I am 52 years old live in Lombard, IL, a western suburb of Chicago. I have been riding since early teens, starting on dirt bikes and moving to street bikes in my early 20's. I have a lovely wife named Cathy who loves to ride, mostly passenger, but she completed the MSF Beginner course about a year and a half ago. She has ridden a bit on the street but not enough to take any longer rides. Her bike is a 2002 Kawasaki Ninja 250. My current bikes are:
2004 Honda VFR800
1983 Suzuki GS1100ED
1982 Suzuki GS1000SZ (Katana)
1994 KTM 620
My previous street bikes are:
1999 Kawasaki ZRX1100
1995 KTM 620 Super Comp (Supermoto Conversion)
2001 Suzuki GSXR1000
1988 Honda Hurricane 1000F (Hurricane)
1985 Yamaha RZ350
1980 Honda CB750F
My FJR was bought slightly used in late 2004. It has around 40K miles and Cathy and I use it as our two-up sport tourer and go on several long weekend trips a year as well as one longer tour each year. We probably put 7-8k miles on the FJR a year.
The VFR is my one-up sport-tourer and occasional track day bike.
The '83 GS1100 was bought new by me in '83 and is a very nice example of an '80's superbike.
The '82 Katana is a dream bike I've always wanted and that dream came true two years ago thanks to a friend in Atlanta. It is 99% original and is in fantastic condition. It is a keeper but also a rider, although I do my best to keep it out of the rain.
The '94 KTM is a combo Supermoto and dual-sport. It is (barely) street legal so I can ride it on streets. It is a blast in either form and tends to bring out the hooligan in whoever rides it.
I do most of my own work and own a No-Mar tire changer along with a nice lift. I'm not a mechanic but can muddle my way through most tasks. I own factory service manuals for all my bikes and try to keep decent maintenance records.
Cathy and I ride fairly aggressively on the street, occasional peg scraping but adhering mostly to 'The Pace' philosophy of street riding. I get my speed and real aggressive kicks by doing a track day or two each year.
We are both dog lovers (me more than her) and have two rescue dogs, allegedly Beagle/Pug mixes named Koa and Norton. We both love hockey ( I played men's leagues for about 25 years) and are very proud of the Chicago Blackhawks for FINALLY winning the Stanley Cup last year.
That's it for now. I look forward to getting to know the folks around here, learning, helping out when I can, and having a lot of fun.....