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Old 11-27-2012, 11:57 AM   #21
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I Ride: 96 CBR 900 RR
I wanted a dirt bike when I was 15, mom would not let me buy my own. When I turned 19, I went out a got a 83 gpz550 after taking the Washington safety course. Now I'm on my third bike. I have a passion for riding.

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Old 11-27-2012, 12:10 PM   #22
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From: Ne Portland/Vancouver

I Ride: 2005 ninja 636 2006 drz400sm
Rode dirt quads bikes and snow mobiles aways liked bikes, then moved her from Illinois when i was 13 my grandpa brought me out to pir to volunteer for omrra racing and i was hooked. Been volunteering ever since then, for my love of bikes. And family since my grandpa still volunteers (longest running volunteer 35+ years) his brother and my aunt! Il be out there turn 1 next year!

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Old 11-27-2012, 12:23 PM   #23
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From: Port Orchard, WA

I Ride: 2007 Moto Guzzi Norge, 1988 H-D (Project) Electra-Glide
The first time I ran my (pre sting ray) 26" wheeled bicycle down a hill (at what seemed to be mach 3) and realized that I would have to pedal my butt back up to be able to get going that fast again unless I added a motor. After that it was mooched rides, borrowed bikes, and lots of jonesing until I was out on my own and had enough money to buy a very used KZ 400, and I haven't looked back for over three decades.

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Old 11-27-2012, 12:33 PM   #24
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Joined: Oct 2006
From: Vanquiver, WA
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I Ride: RD400F Daytonut
First ride on a Yamaha DT175.

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Old 11-27-2012, 01:38 PM   #25
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From: Portland, OR

I Ride: 08 GSXR 600, 02 GSXR 750, 08 250 Racebike, 02 E46
my herpes make me itch about every 3 weeks.

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Old 11-27-2012, 02:03 PM   #26
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From: Rock Creek/North Hillsboro

I Ride: 2008 VERY green Ninja 250
I totally had the Evil Knievel action figure and motorcycle with the rhand cranked revv up launcher thing! I will always remember watching hium jump the 14 Greyhound buses on ABC's Wide World of Sports.

As for what got me inspired to ride was 7 years of competative bicycle racing. I just had to go faster on two wheels!! The amazing motorcyling sequences in "Mad Max" were pretty inspirational.

Also my wife at the time subscribed me to "Cycle World" magazine fpr a christmas gift thinking it was for bicycles. That was a great years worth of toilet reading let me tell you and main impetus in my adult life as to why I wanted to ride.



“ Quote:
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Getting Evil Knievels autograph with my grandmother when I was a child. Then learning who he was. It had to be around 1983, just before I started kindergarten. Then I got a ripcord motorcycle toy of his that did wheelies, and my imagination kept me happy for years.

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Old 11-27-2012, 02:17 PM   #27
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From: Vancouver, WA

I Ride: ... , '81 Yamaha XS400, 1987 Yamaha FZR1000,...
I was forbidden from riding motorcycles when growing up. I joined the Army at age 19 and after I got out of basic training; I picked up a weathered and battered AHA (that's all the letters it had left on it) 350 for $200. I rode it until the tires were bald and threadbare, then sold it for $200.
That was the summer of 1984. I have been riding ever since.





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Old 11-27-2012, 02:28 PM   #28
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From: Renton, WA

I Ride: 05 KTM450SMR, 04 YZF250 and one bad ass Truck hehe
That's easy. Both my parents rode and raced motorcycles, my dad raced flat track, desert and motox and my mother raced desert and motox back in the 60's and 70's and they started me out when I was 6 on a Taco mini bike and have been riding ever since

And yes I passed this down to my kids and grand-kids as well

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Old 11-27-2012, 02:32 PM   #29
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Joined: Mar 2007
From: Monroe-mish, WA
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I Ride: 07 YZ450F, 74 XL350

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Old 11-27-2012, 02:55 PM   #30
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Joined: Mar 2010
From: Bainbridge Island, WA

I Ride: 2001 BLUE Ducati ST4
KewlEST Christmas Present EVER - At age 11, a 1970 MetalFlake GREEN Honda CT70 !! WooHoo!!
Moved through different dirt bikes until College - then to a race prepped Honda 500-four!!
Great commuter - 80 MPH at 50 MPG - Fast forward 20 years w/o a bike and now back in the Mix with an OLD Italian...
The rest they say is....

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Old 11-27-2012, 03:36 PM   #31
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Joined: Aug 2005
From: Vanquivering with Kevin in WA.

I Ride: Kawasaki Z1000; Yamaha RZ350 (2); Yamaha RD400 (2); Yamaha RD350 (2); Yamaha RD125; Yamaha RD60; Kawasaki '72 G5-100; '66 Suzuki X-6 Hustler FINALLY!!
My Mom had a well-off friend we were visiting in Chicago while on vacation.
Apparently they'd recently bought their son a new Honda..of course I didn't know what it was then; I remembered what the tank badge looked like.

I was 7 and he (the son) asked if anyone wanted to take a ride on the back. I didn't know motorcycles from legos and didn't care, but it sounded interesting. Amazingly my parents let him.

I came back from that ride about half-terrified, but even more thrilled. I mean thrilled to the core. From that day on, I wanted my own, and didn't want to ride on the back, ever.

Back then (1965) the only mini bikes were the primitive rigid tube-framed, lawn mower engine affairs in the Sears catalog. I didn't care; they were my size and I drooled over 'em! I would literally spend hours staring at the pages in the catalog. It took several years for me to understand a couple of things: first, my parents couldn't afford such an extravagent gift for one of three children; second, even if they could, they wouldn't out of pure principal. I would have to earn it myself.

