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You don’t have one, have never had one, and may never get one even though you’ve possibly always wanted one.

A motorcycle…

What would your life have been like without having it? What would you have done for fun or do you believe life would have been bitter and hopeless?
 

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You don’t have one, have never had one, and may never get one even though you’ve possibly always wanted one.

A motorcycle…

What would your life have been like without having it? What would you have done for fun or do believe life would have been bitter and hopeless?
lol, I'd have a lot more money in my pocket. :p
 

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Probably a lot more bad things would have had a more prominent place in my young life.

Got my first one when I was 10, a moped\scooter type of thing. Quickly graduated to a progression of more powerful dirt bikes, mostly Yamahas and Hondas. Growing up in a rural setting, fields and woods were close by so I spent a lot of time there riding when I was not working or doing chores.

In my adult life, it has provided an outlet. Too frustrated by golf, too old and banged up for sports. I had a brief affair with a boat or two, but they never had the same attraction as a motorcycle.
 

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my life would've been just fine without one. I have a lot of friends and none of them until this past year rode. Lots of concerts, video games, bars and sports...hopping on the bikes is just one more thing for us to do together and have a blast, talk ****, and wrench on something new.

I probably wouldn't have gotten run over by a nissan pathfinder though haha.

A good-sized group of my friends and parents/family are completely against me riding, I'm glad they check in on me making sure I'm good. They are supportive, but wish I would just put more money in the mustang instead.
 

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From 1958 to the nineteen seventies I was into the sport car thing big time. Along with owning motorcycles, I had 4 Triumphs, a Porsche and 4 Alfa Romeos. (Those cars were all cheap then - I never paid more than $3K even new.) I raced, toured, rallied, auto-crossed and slalomed. Then the 55 mph limit hit us and at the same time, the cars and gas got more expensive and the shine was off that diamond and I remained with motorcycling. If I presently did not have a motorcycle, I'd still be doing the sport car thing. I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Alfa Romeo 4C here in Portland - gotta try out that gorgeous Italian dish.
 

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I would probably have some sort of sports/ muscle car to dump money into. And I probably wouldn't have quit playing golf.
 

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I could have kept my interest in RC helicopters alive. When you have $2,000 in the air, things get very expensive very quickly lol

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I would have missed the wonderful times I had with members of law enforcement. Police with surprisingly fast cars, lawyers with surprisingly high hourly rates and judges with surprisingly limited senses of humor.
 

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I do believe my heart would stop if I didn't have a motorcycle. My bike isn't a toy or aplay thing it's my primary transportation. I ride 99% and drive 1%. My truck sits on a battery tender never a motorcycle. I absolutely love to ride and if it was taken away I would become an unbearable prick that no one would want to be around.

Can't imagine life without one.
 

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unbearable prick
:p

My bike is medicine! If for whatever reason I am unable to ride it for a couple of days, I get very restless.

I'm always a new man after I'm done riding. Whether 30 minutes or 4 hours. Nope! It is no play thing... it is "SOUL DEVICE" that keeps me keeping on.

The other day I was thinking what if I were retired and had the time to ride much more... would I get sick of it and the answer came right away. No way!

I'm the nut who pays close attention to weather forecasts... watching the radar on the iphone and dodging pop up storms just so I can get my daily fix.

It is a part of me. It is what I do. It keeps me thinking. Keeps me focused. Keeps me thankful. Keeps me prayerful.

I wipe the windshield off, get a little gas, and in no time, the wind is in my face. The smells wake me up. The sounds keep me looking. The kiddies look and wave, the crows, buzzards, and deer scatter, the dudes cutting grass slobber, the guys popping in the store I'm at tell me its a good looking bike, women flock to me, teenie boppers throw their undies at me... wait! Sorry! :eek: Imagination messes with me. LOL! :ltr:
 

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Wow !...hard to even imagine..

My dad got me started, 66 years ago I was actually brought home from the hospital, held on my mothers lap in a Goulding sidecar, attached to a 1936 Harley El. My first was a hand built [by my dad] mini-bike that I got for my 10th BD. But at 12 I learned to ride my fathers 47 Knucklehead . My first licensed motorcycle was a 59 Sportster....point being..they have been a part of my life...literally all of my life. Except for three years of marriage...we were saving for a house...we divorced in 72 ...back to motorcycles..:p

I have made many,many friends over the years due too...motorcycles, and have traveled all over America on one. As I said can't imagine NOT having one...but at my age ?...clocks ticking, arthritis setting in...not sure how much longer I can. I have slowed tremendously in just the last year. The pain is beginning to over ride the joy.

Getting with a "bone-doc" hope to find some relief.so i can enjoy it for maybe a few more years anyway....

Currently have two BMW'S and my Vic...2012 XR. Going to scale down to just the Vic. ....;)
 

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RGP....The riding doesn't start any earlier than that.
 

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RGP....The riding doesn't start any earlier than that.
LOL! true but ....I slept through it...:(

BTW..years later my mother told me..." I could have killed your father when he showed up with that damn motorcycle"...:ltr:
 

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I'm at a 711 watching a nasty lightning storm and already fussed at by the wife. It's what I do. I'm somewhere different. Bike getting wet. I'm not. She won't have supper ready anyway. I'm still having fun. I drank a coors and smoked a weak and mild. I might just do I again. :D


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I was a bicyclist before I became a biker. I would probably go back to being a bike bum. I have always been on two wheels. Riding a motorcycle has broadened my horizons. I can get much farther and I am less tired when I stop.

I used to ride 65 miles to work every day it wasn't raining I was riding. Now that I'm retired I only get to ride 100 miles every other day. Wish I could more but the wife retired too if you know what I mean.
 

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I would have never met Half_Crazy and certainly, without him my life would not be complete. :D

and Squatch
and Peter
and so many others that I've met and ridden with since getting my bike.
and then...there are the nut cases on these forums. :crzy: Entertainment for sure.

Life without my bike would be different, but certainly not better.
 

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I'm at a 711 watching a nasty lightning storm and already fussed at by the wife. It's what I do. I'm somewhere different. Bike getting wet. I'm not. She won't have supper ready anyway. I'm still having fun. I drank a coors and smoked a weak and mild. I might just do I again. :D


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Reading this post, inspired this thought....

I believe that many in the motorcycling community find [pleasure] ? in the simpler things in life. I know I do ! I just do not need allot of "frills".

I remember once , out west S/bound on US 83 [I think it was] I stopped at a roadside pull-off....and finished the last of the coffee in my thermos, just watching the high grass blow in the breeze....and enjoyed it thumb up
 
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