Central Coast Classic Motorcycle Club Officers
Bill Killian began riding motorcycles during the “golden era” of dirt bikes when he found a Yamaha GT-80 under the Christmas tree in 1972. By his teen years, four-stroke singles became a way of life. In high school he saved up his paper route money to buy a used ’73 Honda TL-125 trials bike, and his first “car” was a 1978 Yamaha XT 500 E, which he would rely on for primary transportation until college. Even then he didn’t abandon riding a “thumper”. For years the streets of San Luis Obispo reported the roar of his big-bore, wide-open single while he commuted to classes at Cal Poly on an ’83 Honda XL-600R. Now settled down with a family and teaching career, Bill rides a classic continental bike, a 1979 BMW R65, both a juxtaposition and Teutonic reminder for fellow club members that not all classic European bikes have to be British.
Secretary, Charter Member
It all started in 1953 when I bought a Whizzer Sportsman to help me with my two paper routes (the excuse to my parents). Later, I purchased a BSA Bantam and then a 1952 BSA Gold Star that had been set up for Daytona. Needless to say, I got into a lot of trouble. After that, all I could think of was motorcycles and of course, girls. I also wanted to fulfill another passion, flying, which is three dimensional motorcycle riding. I obtained a commercial-instrument rating hoping to be employed by anyone, but it didn’t happen. Most of my 60’s and 70’s riding was in Southern California enduros, rides in Mexico, and weekend desert riding. For the past 30 years I did road and touring riding, mainly up the California coast and down the Sierra Mountains. I attended Dave Roper’s racing school, the 2006 BSA rally in Brimfield, MA and worked for the Long Beach Grand Prix for ten years. In the early 70’s, British motorcycles were selling for a dime on the dollar. I bought a dozen or more BSAs until I knew I was out of control.
I kept some Gold Stars and an A10 which I have today. I also have various Hondas such as CBXs and VFRs, a Triumph, and an Aermacchi. My “motorcycle” bucket list includes a round trip across the US, attend the Isle of Man TT, and design an electric motorcycle or leaning three wheeler.