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Old 26th February 2007
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IronMick Gets Onto His First Bike

It is Spring of 1993. I am in my Camry, stopped at the corner of Horton St and Wellington Road here in London, ON Canada, facing west, waiting for the light to go green. Nice day; I have my window down. There is a Honda Goldwing in the left turn lane, and an empty lane between he and I. I am not paying any attention to the 'Wing; it sounds something like a Singer sewing machine at idle. Suddenly all hell breaks loose. An old Harley RatBike pulls up beside me. Perhaps it is an IronHead, or maybe an old Shovel. It is loud. It is shakin'. The rider is not wearing much more than a leather vest, jeans, and a cigarette.

I had never in my life wanted a motorcycle. Nothing against them, they just never entered my mind. But that thing lit me up. My immediate thought was "I gotta get me one of those". By mid-July I had taken the motorcycle course at the College and bought my first bike, a 1985 Yamaha Virago XV500K. Was I cool!? Yes! At least I thought so.

IronMick Gets Onto His First Sportster

The next year I gave that bike to the gf as a birthday present and bought a 1985 Honda Shadow VT750C. A few years later another Shadow, a 1997 VT1100C brand new, then at one time or another three 1985 Yamaha Virago XV1000K project bikes.

Throughout those years Steve from the Sportsters Club deigned to speak with me. He even invited me to go on rides with the Sportsters club. I even won the club 50/50 draw when I rode a Honda, and they let me get away with the money. And on one ride a Sportster broke down and the guy rode bitch on my Honda for the rest of the ride. But the day finally arrived. I went to Steve and said "I think I need a Sportster". A few weeks later, it is the Fall of 2003, I had a 1998, 883 -> 1200. And i found the XL Forum.

IronMick Gets Onto His IronHead

Then something happened and I had to have an IronHead. I don't know what it was. In our club Steve has one, Bob has one, Lindsay has one, Ken has one; and more. I needed a winter project. Mark's neighbor Sandy had a 1980 that he was willing to part with. A meeting, a visit to the bank, another meeting, an exchange of cash for Iron. It is a bit more than a decade since that fateful moment at Horton and Wellington; now it is the Fall of 2004, and I have my IronHead.

IronMick Learns About Motorcycle Maintenance

With each of my bikes i bought and studied the factory manual and any after market manuals i could get my hands on. I took a 12 week night school course on motorcycle maintenance while i had my second bike. I am not a mechanic. I am not an expert on motorcycle mechanics. I have learned a lot from good guys on these forums, and i am glad to share. But there are others who have deeper understanding of this stuff than do i.

There is nothing, absolutely nothing, like the look, sound and feel of original Harley Davidson Iron


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Right on Mick... good to have some Canadian representation!
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Nice intro Mick. I have to admit that I have a little Iron fever myself. Your posts aren't helping cure it either ~ they're making it worse! (or better?)
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Well Mick you just keep on helping us Ironhead addicts as you always do and we will be happy!!!!!
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Congrats IronMick! You're an asset to all of us here on the forum!
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Awesome Iron Mick, you wisdom has helped me out of numerous jams, congrats and Thank You.
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