I got to 45 years old, woke up one morning and decided I needed some DANGER! in my life, did the DAS course and bought a 'Tona.
I loved the freedom and the 360 degree involvement in the world as others have said, about just getting my leathers on and riding out with a plan to go and see something and think nothing of doing a 200 mile round trip.
Tinkering with my bike and doing my own servicing and repairs is as good sometimes as riding out too.
The fellow biker people you meet when you're out and about on a bike, some are great and have become mates, some are sad and wierd, some have a carefree lifestyle that I often ponder over and reflect upon when the going gets tough in my life.
Discovered touring with my mates through the Alps and Pyrenees was one of the best things in life. Fast bikes, open roads and good company to laugh with in the evenings.
Got my son into bikes too with him on his 600SS Ducati and have had some epic rides with him at home and in Europe too. Having a Bluetooth intercom to chat with him when he's on his bike makes the rides really excellent fun as well.
He and I were featured in RiDE magazine in August 2011 when we rode down Ducati in Bologna 2300 miles via the D roads through France and Italy.
Can't wait to plan my next trip with him and another with my mates
When I was a Kid I wanted to be an astronaut whear a helmet and gloves etc and go up into space very fast on rockets. But I was British, crap at maths, and science and no good at PE. So I couldn't do that.
So I decided I was going to be a jet pilot wear a helmet and gloves etc and go very very fast through the skies. But I wear glasses and was no good at PE or maths or science. So I couldn't do that.
So I decided to be a Formula 1 racing driver and wear helmets and gloves etc and go very very fast in racing cars. But my dad wasn't a gazillionaire so I couldn't do that.
So I got to 16, let my hair grow and realised I could do all this stuff on the cheap. I could smoke weed and go up into space, I could wear a helmet and gloves and boots. I could ride a moped and go very very very...........slow! Well two out of three aint bad.
Since then I saved my pennies worked hard and got faster and faster and faster bikes and wore a succession of better and better and better.........helmets!
But then one day I realised that you can stick your rockets and jets etc and go get a spitfire! That old handmade crafted stuff might not be as fast as the other stuff but it has more charm and more character and is infinitely more involving. Plus you can wear goggles as well as helmets, and thats one more thing to dress up in! I realised that making something old and slow go fast is much more fun than making something fast go slow (because usualy its better than you are)
And thats where I am today.
I've met some brilliant people, helped as many as I can along the way, and continue to believe that whatever your other differences motorcycles somehow create a unique brotherhood that if you let yourself join you will likely never realy leave. (remember that next tiome we all start bickering about politics or whatever... without the bikes we wouldn't all be here)
Oh and Triumph? Cos I like putting me pounds into a British company if I can and they are just very cool bikes as most non bikers will also agree.
because theyre fun! ive got very little interest cars they are just a tool to me.but i could have fun riding almost any bike(not harley and their clones) started on a monkey bike round the garden when i was about 5 and never been without a bike or 10 ever since i had a few years where i spent an absolute fortune(to me) club racing,the greatest days of my life which i dont expect to ever come close to again Media File mind you it was nice to take to track for my 1st ever trackday on this old girl Media File but despite loving the speed i feel happy at walking pace on a trials bike tooMedia File i think im just a hopeless addict now and have a little bit of a problem because i become attached to bikes and struggle to get rid heres one of my workshops after i picked up a lil 400 last weekMedia File think i may have a problem
Allegedly he has more experience than just about anyone when it comes first hand knowledge of the abrasive properties of different road surfaces on fairings, frames and the human body. If he was a scientist he'd have been given the Nobel prize by now