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Not much activity going on in the forum, and thought I would post this up. I have in several other forums and it always makes for fun conversations. Why do you ride? I will start it off.

My dad used to ride a dirtbike. My friends in elementary and middle school rode dirtbikes and I always wanted to get into it but never had money to do so. My dad stopped riding and took up mountain biking instead, and took me along on rides. I owned a Cannondale and a Giant back in the 90s. Quite a few people I knew owned dual sports when I moved to the Philippines but I still never got to own a bike. My friend Chris owned a Ninja and I used to sit on it everytime I was at his house lol.

I joined the Navy at 20 years old, 4 months before 9/11 and got stationed in Japan shortly after. I discovered I loved to drink and party. So much in fact that I told myself I would NOT buy a car, let alone a bike. After 7 years in Japan, I got stationed in the middle east and was so used to not having a car, I decided not to get one there either, even though I quite drinking. Right before we left the middle east, they offered the BRC and I took the course. I was making plans to finally buy a bike!

3 years after the middle east, I get stationed in San Diego (10 years of back to back overseas duty, finally back in the US) and a few months later, realize that 1 car isnt enough for my growing family. I had already talked about buying a bike when I was in the middle east and now was my chance. I picked up a 1999 EX500 (which is a great little bike btw) and was hooked since.

I would say I got into it "late" at the age of 32. 2 years and 7 months of riding, several crashes on and off the street, including 1 hit and run with a taxi, countless canyon days, and 2 track days, I can say I am definitely hooked and see no reason to ever want to quit riding. It quite literally is the most fun you can have with your clothes on.
 

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Not much activity going on in the forum, and thought I would post this up. I have in several other forums and it always makes for fun conversations. Why do you ride? I will start it off.

My dad used to ride a dirtbike. My friends in elementary and middle school rode dirtbikes and I always wanted to get into it but never had money to do so. My dad stopped riding and took up mountain biking instead, and took me along on rides. I owned a Cannondale and a Giant back in the 90s. Quite a few people I knew owned dual sports when I moved to the Philippines but I still never got to own a bike. My friend Chris owned a Ninja and I used to sit on it everytime I was at his house lol.

I joined the Navy at 20 years old, 4 months before 9/11 and got stationed in Japan shortly after. I discovered I loved to drink and party. So much in fact that I told myself I would NOT buy a car, let alone a bike. After 7 years in Japan, I got stationed in the middle east and was so used to not having a car, I decided not to get one there either, even though I quite drinking. Right before we left the middle east, they offered the BRC and I took the course. I was making plans to finally buy a bike!

3 years after the middle east, I get stationed in San Diego (10 years of back to back overseas duty, finally back in the US) and a few months later, realize that 1 car isnt enough for my growing family. I had already talked about buying a bike when I was in the middle east and now was my chance. I picked up a 1999 EX500 (which is a great little bike btw) and was hooked since.

I would say I got into it "late" at the age of 32. 2 years and 7 months of riding, several crashes on and off the street, including 1 hit and run with a taxi, countless canyon days, and 2 track days, I can say I am definitely hooked and see no reason to ever want to quit riding. It quite literally is the most fun you can have with your clothes on.
"Let 'em sail, Let 'em sail! Let the Navy sail! From the East to the West, Army Tankers are the Best!":D

I'm half-white and half-Japanese. My Dad was in Air Force, and met my Mom in Japan. They had my brother in LA, and then moved to NY and had me. My brother was 9 years older than me. I'm a newly minted 43. I can't believe it. Time flies. Worked and went to college from 91-95. 96-04 was in the Army, and finished my Bachelor's after I got out in 2004, and been working since.

Anyway, my brother put me on his RM125 when I was like 8 or 9, and he was 17-18, and was hooked. Had scooters from like 15-17. My best friend and I mowed lawns, shoveled snow, and worked after school and we split a Honda XL 80 when we were like 16. The I bought him out and he got an RM 80, and later a DR 100. Then I got a KX125. That is how I learned. My parents refused to support my motorcycle riding especially after my brother got in a dirt bike accident and got a chunk of flesh out of his arm and broken bones.