It took four solid years of saving nearly every dollar of babysitting and lawn mowing money before I could afford to buy my new Kawasaki G5 100 at age 15, and then I never looked back. No one else in my family rode or had the interest.

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Old 11-27-2012, 06:03 PM   #32
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From: Portland,OR

I Ride: 06 Triumph Sprint ST & 1979 HD Lowrider
Let's see, 1968 and 10 years old. The guy at the end of the street had a Norton that sounded fantastic, then my Dad bought a brand new Suzuki 250 Hustler which I thought was the fastest thing ever.
I couldn't stop asking my Dad for a dirt bike, and I guess I finally wore him down because soon enough we had a used 1971 Yamaha Enduro which I imediately stripped of all the non-essentials. Back then you could ride your dirt bikes almost anywhere in Oregon and Washington and we did.
When On Any Sunday came out in 71' all I wanted to do was race MOTORCYCLES and find my limits. I've been living the dream ever since. Motorcycles are my asprin and drug of choice. They make a bad day better, and a good day great.

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Old 11-27-2012, 06:47 PM   #33
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From: Bremerton, WA
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I Ride: CBR250R, F800R
About an hour into my first ride to Neah Bay as a passenger, I realized that my cheeks were sore from smiling non-stop. Riding as a passenger was one of the purest joys I've ever experienced.

I said I was going to learn to ride my own when I was 40 but couldn't wait. Took the course when I was 38. Needed a new goal for 40 so I did my first track day. Gotta keep learning and growing, right?

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Old 11-27-2012, 09:21 PM   #34
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I Ride: 2001 BLUE Ducati ST4
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About an hour into my first ride to Neah Bay as a passenger, I realized that my cheeks were sore from smiling non-stop. Riding as a passenger was one of the purest joys I've ever experienced.

I said I was going to learn to ride my own when I was 40 but couldn't wait. Took the course when I was 38. Needed a new goal for 40 so I did my first track day. Gotta keep learning and growing, right?
You ROCK Girl...
A Rider for sure!!
Still waiting to MEET you!! This upcoming season...

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Old 11-27-2012, 10:37 PM   #35
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From: Portland, Oregon
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I Ride: '06 FZ1, '99 R1, '80 Suz GS450S
Maybe in fourth grade, a friend got an 80cc Yamaha dualsport. It was a real motorcycle, with a clutch and multiple gears. We took it out to nearby fields and watched grown up kids riding 175 and 250 dualsports and my mind was permanently blown. There was nothing on this earth as badass as those teenagers climbing up hills and jumping over the top nearly as high as we stood.

Within a few years, I'd saved enough to get my own used TS 185 Suzuki dualsport.

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Old 11-27-2012, 10:46 PM   #36
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From: Kennewick Wa

I Ride: Because all the cool kids do!
My Dad bought a Yamaguchi 50 in the 60's. He would take for rides, after making sure I had my knitted stocking cap on to keep from getting cold. I was so flipping pissed every time he rode without me!

When I was about 9 or so he let me ride her by myself! Between the two of us we rode the piss out her! We even had a bear ride it once. No shit!

Ma and PA bought me a Suzuki 90 when I was 13 to ride back and forth to my Summer job changing hand lines. Talk about a character building job. The only reason I ever showed up to work was because I could ride my 90. Cops turned a blind eye for the most part. He would chase us until we got to the sand dunes, then yell at us that he was going to haul us to "Juvi" in Walla Walla when he caught us. Scared us shitless until the next day, then right back at it. We had an unspoken deal, He would chase us, we would run, he let us escape, repeat tomorrow!

My buddies and I spent endless days in the dunes between Burbank Heights and Ice Harbor Dam. Frank would let us run the locks to pass barges past the dam. Fun stuff!

Most of my best memories involve 2 wheels. Every time I ride, especially on trips, a huge potential exists to create new memories and experiences. open yourself to new experiences, listen to locals, say yes to opportunities, and when it comes time to put the bike away for good, you can look back and say "Yep it was all worth it!"

Lord, I need to lay off the Gentleman Jack!

Dusty

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Old 11-28-2012, 10:40 PM   #37
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From: Beaverton, OR

I Ride: Fijian Style...
I became a superhero in my mind after I put that helmet on decades ago....I still do today....

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Old 11-28-2012, 11:26 PM   #38
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From: Oak Grove, Oregon

I Ride: for fun!...and for friends who are no longer with us.
I think it was watching a guy in my neighborhood ride loooooooooong wheelies up/down the street on his dirtbike that did it for me. I wanted to be him, so I started practicing on my Schwinn Pixie .


When I was in the sixth grade, my dad bought a pair of Honda XL80's(I won't bore everyone on why he bought them...it's a long story). The one intended for my mom didn't get used for it's intended purpose so I helped myself to it. Our neighbor had a large lot and allowed me to ride over there. When dad sold the XL's, I had to wait until I turned eighteen to buy my own motorcycles.

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Old 11-28-2012, 11:32 PM   #39
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From: Beaverton

I Ride: Harley FLHTCU
Well, in my case right down the street from my house was a Indy Harley/Chopper shop. I hung out there as ofter as I could, and they were very cool about letting a 6 year old hang there, sit on the bike and so on.
Much to my E-ROOM NURSE MOTHER'S horror.

I got my first bike at age 7, a Honda Mini trail 50 brand new with all the light and all.

That was a long time ago, and I am still riding a blue bike.

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Old 11-30-2012, 07:10 AM   #40
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I Ride: Street: Ninja 650R
Thanks for sharing all your awesome stories. Hope to hear more! Peace Wave! Chris.

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