I have to credit the guy who played Bronson in the television show Then Came Bronson with really getting me turned on to mortorcycles. I'm dating myself here, but I think that show was popular around 1969-70? I was an impressionable tom-boy who wanted to join the circus, be an artist in Paris and/or travel the world doing anonymous good deeds like Bronson on his kick-"O Ring" bike.
I think he was riding a Triumph.
Then it just seemed like all the significant men in my life were bike riders, 4 of them BMW men (....wonder what that means?)
About 5 years ago, I started to dream about teaching myself how to ride. In each dream, over a period of a few years, I got better and better at handling the motorcycle in the dream, until one night I was riding it all alone and doing just fine!
I figured if I could teach myself how to ride a motorcycle in my dreams, I could definitly do it in my waking life--turned 50, took my motorcycle class, and that was all she wrote.