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You had some nice bikes. My current TBS will be with me until I can’t ride anymore. Then it goes to my youngest son. My 1200 Sportster was one of my favorites, and probably the only one I regret selling. I like my current Fat Boy, but there’s something special about being on a Triumph.
 

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# 1 1979 Honda CX500. Well, I rode one around the world in '79/'80 so how could it not be my first choice.
# 2 1977 Suzuki PE250. Although only ever a clubman level rider it made me look like like an expert whenever I rode an enduro.
# 3 2002 Triumph 955 Speed Triple. It was Nuclear Red, gotta be on the list.
# 4 2005 Triumph Speedtona. A speed tripled Daytona 955i. Triumphs best iteration of it's 955/1050 engine series.
 

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1972 Norton Commando with the high compression combat engine. Relatively light at 420 lbs, very fast for its day, and still handles like a dream. And I still have it along with a few other Commandos, BSAs and Triumphs.
 

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You had some nice bikes. My current TBS will be with me until I can’t ride anymore. Then it goes to my youngest son. My 1200 Sportster was one of my favorites, and probably the only one I regret selling. I like my current Fat Boy, but there’s something special about being on a Triumph.
The TBS have almost an indestructible engine.
 

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1972 Norton Commando with the high compression combat engine. Relatively light at 420 lbs, very fast for its day, and still handles like a dream. And I still have it along with a few other Commandos, BSAs and Triumphs.
I still some old magazines that tested these in a shoot out and yes I remember the Norton girl.
 

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14 bikes so far.....in order from most to least liked.....had to think on it a bit! Mostly had one at a time....a few bought new, most bought used.

1)’69 Kawasaki Coyote MB1 50..... I was 10, it was my 1st ride and nothing can top it for absolute thrill....mostly BECAUSE I was 10!

2)’71 Steen 100, graduated to this when I was 12. Again... mostly because I was 12 - it holds second place in my favorites list.

3)’20 Street Twin....current ride and perfect for me at my age-not too much, not too little, and retro.

4)’68 Yamaha AS2 125 twin, I didn’t get this until I was in my 50’s and chasing the cool rides I remembered from my youth. Stood out as a sweet little ride, got the most compliments I’ve experienced on bike Ever.

5)‘21 Honda Monkey. Only hung on to this for 4 months....sold it to buy the Street Twin. But it was a nice little ride and though underpowered was memorable and GREAT looking, wish I’d kept it for a “camping bike”.

6)’68 Honda CB350. Another bike I bought as a adult in my 30’s....I remember it as a fun ride and classic looking.

7)’71 Yamaha RT1 360. My Uncle had one when I had my Steen. I bought one awhile back to take a trip down memory lane. Loud and nasty....but great looking.

8)’96 Triumph Thunderbird. Was in my 40’s.....good looking bike, fun, but dismal electronics.

9)’78 Honda Elsinore 250. In my 20’s , MX period. Great bike, hairy power!

10’90 Kawasaki KX125. Later in MX period. Fun and peaky.

11)’90 Kawasaki Kx250. Thought the 125 was too small, got this. Had more fun flicking the 125 around....

12)’70 Honda Trail 70. Picked this up in my 30’s. Another memory lane bike. Weird handling and underpowered but nonetheless classic, quirky, and the only bike I sold for more than I bought it for.

13)’02 Honda XR200. Mellow older age acquired trail bike....decided my off road days were finished after that. But it was a nice bike to end things with.

14)’82 Yamaha Virago 750. Meh.
 

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14 bikes so far.....in order from most to least liked.....had to think on it a bit! Mostly had one at a time....a few bought new, most bought used.

1)’69 Kawasaki Coyote MB1 50..... I was 10, it was my 1st ride and nothing can top it for absolute thrill....mostly BECAUSE I was 10!

2)’71 Steen 100, graduated to this when I was 12. Again... mostly because I was 12 - it holds second place in my favorites list.

3)’20 Street Twin....current ride and perfect for me at my age-not too much, not too little, and retro.

4)’68 Yamaha AS2 125 twin, I didn’t get this until I was in my 50’s and chasing the cool rides I remembered from my youth. Stood out as a sweet little ride, got the most compliments I’ve experienced on bike Ever.

5)‘21 Honda Monkey. Only hung on to this for 4 months....sold it to buy the Street Twin. But it was a nice little ride and though underpowered was memorable and GREAT looking, wish I’d kept it for a “camping bike”.

6)’68 Honda CB350. Another bike I bought as a adult in my 30’s....I remember it as a fun ride and classic looking.

7)’71 Yamaha RT1 360. My Uncle had one when I had my Steen. I bought one awhile back to take a trip down memory lane. Loud and nasty....but great looking.

8)’96 Triumph Thunderbird. Was in my 40’s.....good looking bike, fun, but dismal electronics.

9)’78 Honda Elsinore 250. In my 20’s , MX period. Great bike, hairy power!

10’90 Kawasaki KX125. Later in MX period. Fun and peaky.

11)’90 Kawasaki Kx250. Thought the 125 was too small, got this. Had more fun flicking the 125 around....

