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Robert

"You see things...on a motorcycle in a way that is completely different from any other. In a car you're always in a compartment, and because you're used to it you don't realise that through that car window everything you see is just more TV. You're a passive observer and it is all moving by you boringly in a frame. On a (motor)cycle the frame is gone. You're completely in contact with it all. Your IN the scene, not just watching it anymore, and the sense of presence is overwhelming."

Robert Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Rick

"Because there is this moment where everything comes together. You stop thinking of the next turn, stop focusing on the details and you feel like your machine and you have just become one. A zen-like state settles on your shoulders and you just glide through the world, a part of it, immersed in it, in total harmony. This is why I ride."

Rick Higgins

Want to contribute?

Hello fellow rider,


If you'd like to contribute to M2R, send through your answers to these five questions:

1. WHEN DID YOU START RIDING?

2. WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST BIKE?

3. WHAT BIKE(S) DO YOU HAVE NOW?

4. WHAT BIKE WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE?

5. WHY IS RIDING IMPORTANT TO YOU?

Email your answers to graydenprovis1@gmail.com (include pics if you want).

I hope you enjoy the stories collected so far and look forward to hearing yours!

Grayden Provis
Perth, Western Australia

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Jim

"It always cracks me up when the guy on the GS in the full Ewan and Charlie regalia laughs at the Harley dude with the beard and the beer belly in the leather vest who’s laughing at the guy riding the GSXR thou in a full Dainese suit and stuck in traffic who’s laughing at the guy in the waxed cotton Belstaff that’s cursing past the pipe in his mouth as he tries to kick his Commando to life."
Jim McDermott

Doug

WHEN DID YOU START?
I started riding around 2001.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST BIKE?
My first bike was a GPX250 quickly replaced by an RGV250 when I got my licence.

WHAT BIKE DO YOU HAVE NOW?
Currently I have a CBR954

WHAT BIKE WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE?
I am happy with my current bike but if it were practical, perhaps a few bikes for different situations so possibly a M109 for cruising and a YZF or CRF for off-road use.

WHY IS RIDING IMPORTANT TO YOU?
Riding for me is most important for work.

WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF ILL-HEALTH PREVENTED YOU FROM RIDING?
I might have to change career!

Editor's note: Doug is Perth Motorcycle Service, a mobile workshop that comes to you.

Kevin

WHEN DID YOU START?
I started riding in 1978. I had a motorcycle license before a car license.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST BIKE?
1978 Yamaha GT-80

WHAT BIKE DO YOU HAVE NOW?
2016 Yamaha Super Tenere, 2015 Yamaha FZ-07


WHAT BIKE WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE?
I am happy with my current bikes but will probably own a Goldwing one day.

WHY IS RIDING IMPORTANT TO YOU?
Riding a motorcycle is a challenge. It gives me a challenge everyday to get better and improve my skills. I love the biker community and how you never meet a stranger on the road if you are both riding motorcycles. I love to teach others to ride better and improve their road strategy, never stop learning. :)

WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF ILL-HEALTH PREVENTED YOU FROM RIDING?
I'm not sure but I do know it would make me grumpy.

Editor's note: Kevin is a motorcycle instructor in Texas, USA. His website has some excellent training videos. Check 'em out here.

Bernd

WHEN DID YOU START?
Around 1960

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST BIKE?
Triumph

WHAT BIKE DO YOU HAVE NOW?
1997 BMW 1200

WHAT BIKE WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE?
I'm happy with the one I've got.

WHY IS RIDING IMPORTANT TO YOU?
It's not really  - but I still like acceleration, wind, apparent freedom, ever-luring danger, necessary skill.

WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF ILL-HEALTH PREVENTED YOU FROM RIDING?
Not ride and try and get better.

Editor's note: I know Bernd. In his typically understated way he's selling himself short. He's 80 years old (yep, no typo) and still rides around on his 1200 BMW like a teenager. A man of few words but much action. I had to drag him kicking and screaming to this blog but I'm glad I did. He's an inspiration.

Roy

I started riding at sixteen in 1959 in London, England. In those days you passed your test and immediately had a full licence allowing you to ride anything.

The first bike I owned was a BSA Bantam 125cc:

1958 BSA Bantam 125cc

I then had an accident on a mate's 250 Norton. Crash helmets were not compulsory in those days but speeds were also a lot slower so I was a lucky boy - no serious damage just general soreness and six stitches in my head. However Dad and Mum then banned me from riding bikes. They were crafty in that they encouraged me to buy a Morris 1000 convertible!

I then joined the Metropolitan Police Transport Department. In my climb up the ladder I became a vehicle tester at the age of 24. Part of the promotion was to attend a two week driving course at the Metropolitan Police Hendon Driving Training College which included class room training, skid pan driving, on road training then finally a full written and on-road test for cars.

Six months later I returned for the two week…

Gregor

WHEN DID YOU START?
I used to ride a Honda C90 scooter on the parks as an apprentice as part of my job about 30 years ago but only got my road licence about two and half years ago.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST BIKE?
I had a Honda CBR500 as my first bike.

WHAT BIKE DO YOU HAVE NOW?
I have a Suzuki Boulevard M90 1500cc cruiser (below).


WHAT BIKE WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE?
I did try the Boulevard 109 but it had been heavily modified and scared the life out of me. Now that I've been riding longer I wouldn't mind looking at a non-modified one of those.

