I learned to ride on what I knew as a Honda 160 Dream in the early '70s, but my first bike was a new 1978 Yamaha XS650 Special. I put 500 miles on it the first week. 38,000 miles and 2-3 years later I upgraded to a KZ1000ST. Many no bike years and a succession of bikes later, My '08 Shadow Spirit lost a short argument with a misguided pickup truck. My eBay '11 Suzuki V Strom 650 is scheduled to arrive tomorrow, hoping to get that #$&! metal plate out of my right wrist soon.