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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
So far I have had 41 bikes, since 1967. First 3 were dirt bikes. I started riding at age 8. My last one was a junker '85 Goldwing that was given to me. I spent 6 months and about $1500 fixing it up. It is still ugly, but runs great.
I remember the 440LTD well. I owned an '86 454LTD. Would be nice if they still made 450 class bikes today, with cast wheels, tubeless tires, and centerstands. They were affordable, well made, easy to work on, easy to maintain, and big enough to take one person anywhere they wanted to go at freeway speeds.
BTW, out of those 41 bikes, my favorite by a long way was a 1966 Triumph Bonneville. It was the most unreliable bike of them all, but it was easy to work on, and it had soul and character, something most of the rest of those bikes seemed to be missing. I went and test rode a new Bonneville a few years ago, and found it only a shadow of what the original was. Smooth, quiet, way too refined, fat and ugly compared to the original, and while it still had wire wheels and tube type tires, it no longer had a centerstand so you could fix a flat out on the road. I passed.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike