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post #71 of 76 (permalink) Old 07-10-2010, 01:53 PM
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I am 57 years old. My parents were dead set against any of us kids having a bike. My grandfather and my uncle died serving in the German army operating those motorbikes with sidecars. (On my mother's side of the family.) My father was an army WW2, Korean and Vietnam veteran.

I have started and stopped riding many times. I have quit riding for many reasons, but I always start riding again for the same reason: You get a lot of smiles to the miles.I always get the gleam in my eye and remember the wind in my face and the freedom of the road.

1975: 74 XL 250 Honda dual sport while in the army. I had that and a 74 Jeep CJ5 so I was the off road dude in Leavenworth KS.

1980: 78 Suzuki 750. I rode that a few years and sold it to pay some college bills.

1985: 74 Honda 350 (rode it off and on for a few years and sold it)

1989: Bought a 1980 750F (commuted to Seattle on the ferry daily for two years then sold it)

1993: 80 Yamaha 650 (this one didn't stay in the garage long.)

1999: 94 Kawasaki 750 Vulcan (this one stuck for awhile. a very nice bike. I bought it with 9,000 miles and sold it with 30,000)

2005: 2004 Suzuki Savage. (one road trip with this bike is all it took to put it back on the market. I liked the size, it had enough power, but it was very uncomfortable for any length of time. This one lasted one season.

2006: 250 Honda Rebel. Same fate as the Savage.

2007: 05 1600 Kawasaki Nomad. What shocked me about this bike was the mpg. I got a little over 30 mpg and I had to use premium. I loved this bike for the open road and had it for over 2 years but riding it to the store and back didn't make sense so.... I bought a.....

2008: Honda Elite 150cc scooter to ride to the store and back.

I kept the 1600 for road trips but didn't get out on big road trips, so I decided to go smaller again.....

So I traded the Nomad for a:

2004 Honda Shadow 1100 and cash. (this one lasted 2 months.) I didn't like the bike. Not sure why, but it was not a cruiser bike....it just wasn't. I advertised the bike and a guy came looking who had a....

06 Suzuki C50T and wanted the Shadow. Good deal for both of us.

Added an 04 Honda Silverwing after disposing of the Elite.....

Thought the Silverwing was going to be the "one bike" and so I put the C50T on Craigslist and sold it in a week. Then I panicked and immediately started looking for another cruiser.

Found the 03 Volusia this spring that I have today.

Sold the Silverwing.....

Bought the Honda Helix and added the Texas Sidecar.

Now, I have the bikes that I want to have for the future. I really like how the C50 fits me and I can live with the power ratio / gas mileage / weight of the bike. It feels like a big bike in size but is a little weak in the hp.

I use easy brackets so I can use saddlebags when I want to. I like the bike naked of luggage but as we all know, when it is time to travel we have to bring stuff along.

If I really need to haul something in town.... I take the Honda Helix with the sidecar. I can spend a week's pay at Costco and haul it home in the built in luggage and the sidecar.

If I add anything, it might be a dual sport.

I have experimented with various scooters and mini bikes though out the years as well. Not to mention motorizing bicycles. I tried an electric power assist bicycle for a year.

Never tried the motorized skateboard / scooter. Don't see me doing that.

Never had any desire for a VW trike either.

Never will pay the price for an HD. Some of my friends think they are worth the money. I see better financial alternatives than investing so much money in a motorcycle. HD makes a great line of clothing and a pretty good motorcycle.

If I stay healthy and can ride when I retire.... I can see the use of one of those Goldwings. But I would still need my cruiser bike.... and a in town run around scooter.

Sorry for the long post. It is my story and I am sticking to it.

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06 Honda Helix 250cc

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I started riding on a Kawasaki 90 which I proceeded to strip of all acoutrements as I was too young to get it licensed for the road...My old man came home from work and promptly told me to get rid of it (41 years ago) and have been riding ever since with a 15 year hiatus for raising kids and getting some major repair work done to the old bod. I've owned almost every major brand of bike in the interim except for HD and I certainly am sold on my 05 C50T....I've put more miles on it this year as the weather up here in Canada is FINALLY good enough to ride almost every day!!!
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I took the MSF course in May of 2009 at the age of 43. I had never had the desire to ride my own bike but my husband insisted I take the class in case I ever needed to ride his bike for some reason. He had gotten his bike in 2008 and I started riding as his passenger in Jan or Feb of 2009. I had always enjoyed being the passenger. I had previously dated someone with a motorcycle. I loved riding, but as the passenger! I don't know why I've always had a fascination of motorcycles. I always have to turn to look when I hear a motorcycle. I love the rumble!! I think it's genetic since my sisters also love motorcycles. My dad had ridden before he married my mom but he never owned a bike while we were growing up. I heard my grandpa also rode years ago, although he never owned a motorcycle that I remember. Apparently he rode before he had kids.
Anyhow, my first husband never had the desire to ride and could not understand my fascination with motorcycles. I guess that's why when I started dating after my divorce, I was attracted to bikers.
Fast forward to 2006..... I reconnected with David (we had gone to school together in jr high) after moving back to MS. He's not a "biker", did not own a bike, but I fell in love with him anyway and we got married. He bought a motorcycle in 2008 and we started riding. And I loved being his passenger! He talked me into taking the MSF and my stepson took the class with me. I also talked my sister into going. I thought that if I was going to make a fool of myself, then it would be fun to have her being a fool with me. I am hooked!! We had the best time in the class together! We both got motorcycles within a month of finishing the course.
I love riding my own bike and felt strange the few times I have been a passenger since getting my own bike. This past June has been a year!
My dad now owns a Goldwing. We have all ridden together a couple of times since my sister and I got our bikes and that's really cool!! My dad, my sister, her husband, me and my husband. I wish we could do it more often.

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I,like many others on here have already stated, had always wanted a bike in highschool but it was totally out of the question at my house. My parents had known someone that had been killed on a motorcycle. After I graduated from Mississippi State I took my very first paycheck and with the help of my friendly banker I purchased a 1980 Honda cm400t. Enjoyed the heck out of that little bike. It didn't really seem so little back then. Stopped riding in the early ninties and caught the bug again around 2002. In 2003 I bought a used 2001 vol on ebay with 4600 miles on it. I have 66000 on it now and cannot imagine ever being without a bike again.
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I think I bought my first bike in 1974. It was a yellow Kawasaki 250 2-stroke something or other. Left a trail of blue smoke wherever I went. This led to my first new bike, 1976 Honda CB360T, which I took very poor care of. I became disenchanted with it after trying to change and adjust the points myself. It ran, but poorly. After selling it in '79, I gave up riding for several years. Then in 2002, my wife allowed me to purchase a new 2003 Honda 750 Shadow ACE. Which was fine until I got tired of adjusting and oiling the stupid chain all the time, which beget my 2005 C50T. Held on to that until last fall, when I had an unbelievable opportunity to purchase a beautiful 2000 Harley Ultra, which will probably be my last bike.

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I always wanted a bike but parents would never let me since my moms brother almost died in a bike crash and with a crushed spine wasn't sure if he would ever walk again. In 2006 I totalled a work car and the ins. co did not give me enough to buy another one so....... I bought a S-40 kept it 4 months and traded it on my C-50. In the 4 years I have been riding I have approx 80K miles most of it commuting to work. I ride to work everyday rain or shine storms or clear cold or hot. There have only been a couple of times I regretted taking the bike to work. Those are the days when we have tornado warnings and really high winds and severe storms when it's getting off time.

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