toab;29726 wrote:I ride a '78 yamaha xs 650 special.Had this bike for eons.Nice sound with the straight pipes and parts are easy to come by thanks to a parts supply house down in florida.The bikes a little small around here nowadays compared to what everybody else rides.I rode my '80 xs 850 triple last summer which was way faster but the love just isn't there so its back to the 650 this summer.Just can't beat that no counter balancer bolt loosening vibration.Something like an old triumph 650,the bike that Yamaha emulated to build the xs 650 back in 1969.I imagine that Screenman can chime in here as its the british market that this bike was originally designed for and I hear that there are still alot of these old yamahas over there which is why the florida supply house is able to stay in business as there are not many of the old xs 650s around here anymore.
gt_repair;29729 wrote:I started out on a 1966 bridgeport and a 67 when I was 14. I bought then to fix and sell, then a 72 yamaha 650 specal, a 82 yamaha 500 DOHC, and the last a 84 yamaha 750 maxima.
Some jurk had his blinker on the make a right hand turn, so I went around his left side knowing the blinker was on and brake light, as I passed on the left, he turned LEFT and crashed into me and my bike. Through me head first under a Ford PU sitting on the side of the road. Thank god I did not have a helmet on at that time. I wouold not be here at this time if I did.
It put me in the hospital for 3 months.
I broke my: Neck, back, pelvis, colapesed lung, lost a leg, paralized from the neck down for 2 months, muscle and nerve damage, spinal cord damage. I had to learn how to do everything all over again.
Other than that, nothing else went wrong.
Got any keys?
Its funning, I use to ride at 100 to 140 mph on the high ways back home in Wisc., and I got wiped out at 20- 25 mph.
Some old man I never knew told me that If you get to the point you are not afread of your bike, you better sell it. I geuss that is why I started buying and selling bike. I guess he knew how I liked to ride at an early age. Or my dad told him to tell me that knowing I would not lessen to him on that part.
I never liked dirt bikes but I love street bikes. Not the crotch rockets. I like the cruisers.
Now you know were the name "pegleg" comes from.
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