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Story time: Why you got into riding!

The name of the game? Give your story of why you first got into riding, whatever it may be. Anything from just thinking it was cool, wanting some hot poon, to having another die hard passion push you into it!

My story would begin when I was about 6 years old riding snowmobiles in the back yard in my hometown. Ever since I was 8 I was up north every year riding in the UP with my dad and it was a blast. I started riding all the time and eventually racing through the timber pushing myself and my sled to the brink of it's limits where I would laugh and grab more throttle while in a corner sideways. I can recall the specific time and place when it hit me.

I was riding and pushing hard with my dad ahead of me bumper to bumper going through one of my favorite trails up north where half the corners are flat and icy, while the other half are banked and pure racers. Everything was slowed down, the blur of tree's and white snow, the squeal of the two stroke pounding effortlessly, and the dance across the seat as I line myself up through a corner. None of it seemed as if we were pushing so fast through the timber. Snow and ice flying out the sides of his snow flap pelting me in the helmet, nearing a corner grabbing brakes as late as possible in order to gain an edge on his already faster by cc sled. Rotating my hand upside down as I go for a tight right hander knowing I picked a better line and forcing my hand to stay steady on the throttle and not let the ass end slide from power. Giving it the bwaap bwaap of throttle as I round the apex powering through with half a ski on the ground and nothing but clear trail ahead and then laughing as slide through the next corner seeing him right on my bumper the whole way through. We pulled into the next gas station and were filling up as the rest of our group was pulling up, they just shook their heads and said "You know you don't always have to ride so fast!" They would never understand...

It was at that moment I knew I was addicted to pushing whatever I rode/drove right to it's limit as well as my own. It was only natural that I happened to catch some dirt biking and then watch a superbike race.
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Pretty simple for me, but I always get carried away with my stories so it's still gonna be long, hahah ... 3 of my buddies got bikes (2 of which are my roomates), and then I had to join the fun too! Actually that is pretty close to the truth. I had always liked bikes, but never really thought about actually getting one. I just loved the smooth high pitch whine of the little motor winding up... reminded me of an F1 car and I just loved the sound! I'd always been into import cars, but nothing major. But then in mid July 2004 my one roomate went and bought a new yellow/black '04 F4i, the other roomate got a new blue '04 600RR, and another friend of ours got a new red '04 600RR. They all went in and bought all 3 at the same time so they got a pretty good deal, I guess. Anyways, after about 3 months of being around my roomates bikes, tinkering with them, going out to a few bike nights with them (in my car), I really started to get into it. Thought about it good and hard, and finally decided... I gotta have one too!! Then I went back and forth, buy new or buy used, new or used, back and forth. I didn't know much about the different bikes, but being a Honda nut I knew it would be a Honda. With a small amount of research I knew the F4i was a little more timid than the 600RR, and would probably work better for me. After deciding I didn't want something that was gonna give me problems or I'd have to put any $$ into, I decided to just buy a new F4i, so I'd have a warranty (yes, n00b + brand new 600cc bike for first bike... flame away!! ). Then on October 17th, 2004 my roomate with the F4i had to go down to Rick Case Honda to get a few things. I was bored so I tagged along in my car. I had the blank check with me, but really had no intention of buying a bike that night. I get looking around on the showroom floor and spot a red/black F4i sitting there next to an identical F4i, only lowered and with a tinted screen. Looked it over, sat on it, liked it alot, but I just wasn't sure. By then one of the salesman had come up and started talking with us. I kept looking around, and he even showed me some of the used bikes (he kept trying to sell me an RC-51 that belonged to one of their own employees that had recently been killed in a car accident... I didn't want any bad ju ju though). After looking at everything, I kept coming back to the same bike. Well long story short, after crunching some numbers and keeping the sales dude there 2 hours after closing (on a sunday evening), I rode my shiny new red F4i off the showroom floor

The battery was almost dead and the tires had 10 psi because it had been sitting on the showroom floor for over a year, but she still fired right up! My roomate had to ride it home cuz I didn't have any gear yet, so he did and I drove him back to pick up his bike. We went over to a large open parking lot that night and I practiced... clutch first, got used to that, then riding around slowly in first gear, then shifting to 2nd, then 3rd... I was getting the hang o fit real fast! Then after about 45 mins or so the popo came and chased us out... the one old guy was really rude! Went and bought my gear the next day, and that night took my first ride on the street by myself, and HOLY SHIT this thing was fast! Of course I knew my limits and kept it on a leash, especially cuz it was still in break in period. But I was already in love. Rode it to work the next day, and have been ever since. Fast forward almost 2 years 5 months, and just over 86,000 miles... thinking back to that night, I had no idea that the machine I bought would become such an addiction, and such a part of my life as it did. Pretty much everything I do, in some way or another, revolves around motorcycles/riding/etc. Little did I know of all the purely awsome people I'd come to meet, not only local but across the country as well! I've pretty much lost all interest in cars for the most part, and rarely ever drive my own anymore. All I ever think about, whether it be while laying in bed, bored at work, or especially when stuck driving my car... BIKES!!

