I bought my first XR500R in 1981, from a dealer Belgium and had it shipped to my home in France in May.
By August I had managed to have it legally registered for road use, defeating French bureaucratic hurdles. To this day, I believe it was the first ever registered XR500R in France.
I still have this bike. It did go to Africa for a while, Zambia to be precise. It got there and back by plane, lazy queen... For many years it stayed in the barn, gathering dust.
One year, I moved to California and discovered the land of abundant and cheap motorcycle parts and gasoline. A new era had started.
I entered the world of C&J frames, Simons forks, FOX suspension, White Brothers parts, Megacycle ... Heaven.
Today, I have far too many bikes across two continents.