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I remember as a child waiting for the school buss as a motorcycle rode past. This was back in the 1970s. I can still see the bike in my mind as if I saw it earlier this morning. It was a junky looking motorcycle but I was impressed by its function. All that was there was a motor surrounded by a frame with two wheels. As I think back on it I'm pretty sure it was an old Panhead hardtail. It struck me that the machine had one purpose which was to transport the rider. All that was there was what was needed to move the rider down the road - nothing extra - the perfect machine. Ever since that day I have loved motorcycles.

My motorcycles in reverse order of purchase:
2008 Yamaha FJR1300 2016 BMW R1200GS Adventure

After riding the Yamaha FJR to Utah and deciding it is too boring, I decided to look for a new bike for long trips. I have really enjoyed the KLR 650 so I decided to look for a larger adventure bike. After realizing I was going to spend around $15,000 or more, I decided to look at the BMW. I also decided if I was going to spend that much, I wanted a new bike with all of the options. I'm really happy with the BMW. It is a great commuter. Although it is not as comfortable on the highway as the FJR, it is much more enjoyable. It is also much better off-road than I expected it to be. It is the perfect all around bike.

May 2016 - current
2008 Yamaha FJR1300 2008 Yamaha FJR1300

I purchased the FJR to ride from Oregon to Utah to visit my daughter and her family. At the time, my daily bike was the KLR which would make the trip but at a little over 800 miles, it would not be fun in one day. The FJR made the trip in total comfort but it gave me a kink in my back and was a bit boring to ride. After returning home, I decided to sell the FJR and get a newer bike that could make the trip but would be fun to ride. After looking at a lot of bikes I decided on a BMW GS.

February 2016 - June 2016
2014 KTM 300 XC 2014 KTM 300 XC

One of my riding buddies friends had an almost new bike that he needed to get out from under. The bike just happened to be a KTM 300 XC which was my dream dirtbike. It is setup from the factory for trail riding and has an electric start. The price he was asking was what I had saved to purchase a new street bike. So, I decided to go ahead and purchase the KTM. I love the 300. It is the perfect trail bike for Oregon mountain trails. I expect to have this bike for a long time.

September 2015 - current

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2006 KTM 250 SX 2006 KTM 250 SX

My first bike was a 2-stroke and back in the 1980s all my friends had 2-strokes. Although 4-strokes are easier to ride, I missed the 2-stroke experience. After searching Craig's List for about six months, I found this SX (motocross) for under $1,500 - I wanted an XC (trail) but they were over my budget. I've modified this bike to turn it into a woods bike and it is a lot of fun.

The 250SX puts a smile on your face in the same way a Harley does. It is a really fun bike.

July 2014 - current
2002 DR-Z400S 2002 Suzuki DR-Z400S

The KLR got me interested in off-road riding once again. Although the KLR is a great all around bike, it is a bit heavy for true single track riding. I purchased the DRZ as a good second bike that I can use for off-road riding and also loaning to friends. The DRZ is surprisingly good at highway speeds. I would not want to tour on it but for the hour long ride out to the OHV area it is perfect.

A prior owner threw a bunch of money at the suspension and tried to lighten the bike. He also made the 3x3 mod, installed an exhaust system from an "E" and made other performance modifications. The bike is a LOT of fun.

August 2013 - September 2019
2012 KLR 650 2012 Kawasaki KLR 650

After nearly 30 years of owning 1,000cc or larger bikes, I've decided to move back to where I started - dual sport/enduro. The KLR is not great at anything but I'm having a blast riding it. We live in a society where we are expected to have the best whatever we can afford. The KLR does not fit this type of thinking. In fact, I feel like a newbie riding it around town - but that is OK because I have a blast! The KLR does not get the respect it disserves as a great commuter and fun adventure bike.

This bike is currently my daily driver rain or shine.

April 2013 - June 2016
2001 GSX-R1000 2001 Suzuki GSX-R1000

I restored my SV650 from race use to street use after about nine years of inactivity when my Goldwing started jumping out of fourth gear. Riding the SV reminded me how much I enjoy sport riding. After about a month of riding the SV, I decided to purchase something larger and more reliable. The GSXR is a great bike with loads of power both at the bottom end and at the top end. It can seem a bit violent if you are in the revs in the twisties, but it can also be very fast and fun in the mid rev range. Both will put a huge smile on your face.

July 2012 - May 2013
1972 Suzuki 185 1972 Suzuki 185

I traded my brother a utility trailer for this bike. It was just a fun project to see if I could get it running - not something I planned on riding regularly. Once I got it to run, I parked it until I gave it to a client to get it out of my garage.

2002 - 2007
1999 Suzuki SV650 1999 Suzuki SV650

I purchased the SV as a race bike. My prior race bike, a CBR900RR was getting old and was hard on tires - and my racing budget. This SV had been purchased by the prior owner new as a race bike and only had 300 street miles before being converted to a track bike. It had a lot of trick racing mods including a GSX-R750 inverted front end. Of the three bikes I raced, this was the most fun. I converted the bike back to street used once I quit racing and still ride it from time to time.

This is currently my extra bike. I ride it from time to time or loan it to friends.

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April 2002 - August 2015
1994 GL1500 Goldwing 1994 Honda GL1500 Goldwing

Considering how long I kept this bike I'm amazed how little thought I put into purchasing it. One day I decided I needed a more comfortable bike for my girlfriend to ride on. So, I went down to the Honda shop and sat on the back seat of each of the bikes and discovered the Goldwing had the most comfortable seat. So, I traded my CBR900RR for the Goldwing. I ended up riding the GL for over ten years; eventually selling it when it started jumping out of 4th gear.

