When my older brother and myself were young kids around 10 years or so(its to long for me to remember properly now) my dad got us a mini bike that we would ride around the back yard for ages. Mum also had a Honda 50 auto that we would also punt around on. After a while this riding went by the wayside as we grew up to be teenagers and went on to do other things.
My brother then around 18 came home one day with a CBX750. I was only about 16. I still remember him taking me for a ride around town on it and it was so cool. He then upgraded to a ZZR600 which i remember him taking me for a ride to Parkes, NSW about a 33km trip. On the way back there was a small down hill section that i told him to go really fast on, which he didn't take much encouraging. I think we saw 160kmh and from that point on i was instantly hooked. I have never been that fast before the speed and acceleration was blinding. Well for a kid that didn't even have a license it was. Any chance that i got from then on i would go for a ride with him if he was willing.
A couple of years down the track after i got my first job i got my first bike. You can read about that here. When I got my first road bike my brother took me for a short ride out to the airport. I was just on my L Plates and still very much a novice. At the airport he said here swap bikes, I'll ride your 250 back into town take my Fireblade. What the heck. I had read lots about the new Fireblade which was the R1 of its day, light and fast. After turning onto the main road from the airport back into town i slowly accelerated in first short shifted into 2nd then absolutely nailed the throttle to the stop. Holy moley by Jesus this thing nearly ripped my arms out of my sockets it accelerated so damn fast. I saw 210kmh in no time. The sports bike rush had kicked in and i could not stop riding bikes ever since.
I've since gotten married in the last 6 years with one beautiful daughter so the riding had since slowed down.
"Like many others, marriage and children put an end to my early motorcycling days and it wasn't until many years later that I bought my next bike." Gary at Flies in your TeethI am absolutely determined to not have this happen to me so i kept the bike through about a 3 year period around the time of the birth of our daughter where I'm sure it only got ridden about 5 or 6 times. I am so glad i didn't sell it as just this year I have started to ride quite a lot again considering that I now have a large mortgage, wife and kids.
Riding bikes still brings a smile to my face after all the years I've been riding. There's always somewhere new to go and something new to see. And a winding road that i need to lay some black lines on......