Maybe Bryce can move this to its own thread, as I am sure everyone has some bike stories to tell
Great points of interest Styria.
Some of those bikes you mention are legendary bikes, and probably worth a kings ransom today.
Unfortunately I have never ridden any of them, but saw many in my motor cycle riding days.
Locking up brakes on bikes on bikes was always a nightmare of mine.
I remember riding the first bike to hit Australian shores with ABS, the BMW K100.
I was told to hit the brakes as hard as I could in a gravelly car park next to the dealership, so I did.
Straight as, and no lock up at all.
I think this was my defining point of loving and embracing modern electronic technology in the automotive world.
Ha, and I’m still working on and helping to develop the same thing today but in trucks.
The K100 was the first European bike the NSW police started to use after a very long run of Japanese bikes (Honda)
This was also BMW’s first 4 cylinder bike (flat in line 4) that deviated from their twin cylinder boxer engine.
This was also the first bike I ever saw that had a single trailing arm for the back suspension. Which made rear wheel removal and tyre changes a breeze, and the first bike I ever recall with self cancelling blinkers and cruise control.
BMW also launched a new helmet to go with their new bike in 83, the full face helmet, which then opened up into an open face helmet (see cops on the Yamahas) again, a game changer for them.
Not bad for 1983
Funny, they are back on Japanese bikes today (Yamaha FJ1300)
I didn’t end up buying the K100, I bought the worlds most powerful superbike at the time, the Kawasaki GOZ900R
The first ever bike to produce in excess of 100hp, that was under 1000cc. (103hp 908cc)
I had to wait until 1986 until the blue model hit Australian dealers, I got the first blue one in NSW.