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Why the Sudden Interest in Motorcycles?

Been asking myself a lot lately, just why at this late stage in life did I want to ride a motorcycle for cryin out loud? Rode em as a teenager, but since getting out of the service had no interest whatsoever. Oh sure, guys in the family had em, friends had em, several employees had em, but I had no interest, so why, several years after retirement age did this happen?

I wonder how many of you guys out there had this happen to you?

Has it changed your entire life?

Have you found yourself drifting away from your longtime friends?

Things you used to do for fun, they're not so much anymore, and just intrude on your saddle time?

Are you losin it, or is everyone else in your life just old fuddy duddies with no since of adventure?

Is it about to cause a divorce because your wife, family & friends can't adapt?

Did that first wave you got take you by surprise and tingle just a bit, and now you wave at even the skateboarders?

You do realize, or do you really, that just one spill, even a slow speed one, may end this crazy infatuation in one split second?

Dang motorcycles!
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I rode as a kid and part of the way through high school. I always wanted to get back on a bike, but kids (mostly) work, etc.
A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to get back on a bike and have not regretted it. I still have work conflicts (my wife's work) with riding on some weekends to club meets, but I still ride at least to and form work when I can. A few things do intrude on my saddle time (see previous statement). I still have fun in other ways, it is not ALL about the bike. No divorce because of the bike, but I suppose it was close even though she knew when we married that I wanted back on a bike and she said OK... go figure. The first wave did bring back a few memories and yes I wave at bikes, trikes and all li'l kids. We are born into this world knowing at some point we will die. I have spent 13 years in the Army and 28 in law enforcement. In addition I have been an EMT and EMT/P and a volunteer fireman. I have been a jailer and a police dispatcher. The last 15 years I have been a police officer. I understand the inherent risks of riding and I still choose to ride. Insurance policies have been set up and are paid to take care of my wife and the bills from what ever final day I have.

I still ride and just try to be aware of things around me and enjoy the time I have left. Worry just makes you old and spoils time with family friend and mother nature and that includes my time hunting..

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Your story sounds much like mine... I rode motorcycles in my teens on my grandfather's farm. Once I got old enough to get a car my parents were very much opposed to a street bike and I never really had a strong urge. In my 30s I started to get the itch for a bike again and then I got in a car accident where I was stopped at a read light and a army truck smashed into me and I ended up getting a titanium plate to fix the resulting neck damage.

See: http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_10_17/6..._hardware.html

Well, once I got fixed up I decided life is too short and I finally decided I was going to get back on a motorcycle. My first bike was a DR650 Enduro and I had that for just over a month put 800 miles on the bike and got my license on it. I sold the bike for exactly what I paid for it too $1450 so it was a cheap way to learn. My second and current bike is a 1999 VN800B and I am really loving this bike but it was purchased as a "transition bike" with my plans to move up to a larger cruiser or touring bike. I am fairly confident that my next bike will end up being a 1600 Nomad but I have time to decide!

As for riding, I ride to work every day it is not supposed to rain and I love to get out for a early morning ride on weekends. My marriage has been a mess before my car accident and I will not share the dirty laundry here other then to say the bike has helped me find a healthy way to escape an ongoing series of marital disappointments. Riding a bike is almost like flying and after riding I have a new found appreciation why dogs like to have their heads hanging out a window while riding in a car! I am just glad I started riding in my 40s as opposed to waiting longer so that I can have more years in the future on two wheels!
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Quarterbore quote: After riding I have a new found appreciation why dogs like to have their heads hanging out a window while riding in a car!
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Bikers know this!!!!

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My wife and I have always love the open feeling. I have a GMC Pickup, but gotta have a truck, I have my bike and the wife has her convertible. Just something about it. I have had a bike since I was 18 except a 2 year period when I just could not afford it.

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At some point in your life, you're going to wake up and realize that long life you've been living is half over. You start thinking about things you've always wanted to do and haven't been able to. You start wondering if you're ever going to get to try those new things. For the first time you realize you don't get any "do-overs" in life. You don't want to waste any more time. You realize you'd better start LIVING. So, you go buy a bike and start.

Sorry to be such a downer.

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All good responses. Me, I'd like to say I love the open air and the freedom it provides......................Oh well, I ride cause the females are attracted to nice looking bikes.

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All good responses. Me, I'd like to say I love the open air and the freedom it provides......................Oh well, I ride cause the females are attracted to nice looking bikes.
Man, I wish that were true...
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At some point in your life, you're going to wake up and realize that long life you've been living is half over. You start thinking about things you've always wanted to do and haven't been able to. You start wondering if you're ever going to get to try those new things. For the first time you realize you don't get any "do-overs" in life. You don't want to waste any more time. You realize you'd better start LIVING. So, you go buy a bike and start.

Sorry to be such a downer.
Actually, thatís not so much a downer as much as it is conscious, rational thought. But how can it be rational to decide to do something that you know is just a little bit insane, a constant gamble. I donít remember any rational thought, just an urge really. That urge for some excitement, something different. Hard to explain really.

But when you actually do it and feel the rush of motoring down the road balanced on two wheels, you know its gotcha, and you start thinking about some sort of challenge and finding your niche; how fast, how far, how sexy, how tough, how practical. Hey, this motorcycling can open up a whole new world here.

Fortunate we are. Irrational, but fortunate.
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Have wanted a bike off and on since early 20s. When my wife of 18 years passed, I finally decided, its now or never. At 45, I bought my 800b, and may be the only reason I'm still around today, it was so therapeutic. It now has 108k miles and my Voyager should have 14k by the end of the weekend, it'll be a year old at the end of july. As its been said "bikes don't come with a reverse gear, because you should always be moving forward". I've never looked back!

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