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Are you kidding me? Two wheels and an engine... whats not to like?

I saw a mini bike for the first time while at the Macy’s parade. I begged my parents for a mini bike, but they weren’t going for that (of course).

My dad bought himself a Honda 100 when I was ten and I learned to ride that. At twelve, I’d saved enough money from all kinds of odd jobs to buy a brand new Hodaka 100 for $525. My dad bought a Bultaco 250 and a three bike trailer. We did a lot of trail riding on weekends.
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I wrote a Snippet about this and posted it in Crusty's Travels. I think it belongs here, as well.


What Got Me


Over in General Discussion, Glamazon started a thread titled, What Got You Into Bikes. A number of people have replied, and it’s interesting to read, but when I look at myself, there were a number of factors and I think to do it right will take a Snippet to describe it all.

I was really into bicycles when I was a kid. I grew up in a poor neighborhood and didn’t have anything fancy, but I loved to ride my bicycle around town. My first bicycle was one that my mother won in a raffle. It was small and the pedals were always moving when the back wheel was turning. You couldn’t coast on it unless you had your feet off the pedals. It also didn’t have any brake. But I learned to balance on it.

Eventually, I got a one speed that had a back brake and the pedals weren’t always spinning. If I stepped back on the pedal, it worked the brake. I used to ride that to school, and all over. Then, I got a real bicycle. It had 26” wheels and a three speed rear hub. It had brakes on both wheels; it could go and it could stop. I learned how to change tires and tubes and how to adjust the shift linkage and I really rode it a lot. The summer I was 15, I would ride to Walden Pond (of Henry David Thoreau fame) with a friend or two to go swimming. It was 10 miles each way, but I thought nothing of it.

Time went on and one day when I was 18, John Annal had borrowed a friend’s Harley 250 Sprint. He gave me a ride and I knew that I didn’t belong on the back seat. That ride lit the pilot light of my desire to ride, but I didn’t know where or when I’d ever get a bike.

A couple of months later, I hitch hiked to Albuquerque from Massachusetts. While there, Janie had a Honda 90, and she taught me how to ride on back streets. We had a couple of sessions and I picked up pretty quickly how to ride. She was going to a concert in Denver over the weekend and was going to be away for five days, so she left the bike with me so I’d have transportation. I couldn’t stop riding it. I rode it all night long on Saturday, just riding around the city. When Janie got home on Monday, I’d put over 400 miles on the bike. I was in love.

I was unable to find work in Albuquerque, and I moved back to Massachusetts and my parents’ house. I got a job and life was getting better. I had told my folks that I wanted to get a bike. My mother was dead set against it, but one night at dinner, my dad asked me what I knew about BSAs. With my vast store of wisdom, I told him that they weren’t as fast as a Triumph, but they were more reliable. (Boy, was I wrong!)

Dad was working on a drilling and blasting job that was beside a bike shop. He’d been talking to the service manager and they had a ’68 BSA Lightning with only 3500 miles on it for sale. I went and looked at it and Dad co-signed the loan and a few days later I had my own motorcycle.

That bike taught me that Reliability and BSA were at opposite ends of the spectrum, but it felt so good to ride it didn’t matter. There was a high in riding motorcycles that no drug could match.

Since that summer evening in Albuquerque in 1969 when I rode Janie’s Honda 90 all night long, I’ve been hopelessly addicted to riding motorcycles. And even though that BSA Lightning was such an unreliable piece of crap, when it was running, it was an ethereal experience to ride it. It set the hook in my motorcycle addiction. I hope I never find a cure for that addiction.
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Crustys excellent article got me thinkng about the period after watching scrambling on TV and the early days of me riding a bike.
I wrote about seeing a Sportster for the first time on our holiday in East Anglia in 1965 which was another moment that influenced me.
Later when I was 10 or 11 Dad took us to the bike sprints at Bispham.All sorts of home built weird and wonderful bikes and street bikes would race one at a time up the 1/4 mile against the clock.There was everything, vintage bikes, home brewed specials, the odd scrambler and road racer and street bikes. We also went across the river to watch the grass track and sand racing.
My cousins Iain Steve and Harry had bikes. Harry and Iain had BSA Bantam 175s but never got a full licence and were unable to take passengers. Steve passed his test but moved away bought a Triumph Speed Twin then moved in with a girl who hated bikes and sold it. No pillion rides for me
I hung around the bike shop being a PITA. They sold Suzuki & CZ bikes including scramblers and sometimes the odd road race bike.Mr Slinger the owner was a character with a Flying Officer Kite moustache, double breasted blazer and cravat who had a short fuse due to kids like me!
When I was 13 & 1/2 in 1971 the school badass (who would shortly be expelled for getting his girlfriend pregnant & breaking the headmaster's nose beofre joining the parachute regiment) gave me a ride home on his Honda CB77. I was hooked and knew I would ride my own bike.
I was a lanky spotty kid as a teenager when shortly after my first pillion ride I saw some similar aged kids pushing a BSA Bantam and I asked them what was wrong with it. The clutch cable had snapped so I told them if I fixed it would they teachh me to ride it? They said yes, I knew how to solder from art class making sculptures and ornaments so i fixed it up and spent the next 3 years riding round the waste ground round the allotments or on the beach.
My parents weren't keen on bikes but I could have a bike upto 175cc if i paid for it myself and they would give money for a leather jacket, boots, gloves, helmet & waterproofs I got a 6 year old BSA Bantam 175 and passed my test after a few spills including seizing it up after thrashing the life out of it. I then got a Triumph 350 which with the help of Dad and the above mentioned school badass we got running properly and sometimes charging the battery!
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I was pretty lucky. My parents brought me my first bike in 1977. A 2nd hand Kawasaki 80cc dirt/trail bike. I loved that bike but then in 1979 I won a new Kawasaki 80cc motox bike in a 2 dollar raffle. I really really loved that bike. I remember being so happy I cried haha. That bike kicked off my amateur dirt bike racing career and my first proper experiences with pain. After 20 plus years of being crap at that I finally gave it away after trying to fly through a tree back first and brought my first road bike and soon after that my first Harley. The Harley’s slowed me right down, I’ve only crashed them twice.
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In junior high school, a kid down the street from me had a Bultaco and I would get a lift home with him every once in a while. In high school, my best friend got a Honda CM400E and we would ride all over on that. I had a pick up so whenever it broke down, he always had a way to get it home. In '85 I saw an ad in a magazine for the Yamaha V-Max that had an AC Cobra in the background and that's when I thought I might own one someday. I was always the passenger until in the 90's I learned to ride on a CB1100 and that's when I knew I would own one. My cousin had some boxes full of parts that was supposed to be an FZ600. I put it together for him and I got to play on that a little bit. Then the guy that let me ride is CB1100 to learn on decided to sell it. My wife at the time told me that I was absolutely not ever getting a motorcycle. We are divorced now.
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When I was a child I use to know when my Dad was arriving home because of the noise of his Guzzy 1965 100 cc. I loved looking at that bike.

At 11 y/o I had my first ride with that bike... well... I´ve never been without a bike since!!!

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It was 1963 and my best friend showed up to school on a 1952 panhead. Anything he could do, I could do better, or hold my beer and watch me try. Within weeks, I found a 1947 Knucklehead, bought from a farmer who had purchased the bike after the war and eventually parked it. Not exactly a barn fine, but he no longer rode it. Within a year, I had a 1961 XLH. Now that was a motorcycle for someone with adolescent testosterone issues.

I never really liked the knuckle. It was only teenage rivalry that made it fun, and dangerous. It handled like a pig, but the sportster, changed my life.
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I have no intention of explaining it...and that is official.
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