250 Sprint (Silver/Black)
    1970 Triumph 650 Tiger (Black)
    ???? Hodaka 100CC Ace (Red/Chrome)
    and a number of other Hodaka's that came and went - loaners for friends.
    1974 Norton Commando 850 Mk-III (white/red/blue) (New)
    1979 BMW R65 (Brown, then black)
    1985 BMW K100RT (Burgandy) The original FYK..
    1987 BMW K75S (Black) "THE K75S"
    2004 BMW R1150RS (Creme/Gray)
    2007 BMW R1200R (Black w/white pinstripes) (New)

    Now cars.. that's a much longer story..
    Don Eilenberger
    Spring Lk Heights NJ NJ Shore BMW Riders
    '12 R1200R - I love this bike!

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    What, me worry? GILLY's Avatar
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    Evansville, WI
    Short but sweet:
    75 Kawasaki S3A 400 triple 2 stroke
    75 Kawasaki H2C 750 triple 2 stroke (did an MSF ERC with it!)
    87 BMW K75S
    08 HD Fat Bob
    07 K1200GT

    All gone except the last one.

    87 K75S, bought new, now sold
    07 K1200GT Bought new, now traded in
    13 C650GT
    MOA 44606

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    Never sold one:

    '82 Yamaha XT125 - first bike we all learned to ride on. It's so slow and beat up it feels like riding a sponge. (It was running when we got it.)

    '80 Honda XL125 - my brother traded a lawn mower for it. I remember thinking it was scary. It's my current project. (It was running when we got it.)

    '74 BMW R75/6 - traded lawn care for it. it's been my daily rider for 5 years now. (It sat for 25 years before I got it.)

    '01 Yamaha WR400 - essentially the most perfect motorcycle. Ever. I love it. Some guy tried to steal it from our shed by cutting the locks off with a concrete saw. (It was running when we got it.)

    '78 Suzuki DS100 - I responded to an ad on craigslist for a free lawnmower. This was propped up against the shed. It needed a new gas tank, and still needs a new carb, but I've ridden it around a bit regardless. (It sat for a few decades before we got it.)

    '74 BMW R90/6 - bought straight-up from the previous lawncare customers. (It sat for about 25 years before I got it.)

    '78 Suzuki GS750 - I am the caretaker of this bike for my friend while she learns to get comfortable with riding. She got a heck of a deal on it and it's in near mint condition. I've ridden it about 150 miles. (It was running when we got it.)

    '86 Yamaha BW80 - Some guy drove up to our shop and asked if we worked on motorcycles. We said yes, so he invited us to his house a block away. We left with the motorcycle. It had obviously been under water/mud for a long time, and the crankcase was full of mud. $7 and some work later, and we were riding it around. It could use a new carburetor. (It had been in a flood and not running when we got it.)

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    Reno, NV
    1966 Honda S90
    1974 Honda CB550K
    1973 Honda CB500K
    1974 Honda CB550K
    1979 Yamaha XS750F
    1980 Yamaha XS1100G
    1982 Suzuki GS450EZ
    1982 Yamaha XJ650RJ Seca
    1976 Honda CB400F
    1984 BMW R65
    1980 BMW R100RT
    1978 BMW R100RS Motorsport
    1982 BMW R100RT
    1982 BMW R100RS

    Only the Germans remain...

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    100,000+ miler 32232's Avatar
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    Southwestern Ontario
    "Extra" bikes: (not including parts bikes)
    1934 BSA B34-2
    1956 Ariel Huntmaster
    1956 Ariel Colt
    1956 BMW R50
    1968 Triumph TR25W trials special
    1969 BSA Lightning
    1972 Ducati 750GT
    1972 BMW R75 with Avon fairing and Craven bags
    2005 Honda CRF230F with Dakar dual sport kit

    "Primary" bikes
    1975 Honda CB200T
    1977 Suzuki GS400B
    1981 Suzuki GS650G
    1984 BMW R100
    1986 BMW K75C
    1997 BMW F650
    2001 BMW R1150R

    Current bikes:
    2009 Moto Guzzi V7 Classic
    2007 BMW F800ST
    2006 Triumph Scrambler
    1972 DKW 125MC

    '06 Triumph Scrambler (Trans-Labrador veteran)

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    Crazed Individual Squarehead's Avatar
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    Big Sky Country
    Also short but sweet;

    1982 Kawasaki KZ550, supertrapp and koni's (sold)

    1988 Honda NX650 (sold)

    1973 BMW R75/5 Toaster in Curry Orange

    1990 BMW k75t paint code 666
    The only difference between me and a madman... is that I'm not mad...DALI
    1990 K75T-- paint code 666
    1973 R75/5-- toaster curry orange
    2001 325xit-- titanium silver

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    Virginia Beach
    1964 Suzuki M31 55 cc
    1975 BMW R60/6
    2003 BMW R1200 CLC

    I'd love to find a used M31, but they all seem to have gone to Suzuki heaven...

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    Registered User kgadley01's Avatar
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    South Carolina
    Hope I don't forget any...
    1967 Honda S90
    1965 Harley M50
    1970 Honda 350 (new)
    1971 Honda 175 Scrambler
    1972 Yamaha 650
    1972 Kawasaki H2 750
    1974 Yamaha 250 Enduro
    1977 Yamaha IT 250
    1981 Yamaha XS 650 (new)
    1982 Yamaha Seca 750 (new)
    1982 Honda CBX (new)
    1986 Harley Super Glide (new)
    1988 Harley 883 Sportster
    2004 Harley Electra Glide
    1988 BMW R100RS
    1999 BMW R1100RT

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    Rally Rat
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    Sheboygan, WI


    1981 Suzuki GS550L

    1989 Honda PC800 Pacific Coast

    2000 Harley-Davidson RoadKing (Motor Officer Duty) *

    2001 Suzuki Marauder 800

    2001 Harley-Davidson RoadKing (Motor Officer Duty)

    2002 Suzuki Volusia 800

    2002 Harley-Davidson RoadKing (Motor Officer Duty)

    2003 Honda VTX 1800R

    2003 Harley-Davidson RoadKing (Motor Officer Duty)

    2004 Harley Davidson RoadKing (Motor Officer Duty)

    2005 BMW R1200RT

    2005 Harley-Davidson RoadKing (Motor Officer Duty)

    2006 Harley-Davidson RoadKing (Motor Officer Duty)

    2012 Victory CrossCountry Tour

    2012 Honda Gold Wing

    * The police department I worked for leased a brand new H-D every year, which as senior motor officer, I had the 'honor' of breaking in; each year, I road the H-D's about 11,000 miles on patrol duty as well, putting in about 70,000+ miles on seven different Harleys.
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