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  • #31
    Uncles rode and injured themselves pretty significantly in the 90's , but still rode again upon recovery. Had a little Peewee 50 at the farm that we always rode and enjoyed. When I could finally afford it, wanted a cheap commuter to Uni and back and had a few friends that rode at the time. Then started riding with [email protected] and PSB for a few years before I started racing. Realistically if it wasn't for the brilliant social aspect of PSB and [email protected] at the time I might not have started racing, which has kept me involved and interested for the last 17 years.
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    • #32
      I guess I'm a little against the grain of other responses here, no one in my family rides, except me. I grew up with "NO YOU ARE NOT GETTING A MOTORBIKE!!!", "They're dangerous", "Not safe", "You'll get hurt or worse", etc. etc. etc. I think mum knew all along it was inevitable, I would absolutely stare at any motorbike in the vicinity and point them out while in the back of the car. Never knew anything about makes or models, just wanted to be on one.

      To be fair both my folks, myself, brother and sister are all pretty keen cyclists, or at least were growing up. I use to ride all over the hills in my teens going from one mates place to anothers then to the local hang out and so on. Some of the roads I use to cycle back then are the roads I now lead hills rides through. I loved being on two wheels, that feeling of diving into a corner and flicking my bike from one side to another. Not to mention the freedom and feeling of being part of the world around me, something I never felt in a car.

      Skip forward a few years. I had stopped cycling as much after high school and had started to think about getting back on a bike. A good friend and then later housemate had just got his license and was telling me about all these awesome rides he was going on that he found on some site called Perth Street Bikes. I started getting lessons while still at home with my parents and had to keep that a secret from them as I knew they would tear me in half if they found out. I bought a helmet that I had to hide in the back of my car for a bit. Then moved into a place with said mate and that's when my interest really turned up to 11. I had my license within 3-4 weeks of moving out.

      It would have been around 1-2 months later before I decided to let them know because, hey whats the worst they could do, I was now living independently! I had bought some basic riding gear and a Hyosung gt250r (I was a newbie back then ok) and paid mum and dad a visit on it. Mum saw it and immediately said "Oh, what have you done!". After a little calming her down she admitted she knew this was going to happen, just not so soon. Dad didn't give anywhere near as much of a reaction but when not saving face infront of me was apparently pretty worried.

      Other than my housemate no one I knew was into riding and despite how much I tried to convince my mates none were interested. That's when I started coming on PSB rides, socialising with people outside my age group, somewhat stepping outside of my comfort zone and was able to discard my shy teenage self.

      To get back on topic and away from my ramblings and reminiscing, what made me decide to start motorcycling? I had been mesmerised by them growing up and they were something akin to a forbidden fruit. At the time of gaining independence I used my bike to explore my freedom and realise I can do what I damn well please... within reason.

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      • #33
        On the farm we had a Honda postie bike, Yamaha farm bike and then a Suzuki.
        A and a number of years later I got a Honda St 1300 because it had a shalf drive instead of a chain because I was sick of adjusting and oiling them then in December 2015 traded in for the VFR 1200f again shalf drive.
        Tp.
        Last edited by Thomas Peel; 26-05-2018, 05:13 PM.

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        • #34
          Trying to impress a girl......
          "Some people are like clouds. When they disappear it's a beautiful day"

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          • #35
            I always wanted to ride but various wives, girlfriends and mother were adamant I wasn't going to
            bought a jetski to satisfy the need for speed but theres only so much of that one can take.

            finally found myself single a couple of years ago and decided now was the time..bar none, the best thing I've ever done.

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            • #36
              Originally posted by Known View Post
              I grew up with "NO YOU ARE NOT GETTING A MOTORBIKE!!!", "They're dangerous", "Not safe", "You'll get hurt or worse", etc. etc. etc.

