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August 24, 2013

Too Many Toys

People have asked me how many motorcycles/vehicles I've owned, and the truth is, I don't know. So, I'll try to run through them:

Right now (October 8, 2019), I currently have 4 motorcycles, 2 ATV's, 1 Jeep, 1 Tahoe, 1 BMW X3, 1 VW Tiguan, 2 trailers, and 2 M29C Weasels.

Note: VW Tiguan was totaled on or around Friday October 30th, 2020.

Current Vehicles:

2017 Honda Africa Twin
Purchased on July 7, 2017 from Russellville Honda in Russellville, Arkansas. Drove it back to my house in Morrison, Colorado - over 1,000 miles in 24 hours. (Stopped and spent the night in Kansas.) Then, Nov 2017 - Jan 2018, I rode the AT down to Lima, Peru, arranged for the bike to be shipped back, and then flew home.

(Above) 2010 KTM Adventure 990 - Purchased from a dealer in Moline, Il in Dec 2012. Picked up in May 2013, drove it to Panama City, Panama. Had it FedEx'ed back to Jackson, Mississippi in June. I drove it from Jackson, MS to Tullahoma, TN and back in July. Then drove it from Jackson back to Goodland, Kansas, where they threw me in jail for about 26 hours. Then Robert R. came and got me and we rode back to Denver in his truck w/ my bike in the back.

(Above) 2007 Honda XR650L - Purchased from A.C.E.S. in Fort Collins, Colorado on 4/26/2010.

(Above) 2004 Honda XR650L - Purchased from a guy in Petaluma, California on 3/1/2011. I drove the bike in SF until August of 2011, then drove it to AK and back, then drove it to Denver in September 2011. In June of 2012, I drove it back to SF (by way of Yellowstone). In May of 2013, I drove it back to Denver.

(Above) 2001 Honda Rancher 350 (Red) - Purchased from a guy in Houston, Texas on 5/4/2004.

(Above) 2002 Honda Rancher 350 (Green) - Purchased on 3/25/2009 from a guy in Aurora, CO.

Above: 1997 Chevy Tahoe - Purchased from a guy in Littleton, Colorado on 6/2/2010.

(Above) 1945 Studebaker M29C Weasel - Purchased from a guy in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado on 3/12/2000.

(Above) M101-A1 - Purchased from some guy down the hill in Lakewood, Colorado. I paid $600 for it. I can't recall exactly when I purchased it. Probably between 1997 and 2000.

(Above): This is a Jeep Wrangler TJ that we bought for Jen on October 8, 2013.

(Above): According to the vehicle registration documentation, on 11/13/2015, we bought Jennifer a 2004 BMW X3 3.0. This was her senior year of high school at Conifer. (She was at Conifer High School from August 2014 - May 2016).

(Above) And a 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan.
Note: 2012 VW Tiguan was totaled on or around Friday October 30th, 2020.

Vehicles I used to own:

(Above) 1986 Honda TRX70 - Purchased from a guy in Phoenix, AZ on 1/21/2004. Had it flown in and went and picked it up from a container out near the airport. Jennifer rode it for a while and then, at some point, we sold it to the neighbors.

(Above) 1945 GMC DUKW. Purchased from a man in Valencia, California on 1/27/2003. Sold the week of 9/18/2017.

(Above) 1952 Dodge M37 - Purchased from John Smith on 5/28/96 in Littleton, Colorado.
Sold it to Jonathan Moeller's dad in July 2017.

(Above) 1994 Honda XR650L - In October of 2010, when I was in Wisconsin, I bought this bike to drive around Lake Michigan. I used it as a commuter vehicle while I was working in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. I eventually sold it to my buddy John in April of 2012, after he moved to Texas.

(Above) 1993 Honda XR650L. On 3/9/2012, I bought this motorcycle from a guy in San Francisco, CA. It broke down on me on 5/15/2012 north of Lucia, California. I abandoned it on the side of the road. So, I only owned this bike for 2 - 3 months.

(Above) 2002 Honda XR400. I bought this bike from a guy near Denver, Colorado on 6/24/2007 and sold this motorcycle to my mailman on 12/19/2010.

(Above)2006 Honda XR650R. I bought this bike on 8/29/2009 in San Diego, drove it to Cabo San Lucas and back, and then sold it on 12/29/2009 in San Diego.

(Above) Bombardier Sea-Doo GTi personal watercraft. 718cc 2 cylinder 2 stroke 85 hp Rotax engine. I bought this SeaDoo and trailer in Tullahoma, Tennessee in March of 2007, and then sold it at the end of the summer, as I recall.

(Above) 1987 Honda Elite 250 Scooter - I bought this scooter in SF on March 19, 2003. A blizzard hit on March 17, 2003, so I drove to the airport, bought a ticket on the way, and flew to SF. I needed transportation, so I bought this on March 19, 2003 and drove it for one week in SF. Then, we went to war with Iraq on March 20, 2003. Sold it to a motorcycle dealership when I left at the end of the week.

(Above) 1999 Chevy Tahoe - Bought from a guy in Boulder back in 2000, I think. Then sold to my neighbor in 2011?

