Going to include motorbikes because otherwise it'd be a very short list!
[not my image, the only photos of this were lost with the death of bebo haha]
Fucking loved this bike, weird to think that I only had it for maybe 4 months before it was nicked. First taste of freedom etc. She was amazing, then she was robbed, ragged and like all motorbikes anyone cares about, eventually found in a stream in a council estate. Bonus points because I'd asked the police to let us know when it was found so we could recover it ourselves. Naturally that didn't happen, they called the wreckers yard who wanted more than I paid for the thing just so I could have it back. Arseholes.
Some people say chinese bikes aren't that bad. they're liars.
Amusingly this twin cylinder claimed to have a top end of 70mph, which isn't too surprising cause most 125cc twin cruisers could do that. this one hit the rev limited at 55mph drafting a bin lorry. Bag of shyte. Also the sidestand neutral lockout wasn't waterproof so if you rode in the rain it would only run in neutral after you hit a puddle. Magic.
My first "real" motorbike, the Yamaha XJ600N certainly is "a bike". MCN described it as "The Vauxhall Astra Diesel of the bike world" and yeah, that reads. It looks good, it sounds ok with a yob exhaust on it, and requires next to no maintainence. I put over 20k miles on this and I remember doing at least some of them. It's a alright for what it is, and given it cost me £750 6 years ago, I can happily say that it owes me nothing. Would've been nice if it didn't break my shoulder in 2019 though
My pride and joy, named "Hilda". She's my "somewhat modified" daily and project car (risky, I know
) Bought in 2016 she almost made it a year before she had uprated shocks to sharpen the ride, followed by tinting, lowering, having a stainless exhaust system fitted, turbo tuning, camber plates and a few other changes over the years, as well as the gaudy BBS RS reps. Whatever, she's a boxy euro shitbox, she looks good in them. As seen she's gone around donington on a track day, and has many more to come. She's taking me on a skiing road trip to Austria in 2022, so that's cool.
Also she has a mismatched tailgate after a crash (though I now dig the look stylistically), as well as a custom numberplate.
Finally we have my latest acquisition, my mum's old motorbike, which is prrof to the concept of "it'll be worth something someday". Turns out a 44 year old 2 stroke with 6000 miles is a bit of an oddity nowadays.
Sat in my grandparents garage since 1982, then my parents garage from the early 2000's until about a year ago. As a kid i always loved seeing this, and even rode it once (not like... legally, but I did take it around the block...) Either way, she's currently a restoration project, so i have no memories yet, but soon i'll have her running again