Got mine in 68 too
I skipped the junior/senior prom to go riding on the day that I got my first bike - an Allstate 124. Not long after I switched to BSA and didn't think that I'd ever ride anything else again. For several years, I rode one English bike after another, spending more time working on them than riding. They leaked oil, the lights died every time that it rained (damned Lucas electronics!) but man, there has never been a more wicked sounding bike than a 650 long stroke, narrow bore British twin. We all hit the drive in too for Easy Rider. I think that about 15 of us showed up, but most of us got kicked out before the movie was over for jumping our bikes over the mounds where the cars parked. (Most younger readers probably won't know what the heck I'm talking about - "they parked on mounds???")
I'm glad that I didn't have access to bikes like we have now - I wouldn't have survived them. In 1968, the BSA 650 Lightning was the fastest production bike in the world. With all of 45 hp, it didn't come close to the performance of the 'beginner' sport bikes that we have today. Something else that we didn't have then is the amount of deer that we have now. We rode like maniacs, racing through the mountains here in western NC night and day. We hardly ever saw wildlife on the roads - back then, anything that raised its head in the woods got shot, regardless of season. Now I see deer nearly every night as I ride home. If I'm on the road at night, I'm paranoid as hell, riding with one hand on the clutch and the other on the front brake.
It was some crazy times, for sure. I had some good times, but I have even better times now. A lot of the guys that I rode with then are gone now - 3 suicides, a couple killed in crashes, one of overdose and two in Nam. Two of the suicides were Nam vets as well. A lot of really bad stuff came out of that war, and the way that the vets were treated was some of the worst. Of the group of about 15 riders that I hung out with back then, only two of us are still riding. Both of us quit for about two decades though, which may be why we're still kicking.
Never did get that Harley chopper, though I did have a BSA Lightning chopped (a ridiculous looking contraption.)