Alright here we go jumping straight into this blog thing. I am a 26 year old Staff Sergeant in the United States Army with an unquenchable fascination with motorcycles and everything having to do with them. My plan with this blog is to show some insight on the ins and outs of owning and enjoying a used motorcycle which may need some repairs along the way. Biggest take away is that it doesn’t matter what you ride as long as you ride.
I have grown up around motorcycles for most of my life. The first time I was hooked was when I went to the Washougal Motocross track in Washington State around 8 or 9 years old. When I was about to turn 16 I purchased my first 2 wheeled motorized vehicle a 1967 Honda Super Cub 100 a sweet little 50cc motorbike which would often get confused with a scooter when I rode it to school. About a year after purchasing my first Honda I sold it and purchased my second Honda a 1983 Shadow 500. This was the ugliest bike imaginable. It had what seemed to be a Honda civic square headlight as well as being one of the tallest bikes I’ve ever sat on, but I loved it for what it was my first real motorcycle. After joining the Army shortly after my 18th birthday I purchased a Kawasaki Ninja 636 what I liked to call the Kawasucky I have no fond memories of this bike and was not sad when I got rid of it as a trade in for a truck. I then went a few years of being bike less there was also a deployment to Afghanistan so it didn’t matter much.
As soon as I returned I bought a pretty sweet 1975 Honda CB750k5 this had been a dream bike of mine ever since one of my friends had a CB750 in high school. I thought this was the raddest bike ever and I was determined to make it go as fast as humanly possible. A side note when the CB750 was produced in 1975 the top speed that was boasted was 120MPH. After all was said and done with my garage tinkering I had gotten my bike to near 135MPH and it could almost hold it’s own against a lot of modern day bikes. When I say almost hold its own I mean that if anyone had any experience on a 600cc bike or bigger I didn’t stand a chance in a side by side straight drag race.
I sold the CB back in December of 2013 and soon after purchased a 2001 Triumph Speed Triple which come to find out when I ran the numbers on the frame and engine was actually a 2001 Triumph Daytona. I’m not complaining I got a premade streetfighter with an extra 30hp to boot. Everything I thought I had with my old Hondas had been blown away. I’m a true Triumph fan now. I would say for the majority I have done all of my repairs over the years they may not be the best but they will work until you find a better way of doing things.
I hope this blog will be informative as well as entertaining for everyone that stumbles across it.