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Old 08-16-2013, 12:25 PM   #46
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Miscommunication

My first “dirt bike” resulted from a bit of miscommunication between my parents and me. I was 8 or 9 and my birthday was coming up. I was begging my parents for a “Dirt Bike”. We lived in rural western New York and my friends and I had all kinds of trails through the woods around the neighborhood. I had a 10 speed bike and they all had Huffy BMX bikes. Trying to keep up with them on the trails was a bitch. I was just asking for a BMX so I could ride with my friends.
A few weeks before my birthday, my parents starting acting suspicious. They would stop talking when I came into a room. They kept taking the want ad sections from the paper. So the weekend before my birthday, they ask me if I wanted to go get my dirt bike. Hell Yeah…
So we loaded up in the car and were off. On the way, my mom tells me that we are going to take a look at one this family has…I’m thinking really a used bicycle and my spirit about this trip faded a bit. As we kept driving, she then tells me the girl we are going to meet hasn’t ridden it much. WHAT? It’s a girl’s bike too…what did I do to deserve this? This can’t possibly go good…
So we get to the house, go to the front door and meet the girl…I remember think she’s old (she must have been 17 or 18). She tells us the bike is in the garage and to go ahead in, she’ll be right out. So we do. I’m looking all over the place for this powder puff pink bicycle…don’t see one anywhere.
When she comes out she asks me what I thought about it…I asked where is it?...my parents are about ready to bust up laughing…she tell me I’m leaning on it. That’s not a dirt bike…that’s a motorcycle..wait…this is it… oh Sweet!!!
We made arrangements for her and her dad to bring the bike to our house in a couple days…I couldn’t wait.

When they showed up a couple days later we unloaded it and she started telling me all about the bike. My dad had never ridden bikes so this would be all the information I got and I soaked it up like a sponge.
We lived next to a small business that had a gravel parking lot, so she had me get on the bike behind her and watch what she did as we rode a few circles… I was so focused on her every action clutch, brake, shift throttle, I never noticed my hands had shifted up from her waist when we hit a couple potholes in the parking lot. When we pulled up in front of the dads they were just laughing their asses off. As soon as we stopped, she reached up and removed my hands from her chest… I was mortified and turned at least 4 shades of red.
By the next weekend I was tearing up the field behind the house and hitting jumps….Been riding ever since
Not my bike, but this model: Suzuki TS-50
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Old 08-16-2013, 12:42 PM   #47
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My first “dirt bike” resulted from a bit of miscommunication between my parents and me. I was 8 or 9 and my birthday was coming up. I was begging my parents for a “Dirt Bike”. We lived in rural western New York and my friends and I had all kinds of trails through the woods around the neighborhood. I had a 10 speed bike and they all had Huffy BMX bikes. Trying to keep up with them on the trails was a bitch. I was just asking for a BMX so I could ride with my friends.
A few weeks before my birthday, my parents starting acting suspicious. They would stop talking when I came into a room. They kept taking the want ad sections from the paper. So the weekend before my birthday, they ask me if I wanted to go get my dirt bike. Hell Yeah…
So we loaded up in the car and were off. On the way, my mom tells me that we are going to take a look at one this family has…I’m thinking really a used bicycle and my spirit about this trip faded a bit. As we kept driving, she then tells me the girl we are going to meet hasn’t ridden it much. WHAT? It’s a girl’s bike too…what did I do to deserve this? This can’t possibly go good…
So we get to the house, go to the front door and meet the girl…I remember think she’s old (she must have been 17 or 18). She tells us the bike is in the garage and to go ahead in, she’ll be right out. So we do. I’m looking all over the place for this powder puff pink bicycle…don’t see one anywhere.
When she comes out she asks me what I thought about it…I asked where is it?...my parents are about ready to bust up laughing…she tell me I’m leaning on it. That’s not a dirt bike…that’s a motorcycle..wait…this is it… oh Sweet!!!
We made arrangements for her and her dad to bring the bike to our house in a couple days…I couldn’t wait.

