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Old 11-17-2010, 10:14 PM
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ok so this might sound a tad bit outa the ordinary, but, i dont own a brand new bike, its just as good as any mondern 125, but i was wondering, what is considered to be vintage/old? its a 1987-89 (its a mut of parts..) so is that considered old? i love it to peices but man its gettin harder to find parts
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Old 11-17-2010, 10:31 PM
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I am CDO about my bikes CDO = like OCD but in the right order! Bout the only thing I am that way about. So yeah I understand, but I would rather have a RATT bike than no bike at all. If you love it why does it matter? So keep on keep in on!
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Old 11-17-2010, 10:34 PM
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yea tru!!! alot of my ridin buddies have bikes 2005 and newer so when we ride i feel like im behind the generations a little bit, but like u said, if you love it why does it matter? thanks bro!
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Old 11-17-2010, 10:37 PM
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yea tru!!! alot of my ridin buddies have bikes 2005 and newer so when we ride i feel like im behind the generations a little bit, but like u said, if you love it why does it matter? thanks bro!
My wife has the newest bike in the family it's an 09 we also have a 90 kx60 and my boys LOVE it, it looks dated but doesn't matter. We all have fun and that is all that matters.
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exactly.
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The newest motorcycle I own is 27 years old and I plan on having it for a long time. If I had a pile of cash to spend on a bike, I honestly don't know of a new bike I would buy.
Well, I did put that line in my profile about wanting a Rokon Trailbreaker but those are more of a tool than a motorcycle.
My generation used to have a saying, "Run what you brung" and I guess I got used to the notion that having a good time and getting out there is what is really important.
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Old 11-18-2010, 10:16 AM
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My generation used to have a saying, "Run what you brung" and I guess I got used to the notion that having a good time and getting out there is what is really important.
Well said and I agree I don't plan on buying a new bike unless money starts falling out of the sky at me, and even then I may spend it on other things first.

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ive been riding around on my friends 1981 honda xr500. its definitely not fast, not light( weighs as much as my car!), not good looking, leaks oil like crazy, makes all kinds of noise its not supposed to, and has the worst brakes ive ever known to exist. thing is, it does all this and will probably still outlast every bike ill own. also it rides like a diesel. no power, just torque.

still, id rather ride something than sit at home and watch other people ride around on youtube.

think of it this way, the more you ride an older bike the better you get, and when you do finally get a newer model it will feel that much better.
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Old 11-18-2010, 09:11 PM
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wow thanks for the input! i was startin to think i was the only one being self concious about owning an old bike but i guess not!! thanks!
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It's not a matter of being self conscious, its a matter of riding for the right reasons. Do it for yourself not anyone else....

Story time .......

In 1992 or 93 I was in college and had not raced in about 2 years, prior to that I raced a lot. I had a dated 1987 CR125, it was worked on and fast but old. I decided one weekend to go and race again as I had a little extra cash and the race was just 35 or so miles away to the north.

I lined up for the first moto and noticed that many of the guys were staring at my bike, there was only one person I knew can't remember his name but for this purpose we will call him Jason.

I was lined up next to him on the inside of the gate and everyone else was to the outside of him. As I noticed everyone staring at my bike and talking, I leaned over to Jason and asked ... so what are they staring at? He said to me "they think your bike is going to get smoked and that they will be laughing" Now granted my gear and my bike were from 1987 so yeah I looked dated and all these kids were spoiled little, well you get the idea.

So anyway the gate dropped and I took the inside line through the first corner taking Jason's line away from him, however we (Jason and I) were walking away through the moto to the point of having a 30+ second lead, Jason got me in the end as his conditioning was far better than mine.

As we lined up for moto number 2 we lined up basically the same way, and this time they were not staring but asking where the HECK I came from and who I was. Jason just politely said oh he's old school, and you think he is fast on a 125 you should've seen him on his 80 in 1986.

Point here is that it's not about the bike it's about the rider and what he can contribute to the situation. I loved riding then and now, I will always love riding! I would ride a 1982 XR if that's all I had, and you know I would still LOVE to ride.

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Great story!
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Great story!
No doubt; and I've always liked doing things like that because I've almost never had new stuff. When you kick butt riding the latest and greatest, it's expected and no one is surprised. When you do the same on a relic it makes a point; especially to the youngsters who often think results come out of a wallet. I've been called the ghost of Steve McQueen because I refuse to wear any gear with names or logos- Levis, army boots, sweatshirt...
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sbertsch, that's my kinda story dude. Outstanding.

I took a beautiful 81 Husky CR125 to a TT race a few years ago. THAT got some stares. Made the main and beat a few at the back of the pack (a victory for me!) One young teen followed me to my pit wanting to know where my radiator was.......
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guys the thing about older bikes is they attract a lot of attention at the track and youll always get people saying i used to have one of those especially if you keep it looking pretty and then theres the can i take a pic of it interest is abound so keep em going and theyll keep up with the new stuff after all its the rider more than anything

cheers keep rippin it!
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you know, a lot of people immediately dismiss older bikes just because they are not fashionable, which is sad.


i have absolutely no problem saying that out of the bikes ive riddn my 2 favorites were my 83 xr500 and my 90 cr250.

you'd be surprised how well the older bikes keep up with the new stuff. i raced a couple friends on newer bikes with my old 500 and smoked them both after 30 mph.
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great story! maybe ill take mine to the track on a practice run to get used to it and see how it goes from there
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