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· The Toad
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The military has a long history of messing with bikers. When I was in Japan in '71 one idiot managed to get himself killed on a DT1 in Yokosuka. As a result no one on my ship was allowed to buy a motorcycle at the Exchange. So we had to go off base and buy from civilians who ripped off some of us. One guy bought a CB350 and got a DT1 shipped to him. Another guy had his CB450 shipped to the Phillippines by mistake. I was lucky enough to actually get the Ksaki 650 twin I ordered.. although it was a used one. The oil was awful dirty and there were patches on the rear tube, even though the speedo had 3 miles on it.

At other times we got veiled threats that sailors who rode bikes might find their lives made difficult, even though the Brass couldn't legally stop us from riding. You might find yourself being put on shyt details more than others... that kind of garbage.

The military doesn't have a tradition of personal freedom, you know. From their viewpoint they've invested a lot of money in training and they don't want their people killed in traffic accidents. If you join then you gotta live with the consequences. So, if you don't like it, don't join.
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