I have read a few motorcycling blogs recently that I haven't seen before. With almost all of them, I was left wondering how the authors of those blogs initially got into biking, and why?
This wondering has got the better of me, so I thought I would ask.
Keen to set the ball rolling, I have set out below my reasons. I would like to know your reasons, so if you want to participate in this, then write something on your own blog about 'How and Why I got into Motorbikes'. Then, so we can keep track of the responses, please add a comment to this post, with a link to your own post.
Here is my biking background....
I can remember that when I was really young, maybe at around the age of four, that my Father had a motorbike with a sidecar. Rather frustratingly, that is all I can remember of this.
At about the age of 13, I was taken to some motorcycle races and I really enjoyed these. I went for a couple of seasons and at the time, it was the Yamaha's and Suzuki's that prevailed and I watched the end of the Norton racing decline. Racers like Giacomo Agostini, Barry Sheene and Kenny Roberts dominated and produced exciting racing.
Money was short in our family as my wonderful mother was raising us four kids on her own. My father had died when I was 11 years old and as the eldest boy, I felt the need to start working as soon as possible to help out financially. I was sixteen when I left school and got my first job, full time. The only form of transport I could afford was a pedal cycle and I rode that 13 miles to work and 13 miles home again each day. This kept me fit and I was as thin as a rake back then!
At 17, continuing to ride a bicycle was becoming impractical in all seasons, so I decided to buy a small motorbike (a Honda C90) as a necessity to travel to and from work. I bought a small motorbike because it was the only form of vehicle I could afford and I rode that bike along with its two replacements every day for about five years, in all weathers. Really good gloves and waterproofs were unusual and cost way too much for my limited budget, so I used to suffer really badly with the cold. Riding in snow is not much fun if you have to because it is the only way to get to work.
Like many others, marriage and children put an end to my early motorcycling days and it wasn't until many years later that I bought my next bike. Early for a meeting in London, I had about 45 minutes to waste, so I went to see a nearby Harley-Davidson dealer. I admired the shiny gleaming machines so much that I arranged to rent a Road King for a weekend. Within an hour of riding the bike, I had decided to buy one. Returning the rental bike saw me ordering one for myself. That was six years ago and since then, I have thoroughly enjoyed my re-introduction to biking. I guess I am a born-again biker!
What's your story?