Lots of dirt bikes as a kid.....Huskies, Kawasaki. Junk third-handers/beat up but would rip up some dirt trails/hills.
Then my senior yr. high school got a Triumph Trident and it was street bikes from then on.
When in the service I had a Norton Commando 750 then just before getting out bought a Susuki GT 550
Then in 1978 bought a Yamaha 1100 XS.....rode that bike for 7 yrs. daily driver but in 1985 Yamaha came out with the V-Max....saw it at a bike show and went straight down to dealer and bought it.
Sold it in late 1990 and bought a new 1991 V-Max (liked the 1985 better).
Sold it in late 1998 and thought I was done (bad knees, back, right foot....and NO none of those were a result of 'motorcycles')
2002 Kawasaki came out with a low slung cruiser called 'Mean Streak' so bought it.
But alas....as 2006 came to an end was riding less and less so off it went.
Still have the urge, who knows...someday might just see that 'one' and have to have it once again
Well, dating myself, I learned on a "you meet the nicest people on a Honda," when I was 15 or so. Rode whatever was available, but didn't own my own until a few years ago.
When I decided I had the money to buy one, did a ton of research and sat on a whole bunch of bikes. Finally found a 100th anniversary Harley Sportster 1200, which I rode for several years, then got a Fat Boy. With a seat and handlebar modification, it fits perfectly, and I intend to keep Moby for a very long time.
Doesn't matter what kind you ride, if it fits you, it's perfect.
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." -- Mahatma Gandhi
DOTL Spec. Alexander the Grrreat--tuxedo cat
Bobbi Socks--tuxedo kitten who's missing, but we're not giving up yet
No reason to dog anyone for riding a Japanese or Euro bike - but slow and ugly, your joking right. Try fast and furious, do you really think these custom choppers are slow. Have you ever rode one. And "ugly" - WOW!!! If you want fast and smooth try a V-rod, anything but slow. I quit going 100 + years ago, maybe thats why I can say that.
Its all about torque, the pull in the short - powerful and nasty. I have rode bored out low-riders that almost threw me off of them. Hang on!
Cruiser guy here. The sport bikes do not interest me as I anjoy the ride and it is not about getting there fast. The feel of the air in your face. The smells and tastes as you ride thru areas. Being part of the bike as it responds to your body movement. Really being IN the day or night versus riding thru the day or night in a car, just doesn't compare.
Closest compariso is waking up at home and going out in the yard in the morning and seeing I need to trim the hedges, mow the lawn etc vs waking in the PU, going out and sitting in front of the fire having my morning tea. Just no comparison.
Scott & Karen
2004 Fleetwood Monterey
2003 Ford Ranger Edge in Very, Very Red
I guess I'm an old guy too! I've been riding since 1962! I've had many different makes,NSU,Honda,Yamaha,Kawasaki,Suzuki,Harley,etc. I guess I've had more Harley's than any others. I'm on number 6,an 04 Electra Glide Standard FLHT but as I get older,it gets heavier. Might go to a 650 V Strom for my next bike.
Over the years me and DW have had a few bikes. When I met her she had a "89 Goldwing Lehamn trike. Then she went out and bought a '03 Suzuki Savage for around town(since the Goldwing was too big). After the Goldwing she felt the Savage was way too small. Eventually she bought a '08 Harley Deluxe, but she has always had the Goldwing (as a backup).
I started with a '96 Yamaha Virago 1100. Then went to an '89 Goldwing. I was never really comfortable on it so after a few years of riding it I found my current bike. It is "07 Yamaha Venture.
I like the touring bikes for the comfort and the ability to carry a few extras. Extra gloves, rain clothes etc.
All three kids have bikes. The youngest has a Suzuki GS500, the middle just sold his CBR Blackbird but still has his Ducati 1100S, and the Triumph Daytona the oldest has the Suzuki SV100.
Well, I've had several, but I have pretty much been a Harley guy for many years now. Lets see; I started with a early 60's Vespa scooter (I thought of myself as Michael Parks from the TV show "Then came Bronson"), but my first "real" bike was a 1971 Honda 350SL. Next was a 1976 Moto Guzzi (originally an LAPD bike), followed by a 1981 Yamaha Virago 750, then another Virago, this one a 920cc. I finally sold that in 1995 and bought my first Harley, a 1995 Sportster 1200 Custom. In my never ending quest for bigger and better, I bought my first big twin, a 1996 Harley FXDWG (Wide Glide) which I then sold in 2003 for exactly what I paid for it new in 1996. I was off two wheels for a few years, when I bought my next Harley, a 2007 Softail Custom. Sold that in 2011 and bought my current ride, a 2011 Heritage Softail.