12)’70 Honda Trail 70. Picked this up in my 30’s. Another memory lane bike. Weird handling and underpowered but nonetheless classic, quirky, and the only bike I sold for more than I bought it for.

13)’02 Honda XR200. Mellow older age acquired trail bike....decided my off road days were finished after that. But it was a nice bike to end things with.

14)’82 Yamaha Virago 750. Meh.
My first real bike that I could legally ride was my brother's 1968 Honda 350. He got me started on two wheels much earlier.

My 1996 was dead reliable after replacing those instruments a couple times when I first got it. One my buddies has it now and still in running order.

Those Honda Elsinores 250 and 125 were pretty outstanding. I'm going to do a video on my buddies 125 Elsinore pretty soon.
 

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Funny, the first one is always the best... DT100 - (this is just a poached picture, but it looked exactly the same)
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But apart from that, my current Speed Twin is, for me anyway, pretty close to motorcycle perfection!
 

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Honda CB750, best motorcycle I've ever owned. Followed closely by my triumph Thruxton.
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I'll try:
96 triumph sprint
2001 triumph sprint st
1997 triumph speed triple
1986 yamaha fz750
2009 triumph street triple
Honorable mention: 1985 yamaha venture royale, a traveling machine
Honorable mention: 2015 ducati multistrada, it does everything all of the above bikes can do, I just like triumphs better
 

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Worst bike I ever owned was Yamaha SECA II --- top heavy, low power, nasty carb set-up. Best overall bike ever is my Honda 919 followed very closely by Triumph Street Triple R 675. I'd have a very hard time choosing between these two machines. Stuck in the middle would be my '13 standard Street Triple, '14 Bonneville, '12 Aprilia Shiver, and the ever-faithful '71 Daytona 500.
 

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A nice collection of bikes. I wish I had pictures of all the bikes I have owned in over 64 years of riding.
Favorites stayed around awhile, while others came and went. The first few years of riding were single bike years - morphing into as many as 7 or 8. Multiple bikes from '65 on. The favorites: bought a new Yamaha 1984 FJ1100 stayed till 95 replaced by a BMW 1995 R1100RS. 2000 added a Ducati Monster 900, A new 2007 BMW K1200GT replaced the BMW RS in 2007, 2018 a T120 Triumph came along to replace the BMW GT.
The Ducati must be the favorite it's still here 21 years later.
 

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Honda CB750, best motorcycle I've ever owned. Followed closely by my triumph Thruxton.
Mike
Great video! Interesting to see the old 900 Thruxton a couple steps below the newer 1200R.

Keep enjoying the ride!
I modified the 2009 to have just short of the same horsepower as the Thruxton R but the 2009 Torque was still down. I think the older one slightly better looking but not as good a handler or as comfortable.

I walked the top speed on the 2009 from 125.1 to 134.6 to 140 mph and took some satisfaction in that. At the drag strip the Thruxton Rs Torque made it way quicker. The seven years difference in refinement can be felt.
 

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Worst bike I ever owned was Yamaha SECA II --- top heavy, low power, nasty carb set-up. Best overall bike ever is my Honda 919 followed very closely by Triumph Street Triple R 675. I'd have a very hard time choosing between these two machines. Stuck in the middle would be my '13 standard Street Triple, '14 Bonneville, '12 Aprilia Shiver, and the ever-faithful '71 Daytona 500.
I'm afraid the 675 Triumph would brought out some anti social behavior in me. I never rode the SECA or 919. My next Aprilia will be my first too.
 

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A nice collection of bikes. I wish I had pictures of all the bikes I have owned in over 64 years of riding.
Favorites stayed around awhile, while others came and went. The first few years of riding were single bike years - morphing into as many as 7 or 8. Multiple bikes from '65 on. The favorites: bought a new Yamaha 1984 FJ1100 stayed till 95 replaced by a BMW 1995 R1100RS. 2000 added a Ducati Monster 900, A new 2007 BMW K1200GT replaced the BMW RS in 2007, 2018 a T120 Triumph came along to replace the BMW GT.
The Ducati must be the favorite it's still here 21 years later.
That is a very nice collection of rides. I remember a very beautiful black and silver K1100RS BMW sold around 1996. I rode one of then newly released K1200RS in 1997 while on a Edelweiss tour. I always thought the FJ series was underated but I never got around of trying one.

If I went Ducati it would have be one those Mike Hailwood Replicas or a single cyclinder 250 or 350.
 

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I'll try:
96 triumph sprint
2001 triumph sprint st
1997 triumph speed triple
1986 yamaha fz750
2009 triumph street triple
Honorable mention: 1985 yamaha venture royale, a traveling machine
Honorable mention: 2015 ducati multistrada, it does everything all of the above bikes can do, I just like triumphs better
You just made realize how many triples of various brands I've owned. 3 Tigers, 2 Thunderbirds, BMW 75S, Yamaha XS 750 that is at least 7 out 25 bikes.

I've only a short on a older multistrada but I liked the Ducati GT.
 

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Honda CB750, best motorcycle I've ever owned. Followed closely by my triumph Thruxton.
Mike
When I first started riding the Honda CB 750 was the big dog. My buddy bought a Honda CB500 in 1972 I liked it a little better because it fit me my light weight and height.
 
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