How did you get into motorcycles?

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

  1. DADODIRT

    DADODIRT Long timer

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    When I was about 13 (1982) my cousin showed me how to ride his Trail 90. Rode it around the yard a few times, then up the hill towards the trails and ran right into the barn.
    Didn't even think about them again until about 1990. Got the itch and been scratching it ever since.
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  2. zeerx

    zeerx Been here awhile

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    I was thumbing home from my last day of freshman year high school. A guy on a 305 Honda scrambler picked me up. By the time he dropped me off 3 miles later...I was hooked. :clap
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  3. Soldier311

    Soldier311 Long timer

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    Those Nighthawks are just the coolest bikes ever! Regardless of how old they get, they still look classy and never outdated to me.
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  4. joexr

    joexr Banned

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    That was a good look.
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  5. GaryM

    GaryM Huh? What?

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    So I bought a bike anyway. I think it was an 1981 KZ250 (Yeah, a 250 cruiser style street bike, FY if you don't like it). Paid 999.00 new out the door IIRC.
    Been on a lot of bikes since then. Love riding now more than I ever did back then.
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  6. phreakingeek

    phreakingeek adventurer

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    Rode on my dad's bikes sitting on the tank when i was probably 3 or 4...dad got my first beater bike when I was 12.

    Stopped riding for a few years, but came back to it with a vengeance.
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  7. Budman

    Budman Been here awhile

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    15 years old. A new family moved into the neighborhood and the guy that was my age had a black Honda CB160. He let me ride it around the back yard. One came for sale in the paper. I picked it up for about $150 if I remember correctly. Learned how to keep it going my freshman and junior year in High School. Took on overnight trips to the smokey mountains and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

    I miss that bike and have looked all over for one to replace it with. No luck so far.
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  8. tlub

    tlub Been here awhile

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    When I went to college (in 1971), I had a car (Rambler American, convertible with fold down seats), but there was no place for it there and no use, either. Some of my dorm mates had motorcycles- Honda 175, Kaw MachIII, and I thought well, I could ride to class, park at the dorm in the motorcycle lot, and during the summer, when I needed to get to work, I could ride it to work. And I didn't really need it during the school year- but it might be nice. So I bought (don't laugh) a Harley/Aermacchi 250 for practical reasons, for 200 bucks, the weekend before Thanksgiving, having had my Mom put my car up for sale. In the three days before I had to ride 110 miles north to Chicago (in November) my dorm buddies got me up to 2nd gear doing circles in the parking lot. On Wednesday I headed north, with the temp about 40 degree and me entirely clueless as to windchill. After 15 miles I was shaking uncontrollably. Oh, and this was the first time I had the bike in either 3rd or 4th (top) gear, too, so I had lots of experience.:D I was on US 45, which was fairly deserted, since the parallel I-57 was just completed. I had no idea a person could get that cold. After 40 or 50 miles (don't have ANY idea how I did it) I got off and started pushing it, with the engine running, just to warm up. I alternatively pushed and rode for the next hour or more, and finally stopped for a hamburger and lots of coffee. I had still to do about another 35 miles by this time, which I did in one stretch, but there were flurries. I remember that about 2 miles from home, there were snow banks from an earlier storm, and I was thinking maybe I could just take a short nap in one of them. But I also recognized this was a bad thing. I made it home, and being of an inquiring mind even then (I am a research scientist now), I took my temperature. It was 92, which I later learned was the limit of consciousness. It was also about the lower limit of the thermometer. Well, I rode it back (or tried to) in Feb (after I got my license), on a warm (50F) weekend, but this time I had a tan K-Mart rubberized fabric rainsuit, which blocked the wind, and some warmer clothes under that. It only took 3 tries, because on the first I threw a rod bearing and on the second, my generator failed. I think I actually made it back in April. Then in June, coming home for summer, I broke some rings, and it smoked like crazy, but I made it home, and new rings were nothing compared to the thrown rod. For some inexplicable reason, I put about 20,000 miles on that POC over the next 3 years. I only had minor breakdowns like more generators (wires vibrated broken; I twisted them together to get home), and about 15 flat tires until I figured that the chrome rims were flaking into the tubes. When I sold it, I had nearly 30,000 miles on it, which is unreal for a HD-Aermacchi Sprint 250. I bought a 1966 BMW R50/2 and the change was unreal. I had no idea a bike could be so comfortable. But the Sprint did get me a job at college. I repeatedly applied for a mechanic position at the local 'any brand' shop, but they always said they needed someone with professional experience. So I would get back on the Sprint, kick it, and ride away. And repeat in a few months. After the 3rd time, they said, "Sure. Bring your toolbox in Monday" Stunned, I did that. Months later, I found out that the only reason I was hired was that every time I left, the Sprint started 1st kick, and the owner figured that anyone who could get a Sprint to start 1st kick, every time, had to know something!
    <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--> Needless to say, somewhere along the way, actually very early, I discovered I really liked riding. 2 years later, after I got my first post-college job, I sold the R50/2 and bought an R75/5. I still ride that bike, 37 years later.

