Matt Knowles' Motorcycles

I took my first ride on a motorcycle in 1979. The bike was a ratty Honda CB360 that was owned by my wife's father, and after receiving very brief instructions from my brother-in-law, I was off and running. I dropped the bike several times that day since my instruction didn't even cover such basics that you have to down shift through each gear before coming to a stop. Still, I knew that I was on to something big here. A couple of months later I purchased my first motorcycle, in fact my first motor vehicle of any kind, a brand new shiny red Kawasaki KZ400. I was in love with my new found freedom, and since then motorcycles have been a huge part of my life.

I've commuted, toured, raced, and sold motorcycles. My travels have taken me as been as far north as Alaska, as far south as Texas and as far east as Ohio. I've even ridden a motorcycle in Hawaii. I've ridden on the road, on the track, in the dirt, and occasionally through rivers. For over 250,000 miles and 32 years I've been loving, cussing, riding, crashing, repairing, buying, selling and dreaming about motorcycles.

On the left are links to each of the bikes that I've owned, in the order that they were purchased. Below I've listed a summary of the bikes I've owned, along with two other great rides I had, as well as some general motorcycle links.

That makes 4 singles, 3 twins, 2 triples, and 2 four cylinders. Or looking at it by brand, 5 Kawasakis, 3 Yamahas, 2 Suzukis, and 1 Triumph. Maybe some day I'll own a Honda, Ducati, or BMW but don't be looking for a Harley in my garage. I'll take performance over style any day.

gpz550

1985. My first time on a racetrack. The famous corkscrew at Laguna Seca. California Superbike School. No speed limit. A very quick GPz550. A huge grin from ear to ear. If you haven't been on a race track, what's stopping you?

dr350es

In 1997 I went on a dual sport ride on Kauai. Above, we're parked looking over Waimea Canyon from the opposite side that most tourists see. On the right, I'm following the leader through a sugar cane plantation.

dr350es

General Motorcycle Links

(model specific links are found on the individual pages)

Factories

Magazines