But that keep us out of trouble...for a while at least. I think while dangerous, support your kids' desires. Maybe he'll be the next Casey Stoner or Valentino Rossi, or Nickey Hayden. My parents forced things on me like piano lessons which I hated, and sailing classes, which I hate at the time but I dig no though now way I can afford a sale boat and yacht club.

Anyway, while in Community College I got the precursor to all these 250's and 300's. I think it was a 91? Forget. It was my first street bike. A Honda VTR Interceptor 250. Great little bike and it taught me to ride on the street. I rode dirt bikes and enduros the previous 8 years or so. Completely different animal. IN fact, a month before I was about to ship out to the Army which I did because I was partying too much and not applying myself in school, I got into a motorcycle accident.

A van hesitated and then decided to spring a left turn in front of me, and then freaked and stopped in my path. Instead of going over the handlebars, I dropped the bike, slid like 20 feet, slammed into the van's wheel and hub, and flipped upward. I was thrown upright and slammed against the van with my bike and cracked my right clavicle, and on the rebound I put out my left arm and the force of my weight, bike eight, and momentum shattered my left wrist. Got 5 pins in my left wrist and was in arms slings for like 4 months and had 3-4 operations. That was November, and then in March, my wrist was achy but healed and I shipped out to Basic.

I bought a 1992 Yamaha FZR600 in 96 and shipped it to Ft Carson and it was my bike for about 10 years. Bought a 2003 Honda CBR600RR to replace the FZR in 2004, and sold it this past October, and downgraded to an R3. I do miss the acceleration and power, but love my R3. I am older and more chill now. not so much in my car. I do drive fast almost everywhere but am not obnoxious or reckless. I pick my spots. Agree with it or disagree with it, that is what I do. I enjoy driving and riding. Been interested in bikes nad motorcycles since I was a kid, and have loved WSB, MotoGP, and Rally Car in particular.

Riding a motorcycle is one of the best rushes out there. Yes it is dangerous, but I don't think you can live like that. I see a lot fo slow dirvers out there who think they're being safe but they're totally incompetent, hesitate, etc. Far more dangerous than someone speeding a bit who is focused and skilled. But you have to watch out for the idiots out there and learn to anticipate. You can almost learn to read a vehicle's body language-I predict a lot of U-turns, sudden cuts, and dumb moves. But don't ever get cocky and never stop learning.

I love riding for all the cliche things too. The open road. The possibilities. I enjoy working on my bike and learning how it works. The past few years I had been working so much and doing IT certifications, prepping for grad school with extra undergrad classes since I work in IT, but while my Associate's is in Computer Science, my B.A. is Economics. Earned a 2nd Associate's, like 85% of a second Bachelor's that I will likely not finish in order to satisfy some prereqs for acceptance into a Master's into Computer Science/Information Systems progam so I actually kept the CBR off the road the past 2 years. I had a Piaggio Fly 1503V which satisfied some of my two-wheel appetites and needs, but obviously it is not the same. It is very practical in Brooklyn, but along with have a Crossover, a motorcycle, and a scooter, this past summer, I decided to streamline things, get rid of the scooter, sell my CBR, and get a Ninja 300 or R3, and obviously settled on the R3. Paying for 3 vehicles insurance, maintenance, my addiction to aftermarket parts, etc gets expensive. I am not married nor do I have kids, but I do have a GF who is awesome but she is a little fashionista and likes her bags and shoes, and crap. Luckily I do have discretionary income due to this, but still, it was expensive especially when garaging my bike at times. It all adds up. So sold the scooter to and basically combined the scooter and CBR into the R3. I have a better commuter bike I can take to class, and one that is more comfortable when I don't feel it beckons me to do 120. I am a rider to the bone, and I sometimes wonder if my parents had supported my riding and if there was a track and more of a riding culture on Long Island, if I would have ever had a chance to do amateur racing and go on to further levels.

So, I know we all want to protect our kids and stuff and even though I don't have them, I would say to support their riding. Maybe they will be the next Rossi and support you one day. Riding is dangerous, but so is driving or walking almost anywhere. Riding is one of m passions and favorite hobbies, and something I simply couldn't live without.
 