Needless to say... no regrets here! Though my dad hated it when he found out I bought a bike (2 weeks later), and he's still not thrilled about it but I think he's gotten used to it somewhat

Oh yea and as for the other 3 bikes... The red 600RR was stolen Dec 26th, '04, never to be found. The roomate with the yellow F4i, for some reason or other, just up and quit riding all of a sudden. Don't know if he had a few close calls or what, but he just stopped and the bike sat in the garage for probably 3 months. He sold it to a guy in October '05, who later joined our local forum and I became friends with and rode with quite a bit. He then bought a 1000RR a couple months later... he was trying to sell the F4i, don't know if it sold or not. The other roomates blue 600RR was stolen right from our house Feb 17th, '06, also never to be found. He went without a bike for awile, then about 6 months ago or so he bought a new '06 Gixxer 600 cuz he couldn't stand being bikeless anymore. So of all of us that bought bikes, I guess I'm the only 'original' still remaining, haha

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because mom said NO!!!
Probably the same for alot of people!

I was suprised, my mom was totally cool (yet still concerned, but cool) with me getting a bike. I had told her before I got it that I was getting one and she was happy for me. Dad... hated it! He found out 2 weeks after I bought it

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I grew up around bikes my whole life...was at the Springfield Mile by the time i was three, and was at Sante Fe Speedway every Wednesday for flattrack and every Friday for motocross. My dad used to buy me those plastic motorcycle toy helmets and the checkered flags from Sante Fe, I used to race up and down the street all tucked in with my left arm on the forks Dad took me to the Springfield Mile on the back of his old Bonneville for my 10th birthday...awesome.

I got my motorcycle toy (which i painted in Bubba Shobert colors) taken away from me at Kinder Care when i was 5 for playing with it during nap time. Still hate that bitch, she claimed the next day she lost either the bike or the rider...forget which.

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I always liked them, but I got into it out of spite. I was breaking up with a girl I was dating for about 3 year ans she as always into bikes and wanted to get one. I got one right after we broke up. May be the best 2 things I ever did.

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I always liked them, but I got into it out of spite. I was breaking up with a girl I was dating for about 3 year ans she as always into bikes and wanted to get one. I got one right after we broke up. May be the best 2 things I ever did.
I tried returning a sport jacket, and I gave spite as the reason. Sad to say, they did not let me return it. Glad to see spite won out here
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I remember him working on it when I was young and riding around Chicago
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Couple friends that I rode dirt with, went and got bikes. shortly thereafter I had my F3. And the poon..
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My cousin and uncle had dirt bikes up at their cabin and I wanted to ride with them, so, when I was 14, my brother taught me how to ride (by sitting on the back of the bike) and working the controls 'around' me so I could see how it worked. Then, when he thought I was ready, he simply jumped off the back! (it was a puch 50 and going reallly slow). Anyhow, I crashed at the end of the street when I forgot how to downshift, but it was a small getoff, and I wasn't hurt. From then on, I wanted to ride!

The following year, my oldest brother came home on one of his visits from the Air Force and left behind his semi-new 1979 CB750SS. By that time, I was tall enough (15 years old) to barely straddle it, so I started taking out for joy rides (no helmet, no license, no common sense, either, apparently). Only got busted by the cops once (Since the cops knew my older brother, they simply took my keys and made me push the bike 7 blocks home to the garage, where the keys were waiting for me).

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I grew up in India and over there bikes are used as normal transportation...you see a lot more bikes on the road than cars as it makes sense cos of the high price of gas and lack of space on the roads.
First time I rode a bike I was 11 but it was just around the block and dropped it when I stopped. After that the next time was when I was 13 and a good friend of mine got a Yamaha RX100 2-stroke. I pretty much learned to ride on that bike and had tons of fun on it for two years.
When I turned 15 my dad bought me my first bike a 110cc Honda Scooter again 2-stroke (dad felt I was too young for a geared motorcycle). I still miss that scooter as it was the most fun little thing and could still do 60mph on a downslope with a tailwind
Less than a year later sold it and bought a Yamaha RX135- basically the same as an RX 100 but with and increased capacity. I still own it and it sleeps in my garage back in India. Its with this bike I got into street racing(those were the stupid teen years )
From there the list expanded to an Indian spec RD350 and then when I came to the U.S. a ZRX1100 and then my current bikes.

The RX 135 when I went on a roadtrip into the mountains last summer when I was on vacation in India.

Also forgot to mention - when I went back to India on vacation last year all i did was change the oil, and put some gas in the RX and it started with one kick and that was after sitting for 2 years. That bike will always be very special to me.

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My oldest Brother got me started really...


He is 19 Years older than I am so when I was a youngun, he was home
from college. He commuted back and forth on a Honda CB450, the Black Bomber.

I remember him working on it when I was young and riding around Chicago
with me on the handlebars. He got his first real job and bought the first
Honda 750 Four in 1968 and sent me a model of it. Bastard !

My other brother who is near his age, had a Lambretta motor scooter ( big
wheelies ) and Later a CT70 when I was about 9 or 10... that was the first
motorized bike taht I really learned to ride in the dirt.

While in High School I lived across the street from a guy that did custom
paint for bikes and built custom Honda 750 based choppers from scratch,
very OCC like but without the crate parts.... all hand fabbed. I hung
around and worked on things.

Didn't buy my first street bike until I was 28 and have had a bike ( or three )
in the garage ever since.


Bikes have always been a part of my life....


Enjoying the ride.....


Tom
One of my friends had a Lambretta 150cc 2-stroke....that thing was really a wheelie machine. There was another guy that he knew who put an RD350 engine into his "Lamby". That thing was freaking fast!!
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