How old were you?
Posted 15 February 2012 - 05:11 PM
Personally, I don't think there is a right or wrong answer, each person has their own maturity, abilities, and experience. That is the true determining factor if you ask me.
I was 16, and got my endorsement the morning I turned 16, and never looked back. Of course, I had a moped license at 15, so that is my true street start.
2012 Kawasaki KLX 250S & 2011 Kawasaki KLR 650
Posted 15 February 2012 - 05:21 PM
I didn't ride on the street again until I was 18 and in college. I grew up in the middle of nowhere, and the closest paved road was over a mile away.
Lots of people will naysay and hand out warnings of things gone wrong, but I don't think we should live our lives without ever taking any risk. If you want your boy to ride, and he wants to, help him along on your terms. You'll both be better for it.
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Posted 15 February 2012 - 05:26 PM
84 454 LTD sold, 82 GS 750 sold
Posted 15 February 2012 - 05:50 PM
My 11 year-old son has zero interest in motorcycles. He must take after his grandfather. That's fine with me because as much as I would love to ride with him when he's older, it is one less thing to worry about.
My other son, on the other hand, already shows a keen interest in motorcycles. He is only 2, but I can tell he has the bug already. My wife is already talking about getting him a mini bike to use at her parents' cabin. Of course that means we'll have to get a full-size dirt bike to take turns following him around on the trails!
Posted 15 February 2012 - 06:02 PM
Normal People.....................Scare me
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Posted 15 February 2012 - 06:33 PM
As for your question, I was 19, in the Air Force and stationed in Denver for tech school, and it was just a little rented 150 with a bunch of friends. No instruction, no gear, no m/c-specific license; just turned us loose on the streets. I'd always wanted one but didn't buy my first one till I got back to the states a year later. My folks were dead against it when I lived at home. The old man rode a police bike and for some reason, they thought they were dangerous. Guess I've had eight now, unless I lost count.
p.s., If you already bought the 16 y-o.'s bike, what did you go for?
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Posted 15 February 2012 - 06:38 PM
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Posted 15 February 2012 - 07:41 PM
My father bought a used BMW R60/5 with a wrecked Lufmeister full fairing. I rebuilt the fairing and he and I shared that bike for many years. The BMW was my first street legal experience.
I just love it when people give me an excuse to post this photo. Rode this bike on the street, but not legally. Note to Niehart - take notice of the garden hose nearby that had just been used to wash the bike.
Posted 15 February 2012 - 07:44 PM
I learned how to ride a motorcycle with my mom when I was 16 at the MSF course, then went for many local rides with my parents, including before finishing the MSF course using the learner's permit (my dad was our licensed chaperon).
The best family ride back then was one that my girlfriend (now wife) rode on the back with me for an all-day ride with my parents. She got grounded for quite a while because her parents found out (they don't like motorcycles). Now she rides her own bike, and there's already plans to get a little 50cc dirt bike for the kids. My family has corrupted their poor innocent little daughter . They're still hoping that the kids might just not be interested in riding when they grow up, but they already love motorcycles (or "mogodyko", as my 3-yr-old says).
Posted 15 February 2012 - 07:47 PM
Talk about a great forum alias!
Me, 14, Suzuki 90, total loss ignition system, caught and 'ticketed' on a residential stree Ooops.
I wouldn't change a fucking thing; I've lived hard, played hard, and I ain't done yet. I've paid some severe penalties along the way, but the rewards have been so much greater; even if for just have participating in the game of life with utmost abandon. It's not who rides the furthest in a day, but rather in a lifetime. CBA member #1, IBA #31845 and very proud of both.
Posted 15 February 2012 - 07:48 PM
Posted 15 February 2012 - 08:32 PM
* Poll didn't reflect a 15 1/2 age choice, so I included my vote in the rebel section.
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05' Gen I, 02' DRZ400SM, 04' Beta
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Posted 15 February 2012 - 08:47 PM
Anyone remember these giant killers...
'12 Super Tenere
Posted 15 February 2012 - 09:58 PM
2007 FJR AE
Next: Gen III 2014 FJRR
Posted 15 February 2012 - 10:03 PM
Three bikes latter, including a Suzuki GT380, I went for my licence on my RE5.
Funny thing that Mum lived near the testing centre. The Transport Dept guy had seen me and the RE several times in the burbs.
All what he wanted to know is if he could have a ride on it.
2014 AEE aka the Aussie ES
2013 MG Stelvio
Posted 15 February 2012 - 10:26 PM
Later that year I finally got sober, and have been since!
The man who helped me sober up, had a garage full of bikes! I think I was 28 when I bought a wrecked Honda 400 from him. The triple tree was bent so it wobbled like hell if you tried to go over 35 mph. I rode it out in the country and on every BLM rode I could find. A year later I bought a Honda 400 CMT that was in great shape and started riding it to work around Los Angeles. I rode these bikes in all conditions. The BLM roads would go from old pavement, to sand , to rocks, to mud and back and forth between it all! The bikes were cheap and really easy to handle so I learned how to recover from a lot of near mistakes. Those early days set me up for the next 23 years of blissful motorcycling!
My sons are 18 and 20 and still don't ride yet! They both waited until they were 18 just to get their license. Probably because traffic here in L.A. is so bad these days. I've wanted to get them bikes but the wife wants them to get comfortable in a cage first! The 20 year old has done well so I've started looking for something like a GS 550!
A Friend recently explained to me that " a good amount of air time is required to truly appreciate road rash!" I'd like to take his word for it!
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