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Offline CaptainTrips

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Re: Who got you started riding motorcycles?
« Reply #20 on: December 25, 2018, 10:37:43 PM »
*Originally Posted by FredJ9 [+]
Long live the men who step up and mentor the lost boys. You are the best.
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Re: Who got you started riding motorcycles?
« Reply #21 on: December 27, 2018, 08:38:56 PM »
Loving the stories - great stuff !! Totally agree with the lost boys post.
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Started at 17 on a Honda CB125J which broke down more often than I actually rode it !! My dad rode but crashed at Dundrod when he was young - never saw him ride - but my mum was not imprerssed when I first turned up with the 125. I quickly bought a Honda CB250 as we could learn on them in those days. 36 years later I've owned a round a hundred bikes, covered hundreds of thousands of miles on them and love it - total addiction !!

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Re: Who got you started riding motorcycles?
« Reply #22 on: December 28, 2018, 11:26:13 AM »
The first machine I can remember riding, was a Mobylette moped with no tyres, on a disused army camp. I went on to own and ride many 'field bikes', some of which would now be worth a fortune. They included several B.S.A. D1 bantams, an A.J.S. 500 single and a D.M.W. Dolomite. My first road bike was a Yamaha 250 YDS5 and once I had a full licence, a B.S.A. Thunderbolt 650, which I still have. I have owned many bikes since, but none compare to my current Tiger 1050 and Explorer. My love affair with Triumph, began with my first visit to the T.T. where, as a youngster, I watched Ray Pickerel win the Production race on a Trident.

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Re: Who got you started riding motorcycles?
« Reply #23 on: December 28, 2018, 05:15:46 PM »
Not really sure, most memorable was riding on the back on my cousin's Bonnie, late 60's-1970 ? I was probably about 12 at the time and probably sans helmet  :016:

We had a collection of cheap scooters and mopeds that a group of us used to ride up and down the fields till they fell apart and a nieghbour who worked for Wynn's used to build what we went on to call paddock bikes, which he let me crash all round his back garden, in 1974 I bought a secondhand Puch Maxi moped to commute to college and training school on at age 16 and it just went from there  :028:
I'll never be old enough to know better !

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Re: Who got you started riding motorcycles?
« Reply #24 on: December 28, 2018, 06:23:57 PM »
Friend of the family was in the Merchant Navy and used to send me postcards when he was away; I would have been12 or 13. When he got home off a trip he asked if I wanted to go on the back of his Gold Wing up to his family caravan. Mum and Dad said okay and it was great but I wanted to ride a bike. After trashing some Honda 50/70/90's on the local tips (I never stole any of them, someone else already had  :192:) I realised I needed to ride but no way was I going to be able to get an off-road bike as we were broke.

I joined the Merch myself at 16 and on my first trip hired a small Honda (somewhere around 150 or 175cc) in St Thomas VI and loved it. Bought a CB100N when I got home on leave, put a bloody big fairing on it and rode it every day for mile after mile. The rest is history.
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Re: Who got you started riding motorcycles?
« Reply #25 on: December 29, 2018, 05:36:44 PM »
 i have a similar story to dilbert and organphus  we had fields and scrublands at the back of our houses and the [big kids] had a couple of old brit bikes 350-500 ajs we would hang around until they needed fuel the [big kids] would give us a petrol can we then fetch petrol and maybe get a go on the back ,then one day i got a go on the front !!i thought i was sitting on a rocket ship at twelve i was hooked well and truly  , that was it i asked my dad to buy me a bike and he did, went on to own all sorts of bikes 350 ohc velocete  speed twins, matchess g9 500cc, ajs and several bsa singles. and a panther. all bought for about £7.00 each yep thats right the most expensive was the g9 jampot rear shocks at £10 a lot of money in the early and middles sixties i was around twelve, i do wish i had kept them all. i have had a bike ever since no breaks to bring up kids, thank god. 

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Re: Who got you started riding motorcycles?
« Reply #26 on: December 29, 2018, 05:55:32 PM »
Growing up, we lived on the edge of town. My friend got a Yamaha GT80 Enduro for trail riding. At that time Honda mini bikes were all the rage. Try as I did, I could not get my dad to allow me to have one. My friend's father forbid him to let anyone ride his GT80. At some point, they acquired a New Hudson moped, which barely ran. I took that on the trails a couple of times, but it was obviously not ideal.  :038:  That was about all the dirt riding I have done.
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