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You'll like this What was your first 'keeper' bike ?

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  1. Jaws

    Jaws Corporal CockUp Staff Member Moderator

    As per the title..
    We have all had many many bikes, but what was the first one you had' of which you said''I am never gonna sell this one' ?
    I think mine was a YZF750 rsP in cocktail colours
  2. Beardybiker

    Beardybiker Old Hand Club Sponsor

    Ducati 900ss bevel desmo in silver, beautiful sound with contis and great handling
    Sold for 5k
    Now going for. 30k plus:frown:
  3. johnboy

    johnboy rather fond of a cream bun Club Sponsor

    Yamaha RD250A. Really regret selling it.
  4. T.C

    T.C Been there, and had one Club Sponsor

    Honda CB900 F2B

    Loved that bike. Did 140,000 + miles on it then some tosser rode into the side of me and wrote it off

    First bike I had with a decent fairing, good mirrors, comfy riding position and easy to work on.

    Not the fastest with a top speed of around 130, but plenty quick enough for most situations.

    If I was still able to ride, I would have another in a heartbeat if I could find a decent one.

    My Blackbirds were brilliant and I loved all 3 I owned, but there was just something about the 900 that made it my favourite, and I have had a few bikes I have really liked/enjoyed.

    Honda CB900F2.jpg
  5. Cougar377

    Cougar377 Express elevator to hell Club Sponsor

    I had one of those briefly in the early 90's. Even with an Eddie Lawson replacement seat it was a bit of a handful stood still. I remember pulling up at traffic lights one busy, sunny Saturday afternoon in Aldershot. I went to put my left foot down and found I was on a camber...:oops:

    Sold it very soon after..!

    I've still got the bike I said I'd never sell... a year 2000 red Ducati 750SS.
  6. Me!

    Me! Utterly retired Club Sponsor

    RVF400 NC35, the noise at full chat was incredible. I seem to recall 13 or 14k rpm. Fabulously agile and probably responsible for my knackered back.
  7. Malone

    Malone Been there, and had one Club Sponsor

    I’ve had plenty of bikes that on reflection I should never have sold, 20/20 h8ndsight and all that e.g. Triumph Grand Prix, postwar rigid with the Lancaster bomber auxiliary engine fitted, now mega money. A couple of my Hayabusas should have been kept, although the turbo would have had me locked up. So I’m left with my existing 1999 Busa I’ve had for a couple of years that I WILL NOT SELL.

    I’ll sell the Bird though to make way for a Rob North triple I know of that wants a new forever home.
  8. Pow-Lo

    Pow-Lo B.I.R.D Legend Club Sponsor

    I only ever said that about my first ‘Bird. I had to sell under a cloud and left my dealer in tears.

    I’m thinking my baby Panzer is a keeper. They’ve apparently been discontinued because they didn’t sell as well as BM hoped. I’ve heard of quite a few being snapped up and kept as ornaments in peoples’ lounges. 34CF62A7-6DF8-4A01-AADE-18B738EF74D5.jpeg
  9. Me!

    Me! Utterly retired Club Sponsor

    can barely see it for the diesel smoke !
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  10. derek kelly

    derek kelly The Deli lama Club Sponsor

    The longest I’ve kept a bike is about four years so can’t really say any were keepers, I was gutted when I had to sell my first bird.
    I’ve had my current bird for about four years now, love her to bits but due to health conditions I will probably have to let her go in the not too distant future, toyed with getting a lighter bike but nothing would give me the thrill that the bird does.
  11. Pow-Lo

    Pow-Lo B.I.R.D Legend Club Sponsor

    You’ve stolen Beaker’s line. We’re never going to hear the end of that one. Silly man :facepalm:
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  12. Ned52

    Ned52 Old Hand Club Sponsor

    Enjoyed this the most after making it mine and would have kept it but was too much like
    hard work keeping up with everyone else.

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  13. Pow-Lo

    Pow-Lo B.I.R.D Legend Club Sponsor

    Don’t do it, you’ll regret it. Better to have a ‘Bird and ride it once a year than to spend the rest of your days regretting it. At least keep her until you’re too old to swing a leg over.
  14. derek kelly

    derek kelly The Deli lama Club Sponsor

    It’s not an age thing, it’s muscular, it’s already getting harder to swing my leg over, I can tear a muscle just by putting my boots on.
  15. ogr1

    ogr1 Sex Engineer Club Sponsor

    fj1200 3cv. & loved it
    Sold privately to fund the Bird.
    Guy I sold it to had it about a month and
    then trashed it and himself when he clipped (his words) a tractor after overtaking on a narrow lane.
  16. Oldandbald

    Oldandbald Been there, and had one Club Sponsor

    My TL1000S. Absolute nutter of a bike. Part exchanged it 15 years ago for my bird and regretted letting it go ever since. But they will have to dig a big hole when I go cos the bird is getting buried with me.
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  17. Jaws

    Jaws Corporal CockUp Staff Member Moderator

    Just remembered.. First legal* on the road bike I had was a 1957 Royal Enfield Bullet

    *It was registered as a 250.. It was not until after I sold it I found out they never made a 250 !
  18. slim63

    slim63 Never surrender Club Sponsor

    Probably a 250 continental engine someone had stuffed in it if it was a 250 or a the frame from one if it was actually a bullet engine, I had one with a triumph 500 twin in it
  19. slim63

    slim63 Never surrender Club Sponsor

    My first "keeper" was the first gs1000s I bought around 82, rebuilt it from the ground up & owned it for at least 14 years & only sold it when my twins came along as we needed the cash, if it hadn't gone then I would still own it, FMV 148V if you see it kicking around I want it back no matter what the condition !
  20. andyBeaker

    andyBeaker Moderator Staff Member Moderator Club Sponsor

    Whoever did the block paving should be shot.

    The drain cover is a total balls up.
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