(Above) Project Car Number 1: 1988 Honda Prelude - Purchased from a chick in San Francisco, CA on 2/21/2002. Hitesh sold it for me when I left SF about 6 months later.

(Above) Project Car Number 2: 1985 Honda Accord - Purchased from a woman in Austin, Texas on 7/3/2003. Drove it for a while. Abandoned it in Austin. Came back later and started driving it again. Finally abandoned it in Kenner, Louisiana on 5/20/2004.

(Above) Project Car Number 3: 1986 Honda Prelude - Purchased on 9/15/2003 in Portland, Oregon. Sold when I left Oregon at the end of 2003.

(Above) Project Car Number 4: Honda Prelude - Purchased in 2004 while living in South San Francisco, CA. Sold to a local car dealership when I left town in February of 2005. Shown here on Pismo Beach, February 4th, 2005.

(Above) Project Car Number 5: 1990 NISSAN MAXIMA, 220k miles, 3.0L, loaded, PW PDL CC PS, sunroof, CD AM/FM, runs gd, no minor damage, cream w/burgundy int, $1,500 obo, 502-767-XXXX. I bought this car when I was working in Tullahoma, TN in June of 2006, and sold it when I left in August of 2007.

(Above) Project Car Number 6: Honda Accord. I bought this car just before Christmas in 2011 near Sacremento, CA. The vehicle is being stolen in this photo from an underground parking garage in the Tenderloin in SF. I recovered it from Bernal Heights on Tuesday, March 8th, 2012. But then, the next day, the city stole it off the street on Wednesday, March 9th. Eventually, they just stole it and forced me to sign the title over to them. So, I owned this car for less than 3 months, I'd say. I'm not sure what year this car was, but I plated it at the DMV in Sacramento, California on 12/13/11, plate number CA 6UIG071.

(Above) Disclaimer: This is an '83 XL600R, but it's not an actual picture of my bike. I don't believe I have any pictures of the 1983 Honda XL600R that I purchased in September of 2004 from a guy in San Jose, California. I drove it around some while I was living in South San Francisco. I sold it to my slumlord's son when I left in January of 2005.

(Above) 1987(?) Honda XL600R. I bought this in Colorado, probably in 1996. I sold it before Jennifer was born, probably in 1997.

(Above) 1945 M29C Studebaker Weasel. I bought this in Colorado, probably in 1999. I sold it a few years back. Probably around 2005?

(Above) 1992 Toyota 4-Runner. I bought this from a kid in Boulder back in 1996, I think. Michelle ended up with this, I seem to recall.

(Above) This was my first Honda Prelude, as I recall. I think it was a 1987, but I can't recall for sure. I don't recall what happened to it, for certain, but I think I totalled it Dallas.

(Above) Disclaimer: This is not an actual picture of my car. But I had a 1987 Mustang GT hardtop like the one shown above for almost a year. Same color and everything, but I don't believe I have any pics of my 87 Mustang GT. I bought it in January of 1990 in Laurel, MS. I totalled it in Dallas on New Years Eve (Jan of 1991).

(Above) Honda Shadow 500. After someone stole my XL250R, I bought a Honda Shadow, probably around 1992, but I never really liked the bike. It was heavy, and hot. And riding in Dallas was no fun. I eventually sold it, maybe around 1994.

(Above) 1979 Malibu Classic. I got this car some time around 1986-1987. I sold it in 1990 when I bought my '87 Mustang GT.

(Above) 1985 Honda XL250R. I bought this bike in the summer of 1986 in Canton, MS. Basically ran the wheels off of it for the next 4 years. When I moved to Dallas, I took it with me, but it disappeared from the parking lot of my apartment complex one night.

(Above) I bought this 1984 1982 Honda C70 Passport from my buddy Mike (Chalfant?) in New Orleans back when I was going to Tulane. This would have been in the fall of 1985, I think. (It was June of 1985). When I left Tulane, it stayed at Andy Platou's frat house, and eventually disappeared. (On 5/24/2021, SL told me she had found the title to this bike. So, I corrected the year/model of the bike and purchase date.)

OK. So, my initial goal in this was to figure out how many motorcycles I've owned, and I've decided that I've owned 14 (total, that I can remember), but I let go of 10 of them, so I currently only have 4 motorcycles.

Counts by vehicle category (From vehicles.xls spreadsheet):

Automobiles(Cars/Jeeps/Tahoes): Have owned 16. Currently own 4.
Motorcycles: Have owned 14. Currently own 4.
ATV's: Have owned 3. Currently own 2.
Weasels(Tracked vehicles): Have owned 3. Currently own 2.
Trailers: Have owned 2. Currently own 2.
DUKWS(6-while drive amphibians): Have owned 1. Currently own 0.
SeaDoos: Have owned 1. Currently own 0.

Posted by Rob Kiser on August 24, 2013 at 9:12 PM


I had no idea!!!! And thanks a whole lot for posting the dorky picture of me during the college years;)Love ya!

Posted by: Molly on August 25, 2013 at 10:30 AM

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