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Yamaha 80 – Gray 1970s

Kevlar learns how to multi-task – This was the motorcycle that taught Kevlar how to shift. He’s not sure how the bike or his dad survived. This was the motorcycle that taught me how to shift, and to this day I am not sure how the bike or my dad survived. The family owned two of these Yamaha 80 … [Read more...]

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Bobcat Mini Bike 1970s

Kevlar's First Motorcycle (sort-of) – The Bobcat created a place for Kevlar in a very active family. He developed independence and experienced friendly competition with his three brothers. It was never classified as a motorcycle, more like a Lil Tykes rendition of a fat-tire, 5 horse power mini … [Read more...]

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No cops around this time – Thank God!

We woke up in Torrey and mingled with the travelers. It turns out this little secret is getting out to everyone but the locals. We chatted with some folks that came in from New York to visit Hell’s Backbone Grill, and a couple from Colorado that were doing the red rock tour. Snow was … [Read more...]

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Was that a sock that flew off your motorcycle?

And we are off! We pulled out of Grantsville and headed over to Tooele and then turned south. Stopped for coffee at Vernon and then crossed over the hills into Eureka. Gene and Arlene were leading the way, and I was second, with Michael bringing up the rear. All of a sudden, I see a … [Read more...]

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Overland Expo 2014

Adventure in the Desert – Overland Expo 2014 We are headed off to Overland Expo 2014. This is an adventure travel conference filled with courses and venders related to folks that like to travel off the beaten trail, generally by motorcycle, ATV, or a well-suited vehicle. We have scheduled a few … [Read more...]

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Yamaha 80 – Yellow 1970s

I got to ride this bike the first time because of someone else's misfortune, but I sure enjoyed the hell out of it. Dad only had a few important rules which didn't make sense then, but as an adult I now understand were the building blocks for becoming a safe and courteous rider. One particular day … [Read more...]

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Kawasaki KX250 1980s

The KX250 Frustrations not having the right gear/dependability/tools/stuff- not having the right stuff This bike must have been possessed. It was the most unreliable, radical and unpredictable motorcycle I have ever owned. When it got its shit together it was quite a rush, problem was that rarely … [Read more...]

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Rupp Mini Bike 1970

When the time came to move up to the Rupp it was not really because I outgrew the Bobcat, it was because I had to make room for little brother Ron. Ron is the youngest of us four (Barry is the oldest, Larry* is second, I am third, and Ron is last). Also at this time we got a brand new Yamaha 80cc … [Read more...]

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Yamaha 175 1971

We actually had two of these motorcycles: a 125cc and a 175cc. I am combining these two bikes because they both influenced me in the same way. The 175 was a modified version of the 125. It had been modified to accommodate growing kids and the quest for more power. We identified them by color because … [Read more...]

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Yamaha 360 1972

Ahh… one of my favorites. This motorcycle was a hand-me-down from Dad. All those years growing up, this bike was considered the "Holy Grail," - it was the coveted 360. It was an honor to call it mine, when the time came for the bike to be passed on. I convinced my dad to let me change the color … [Read more...]