Thanks to Beemerboy for posting a link to this thread. Didn't know there were so many of us bike riders in the group. It makes sense though since both riding and burning coal are non-conformist activities.
My first street bike was a 1971 Kawasaki H1 triple like this first pic. Had a lot of fun with it on the street and at the drag strip. When that got stolen I bought a new 1977 KZ1000. The next year all the factories came out with faster bikes, so I put a turbo on it to stay a step ahead. Still have that bike and ride it as seen in the second pic.
By 1980 drag racing was getting kind of old so for 1981 I bought a new GPZ 550 and went roadracing as seen in the third pic. I still have the bike and may race it again in the vintage racing club I belong to.http://www.race-uscra.com/
I really missed the H1 that had been stolen so next came a 1974 Kawasaki 750 H2 triple. Bought it off a lawn in running condition for $250. Still have it and it runs fine.
Got another good deal on a used 1984 GPZ750 as seen in the 4th pic.
Somewhere along the line I picked up a 1964 Yamaha YDS3 250, a Yamaha R5 350, a CB350 Honda, and a 1972 Kawasaki H1 basket case.
The last bike I bought was the 1972 BMW racing sidecar rig that I had been riding for a few years. The guy that built it was retiring and gave me first dibs on buying it. We led the championship for a while this past year and ended up finishing third. We were still in the hunt right up until the last race of the season.