              It would have been around 1-2 months later before I decided to let them know because, hey whats the worst they could do, I was now living independently!
              Yeah I had similar despite my father having had MC's since he was a young bloke, he hadn't minded me riding dirt bikes but given I had a few accidents on them and there being more idiots on the roads etc etc he didn't want me getting a MC licence

              I ended up getting lessons and my licence without them knowing and it was only when I asked my old man for help buying a bike that he started to come around, didn't instil confidence when I locked the front coming over the front lawn a couple of days after getting it
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              • #37
                Originally posted by GreenMeanie View Post
                My Dad was a Hoon.
                I decided to improve the family reputation.
                Similarly...
                I was brought up on stories of 120mph on old tweaked BSAs with no headlights (because tuned motor revved too hard the dynamo kept blowing shit up) running from the cops down british country roads.


                Sounded like fun.


                edit:
                maybe tweaked is an understatement. dad was also a mechanic, things were built/tuned to within (and beyond) an inch of their life. Used to rebuild the things as often as ride them.

                Didn't get into road bikes until quite late due to work requirements, but was given my first dirt bike for 11th birthday An old Yamaha MX100
                “Crashing is shit for you, shit for the bike, shit for the mechanics and shit for the set-up,” Checa told me a while back. “It’s a signal that you are heading in the wrong direction. You want to win but crashing is the opposite. It’s like being in France when you want to go to England and when you crash you go to Spain. That way you’ll never get to England!” -- Carlos Checa

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                • #38
                  I have no idea why.
                  It was a compulsion from very young.
                  I worked for a hardware store bagging cement into smaller bags from the larger bags for about 3 years till I had enough money to by a second hand yz80 aged 12 .
                  Been riding ever since.
                  REPENT MOTHER FUCKER
                  (anarchy in english )

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                  • #39
                    Mate my age scored a brand new XR75 [ showing my age obviously ], as a prize for something.

                    After about 1 hr of him falling off every 10 seconds, his parents said "just no".


                    I begged/grovelled/promised the world and my old man bought it for me, around 1973 or 4 ? At that age I had just started to get an idea what "girls" were all about [ tingling in the groinal area on speaking to them ] and the girls thought I was cool cos I had a bike.

                    Never been without at least one bike since.

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                    • #40
                      growing up i always had army in my blood. when i was 22 i finally decided to join up and ended up getting an injury resulting in me getting out. after a few months of of feeling shit and like a failure i decided i should look into another dream i always had of learning to ride.

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                      • #41
                        Two fractured bones in my left foot.

                        Owning a manual shift car (1995) and a job where I sat at a bench most of the day repairing stuff, somebody suggested I could buy a 50cc scooter to get to and from work. Awsome fellow work mates even helped out, carrying TV's to and from my work bench and even parking/rolling the little Honda Dio 50cc scooter to the door so I didn't have to hobble as far when I arrived/time to go home.

                        I planned to sell the scoot once my tootsie was healed, but I never did. It stuck around living on the patio, coming out every now and then for a run to the shops, fun squirt around the burb or another stint of busted tootsies.
                        Roll on to the day I stripped my car down to the shell for a full rebuild that took 10 months, the little 50cc scooter became my primary transport. I ended up doing 56k on it total, finally getting rid of it the second time it lunched the piston.
                        You think I progressed to motorcycles at that point? Not quite. Bought another 50cc scoot, a Bowell Jolie for another 11k before the urge to upgrade hit. A motorbike? Well, I actually planned to get a bigger scooter. One sunny day, 70kmh northbound on west coast highway riding the instructors CB250, that's when I decided I'd get a motorcycle.

                        Your probably wondering why I rode and wanted a scooter over a motorcycle? I have a problem with my feet. Fractures, breaks and sprains are a common event for myself so the appeal of a twist and go is hard to ignore for when your foot/feet aren't up to the task of pushing the pedals in a car or brakes/gears on a bike.

                        Buying a bike was probably a bad idea given my condition, because there has been times where I haven't been able to ride/drive even an auto car but could have ridden a scoot.
                        Necessity is the mother of invention though. I've worked out that I can wrap my feet up and wear a pair of calf high motorcycle boots and manage to ride a bike and walk. Just, ignore the language when I'm pulling the boots on........

