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Who gets credit for getting you into motorcycles?

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Hate to give him credit, but my ex got me involved with bikes. He bought a beautiful BMW R1150RT & I really loved riding pillion. One day HE decided that I needed to know how to ride in case anything ever happened to him, leaving me responsible for getting the bike home. It didn't make a lot of sense to me cuz I couldn't touch the ground when I threw a leg over! BUT, he insisted & the next thing I know, I'm in an MSF class. What neither of us expected is that a little "gotta ride my own" monster suddenly came alive. So another BMW joined the family!
His teaching methods left a LOT to be desired, but thanx to Maverick, Abby, Euromedic & Tony, & a couple of other very patient riders, I finally got my "wings". Been in love with it ever since!
 
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It's been said many times... my father started me down the dark path- he got me my first motorcycle, a Hodaka Ace 100, at age 14.

Now 45 years and 25 motorcycles later, I have several bikes, and my dad at 81 doesn't ride anymore, but lives vicariously through my adventures.
 

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My uncle Sonny had a sidecar rig when I was 5 or so. I was fascinated but it was not really my thing. Too big and slow I guess...or saw it as an old-folks thing.

Then in high school (79-81) I met Drew (kickstand~prophet) who as far I could tell had always been a bike nut. He got me started on one of his KE100s then stretched my legs on his Honda Hawk. Now I can't remember a time without being on two wheels. And we've been best of friends ever since.

He infected me. I get unhappy if I go too long without riding. Even my wife knows that. ;-)
 
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My uncle Sonny had a sidecar rig when I was 5 or so. I was fascinated but it was not really my thing. Too big and slow I guess...or saw it as an old-folks thing.

Then in high school (79-81) I met Drew (kickstand~prophet) who as far I could tell had always been a bike nut. He got me started on one of his KE100s then stretched my legs on his Honda Hawk. Now I can't remember a time without being on two wheels. And we've been best of friends ever since.

He infected me. I get unhappy if I go too long without riding. Even my wife knows that. ;-)
I was good up to the he's infected me part.:rofl:
 
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My uncle Sonny had a sidecar rig when I was 5 or so. I was fascinated but it was not really my thing. Too big and slow I guess...or saw it as an old-folks thing.

Then in high school (79-81) I met Drew (kickstand~prophet) who as far I could tell had always been a bike nut. He got me started on one of his KE100s then stretched my legs on his Honda Hawk. Now I can't remember a time without being on two wheels. And we've been best of friends ever since.

He infected me. I get unhappy if I go too long without riding. Even my wife knows that. ;-)
If you have not meet Carl you have missed out. He is the only person that I known that does not complain about things:zen:. He still my best buddy after all these years. Plus a heck of a rider.:rider:
 
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Hate to give him credit, but my ex got me involved with bikes. He bought a beautiful BMW R1150RT & I really loved riding pillion. One day HE decided that I needed to know how to ride in case anything ever happened to him, leaving me responsible for getting the bike home. It didn't make a lot of sense to me cuz I couldn't touch the ground when I threw a leg over! BUT, he insisted & the next thing I know, I'm in an MSF class. What neither of us expected is that a little "gotta ride my own" monster suddenly came alive. So another BMW joined the family!
His teaching methods left a LOT to be desired, but thanx to Maverick, Abby, Euromedic & Tony, & a couple of other very patient riders, I finally got my "wings". Been in love with it ever since!
It is nice that we have such wonderful people to help with whatever we need here at TWT.:sun:
 
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When I was less than 6 months old, my dad rode me around on the tank of his old Harley.

I guess I could never get the feel of it out of my system from then on! :lol2:

When I got a little older, my grandparents bought me a Honda CT70 (without my parent's knowledge), and that little bike opened up a whole world of adventure and exploration. :rider:
 
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When I was less than 6 months old, my dad rode me around on the tank of his old Harley.

