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Why did you start riding? How long have you been riding?

Myself I was afraid, but a touch of the C four years ago and figured what the hell.

Started riding three years ago, took my course while my wife (now ex) was visiting family and bought an old Honda.

I was instantly addicted. It feels lame driving a car now.

The bike, the dog and the radio make me a happy rider.
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I started riding in 1991. I had always wanted to ride. I remember my friend's parents getting their licenses when I was 16. I thought that was weird and why didn't they act their age. Still, it also made me want to ride.

As I was entering my 30's I realized it was "now or never." My husband (now-ex) bought two clunkers for a total of $200. I took the safety course in July of '91. The rest is history (or herstory)...

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We owned a full sized conversion van that got, at best, 10 mpg. Usually, it was just me in the van as I ran errands while the kids were in school. When gas prices skyrocketed a few years back, my bicycle and feet became important modes of transport, but weren't so good for when I needed to travel farther than 3 miles. So I asked Skrapiron about buying a scooter for use around town. He had his wallet and the checkbook and was in the van before I finished my question.
We bought a Yamaha Vino 50 that day. I took the MSF BRC two weeks later. Getting 90 mpg while running errands let us save enough money that Skrap bought the Vino 125 for himself later that summer.
We've upgraded through the years, but we'll be buying another 50cc when Grenade Girl turns 16 and gets her driver's license.
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When? Started this February, at age 45.

Why? For 40 of my 45 years (ever since I saw my Grandfather on an orange Honda CB???), I've been told I shouldn't, can't or won't ever have a bike.

After deciding now was my time for getting one, I gave myself a $4000 budget, shopped for a few weeks and bought a 2005 C50 w/ 2800 miles for $3800. So far, so good...

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Nice buy on that bike. I started riding at 45 as well, also an '05 C50 - but I paid $4700 and it had 2000 miles
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Started riding in high school and did not own a car till I was in my twenties. I graduated in 1983 so a long time ago

When liberty is taken away by force it can be restored by force. When it is relinquished voluntarily by default it can never be recovered.
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WHEN? I was 20 years old in 1993.

WHY? A guy I graduated with from high school used to hang out with one of my very good friends. Once in awhile, he would show up at his place on a motorcycle. Boy, I sure thought that was cool, so I took a motorcycle safety course, and bought my first bike for $600... a 1980 Kawasaki KZ650.

When I was 20, I used to live where I'm living now (Livonia, MI). After I got my bike, I refered to myself as the Livonia Fonz. In 2008, I moved back to the same place in Livonia, so I guess I'm the Livonia Fonz again.

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When I was about 10-11 some guy showed up for a family party on a Goldwing. It was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen in my life. I remember my father taking it for a ride. He was the smoothest rider I have ever seen! Of course, my mother was PO'd at him. I come from a VERY Italian/large family. There are 11 of us kids and my mother didn't appreciate it. I, however, was mesmerized.

One of my favorite sat/sun programs around that time was Captain America. I loved that bike! So was CHIPS. Loved those bikes too!

around that time I found a picture of my father in a Zoot suit sitting on a motorcycle. It was a sears and robuck Puch. kind of looks like a Honda dream from the sixties. He also used tell us stories of his Servi-car. I am one of the younger kids so I don't remember it but when he owned a gas station he used to do house calls.

He'd drive to your house and fix your car. if he needed anything that the Servi-car wouldn't carry then he'd hook his servi-car to your back bumper and tow it back to the shop. He also used to tell us about the Gypsy runs that he went on with the servi-car. He claims that back then he could ride absolutely ANY bike he wanted in the group because everyone wanted a crack at riding his servi-car.

I used to spend every cent I had on motorcycle magazines and peddling to the other side of town to stare at the bikes at the local dealership. I even gathered up my baseball cards and tried to have a yard sale to try to buy one on my own. no go.

Finaly, my mother compromised with letting Dad get us a 4-wheeler. Don't tell her but my brothers and I pulled the same thing dad did. As soon as we where out of site, we'd change off with our 2 wheeling friends.

I only rode a few times from that time up until 11 years ago.

I almost kicked the bucket when I found out that I had a tumor in my right ear. It was extremely close to the brain and it was a close call. While feeling sorry for myself and re-cooperating I started to buy motorcycle magazines again and it just took off from there.

I took a class. scored a perfect score. found a CHERRY and almost mint 1973 cb750 and rode the crap out of it. One thing I learned pretty quick is that you can get a perfect score on the riding test but that don't mean nothin'.

I've had a couple bikes since then and can't really imagine NOT having one. I hope that I can be man enough like my dad to set aside such a passion for my family (if I end up having one) but I'm not sure I could.

anyway, I posted this before and I think it's cool. I read it in local biker circular this year.

Paraphrasing:

"Why do I ride a motorcycle? Because cars lie to us. They give us a false sense of security and tell us we are safe. Motorcycles are honest. They let us know how small we really are and at times will remind us that we're go'n a little too fast for our own good."

-Tony
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I started on a dirt bike at age 6. My neighbor's older brother had a 50cc Honda that he sold me and Troy for $25. My mother hated it and banned me from riding it on her property.

In my early 20's I bought an 1974 Yamaha RD350 (in pieces). While I was working on getting it back on the road, I got a 1991 HD Sporty. Rode the Sporty for a few months, then got rid of it and rode the RD350 once I got it running. Eventually sold the RD350 and immediately regretted it.....

Got married and begged the wife to let me get another bike. Had a boat, she said 'either a boat or a bike, not both'. Sighed and kept the boat.

Sold the boat in 2003, then watched gas prices spike. it was Weregrouch's idea to get a scooter. (finally). She rode it for a few months, then I went out and got one for myself. We've been riding ever since!

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-1973 Yamaha RD350
-1991 Harley Sportster 883 XL
-2000 Yamaha XV125
-2003 Piaggio Fly
-2004 Suzuki LS650 - 04-2005 to 07-2008
-2005 Boulevard C50 - 07-2008 to 5-2012
-2012 Vulcan 900 - 05-2012 to 05-2015
-2008 Yamaha FZ6 - 11-2008 to 04-2017
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Tony - have you been able to ride with your Dad? Thanks for posting that.
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