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My very first bike was a Montgomery Ward Riverside (Italian made) 125cc. Gave a buck a cc for it a loooooong time ago.
 

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Yeah, since most of us old timers have been riding a long time, it really doesn't equate to today's dollars.

My first bike was a 1978 Suzuki PE175 dirt bike. l believe we paid $350 for it, in great condition, in 1986

My first street bike was a 1981 Honda CM or CL (can't remember) 450. l paid $400 for it in 1992.

After taking a 20 year hiatus, my first bike when l got back on the road last year was a 2004 Suzuki SV650S. l paid $3000 for it. This info is more pertinent to your research l believe :)
 

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$530 for a 1964 Honda CB160

(in 1964)

Come to think of it, that is the only new bike I ever bought.
 

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In 1977 I paid $500.00 for a 1975 Yamaha RD 350. That little bike was a handful for a 1st time rider. I still wish I owned it.
 

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I think I traded some work for my 650 BSA in about 1961. We did not have any money back then. That was in NZ.
My slightly used 68 Kawasaki 350, bought in 68, was only a couple of hundred bucks. My 59 Plymouth Fury also bought in 68 was $175-. All the parts like tyres, batteries and such were about $10- That was in Hawaii.
A new Ford Torino was $2000.00

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$301 for an old Suzuki GS400.
 

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In 1990 I bought my first street bike, a 1984 Honda Magna 700cc for $2,400. Rode the wheels off that thing, something like 48K miles in two years.

No idea what my parents paid for my dirt bikes when I was a kid. I do remember trading my 1980 Yamaha YZ80 for a 283 small block chevy motor to go in my '64 chevy. I was 16 and had different priorities back then.:biggrin:
 

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In 1990 I bought my first street bike, a 1984 Honda Magna 700cc for $2,400. Rode the wheels off that thing, something like 48K miles in two years.

No idea what my parents paid for my dirt bikes when I was a kid. I do remember trading my 1980 Yamaha YZ80 for a 283 small block chevy motor to go in my '64 chevy. I was 16 and had different priorities back then.:biggrin:
I hear that. Do you still have the Chevy?
 

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$650 in 1988 for a 1981 Honda CB650 Custom in great condition with 10,000 miles. I had that bike for 12 years before I was rear-ended. The insurance payout was $650. That's what I call cheap transportation!
 

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1970 Sportster XLCH Brand New on the Floor .. No Negotiating $1695.00
 

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Been too many years. I have no idea now. I do know it seemed like a lot back then. Today it would be chump change probably. It was new so that might give an idea. There used to be a thread that described it but I have no idea if it's even out there anymore.
 

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~$1000 for an Indian (yup, that Indian) 50 cc 4 stroke moped in 1980..not sure if that counts but it was my first vehicle and I put thousands of miles on it, even carried a passenger many times on the back. Wore out an engine and replaced it.
http://www.myronsmopeds.com/category/parts/indian-info/

$500 for a 1976 Honda 400, in 1983. No idea what the mileage was, it was my brothers old bike, it ran like a top but had some dents etc. Sold it for the same thing about a year or so later.

--Long break from riding--

$3200 for a 2008 Vstar 650 classic in late May 2015. 8000 miles. Currently riding the heck out if it, it's around 12000 miles and counting, I need to get tires soon.
 

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I hear that. Do you still have the Chevy?
Ha! I wish. When I got the car, I told my dad what motor I wanted and he thought there was no way I'd find a 283. He wanted the engine really bad. So, I worked out a trade with him. Tried to get his '66 Impala SuperSport convertible, but he wasn't going for that. I had to "settle" for his '71 GTO. :)
 

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Dang Critter, that was big money back then! How long did you own that bike?
Financed it :) $200 down, kept it 4 years, then went to Hawaii and sold it to my nephew.
 

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Ha! I wish. When I got the car, I told my dad what motor I wanted and he thought there was no way I'd find a 283. He wanted the engine really bad. So, I worked out a trade with him. Tried to get his '66 Impala SuperSport convertible, but he wasn't going for that. I had to "settle" for his '71 GTO. :)
You poor thing ;)
 
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