Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Hi Blog World ...... Newbe here

Ok … so I’m sitting here bored out of my mind when I decided to do a Google search on “Motorcycle Blogs”. Since I love to ride and just returned to the Motorcycle scene after a 20 year hiatus / vacation. I thought to myself…. Hmmm why not start my own Blog about my adventures in Motorcycling. When did my passion for Motorcycles begin you might ask??? I think I was about 7 or 8 years old when a friend of my Dad’s came over on a shiny BSA. He was my Dad’s cool friend, a Fireman and Motorcycle rider. Wow!! He told me to get on and hold on tight and off we went …Man what a rush. I couldn’t wait to get a Minibike so I could learn to ride, well after several Dirt Bikes and Motocross bikes I bought a road bike – Honda CB350. I buzzed around town for a couple of Summer’s until I went off to college. A few years later I bought a used CB900 Custom from a friend that was moving. Sweet bike and staying loyal to the Honda brand. Went on a few long trips and really enjoyed the scooter.
I took a weekend trip and on the way home Sunday afternoon I get nailed from behind and the bike is totaled and I end up in the hospital. Hmmm what does the man upstairs have in store for me? Anyway, I spend the next 20 years without a motorcycle and every year on the first warm Spring day, I’m thinking man it’d be great to be on a bike with a warm breeze in my face. So, after some prodding from friends who were going through their mid-life crisis and went out and bought Harley’s, I decided I’d get back into biking. After test riding a few different bikes and brands, I knew I wanted a cruiser bike and something with a big enough motor to haul my fat azz around, I’m not really fat but I’m a “Need for Speed” junkie and also need some comfort. So a crotch rocket was out of the question and those things are dangerous.
Ok…. Don’t start bashing me for knocking on the CR’s. They’re cool and fast as hell, but the way some people ride’em is down right scary. Darwin lives.
I finally decide to go with a brand new Honda VTX 1300 Retro….. damn sweet bike. I’ll post some photo’s in a few days. I picked it up last Spring and put 4,500 miles on it along with a few mod’s (Seat, Windshield, Highway Bars & Pegs, Grips, Air Horn) to name a few. I think half the fun of owning a bike is making it your own creation.

I went on a few nice trips last Summer and met a lot of friends and joined the Michigan “X” Riders, we’re a club, not a gang. We have a diverse membership with fellow yuppies like myself, truck drivers, machinist, automotive designers, engineers, etc. I’m planning on going to the Honda Hoot and Honda Homecoming this Summer.
Possibly Americade and Coloradical next year….. who knows. I need more vacation time. Boss man you reading this? I’ve rambled on long enough.

So…. Tell me why do you ride and how did it all begin????

16 Comments:

Anonymous Steve Johnson said...

Welcome to biker blogging. You'll have to check out mine (click on my name).

I'm kinda like you. I rode a 1979 Kawasaki KZ400 through college, my only mode of transportation. Took a lot of girls for rides on it. Eventually I got tired of getting rained on, and freezing my butt off. I bought a pick up truck.

I didn't get back to riding until 16 years later. I bought a Yamaha Road Star. I still have it, and still ride it. But I also bought a Harley Davidson Ultra Classic.

Hey, we're going to have to have a biker blogger rally some day!

5/03/2006 12:41 AM  
Blogger Biker Betty said...

I, also, would like to welcome you to the Blogging World. It seems you, Steve and I have the same stories. I rode my grandpa's Honda back in high school. After graduating I joined the Air Force and it wasn't till last March 2005 that I finally got my own motorcycle.

I found a used 2002 Yamaha V-Star 650 custom and have put on just over 4,000 miles in the last year. My husband & I took the MSF course last Feb 2005 and once we passed bought our bikes. We, too, are going thru that mid-life crisis (lol). We've caused a bit of a stir in our church. A few don't approve, but overall most think it's great. My husband found a 1993 Honda Nighthawk.

It's now becoming a family thing. Our youngest son has recently been riding on the back of his dad's bike for short trips around town. He is absolutely loving it. We got him a helmet, but it's hard finding all the rest of the protective gear for his small 12 year old frame.

I look forward to your future postings and adventures. Check out my blog. I'm just starting out, like you. Be sure to read about Tuesday's "Biker Friendly" bumper stickers. It's a great idea.

Safe Travels, Betty :)

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Blogger L.T. said...

I just found you all. I'm 64 and just bought my first Honda. 2002 Sabre VT1100. I've found something I really enjoy. Summer is here in Northern Mich. and I've had enough good weather to get out for a couple of hundred miles. Theres alot to see in Northern Michigan and you can experience it so much better on a bike. Hope everyone has a great and safe summer. Larry Thurston

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