Do you remember the first bike that inspired you to start riding? The first bike that made you stop and really make the decision to take on this hobby? And di you ever buy that first love?
In the late 1990's I caught some motorcycle racing and was blown away by the riders and machines. The Ducatis were doing very well with the 916, but that wasn't the bike. After work I would always stop in at Honda Center till one day there it was - The Honda VTR1000. I didn't realize the bike ever existed. I loved the idea of a sporting Vtwin and the sound was awesome. Yeah, there was the 916, but I knew that was out of reach as a minimum wage earner.
It was done, I decided to enroll in the BC Safety course to start riding. As a starter bike, I bought from Honda Center, a 1986 Yamaha SRX6 that I rode almost every sunny day. I still had my heart set on a VTR, but I still thought it was too fast for me. Then along came the Suzuki SV650S - smaller and cheaper, I bought one. Soon after, my lust for the VTR faded and bikes were getting lighter and faster. I don't know if I'll ever have the pleasure of owning a VTR.