When they showed up a couple days later we unloaded it and she started telling me all about the bike. My dad had never ridden bikes so this would be all the information I got and I soaked it up like a sponge.
We lived next to a small business that had a gravel parking lot, so she had me get on the bike behind her and watch what she did as we rode a few circles… I was so focused on her every action clutch, brake, shift throttle, I never noticed my hands had shifted up from her waist when we hit a couple potholes in the parking lot. When we pulled up in front of the dads they were just laughing their asses off. As soon as we stopped, she reached up and removed my hands from her chest… I was mortified and turned at least 4 shades of red.
By the next weekend I was tearing up the field behind the house and hitting jumps….Been riding ever since
Not my bike, but this model: Suzuki TS-50
Your story is a shit ton better than mine. And sure, that Greg Brady move was by "accident" ;-)
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Old 08-16-2013, 01:05 PM   #48
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I learned as 19YO college student. Dorm mate had upgraded to new V30 Magna and needed to get some cash out of his ol' '81 GS 550T. We went down and got me the learner's permit, studying on the drive there. Went to his parent's home, and turned over a check for the bike, received some limited verbal instructions and proceeded to spend the rest of the afternoon practicing in his suburban neighborhood. The next day we went out on the highway for a ride with his dad who was riding an old Goldwing, him on his V30, and me on the 'zuk. He trailered the "new" bike back to college for me, and I took it from there. . . .

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Old 08-16-2013, 01:06 PM   #49
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I'm learning to ride at the moment, by myself. I'm 29 and had never even sat on a motorcycle until when I bought mine 2,5 months ago.

We don't have MSCs (spl?) here, and at my age a driver licence allows to ride a low cc (until 125cc) motorcycle.

So I started on my own at empty roads at 6am on the weekends, and have only riden 1800km (1120 miles?) until now. The first ride was... interesting. Ok, very scary.
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Old 08-16-2013, 01:12 PM   #50
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Absolutely lived on my bicycle from 8 years old... my grandfather's bike from during the depression when he lost the car and had to ride a bicycle to odd jobs to feed his family. It was truly indestructible... we rode everywhere to go fishing, exploring, well you get it; my first adventure bike.

In 1972, my friends dad sold me his '64 BSA Lightning. The engine had been done up for racing (compression waaaay up, cam, etc. it ran like a scalded dog). The dad showed me the controls in a parking lot and off I went. I have no idea how I survived that first year.
Took the MSR course in '05 and was surprised at how many things I'd been doing wrong. But, no longer own a car and except for rainy days, don't miss it.
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Old 08-16-2013, 03:12 PM   #51
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I really don't remember learning. I've been a motorhead all my life. Rode bicycles when a kid because we had one car and it was at work all day. Learned to drive a tractor and car as soon as I could reach the pedals. We had a lake place, and that involved outboards and lawn mowers. I guess I started riding motor scooters when I was about 12, then motorcycles. Never have had any formal instruction, and when licensing came along, I was grandfathered in. I guess I've owned 30+ motorcycles and a similar number of cars and trucks.

Had to laugh when I bought the Ducati. When I picked it up, the whole damn dealership came outside to watch the old fart bust his ass. They were disappointed. My salesman chased me the two miles to my house to run me back so I could get my truck, and he said, "You ride pretty damn GOOD!" I told him that I was sorry I had to disappoint everyone.....
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Old 08-16-2013, 03:24 PM   #52
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Age 11, in the middle of Pa winter on a 1979 (11 yo bike) RM 125 with no back breaks. My dad got my older brother a bike, which meant I got a bike! Lets just say it was a project bike that needed some help but boy was fun for a first bike!
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Old 08-16-2013, 03:38 PM   #53
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Bought a bike in Hanoi, thought the non-charging battery wouldn't be a problem. Tryed to use the horn at the first junction, at low revs nothing. By the time I found my way out of Hanoi, I'd got the hang of the basics. And emergency stops.
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Old 08-16-2013, 08:55 PM   #54
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I knew I wanted a motorized bike from a very early age. After endless pestering my dad came home with a 3 HP mini-bike in the back of his truck. It had lights, disk brakes, front and rear suspension, chrome fenders and tank and the frame was painted metal flake lime green. It had the usual centrifical clutch that drove a second clutch so it kicked into a second gear at about 15mph. I've never seen another mini-bike like it since. This was about 1970.

