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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.
https://9dv1rw-sn3302.files.1drv.com...&cropmode=none

This guy.
https://apxbqw-sn3302.files.1drv.com...&cropmode=none

And this guy.
https://kfcd6g-sn3302.files.1drv.com...&cropmode=none


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.

Cheers!

Naza

Chrishil54 Apr 19th 2016 04:28 PM

Life!

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.

Redkat600 Apr 19th 2016 06:05 PM

It is absolutely 100% unequivocally my fathers fault. I mean come on, look at the bike I race!

That One Guy Apr 19th 2016 06:32 PM

A lot of the previous, like Naza said I grew up in the '70's and watched Evil Knievel as kids we all had kit mini bikes.

But the real addiction started when my I chopped a chord of wood in trade for a Honda XL 350 on Whidby Island. There was no turning back.

Rusty Nail Apr 19th 2016 07:26 PM

Ever since I saw one I wanted to ride them. It took a friends enthusiastic encouragement to finally get me going. Then I was hooked. Couldn't ride enough. The freedom and exhilaration can't be replaced. Discovering group riding has been an amazing experience! I now have many awesome friends that I would never have met if it were not for riding motorcycles.

Willow Apr 19th 2016 08:21 PM

I don't know what started the love. As far back as I can remember I dreamed of getting a motorcycle to ride. Maybe it was my neighbor friend that got a Honda 70 when I was in kindergarten. I have never been very mechanically enclined, but just always wanted to ride.

KillerMondoDude Apr 19th 2016 08:47 PM

I love Motorcycles for the same reason i love guns; They force me to relax, empty my mind of worries and or distractions, focus my mind on the task at hand be it the correct positioning for the next corner. If its a road i know i am thinking 5 corners ahead to carry my speed through, each corner setting up for the next one. For me it is one of the best antidepressants out there.

Pigs Apr 19th 2016 09:12 PM

I love riding my bicycle. Just that I hate the pedal part of it. Hence motorcycles!

Longrides Apr 19th 2016 09:16 PM

The freedom you feel while riding, I love traveling and no better way to do it than on two wheels which lets you be more of what your seeing. The thrill of doing corners at faster than any car can do them at. The experiences you have, and people you meet riding that other wise would have never talked to you if you weren't on a motorcycle.:p

larsvons Apr 19th 2016 09:22 PM

Throughout my teens, my mother threatened to "disown" me if I ever rode a motorcycle. No idea why she had such an obsession about it, I had never expressed an interest. Her protesting planted a seed though. We never really got along, but I respected that one desire. She passed away a some years ago, and after that the seed grew and I ended taking the skills course on a whim. After that I was hooked.

Ducrider Apr 19th 2016 09:24 PM

When I was about 10, I remember pushing my bike to the top of the hill, I was never strong enough to peddle it there, the short trip down the hill and around the corner was worth pushing the bike back up the hill again and again. It was the only time I remember feeling free and happy. Fast forward several years, my dad told me "don't get on the back of his bike" guess how that ended. Honestly, I think I have the worst case of catrastrophizing ever, every time I get on my bike I wonder if today is the day I am going to die. Then I feel the wind in my hair, the freedom, and the power to climb every hill, and I don't want to stop.

Longrides Apr 19th 2016 09:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ducrider (Post 13304)
When I was about 10, I remember pushing my bike to the top of the hill, I was never strong enough to peddle it there, the short trip down the hill and around the corner was worth pushing the bike back up the hill again and again. It was the only time I remember feeling free and happy. Fast forward several years, my dad told me "don't get on the back of his bike" guess how that ended. Honestly, I think I have the worst case of catrastrophizing ever, every time I get on my bike I wonder if today is the day I am going to die. Then I feel the wind in my hair, the freedom, and the power to climb every hill, and I don't want to stop.

Twenty five 1/2 years later, and three wonderful kids, I guess it's been pretty good. ;)

bukwld Apr 19th 2016 10:04 PM

Something that I always liked watching growing up. Then when my friend got one, I had to get one. Since then I've been hooked.

liberpolly Apr 20th 2016 12:26 AM

It's the closest to flying I've ever got. And I don't mean airplanes.

FeralRdr Apr 20th 2016 06:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Naza (Post 13249)
Because of this guy.
https://9dv1rw-sn3302.files.1drv.com...&cropmode=none

This guy.
https://apxbqw-sn3302.files.1drv.com...&cropmode=none

And this guy.
https://kfcd6g-sn3302.files.1drv.com...&cropmode=none


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.

