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Old 4th August 2008
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I voted yes. Technically I had a Yamaha 400, but it didn't run. I basically did all my learning on my 04 R. Might not have been the best bike to learn on, but it worked out ok for me.
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I have ridden many other bikes in my younger days, but they have always belonged to someone else. This is the first bike that I have ever bought and owned. I got a 05' XL 1200C. Most people think it's brand new off the floor. It has been taken care of very well, I intend to do the same.
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Yes, Bruiser is the only bike I've owned.
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Nope, started off on a 1995 CR80 and owned all sorts of bikes with knobbies on them until the N. I rode plenty of those in the street too
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First was an 82 Kaw KL250 that Dad got me for Christmas in 83. Moved up to a VMax in 85, Then a Venture that nearly cost me my life in 92. Actually it was the drunk that ran over me that almost killed me. I swore off riding after that, and said I would only ride if it was a Harley. When I found Dads old Sporty up for sale, I jumped on it, and here I am.
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I, too, rode OPBs (other people's bikes) when I was a kid. I never thought about owning one until 3 years ago. I bought my '05 1200C new and put 35k miles on it before I traded it in on a streetglide. I was a fun bike that I will miss. I bought the SG for longer trips.
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My first bike was a 4hp Rupp some 32 years ago........similar to this restored beauty.........i won't bore ya with the rest!!


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Started riding at age 14. Like many I took a hiatus for a decade and then returned. The Sportster is my 7th bike.
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Aye, it's my first. Learned as a teenager on a Honda 500 XL, but 1) that wasn't mine (belonged to my brother) and 2) I barely rode it.

So, yep. 1st one was a Sportster.
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I had several minibikes and dual purpose type bikes growing up. My 1200R is my first street bike.
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