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Always on a bike as far back as my young memory goes,
First was a little electric qaud i got when i was two then a pw60 when i was 5 a chinese made 125 when I was 9 and ( sharing ;) ) my brothers crf450r lots of scrapes and such along the way and now I'm 20 I'm married i have a full time jpb with the army and felt the itch again so I had to get another bike and after lots of research settled on the r3
 

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I cannot imagine not riding.
Rode mini bikes since age 8. Dirt bikes came next.
Then at 16 in 1981 I got my endorsement on my 1978 Yamaha DT175 and rode that all over until I bought my first street bike at 17, a brand new 1982 Yamaha 750 Virago.

Dozens of other street bikes and dirt bikes followed over the decades.

I ride for the enjoyment. Pure and simple.
300,000 miles and counting. :)
 

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I rode briefly in 1986 to 1989. Got back into it 2011 when Honda finally made an affordable fuel injected highway capable commuter bike that could out do my Insight (65mpgUS) on fuel consumption with the CBR250R. All of the joy of feeling the connection to the sun, the wind, and the road, applies. Along with the happiness that when people see me on a small motorcycle riding to work, everyday, that I am forging a new example (in the USA anyway) for a more sustainable future with reduced carbon emissions.
 

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When I was 13 my divorced mom started dating Larry, who had (let me think) a Yamaha 650 twin, an old Suzuki GT380, a Suzuki TS250, a Honda XL175 and a Kawasaki 90 trail bike. Mom, lil' bro and I all started riding but I got the bug more than they. By my junior year of high school though it was clear that I couldn't afford to buy parts and gas so I switched to BMX, then road and mountain bikes. Was successful enough to be sponsored and do some travel as in Expert XC, and occasionally would hop on a friend's motorcycle.

Fast forward to being middle-aged, still a cyclist, and living in a big city. Biking to work was okay but not always optimal so I got an old Vespa P200E which was fun... though a royal pain to keep running. Switched to a Vespa GT250ie with a Leo Vince pipe and had fun commuting on that for a couple years until I switched jobs and really needed a car.

Now though we both work a reasonably short commute away and one car just sits as I take the train in. Plus I'm making a decent living and thought I'd buy a practical toy. Did loads of research, a few test rides, and here I am, riding what's sort of a scooter/sportbike hybrid in the wonderful R3. The second car will go on the market soon, what with decent public transit as my main commute choice and the R3, a bicycle, Zipcar and Uber as other options. Why own a car?

I'm a careful rider, despite my background. I've broken enough bones and lost enough skin racing, thank you. I don't ride without the armored Dainese leather jacket and Shoei full-face helmet MINIMUM and have armored leather pants for getting out of town. Commuting by bicycle and scooter for 20+ years has given me a good sense of paranoia and I think I can usually predict erratic drivers, though there's always that chance a drunk or careless driver will pull out in front of me at high speed. The couple times it has happened I've manage to use my constant escape route - in my mind I ALWAYS am conscious of the grassy strip, the exit ramp, the gap, the best odds to get off the road - so knock on wood.

Glad to be here!
 

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Growing up I was a tomboy as I got older my guy friends always said I was just one of he boys. Hunting, Fishing, Sport shooting, off-road, heck If it had a motor I was interested in it. I got into street racing in the early 2000's but changed over to show and sanctioned races soon after. Almost all of my friends owned bikes and I was always a "backpack." It was very therapeutic to ride with them but I was never brave enough to pull the trigger on my own bike. I finally said screw it, walked into a dealership 15 mins before they closed with pre-approval paperwork for a loan. I pointed at my Raven R3 and said pack it up, it is going home with me. I had no idea how to ride and it was raining. My BFF who I was usually a backpack for was kind enough to ride her home for me!
 

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First time I rode was in 8th grade (In India), one of my buddy bought his uncles little Moped 49cc. I asked him If I can ride and he said okay, I sat on it and twisted the wrist a little bit and it went screaming ( 49cc felt like 499cc ). I fell in love with motor cycles from then on. Parents never had that much money to get me a motorcycle and I finished my college and got a job, it was very less pay and still couldnt afford a motorcycle. After 6 months, got a better job and decided to get a loan for my motorcycle. One of my collegue (almost a father figure) told me not to waste your money on bank loan interests and he would pay upfront and i pay him the money everymonth (no interest )just like how i pay the loan, such a good heart he had.
Bought a brand new 2002 Yamaha Rx135 (a two stroke engine, 135cc ), it look similar to the RD350s. I rode that motorcycle for 7 years and then sold it, still regret because they banned all the 2 strokes motorcycle in 2003.
My second motorcycle was a Bajaj pulsar 200cc (4 stroke engine). It was good bike but never got the hand of RX135, rode it for 6 years and gifted it my bro when I moved to US.
Getting a R3 this week and I will resume the riding soon.
Here is the pictures of all those 3 motorcycles i mention above ...
Happy Riding.
 

