BeachinFZ8 used to have a Seca and a Virago and that got me to thinking about how much bikes has changed since the good ole days. Here is a pic of my first bike - A 81 Suzuki GS450... I loved it and kept it for over 25 years until I was made an offer I could not refuse. Also I included a pic of my last bike an 07 Kawaski Ninja 650r. What was your first bike and or bikes you came from.
No early pics but my first bike was a Fizzy.
In the UK, the Fizzy was king.
Yamaha had a 50cc bike/moped thing called the FS1-E, hence the Fizzy name tag. It was mad and legal. Because it had pedals, it was classed as a 'ped. Of course most of us took the pedals off (for ground clearance!) and put reeds and expansion pipes on to make it scream .
You could ride it at 16 in the UK, which at the time made us GODS !!! The Home of the FS1E
Then to an RD250E, RD350LC, RD400, Kawi Z650, Kawi Z750, Kawi Z1R, Suzi GS 850, Honda 900F, Suzi 1200 Bandit, Suzi TL1000S, Kawi Z1000, and now the 8.
Naked bikes rule.
Over here in the US the Honda Trail 90 was king for a long time - My family didn't have a lot of money so I had to save my paper route money to buy my first bike. It took a while but I finally got a used Suzuki RM80 and I fell in love with motocross - Roger Decoster was and still is the man.
Back In The "80s Kawi 500EX, Ninja 600, Ducati Paso 750 Limited. Then In 2000 Put Together A Big Bear Chopper Venom Pro Street. Then The Whole OCC, Jesse James WCC Thang Got Started, Got Rid Of It, Then Fixed Up A Couple Friends Bikes And Got Into Hot Rods. Was Looking At A Speed Triple And A Ducati Monster. The Speed Triple Was Sold. The Duc Just Did Not Click. Plus All The Maintenance. I Sat On The FZ And It Clicked. The Maintenance And Reliability On Yamaha Has Been Very Good. So I Said What The Hell.
I had a Honda CB 100 that I used as a trail bike. ha ha ha beat the crap out of that thing. Other than that this FZ8 is my 1st bike.
Here's a picture from the web, this looks exactly like my old bike right down to the color. i used to go through 3 - 4 chain adjusters a week. Definately wasn't made for trail riding and jumping stuff on the trails. But I had fun on it.