My Bikes Pt. 3

Time for another installment of “My Bikes.”

Last time, we ended the story with selling the CR60R to my best friend. I replaced it with my favorite class of dirt bikes – the XR series – and an XR200. It was a 1984 or thereabouts.



I don’t remember the particulars on purchasing the bike, but I do remember my first day with it at the Bonnet Carre Spillway, which was our local riding spot.

Hans, his Dad and I were finished unloading the bikes in our usual spot and put our gear on. I started the bike and was revving the engine to warm it up and noticed that “Mr” Hans (Dad) kept looking at me funny. You see, the CR60 was a 2-stroke and it was quite loud. The XR200 on the other hand was a 4-stroke and much much quieter. I was revving the bike to the point that the sound was familiar – I soon found out that was a mistake! I put the bike in gear and revved the bike to what I considered a normal note, let the clutch out and pulled a full on “Pee Wee Herman” as the bike launched off with a wheelie and took me for a ride straight into the bushes. I got up and looked behind me and noticed Mr Hans still staring at me with that funny look; he was a man of few words!

I got a bunch of years on that bike and enjoyed it a lot. My next bike was a 1988 Kawasaki KLR250 – more on that next time!


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About nolarocks

Life long motorbike rider from New Orleans with a passion for riding sportbikes, naked (cafe) bikes, dirt bikes, mini bikes and on and on and on. Throw in some Isle of Man TT racing, short circuit racing, and the glory days of 1950s-1970s English/Irish/Manx road racing and you are getting close. I can't get enough.
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