How did you get into motorcycles?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Iranian, Jan 10, 2014.

  1. fast1075

    fast1075 Fasterizer

    Dec 28, 2013
    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.
  2. GT-Jim

    GT-Jim Adventurer

    Jul 27, 2007
    Sioux Falls, SD
    When I was 13, I got a Honda Trail 50 for Christmas 1969. I haven't stop riding since.
  3. everetto

    everetto Been here awhile

    Jun 18, 2012
    Central New Mexico
    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.

  4. TrashCan

    TrashCan Scary Jerry

    Oct 5, 2005
    Louisville, Tn

    My buddy had that same scooter, same color.

    I had this.

  5. HONKR

    HONKR Been here awhile

    Jun 17, 2011
    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!
  6. MariusD

    MariusD Long timer

    Dec 19, 2012
    Metairie, near New Orleans
    So then maybe my story might be something different...

    I was always your classic anti bike cager. Never liked the idea of bikes, thought they were a death wish, and swore up and down you couldnt pay me to get on one, even as a passenger, and that I would NEVER own one for sure! Ever...!!!

    BUT, most of my friends had bikes... sport bikes mostly... and then my very best friend bought an HD sportster 1200 as his first bike. It looked so cool, and sounded nice, I figured id at least learn to ride one, just so I can say I did it. I mean.. c'mon... it was a harley! Well, I got on that sportster and didnt get off for almost 45 minutes. Every time I twisted the throttle I was in heaven!

    a month or so later I bought my M50 cruiser and the rest is history.

    Never say never!
  7. ezrydr

    ezrydr Dead Man Riding

    Nov 18, 2007
    East Of The Sun & West Of Fort Smith
    I think it started when I was a little kid - and I mean LITTLE, like preschool; I think I must have been 3 because I'm pretty sure WWII was still on. I was with my mother in a dime store and I was looking at a display of toy soldiers, and she said I could pick one. But I'd already locked onto the one I wanted; it was a dispatch rider - a soldier astride a big motorcycle. It was cast metal (which raises doubt as to my dating, because during the war metal toys weren't all that common) and it was all in one piece; looking back, I realize the modeling was pretty crude. But I didn't care; to me it was wonderful.

    And Mama bought it for me, and it became my favorite toy - in fact it's the first toy I remember owning, though undoubtedly I had others before it. I named the rider Motor, and he and I went everywhere together; I carried him in my pocket and slept with him under my pillow. Mama had to order me to keep him out of sight in church and refrain from vrooming him up and down the back of the next pew.

    Of course, since I was a little kid and since we moved around a lot as soon as the war ended, I eventually lost him. (Probably stolen by one of those little Okie bastards in one of those trailer camps around Bakersfield.)

    But I've had a thing for motorcycles as long as I was old enough to have a thing for anything; and I think I have Motor to thank for that. Which I guess is a demonstration of the principle, "The difference between men and boys is just the price of the toys."
  8. squish

    squish Out of the office.

    Dec 4, 2003
    Where the Ghetto meets the sea.
    Yamaha TY80
  9. Pigford

    Pigford British

    Sep 27, 2009
    North Dorset, UK
    Hmmm, I think bikes found me........ then you're doomed for life :deal

    Me in the mid 1970's - it the engine that made me rotund :huh

  10. hugemoth

    hugemoth Big Brother is watching you!

    Sep 6, 2007
    I was fortunate to grow up around scooters and motorcycles. Used to stand on the floorboard in front of my dad on his Vespa when I was 3 (1956). He owned a Vespa shop in Portland so we did a lot of riding. Started riding on my own at 8 or 9 and have been riding ever since.
  11. sweetwater

    sweetwater Been here awhile

    May 30, 2007
    Charlotte Metro
    I was lucky because my dad, two of my uncles, and lots of family friends rode. I don't remember my first ride, but the first bike I actually owned was a Honda XR100 paid for with lawn money. I was 12 and I had been riding a "borrowed" XR75. Man, I was one proud kid when I got that first dirt bike :D
  12. weeman

