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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-24-2017, 07:05 AM Thread Starter
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I just read Clement Salvadori's article in Rider magazine, about motorcycle addiction. He told of over sixty years of being addicted to motorcycles and motorcycling. He repeatedly gave up other parts of his life to go back to motorcycling. It made me think about having it in your blood. Then I came across this old picture. (I hope I can upload it somehow from my iPad -- it's all I have with me right now, 800 miles from home). It's my Aunt Else, probably about 1950, in West Germany. Her husband, my Uncle Joe (Josef Hochmann) rode. Maybe I had motorcycling in my blood before i ever knew it.

I've been riding since 1977. Most of that time, I didn't have a car. My older son (now 24) rides, but it didn't catch on with my daughter nor my younger son.

How about you? How long have you been riding? Has it been an important part of your life, or just something you happen to do on a weekend now and then? Did anyone in your family ride and pass it down to you?
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Yes, I had a Uncle that rode. He got me interested in the mid 60's. I have had a motorcycle off and on since my mid teens. I have riding continuously for the last 15 years. I have had a motorcycle license for over 47 years.

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This is Just the list of Victory's. I have also rode and owned Honda's, Kawasaki's, Suzuki's, Harley's. Some old European bike. Can't remember the name. It was a 3 speed and I started riding on a 50cc bike that Sears sold. Some time around 1967. I have had my motorcycle license since 1969.
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My uncle rode and my Dad a little in New Zealand in their Uni days, but they never told us much or encouraged us offspring.
I only took it up recently in my 50's, but wish I'd found the culture and friendship earlier

I like this short film about a kiwi boy experiencing just this feeling in Canada
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I only took it up recently in my 50's, but wish I'd found the culture and friendship earlier
Same here - it was barely on my radar screen before then but since discovering it's been like a rebirth - new life. The culture and friendship and the THRILL! I vividly remember the dry-mouthed, white knuckled, first time I got on the highway and was clipping 60 whole miles per hour on an 800 Suzuki thinking this is so wrong LOL. But I've been totally hooked every since. Why did I wait so long....
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Got my drivers' license and my first motorcycle in 1952, a Simplex Servi-Cycle, a bike not unlike Aunt Else's, but a lot wheezier with a less than 200cc 2 stroke, suicide clutch and belt drive. A stint in college / Navy / college and I was back on 2 wheels in 1961 with a Honda Dream 300. From then on, there were 1 to 6 motorcycles in my garage at any one time. My XR is so good at doing it all, that its my only bike. For now.

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My dad, grandpa, and uncle all rode. Uncle still does; he's the only one left sucking air and actually inherited Grandpa's GL1500. When I was a little guy, about from the age of 5, my dad would plunk me on the back of his CB750 (and later a GL1000) and we'd ride all over the San Diego area.

After my mom moved us to Idaho with my step dad, there wasn't much opportunity for that. I would be into my 20s before I got on a bike again.
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I'm surprised there has not been more replies to this thread. Most everyone I ride with and associate with these days rides. We all started out in or teens on some little motorcycle. Many gave it up for a number of years doing the kids thang. But came back to it when the kids were older or gone. I have one friend that made it to Sturgis for 23 consecutive years. Another that has ridden and had a motorcycle for 62 years. He turns 79 this month and still riding. He does 4 or 5 trips a year. Yeah we talk about the old days, what medications we are on. Drink beer, pass around a bottle every now and then and we still ride. Not like we use to, but we do. We still get together and have a barbeque pretty often. Hang around a old independent bike shop. A 46 Knuckle head and 42 Flat head setting in the shop. They both run. We are all pretty much teen agers at the shop. But in reality we are grand parents and great grand parents. Our first love was motorsycals. We'll keep riding as long as we can and should probably quit long before we do.
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Totaled: 2003 TC, But it's still on the road.
Sold: 2004 TC
This is Just the list of Victory's. I have also rode and owned Honda's, Kawasaki's, Suzuki's, Harley's. Some old European bike. Can't remember the name. It was a 3 speed and I started riding on a 50cc bike that Sears sold. Some time around 1967. I have had my motorcycle license since 1969.
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I was the first in my family ever to ride a motorcycle..... They didn't like it... But I still did... Still do.... Victory rules....

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Always had scooters and stuff but didn't have a motorcyle until late 2011. Always wanted one so in 2011 I bought a Honda shadow 750, rode it for about a year until I saw the below picture of Victory Vegas. I knew I had to have one so I bought my first Vegas. It wasn't black but it was beautiful. I turned heads whereever I went, but unfortunatelly I crashed it. Almost four years later I got mysefl another Vegas. But this time it's black.
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My dad taught me as a kid...Got my own street bike in 65 @ 16...

Just after being born, when my mother & I were released from the hospital, my dad picked us up in a Goulding sidecar attached to a 1936 HD /EL. My mother was not pleased !!....I don't remember .

Doubt a hospital would allow that today......
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