What great memories!! What got you started in motorcycling?
If you ever needed a reason, look no further. These Motorcycle Mojo Magazine’s FaceBook readers provide lots of reasons to start.
Add yours in the comments below.
35 Reasons to Get a Motorcycle
Photo courtesy of Motorcycle Mojo Magazine
- Steve L. I had a dirt bike when I was a kid and I always wanted to get my street license. Well it took 25 years, but I now have it and love being on the open road.
- Tim M. A local mechanic had a triumph chopper in 1967
- Frankys Cycleshop. my mom
- David L. Just that sensation of the wind through my hair while riding on a buddies Honda Passport (50cc) bike. We were amazed!
- Tony K. I had always wanted a bike, and when my mother passed away at 52, I realized that there was not necessarily going to be a “tomorrow”…so the next summer I got my license, and haven’t stopped since!
- Darlene D. It was a parking issue & I needed easy commuting. Bought a 50cc scooter & outgrew it in 3 months & knew I needed s bike & I got tired of sitting on the back of hubby’s bike
- Mark K. Always wanted to, was not allowed to have a motorcycle growing up… Found a great friend that has been motorcycling his entire life and he encouraged me to take the course at 38 years old. Been riding ever since. What took me so long!
- Darlene D. I sat on the back of hubby’s bike for 29 years & got tired of staring at his helmet. I still can’t figure out why I waited so long!
- Kris G. I’ve always wanted to ride, but was waiting til my daughter was out of school. Then I met my fiancée who introduced me to dirt biking… I’m waiting a little longer on the street bike, but sooooooo happy to be on two wheels!
- Jade T. I dated someone in college with a bike but I decided pretty quickly that sitting on the back wasn’t for me. took a class, got a bike and haven’t stopped since!
- Suhaymath N. I couldn’t answer this in a sentence or two, so I wrote a piece about my motorcycling beginnings a while back! Check it out if/when you get a chance: https://motomemoirs.wordpress.com/2012/08/10/point-a/
- Shaun J. My Uncle (by marriage) had a thing for bikes but never owned one himself. He took me to an off-road course hosted by Honda (riding 80cc Honda Cub’s) and I was so scared. I did well and it planted the seed. Many decades later, I took a riding course and loved it. A week later, I bought a bike and since then I’ve ridden many bikes. Some I’ve owned, others were dealership loaners and I’ve written articles or done videos about. Good times.
- Carol C. Riding on the back, loved it so much, I thought I would it more if I had my own. I was right!
- Malcolm K. Back in the early 70’s riding a bike was far less expensive than a car and it was way better than the bus. !
- Ken C. A friend of mine took me for a ride on the back of his 69 Norton, after cruising a few back roads he stopped the bike and told me to slide up and try it out. After stalling it in 1st gear about five times I finally made it into 2nd and the rest is history. That was 44 years ago and still riding
- Christopher G. Finally realized, at age 52, that my mother couldn’t forbid me anymore. Took the course, and I’ve been having a blast since. I plan to take the M2 exit course this summer!
- Debbie B. I got sick of looking at the back of a helmet…..or having to be in a relationship to be able to be on the road……so when I ended up widowed 19 years ago, I bought a Harley and have been riding ever since.
- Roni C. Growing up in a small town… cousins down the road, who had dirt bikes.. they taught us how to ride
- Chris L. 1966 – my high school buddy gave a ride on the back of his CB165 Honda – I was totally hooked!
- Patrick P. I have always loved motorcycles, but never could afford to buy one, I came across a couple of 1981 Honda cm200t Twinstars for a few hundred dollars, so I bought them, had a friend put one good one together, got my permit, learned to ride, now I have had my license for 2 years. Since then I have traded up to a 1981 Honda gl1100 Goldwing I also bought for a few hundred dollars, should have started 20 years ago.
- Brian L. Stories my dad told me of when he was a boy, hanging around Jimmy Guthrie’s shop in the 30s.
- Dora D. I was turning 40 and I wanted to do something exciting so I went to my hairstylist and asked him to turn me from a brunette to a blond but he wouldn’t so I got my motorcycle license instead. 10 years later, I finally became a blond … on a Harley!
- Mark-John H. wanted to drive and get around town… but couldn’t get a drivers license as I was way to young. So, I got a bike (MB5) which didn’t require a license. Got bit, right there.
- Ursula B. old photos of dad! My husband was patient and taught me!
- Jackson F. Parents and older brothers. 180 Yamaha when I was 13.
- Noel H. I’m not sure, it was a long time ago. I think it was just neat for a really small child to actually see the person operating the machine, unlike a car that was just a box going down the road anonymously.
- Brad S. I wanted to go further and faster than my bicycle… and chicks dig bikes, right? At least that was the thought in 1970’s….
- Rick M. The allure of a mini bike to a small boy.
- Dan S. In 67 I saw a leaky Panhead this guy was riding and I asked him how much he wanted for it. He said, $1500, I said forget it. That was the first Harley I saw that I liked. Then in ’71 my brother bought a WR(Harley flat tracker) and we built it together in our basement apartment. The bathtub was a varsol tank lol The same year I found a 1942 45 and bought it for $55. The rest is history.
- Lawrence F. My 16 year old daughter wanted to take it up and of course I couldn’t say no to her, but there was no way she was going to do it on her own…but she didn’t get bitten by the bug like her dad did…
- Leeann C. I’m a 26 yr old female new to riding. My fiancée started riding 3 years ago and bought me a 82 Honda CM450 Custom for Christmas 2011 in mint condition with 2000KM on the original engine. I don’t think I’ll ever go a season without riding. Love it! Winters sure do suck in Canada now
- Carla V. I went to a dirt bike race when I was 10. So…. at the age of 10 do I still want a horse or do I want a motorbike??? Got the horse for my 11 th Birthday, got the motorbike just before my 16th Birthday. It helps when you have bikers in the family. The horse was gone when I was 16, but I’ve had a bike ever since. And ………NO I wasn’t a spoilt kid…… well maybe just a little bit.
- Kevin G. That unmistakable sound which would pretty much stop me in mid-sentence whenever I heard an approaching Harley. And much later my first white-knuckle ride as a passenger on the back of a very fast Triumph Bonneville.
- Bill D. A mini-bike when I was a kid. Almost 50 yrs ago.
- Rails Place It’s a life family thing. Mom and dad were bikers. So I guess it’s just in the bloodline
What got you started? Add your reason in the comments below.