    weeman Adventurer

    Oct 3, 2012
    Upper left corner of the USA
    My 1st bike at 13 years old was a Honda s90 cut the pipe down turned it into a trail bike. One day my uncle which flat tracked Harleys, BSA, and triumphs in the 50's & 60's invited me to come along with he and some friends to ride the fire trails in the Santa Cruz mtns to the coast. Well, I was totally embarrassed when most of those guys were running Bultacos, CZs and the like. Needless to say I was the last guy to show up at the end.
    I came back the next summer with a Husky 400 to play with! Had a stint racing rd350s and rd400s in the mid 70's with AFM against Steve Baker and Kenny Roberts on the track but never was able to pass them.
    One thing I do remember well was my 2nd MC was a Honda 350 bought brand new ended up in the bottom pile of non Harley Davidson bikes at the Altamont/Rolling Stones concert by security (Hells Angels) behind the stage. :cry
  13. anotherguy

    anotherguy unsympathetic

    Jun 18, 2009
    the hills
    Dad is #71D. That cover it? He's smiling 'cause he'd just beat the other guys who aren't smiling.
  14. dtysdalx2

    dtysdalx2 PITA but useful

    Aug 1, 2004
    Moneyapolis, MN

    I really got the bug after watching the SuperBikers in the 80's. That was the coolest race ever.
  15. scguy

    scguy Been here awhile

    Jan 11, 2014
    Barnwell, SC
    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:

  16. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

    Feb 15, 2007
    Conover, Nawth Cackalacky
    ^ that's a great story
  17. Bar None

    Bar None Candy Ass

    Mar 2, 2007
    Great photo. Where is the track? Date?
    Oh and I got the fever when I built a mini bike from plans back when I 13 years old.
  18. JerryH

    JerryH Long timer

    Jul 4, 2009
    Chandler, AZ
    I started out with a Briggs powered mini bike at age 5, moved up to a broken down Bultaco 100 at age 8, back in 1968 (which the local farm mechanic helped me fix) That hooked me on both riding and wrenching on motorcycles, and I have had over 40 of them since, of all kinds. I quickly developed a like for cruisers in 1980, when I bought my first new street bike (a Suzuki GS450L) because of their comfort. While I raced MX as a teenager, on bikes I built/rebuilt from basically junk, and got banged up several times, I never had any desire for roadracing, or trying to ride that way on the street. While I have racked up a lot of miles, I was never a hardcore rider. Most of those miles were done on the interstate. I am also a trail rider, but as I got older, I toned it down quite a bit, as getting hurt became a lot more serious than it once was. So now I putt around town on a scooter, ride the highways on a cruiser, and go trail riding on a small displacement dual sport.
  19. FrogAndTrumpet

    FrogAndTrumpet Adventurer

    Jan 6, 2014
    Don't ask me, I'm lost too!
    My first childhood memory of bikes was at my grandparent's house in Andorra when I was about six or seven. Twice a day, a guy would go roaring past on a CB750 and I just loved it. I remember trekking round all the toy shops and department stores in Andorra with my grandparents until I found the Burago scale model of that bike.

    Fast forward a bit and the next-door neighbours in the village where I grew up in Britain had bikes - the father had a CB750 with a Rickman fairing and panniers and the son had a tuned Kawasaki Z900 with clip-ons and loud exhausts. I loved hearing that Kwacker being warmed up every morning when he went off to work.

    Fast forward some more. I was living in a small town in south-western France and was about to relocate to Nice to go to film school. I realised that I'd need a vehicle and as I didn't have a car (I had failed my driving test a few years earlier, mainly through lack of interest) I decided to take my motorcycle test, passed, and my parents were kind enough to buy me my first bike (a 400cc Suzuki Bandit). The rest, as the saying goes, is history...

    I'd love to find a nice, cheap, red Bandit 400 - I loved that bike madly, and I still miss it.
  20. MacMcMacmac

    MacMcMacmac Struttin' n frettin'

    Dec 7, 2012
    August 1985 issues of Motorcyclist magazine with the new Evo Sportster on the cover. Read it once, then a bazillion times. Ended up with an obsession with bikes that made Scientologists look like a bunch of yarn collectors.