Strangely enough, it was a Popular Mechanics article on dual sport/adventure bikes comparing the WeeStrom to the Tiger, GS, et all. I just remember something clicked and i thought, I should get a bike. I really liked the WeeStrom, but the more i looked at bikes, the more i liked the UJM.
I'd never ridden before besides a mini bike once or twice.
A few friends had cruisers, but they never have done anything for me. What put me over the edge was my cousin buying a 2013 Honda CB1100. It was then I decided to buy a bike. I rode a friends Rebel for a bit to get used to clutch and shifting and then jumped straight from a Rebel to a CB1100. Big difference! I bought a 1984 Nighthawk 700S and we rode everywhere last summer. His bike has over 11k miles and I put on over 6k in my 6 months of riding. Best summer ever.
Here's a pic with my cousins bike and mine: