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Just to help with kiiling time before the official reveal of the HD Street later, I thought it would be nice to see what bikes we all have and owned in the past.

Post them up! :)
 

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First bike I owned was a Kawasaki 175 dual purpose, don't remember the year so no picture. Also had a 1979 Honda XR185, again no pics.

Here are the others I've owned over the years.

In order, and other than the Rebel these are not pic of my actual bike.

1977 Kawasaki KH400 triple
1978 Suzuki GS750e
1979 Honda CBX
1980 Honda CB900c
1980 Kawasaki GPz550
2009 Honda Rebel
 

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First bike I owned was a Kawasaki 175 dual purpose, don't remember the year so no picture. Also had a 1979 Honda XR185, again no pics.

Here are the others I've owned over the years.

In order, and other than the Rebel these are not pic of my actual bike.

1977 Kawasaki KH400 triple
1978 Suzuki GS750e
1979 Honda CBX
1980 Honda CB900c
1980 Kawasaki GPz550
2009 Honda Rebel
beautiful line up of collections you have there. ;)
 

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beautiful line up of collections you have there. ;)
I wish I still had the CBX simply as a collectors bike. It was a hand full size wise, but boy did it sound sweet! I put a set of Bill Werges (sp) chambers on the KH400 and it would fly. All in all the GPz was my favorite, notice how I started small, went big and returned to small.:D

Here is one I test rode when they first came out and would kill to own now. There have been several pristine one's on ebay recently. You had better have had a firm grip on it when the turbo spooled up...:eek:
 

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I wish I still had the CBX simply as a collectors bike. It was a hand full size wise, but boy did it sound sweet! I put a set of Bill Werges (sp) chambers on the KH400 and it would fly. All in all the GPz was my favorite, notice how I started small, went big and returned to small.:D

Here is one I test rode when they first came out and would kill to own now. There have been several pristine one's on ebay recently. You had better have had a firm grip on it when the turbo spooled up...:eek:
Interesting bike I have to look further in to this. I have never ridden a turbo bike before. Have you? It must be intense when the turbo kicks in :eek:
 

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Interesting bike I have to look further in to this. I have never ridden a turbo bike before. Have you? It must be intense when the turbo kicks in :eek:
Yes a Honda dealer I bought several bikes off of let me take a CX500 Turbo out back in the '80's when they first came out. Granted the CX was only 500cc's but WOW when the turbo spooled up it felt like it was trying to run out from underneath you. BIG grins on my face! I can't imagine a Kawasaki 1000 turbo which Kawasaki sold for a few years.:eek::eek:
 

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Yes a Honda dealer I bought several bikes off of let me take a CX500 Turbo out back in the '80's when they first came out. Granted the CX was only 500cc's but WOW when the turbo spooled up it felt like it was trying to run out from underneath you. BIG grins on my face! I can't imagine a Kawasaki 1000 turbo which Kawasaki sold for a few years.:eek::eek:
It's been far too long since any turbo has been made. I wonder what happened? From what I could remember it was only around the 80s when they were out. However Kawasaki is bringing back forced induction bikes. They are coming out with a supercharged engine.

The CX5000 turbo must have felt like a liter bike with an extra punch. To think about it turbo engines would be great for both efficency and power. Now you got me curious! I need to ride one!
 

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It's been far too long since any turbo has been made. I wonder what happened? From what I could remember it was only around the 80s when they were out. However Kawasaki is bringing back forced induction bikes. They are coming out with a supercharged engine.

The CX5000 turbo must have felt like a liter bike with an extra punch. To think about it turbo engines would be great for both efficency and power. Now you got me curious! I need to ride one!
Personally... I think it was turbo lag that did them in. Even though the turbocharger on the CX was VERY small it took time to run up to speed and produce the extra power. While no expert on turbocharged bikes, I think it was the ON/OFF of a turbocharger people didn't like. Power came on suddenly, other than that the CX500 Turbo I rode was as docile as any standard CX500.
 

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Personally... I think it was turbo lag that did them in. Even though the turbocharger on the CX was VERY small it took time to run up to speed and produce the extra power. While no expert on turbocharged bikes, I think it was the ON/OFF of a turbocharger people didn't like. Power came on suddenly, other than that the CX500 Turbo I rode was as docile as any standard CX500.
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Thanks for the input. I still need to locate one to test ride to get the feel for myself. Interesting how there would still be lag in such a peewny turbo....
 

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@firehawk

Thanks for the input. I still need to locate one to test ride to get the feel for myself. Interesting how there would still be lag in such a peewny turbo....
I remember seeing somewhere when the CX500 Turbo came out a picture of the impeller of the turbocharger. I'm thinking it was the diameter of a quarter or dime. It was VERY small, but you still had turbo lag. But BOY HOWDY was it fun to ride!:D
 

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I actually don't own a harley. But I do work at a Harley Dealership Seasonal every year (March-Nov) So I am very interested to see these bikes in the show room. Here is what I ride.
 

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