rode a dirt bike -- a xr80, i think it was (plastic was loooong gone), from age 11 to 15. it was a duct taped, fourth-hand abomination, but i LOVED it. then my second cousin killed himself in a dumb dirt bike accident (he was drunk), and my dad got rid of the bike. i was soo pissed. however, we got an amiga computer and i got obsessed with programming, and kinda forgot about it, plus all my friends had moved onto expensive atvs/three-wheelers which my poor-ass fam couldn't afford. later, at age 36, i was in kona with my wife and we rented a scooter for the heck of it. no idea what came over me, but i became OBSESSED with bikes. took the msf course when we got back and bought a ratty old 1995 cbr250 off of a friend. i rode the crap out of it, but my carpal tunnel had been getting progressively worse in my left hand, and even the moderately gentle clutch on the 250 really aggravated it. i was off the bike for almost a year due to multiple surgeries and i figured i wasn't gonna ride a bike, so i got a scooter -- a honda sh150i. it was a blast, but i still wanted a proper-ish bike, so i bought a 2010 aprilia mana 850 gt, which i started using as a commuter. it really kindled my love of riding to a new level, and went all over the west side of the state on it. (i think my wife was getting worried i had a mistress or something! NO-ONE BUT THE HIGHWAY, BABY.) put about 3K on it that year. however, fuckin' carpal tunnel was getting worse, and i had another surgery -- and the slightly sporty (albeit upright position) was still causing my hand to really cramp/spasm badly due to the occasional weight i'd put on it. i'd also bought a sportcity 250 just, uhhhhh, 'cuz, and i wound up using it more for commuting than the mana because the scooter seating position kept me straighter and i didn't roll into work with my hand feeling like i'd stuck it in that gom jabbar box from dune. this year, i upgraded the sportcity to a bv 350 for a better freeway commute experience, and i'm reluctantly trading the mana down for the more cruiser like ctx700. i'm hoping the ctx700 pans out, or at nearly 40, i'm kinda screwed for any sort of motorcycling experience over thirty minutes or so (unless they get some sort of magic pill for early-onset arthritis and carpal tunnel). :-( at my barely middle-age, sticking to scooters seems WAY too limiting, but the auto bike selection is paltry -- it's the mana or one of honda's dct bikes. maxi-scoots are -- and no offense -- the domain of really old dudes who have retired from their mega-bikes, and i'm just not ready for that image. (i occasionally feel the bv 350 is drifting into that image, but needs must. also it is an AWESOME scoot.) ah well, if my busted-ass hand limits my riding, then i'm saying fuck it and riding short stints on a street triple r.