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  9. mountaincadre

    mountaincadre Been here awhile

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    My sisters pals dad, we lived in a housing estate that had a half mile long road leading to it, I would hear this sound that made the hair on the back of my neck stand up and dart outside as quick as I could, and there would be Catherine Buckleys dad screaming down the road on his GS thou, feck man he looked the dugs nuts on that thing, the rest is history.
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  10. 131unlimited

    131unlimited Been here awhile

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    Grandfather was an orphan in the great depression, rode a Indian all year round in Buffalo , NY because that was all he could afford when he was young. Met my grandmother on it and he kept it and rode as he built his family and a succesful construction company. Had 3 son's, of my dad and his 2 brothers, my dad and youngest brother rode bikes their whole lives, middle brother was into snowmobiles.

    As a pup, I'd always be climbing over one of my dad's bike's, mom was not thrilled but knew it was inevitable for me, started riding in 2nd grade and have ridden every year since. My younger brother never got into them, he likes his muscle cars.
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  11. FLX

    FLX Been here awhile

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    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 don’t own a car. motorbikes are just hard to beat in fun or economic factor.
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  12. Seth650

    Seth650 Been here awhile

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    Got fed up with NJ cruiser riders parading my main st. showing off massive new chrome. Was time to show them that the locals are not impressed. :D
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  13. deutchman

    deutchman Adventurer

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    Almost identical to what many have shared. 1970, worked all Summer to buy a used 69 Honda 50 Mini Trail. 65 bikes, 45 years, broken wrists, broken collarbones, GNCC A class riding, I'm still hooked.
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  14. bikersmurff

    bikersmurff n00b

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    goldcoast Australia
    well sorry to say but I got into motorcycles buy stealing my first bike at 12 did not know how to ride and figured it out buy the time I rode it around the block >I did not get far and got caught .Never stole a thing since, any way was hooked so became a motorcycle mechanic for Kawasaki race team and then Ducati now retired I restore bikes for select clients and ride every chance I get .....Also found a wife that loves to ride as much as me...She rides what ever is in the garage at the time
    #94
  15. Tinker1980

    Tinker1980 Doesn't ask why, only asks how

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2012
    Oddometer:
    2,911
    Location:
    Nowhere, OK
    I've always wanted a motorcycle. Parents were adamant about NOT getting me a bike. I rode bicycles as a kid, as many kids do.

    When I was almost 15, my family moved to Oklahoma to be closer to family. For a few months, we lived in a friend's vacant house, and in the garage of that vacant house there was a 1979 or 1980 Honda XL125. Once again, dear old dad said NO, don't ride it, even if the owner of the bike comes out and asks if you want to ride it, say NO.

