I've been following the exploits and wanderings of many of the folks in here... did the obligatory watch and re-watch of LWR and LWD. And now it's my turn to take some tentative steps into documenting my new quasi-obsession! I decided to start riding a motorcycle on somewhat of a whim - I live in downtown Dallas, and as much as I wanted a vintage car, space constraints and the inability to work on it in a public garage had kept me from doing it. I though I had found the perfect solution when I discovered Cafe Racers... they combined my love for engines, vintage quality products and do-it-yourself attitude. Within a week I had taken the MSF course and within two weeks I bought my first bike, a 1971 BMW R60/5! I love that thing. The constant feeling of fear was enough to get me hooked. The noise and smell of a vintage engine, with all its quirks and constant maladies brought a smile to my face... the issue I did not count on was the fact that vintage motoring tends to not be consistent motoring. Nothing is more deflating than trying to go for a quick ride and finding your motorcycle leaking fuel out of the carbs, then remembering you can't go for a short ride because the old 6v charging system won't be happy. My ultimate goal is to do what the folks on this board do consistently: Load my camping gear in the back of a motorcycle, destination unknown, and see what kind of adventure evolves. Within 6 weeks and much reading and lusting, I finally pulled the trigger on my very first brand new vehicle last Tuesday (March 26), a 2012 Honda NC700X: Yes, within 6 weeks of starting to ride I already have two motorcycles... needless to say, this is a addictive! This will be the story of my first ride, a 20 mile trip to Cedar Hill State Park in south Dallas. The amazing part is that in a motorcycle, even a short trip like that is a complete adventure. More coming up soon!