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I use to be big into cars when I was a kid all throughout highschool.. huge fan boy of the termi mustang, mk IV supra, mitsubishi evo.

When I finally graduated and started working bought myself a 6MT 2006 g35 with the rev up engine... my opinion of that car was it was too luxurious...just a fat GT cruiser meant for highways I got bored of it really quick.

Anyways sold that got myself into a mazdaspeed 3 which is one **** of a car! so much torque coming through the front wheels of that hot hatch it would always want to rip the steering wheels out of your hands under hard acceleration...yet it was still not something that was scratching my itch for speed.

So I traded that mazdaspeed and got myself a custom rx7 with a 13b single big turbo ported engine with an aggressive tune it was putting just under 500 ponies to the ground...this was a life changing car as I ended up almost killing myself in it when i spun out and hit a tree.

After that incident it really opened my eyes and showed me that having a fast car really wasnt everything in the world. I was being raped by my insurance premiums and over the years the money spent on car payments, fuel, tires in conjunction with my "toy" being my daily commuter ultimately aided in my buying a 2002 toyota corolla.

During all of these shenanigans my cousin had been riding bikes and I always loved his grey/gunmetal 2006 cbr1000rr. I had my eyes on 600cc when I first got out of highschool but after buying the g35 all of my bike plans had gone out the window. But while driving the corolla my skin started itching again for speed.

This is when I took the MSF course bought all my gear and started eyeing down the ninja 300/drz400. The year I took my MSF I had spent all my money on the course and gear so I couldnt afford that ninja 300....waited a whole teeth grinding year and then whats this!? yamaha has come out with a 300!? and it is drop dead gorgeous!? TAKE MY MONEY YAMAHA!

I guess I ride because it is such a cheaper alternative to driving a car and the performance on these smaller bikes almost matches the performance/fun factor on high horsepower cars. My 321cc ~35 hp bike is giving me much more smiles than the 500 hp car could have ever. I love that fact that you have to be so active on a motorcycle to make it go fast compared to just sitting there in a drivers seat of a sports car while you sip on that latte thinking your hot ****. Factor in the vast opportunities for track days, racing with local clubs and my addiction to motogp and f1 it was a recipe for success no doubt!

Looking back at the incident with the rx7 I am thankful it happened because (1) it got me out of a car loan thanks to the fat cheque from the insurance company and (2) it showed me that horsepower isnt everything...who knows if I had never had that incident I might have bought a cbr1000rr or a ducati 848 r6 or whatever supersport and just ridden around in straight lines scaring myself and never even coming close to the capabilities of the machine.

Just a year of riding under my belt but I have so much more to experience and cant wait... still saving for race plastics and a utility trailer licking my lips at honda grom craigslist adds and now recently been eyeing down a yz250 for some enduro riding here up north!

If only I could go back in time and tell myself to buy the corolla instead of the g35 and start my riding career earlier...but I am happy I made it here :)
 

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Growing up I was a tomboy as I got older my guy friends always said I was just one of he boys. Hunting, Fishing, Sport shooting, off-road, heck If it had a motor I was interested in it. I got into street racing in the early 2000's but changed over to show and sanctioned races soon after. Almost all of my friends owned bikes and I was always a "backpack." It was very therapeutic to ride with them but I was never brave enough to pull the trigger on my own bike. I finally said screw it, walked into a dealership 15 mins before they closed with pre-approval paperwork for a loan. I pointed at my Raven R3 and said pack it up, it is going home with me. I had no idea how to ride and it was raining. My BFF who I was usually a backpack for was kind enough to ride her home for me!
Good on ye for pulling that trigger!


