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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#41 Unread post by Gummiente » Sat Mar 21, 2009 6:32 pm

Wheatie wrote:Somebody Puleeeez tell me how to post my vote... age (67) and pure ignorance have defeated my very intention ! ! !
67 years old and riding a sport bike... I'm gonna call you "Sir" from now on.

Go to the first page of this thread, near the top you will see the poll. Click on your choice and it will update for you. Sir.
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#42 Unread post by Wheatie » Sat Mar 21, 2009 6:42 pm

Ain't workin'... ! All I see is my pointer. .... nothing to click on, in other words.... and thanks for the compliment ! Keeps me alert !........ I look at it this way; ol' bike, ol' rider.... keeps me out of trouble ! But there have been times.................... :shock:

btw, great signature........... ! ! !

NEVERMIND ! All of a sudden, up pops the vote cue ! ! ! done deal, tx Mike !
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#43 Unread post by Wrider » Sun Mar 22, 2009 12:56 am

I got the itch at 19... Bought the bike and took the course when I was 20... Now I'm 22, turning 23 in July and a bike mechanic... Stupid bug bite goes straight to the brain! :laughing:
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#44 Unread post by Wheatie » Sun Mar 22, 2009 7:19 am

Wrider wrote:I got the itch at 19... Bought the bike and took the course when I was 20... Now I'm 22, turning 23 in July and a bike mechanic... Stupid bug bite goes straight to the brain! :laughing:
23 ?? Wazzat ? :dunno:
Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snake bite, and further, always carry a small snake.

Bikes owned:
Kaw 100 (fried it !)
Yam DT250 (2) [desert racers]
Yam DT360 (stolen)
Yam IT200 (2) (best woods bike of it's day)
'83 Honda 650 Nighthawk (toured three states)
'93 Kaw Vulcan (good quaility junk !)
'86 Honda VFR700F (Sweet !)

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#45 Unread post by High_Side » Sun Mar 22, 2009 8:54 am

5 years old.

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#46 Unread post by Wheatie » Sun Mar 22, 2009 9:44 am

High_Side wrote:5 years old.

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Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snake bite, and further, always carry a small snake.

Bikes owned:
Kaw 100 (fried it !)
Yam DT250 (2) [desert racers]
Yam DT360 (stolen)
Yam IT200 (2) (best woods bike of it's day)
'83 Honda 650 Nighthawk (toured three states)
'93 Kaw Vulcan (good quaility junk !)
'86 Honda VFR700F (Sweet !)

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#47 Unread post by bako88 » Wed Dec 23, 2009 1:08 am

I started in the dirt @ around age 9. Got on the street for the first time at age 28. My mom never wanted me on a street bike.
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#48 Unread post by pchast » Thu Dec 24, 2009 12:03 am

I was 14 and the neighbors got a mini bike that I helped repair. So we rode in the rocky wooded pasture behind the house. Then again I took the MSF class at 58 and finally got a license........
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#49 Unread post by good old bikes » Sat Feb 27, 2010 3:44 pm

I rode with my dad bike since i could walk and he got me a mini-50 honda when i was 4
I'm now 16 wiht four bikes and planing to get another this summer

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#50 Unread post by Triumphgirl » Sat Feb 27, 2010 5:09 pm

Around 16 on dirtbikes. Rode a friends streetbike occasionally, Then finally at age thirtysomething, i bought my first street bike and wish the hell i done it sooner. :wink:
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#51 Unread post by society909 » Tue Aug 03, 2010 2:38 pm

I was 18 and was drinking with a friend who owned a Kawasaki s2-350 I told him I never rode a motorcycle before the next thing I knew he was giving me riding lessons I was hooked. We use to get drunk and start trading things back and fourth. A few months later I owned that bike. I can't remember what I traded for it but we had some good times back than and I really enjoyed that bike
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#52 Unread post by dj biker » Thu Aug 12, 2010 2:31 pm

There is no place to click I started at the age of 6 on a Honda 50cc Mini Trail. Been on two wheels ever since, and now I am 42. I have had over 15 bikes and currently riding a 2007 Softail Heritage Classic. Probably the last bike I will ever own, or at least, this one ain't going anywhere. I might add to the stable, but keeping this one!

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#53 Unread post by society909 » Mon Aug 16, 2010 2:06 pm

RockBottom wrote:I'm the lone 51-55 vote. Late mid-life crisis: I bought my bike the day my younger kid graduated from high school.
Your kid graduated high school and you got the new bike. What did the kid get?
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#54 Unread post by Johnj » Mon Aug 16, 2010 2:14 pm

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#55 Unread post by tcreeley » Mon Aug 16, 2010 9:07 pm

When I was 4 someone gave me a ride on back- dreamed about it for years until I dug out a 125 Benelli from a storage basement- my brothers bike he ordered from Montgomery Ward catalog. Stuck it somehow into the trunk of a valiant - some of it anyway! - and brought it to where I was living. Rode without a license for the longest time!

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#56 Unread post by sapaul » Wed Aug 18, 2010 2:48 am

I was on bicycles since I can remember, but my earliest memory of a "real" bike was when I was about 12 and we got a hold on an old Puch, pedal wheels and all. there must have been a dozen of us that all chipped in to buy this bike and we then took it to our local park to learn to ride and fall off. Man that thing was scary but it was just all good fun to us. It had no key so we twisted wires and pushed and pedaled like hell to get it going and we would pull of the spark plug cap to stop it. That bike taught us a lot as we learned as we went. We kept it together for years on bubble gum, sticky tape and wire. Eventually we got big enough and old enough to get street bikes. Kawasaki KL175's were the rage then and I got a hold of a 250 KL Kawa. The rest as they say is history.
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#57 Unread post by ZRex » Wed Jan 19, 2011 6:16 pm

I don't know the exact age, but it was before I was 5, that's when my brother got his dirt bike and I all ready had it long before that. One of my nephews is 3 and he all ready goes on about bikes, he'll stand in the yard smiling when he hears his dad ride up, and constantly ask if he can ride it or help him work on it, another nephew is 15, he has been riding dirtbikes for 8 years and wants to fix up an old RD350 to ride, so I guess we start young.

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#58 Unread post by bikerguy » Sun Mar 06, 2011 10:59 am

When i was 13 a friend got a mini bike he let me ride it i was into two wheels from that time on. When i turned 16 i bought a kaw. 100. the just kept moving up from there now i ride a suzuki intruder 1400.

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#59 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Sun Mar 06, 2011 4:05 pm

20 when I came out of the Canadian Armed Forces (I was in durring the 1st Gulf War but not IN it). I always wanted to ride anyways and the ARMY gave me the self confidence to do it (with the MSF course as well).

I do envy those who started earlier than I (or those who started when they were kids) what fun I missed out on.
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Re: When Did You Get the Itch

#60 Unread post by JVRR » Sun Mar 27, 2011 3:32 am

Wanted to when I was 16 or 17 but parents heavily said no... my dad rides for work (motorcycle officer), so he seems to have this crazy idea that they are dangerous or something. Rule was always that they would stop paying my insurance if I bought one. Right before I moved to Russia the topic of motorcycles came up at a friends and I took a dig at my parents on the issue, they pointed out I had been paying my insurance for a while now and I smacked myself lol. A few weeks later (it was a short move :D) when I knew there was a chance I was coming back to the States, it was almost all I could think about. I had taken the course within a week or two and had a bike within three weeks. Still waiting to find a job after returning, at least I have my priorities straight!
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