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Apr 20th 2016, 08:08 AM   #31
 DGA's Avatar
  Jan 2016

  An Ape and a Husky
God damn do I love horsepower...
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Apr 20th 2016, 07:13 PM   #32
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  Jan 2016

I just took note of the collars on E.K.'s track suit. Awesome!
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Apr 20th 2016, 07:27 PM   #33
  Apr 2016
  Poulsbo, The dry side

  2012 WR250R
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!

Designated asshole
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Apr 20th 2016, 08:20 PM   #34
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  Jan 2016

  '08 GSX1300R, '06 GSX-R 750, '16 KTM 690 Duke, '07 XR650L
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.
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Apr 20th 2016, 08:45 PM   #35
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  Apr 2016
  Des Moines, WA

  ...1987 Yamaha FZR1000...
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!

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Apr 20th 2016, 09:14 PM   #36
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  Jan 2016
  Beaverton, OR

  08 FZ1
Bicycles and jumps, wanted a dirt bike but the parents would not allow that in their house Got my endorsement at 19 and..........
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Apr 20th 2016, 09:24 PM   #37
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  Mar 2016
  North of CDA

  KTM 950 Super Enduro, Honda XR 650R
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
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Apr 21st 2016, 07:05 AM   #38
  Jan 2016
  Olympia, WA

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.
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Apr 21st 2016, 08:34 AM   #39
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  Jan 2016
  Moses Lake, WA

  '06 Moto Guzzi Breva 1100 & '12 Honda Goldwing
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.
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Apr 21st 2016, 10:53 AM   #40
  Apr 2016
  Poulsbo, The dry side

  2012 WR250R
Oh yeah, wheelies and stoppies.. Can't beat one wheel on the ground!

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Apr 25th 2016, 03:14 PM   #41
  Apr 2016

  2007 FJR1300A
Originally Posted by Calamari
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.
I thought about the whole "saving money on gas" argument and it really is a joke because I never used to just jump in the car and explore for hours. However, commuting to Seattle saves quite a bit because I can get there and back on about $12 compared to $30 in my car.
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Dec 11th 2019, 08:44 AM   #42
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  Dec 2019
  Salem OR

It's hard to explain the feeling that connects me to motorcycle riding: so much in one experience. I can have a bad day at work, get on my bike and within minutes that day is done and it's a new day. It's freedom, it's fun, it's fast, it's adrenaline, it's applying skill and experience to the demands the road brings you. While doing this you are out in nature and closer to it because you ride. Riding has taken me on roads I would have never discovered otherwise. The freedom is unmatched in my experience and for all these reasons I ride.
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Dec 11th 2019, 09:07 AM   #43
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  Jan 2016
  Woodland, WA

I suspect there is a genetic component to why we ride; sort of like the propensity for any kind of addiction.

I can remember an incident when I was a teenager living in St. Louis when hwy 66 was still the transcontinental highway. It came near my house, and one night I was gassing up my mom's car I had borrowed and and two guys came in riding two-up on a motorcycle. It had California plates and I thought how cool that was, to ride a motorcycle all the way from California. Even though I knew nothing about motorcycles, it made such a vivid impression on me that I think now that the bike was a Harley Sportster.

The first motorcycle I bought, when I was in college, was an old Sportster, and it was my first and last Harley.
Dec 11th 2019, 12:03 PM   #44
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  Jan 2016

Revived thread!
I started with bicycles, a home made mini bike made out of a bicycle frame, then a motorcycle at 12. Motorcycles have always been my 'freedom machines'. They always center and relax me. I don't have to ride long or fast or hard to achieve that 'place'. It pretty much happens the second my feet lift off the ground and just gets better and better. I get grumpy if I go without for any length of time. Wife will say "Don't you need to go for a ride or something?".
I have always enjoyed riding in the rain and sometimes start grinning and smiling or laughing at the start of a 'rain ride'. Not sure why...
Dec 11th 2019, 02:39 PM   #45
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2019 Nada
cuz i feel like superman when im scooching along quickly, carving curves, slipping between the proles in their Jetta's, dressed in my superhero uniform.

"I am ATGATT, Super Rash Fighter."

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