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  1. TOP

    TOP Junior Member

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    It seems to be a tradition that former and current military members are drawn to the motorcycle community. Whether toward clubs or as independent riders, motorcycles seems to support the spirt and freedom felt by many of those of us who've served in our nations defense. I for one love the freedom and independence associated with the lifestyle. After serving 23 years in the United States Army, this suits me fine. It provides me a respite for mental cleansing and escape from the mundane norms of daily life.
    How many of you have served or are serving in our country's military, and what's your motivation? Just asking...
     
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    I, am not military, but have worked on alot of military ac. My father was a medic in nam.. I still carry his gi blanket on my indian wherever me and my indian goes.
    It serves as my gals back rest and sometimes blanket of her own :D DSCN1286.JPG
     
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    Some guy named Steve Senior Member

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    Served, but rode before.
     
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    Sixty years ago this year in an Oklahoma cow pasture my Pop and one of his friends turned me loose on one of these. Their words, if you can learn to hold'r up in a cow rut, you can ride it anywhere. And, off I went.

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    1907 Harley Davidson(it was 50 years old and) - owned by one of my Pops best friends. He would not let go of it, but welcomed me to ride it as often as wanted. Trust me, I tried to wear that invitation out.

    The first motorized scooter I purchased with my own money(below). $50.00(a lot at the time) was this 1947 Cushman - once a military bike used at March AFB, Ca. It's name was - "The Tomato Can"

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    Won't even try to guess how many their have been since this first one. All I know is it has been in my blood for sixty years.

    Time Passages
     
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    Cool pics. Thanks to all who served or appreciated those who did. Just saying...
     
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    20 years Navy, retired about 18 years ago. Transition is difficult, similar to you, it allows me to decompress at will and keep myself in check :)
     
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    Did my service in the Air Force, my wife was in the Army. As the Op said, riding is a cleansing time, the open road with a little music as we watch America in all her glory flow by....the sense of Freedom is a tonic for the soul.
     
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    I'm in the Army presently, when it just gets to be too danged much its calming to just take the bike out during lunch and drive. Plus the thrill factor. Between flying in helo's and the bike i feel like a cool guy sometimes.
     
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    I am still on active duty. 14 years in May, one two-year tour in Korea and 4 deployments later, I figured it was time to treat myself to a new bike.
     
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    Was state side ARNG, rode before joining up, been riding 48 years, been out since 72 with a medical honorable discharge. While the bike is not the tank I drove, it's still kool to ride, still kinda miss being able to go over and thru things, wonder if I could hook up a cow catcher to the front of my Chieftain Dark Horse?
     
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  11. Bwana6

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    Bought my first HD in the Long Binh VN PX and so did quite a few other guys. HD Military Sales was around back 'then' and still continues to this day making young men motorcycle riders when they return to the states or in some countries, just take delivery there.
    Motivation? Called tough love my my mother who unceremoniously dumped me off at the recruiters the Monday following HS graduation. The only guy there was the army recruiter and he took me home for the night and then it all began. I was going to go in but wanted the summer to fool around in. My plans were uprooted. But in a way she saved my life. If that makes sense
     

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    Army, got my first while serving in Panama
     
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    As a motocrosser, I originally joined the Army specifically to ride dirt bikes for the 1st Cavalry. Ended up in APC's and later flying helicopters. Served for 40 years (Army and full-time ARNG) and never lost the motorcycling bug.
     
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    I served from 1985 to 1996 as a field artillery forward observer and later in the Reserve as a psyops specialist. Found that I enjoyed messing with people's minds more than blowing them and their equipment up. I have a theory that people that join the military are a little less risk adverse than most of the population, and therefore are more likely to ride motorcycles despite the risk factor. Most of the people that I know tell me I'm crazy to ride a motorcycle--my daughter, an RN--tells me they call motorcycle riders "organ donors". Of course, I feel the same way about people that ride bulls. The ability to get out on the road, feel the speed, and travel in a way that requires enough concentration that you forget life's other issues for a while is cathartic. In a world where our freedoms and privacy are constantly being eroded by our government and technology, I feel free on a motorcycle.
     
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    Did 7 years in the Marines. 74-82.

    Bought a Chief Dark Horse 2 weeks ago.

    Absolutely awesome bike.

    Don
     
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