If it is on two wheels... I love it!
Motorcycling has been a way of life in my family for the past four generations. My grandfather Ted began riding in the 60's on a 125cc Harley Davidson. Over the years he rode many bikes and at one point he was a motor cop for the the State of Utah. His last bike was a 1978 Honda CX500 which he rode until the late 80's before handing it down to my father before it was handed down to me, making it my first on-road motorcycle.
My Father has ridden motorcycles since he was old enough to hold on an balance. Over the years he has ridden / owned a Honda 350, 1979 Kawasaki KZ1000, 1978 Honda CX500, Suzuki GS 1100, Goldwings of all sizes including 1100, 1200, and 1500. Today he rides a dark blue 1998 GL1500.
My motorcycling began the day my father picked up his first ever brand new bike... the 1979 KZ1000. I still remember to this day picking out my ORANGE Bell full face helmet, being set in dads lap for the ride home from the dealership. At the age of 4 I was hooked for life! For the first year or two I rode up in front between dad and the tank. Eventually, I graduated to the back seat where I sought comfort in a pair of belt loops as my grab handles.
In 5th grade, my neighbor Guy Sherwood brought home a Honda CR80. For months I pestered Guy until he finally gave in. I rode that poor bike in first gear for hours on end, taching it out as I roared up and down the street. Later that day his girfriend came out and taught me how to shift. The day went well until I decided to flip a U-turn into the front grill of his truck! Oops. I continued to ride that bike for years.
My freshman year of high school, my buddy had a Yamaha YZ250 sitting in his backyard rotting away. I took it home, cleaned the carb, patched a hole in the gas tank, replaced the spark plugs, and changed the oil. Presto! The bike fired right up! I rode that YZ250 for three years.
At the age of 15, I was jonesing to ride on the street. After much harassment, my father rolled the CX 500 (yes same one!) into the street and said, "If you can pick it up - you can ride it." Come to learn later, that this was said only because he KNEW I would not be able to lift the beast.
Determined, I grunted and groaned... but was finally able to right the bike! Feeling victorious, I jumped up and down awaiting the key! Only until dad walked over to push the bike over on the other side! My draw hit the street! "That is not fair!" I exclaimed! I was then reasoned with ... and was told the bike could fall on either side. It was tough, but to my parents astonishment I was able to right the bike and had earned the right to learn how to ride on the street.
At 15 I got my motorcycle permit, at 16 my M1 motorcycle license, and I have been on 2 wheels since.
I have been riding for over 20 years and enjoy all genres of motorcycling. Over the years I have owned the following bikes: 1978 Honda CX 500, 1983 Suzuki GS1100L, 1988 Honda Shadow VT1100C, 2004 Yamaha FJR 1300tc, 2003 Kawasaki ZX12r, 1984 Honda Magna V45, 2003 Honda VFR 800Fi, and 2002 Suzuki DRZ400.
Currently in my garage you will find Cruising, Touring, Sport, Dirt, and Enduro motorcycles. Love em all! These bikes are all ridden often and are loved for the specific purposes they serve. They are as follows: 2003 Honda VTX 1300S, 2007 KTM 450 exc, 2007 Viva 200, 2006 Honda Goldwing GL1800, 2008 BMW 1200GS Adventure, and a 2009 KTM 950se Super Enduro.
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