There are plenty of great motorcyclists in the world, but everyone had to start somewhere. Many motorbike enthusiasts remember the first machine they owned. You might have chosen a specific model because of its performance or because it looked good. We were interested in hearing what our Inside Bikes audience had to say and their answers were varied. We’ve included some of the responses.
Tanya Wallace said her first bike was a Honda Bros and according to her it was very durable. Originally called the the Honda NT650, the Japanese model was named the Bros as a reference to the 400 cc and 650 cc models being created together. According to an MCN review, the Bros “is a smart, cheap new-rider friendly all-rounder.”
Yamaha TY 50
Gordon Southgate’s first motorbike was a Yamaha TY 50. In his opinion, it was quite slow but he admitted that it was a great off-road vehicle. The TY 50’s speed made it a good beginner motorcycle because it was considered a safe option. Owners could ease themselves into the riding process.
Yamaha YB 100
Paul Clarke said his first bike was a Yamaha YB 100 that was passed down from his mum. The YB 100 had a minimalistic appearance that tied into its easy handling. The 100 cc two-stroke single cylinder engine meant the YB 100 could reach a top speed of 80 mph. Clarke also praised the YB 100’s ability to adapt, making it a great all-round performer. Yamaha’s original advert for the vehicle read “comfort, cleanliness and crisp performance, all in a single economical package.”
Honda 250 Super Dream
Kevin Mason said his first motorbike was a Honda 250 Super Dream. This machine had a 249 cc four stroke air-cooled twin cylinder engine and it proved to be a popular model. In 1980, the Super Dream was the most popular selling bike in the UK, with over 17,000 bikes sold.
Yamaha RD200 DX
Wullie Geddes’ first machine was the Yamaha RD 200 DX. The RD 200 was introduced in 1974 and became a practical commuter model. It was a small motorbike that had a lot of power, as seen from the 195 cc two-stroke twin engine.
Based on the responses, we found a Yamaha to be a popular first choice. The company have produced some of the greatest motorcycles of all time, so that’s hardly surprising.