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Old 01-10-2014, 08:07 PM   #31
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it was in my blood
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Old 01-10-2014, 08:10 PM   #32
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When I was a kid, a friend of my Dad had what I think was a Honda 50 step through. He took me for a ride around the block and I was hooked!

When I was twelve, we got a Benelli dynamo trail 50 (supposed to be my older brother's - but I took it over)
First bike I ever rode and still have it!

Here is my daughter with it when she was about 12.

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Old 01-10-2014, 08:18 PM   #33
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I was about 5 and it was about 1960 my mom and I were at the grocery store in Spokane. I walked out of the store to wait for mom and there was this grungy looking guy on a pan head it had ape hangers. the guy asked me if I wanted to sit on the bike. My mom kind of freaked when she came out of the store. When I was about 12 my parents had friends that had a house on Hoods Canal. The guy owned an escort service and had a bunch of police Guzzi's and Pan Head cop bikes. He gave me a couple of rides on those over the summer. they also had a couple of trail 70 and we tore it up on those.
My first year of high school all my friends had dirt bikes. I bought one a Kawi 90 and hid it from my parents at others homes. Of course I got caught sooner or later but it was too late. I had the bug. Now I have 6 bikes 2 Ducs, 2 Harleys, 1 r/90 and an xr400r. I wish I could say I was done but there are about 2 more I would like and some classics I can't afford.
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Old 01-10-2014, 08:20 PM   #34
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My father has had bikes since I was 3 years old. I would ride with him occasionally in the summer as I grew up. My uncle had a non-running small Harley made by Aermacchi. It was stored in my grandparents out-building. I would sit on it every summer when I visited. In college considered buying a moped but bought a car instead. When I was 25 I had a dream that I was riding a motorcycle. It felt real even though I had never ridden before. Shortly after I stopped by the local Kawasaki dealer and on the spot bought a 10 year old 81 LTD550 for $1000. I didn't have a license so I had a friend ride it home. I rode it around my neighborhood for a couple weeks and then had another friend ride it to the DMV. I passed the test on it and the rest is history. I'd like another LTD550.

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Old 01-10-2014, 08:59 PM   #35
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Laugh Start on a Guzzi

Living in Germany, in 1966, the bicycle was the choice of transportation for many people; including me. As I was peddling my way through hill and dale I was always fascinated by the "Mofas". A Mofa, at the time, was a bicycle with a motor on it that could be insured and tagged with a plate handed out by the insurance agent (I think that is long gone). As luck would have it, my lifelong friend, two years older than me, was given his first bike a Mofa.

Needless to say, a few days after he received his Mofa I was on it "testing" it. I fell in love with it and had to have one. Through a lot of pleading and begging I was soon the proud owner of my first Mofa, a 1967 Moto-Guzzi Trotter.

Moto-Guzzi Trotter - pic of the web

The little Trotter, was not only my transportation for four years, but it was also my patient teaching aid for mechanic. The poor thing suffered through many “what it this” exploratory surgeries. But, to it’s credit it did teach me well and I stuck with it for 50 years.
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Old 01-10-2014, 09:55 PM   #36
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Top Gun

"I feel the need for speed...."

Loved anything with an engine from a young age. Go carts, 50cc dirt bikes whatever someone would let me ride or drive.

In 1986 when Top Gun came out I was 18 years old. A very impressionable age. It was a few more years until I could buy a bike. Bought a ZX-6 around 1993 the first chance I got.

Damn near killed myself wrecking it......I have owned many more sense.

I am ATGATT and a lot or more careful now. Got lucky and learned the valuable lesson that wrecking motorcycles hurts.

Still feel the need for speed........
She said motorcycle ride? I said yes.........
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Old 01-10-2014, 10:09 PM   #37
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I was caught at bicycles!
Never grew up,still on 2 wheels!
Snot nosed 68 yr.old kid.
I ride because, it lets my soul out to play. .
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Old 01-10-2014, 10:24 PM   #38
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Moved to a new town. Made new friends who were into bikes. If you wanted to fit in, you rode a bike.

Funny thing is I started on an Yamaha DT250 and then bought a new Honda CB750. After dozens of different makes and models over the years, I've ended up with a Yamaha XT250 and a Kawasaki ZR750. Essentially Just more modern versions of what I started on........ Didn't plan it that way, just somehow happened, maybe I'm reverting to my youth.

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Old 01-11-2014, 03:14 AM   #39
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Back in the summer of 2001 I saw a couple of neighbors taking off for a scoot one Sunday morning ... thought it looked like fun and decided to take a Motorcycle Training Course and bought an old Honda Rebel as first Bike ... several Bikes and 13 years later I'm still Riding and also part-time as a Rider Coach during summer!
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Old 01-11-2014, 03:38 AM   #40
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I rode ny neighbors 1950 Cushman scooter a lot the summer of 1957. I was 13. I begged my dad so much for my own scooter, he got me a very used 1955 Sears Allstate cruisaire made by Vespa the following year, 1958. I was 14. I have loved two wheels ever sense.
Very similar story. Back in the early 50s, motorizing things was all the rage. There were numbers of Maytag gasoline washing machine engines that could be had for chores money and put into carts, Whizzer motors to put on bicycles, scoots and scooters (Sears, Wards, Cushman, Vespa, etc.) and motorcycles. We all wanted motorized wheels and when I asked Dad for one, he said, "How you gonna pay for it." Well, I sold my one valuable possession (an electric train set I wish I had back) and some other stuff and bought a used Cushman Eagle. Being well under legal riding/driving age, Dad marched me up to city hall where the Chief of Police gave me a stern lecture and a pass to ride, provided I never got in trouble, never got stopped and never had an accident. I went through a good number of (centrifugal) clutches riding that thing to grade school, work, high school and have loved riding ever since.

I always remembered to thank my Dad for letting me get it and made it a tradition to come back to see him on two wheels. Perhaps fittingly, the last time we ever saw each other was as I was riding off down his driveway.
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Old 01-11-2014, 05:58 AM   #41
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When I around 7 or 8 ('61 or '62) my dad took me to a dirt track in Millburg Michigan to watch the short track/TT races. That was the most exciting thing I had ever seen.

It took until I was 13 to save half of the $200.00 it took to get a "Bird" brand minibike with a 3 horse Briggs.

I haven't been without a bike of some sort or another since then.
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Old 01-11-2014, 06:51 AM   #42
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When I was 13, I got a Honda Trail 50 for Christmas 1969. I haven't stop riding since.
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Old 01-11-2014, 07:06 AM   #43
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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.

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Old 01-11-2014, 07:25 AM   #44
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Originally Posted by hexnut View Post
I rode ny neighbors 1950 Cushman scooter a lot the summer of 1957. I was 13. I begged my dad so much for my own scooter, he got me a very used 1955 Sears Allstate cruisaire made by Vespa the following year, 1958. I was 14. I have loved two wheels ever since.

My buddy had that same scooter, same color.

I had this.

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Old 01-11-2014, 08:44 AM   #45
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it was in my blood
Damn straight!

I knew from the age of 4 that it was my destiny and when I saw my first GP on tv in about 78' it affirmed the awakening in me!
This ain't a war, anymore than a war between men and maggots. Or, dragons and wolves. Or, men riding dragons, throwing wolves at maggots!
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