I've been riding since my dad bought my brother and me a dirt bike when I was 5 years old or so. I'm 40 now, and I've had a bike of some kind for 35 years. Current stable includes a 1987 Sportster, 1998 BMW GS that my wife and kids bought me for Fathers Day this year, a 1978 BMW R100/7 that my Dad bought new and only put about 3500 miles on in 25 years until I decided to restore it and keep it in my garage, and a motorized bicycle with a 50CC 2 stroke engine on it.
Until I started restoring my Airsteam a couple years ago, I used to find old beat up Triumphs and rebuild them over the winter and sell in the spring. I paid my property taxes 3 years in a row doing that.
They are made to ride. Rode my 49 Pan Head, Hard Tail, from McAllen, Texas to Sturgis, SD and back. I won't do that again!
One good thing about a Hard Tail Harley....you always know precisely when your half way to your final destination. You go till you hit the first railroad track or pot hole. Then you turn around and go home.
I know this isn't an area for classifieds for bikes but ..........
Have a 2006 HD Electra Glide. Now for sale due to lack of time to ride.
Brandywine SunGlo, TwinCam 88, 5 Spd
approx 5300 miles, garage kept, never down, one owner, clear title.
Accessories include: Hooker Tuned Flow Slip-ons (Mapped to SFI)
HD Race Tuner
Premium Tour-Pak® Luggage Rack
Premium King Tour-Pak® Liner
Slant Saddlebag Cooler
Deluxe Saddlebag Liners
Three-Pocket Windshield Pouch
Airfoil™ Custom Foot pegs
Airfoil™ Brake Pedal Pad
Chrome Display Stand
Road King® Classic Rear Mud Flap
Valve Cap, Bar & Shield Logo
Chrome Passenger Footboards
Tour-Pak Side Marker Lights (not yet installed)
LED Tail Light (Kuryakin)
LED Rear Turn Signal Lights (Kuryakin)
Chrome Instrument Gauge Bezel Cover Kit
Breathable Motorcycle Cover
Custom Gear Shift Linkage – Electra Glide (not yet installed)
Rivco Chrome Air Horns
2005 F-150 5.4L Supercab 4X4 (Betsy 3)
2008 Safari 27FB SE (Arvin as in RV'ing)
2010 TREK 2.3
Rode a variety of motorcycles for twenty five years... put 60k miles on my '82 R100RT in three years... from '83 to '86, but I decided a few years ago that I don't heal as quickly as I once did... so I'm on bicycles now...
I have tried to resist, but I just can't help chiming in.
In my early life, I was a professional motorcyclist.
In the late 60's and early 70's, I was A City of Tallahassee, Florida, Police Motorcycle Officer. I was in my early 20's, had a giant, very fast motorcycle, and I could go as fast as I wanted to. It was the best job that I ever had in my life.
One of my favorite activities was hiding behind a billboard (the kind with lattice on the bottom) on US 27 out by the truck route. At that time, the speed limit went from 70 mph to 45 mph at the city limits. The pickings were easy, and I could snag my eleven moving violations by 10:00 AM. The rest of the day could be spent playing around and working a few wrecks. Life was good.
I learned to ride on a 1962 HD FLH. It was a hand shifter, foot clutch. We would remove the clutch spring, and ride suicide clutch. It was an art form taught to me by the senior officers who had been bike cops since the 1940's. They were quite a crew, and I will never forget them. Several of them had been motormen for over thirty years. It was an honor to ride with them.
In 1970, I got a brand new foot shifter. There was a learning curve, but I got the hang of it. The bike that I rode had Florida motorcycle city tag number 2. The capital city got the low tax exempt tag numbers.
That was a wonderful time of my life. I left in 1972 to become a Fed. In those days it was the only way to make any real money in law enforcement. I miss it to this day.
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I've been riding since I was 14. My current ride is a 2001 Triumph Bonneville.
Cameron & the Labradors
Kai & Samm
North Vancouver, BC
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You may guess from my forum name that I'm a Goldwing Rider!
I have had many bikes on and off over the last 50 years! Starting with a
British Paratroopers collapsible motorscooter desgned to be dropped from planes in a cannister (WWII).
Progressed thru Whizzers, Jawa's Triumphs etc. Then followed a hiatus for a while until I bought a little Honda Passport step thru scooter in the seventies to carry ionside the 20' travel trailer we then owned.
Kept that a few years until we sold the trailer when our kids grew to an age where they didn't want to camp!
Then took up an interest in restoring/driving Brit sports cars, so no bikes for a decade or so. (Still have a fully restored/modified 1979 Mini!)
In 2001 after taking early retirement, I decided to get back into bikes and sold a Triumph TR6 sportscar to finance purchase of a new Honda 750 ACE (Harley lookalike!)
Loved it, and even completed an "Iron Butt" ride on it - 1000 miles in under 24 hrs.
In 2006, I realized that if I wanted to do any serious long distance riding, especially with the Mrs., the 750 wouldn't cut it!
I figured I might only have one more bike purchase left in me (maybe not!!) so went for broke and got a new Goldwing with all the bells & whistles, ABS, GPS, heated seats etc.
It has worked out really well - taken me from coast top coast in Canada, and down to Florida to attend a family wedding. I built a small luggage trailer to pull behind on longer trips when we are riding two up.
I think I'll be on two wheels as long as health permits - maybe when I lose my sense of balance or strength I'll go back to four wheel toys!
The only thing I enjoy more than a great road trip on the Wing bike is a trip with the truck & Airstream, and I'm not even sure about that!