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Started riding a mini bike at age 6, got a dirt bike at 8, and got my licenses at 16 and rode a Kawasaki LTD. I've been riding ever since and I'm turning 50 this year.

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I'm the same as Boxerus. Dirt bikes as a youth satered out at around 6 with a RUPP. Moved up to real dirt bikes around 8. Only diff is I didn't get a real bike liceanse until I was 19. Did a few illegal years riding. First bike was a RD350. Then moved up to a Honda Shadow. Now the Bully with a 440 LTD for kicks. Oh and I just turned 50.

ps. Got a dirt bike in the shed also. Belongs to my Daughters fiance but possesion is 9 points of the law.

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Tony - have you been able to ride with your Dad? Thanks for posting that.
I haven't. He is in his 70's now. about 8 years ago as me, my sister, my oldest brother, a cousin and a couple of brother inlaws started to ride quite often he was showing some serious interest.

we pitched in and payed for him to take a riding class. he painfully wanted to take the class but he decided against it. He asked me last year if I would take him for a ride on my bike! I nearly crapped my pants! we didn't have the time that day and I've asked him since and he's declined. I am gonna make it a point to take him for a ride this year.

I told him to take my bike for a ride. he's ridden one or two of my other ones but he says "that's too big. I'm too old".

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one more thing and I'll get over myself and get off my soapbox but another thing I remember and contributed to my love of riding and actually the love I have for my father is his sense of humor.

1) I was in high school and bought a used honda dual sport. the battery was dead and the carb needed cleaning. it wouldn't run and my father convinced me to take it back to where I bought it because there was something seriously wrong with "the thing". Mom was at work again. My father could literally fix ANYTHING. his knowledge is VERY awe inspiring. He laughs about it now and apologized to me years later. "Ma was right-you where too young for the street".

2) my oldest brother came home with a cb something or other when I was really young. My mother FLIPPED!!!!! Dad ACTED upset. he played the part well but he DID demand that if my brother was to keep the bike he'd have to prove to my father that he could ride it. Dad took Paul to the parking lot down the street and made him practice and practice and practice. He put a dime on the ground and said. "you stop on this dime and stand the bike up for 2 whole seconds with out putting your feet down then you can keep the bike." Paul never could do it but my father could. No kidding. he was very graceful on a bike no matter how rough around the edges he was back then!

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I started riding on the street in 1989, I was 15. i have been riding dirt bikes a little longer than that.

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I started riding again a month ago (I'm 41 now). I rode dirtbike as a kid/teen, and have always thought about getting a street bike, but it never happened. My wife has been pushing me to get one for years.

This year I saw the Harley commercial saying 'Make this the year' so I did, by getting a C50!

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I began riding in 1958 (yep, I'm OLD) at age 14, just because it was fun, and a lot of my friends were riding. Have ridden all over the country, and had a number of bikes. Still love it, but am having to scale back some now due to the ravages of arthritis, various surgeries and such.
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I started riding in 1968? It think? I was 13 or 14 anyway.
Why? I had ridden horses and wanted to go farther and faster! So, I finally conned, I mean talked dad into an old Suzi dirt bike and I was good.
But life got in my way and didn't ride much until I went and bought a brand new Vol in May 2004. Won't be without a bike again until I can no longer physically ride.

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Got my first bike in 1972 - a 2 stroke 350cc Kawasaki Avenger I bought from a friend of my Dad's. Until then I had only ridden Briggs & Stratton powered mini-bikes.
Fellow I bought it from lived way out in the country, so my first ride was down 15 miles or so of dirt road.
Had to sell it a couple of years later to re-finance an new engine in my car. Sometime after that my Mom told me that I seemed a bit depressed and maybe I should get another bike because I always seemed so happy when I was riding.
Flash forward 32 years: Although I'd owned a few more during those years (some co-owned with my Dad) I'd been out of the saddle for a long time.
My Mom passed away from renal cell cancer and I was feeling blue. Her words about being happy with a bike in the garage came back to me so on impulse I went out and bought my Volusia.

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Sorry about your Mom, but her words make me think of that saying "You never see a motorcycle in front of a therapist's office."
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