When Did You Get the Itch

At what age did you start riding?

14-16
47
30%
17-18
16
10%
19-20
13
8%
21-25
27
17%
26-30
16
10%
31-35
14
9%
36-40
7
4%
41-45
12
8%
46-50
2
1%
51-55
2
1%
56-60
1
1%
61-65
0
No votes
66-70
0
No votes
 
Total votes: 157

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When Did You Get the Itch

#1 Unread post by TKDean » Wed May 23, 2007 5:09 am

How old were you when you first started ridding?

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#2 Unread post by Johnj » Wed May 23, 2007 5:22 am

I was 21 when I bought my first street bike.
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#3 Unread post by Duane » Wed May 23, 2007 11:38 am

I got my first dirt bike when I was 11. I stopped riding after I wrecked and couldn't afford to fix my bike when I was 16. I've always had the bug but it wasn't until last summer that I started doing something about it.
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#4 Unread post by storysunfolding » Wed May 23, 2007 12:41 pm

I got my first street bike at 16, but I've been riding in the dirt for a decade before that... crazy having a decade of experience with anything at 16.
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#6 Unread post by JCS » Wed May 23, 2007 1:25 pm

Agreed, the poll doesn't go low enough. I think I was about 7 or 8 when I first started.
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#7 Unread post by BugZ » Wed May 23, 2007 10:06 pm

I started riding at age 16. I owned a motorcyle before I owned a car. I rode my little Suzuki 185 everywhere all through my high school years. I remember out on the freeway with that little bike throttled wide open and too young and dumb to realize that I had no business out on the freeway on that small of a bike. Those were the days. When I first got married, I bought a Yamaha XT 500 which was my main means of transportation for years. I would ride it to work in the middle of Jan in Utah. I worked night shift and one particularly cold morning when I came out of work and hopped on the bike to ride it home, it was so cold that my seat cracked in about 5 places. After I sold the Yamaha, I gave up riding for over 25 years before I recently got the urge to go bike looking again. My latest choice is the Suzuki M50. I really love the look and feel of that one. I am excited to get a new bike but for now I'm having a great time looking.
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#8 Unread post by cherokeepati » Fri May 25, 2007 8:14 pm

Took the MSF course at 50 years young. I started commuting to work in mid June of last year. That was two bikes and 10,500 miles ago! :shock: Time flies when you're having fun!! :laughing:
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#9 Unread post by t_bonee » Sat May 26, 2007 7:26 am

Well it all started one night when I was drunk. I went home with this lady type that I wouldn't normally go home with. A week or so later is when it started to ....

Ohhhh! You mean the motorcycle riding itch. I got the itch when I was young but didn't start riding until I was 33.
A dog had his chain reduced one link at a time, every few days, until his chain was so short he could barely move. He never resisted because he was conditioned to the loss of his freedom slowly, over time. Are we in this country becoming like the dog?

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#10 Unread post by cherokeepati » Sat May 26, 2007 7:31 am

t_bone, you are such a nut! You almost had me going... :laughing: :roll:
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#11 Unread post by shalihe74 » Mon May 28, 2007 7:44 pm

I was *counts on fingers* 16 the first time a now-ex convinced me to ride on his Honda Shadow, and 18 when I convinced a different ex to teach me to ride his CBR 600.
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#12 Unread post by sv-wolf » Mon May 28, 2007 8:03 pm

I first started riding in my head. I think I was 12. The real world just progressed smoothly from there. (I think I was 19 or 20 when I actually hit a kickstart for the first time.)
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#13 Unread post by KingRobb » Mon May 28, 2007 11:17 pm

minibikes at 10 went mopeds shortly after and started playing on dirtbikes around 15
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#14 Unread post by Bored » Fri Jun 01, 2007 12:16 am

14 years old on a 74 yamaha 350 2 stroke! It was registered as a moped and it looked like one to boot. I never got in trouble or even questioned about the moped tags on it and all emblems were long gone when I got it! I wish I still had that little bike! Then again I wish I still had every bike I ever had!
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#15 Unread post by High_Side » Fri Jun 01, 2007 12:31 am

5 y.o.

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#16 Unread post by lt2007 » Fri Jul 13, 2007 10:00 pm

I have rode dirtbikes since I was 13 but didn't get my first streetbike until 32.

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#17 Unread post by slimcolo » Sat Jul 14, 2007 4:13 am

First bike I rode a Harley at age 5. (OK-it was a Italian built 50cc and I couldn't reach ground) Got first mini bike at 6. First bike with clutch/shift at age 8. (66 Yamaha 80, still have after 36 years, parked for 22 years now running again) First real dirt bike,350 Honda at 13.(still own but parked for 30 years) First street bike at 16 (74-750 Honda) First Harley 72 XLCH at 17.(still own) first BT 21.
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#18 Unread post by aw58 » Sun Aug 19, 2007 5:56 am

Hi

Started riding at 16 (moped)
Rode then until getting engaged (10 yrs)

took a break of 22 yrs before my collegue suggested I get a bike to avoid paying the toll bridge and use the funds to pay for the bike

Havn't looked back - thanks Lisa.

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#19 Unread post by Lil'Suzi » Tue Aug 28, 2007 10:56 am

A friend offered to take me out for some "motorcycle therapy" after I had a bad break up about 5 years ago. I was only a passenger, but I fell in love.

I watched my older brother get his first bike and start riding. Then I met my boyfriend who rides and races, and I finally signed up for MSF and got my license a month ago, first bike 2 weeks ago. I'm 27.
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#20 Unread post by dr_bar » Sat Sep 01, 2007 1:14 pm

High_Side wrote:5 y.o.
+1

I got the itch while hanging on to the gas tank of a Harley Davidson at the ripe ol' age of 5. My Godfather was best friends with a gentleman named Trev Deeley and received a loaner bike every summer from him. Them were the good ol' days... :laughing:
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