My grandparents got me into bikes. In east germany cars were somewhat of a luxury and they did not own one so when i stayed with them over the summer they gave me rides on the back of either their mz or old bmw thumper and later showed me how to ride.
when i was done with school and had a half year off i had enough money to either buy a used motorbike and go somewhere or buy a crappy car.
i oped for the motorbike and rode to italy.
that was 10 years ago and i still donít own a car. motorbikes are just hard to beat in fun or economic factor.