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beansbaxter Apr 19th 2016 01:23 PM

What made you love motorcycles?
Another espresso, minus the motorcycle this time around, and I'm having a conversation with a fellow rider, sharing my passion for anything with a motor - from motorcycles to cars...

And so I ask, what made you fall in love with motorcycles?

wooden Apr 19th 2016 01:31 PM

Adrenaline junkie through and through - it was only a matter of time until I ended up on a motorcycle, and the minute I threw my leg over one, I knew it was love.

It's the only thing that'll get me from 0-60 in 3 seconds that I'll ever be able to afford, and you don't even have to spend much to get that. Add to that the sheer insanity of railing through a corner leaned over 45* (or more) and it's just too much fun to pass up.

The people aren't so bad, either ;)

tchase Apr 19th 2016 01:43 PM

I have no idea I've just always been drawn to them. Maybe because it was the cool thing or rebel...

sentry07 Apr 19th 2016 01:44 PM

My brother bought a V-Star and rode it up to my house. I rode on the back for about 30 minutes and I was instantly hooked. Took me another 10 or so years before I got my endorsement and my first motorcycle, but I was itching to get one the whole time.

Dubnut Apr 19th 2016 01:56 PM

When I first started, I didn't like them much. They were bigger than I was and hard to start (I was five, the seat came up to my armpits just about - trying to kick over an XR100 without a stump or bulkhead wasn't easy).

Some trails were scary(Be five and do a switchback run at fox creek campground with a sheer drop on one side, knowing if you fall you better fall up hill cause you can't reach the ground)

Then I got used to it...
After that it was finding challenges in the single track - finding a good technical trail that was really hard to do... Just enjoying the fact that I could get away from the city and enjoy the woods, and challenge myself at the same time.

Then I got on the street...
Getting used to different motorcycles and how they performed, strengths of bikes and their inherent quirks.. Learning what ones fit and what ones didn't, what ones were fun and what ones were just blah...

Now I find I want back into the dirt more and more. I miss being able to get away from everything for a while and get dirty and sweaty trying to get a trail run just right. And that feeling of calm you get when you take a break, shut the bike off and go sit on a rock and soak up the view and the quiet..

It's been love/hate... but mostly love...

Figure I'll get some track time in soon as well so I can get more comfortable with the street rides too.

I'll shut up now..

Instig8R1 Apr 19th 2016 01:58 PM

I started riding dirt bikes when I was about 6 years old. Rode my first street bike on the street at about 12 and never looked back. I love the way it helps me just "get away" from it all... Just you, the bike and the road. What a rush!

wooden Apr 19th 2016 02:00 PM

Forgot to mention - I like wrenching. I was never compelled to work on my car because Subaru WRX engine bays are about as jam-packed as they come, but working on motorcycles has been a breeze and highly educational.

kdo58 Apr 19th 2016 02:16 PM

the need for speed.

RC65 Apr 19th 2016 02:27 PM

My Dad, I suppose.

I used to ride in front of him on the seat, then on the back when I was old enough to reliably hold on...until I was old enough to have my own (10, maybe?). Had a bike ever since, give or take a decade while my kids were young. Hard to pinpoint that one thing, that one event, though, when riding has always been part of your life.

paradox206 Apr 19th 2016 02:39 PM

First, it was due to them being faster and cheaper than my car habit. Then, I found that riding tends to calm down my always running mind. It's a much better way to start my morning and end my day.

FeralRdr Apr 19th 2016 02:40 PM

I dunno...? :unsure:

They do have two wheels and a motor though; and make going up and down Old McKenzie Pass a lot more interesting. :happy:

Naza Apr 19th 2016 02:45 PM

Because of this guy.

This guy.

And this guy.

Plus as far as I can remember, I have ALWAYS, though motos were soooo damn sexy. The lines, the forks, the fenders, the exhaust....the speeeed.



Chrishil54 Apr 19th 2016 04:28 PM


2nd Childhood Apr 19th 2016 05:50 PM

I was a car nut growing up, then several of my friends and coworkers all had or bought motorcycles and I guess I got one to "fit in". But after meeting my now wife, I took a 30 year hiatus (spending the last 10 of those thinking about getting another one). I finally decided to get back to riding 5 or 6 years ago, but the story I tell my wife is it's my nephew's fault after I found out he bought a Duc.

Scribbles Apr 19th 2016 05:51 PM

I got my first bicycle for my 5th birthday. it was a ridiculous looking bike with a banana seat and multi colored tassles dangling from the hand grips.
My Mom thought I should start with training wheels, but my Dad said "let him try". I jumped on and rode several laps around the cul-de-sac without any problems.

I've been hooked ever since. The transition to motorcycles was a given, but my Mom wouldn't let me have one until I was 18 and could buy it on my own. "Those things are too dangerous!", she said.

My son started racing BMX bikes at 6. And got his first motorcycle at 11.

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