I guess I could never get the feel of it out of my system from then on! :lol2:

When I got a little older, my grandparents bought me a Honda CT70 (without my parent's knowledge), and that little bike opened up a whole world of adventure and exploration. :rider:
It is mandatory to post a picture of the CT 70 if you have one.:trust:
 
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The heck with the build up:rofl:tell us about the Cougar.:-P
It's a 67 Cougar.

I bought it in 2006 online from a guy in Arizona, and it was a rust bucket. Holes rusted through the floors, front and rear. Holes rusted through the roof.

It had a good engine and transmission, and all the glass was intact.

My brother lives about 50 miles from the guy I got it from, so I had him pick it up for me, then I did a fly and drive back to Tyler. We had almost a week to get it road ready.

The steering had about 180º of slop in it, which made it interesting coming through the road construction in NM at the time. They had 2 areas of road work on I40 that were narrowed to one lane in each direction, lasting for 30 miles! There were concrete barriers on both sides, and absolutely no place to pull over if I broke down! :eek2: A tow truck would have had to back for miles all the way to the car if anything happened, so that part was a bit nerve wracking. Fortunately, the only time I had to stop and do any mechanical work was about 30 miles south of Flagstaff.

Anyway, I picked it up for $2500, and dropped close to another $2000 into her to get her the way she looks now. A friend of mine helped weld up the floors, since I didn't have a welder then, and I paid to have the top and headliner done because the front and rear glass had to be removed to do it.

I did the rest of the work myself. The upholstery work wasn't fun either! I still have a little more to do, like finish the dash, and I'd like to get A/C in it sometime.

Definitely not a show car, just a daily driver.
 

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It's a 67 Cougar.

I bought it in 2006 online from a guy in Arizona, and it was a rust bucket. Holes rusted through the floors, front and rear. Holes rusted through the roof.

It had a good engine and transmission, and all the glass was intact.

My brother lives about 50 miles from the guy I got it from, so I had him pick it up for me, then I did a fly and drive back to Tyler. We had almost a week to get it road ready.

The steering had about 180º of slop in it, which made it interesting coming through the road construction in NM at the time. They had 2 areas of road work on I40 that were narrowed to one lane in each direction, lasting for 30 miles! There were concrete barriers on both sides, and absolutely no place to pull over if I broke down! :eek2: A tow truck would have had to back for miles all the way to the car if anything happened, so that part was a bit nerve wracking. Fortunately, the only time I had to stop and do any mechanical work was about 30 miles south of Flagstaff.

Anyway, I picked it up for $2500, and dropped close to another $2000 into her to get her the way she looks now. A friend of mine helped weld up the floors, since I didn't have a welder then, and I paid to have the top and headliner done because the front and rear glass had to be removed to do it.

I did the rest of the work myself. The upholstery work wasn't fun either! I still have a little more to do, like finish the dash, and I'd like to get A/C in it sometime.

Definitely not a show car, just a daily driver.
Some Mustang parts will fit Cougars. I was working on Mustangs along time ago and might be able to assist you if you have any questions. I have a 67 Stang and Camaro both in need of a bunch of repairs that are on hold for motorcycles right now.
 
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Some Mustang parts will fit Cougars. I was working on Mustangs along time ago and might be able to assist you if you have any questions. I have a 67 Stang and Camaro both in need of a bunch of repairs that are on hold for motorcycles right now.
I've bought a lot of my restoration parts from Mustangs Unlimited. Quite a bit is interchangeable mechanically, but a lot of the interior and some of the exterior is unique to the Cougar.

I still need to get a dash top, but they want around $400 for it, so I've had to put it on hold.
Some day I'll get around to finishing it, but like I said, it's a driver, not a show car.

I wanted something older that I could do the work on. I don't ever want anything newer than an 85 again! Too much electronic junk on those!

