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BMW GSA 800

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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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Tote Gote 1960

Kevlar has fun while working – Using this solid machine to do chores, Kevlar gets the job done. Fun on the side – Kevlar also learns a thing or two about snakes on an adventure. This bike, if that’s what you can call it, was a work horse. It was fun to ride, with its low gears and a … [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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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 Maxim X750 1985 – Shared Bike

Maya and Kevlar shared ownership, experiences, and riding (single and double) on this bike.  Maya's Experience - A near death collision causes Maya to give up motorcycling Kevlar's Experience - A new chapter in road bikes Road bike? WTF. Well, I didn’t quite know what I really wanted. It … [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...]