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1980, Mexico and lust for the KLX
As a teenager I spent the summer of 1980 living in Mexico. Estranged from my homeland, garage and motorcycle was pretty hard to take at times. But I was also able to spend part of the summer with a brand new 1979 125 Carabella. My other solace came from the two motorcycle magazines that I found. One was this September 1979 issue of Cycle World.
I read both magazines cover to cover many times. By the end of the summer I was convinced it was true love, a match meant to be; me and the all new Kawasaki KLX250. The shining green machine, all 21 ponies, “but feels like less” commented testers. If the stars would align, maybe a pair of Scott boots too.
It was a much different era, I guess I don’t have to tell you that. At home I had an old Bultaco, Levi’s, a hand-me-down open face helmet and worn out ski goggles. The new gear seen in magazines was too fine to even dare dream about, let alone the bikes.
During that entire summer, I believe I made two phone calls home and one of those was just to arrange my return flight.