After about 6 mos. or so Dad comes home with a 5 HP motor and proceeds to shoehorn it into the bike. The spark plug only cleared the metal tank by about a quarter inch. I was afraid the spark would jump up to the tank and explode on me. That mini-bike would probably hit 60 MPH if it was on a long straight rode. It scared the crap out of me after the motor swap.

About a year later Dad and I were walking around the local flea market and spotted a guy selling a nearly new green Honda QA50. I fell in love with it and convinced Dad who talked the seller into an even trade. I rode the snot outta that QA50 for a couple years then sold it and bought a Yamaha Mini-Enduro 80cc. That's the bike that I learned to use a clutch and real gears on. I ended up selling it back to the buddy I bought it from.

After my parents divorced Mom was dating a fellow that had a used car lot. I had been saving some money and when he told Mom there was an old Yamaha street bike on his lot taking up space I bought it cheap. I wish I could remember the exact model but it was a 250 2 stroke with the oil injection. It smoked like crazy when you really got on the throttle. It was a quick bike and the Honda CB350's of the day couldn't keep up with it.

I rode it all over South Ft.Worth and in particular, Benbrook Lake. It was a great way to meet girls. Man those were the days. Endless summers...
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Old 08-17-2013, 12:07 AM   #55
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Mine wasn't quite this tricked out. And not that nauseating color. 3 hp, max speed around 40. ATTGATT? Whaz 'at? Lessons? Whaz 'at?
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Old 08-17-2013, 06:46 AM   #56
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Don't remember... Have always done it...

How did you learn to walk?
Purdie much ^THIS^
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Old 08-17-2013, 07:24 AM   #57
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Me: 19 year old, snotty-nosed spoiled college brat who in the mid 1980's found himself volunteering for Lutheran World Relief on a rural development project in northern Kenya.

Project manager: We got 400 square miles of grassland, kid. We need you to do a livestock census and tell us how many sheep, goats and camels are grazing this highland reserve. Here's a map, a compass, a pair of binoculars and an off-road motorcycle. Stay away from the ravines around dusk because that's when the lions come out to hunt.

Me: Great! Just one problem; I don't know how to ride a motorcycle.

PM: Do you know how to ride a bike, kid?

Me: Yeah, well sure ......

PM: Same damn thing. Here's your throttle, that's your clutch and the brakes are here and here. See that little foot lever? That's your shifter. One down is 1st, then one click up is 2nd, then 3rd, 4th and 5th. Neutral is between 1st and 2nd.

Me: Yeah, but -

PM: We got a 4000' dirt airstrip out back. Why don't you run through the gears for a few minutes and then get started; you're gonna be at this for at least a week. Oh yeah, if you're in tall grass, stay on the bike, because that's where the puff adders are. The cobras will get out of your way if you're walkin' but the puff adders will just lay there and strike.

Me: But the whole 400 square miles is all grassland.....

PM: Try to be back before it gets dark!
What an awesome adventure!!
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Old 08-17-2013, 10:12 AM   #58
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Old 08-17-2013, 10:50 AM   #59
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1st real bike around '75 was a '72 DT1 Yamadog 250 street & trail. Was my primary transport for 2 years. Wouldn't mind having another. I still think any new rider should learn to take their dumps in the dirt. Great way to learn as I did. Son is now looking for his 1st bike and wants a street bike. Still trying to have him learn on a 250-500 just to learn the basics, but he seems to think he needs a larger bike he can grow into. Tell him whatever he learns on he'll have no problem selling for what he wants. He wants an RD350, so if you're around the Louisville area & have one let me know. Cash on hand now.

Had a Honda CB360T for a while, then a '74 Yamaha TX750A for around 9 years and survived riding in Houston with 3 million lunatics sharing the road. And a couple other bikes thrown in. Took a break after kids were born. After an extended break got back into riding with the R80/7. I'll have this for a while until next bike comes along. Probably end up keep it anyway.
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Old 08-18-2013, 08:40 PM   #60
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In my grandfathers horse corral on an old CT70. I must have done 10,000 laps around that half acre pasture. Between that and lots of rides as pillion on his Aspencade1200 I was hooked. (I have that same 1200 now, but it needs crank bearings to make it go again)
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