Cheers!

Naza

You forgot Jon and Ponch,... but being as how you capped the post off with Steve, we'll let it slide. :rolleyes:

galenernest Apr 20th 2016 06:25 AM

I was seven years old. I got off of my bicycle and onto my best friend's Honda CR 60. He briefly told me how to use the clutch and the throttle. Twisting the throttle to go fast was just so much easier than pedaling. I remember thinking "I should have had this sooner."

Naza Apr 20th 2016 06:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by FeralRdr (Post 13331)
You forgot Jon and Ponch,... but being as how you capped the post off with Steve, we'll let it slide. :rolleyes:

Ya know, my uncle was a San Mateo, CA moto cop and I remember riding with him on the back of his Goldwing. So another notch on why I moto.

Good call on Jon and Ponch.

DGA Apr 20th 2016 07:08 AM

God damn do I love horsepower...

That One Guy Apr 20th 2016 06:13 PM

I just took note of the collars on E.K.'s track suit. Awesome! :devil:

Greasemonkey Apr 20th 2016 06:27 PM

That's like asking what made you love sex! Riding is as much a part of me as walking, I just have to. I do really love going fast too, bikes are by far the cheapest way to do that!


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Pavement Tested Apr 20th 2016 07:20 PM

I have no idea. I don't actually know where I got my love of anything with wheels and an engine but I am an enormous motor head. Cars, trucks, bikes, if it has an engine I'm probably a fan and will try to come up with ways to make it bigger, faster and louder. My Dad is the type of person who treats cars as a mode of transportation and that's it. He buys a good used car, drives it until it won't drive anymore doing the absolute minimum maintenance required along the way, sells the pile of used parts to a wrecking yard, then repeats the cycle. In fact, he currently has 2 cars, one with ~250K miles on it and the other with just over 300K miles on it. They're Toyotas so they'll probably never die and he will never buy another car again. He's fine with that.

All I know is I always loved riding my bicycle when I was a kid. Blasting through the woods or trying to out run cars where I lived. I'd be out riding my bike with friends from sun up to sun down. One of Mom's rules of the house was "If you live under my roof, you can't have a motorcycle". That went for Dad too. Something she got from her Mom cuz somebody, about a million years ago got hurt doing something stupid on a motorcycle. That was that which meant I couldn't even get a dirt bike.

I joined the military right out of high school and made the somewhat sensible choice to buy a truck for transportation since my car from high school died about 3 months into my career. E-2's and E-3's don't get paid very much and about 80% of my paychecks went to my truck, either paying the note on it or the insurance for it. All the while I had dreams of getting a bike and riding around looking cool, picking up chicks and just being a badass in general like Maverick in Top Gun. After I reenlisted for the first time and got my bonus, I paid off my truck. Not having that payment anymore meant I could go down to the motorcycle dealership and finance my first bike. So that's what I did. Since then I have not been without at least 1 bike of some kind. I went about 2 years without a street bike and my ex wife once said one of the reasons we got divorced was because I didn't have a bike during that time. I politely disagreed, but that's another story for another camp fire.

curve addict Apr 20th 2016 07:45 PM

I hate motorcycles, and tires! I get a big giggle every time I think about how quickly I'm wearing them out. To paraphrase Rippn', Bwahahahahahahahahah!

;)

SlimBeatty Apr 20th 2016 08:14 PM

Bicycles and jumps, wanted a dirt bike but the parents would not allow that in their house :furious: Got my endorsement at 19 and..........:D

cool1442 Apr 20th 2016 08:24 PM

When I was a freshman football player I needed a ride and a Senior told me to crawl on the back of his Yamaha 305 Big Bear, partly to impress me and partly to scare me. Both occurred Big two stroke twin, vibration, smoke, and soooooo fast. That one ride, hooked for life

Calamari Apr 21st 2016 06:05 AM

As stupid as it sounds, a friend posted a picture of himself on facebook with a new motorcycle and I thought "That looks fun.". Rode nothing but a motorcycle for the next, 4 years? At first I'd try to justify riding for the MPG, but after a few tire/chain replacements i realized it was a wash. Stayed around for the thrill and wheelies I guess, and community.

Slygrin Apr 21st 2016 07:34 AM

About '79 or '80, a friend owed me some money and gave me a '78 Yamaha XS650 as payment. I've been hooked ever since.

Greasemonkey Apr 21st 2016 09:53 AM

Oh yeah, wheelies and stoppies.. Can't beat one wheel on the ground!


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