WHY IS RIDING IMPORTANT TO YOU?
I do it mainly for recreation. It's great to take the bike to work once a week and ride with others on weekends.

WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF ILL-HEALTH PREVENTED YOU FROM RIDING?
Girlfriend would want me to buy a 3 wheeler, but I would probably get a muscle car instead - an AC Cobra replica would be nice!

Mark

WHEN DID YOU START?
Started riding trailies with mates in the early 1970s.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST BIKE? Not sure. It was either a Honda trail bike with a Yamaha tank or a Yamaha with a Honda tank. 

WHAT BIKE DO YOU HAVE NOW? A 1980 Honda CX500 project street tracker, 2010 Triumph Bonneville T100 and 2010 Triumph Scrambler.

WHAT BIKE WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE? Only one? Here’s five I would like in my garage: BMW Scrambler, Ducati GT1000, Harley-Davidson Road King Special, Kawasaki KLR650 and Vespa GTS.

WHY IS RIDING IMPORTANT TO YOU? It’s my job, my hobby, my stress-relief, my dementia protection, my joy, my habit, my lifestyle, my religion, my addiction.

WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF ILL-HEALTH PREVENTED YOU FROM RIDING? It has after a couple of major operations and it was hell! I wrote about bikes, researched bikes, looked at online "bike porn” and spent a long time looking and fiddling with my bikes in the garage.
Editor's note: Mark is Australia's top motorcycling writer - read his blog here.

Eileen Dover

WHEN DID YOU START?
I started riding at 9 years of age on my friend's Honda Z50. Nothing too radical, just riding around in circles in the backyard and occasionally venturing out into the back lanes. Loved it!

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST BIKE?
A very, very second-hand 1974 Honda XR75. It did have a Wiseco 80cc 'big bore' kit put through it, which in reality meant it had been thrashed mercilessly in junior motocross. I can honestly say I loved that beaten up little bike more than any other machine I ever owned since. Still think about it to this day.

WHAT BIKE DO YOU HAVE NOW?
I have a 2009 Yamaha XJR1300. I've owned all kinds of bikes over the years (Ducati 900 Darmah, BMW R75, Kawasaki Z1000, Suzuki 1250 Bandit, Harley XR1200, Yamaha RD400 and a pile of old dirt bikes), but the XJR seems to be a good fit for me. Being an 'old school' air-cooled, twin-shock, it's the closest thing I can get to a 'new' Kwaka Z9 and that suits me just fine.

WHAT BIKE WOULD YOU L…

Andrea

WHEN DID YOU START?
I was 12 back home in Sicily, being a pillion since a younger age, always have been attracted to motorcycles. So I started playing with a Vespa 50cc

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST BIKE?
My first bike I have purchased was a Husqvarna WR 125T, those days (early '90's) two strokes were really common. Off road bikes were no toys really so I thought it would be a good idea to start from the deep end :-)

WHAT BIKE DO YOU HAVE NOW?
I have a few bikes as I ride for a living and don't have kids :)

WHAT BIKE WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE?
If $$$'s were not a problem, a factory SBK or GP bike - you only live once so why not?

WHY IS RIDING IMPORTANT TO YOU?
For work it puts food on the table and pays for the bills, but I started for the freedom you get. When you ride you unplug yourself from your daily life.

WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF CIRCUMSTANCES PREVENTED YOU FROM RIDING?
Like today: it is raining. I would work on my bikes in the workshop with a nice cup of coffee.

Editor's note: And…

Matt

WHEN DID YOU START?
i got my small licence and first bike when i was 18. I worked with two gents as a young trainee who both rode motorcycles, my family friend was a motorbike cop, and my dad had a bike, so it seemed natural to me to get one after my car licence.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST BIKE?
My first bike was a GSX 250 Suzuki. Thanks to the internet I still have the photos : 
https://www.bikepics.com/pictures/431688/1980-suzuki-gsx-250
I bought it for $900 off a gent who bought it for his wife and re-painted it. Its fuel hoses were decayed, its forks leaked, its tyres were as hard as rocks off Gibraltar, and it would constantly not start on a sub-20 degree day because it was a touch too cold. I stripped it back, cleaned everything, replaced everything, and cannibalized an old Parker pen to fix the petcock, and it ran great from then on.

WHAT BIKE HAVE YOU GOT NOW?
A Suzuki SV1000s which has had a bit of modification. I have changed the screen, a heap of nuts and bolts, and lashed it with chr…

Grayden

WHEN DID YOU START?
I was a late bloomer. Didn't get my licence until very recently at age 57. It was something I always wanted to do but believed all the "it's too dangerous" advice and never pursued it.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST BIKE?
It's the one I'm riding now as I'm still on my RE licence. It's a 2010 250cc Suzuki Intruder. I feel a bit like a grasshopper on it as it's really a bit small for my frame but hey, I'm just enjoying being out there!

WHAT BIKE HAVE YOU GOT NOW?
See above.

WHAT BIKE WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE?
I already have it! It's the white Suzuki Boulevard C50T below. It was love at first sight when I saw it at Rick Gill Motorcycles and I knew I had to have it. It's basically a clone of a Harley Softail Deluxe and is what I've long had in my mind as a "real" motorbike if ever I should get one. Only problem is I can only ride it on L's for now so it sits in the garage a lot of the time. Doesn't mean I can'…