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post #1 of 21 Old 02-22-2014, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
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Why do you ride?

Wanted to start a thread about why you started riding a motorcycle and then why you still have one today. Might be a cool thread to hear some stories.

I got my first bike when I was still going to college as a way to save gas. That was back in 2007-2008 when gas prices were first starting to skyrocket to $4 a gallon and above. My motorcycle got over twice the gas mileage my car did at the time and the money I was saving in gas taking it to school about 15-20 miles a day more than covered my loan payment for it. That's where it all started for me, was simply a poor college student using a motorcycle as a commuter to save money. Now on my 4th bike, I have fallen in love with the sport and would much rather be on two wheels. In Wisconsin I ride about 8 months out of the year, which is considered a die hard rider around here. As long as the roads are clear of ice and snow, I ride. The coldest I've riden in has probably been 15-20 degrees, that's where I draw the line. For me motorcycle riding is a release, a "me time" so to speak. It's just me, the machine and the road. I'll always have at least one bike until the day I die.
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post #2 of 21 Old 02-22-2014, 08:36 PM
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I started riding as a kid after my neighbors acquired an old no-suspension, Briggs and Stratton-powered "mini bike" and I rode it. My Dad saw I really liked it and was good enough to find me a 50cc Honda Mini-Trail somewhere and with a little work got it running so I could ride it around in our yard and pasture. I lived on that thing and progressed on from there.

I've read all the motorcycling philosophies and quotes about riding and despite all the grandiose elocutions available, I think "Because it's a hell of a lot of fun" sums it up the best.......



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post #3 of 21 Old 02-23-2014, 12:31 AM
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I lusted after motorcycles from a very young age, grew up around them, rode a lot of little Hondas. Bought what I could afford as soon as I could afford it. Then sold it and moved up. From mopeds to MCs with a lot of diversions along the way.

If you'd asked me before Darin (SLO-KLR) died, I'd have had a bunch of good reasons for you. Currently, I think I ride because I don't know how to stop. And it's fun when I'm not thinking about the potential consequences.

Sorry for the bummer. I've been sitting here trying to decide whether to post it or not. I think I will, you asked. It also probably had a lot to do with the reason I started smoking cigarettes when I was 13. My Mom told me not to.




"In a car you're always in a compartment, and because you're used to it you don't realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV." R. Pirsig

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I lusted after motorcycles from a very young age, grew up around them, rode a lot of little Hondas. Bought what I could afford as soon as I could afford it. Then sold it and moved up. From mopeds to MCs with a lot of diversions along the way.

If you'd asked me before Darin (SLO-KLR) died, I'd have had a bunch of good reasons for you. Currently, I think I ride because I don't know how to stop. And it's fun when I'm not thinking about the potential consequences.

Sorry for the bummer. I've been sitting here trying to decide whether to post it or not. I think I will, you asked. It also probably had a lot to do with the reason I started smoking cigarettes when I was 13. My Mom told me not to.

I think the saying that momma knows best, goes by the wayside when she tells you to not ride a motorcycle.
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Because it's the closest thing to flying while remaining earthbound.

I'd fly if I could afford it. When my brother in law got his pilot's licence we'd split the cost to rent a Piper Cub and go out for a few hours.....just an amazing sense of freedom that outweighs the risk.

Gray-haired riders donít get that way from pure luck.

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Because it's the closest thing to flying while remaining earthbound.

I'd fly if I could afford it. When my brother in law got his pilot's licence we'd split the cost to rent a Piper Cub and go out for a few hours.....just an amazing sense of freedom that outweighs the risk.
That's a good call. I legitimately wanted to be a bird when I was a kid. My Dad and both grandfathers were pilots. I've wanted to fly my whole life.




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I have two older brothers. Started riding minibikes at about 10 years of age, after my brother "found" a Briggs & Stratton resembling our neighbors missing lawn mower engine.
First MC was a Yamaha Twin Jet 100(used-a1967 I think)cost $150.00. In high school my dad's friend rode a Norton:it was BIG/black/Loud/Beautiful!!!!
After college&grad school I married and had four kids.....I hardly rode for years(responsible father)
Bought a 650 Maxim used....loved it. The bug bit hard. Benelli,BMW,Triumph,KLR,V-Stroms.
Why ride now? I find the focus required to ride well something unlike any other activity. Riding is an activity that invites the rider to become increasingly more proficient;I am always learning something new and better!!
Finally, the friendships that I have developed among other riders is a gift--I could call a riding buddy 24/7 and they would ask how they could help!
Hope this answers the questions.

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Why I Ride,
It's escape. Escape from the routine, the mundane everyday grind.
It's exhilaration. The exhilaration of riding along some remote mountain road solo, in the rain, with a permagrin pasted on my face, giggling like a girl while slogging through 4 inches of mud.
It"s freedom. The freedom to choose the direction at the next turn of the road. The freedom to be the master of my own destiny.
It's peace. The peace found on the open road or the wide open landscape of the desert and plains.
It's a feeling of accomplishment. The feeling earned when the challenge has been accepted and completed. The bike build, the planning and saving, the unexpected on the trail.
It's comradeship. The comradeship found in shared struggles and hardship. The comradeship of beer shared over a campfire at the end of a good day's ride.
It's community. The community of the people of this forum.
Regards....justjeff

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Justjeff said it so well. I agree with him! I think he nailed each important aspect with clarity and insight. Interestingly, two of the responses to this thread so far, are from guys I still haven't met in person, but I would not hesitate to call them friends. I believe the feeling is mutual, the thing that brings us together??..we are fellow riders!!Need I say more?

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Brotherhood is definitely a huge part of it. I've only ever met a few bikers I didn't like.




"In a car you're always in a compartment, and because you're used to it you don't realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV." R. Pirsig

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Soon, we ride.

AKA JD Mader or you can call me "Dan" just not early for dinner.

Click my handle for a link to my homepage/blog...which has nothing to do with MCs. Free literature and music! Viva La Revolucion!
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