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Apr 2nd 2018, 12:26 PM   #1
  Apr 2018
  Carnation, WA

  BMW R1150RT, 1200 Sportster Roadster, many more...
New to pnw moto

New to these forums, but not new to motorcycling. Bought my first bike in 1977, a Suzuki GT550, a reasonably quick but evil handling beastie. My second bike, a '66 Ducati 350, introduced me to a new feeling that every fast corner might not be my last. I had so much fun with this bike that I ended up with about 40 old British and Italian bikes, 20 or so of my favorites are still lurking out in my barn.

I wouldn't call myself a big touring type, but I have ridden cross-country, down to Ensenada and the PCH several times, mostly on my Moto Guzzi Spada. About half of my little armada are dirt bikes - scramblers, motocross and trials, which works out pretty well, as I have a lot of dirt where I live. I commute by bike every ice-free day to work, mostly on a 2005 1200 Sportster Roadster that has a truly great motor, but took a shocking amount of work on suspension and ergonomics to make it rideable and I just bought a 2005 BMW R1150RT to try to lure my wife out onto the road. The Guzzi is in need of a complete stripdown and refresh and while still a formidable road-burner, not exactly comfortable for a passenger.

My current projects are cleaning up a Formula III-ish Ducati 450 Desmo for the valley roads here and adding modern electrics to a '60 BSA Spitfire Scrambler and see if it might work as an Adventure style ride. If that doesn't work out, I have a Triumph TR5T that probably would have been a better choice in the first place.

OK, that's about all I can think of right now...
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Apr 22nd 2018, 06:58 PM   #2
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  Jan 2016
  Seattle, WA

  Ducati + KTM
Hello and welcome to the PNW Moto family!

I want to see some pictures of your Ducati 450 Desmo project?
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Apr 22nd 2018, 07:36 PM   #3
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  Jan 2016
  Custer, WA

  Suzuki 09 GSXR 1000 Suzuki 09 DRZ 400SM 1970 Yamaha 250 DT1 Enduro
Apr 23rd 2018, 04:37 AM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Moses Lake, WA

  2013 Kawasaki Concours C-14, 2005 ZX-10R Kawasaki (Nekkid), '99 Yamaha TW-200
Quite the intro, welcome! I am with Beans, would love to see pics of some of your steeds. The big boxers can be fun rides, had an R1100 RT for years.
Apr 23rd 2018, 05:13 AM   #5
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  Jan 2016

  Honda CBF190R and Shineray X6
Welcome. I would love to visit your "barn" one of these days... For now, let's see some pictures!
Apr 25th 2018, 05:15 AM   #6
  Apr 2018
  Carnation, WA

  BMW R1150RT, 1200 Sportster Roadster, many more...
Hmmm... Once I figure out how to get pictures posted, I'll put some up. Warning: most of them are in a shameful state of neglect after several years out in an unheated dairy barn. Then again, "ran when parked" photos are always fun when you know the bike is headed for better treatment.

Currently sidetracked into reviving my '68 Honda 90 because, well, who doesn't love them and I need something to tootle around the farm on. I t-boned an elk on the highway here last week and my poor, battered knees took another beating. That little scoot seems like just the thing to get around on.

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