After I started to scan all my old negatives I discovered some images of my old cars and bikes which prompted me to list my vehicle history. I haven't finished scanning the negatives yet so some of these are what I can find on the internet - so I shall replace them as and when I come across the real thing.
I didn't start riding motorbikes until 1989. These are all the ones I owned.
Suzuki DR 125
25-Aug-89 to 29-Sep-93
My introduction to motorbikes. Bought it new not long after getting married as we couldn’t afford to run two cars, so Gill got the car and I learnt how to ride a bike. Bought it from Richardsons on Abbeydale Road and included a mornings training in the playground of Granville College. The high riding position was great for a first bike and I had a bit of fun riding it up to Stanage Pole a few times as well.
Eventually was stolen from the car park at work, which I’m still convinced involved a certain individual who worked there.
Honda CB 125
08-Oct-93 to 14-Dec-94
A second hand replacement from Jeff Halls for the stolen DR125 this had twin cylinders and was a much smoother ride.
Kawasaki ZZR600 D1
14-Dec-94 to 03-Oct-97
For something to do I took my motorbike test in 1994, of course that meant I could buy a bigger bike. I didn’t need a bigger bike but I found this at Charles Freeman Motorcycles in Eckington.
As 600cc machines went this was quite heavy but it looked good.
Kawasaki ZZR600 D5
03-Oct-97 to 14-Jun-03
Another new purchase, this time from Jack Woods on Abbeydale Road.
Honda Deauville NT650V
14-Jun-03 to 24-Sep-08
A neck injury from many years before started to cause problems due to the riding position of the sports bikes, so I bought this from Cusworths in Doncaster.
It had a more upright position and was a very smooth ride. Used it quite a bit to get to work in Leeds but never really liked motorway riding.
I sold this on eBay to a policeman in Galway, Ireland who had it collected and deleivered to Hollyhead where he collected it and took it back on the Ferry.
SYM GTS 250i
20-Sep-08 to 25-Jun-17
The Deauville was proving a bit big for my daily commute into Sheffield so I decided to go for a twist and go scooter.
Bought new from Shiregreen Service Station and I probably had more fun on this than any of the sports bikes as the centre of gravity was so low – probably why I kept it for so long.