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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-17-2001, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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The topic says it all. For me 0 but I will be starting this summer
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-18-2001, 02:22 AM
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Check out the "What started it all" post in the Daily Rider Forum (you might have to dig back about 4 days).
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post #3 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-17-2001, 01:49 AM
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Ive been riding a month...and Im 18.
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post #4 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-17-2001, 02:00 PM
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I started it all when I was 16. I had only learned how to ride though. (through TEAM Arizona - MSF training) I didn't buy a bike until I was 18 though. My first toy was the Honda CB 250.
I am 22 now

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I started (in the dirt) at age seven. I bought my first street bike in 1982 when I was sixteen years old. So, on the street for over ninteen years and twenty seven years total.

Build a man a fire, and he is warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he is warm for the rest of his life.

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post #6 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-18-2001, 05:59 AM
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Old fart here....

My grandfather bought Honda Mini-Trail 50s for my brother and I in about 1970, so I learned how to use my shifting foot (3 speed, no clutch.)

My first street-legal vehicle was a '69 Yamaha DT125 that I paid $300 for in 1974 when I got my license at 16. Electric start on a dirt bike was a novelty back then. Small air-cooled two-strokes are not great for long distance touring either, in case you were wondering. <grin>

My dad had a Honda 305 Scrambler he bought in the late '60s, and painted it blue (spray cans) and was always tweaking it to get it to go faster. He took the muffler off and installed these butterflies in the pipes that had a knob so you could open them or close them at will. It was LOUD with them open. Then he bought a brand new '71 Honda CB450 with DOHC. Whenever I was on it with him (I was 12 or so) he would at least once run it to redline in the first three or four gears. It was so fast!! (I thought that at the time.) Back then, 450s were not considered small, and Honda 750 Fours were blindingly fast monsters.

I was into cars and dating women after I sold my Yammy to my younger brother. In 1978 a friend of mine bought a Yamaha DOHC 500 twin, TX was it? Anyway, I got the bug and found a used 1976 CB550F, factory 4-into-1, orange. My friend had upgraded to a Yammy 650 twin which could eat my lunch. Those extra two cylinders didn't make up for more displacement.

Just before I got married in 1979 I bought '73 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport that someone had added a fairing, bags and a trunk to. We rode it to South Dakota once. Bad seat for touring. I eventually converted it back to stock, taking the junk off and reinstalling the the factory clip-ons. I sold that bike in '84 for $400. I wish I had it back.

Since 1982 I've had a '79 Honda CBX, an '82 Yamaha Seca 550, Turbo Seca 650 (totalled that one,) Yamaha 550 Vision, Yamaha XT350 dual-purpose, and now have an '81 Honda GoldWing and an '85 Honda VF1000R.

About 30 years of riding, all-told, and 26 on the street. All fun. All worth it. In fact, I'd rather die riding through a mountain canyon somewhere than in a nursing home wondering where the bathroom is and who all these people who call themselves "family" are. Not yet though. I've got a few good decades left.

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post #7 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-19-2001, 08:34 AM
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11 Years riding all on streetbikes. I started at 16.
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post #8 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-19-2001, 08:42 AM
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I've been riding since last September. My 748 is the first bike I've ever owned. I'm getting better with my downshifts, but I need to work on my cornering.
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post #9 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-19-2001, 09:41 AM
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Riding off and on for 12 years, started when I was 18.

Current ride is an '01 SV650s. Kind of got side tracked tinkering with cars for a while (still do).

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post #10 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-19-2001, 01:35 PM
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been riding for 4 years, have had 3 bikes, going to get a 4th soon. oh yah, kinda sorta own a dual sport right now too.
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