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How did you get into bikes?

Me? During the summer at our camp my friend would let me ride his Trail 90 Honda on the camp roads. Another kid had a Rupp mini-bike that I thought was THE coolest thing back then, I'm talking 1967-1968. Rode a Bultaco once or twice. Hodaka a few times. Then, after returning home for the off-season, I noticed my neighbor (a cop) had boxes and boxes of old motorcycle magazines out in his driveway for the rubbish. I asked if I could have them and off I went.

I absolutely devoured every one of them. I practically memorized all I had read. CycleWorld and other mags from the mid-sixties and LOTS more including a Honda catalog that was just glorious! I became a virtual encyclopedia of those old classic bikes. I wanted a Norton or BSA when I "grew up" which I still have not (grown up that is). I really loved the Hondas of that day too. The 305, the Motosport models with the candy finishes and black pipes, the 450 Scrambler (got a nice leg burn from that). My friend's dad bought him a Bridgestone 100 2 stroke and man, we rode that thing everywhere. A real killer bee sound. Fun? You bet. I held onto those mags for years never wanting to give them up. But, the MC Jones had me. I haven't ridden in a few years and never rode as much as I wanted to. My best ride was up Route 101 from south of San Francisco to Portland, OR back in 1976. Me on my Suzuki GT 550 and my buddie on his RD400 Yamaha. Good bikes too. Nothing like today but, reliable and good enough.

I'm still a huge magazine hound. Those boxes of mags started it all. I have an old barn filled with magazines. I just can't let 'em go to this day! I'm off today but, really, when Evel Knievel passed the other day, it brought back a flood of memories. Really, if you were a kid like me back then, you wanted to be Evel and tried things on your bicycles you NEVER would have thought of otherwise.
 

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When I was a little tyke back in the late 50s my Uncle Les used to give us rides on his Mustang. He took us to Ascot Park a few times for the 1/2 mile oval flattrack races and also to the scrambles down where the 91 Fwy is in LA.

I saved my paper route money and when I was 14 started working on my parents and by the time I was 15 1/2 they finally gave in through sheer exhaustion and let me get my first bike, a step through Honda Cub50. I rode the living p1ss out of the thing. Other kids were surfing but I was all over Palos Verdes/Torrance on my cub. I did every sort of mod to it I could... cut off fenders, megaphone, bored to 55, hi-comp piston.... it would do 53mph!

It's all uphill from there.
 

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My dad always had bikes around, he was a Dispatch Rider in the REME's which is the British army version of combat engineers. He used to ride Observed Trials and enduros after he got out. When I was 10 he taught me to ride on his twin pipe 250 CZ ISDT bike, he sold that and bought a Triumph Mountain Cub, then a Bultaco Matador. He got so tired of me begging rides he bought me a Hodaka Super Rat. At that time he had a shop sponsership and a 380 CZ, so he took me with and Me and him raced MX and Enduro's. When I got my license we turned the Matador into a Cafe Racer for me and he bought a 380 Yamaha MX which I raced on, I'd come home on leave from the Navy and we'd try'n hit a couple of races.

When I got out I bought a 750 Kawasaki with money I saved and started building Harleys, I rode them for awhile, then BMW's, then Japanese Sportbikes, then new Triumphs, now back to Harleys and a Bandit. I plan on riding as long as I can, wouldn't want it any other way.
 

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My older brother started me down this dark path. One ride on his Hodaka Super Rat when I was 10, and that was all she wrote. I also got to ride his Maico 250 and CZ 400 when he raced motocross back in the day. My parents hated motorcycles, and still do. They threatened to toss me out of the house if I ever got one. So one day when I was 16, I bought a used 72 Triumph Bonnie for 600 bucks. I walked in the door, and told my parents "you can throw me out now" and walked away. Been riding 40 years, and going to ride 40 more if the good Lord is willing!
 

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lost a friend who didn't get to do everything on his list before he kicked it.. figured i owed it to him to work on my list at that point.. so i bought the first bike i could afford and went to town.

funny thing is if he ever saw me on a bike he'd probably beat me bloody.
 

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One O' them 5hp B&S-powered 6"-dia.-tired "mini-bikes" with no real brakes and geared to the moon.

My God, I think that deathtrap is still over at my Dad's in a shed - I should prolly dig it out, clean it and tune it, then give it to some kid..............
 

