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50 years of motorcycling

I just realized that 50 years ago this month I bought my first motorcycle and got my motorcycle license. It would be another four years before I got an automobile license and a further couple of years before I owned a car. I had my priorities then and they still apply today.

Many motorcycles since then and I still get the buzz when I ride my V. Haven't slowed down much either, hope that I can ride until I drop dead. Life is good!
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Congratulations. I've been at it off and on for about the same. The bug never dies.

My dad rode until he was 84. He kept buying lighter bikes until he just didn't have the confidence any more. His are big footsteps to be following in.

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Me, too. Started riding in '57 on daddy's little Harley Hummer. Got my first "bike", Vespa when I was 13, around '60, '61. After that Honda 90, CB160.
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50 years for me too. My first ride as a driver was on a Honda 150cc Dream.


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I have been riding for 44 years and hope to continue for many more. It all started with the purchase of a new Honda 350 Scrambler in July of 1970.

Old guys rule!

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With only 36 year under my belt, I feel like I'm still in primary school ! Every day & ride is different. There still much to learn. Happy riding everyone.
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1964 Yamaha YG-1, 80 cc my first bike. I know there's a photo of me on it somewhere around here... The next half dozen bikes I had-not one photo of them. Today everybody has a camera, but back then (just after we rolled the stone out of the cave door) cameras weren't everywhere and we lived for the moment, not thinking to record things, I suppose.
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only 40 years here, Kawasaki 90 road bike (it was mums) my first bike was a Kawasaki F6
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With only 36 year under my belt, I feel like I'm still in primary school ! Every day & ride is different. There still much to learn. Happy riding everyone.
Hopefully, we never stop learning. That's a big part of riding and once we think we know it all, that might be when fate bites the arse of the rider.
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Fifty-one years here if a Cushman Super Eagle counts.

First motorcycle was a 1957 Harley 750 flathead Sportster - if that counts as well. Many since then - some great and some not so great but, all in all, I wish I still had them all.

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50 years for me too. My first ride as a driver was on a Honda 150cc Dream.

Beautiful little bike.

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Looks like a CB160 in the background.
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Bunch of Old Coots here.

I'm just a Kid I guess...only been riding around 45 years!

Life's good!

Or was that look THEN leap?
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GOOD thread! Got my FIRST bike back in '63 - a '62 Triumph Thunderbird - so that's 51 years back.

When people ask about my Versys, IF they're 'older', I say that the V is what the Triumph/ BSA/ Norton bikes would have BECOME if they'd remained in business, and done improvements on the original bikes. (Yes - I KNOW that Triumph, and now Norton [?] have been reborn, but I'm referring to the ORIGINAL companies.)

I believe that riding is keeping me young...!

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Way to go, that's very cool. I didn't start riding till I was 43, so maybe I can get 50 years in?!

Lovin every minute of it!
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I only started last year at age 59. My red '08 versys is my first bike. Lots to learn, but I'm really enjoying it so far.
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I also started my first bike ownership last summer at the age of 60 even though my friends in 1966 - 71 let me ride there mopeds, and 125 and 250 Yamahas. I'm having a blast and learn every time I ride.

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congrats! keep riding..you know you are invisible right?

I'm no diplomat
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Congrats to Smiley and everyone else! I'm only at 18 years on the bike, but am hoping for another 42
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I haven't been alive for half the time you've been riding.

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