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    Hi Everybody!
    Around the world and back again compliments of Uncle Sam's traveling roadshow (Army). Been riding for almost 40 years on a bunch of different bikes from Hondas to Harleys and everything in between, but my current ride that's actually rideable, (Yammy XV16 ATP) is my first Yamaha. I also own a '72 Harley FLH which is a "legacy" bike built with a ton of go-fast goodies by a now departed friend. I'll get 'er back on the road one of these days and will die with it. I cut my teeth on lawn mower powered scooters and my first "real" dirt bike was a '71 Hodaka Super Rat. =)

    I'm a founding member of the VFW Vander Clute Riders Group and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Currently working as a special ed teacher serving middle school students who exhibit severe emotional disturbances. Married to my wonderful wife, Beverly. No kids but 7 inside cats, 3 outside cats, a couple of raccoons, a big ass possum, and anything else that climbs, crawls, trots or gallops by. =)

    Glad I found y'all as there's always somethin' new to learn!

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      Welcome!
      ​With enough beer you can do anything...D.Pate

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        Representing Scorpion Gulch, Arizona.

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          From Plano Texas.

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            Originally posted by Squirts View Post
            Hi Everybody!
            Around the world and back again compliments of Uncle Sam's traveling roadshow (Army). Been riding for almost 40 years on a bunch of different bikes from Hondas to Harleys and everything in between, but my current ride that's actually rideable, (Yammy XV16 ATP) is my first Yamaha. I also own a '72 Harley FLH which is a "legacy" bike built with a ton of go-fast goodies by a now departed friend. I'll get 'er back on the road one of these days and will die with it. I cut my teeth on lawn mower powered scooters and my first "real" dirt bike was a '71 Hodaka Super Rat. =)

            I'm a founding member of the VFW Vander Clute Riders Group and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Currently working as a special ed teacher serving middle school students who exhibit severe emotional disturbances. Married to my wonderful wife, Beverly. No kids but 7 inside cats, 3 outside cats, a couple of raccoons, a big ass possum, and anything else that climbs, crawls, trots or gallops by. =)

            Glad I found y'all as there's always somethin' new to learn!
            Welcome.


            Heh - my first motorized vehicle was a pull-start mini-bike too. I could get all the way across town if I stuck to alleyways...they didn't have rules for mopeds yet back then. I loved taking it camping - we'd ride 'em on the snowmobiles trails in the summer.

            First *real* motorcycle was one of those little spaghetti HD two-strokers, a 1973 Baja. Boy did I tear up the trails with that thing...

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            • Squirts
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              LOL, My pop brought home my first pull start scooter from an auction. I couldn't have been but 7 or 8 yrs old and he gave me about a 2 1/2 minute "safety" brief : "This part makes it go and THIS part makes it stop". He then started it up and I twisted that grip wide open! Ran straight into the neighbor's chain link fence at what felt like "ridiculous speed" but was probably closer to 5mph. No helmet, no gloves, nothin' and it was the first ((But NOT last)) 2 wheeler to not only throw me down, but jump on top of me afterward. I should have learned then that crashing hurts. The old man came runnin' over and instead of asking if I was alright, started cussing me out because I forgot to UNtwist and use the brakes. =)
              Funny how I can remember that from around 1973 but can't remember why I walk into the kitchen. =)

              Friend of mine collected those Aermacci Harleys. He musta' had a dozen of 'em in different states of decay. His wife took 'em in a messy divorce and knowing that old bitty, probably had 'em fed to the shredder. ((ugh))

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            from Solon, IA

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              From Madera,Ca.

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                from Richardson, Tx. I'm a former member of the Navy Submarine force (another fine game by Milton Bradley!), and my first bike ride was a friend's Honda CB125 that he rode from sonar school in Florida to our base in Charleston, S.C. I bought my first bike from his big brother-a '72 Kawasaki Big Bear 350 two-stroke single. A few months after I bought it, I broke my clavicle just two weeks before we were deployed ( ballistic missile submarine ) Because of the clavicle harness, I couldn't do the heavy work of my rating, so I stood topside watch while we were in port (Holy Loch, Scotland). That was a long time ago!

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                  from the Oregon Coast

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                      from Moncton NB Canada

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                        Hodaka Super Rat ?...there's a blast from the past !
                        from Athens, Georgia.
                        Enjoy the ride !!
                        I love the smell of smoked pork in the morning !

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                          Yeah, I rode the crap outta' that Hodaka (and it rode ((on top of)) me more than a few times). LOTS of roughage in my diet thanks to chewin' dirt and weeds. =)

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