    Well, being 15, the next time Steve came out, and asked if I wanted to ride the old Honda, I said SURE. Never had even sat on a motorcycle before. I dropped the clutch from about half throttle and had to go pick the bike up. I let it out reeeaaalll slow after that. Rode it all over the property and had the time of my life. It was as fun as I knew it would be. For the next few years I was insufferable about wanting a dirt bike. I got a big tax return at age 19, and ran out to buy an old 1986 Honda XL250R. It was even MORE fun. I rode every trail I could find. Wiped it out countless times. I eventually sold it to purchase a car. And I regretted it. As soon as I had money saved up, I bought a 1977 Husqvarna WR 250, that I still have.

    A few years later, I bought my first streetbike - a Vulcan 750. Rode it home one chilly February afternoon. I was 22 or 23 I think. When I got home, mom rushed out of the house - Asked who's motorcycle that was. It was of course, mine. She asked, nearly with tears in her eyes, where she went wrong, when she could have known that one day, her son would come home with a motorcycle. Being the sometimes not-nice person I am, I told her - "When the doctor handed me to you and said 'It's a boy'". That's when you should have known.:lol3
    #95
  16. scootrboi

    scootrboi Long timer

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2011
    Oddometer:
    1,944
    Location:
    Bisbee, AZ
    That is movie material.
    #96
  17. Bar None

    Bar None Candy Ass

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2007
    Oddometer:
    7,088
    Location:
    WNC SWFL
    And you still have the Indian?
    #97
  18. InsideThePerimeter

    InsideThePerimeter North GA bound

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2012
    Oddometer:
    140
    Location:
    Atlanta GA
    My parents absolutely forbid me or my brother to even get on a motorcycle much less ride one ourselves despite growing up in the country. It was supposedly way too dangerous, guns on the other hand, no problem, go have fun, and so it was for 40 plus years .
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    A few years ago wife and I were at the remembrance party for a running club friend who died in a parasailing accident and I decided it was now or never. Told my wife the next day I was taking the MSF safety class over the Labor Day holiday weekend and buying myself a motorcycle.<o:p></o:p>
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    Passed the class, got the endorsement on license and bought a Honda Shadow 750 with loud pipes and red flames on the tank from Craigslist and rode it for 2000 miles or so. Learned to hate those loud pipes and the cruiser riding position too so it got sold. Bought a Wee-Strom because my friend had one and it felt like a really big mountain bike with suspension and off road capability. He also said they were really reliable like the Honda so you don’t have to work on them much.

    Now wife and I both ride our own Wee -Stroms. <o:p></o:p>
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    Still haven't got around to mentioning anything about motorcycles to my parents yet. <o:p></o:p>
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  19. Allroads

    Allroads Adventurer

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2012
    Oddometer:
    27
    My father told me stories of riding H-D's in Europe after WWII trading guys his cigarette rations for gas. My mother wouldn't allow me to get a bike as a kid despite my huge jones for dirt bikes in the early 70's. The downside of having a family full of doctors. Instead, I rode bicycles for years both on and off road. Fast forward about 30 more years with jobs, marriage, and kids thrown in. I finally scratched the itch at 50. Riding a Tiger these days.
    #99
  20. TDM Rider

    TDM Rider Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2006
    Oddometer:
    153
    Location:
    Franklin, TN
    My best friend's dad introduced me to riding when I was about 13 or so. He bought his two sons bikes, a Honda 50 for his youngest and a Kawasaki 90 for my buddy. He also had an old Honda SL70 that he taught me to ride. We rode constantly all summer and as we all grew bigger, so did the bikes. On to 125's and a Kawasaki F7 175 that I thrashed mercilessly.

    I think my own father finally felt sorry for my friend's dad and went out and bought me a brand new '77 Yamaha DT175, which I still have to this day.

    When my friend's dad passed away many years ago I made a promise to myself that I would pay it forward and teach my son's friends and others to ride and I do so to this day.

    Mr. Bradburn's time, patience and encouragement to ride set me on a path that forever changed my life for the better in innumerable ways.