Im interested in what started you all into the world of motorcycles. What sparked that flame that makes your heart jump everytime you see or hear a sportbike. Heres how it happened for me. It all started in 1995.....
I was in the Air Force and had been in Japan for a few months already, i was only 17, and was having a blast. One day my friends wanted me to come with them to a bike shop. I came along, not expecting much, but i was bored so i came along anyway. As we stepped through the door, i was immediately pulled towards this HUGE bike on a pedestal. I was totally awestruck and felt quite small next to it ( it was a CBR900RR). I forget the details for the rest of that day. But that first image of the beautiful CBR stuck in the back of my consciousness, but i didnt realize anything yet from it.
Let me give you my outlook on motorcycling during this period. I viewed motorcycles with interest, but my mind had been trained by my parents/friends/stories that motorcycles were death machines, basically too dangerous. So i never considered buying a bike, i just put it in the back of my head and forgot about it.
A few weeks or months after, i cant recall, i was at work and a co-worker shows up with this awesome bike. It was painted in Suzuki racing colors (the GP Lucky Strike colors). My interest was piqued to say the least. The bike was a RGV 250 (2 stroke). Everday my friend showed up with this bike , i came out to gaze at it. After a few weeks i decided i wanted my own bike. To make a long story short, my first bike was a RGV 250 (go here to take a look http://www.bikepics.com/pictures/00807/
and hallelujah that it was, because during my first rides in the mountains i dont know how many times i was trail braking into corners trying not to hit the mountain sides. The bike is REALLY light and the power doesnt come on strong unless you rev the HECK off it, so that really saved my life.
There, thats my brief insight into how i got started with sportbikes and which bike was my first.
Lets hear from everyone else!!