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Starting back in '77 or so...Kaw H2-750 1st bike, 1st wheelie outside the showroom 1st ride,,,1st speedin' ticket and I was a pizza delivery guy then also. go figure...


'06- 84 Standard Venture totally gone thru, would pull the front any time ya wanted to, visited northern Arkansas on it...and wanted to take it out on Redbud when we passed it up in Michigan...



since '91- '77 Yam IT400- 325lb dirt bike,new top end 10 years ago, still fun to kickstart it, damn good way to learn how to handle a bike on the road when you run into difficulties (8pt'r 7 yrs ago)


'08 RSV silver, (same as the one I'z on) still out in the garage, but only about 4k on it since I got it in '12 Just now only 10,140 miles on her. Huh, gotta change that


Forgot, got a 76 DT400 out in the shed to get runnin' so's my son kin ride the IT when I ride the DT an' his girl and daughter can ride on my Big Bear 400 quad...when we go woodin'


:scared:,,, Larocco's Leap!!!!! I LOVED racing Red Bud and LOVED doin Larocco's Leap = the flight time off that puppy was INCREDIBLE = almost as long as jumpin off the Dune tops at Silver Lake!!!! Gotta admit though,, I have ridden a few two tracks and snake trails on my 1st Gens thru the years but never had the konies to even imagine shootin off Larocco's Leap with one of em,,, ya got a lot of class @Dano and more nerve than I would ever have!!:missingtooth:

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Early 70's 80cc (not my Pic) I was 9 or 10. Spend hours riding this and as far anyone knows it was only in the fields - yeah right.

Yamaha 80 CC.jpg


Spent the summer of '84 on a Venture but it wasn't mine. A Friend was deployed and told me to have fun for the summer and man did I. He was a little ticked at first when he saw the mileage.


1981 Yamaha 400 Special II (again not my Pic) put 45 - 50K on this bike in 3 years al over OH, WV, PA, IN and IL

1981 Yamaha 400 Special II.jpg


2006 RSV (Finally my Pic). Purchased it used with ~30K on it. I put ~70K in 5 years all around TX, LA and MS

2006 Yamaha RSV.jpg


2018 SVTC 4 Weeks and 4K on it. Looking forward to many more.

2018 Yamaha SVTC.jpg

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Most of these only have old photographs of


a 'few' RD's 250/350/400 Ummm I was an apprentice Toolmaker and errr 250cc restriction as a learner, but restamped 350 top end as 247cc, then renumbered the crankcase, did the 247cc on the barrels and machined off the bottom fin on a 400 (some cops knew how many fins a 250/400 had). Had a heap of fun on that one.


XS400 custom

XS650 heritage custom

XJ650 'special' (maxim)


Virago 1100

Tenere 660


currently own

Roadstar 1600

RSV Gen2

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All I've owned is Yamaha, but not many.


86(?) 550 Maxim. Wife & I enjoyed that bike & riding with her parents. Her dad rode nothing but Yamaha. We sold it when we started a family and went without an MC for almost 20 years.


His Junior year of High School my son bought a 80-something Suzuki GS650. His bike but I rode it some, rekindled the flame.


2014 or 15 I bought an 06 V-Star 1100 for my wife and I. We had a blast on that bike, I loved it but we wanted something more comfortable.


2018 I bought my current ride, 07 Royal Star Venture. I was leaning hard toward a RSTD but decided once I upgraded the seat and put a batwing fairing on I'd have more money in it than if I bought the RSV. So RSV it was! No regrets!

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List is not long. First bike I bought was a 1978 XT500 Enduro brand new. Sold it bought a 1972 650 XS twin. Sold it and bought another 1976 XT500 Enduro. Sold that and had a long run of Honda 4`s including a 73 500. Moved to 750 then to 900. Raising a family buying a house etc took all my money so I got out for awhile. Picked up a CB900C for old times but I wanted bigger as I was bigger, I wanted a big comfy cruiser and so I started looking and when I found the Yamaha RSV I had to have one. I looked at many bikes but then I found the 09 with 38,000kms. I was hooked.


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