My brother and I and our two best friends would walk through the Sears Automotive and the Pennys Automotive stores every day on the way home from grade school. We lusted for the MiniTaco mini bikes, but our parents absolutely would not let us have a mini bike. Eventually our two friends got MoPeds so we at least got to ride on the back of those. Occasionally our family would go visit another family and they had a Yamaha Newport 50 (step through style) and we were finally allowed to ride that around their neighborhood. Another friend had a ToteGoat and we rode that thing as hard as we could on a track he built in his farm field. When our family moved from TX to NM my father finally got himself a Yamaha Trail 100 (the one with 3 gears but you could turn a knob and lower the primary ratio, so we considered it a 6 speed). My brother's first real bike was the Suzuki 90 Enduro and my first real bike was a Yamaha 250 MX. We have been riding ever since.