My boss gave me a 96 Grand Marquis, and although I appreciated the gift, the car was the worst pile of junk that I ever had! OK, not quite as bad as the first car I ever owned, a 72 Vega, but it was still more trouble than any other car I've had. :lol2:

All of our vehicles are older, and considered classics. Right now we have:
67 Cougar
93 Porsche 944
80 El Camino
82 F-100 Short Bed/Stepside

78 GL1000
73 HD Sportster
66 CT200

Also some Honda XR100 parts that I'm going to make into a very light in-town run-around bike.

69 Westerly Nomad sailboat

An ultralight plane frame and engines

Some motorized bicycle stuff (1 running, and parts for some other projects)

And my daughter's 85 Mustang.

Enough? I don't know yet! :lol2:
 
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Don't get me started on classic cars. I might have to start a thread just about them.:trust: I have an 81 El Camino that is silver and black with maroon interior.
 
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Dirt Road Cowboy that looks just like my first bike, (Honda trail 70), same color and everything. Mine was a 71 or 72.

My dad got it for me and my younger brother when he bought 60 acres and built a house on it. I was 11.:rider:
 
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Dirt Road Cowboy that looks just like my first bike, (Honda trail 70), same color and everything. Mine was a 71 or 72.

My dad got it for me and my younger brother when he bought 60 acres and built a house on it. I was 11.:rider:
Those things are high as a Georgia pine right now. I do think that is the best color on those. Can you imagine how much fun a group of riders would have cruising around the yard on them?:rider:
 

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My Dad never rode though my parents never demonized motorcycles either. My oldest brother, however, bought an Indian in the early 50s and sent photos of that sleek red machine to the rest of the family... And I got the itch that wouldn't be scratched for another decade. The rest of the family was overseas, so we never saw the Indian up close. By the mid-50s he had joined the PD in Detroit (eventually moving to the Houston PD) as a motor officer... So I fell in love with his Harleys. Despite that early crush, the only HD I ever owned was a brief relationship with a 1942 model in the 60s... But by then my brother was off police motorcycles and riding a (personal) Honda 160, on which he would meet the nicest people.
 
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My Dad never rode though my parents never demonized motorcycles either. My oldest brother, however, bought an Indian in the early 50s and sent photos of that sleek red machine to the rest of the family... And I got the itch that wouldn't be scratched for another decade. The rest of the family was overseas, so we never saw the Indian up close. By the mid-50s he had joined the PD in Detroit (eventually moving to the Houston PD) as a motor officer... So I fell in love with his Harleys. Despite that early crush, the only HD I ever owned was a brief relationship with a 1942 model in the 60s... But by then my brother was off police motorcycles and riding a (personal) Honda 160, on which he would meet the nicest people.
Always liked the R65 BMW the LS model is one I would love to have. They hold their value well. As do all Bemmers. Do you ever make any of the pie runs? Be nice to see your ride in person.
 

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Always liked the R65 BMW the LS model is one I would love to have. They hold their value well. As do all Bemmers. Do you ever make any of the pie runs? Be nice to see your ride in person.
Trying to make it to the Tomball Pie Run on the 28th. By the way, my first BMW was an R65LS...I traded it in on an R100 when I started lusting for more cc's... but eventually started working my way back down again!
 
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Trying to make it to the Tomball Pie Run on the 28th. By the way, my first BMW was an R65LS...I traded it in on an R100 when I started lusting for more cc's... but eventually started working my way back down again!
Maybe I can get the day off if I beg enough and eye ball your BMW. I might be on mine or the Concours.
 
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Trying to make it to the Tomball Pie Run on the 28th. By the way, my first BMW was an R65LS...I traded it in on an R100 when I started lusting for more cc's... but eventually started working my way back down again!
I have always liked smaller bikes and since I got the F650GS I am really starting to like them more. The Concours is a great bike but it is so so heavy. Now if Kawasaki made a 750cc 450 pound Concours JR. I would be happy. I always check the kickstand by placing my foot on the stand and pulling back on the bars. The first time I did it on the BMW I almost tipped it over because it is so light.
 

