|Was this the first of the Cycle era? Well, not quite, in 1954 I bought this old 48 Harley 125 two cycle from a guy who was leaving the base..|
|I cleaned it up and painted it a bright yellow, had some fun times with it and then sold it to another Air Force guy when I was discharged in 1954...|
|Then in 1965 my nephew Terry had to move in for awhile and needed transportaion to work... So, we got him this 1965 Honda CB160... Rode it a whole couple months before he ran into the back of a car...|
|We put it back together and then Terry joined the Navy and his brother Danny took over the 160CB but it wasn't big enough? So he ended up with this Honda CB77 Superhawk...|
Well now.. I rode it a bit and thought that was some fun and I bought ME a Honda CB77 too...|
That was the start of my motorcycle era...
Then Danny joined the Air Force and I was left with a spare, but plenty of guys asking to go bike riding with me then...|
About that time Honda brought out the CB450 so I cetainly had to have that... Traded in the 1966 CB77 Superhawks for the new 1967 450s...
|I thought they were kinda ugly but they sure could run... We rode them to Kansas City to the old public drag strip and raced them against each other... They were equal... just depended who got the best start as to who won...|
Then the 'big boys' wanted to show up those rice burners, and we started dragging BSAs and Nortons...650s and 750s...|
But we were whipping those English bikes and were tying with a 750 Norton...
Here's the end of the quarter mile with the 450 nearest, the Norton 750 in the middle and a BSA 650 on the far side
The best ride ever for Clarence on my 450 here, he never did beat Roland, running in the next pic...
|Roland, on the near bike here, kept trying to beat this Norton 750 but couldn't quite do it... He was riding too straight up on this try...|
|Then in 1968 Honda restyled the CB450, basically the same but a lot better looking bike and I had to have one of course...|
|Then they brought out a Scrambler version of the CB450 and I got one, but it had a strange shimmy at high speeds, and wasn't as fast as the CB so I traded it for a second CB450...|
Sometime in 1969 I read in a 'Cycle' magazine that Honda was bringing out a 4 cylinder CB750... HUH? |
So down to Hatfield's Honda shop... "When ya gonna get a 750?" "What's a 750" Newt says? So I told him what I read and then told him I was gonna buy the first one he got in... As soon as one came in the shop in 1969 and they put it together, I was down there to ride it home...
|So, then all over town and then some with the new bike.. Here on top of 'Devil's Backbone' in St. Joseph, Missouri, where we went to ride in the dirt, until they shaved it all off to make room for a new Hiway 36...|
|And one of many rides through Krug Park in St Joseph to test out the bikes on the many curves up and down the hills in the Park...|
|And to the Industrial Park where we had a little tame hillclimb out back... Getting a run for the hill here...|
|Not much of a hill, but then I wasn't much of a hillclimber and the 750 wasn't exactly designed for that...|
|If you got a good enough run you could fly a feet after hitting the top...|
Now this was a HOT bike for a heavy 750, out dragged everything that wanted to try me... Left a brand new Harley 900 Sportster
in the dust, passed him doing 100mph and went on up to 120... Didn't let many people ride this one...|
BUT! is it supposed to jump off the ground like this?
|And if that hill was fun for one, it had to be twice as much fun for two...|
|The best part was the little hump at the bottom where you could get airborne for a few feet... The 750 landed gently... I could get a couple feet off the ground...|
|But then Roland Black, a riding buddy, thought it was a plane and he could make it fly...|
Rode it to Texas a couple times, put a lot of fun miles on it until I sold it to Mike here, in 1975...|
He was the one who bought my 1972 Nova earlier and then my 1976 van later... And that was the end of MY Cycle Era...
|Had to try a couple off-road bikes along the way, but this Honda 1971 350SL wasn't much of a dirt bike... But Frank here, Roland's brother took to it...|
|Frank thought it was a plane but this is about as high as he cold get... Well, maybe with some wings?|
|Then Honda brought out a 1971 CB500, a milder version of the 750 and I bought one... Now this was a dog, compared to the 750... But Mike here, a guy I worked with at IBM wanted it so I dumped it on him... It's mild manners suited him OK...|
Now, the only used Honda I ever bought, I found this like new 1972 XL250 that a guy couldn't make the payments on...|
Everyone wanted to take a shot at this one...
A really nimble bike, could climb a steep hill like a tractor... I even out-dragged Mike on the CB500 I sold him with this one,
but he wasn't good getting out of the hole with it anyway...|
Gary could get some good altitude out of it... like here...
But that's enough... Now let's put these things away before someone gets hurt...|
I bought my 1975 Chevy van and sold the 750 Honda... And that began the Van era..