I didn't start riding until I was an adult. My first bike was a 1999 Honda VLX 600. A great starter bike that was easy for my 5'2" self to flat-foot.
I know we are all here for the love of our Indian Motorcycles we ride. There was at one point when we got our first motorcycle. I like many others cut their teeth on the mini-bike before graduating to our first motorcycle that really got that fire lit to ride, and eventually end up with our beloved Indian.
Thought it would be interesting to find out what others first motorcycle was.
I rode a mini bike when I was first interested in two wheelers, rode it until I thought the wheels would come off, even after I out grew the mini-bike I continued to ride it. Then one Spring day when I got home after school, my step father took me out to the garage with a big smile on his face, when he opened the door, there sat a gently used 1969 Kawasaki CRT 120 Roadrunner, he handed me the keys and said it's yours and to be careful on it. I thought I had died and went to Heaven lol
All of a sudden I was the coolest kid in my tiny Montana town (at least in my own mind hehe)
I do remember a friend of my step father would come over riding a BSA 441 Victor, the guy always told me, if I could start it, I could ride it, but being so young there was NO way I could get the kick starter to move even the tiniest bit! Few weeks after I got my Kawasaki 120, he did finally start that fire breathing BSA by the steps so I could mount it and ride it around the block a few times, then when I came back I had to stop by the steps again so I could dismount the BSA...any way love walking down memory lane.
What was your first real motorcycle? The picture of the bike is not mine, but exactly like my first one - 1969 Kawasaki CRT 120.
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Riding the D/P/Enduro type motorcycle gave those riders skills that are all transferable to riding a street bike on pavement.Amazing the percentage of riders starting with D/P motorcycles. Always a great option to still have in the garage.
I remember when this video first surfaced, some real good talent.Riding the D/P/Enduro type motorcycle gave those riders skills that are all transferable to riding a street bike on pavement.
Sliding/drifting comes to mind, twice I had to use that skill to keep from getting killed, one time my wife was a passenger, absolutely terrifying experiences...both took place on my 1985 FXRPolice bike. I do practice a swerve and avoid exercise, but it's practiced as slow speeds, and bike is never drifted or slid, chances are on the street if I am ever violated by a car I may or may not have to slide or drift the Indian to avoid a bad situation involving flesh, pavement, and metal.
I am glad I started riding in the dirt on D/P/Enduro type motorcycles, those skills are great to have in the kit when it comes to surviving the mean streets on the Chieftain.
Don't try this on a vacant parking lot as part of your slow speed practices like these two Supercharged Victory riders, you may be talking to a Police officer soon after if you get my drift lol