17 years old fresh out of high school, saving my pennies, dimes and quarters for years. This is what I purchased for my wheels. My poor parents. If my 17 year old kid came home with this as his first bike I would have had a coronary.
I had my hands full as it were, with my old Kawi triple. It could go like stink, but handled like a fridge, and had brakes like a 10 speed bicycle. Come to think of it, that's pretty much like my V-max was also.
I still have my '81 GS-1100-EX that I bought new when I was 19. And no, that turbo Kaw could not keep up with it. A buddy had one and I could leave him for dead at any reasonable road speed, and he could only nip at my tail light when on boost.
While I LOVE my 'busa, my GS-11 (Thor) has been my #1 forever. Currently over 60K miles on the clock and the engine is untouched, though 3rd is now skipping. Too many slam shifts over the years.
He's now in what I call "working retirement" in that it's no longer worth it to street race (unless an old KZ get's cocky), but is a GREAT sport tourer. Again, not a 'busa, but does a damned respectable job on the Dragon anyway. Here's a pic on a trip in Colorado. Long live 80's motorcycles!
I had the '78 Kawi KZ1000 Z1R - no turbo. Not a terribly bike... - it really took off at about 7k rpm. Had a ton of fun on that bike with my Kerker on it crusing Topanga Canyon and Mulholland just about every day. (This was 1984)
My cousin's turbo Z1R - that was a pretty fast bike. But the new '84 Ninja's - whooped my arse. (Course I sucked as a rider.)
I was 24 in 79 when i got the CBX Silver and black ..I work for a honda dealer ..My cost 1,800.00 ....In 81 i got a low mile used one to play with .Big bore with 11.5.1s cams and head work ..I added a Gs 1100 swing arm and a 6 into one winning header ...I ran open exhaust everywhere ...Nothing like the sound of a CBX at 13500... It ran good for back then , a friend i sold it to made a 10.20s pass on it at Desoto speedway....