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Many actually robbed, killed and stole to own this bike. This is a serious lesson in life – Uche Nworah Ph.D

The Iconic Honda Motorcycles

This was the real deal back then in Aba. There was the 175 and later 185 series. I think 195 later came out too. Picture the average Igbo guy man on Sunday cruising in one, with his babe or wife at the back and holding on to him tightly. That was the complete look with flared bongo trousers and 7-layers shoes.

To think that many actually robbed, killed and stole to own this bike. This is a serious lesson in life. Onye egbule onwe ya, uwa wu ihe efu.

It was also common to encounter some guys on the highway on their 175 or 185 cruising to the village. It used to be a sight to behold. A thing of pride I must say too for those who owned it. Many pimped out theirs too.

I learnt to ride a motorcycle with one of these. It belonged to James, a trailer driver who was living in our ‘yard’ (LOL) at the time. It was his late brother Osita that actually taught me. We used to take the treasured bike out for a spin whenever James went on one of his long distance journeys. Very heavy piece of equipment to handle and manoeuvre I thought. I was barely out of secondary school then so you can imagine my lean and lanky frame but I had to learn it as it was like a right of passage among the boys living in our area.

Those were the days.

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