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Member: Spir


Born: 1956

Bike: 2016 Yamaha MT-09 Tracer

Member since: 20th July 2003

Officer: President


It took me 20 years to realize that something was missing in my life!

I got my car drivers license back in 1974, and at the time I felt that a motorcycle was uncomfortably, unpractical and only for speedfreaks with a deathwish! But then in 1994 (for reasons unknown) I changed my mind and got my MC license. The only thing I regret about that decission is that it was 20 years to late!

Then in 1995 the missus and I bought a 1976 Honda CB750 Four, just to try how motorcycle riding worked for us.

1976 Honda CB750 Four Honda CB750 Four, K6/F1, 1976

Well, it worked too well! When the missus got her MC license in 1996, one bike was no longer enough!! I went out and got myself a 1992 Yamaha XV1100 Virago (US import),and the missus took over the Honda.

After many miles on the road with the '92 Virago I sold it and bought a brand new 1999 XV1100 Virago. That's my primary bike today - when it runs!

2 Yamaha XV1100 Viragos Yamaha XV1100 Viragos - Front: 1999 - Back: 1992

One month and 8.500 km on a rented bike in Australia in 2003, led me to buy yet another bike: a 2001 Yamaha XT600E! This is a real fun bike to ride - it goes everywhere!

Yamaha XT600E My Yamaha XT600E

In 2016, after 130.000km, the XT600E started to look a little tired, and it wasn't that dependable anymore, so when the opportunity arose, I bought a Yamaha MT-09 Tracer. Handles like a dream - love it!

Yamaha MT-09 Tracer Yamaha MT-09 Tracer

My collection of International Virago/Star Rally patches
Int. Rally 1997 Int. Rally 1999 Int. Rally 2000 Int. Rally 2001 Int. Rally 2002 Int. Rally 2003 Int. Rally 2004 Int. Rally 2005 Int. Rally 2006 Int. Rally 2007 Int. Rally 2008 Int. Rally 2009 Int. Rally 2010 Int. Rally 2011 Int. Rally 2012

I'll be back I'll be back!
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