Hello, Grom Forum.
I'm still rather green when it comes to riding two-wheeled vehicles. But I have purchased low, repaired and sold high on two machines now (2003 Yamaha R6, and a 2005 Kawasaki Ninja 250R). I didn't keep them because I was unable to afford one right away.
My first experience with a motorcycle was with my father when I was about 6, living in Cheyenne, Wyoming on FE Warren Air Force Base. My father had a Honda CB900. He bought my brother and me a helmet, and we would ride to and from soccer practice. It was a blast. I remember being both scared and excited when we'd ride.
He sold the bike shortly before relocating to another Michigan. I remember crying as the buyer loaded it onto the trailer. I asked Dad if he'd get another one....
About two years later, Dad roles straddling a Kawasaki ZX-7R. I was in love again. At night, I would go to the garage, climb up, and pretend I was carving out a gorge scraping my knees. I could barely reach the pegs.
My brother and I would watch as Dad would race up the street in our neighborhood and pop wheelies and endos. Mom made him promise that he wouldn't do that again (at least not in front of us) as long as he owned the bike.
After joining the Air Force after High School, I was stationed up in Anchorage, Alaska. There, it wasn't uncommon for people to be riding street ready motards and dirt bikes alike. Me? I was stuck with an old Toyota pickup when off shift. I admit I was rather jealous. "Someday," I thought....
Years went by, and the bike-bug was dormant. I finished getting my degree after I left the service; there was a motorbike club at the school. I'd attend the group to various on-campus meetings never really getting too involved (seeing as there was a $25 fee to join), but just enough to wet my whistle.
But I couldn't take it any more.
I became obsessed with motorcycles all over again (mainly street bikes). I've studied riding theory, watched YouTube videos, researched DMVs in my area, found various ways to get a rider's endorsement in my state, subscribed to magazines, even got a small gig in a local garage...but was asked to leave on account that I was "daydreaming too much".
Funny how I've legitimately owned two motorcycles, and only have less than 30 miles riding experience. But when the motorcycle bug bites, it doesn't let go.
Glad to be part of this forum. I'm also a member of the Sportbike Network Forum.
This'll be great!
Thanks for having me.