I passed my bike test (shortly after recovering my licence - banned for arguing with the magistrate..) in 1975. I took the test on a Yamaha 90 (Honda C90 lookalike) which I borrowed from my friend Jeff Gould. Two days later I became the proud owner of my first big bike, a Triumph T100S. I paid £375.00 for it.
I loved that bike. But it didn't half consume oil. I used to get about 60 miles to the pint. I eventually ran it for about 4 years and sold it for £180.00. Was it a SOBB? Definitely! Would I have it back? Of course I would. VLF 80G, where are you now?
Somewhere in France - September 1982. I can still get into that Jacket.... just!
My all-time highlight journey was a solo trip to the Bol d-Or in 1982 on a Honda 550. Basically journeyed down through France trying to stick to the Departmental class roads. Much more fun. Eventually skipped over the Alps (on a dirt track) into Switzerland and then (inadvertently) Italy before getting to the Bol when it was based at Circuit Paul Ricard. Unbelievable experience that all bikerz should do along with the IOM TT's and Daytona Bike Week!
In 2002 I took the Advanced Motorcyclists (IAM) course and test. I was well observed by SCAM, the South Cheshire Advanced Motorcyclists. I really recommend the course and especially this particular group. Not only did I learn some very useful life saving skills, my progress improved, my riding became much smoother and most importantly, I really enjoyed myself.