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One O' them 5hp B&S-powered 6"-dia.-tired "mini-bikes" with no real brakes and geared to the moon.
Lower the HP to 3.5 and add an extended front end and I'm there. After assorted dirt bikes I bought my first street bike, a new 1977 Yamaha XS650.

My first ride was when I was 6 on my Uncle Al's '65 CH. Been a Harley fan ever since.
 

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My uncle was a dyed in the wool old school "biker". Viking beard, long hair, mean disposition, friends of questionable employ who always seemed to be relating a story of pointless violence... I lived with him at ages 5-8. He rode all year round, regardless of the weather, and often with me on the back. I've had an obsession with motorcycles ever since. I suppose being able to jump off the back of his Harley out in front of my elementary school while my first grade buddies looked on in open-mouthed envy might have helped. ;-)
 

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My father raced dirt bikes back in texas in the 70's. He got me a bike when I was about 8. Little 80cc honda dirt bike, dual rear shocks, metal tank.

Three years ago at age 23 after living in LA for 2 years I decided I wanted a street bike. Got a EX500, rode it up to laguna seca for the 2005 motoGP race a month latter. Four months latter I went to my first track day with it. One month after than I bought a 125 GP bike and went to willow for my first race.

Took me 15 years to go from a dirt bike to a street bike, but only 6 months to go from a street bike to a race bike heh. EX500 died recently so I bought a RS250 as my new street bike.
 

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Well at 4 I learned to ride a bicycle. Guess that was qualification enough for my father to get my eldest brothers old mini bike working again. Shortly there after I was twisting the grip on an old Bonanza long frame with a 4 hp BnS and no brakes. That thing would run off and leave my buddies honda mini trail 50's. As I grew so did my dirt bikes, 4hp, 60cc, 175, 250, 480. Once I got my Drivers License I was going to buy a street bike and my parental units freaked out. Made no sense to me, but their home, their rules. Once out of the nest, I bought a KLR 650 and thus my street bike life started. 60,000 miles later I'm more hooked than ever.
 

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It was a dark and stromy night...

My Uncle (who was more like a big brother) rode dirt bikes, and use to take me riding with his buddies back in the early 1970's. I started in 1968 at around age ten on a Flexo mini-bike with a cast iron 2 & 1/2 HP Briggs. That started an obsession with motorcycles that is still going, despite being paralyzed. Looking back, I've owned or ridden about everything, my favorite bike being my old 1976 JPR 360 Pursang. Still dream about riding it.
 

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Man, we have GOT to do something to get you back on the road again. If you were given a choice, would you prefer one O' them three-wheeled moto-thingies, or a Sidehack?
 

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"Man, we have GOT to do something to get you back on the road again. If you were given a choice, would you prefer one O' them three-wheeled moto-thingies, or a Sidehack?"

Thanks Air, I mean Mr. Hawk...

A sidehack. I was supposed to look at a Chang Jiang a month or so ago, but the vendor bugged out on me. They have a hand clutch/hand shift on the sidehack models. Shifter's on the right side, behind the seat. But at the moment I'm fighting the DMV to give me my license back (they suspended it for canceling the insurance on my City X that got totaled & bought back by Geico). Idiots.
 

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Man, we have GOT to do something to get you back on the road again. If you were given a choice, would you prefer one O' them three-wheeled moto-thingies, or a Sidehack?
My work mate knows a guy who takes modern sportbikes makes a side car for them then moves all the controls to the side car - he has done this for a guy around here that is paralyzed so he can operate the sport bike from the side car.

I'm sure it can be done on other bikes too.

If it was me though I'd get one of those new Piaggo 3-wheel scooters that leans and rig that up.. should be possible right?
 

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"If it was me though I'd get one of those new Piaggo 3-wheel scooters that leans and rig that up.. should be possible right?"

I was thinking the same thing with the Piaggio deal. The driving from the sidecar thing doesn't do much for me, why not just buy a convertable sports car? A guy in my support group has logged over 100,000 miles on a BMW sidehack rig. You just need a gigantic seat made for paras and I can sit in the saddle like the old days (velcro my feet to the floorboards). Stick my compact ti wheelchair in the hack.

That's some kinda animation you got going there...
 

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Two words Brah...Ural Patrol... even though they are steaming commie tirds from the festering bunghole of satan that is the Soviet Union (they're not fooling me) they are the neatest thing since pepperjack cheese on toast and a few pints of Guinness...

Cheap too...
 

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