What was your Gateway Drug?

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Motopumps, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. Mark_O

    Mark_O Drain Bamaged

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  2. Briar Rose

    Briar Rose Fan of Mark_O!

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  3. Mark_O

    Mark_O Drain Bamaged

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  4. jk3campbell

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    My story is a little different.

    Dad was vehemently opposed to motorcycles due to his own crash and subsequent missing patella. I rode quads and the occasional trike but never a motorcycle. A decade or so later I get a full time career and a couple people at work ride so in 2001 I buy a 1982 Suzuki GS650G. (not my pic but same model and color)
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    I bought it for $1100 and got my temps. I rode it for a summer on my temps and parked it in my folk’s garage because I didn’t have room in mine. Next April I’m all excited to go get it out and take my test. On the 12<SUP>th</SUP> I crash my mountain bike and break my scapula in half(ouch by the way) while going about 10 MPH. I says to myself “Self, if this can happen hitting a sidewalk at 10mph what would happen at 50mph?” Well in August I finally get my arm out of a sling and the bike sits in the folks garage for 3 more years. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    It’s now 2005 and gas prices are getting pretty high. Wifey drives the car and I drive the truck to work. I decide to use the “I’ll save money” ploy and see about getting the bike out again. I go to the folks and promptly remember that I never winterized the bike after breaking my shoulder. Now all 4 carbs are no doubt gummed up like crazy. My brother has a buddy that wants a first bike and buys mine for $600 not even running. I start researching and decide on a 2004 Suzuki SV650S and that was the bike that got me hooked.
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    I traded it in 2 years and 22,000 miles later on a Buell Ulysses and regretted it every day.
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    I traded the Buell on a Weestrom last year and am much happier.
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    I still miss the SV once in a while. I never should have sold that bike.
  5. Motopumps

    Motopumps Long timer

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    Does this mean that the WeeStrom is the thinking man's bike? :evil
  6. greasyboy

    greasyboy cur·mudg·eon

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    My gateway to my obsession with racing
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    My gateway into my obsession with motorbikes
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    First streetbike
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    after the crash
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  7. BroncoDave

    BroncoDave Long timer

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    You know I notice what vehicle is in the background!!!!! Your bronco or a neighbors? I love seeing pics in their natural environment. ...meaning in the era they were being sold.
  8. greasyboy

    greasyboy cur·mudg·eon

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    I had forgotten about that
    Was the neighbors
    Kinda strange to have a bronco in the suburbs:huh
  9. Bluesjammer

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    A Bridgestone 90 mountain in the late 60's. That thing would climb a wall.

    Steve
  10. zoro

    zoro Been here awhile

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    Had that thing for years, wish i never sold it
  11. CVBruce

    CVBruce CVBruce

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    I got it in February '82 and left on Apr 25 for California. It was so cold riding through the Rockies!

    I put 13000 km on it and kept it for another 2 years. You could heat a 14 oz can of beans between the carbs at 65 MPH for about 75 minutes.

    Great way to start...it was the first and last new bike I ever owned.

    B
  12. JustRon

    JustRon ex-broadwayron

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    First bike I owned was the one in my profile pic- a '76 (I think) clapped-out, bored-out XR75. That pic was probably from 1980 (6th grade- I remember I did a book report on the Clymer manual).
    The seed was planted long before that, because my neighbors already had bikes... starting with a PW50, then up to a GT80 and similar things. It probably took me almost 2 years to convince my parents to LET me buy a bike with everything I had saved. The XR cost $200, if I remember correctly. I used to waste hours staring at the glossy flyers you could get from a dealer ("Pete's Cycle in Bel Air MD), and at the ads in the MX mags. I think my parents finally caved when one of their friends let me ride his "enduro" (DT250, or something real close) on the road with him on the back when we were visiting them in Aztec NM. Granted, the roads were mostly dirt, but when I think back, that guy was pretty crazy letting an 11 year old pilot his plated bike, haha.
  13. DaFoole

    DaFoole Pacific Avenger...

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    Got one of these for Christmas 1969!!

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    We had horses and he got it past my mom with the rationale I could ride over and feed 'em twice a day. Lost ALL interest in horses after I got the Honda...:evil

    My mom was seriously opposed....more so after my dad rode it a week after I got it and broke his scapula....:eek1

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    Eventually they both got dual sports (Dad a Kawasaki F350 Bighorn, Mom the Kawasaki F7 175) and we all started riding together....lottsa great memories!!
  14. Irish John

    Irish John Been here awhile

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    Mine was a 1970 Honda SL175. Never told my folks about it as I stored it at my friends house. Been riding ever since, lost track of how many bikes when the count got over 150. Finally told Mom, 43 years later.
  15. MotoBoss

    MotoBoss Bad Influence

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    mine was bought at Sears...............

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  17. Motopumps

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    Was she surprised? :huh