Originally Posted by BostonHedonist
I want to take a poll. How many CCs were everyone's first bikes?
Mine was 400cc. I wanted a CB175 back when I started, but I was forced into a larger bike because my uncle (who was teaching me to ride) believed anything less that 750cc would get you run over. A common sentiment in America during the 1970s - big engines saved lives! I only got a smaller bike because none of them were willing to pay the cost difference for a larger one, but
I was moved up because I stupidly told them how much money I actually
had, so I was pushed into the largest displacement I could afford. Another sign of the times: all the safety talk was limited to displacement - none of the adults involved cared if I got a helmet, gloves, boots, or motorcycle jacket.