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Author:  BasicCAFE883 [ Fri Aug 12, 2016 10:45 am ]
Post subject:  Tell us an early influence, memory - why you want to ride

I'll start.

EZ rider poster in my room. Pre-teen.

The guys just seem to be so cool. And free.
Having fun.

Sound of the motors.

Bad boy image.

Few times on the back. Seemed like a good idea. But scary. :icon_cheesygrin:

Author:  BasicCAFE883 [ Fri Aug 12, 2016 11:00 am ]
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That Vrooom bike by Mattel in late 60's might've started it all... :icon_toocool:

Author:  roadking [ Sun Aug 14, 2016 11:39 am ]
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As a kid there were many influences that made me ride bikes. My first bike was a beach cruiser, I used to tie the dog leash on the handle bars and let the dog pull me - my first powered ride was 1 dog power...
My parents had friends with older children, one had an Electra Glide, I loved that bike, I was about 6 years old.
Growing up my friends in the neighborhood went to summer camp, I was alone and bored... for the first day... My best friend became my Schwinn Stingray that summer and summers after. I used to imaging racing Watkins glen as I'd zoom around the block on that bike.
Then came bronson, in '68, I was 8 and immediately started to wear my wool cap like he did. Dreaming of riding in the sun on that long lonely highway.
As I got older, motors and motor sports were always on my mind. I have an older brother that had a couple motorbikes and I got first hand experience with them. I started to buy and sell minibikes and get hands on experience of bikes with motors and my love for them grew. I was pre-teens.
I got a Honda mini 50cc with the auto 3 speed at 15 and learned how to wheelie it. I used to sneak off to the motorcycle shops when I was 16 to look at the bikes there.
BTW, I also had an Easy Rider poster in my bedroom growing up. Although I never saw the movie until years later.
At 18 a drunk driver ran a stop sign and hit me in an intersection breaking my back and putting me in a body brace for months during my senior year in high school. After that my father forbid me to be on a motorcycle ever again. I used to ride friends bikes with out him knowing. I rode every chance I got. On anything with a motor.
For over a decade I focused on work and making a future for myself. By my mid thirties, I decided that it was time for me to get what I had always wanted... an Electra Glide. I got the closest thing to it: A brand new 1994 Road King - the bike I still ride some 22 years now.
I still ride anything I can just to have different experiences but my RK is still my favorite and she's still one of my best friends, right after my dog.

Author:  bikerod [ Mon Aug 15, 2016 6:24 am ]
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My best mate lobster nicked his dad's bike when we were in our teens and took me for a ride,that did it for me,I was converted,been riding ever since.put it back safely and his dad never knew.(I think).lobster died some years later in a bike accident!

Author:  BasicCAFE883 [ Tue Aug 16, 2016 1:52 pm ]
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roadking wrote:
As I got older, motors and motor sports were always on my mind. I have an older brother that had a couple motorbikes and I got first hand experience with them. I started to buy and sell minibikes and get hands on experience of bikes with motors and my love for them grew. I was pre-teens.

I got a Honda mini 50cc with the auto 3 speed at 15 and learned how to wheelie it. I used to sneak off to the motorcycle shops when I was 16 to look at the bikes there.

BTW, I also had an Easy Rider poster in my bedroom growing up. .


I used to open the "Sears catalog" to the minibikes page-
and leave it on the coffee table for mom and dad to see-
every year before Christmas.
But it never worked. :icon_laughing:
I wanted one of those sooooooo bad.

Author:  lenny82 [ Wed Aug 17, 2016 3:37 pm ]
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BasicCAFE883 wrote:
I used to open the "Sears catalog" to the minibikes page-
and leave it on the coffee table for mom and dad to see-
every year before Christmas.
But it never worked. :icon_laughing:
I wanted one of those sooooooo bad.




All my friends had Honda 750's back then. As for the Sears catalog that was quite a book, I remember they were called "Rupp" minibikes. Always had to go thru the 50 pages of toys and they came the mini bikes. My first was a hodaka mini bike with a motorcycle 5 speed motor. Picture of a 69 Rupp roadster my dream bike when I was a kid and the Hodaka.

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Although this one was not my bike I had one just like it! Hodaka 100cc motor.
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Author:  roadking [ Fri Aug 19, 2016 11:18 am ]
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I found a pic of the honda 50, not mine but identical to the one I bought, fixed and then sold at a profit. I had planned on getting a Honda Sabre but never did.

As for the Sears & Montgomery Ward Catalogs, wow - as a kid - better than the internet. What dreams those books created in my young mind. I remember looking at them - then going out to deliver papers in the freezing cold. Kept me always driving forward to get some cool stuff that I never got... I'm making up for it now with my second childhood. :icon_winking:

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Author:  badinfluence63 [ Sat Aug 20, 2016 10:37 pm ]
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My mother and father were both active in motorcycle racing n the gypsy tour in the 60's. He rode Ducati. Mother had Harley hummer and moto Marini. I learned to ride on her moto morini.

Author:  BasicCAFE883 [ Fri Aug 26, 2016 12:55 pm ]
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You KNOW you wanted one of these if you
grew up in 60's or 70's

Author:  lenny82 [ Fri Aug 26, 2016 2:43 pm ]
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BasicCAFE883 wrote:
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You KNOW you wanted one of these if you
grew up in 60's or 70's


For sure!!!!

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