                        In hindsight, yep, wish I got the urge to get a motorcycle earlier.
                        Last edited by Cone Cat; 03-07-2018, 10:12 PM.

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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by Cone Cat View Post
                          Your probably wondering why I rode and wanted a scooter over a motorcycle? I have a problem with my feet. Fractures, breaks and sprains are a common event for myself so the appeal of a twist and go is hard to ignore for when your foot/feet aren't up to the task of pushing the pedals in a car or brakes/gears on a bike.

                          Buying a bike was probably a bad idea given my condition, because there has been times where I haven't been able to ride/drive even an auto car but could have ridden a scoot.
                          Necessity is the mother of invention though. I've worked out that I can wrap my feet up and wear a pair of calf high motorcycle boots and manage to ride a bike and walk. Just, ignore the language when I'm pulling the boots on........

                          In hindsight, yep, wish I got the urge to get a motorcycle earlier.
                          Maybe you should have looked at the VFR1200 DCT, no need to shift with your foot just use the push buttons/paddle shift

                          The other alternative is to fit a Quickshifter to do the same thing One of the older members on here that went by the handle "Insane" on here and OzVFR had a RWB VFR Vtech he fitted with a QS due to a major foot/ankle injury before he bought a VFR1200 DCT when they came out
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                          Originally posted by Phildo
                          Noted. We'll check back on that one in three years
                          Originally posted by filbert
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                          • #43
                            It was all about women.

                            After motorbikes, there was no money left for women.

                            One owner. Only driven gently on Sundays. Sold to best offer. First to see will buy. Reward offered for safe return. Coming soon to a cinema near you. Available for a limited time only.

                            My waterbed broke this morning. Oh, I don't have a waterbed. Bugger.

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                            • #44
                              Originally posted by Cone Cat View Post
                              Two fractured bones in my left foot.

                              Owning a manual shift car (1995) and a job where I sat at a bench most of the day repairing stuff, somebody suggested I could buy a 50cc scooter to get to and from work. Awsome fellow work mates even helped out, carrying TV's to and from my work bench and even parking/rolling the little Honda Dio 50cc scooter to the door so I didn't have to hobble as far when I arrived/time to go home.

                              I planned to sell the scoot once my tootsie was healed, but I never did. It stuck around living on the patio, coming out every now and then for a run to the shops, fun squirt around the burb or another stint of busted tootsies.
                              Roll on to the day I stripped my car down to the shell for a full rebuild that took 10 months, the little 50cc scooter became my primary transport. I ended up doing 56k on it total, finally getting rid of it the second time it lunched the piston.
                              You think I progressed to motorcycles at that point? Not quite. Bought another 50cc scoot, a Bowell Jolie for another 11k before the urge to upgrade hit. A motorbike? Well, I actually planned to get a bigger scooter. One sunny day, 70kmh northbound on west coast highway riding the instructors CB250, that's when I decided I'd get a motorcycle.

                              Your probably wondering why I rode and wanted a scooter over a motorcycle? I have a problem with my feet. Fractures, breaks and sprains are a common event for myself so the appeal of a twist and go is hard to ignore for when your foot/feet aren't up to the task of pushing the pedals in a car or brakes/gears on a bike.

                              Buying a bike was probably a bad idea given my condition, because there has been times where I haven't been able to ride/drive even an auto car but could have ridden a scoot.
                              Necessity is the mother of invention though. I've worked out that I can wrap my feet up and wear a pair of calf high motorcycle boots and manage to ride a bike and walk. Just, ignore the language when I'm pulling the boots on........

                              In hindsight, yep, wish I got the urge to get a motorcycle earlier.
                              I got a,few mates who are paraplegics and they converted their racebikes to airshifter...another option to look into. Not a hard conversion either
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                              • #45
                                Bitches get wet over bikes and wheelies give them a huge wide-on.
                                And its the only way i can wear leather at the pub and not be hit on by dudes.
                                yes, i am ignorant
                                yes, i am a prick
                                no, i don't care
                                you make me sick

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