30 years ago
I got my license, which allowed you to ride motorcycles back then, there was no MSF, there were no other requirements to ride a MC.
A friend of mine which BTW is still a good friend (going to bristol with him soon) Got me into Motorcycling seriously at about age 12 (ok as serious as a kid could get having to pay for everything himself) Mom would not even think about lending a buck to the causes at that age (No causes to be truthful)
I had been riding my TS 400 to school and back for a while by that time no license but no one cared back then, heck my neighbor was a local cop there were three of them there then (ok maybe a few more but none all on duty at the same time) I had a hell of a time on the 400 it was thee most fun thing I had ever done! , Orange groves sand pits dirt trails we did em all had a blast! Got minorly hurt a few dozen times off road (DAMN CACTUS SUCK!)
After that had a 360t honda for a very short time (hell i forgot i owned that damn thing WHAT A POS that was), then got a Water Buffalo (think it was a 74 or 75 model) that bike was fast (damn fast for the day and what I could buy).
I remember thinking i was kicking some fancy ass Porsche's arse heading toward Okeechobee, about 130 mph I was gaining speed slowly butt I was getting him, I pulled along side going for the pass, he nodded……. I saw tail lights disappear in the distance in just a couple moments....... I was young and that WAS AWESOME! that damn car just disappeared down that long lonely road to (then) No where!
Since a little Kid out in San Berdo I fell in love with Choppers Harleys to be exact, I used to sneak off and ride my Bicycle down town to peer in the window of some chopper shop filled with big bad bikers, don’t know the name of the shop or the darn street for that matter, just remember them HUGE bikers (of course I was like 8 then) now and then one would peer at me, none ever said a word to me.
I have a friend Big Dave (he is still a good friend as well) that rode with me back when I had that 400 he was about 10 years older than I, We used to raise cane off road together once in a while, well some years later I ended up working at a place he did this is the story how I ended up buying my First HD, One day at work he had his Shovel out there, Keep in mind he is 6’7” and just about 400 lbs then (huge Man!) well he was betting some folks that if they could start his HD (it was Kickstart only and a stroker at that)with their Arm they could ride it, a few tried none did it, I walked over and said to him I start it I ride it right, he said with your Arm! Well I was pretty dang small at 17 about 125 130 lbs soaking wet, , but I knew I was starting that DAMN bike, and I did First try. He almost would not let me ride it, told him I’d kick his ass if he didn’t (bwhahahahaha)
That was it, I had to have one. HAD TO!
Ol Big Dave and I went to looking for a HD then for me, a cheap one I could afford ya know, we found a ’66 FL someone had put a 10 over FE on it 12 point friggen ugliest pullback damn bars ya ever seen on it. Under a lean too outside Frostproof FL, I didn’t have quite enough cash to buy the bike, so we headed back to town, dave knew the folks at the auto parts store went in asked em to borrow like an additional 600 bucks, they did we went beack pulled up , the guy was countin pennies on his tailgate, the bike was sold! we paid em a grand for it,
It was done I was headed back with a HD in the back of the truck, I sat on the bike all the way back home, HEAVEN I TELLYA, the wind in my hair hell I didn’t give a crap I was in the back of the truck on MY HARLEY hell I made him drive by everyones house and show it to them in the back of the truck
It has now been a lifetime of riding, riding my kids all over the place since they were wee leetle babies, we have had some fantastic times on those Harleys and now since 2002 BMW’s,
My life is good at 45! which has included a new wife (which has been a great riding partner and 2 wonderful step kids for about 18 years now) my 2 kids and My bikes, I never gave em up to raise the family but one time for about a year when I got my first (and only) Divorce, no it’s not the story where the wife got everything, I got everything, the Kids, I sold off everything to pay for a good lawyer to win custody, I did. I got it all thee most important things in my life my kids…..
Life is GOOD!
'07 GS Adv (mine), '06 GS <(My brides)
(the only bmw's in the stable)