Come on all you folks here over 40. It's time to post up pics of the old iron you started on. Let's see those old Honda step throughs or other old timer stuff.
Sadly I don't have any shots of my first two bikes.... too busy riding for that I guess. But I did get some funky shots of my third bike. It's a 1976 Honda CX500. I got one of the first ones in the city. I put my deposit down site unseen other than a sales brochure then waited about 2 weeks. Bought it from the old honda dealership down on Broadway at Mcdonald.
Funny side story. That shop used to be a dive store when I was a kid and I left many a drool trail on the window looking at all the cool gear before I'd go home and watch Lloyd Bridges in Seahunt and dream about being a diver. Later the same shop became a sales outlet for the old AquaCar. I was SO pissed that MY dive shop had gone. Then later I noticed that it was a Honda motorcycle shop so I guess that was OK.... or at least it was a couple of years later when I started riding...
Anyhow, in the pics you can see how I was set up for camping and the handy saddlebags I made myself for the trip. The only thing you could get in those days was the leather Harley style bags and THOSE were expensive. So I got a couple of heavy duty nylon stuffsacks and some webbing and sewed up my own. I should have patented the idea... The same bags went on many a trip over the next couple of decades and never let me down. Still got them around here someplace in fact.
The trip in question was from here to Regina to visit a cousin that you can see in the second pic. Those that know me now will see that I apparently used up my hair allotment early in life. I'm also sporting one of the trendy disco afro 'do's that the girlfriend of the time talked me into. Normallly my hair is straight... OK, so it WAS straight when I had it.
So don't leave me here all alone. Get out the pics of your early pre-sportbike stuff and let's all make the young'in's sick with hearing about how good the old days were!