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This just occurred to me.... the Sears Catalog. One of our most popular books in the house when I was growing up. Browsed the bikes there all the time.
 
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My dad. When I was 10 or so, my dad made the absurd decision to buy my mom a motorcycle for her birthday. She didn't want one. It only took one ride and that was it. One day, I knew that I'd be riding.
 

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This just occurred to me.... the Sears Catalog. One of our most popular books in the house when I was growing up. Browsed the bikes there all the time.
I think I've mentioned this on this forum before, but a few years after the bikes appeared in the catalog, I owned both a Sears (Puch 250 "twingle") and a Wards (Benelli 125)... Rode the little blue Benelli to San Jacinto College every evening, terrorized by the skinny tires barely making it over the drainage grates in the Washburn Tunnel-- they were almost narrow enough to slip between the bars-- but it was a fun nightly ride, otherwise.
 
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Yeah, it was a lot lighter and so was I. But suspension no where near as good as the F650 and all those other much better bikes I can't get a leg over.
 
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Does he still own it?:rider:

No it got stolen 3x, he got it back twice then on the 3rd time ten years later the found it at the bottom of the Mission Bay in San Diego frame only....Tear


Great movie to watch with a young kid. Makes them think hey I can do that if dad would get me one. Bet that movie alone launched people into the motorcycle world more than any other. Wish some director would do a modern version of it. KP
Kinda new Version in "Dust to Glory". I've seen it 100s of times and never get tired of it.
 
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No it got stolen 3x, he got it back twice then on the 3rd time ten years later the found it at the bottom of the Mission Bay in San Diego frame only....Tear




Kinda new Version in "Dust to Glory". I've seen it 100s of times and never get tired of it.
Will ask for it for my birthday.
 
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i don't know who he was, a friend or relative of a family in the neighborhood gave rides to all us kids when i was 6 or 7. i remember it being a BSA and i remember the ride. i was hooked after that and dreamed of the day i could have a motorcycle. later on i did own a xs650, it was as close as i could afford to get to that day.
 
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My step dad was a Honda rider and he put me on a Honda CL160 Scrambler when I was 13 years old. I followed him around in and around San Antonio way back in 1967. I do not remember what he was riding at the time. I remember it changed often though.
 
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Any newbies out there want to add to the story line? Who put you in the saddle the first time? Was it dad,a friend,the uncle with the old BMW or Triumph?
 
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My dad always had a Honda of some sort when I was growing up. However, my love really came when they gave me a Kawasaki KD100 when I was 11 (1980) for Christmas and we lived in Alief/SW Houston on the Braes Bayou. Wow, what fun that was. Chased by HPD a couple of times, managed to make it back to the house both times...
 
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Cool thread...
The hooligan kid riding through my baseball practice field with a hot girl on the back. That image is burned into my brain for life. I was 14,on my 8th year of little league BB. 3 months later my dad and I each owned half a KDX 200. I paid him back $100 each month for 4 months. Some of the best memories of my life. Thanks Dad.

KTM 950 adv(gravel)
KTM 300 XC-W (tight woods racing)
 
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Chased by HPD a couple of times, managed to make it back to the house both times...
That's funny. I was chased by a Game Warden for passing him through a low water crossing. Not plated of course. Just got my DL permit though. Got a strong warning, but never stopped me. I just quit carrying ID. Haha.

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KTM 300 XC-W (tight woods racing)
 
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Cool thread...
The hooligan kid riding through my baseball practice field with a hot girl on the back. That image is burned into my brain for life. I was 14,on my 8th year of little league BB. 3 months later my dad and I each owned half a KDX 200. I paid him back $100 each month for 4 months. Some of the best memories of my life. Thanks Dad.

KTM 950 adv(gravel)
KTM 300 XC-W (tight woods racing)
Had a KDX that was stolen from my moms place along time ago. Have any pictures of it?:photo:
 
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