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Old 10-23-2012, 09:22 AM   #1
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Riding age

How old were you when you started riding? (Street, not dirt bikes or whatever.) Who got you into riding and what bike did you start out on?

Who's the youngest and the oldest rider on this forum?

And how do you view riders of different ages? Do you older guys look down on the younger guys and vice versa?

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Old 10-23-2012, 09:28 AM   #2
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I rode my KX 80 on the street when I was 11. Not legally, but I would go 15 miles to friends' houses, lol.

The first street bike I owned was a 1985 ninja 600. I was 25.
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:30 AM   #3
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:32 AM   #4
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I was 16 too, started out on a ninja 250.
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:36 AM   #5
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I was 27, started on a 600 Hurricane, 400k miles and thousands of track miles later I've got a Repsol Edition CBR 1000 and my trusty TLR1000. Love to see new people get into riding, try to be a good influence and share my passion for the sport
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:37 AM   #6
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I was about 9-10 when i started riding dirt bikes & 4 wheelers. I didn't care much for the 4-wheelers. I liked riding bikes, didn't take long to learn how the clutch and etc worked. I was jumping dirt ramps and going to the movies and friends houses with it at a young age. I didn't have much of anyone to watch me as a youngen so i was able to do w.e. i wanted. So i would go pick people up on it and go do stuff. I would easily trek 30-40 miles and just cross majors roads ( I.E. 529 and HWY6) when I had to. Run from PoPo's if i had to.
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:40 AM   #8
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I think I was 16 or 17, it was a freinds Honda 80 (street legal dual purpose). The first full fledged streetbike I ever rode was a modded out ZX11, that was a real eye opener!
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:54 AM   #9
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I was a licenced mc rider at 15 for a 125 cc (back then at 15yrs old the max was a 125). At 16 I had a Honda CM 250 then a GS 500@ 18 a couple of 600's, 750, 1k, etc...I am 39 now...I don't look down on young riders, no matter how they ride, we've ALL done it...I do, however, try to share my hard learned lessons and hope that at least one person can learn them the easy way.
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:56 AM   #10
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I was a licenced mc rider at 15 for a 125 cc (back then at 15yrs old the max was a 125). At 16 I had a Honda CM 250 then a GS 500@ 18 a couple of 600's, 750, 1k, etc...I am 39 now...I don't look down on young riders, no matter how they ride, we've ALL done it...I do, however, try to share my hard learned lessons and hope that at least one person can learn them the easy way.
Very interesting, I never knew that back then there was a 125cc limit.
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:57 AM   #11
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19, '06 636. My dad always rode bikes and my brother rode, so I grew up around them and decided to get one when I had some disposable income
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:59 AM   #12
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14 when i would take the honda cb750 out around town alone.
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I was 31 and was looking at the depreciation and mpg on my grand prix with the 100 mile weekday round trip and decided it would save me money if I got a bike. It did, but I'm riding a massively reliable honda that I only have to change the oil every 3K and the tires, chain, and sprockets once a year (yes, I get over 20K out of those).
As for looking down on people, that comes second nature as most people are shorter than me. Or do you mean metaphorically? Then no, people can be stupid, I'll give my two cents, but I don't care if I get ignored. Especially since I behave like a hooligan every so often...uh, daily.
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Old 10-23-2012, 10:03 AM   #14
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Oh, man. My Dad bought one of these in 1973 during the Arab-Israeli war and gas prices spiked. He commuted to the train station on it, in his suit, in Connecticut!

I learned how to ride at 13, in a parking lot. Used it to get to high school when I got my hardship permit at 15. Was scary being on something so underpowered in Houston traffic; but by starting my driving life feeling that vulnerable & exposed gave me good mental training about paranoia & alertness that's stuck w. me ever since.

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Old 10-23-2012, 10:06 AM   #15
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Oh, man. My Dad bought one of these in 1973 during the Arab-Israeli war and gas prices spiked. He commuted to the train station on it, in his suit, in Connecticut!

I learned how to ride at 13, in a parking lot. Used it to get to high school when I got my hardship permit at 15. Was scary being on something so underpowered in Houston traffic; but by starting my driving life feeling that vulnerable & exposed gave me good mental training about paranoia & alertness that's stuck w. me ever since.

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So theoretically you rode a 125cc dirt bike on the street? Haha I complained about starting on a ninja 250! Was that a 2 stroke?
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Old 10-23-2012, 10:08 AM   #16
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Old 10-23-2012, 10:14 AM   #17
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9 yrs old, lived in the back woods, rode my XR-75 all over the countryside on gravel and paved roads. Bought my first street bike at 16 a ZX-6E. Then my first new bike at 20, a V-Max, I have owned 24 bikes since then. I have been on two for 29 years now. I do not look down on you wippersnappers, (just laugh at the one's that do not wear gear). I get amused at how different the young guys are now compared to how I/we was/were at the same age. I like to ride with some younger guys occasionally to remember how it feels to have no fear or responsibility. Oh and I am 38 now, my 11 month old son will get his first bike next year, then when he is ready, I will take him to TMGP to kick obed's rearend!!
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Old 10-23-2012, 10:19 AM   #18
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Old 10-23-2012, 10:29 AM   #19
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I started riding at around 12... rode my first harley "74" in 1964...
I really enjoy seeing new riders...
and your 11 year old will not be the first kid to beat my at TMGP.
There are some fine kids out there riding, not just good riders, good kids...
Ryan at 12 is a really good rider, and there was a new kid out there this weekend that just turned old enough to participate, I think he is 8 and that kid is already good...he beat Ryan one race and finished second to Ryan in another...
I think i have as much fun watching the kids racing as i do racing myself..it is a riot to watch the adults in the bleachers when the kids are racing, not sure which is the best show. at 62 i am not the oldest rider out there, i think Dennie is 3 years older than i am...
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Old 10-23-2012, 10:37 AM   #20
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