I used to follow WSBK but haven't done for some time now. I was having a look at the website the other day to see whose riding these days and I remembered Carl Fogarty and his retirement due to injury in 2000.
Then the thought came to me, that was the year after I first started riding. From that I remembered following Foggy as a youngling and zipping around on a red Raleigh bicycle I used to have, pretending i was the egotistical maniac/biker god (depends on individual point of view) that I idolised.
So thats where my interest started, what about the rest of you?
1999-2000: Aprilia RS 50, 2000-2000: Suzuki TS 50, 2001-2002: Kawasaki KMX 200, 2002-2006: Yamaha Virago 250, 2007-2009: Yamaha Virago XV 535, 2009-2012: Suzuki GZ 250 Marauder, 2012-present: Kawasaki ZZR 600
______________________________ "Green is better, I need green!" ~ Max my 2 year old
Location: rm. 187,psych ward,southern maine '07 ZX14R, '95 ZX7
When I was very little, my next door neighbor always had his drinking buddies hanging around every weekend. I would sneak over to see a big, red motorcycle that was always there. One day, one of the drunks sat me on the seat and started that thing. this was around 1960, I think. I never forgot it.
Later on when I was 12, my cousin in northern Maine had a 250 Yamaha dirtbike that we used to ride around the fields at his house. One day he said he was going to the next town over to get some gas. It was about 15 miles on the asphalt to get there, 30 miles round trip. When he got back he asked me if I wanted to take the ride, I couldn't wait. When I got back, I was hooked for life.
Originally Posted by dwillits
a beer-drinking, pot smoking, naked bike trashing hillbilly like you has an iPOD Touch ??--cobra
Originally Posted by Barry Soetoro
"Blah blah my bike is faster than yours around a technical track". Yawn. Well I on my feet can beat your small bike in a race of 100 laps around my couch
August of 2011. Just one day I thought, "Fuck it, I want a motorcycle." My parents bitched and whined about me wanting one. On Tuesday, August 27th, I went and looked at the dealer. I didn't have enough credit history to finance one, so I needed a parent to co-sign. Friday, the 26th, I came home with my permit and my cash deposit; I wanted to go buy it the next day. My mom talked to my uncle who rides; he told her about the MSF course. The only way my parents would co-sign for me would be if I took the course.
I signed up for the course at 11PM that night, took the course the next two days and passed. On Monday, I went to the MVC, got my license, and bought my 250R that night.
I think riding a motorcycle gives me as much, if not more satisfaction than flying.
Since forever. Rode with my dad since I could hold on. Had a pw80 before kindergarden and the an xr100 after that. Went a few years without a bike but got my license for street at 17. So I have always been interested.
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When I was like 4 years old, if not before. Remember seeing people riding green ninjas in the early 90s and always saying that I wanted a ninja. Don't remember any other bikes other than Kawis, I think the green did it, the rest probably just blended in too much. Years went by and when I was 19 got my first bike
Originally Posted by FightingFalcon
All I'm saying is that our trannys are designed to handle the load (yea, I just said that)
I had a bike 30 years ago (no helmet, no gear, no training) had it for less than a year, and luckily never went down. Since then I've been happy with muscle cars all these years, but a few years ago I got into MotoGP, then World Superbike and AMA Superbike, so I decided it was time to get my second bike, 2013 Ninja, and I couldn't be happier