My motorbikes in the past 35 years
I started to ride scooters when I was about 12 with old-timers like Puch, Solex and Vespa. But the first small motorbike I really bought in 1979 was a Kreidler Floret TM in beautiful red. An small motorbike, made in Germany as 70cc motorbike. As the max. cc in the Netherlands is 49cc the motorbike was modified in the Netherlands to comply with the Dutch law. An interesting small motorbike with so called "forced cooling" system. This model was probably made in 1969, so then 10 years old when I bought it. I did ride this small motorbike for 1 year.
Then my second small motorbike was a Yamaha FS1-45 in stunning orange colour. This model was probably made in 1972 in Japan as a 70cc F5B with 5 gears. I bought it in 1980 as 49cc with 4 gears. Again this small motorbike was modified to comply with the Dutch law. It had an special engine with rotary disc-valved carburettor. Of course I modified the bike to be faster. I did ride this bike for a bit more as 2 years.
My first real motorbike was a Honda CB400FS in bordeaux red. This motorbike was made in 1976 in Japan. I did buy it in 1984 and did ride it for 2 years. A truly classic motorbike now.
My first scooter in Thailand was a Honda Sonic 125 in the color Red. I bought it new in 2002 and did ride it for 2 years. Although it is a Japanese brand-name, the bike was made in Thailand. It had a 125cc four-stroke engine, 5 speed-gear box, water-cooling and disc-brake front and rear.
My first almost big bike in Thailand was a Yamaha TW225E in the color Blue. I bought it in 2008 and sold it back to the shop after 6 weeks as the paper-work was wrong. The bike was probably build in 2005 for the Japanese market. A very nice bike, I would still love to have one. I love the big tires, like it is a 2-wheel ATV. It had a 224cc four-stroke air-cooled engine. Simple machine, hard to break. Too bad they do not make them anymore.
My second almost big bike in Thailand was a Yamaha XT250X in the color Blue. I bought it in 2008 and I did ride with it for 2 years. It was probably build in 2006 in Japan. I think in Japan it is still sold as a "Serrow", it has a 249cc four-stroke air-cooled engine. This was one of the last not restricted models made.
Then my first real big bike was a Kawasaki Versys 650 in the color Red. I bought it new in 2011 and did ride almost 3 years with it. Although it is a Japanese brand-name, the bike was made in Thailand. A 2-cylinder 650cc four-stroke engine. I did ride almost 40.000 km with it in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. Great bike but actually a bit to big, high and heavy for my short legs.
Then I downgraded to a Honda CB500F in the color White. I bought it new in November 2013 and sold it again in January 2014. Although it is a Japanese brand-name, the bike was made in Thailand. A 2-cylinder 500 cc four-stroke engine. Nice bike but too bad AP Honda Thailand was not able to produce a new designed engine that is not consuming oil so I sold the bike back to Honda Big Wing Thailand after 3 months riding 5700 km (and a lot of problems). I lost a considerable amount of money on this badly build motorbike. And I will NEVER again buy a Honda big bike made bij AP Honda Thailand.
So currently I am riding my Kawasaki Z250, a 2 cylinder 250cc motorbike. Also made in Thailand. I bought it in 2013 and currently in 2018 I am still riding it. I changed it a bit, the most important thing is that I changed the handle-bar so I sit a bit more straight up. But I am missing a bit of comfort, power and ABS. So I am considering a Yamaha MT03, BMW G310R or the new Kawasaki Z650.