He day I turned 16 (1965) I got my drivers license. 2 weeks later my father bought himself a 125 Kawasaki to commute to work. The following week I went into the license office and told them I wanted to get my license for a motorcycle.
The guy asked me if I rode there and I told him I did. He told me to go for a 15 minute ride and then come see him. I asked him if he was coming with me and he said that he wasnít. He told me that if I made it back, heíd give me the license. He did.
Anyway, although it was my dads bike, I rode the snot out of it and caught the fever.
I then bought myself a 305 Honda Super Hawk which I also rode the snot out of.
A friend had a gorgeous 175 Bridgestone 2 stroke that seemed faster than greased lightning. We ended up trading bikes with each other. I spent 2 summers street racing muscle cars with that bike. I donít think I ever lost a race but I did end up with a broken collar bone by thinking it was cool to skid to a stop by using the front brake only (not good when you hit an oil slick).
Anyway, I got married in 1971 and no more bikes for about 5 years.
Next was a Honda CB350 which I kept until 1980 and then stopped riding for no apparent reason (probably cash flow when I think back.
In 2005 I retired and got back into biking with a vengeance and have ridden over 300,000 miles since then.
I wonít list all the bikes Iíve had since 2005 but there have been 17 of them (yes I like changing). Same wife for 48 years though.
Best touring bike Iíve had is Goldwing 1500
Second best touring is Goldwing 1800 (better in town than the 1500 but 1500 was awesome highway bike)
Third best touring is Harley Ultra Glide (better seats than the Goldwings but not as smooth
And on and on and on.
Iím now on my second VTX 1300 and am really enjoying it as Iím no longer doing the long distance touring that we were as my wife doesnít want to ride on the back anymore and doesnít want her own bike.
Iím not sure what Iíll be riding next week
but Iím hoping to keep my VTX until Iím done riding.