The GL1500 was a great bike but it was also the most boring bike I ever owned. I would describe it as the minivan of motorcycles. It was super useful but not that much fun to ride. While owning the GL I rode it almost every day commuting to work but rarely would go for a fun ride.

June 1999 - July 2012
1993 Honda CBR900RR 1993 Honda CBR900RR

I purchased the CBR900RR as a race bike. I had been racing a GSX-R750 that was old and down on power when I came across this CBR900RR. It had been totaled when it hit a dear and was for sale at a local motorcycle race shop. The damage was to the bodywork which is replaced when converting a bike to track use so it made for a perfect race bike. I was riding a CBR900RR on the street at the time so I though racing one would make since. (I quickly learned that street and track riding are so different that riding the same bike both places does not help.)

I raced the CBR900RR for a few years until I got passed during a practice session by a new Yamaha R6 who had stayed in my draft down the straight and then out broke be into turn one. That and the fact that the 900 used a set of tires every other day of racing made me decide to look for a new race bike. After purchasing a new race bike, I converted the 900 into a street bike and rode it for another few years until I sold it to pay for aircraft repairs. Click on photo for more photos and racing information.

August 1997 - January 2006
1994 Honda CBR900RR 1994 Honda CBR900RR

The GSX-R750 convinced me that although I still loved my Harley, I also love sport bike riding. One day while visiting the Honda shop I came across a beautiful 1994 Honda CBR900RR that had been modified by Mike Velasco Raving (MVR) - one of the top tuners of CBR900RR's at the time. The bike was totally tricked out with speed mods and custom paint. I loved the bike but eventually traded it in on a 1994 Goldwing so my girlfriend at the time (future wife) would have a comfortable seat.

1997 - 1999
1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750

I remember seeing the GSX-R750 when it first arrived in a motorcycle showroom in 1986. I could not believe they had what looked like a full race bike for anyone to purchase. When I say one for sale at a motorcycle shop in the mid to late 1990s, I knew I wanted it. The bike had been raced but it had a new paint job and was street legal. I convinced the shop to take my CB900C and GS1000Z in trade for the GSX-R750. Probably not a great trade but I had paid less for the two bikes than they were asking for the GSXR. And besides, it was an original GSX-R750!

The GSXR was a fun bike to ride and possibly the smoothest revving motorcycle I have ever ridden - although a bit down on power. After a twisty ride back from the Oregon coast one day, I decided to look into racing before I hurt myself on the street. A month later I was signed up with OMRRA as a novice. I raced the GSXR for half a year until I graduated from being a novice at which point I sold it to purchase a new race bike. Click on photo for more pictures and info.

1996 - 1997
1982 Suzuki GS1000Z (Katana) 1982 Suzuki GS1000Z (Katana)

While driving down the road one day I saw this bike parked in front of a junk yard with a for sale sign on it. I thought it looked cool and liked the price so I decided to get it. I didn't realize it until after I sold it but the bike is a real collector's item. It was the predecessor to the GSXR. Problem was, it was built with early 1980s technology. The engine vibrated at highway speeds and the frame flexed. I did have a lot of fun on the bike though.

1995 - 1996
1982 Honda CB900C 1982 Honda CB900C

My Harley was totaled when I was rear ended by a moving van. I purchased it back from the insurance company to rebuild it which took about a year. While rebuilding the Harley I needed an inexpensive bike to ride. I found this CB900C, which was always in my mind the perfect looking standard bike. It was a smooth running bike but was a bit heavy and was generic to be fun to ride.

1995 - 1996
1981 Harley FLH 80 1981 Harley-Davidson FLH 80 Clasic

While I was a teen, my dad had several Harleys that he would let me ride from time to time. I always loved riding his Harleys but could not afford one. One of my main motivators to finish collage was to be able to purchase a Harley after graduation. So, shortly after graduation I took out a bank loan and purchased a 1981 FLH80. Click on the picture to read more on the bike. I rode this bike all over for years rebuilding it many times. I eventually traded it for an airplane with my dad. In 2015 dad gave the Harley back to me.

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1989 - 2005 / August 2015 - current
1975 GL1000 (GoldWing) 1975 Honda GL1000 Goldwing

I purchased this bike from an old biker around 1984. The 1975 Goldwing was the first Goldwing Honda made. It was unlike any other motorcycle as the engine was as smooth as an electric motor. At the same time, it had loads of power and was so quiet you could almost not hear the engine. The bike was so reliable and comfortable to ride that it instantly became my primary mode of transportation. I rode this bike through collage and for a number of years afterwards. I eventually sold it to a neighbor who continued to enjoy it for years.

1983 - 1995
1969 Honda SL350 1969 Honda SL350

I got this bike from my dad in trade for the Yamaha 100 when I was 16. I rode this bike during my high school years. Dad had restored it before the trade so it looked like a new bike. At that time British bikes were considered cool and the SL sounded and looked like an old Triumph. Unfortunately, it also ran like an old Triumph as it was always breaking down. I always loved riding it though and miss it to this day.

1980 - 1983
Yamaha 100 Yamaha 100

I purchased the Yamaha from my dad when I was 15 and never rode it on the street - legally. It was a little down on power but was fun to ride off road.

1979 - 1980

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