I always imagined having a big motorcycle ever since I was big enough to ride a bicycle. Growing up in the 60's, big Harley cruisers was about the only truly big bikes we ever saw, I guess that's why I admired them so much. My older brother got the first motorcycle in the family - an old Honda 150 he got from a friend at school. It looked like a smaller version of the 305 dream with the same enclosed chain, and square headlight housing - a CA90 or 95 I think. When I was in probably the 6th or 7th grade, a neighbor bought a 59' Lambretta 150 scooter. It was a 3 speed that shifted by rolling the left handlebar grip when the clutch was pulled in. At the time, it seemed to me that scooter would haul butt, but of course, in 1967 I was fairly easily impressed. Once he got it running, all of us neighborhood kids that were big enough got to ride it. Later on my older brother sold his 150 and dad helped him buy a 1966 black bomber which I got to ride once in a while. Once I was old enough to get an after school job I bought my own bike, a slightly used Honda 175, then later I bought an early model like 69' or 70' CB750 from my brother, which was what he had then. Then in April 1976 I bought a brand new red 76' Goldwing. With the exception of a few years, I've usually had some kind of motorcycle ever since. When my own kids were growing up we had dirt bikes and my oldest son had a 110 3-wheeler. Since they've been gone, I've had a 82 CB450, and I had a 83' Yamaha Venture for 20 something years, and now the VTX that I got in 2013. When I had the Venture my wife would ride with me all the time and we both say that the Venture had the most comfortable stock seat that we ever had. In the early 2000's we went to Las Vegas BikeFest on it the first few times they had that event. The VTX is the most reliable, trouble free bike we ever had, and the most fun to ride especially riding by myself which these days is 95% of the time since my wife doesn't want to ride very often nowdays.
2003 VTX 1800R