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Old 01-10-2014, 02:02 PM   #16
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Around 1966,friends & I got a ride to Paradise Speedway, near Geneva, NY to watch the flat track & TT races. I was hooked!
Ken Swanson's BSA/Triumph/BMW/Honda/Yamaha Dealer was next door.
A couple years later I bought a used Honda 160 Scrambler there.
That was the beginning...
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1986 Yamaha YZ490-Vintage MX project, Yamaha TW200(Girl Friend's Ride) Yamaha TDM 850
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Old 01-10-2014, 02:12 PM   #17
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I would always put cards in the spokes of my bicycle.
When I was 16 my older sister got tired of the Triumph 200 Cub that her psycho husband got for her and I bought it from her. I've been on 2 wheels ever since. I turn 65 in April.
I bought my T100 the fall before I got drafted.
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Old 01-10-2014, 02:19 PM   #18
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That was my first bike too!!! I loved that little bike, man it took a beating and always ran! I have been looking for one forever just to have for the memory, you just dont see those little bikes anymore.

My dad was always trading for odd items in his business, he always had a street bike or something around. He never really had the love for riding that I do but he would come home after work and take me on a ride with him. Those are some fond memories I have riding with him, and sometimes he would let me in the front and I would operate the cluch and gas. He bought me the DS 80 when I was in about 3rd or 4th grade and then it turned into an addiction.

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My dad brought home a 1979 Suzuki DS80 when I was in second grade.
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Old 01-10-2014, 02:45 PM   #19
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I was maybe 13 years old. Rich kid in town had a new Yamaha mini-enduro. He rode it for a few months and one day when I happened to be around he could not get it to start. I offered him all the money I had ($100), he took it, I pushed the bike home, put in a new spark plug and rode the hell out of it for a couple years before selling for $90 and moving up to a DT-175.
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Old 01-10-2014, 03:57 PM   #20
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I came out my mom's vagina with a Buco helmet and hands smelling of leather and gasoline. I've loved bikes from day one.
" A ride a day keeps the doctor away...Unless you crash."
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Old 01-10-2014, 04:10 PM   #21
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(note: not my bike, just a representative shot)

honda cr80 as a kid, until a cousin killed himself riding and the old man got rid of my bike. didn't ride until 3 years ago, when i decided to take the msf course so i could buy a friend's cbr250. carpal had me flirt with scooters for the commute side, but after the last surgery, i haven't looked back!
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Old 01-10-2014, 04:52 PM   #22
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I was around 9 years old. My cousins got all the cool toys. Dad finally caved and got me a hand me down mini bike from my cool uncle for $20.00.

I worked on that thing until I turned blue in the face. For about 4 years. Then Dad bought me some yamaha enduros. All the cool kids in HS had new YZ's but I still had fun on the DT's. I didn't ride in college at all then all hell broke loose when I got a good job.
Originally posted by burgerking So?
Holland is about the most expensive country in Europe when it comes to bikes and fuel..Stop whining and go riding It's just money and you only live once...
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Old 01-10-2014, 05:09 PM   #23
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A friend's older brother came to town and gave all the neighborhood kids a ride on his BSA. I was hooked. I started begging rides on anything that had wheels and a motor, but getting my own was not in the cards. In addition to my 10 speed bicycle that I took day long trips on, I had built a 3 wheeled trike/go-cart out of spare parts (we lived in the country). After a neighbor told my Dad that he had clocked me at 70 mph in the cart, Dad bought me a motorcycle. He thought it would be safer. It was 1970 and I was 14.

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Old 01-10-2014, 06:01 PM   #24
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A million years ago we went camping and one of these was there. One weekend, and I was irrevocably hooked.
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Old 01-10-2014, 06:36 PM   #25
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Girlfriends brother had a cb350. Fell in love with the girl and bikes. Married the girl and still riding 20 years now.
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Old 01-10-2014, 06:43 PM   #26
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Started with my friends 5 hp Briggs Mini Bike that he said would do 55 MPH.
Of course, 35 may have been the Top Speed. My first get off was on that little ride. Graduated to Yamaha 125 Enduro, Honda CL 350(my first ride to the hospital), and never looked back.
Motorcycles have given me so much enjoyment.
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Old 01-10-2014, 07:20 PM   #27
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March 1980..18years old.
A buddy needed a ride to pick up a new leftover KZ400. Went in to the shop and saw a new LTD550 but could not come up with the cash so I had the shop owner roll a 440LTD out the door a week later. Gravel parking lot put me out on the main drag at high noon. First ride ever. Figured out the clutch in traffic.
My buddy on the 400 was killed by a left turner a month later and it took a while to get back into it but I have ridden a lot of bikes and miles since.
His Mom still gives me that sad look when she sees me in riding gear.
If I still had every dollar I spent on motorbikes I would be a richer man but a poorer person.
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Old 01-10-2014, 07:34 PM   #28
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In 1959 I was four years old and learned to ride a bicycle on a rural gravel road in Hale County, Alabama. I started out on "training wheels" and was soon able to shed those. The old bike had solid rubber tires and I rode it until the tires had completely disintegrated and I was riding on the rims.

Later that same year my Uncle Jim took me for a ride on his 1956 Harley Davidson trike, riding from my grandfather's house to the cattle gap and back.

I've been in love with every manner of two-wheeled conveyance ever since.

'00 BMW R1100RT, Gone away: 5 previous BMW's, 3 Honda's, 2 Suzuki's
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Old 01-10-2014, 07:42 PM   #29
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My first time was my grandfather's moped. Since I was definitely underage to drive on streets, I rode a big circle on field. Then I bought a used moped of my own but it broke before I could legally drive it. So I got (as a join effort from my parents and grandparents) a brand new moped as a birthday present.

One year later that moped was replaced with a 125cc Yamaha TZR. Two years after that I got 250cc TZR that I all too soon crashed when a car turned in front of me at an intersection. That incident was followed by almost 20 years of cars (1. not getting wet during rain and 2. usable in snow! 3. fit several girls in at once..).

Two years ago I stumbled upon a nice Ducati... and the story continues :)
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Old 01-10-2014, 08:03 PM   #30
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I grew up with quads of my own but the best thing to me was getting out on the highway with my dad and his 79' hear that bike howl through the full kerker....memories that will always keep me excited about riding.
2007 Victory Vegas Premium....finally I'm back on the road with another steed.

Gone...1998 Triumph Trophy 1200 2000 KTM Adventure 640, 1994 BMW R1100RS, 2002 BMW K1200RS,1999 VFR800, 1996 VFR750, 1985 Maxim X, 198x 250LTD
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