For my 14th birthday dad bought me a new rm125. He rode it for about 5 minutes then stopped and let me on. Zero instruction, just have at it.
When I was 16 he let me take his sportster for a few rides. No permit, no instructions, no helmet. Jeans, t shirt, and sunglasses.
At 17 he co-signed for my first bike. I made just enough money to afford the payment and gas, I think it was another year at least before I bought my first helmet. Used to ride with just sunglasses, and when it was cold I'd throw on a carhartt I bought from goodwill. Rode home many nights freezing cold and half blind because I didn't have clear glasses or proper warm gear.
I think I'm pretty lucky to have made it through my first few years of riding. Wear full gear now at least.
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