Please don't think this is just about me; feel free to post your own stories, but these are some pictures and a bit of commentary about my first bikes (in fact, bar one, ALL my bikes) going back to 1974. 1974, Yamaha RD-250, bronze Just peeping into the edge of the picture, which mainly features my much-loved Peugeot 404 and equally loved dog, is the brand new Yamaha RD-250 which I bought in August 1974, with a helmet and wet-weather gear, AND registration, for the lordly sum of $749.00 It didn't take long to start fiddling, and in REVS (remember REVS??) I spotted an advertisment by a bloke called Lew Robson, who lived in Taren Point, for a cafe-racer kit for the RD. It comprised of a shell over the tank and a replacement seat, a bikini fairing and a glass front guard. We went down to Sydney to check the stuff out. He was a boat builder by trade, but the workmanship of the stuff was incredible, so I shelled out $180 and bought the kit, in orange...... So I ditched the heavy steel front guard for a tiny sliver of fibreglass, the heavy dual seat for a pathetic patch of foam just for me (I quickly changed it to high density foam, mmm comfort), and the heavy footpeg bar and pegs for the delights of the passenger pegs and a set of rear-sets attached.