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Motorcycles

Welcome to my motorcycle page. Clicking on the pictures will take you to the page for that motorcycle, if one is available.

This is my first “motorcycle,” a motorized bicycle. The frame is a 1979 Schwinn Varsity. The motor was a 48cc Chinese two stroke motor. The frame was purchased expressly to motorize it, thanks to the enormous space to fit the engine in. It was generally abused and had poor maintainance. When the engine needed the attention of a machine shop and other upgrades, I gave the thing away with less than 2,000 miles on it. Later, I’d regret that.

What a hunk of Junk

This is me on my first real motorcycle, a 1990 Kawasaki VN750 Vulcan. I purchased this from Dimmicks Motorsports in Loveland, Colorado in January of 2006. When I bought the motorcycle, I knew it had some problems, and it even had some other symtoms. However, my knowlege of motorcycle repair was very limited and I didn’t realize that in time, I would come to hate nearly everthing about this bike. In retrospect, it was expensive, and would only cost more. Its range was pitiful, but the seat burned after a couple of hours anyway. Repairs took forever as the engine had to be removed for almost everything. I really couldn’t count on it as it had a bad habbit of breaking down whenever I needed to go somewhere. In short, objectively, nothing positive could be said about it.
But at the same time, I did enjoy it when it worked. I was fond of riding it out and around. I can still remember the first time I took the bike up to 55 miles per hour. With no windshield the blast was intoxicating. It was cold but it didn’t matter. I look back fondly, for even when the bike broke down, at least I was on an adventure. I can’t say I’d buy this bike again if given the chance, but it was a great time when I had it.
After an extended period of time without any motorcycle, I decided to build another motorized bicle. This one was to have class and style. The frame was a Raleigh retrostyled cruiser. I knew from experience that a coaster brake was very effected for these bikes. This one was fitted with a speedo and springer fork as well. The rear wheel was damaged on a ride and was being rebuilt with stronger spokes and rims, but the hub needed to be rebuilt. Additionally, a massive front rim with drum brake was to be installed, but alas, it was stolen before I could finish the project. The bike was only 3 weeks old and had only 400 miles on it.
This is my 1992 Yamaha Razz scooter. I couldn’t be without two wheels with an engine between them for long! I think I paid about $121 for it as it was not running. It took me a while to get it working, but I did succeed and rode it around quite a bit. Eventually I sold it. I didn’t make much profit, considering I had to buy parts and a manual to get it running. It was a lot of fun though. I’ll always have a soft spot for scooters.
This is my 1978 Kawasaki KN 400. I bought this only a week after I bought the Razz. It was also non running, but I was able to get it working without too much effort. It never did run as good as the advertized specs, but it was a splendid little bike for running around town. You could push it as hard as you could without it hauling you to jail.
I really like old motorcycles and I fell in love with this from the moment I saw it. I had to push it about 3 miles from where I bought it to where I could work on it, but I was grinning the whole time.
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