Started riding at about 17 I guess, and that was a number of decades ago....at that age a motorcycle represented mobility and freedom like your first bicycle or car. First bike was an fugly canary yellow '72 Ironhead Sportster I bought for $700. Rode that thing cross country after H.S. - by the end of that summer, I had a pretty good handle on basic bike maintenance...... Out in the middle of west Texas somewhere, weak battery, no kicker and a broken clutch cable at the bottom (not the top) of a hill - stuff like that. Pre-cell days, so no help coming any time soon if ever - good times.

Somehow managed to own nothing but twins (250-1200+ cc) over the years. Bought my first sport bike in 2005 and that re-invigorated the passion (Wow! I can do stuff on this that I couldn't on the Big Twin). I attended my first track day soon after and passion became affliction.

I've always been into competitive sports, so after I screwed up and did a track day, there was no turning back. The affliction has resulted in two street bikes, two race bikes and a basket case Ninja two-fiddy (I need a mobility scooter to use as a chassis for the motor so I can race the local nursing home crew - they've been talking smack, so...).

Now I ride because I don't play golf or bowl well, and I'm fortunate enough to have some great canyons and track facilities nearby.
 

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First started riding in 1964 at age 12 on a 1963 Honda Cub Cadet. You know, the one in all those REALLY OLD "You Meet The Nicest People On a Honda" ads. By the way, that was true. I met nice people everywhere I rode it.

NOTE: Non-Oldies can Google it....it's a relic, as perhaps am I, like the Rotary Dial Phone/Dial Tone and the TV Clicker.

Bought 1st motorcycle at age 15 1/2 (the VERY next day after I got my Learners Permit) for mobility and freedom, as Stirz mentioned. Brand New 1969 two-stroke Kawasaki T120 Road Runner, Street/Trail. Dual Sport Same Same. I think it cost all of $310.00 USD. Paid it off from a job I had that paid $1.25 an hour.

Bought my first car, a 1964 MGB Convertible, in 1968.

From then onward, to this day, the riding has been ALL about the FUN! 38 bikes later, still having as much fun. Even more so now that I just bought a 2015 Grom! Takes me right back to 1964 and 12 years old again. Priceless! :)
 

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Why? Because it is fun, exciting, and totally engrossing. When I am on one of my bikes, the world shrinks to me and my bike. Toubles, cares, problems, and worries are erased in the thrill of the ride.

A true enthusiast,
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I ride because I was losing interest in cars whenever i saw a biker ride by. I felt like driving a car is somewhat lame sometimes, dont get me wrong I'm a huge car person ( drive a 2015 boosted infiniti q40). My father always road street and dirtbike and when i was young he got me a yamaha 90cc. I loved that thing so much I died a little inside when we sold it.... But ever since then i always missed riding bikes. I eventually got a 150cc then a 400cc but it was all offroad. I had to stick true to my yamaha roots for my purchase. And after seeing so many bikes over the summer i couldn't take it anymore and ran to the nearest bike retailer and purchased the R3. I didn't get the R6 because i want to be comfortable when i purchase it, also im still learning how to master biking. The reason why I still ride is because it is one of the best feelings i have ever had. The peoples reactions, my reactions, the adventures, and everything on a bike is that much better. I get stopped all the time by adults with their kids or other bikers talking about the r3. Young to old this is sure to impress, I even see my mileage reader a bit higher sometimes because my dad takes it out around town ;p . Which is fine because I owe him everything for getting me into this field of riding.
 

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First time I rode was in 8th grade (In India), one of my buddy bought his uncles little Moped 49cc. I asked him If I can ride and he said okay, I sat on it and twisted the wrist a little bit and it went screaming ( 49cc felt like 499cc ). I fell in love with motor cycles from then on. Parents never had that much money to get me a motorcycle and I finished my college and got a job, it was very less pay and still couldnt afford a motorcycle. After 6 months, got a better job and decided to get a loan for my motorcycle. One of my collegue (almost a father figure) told me not to waste your money on bank loan interests and he would pay upfront and i pay him the money everymonth (no interest )just like how i pay the loan, such a good heart he had.
Bought a brand new 2002 Yamaha Rx135 (a two stroke engine, 135cc ), it look similar to the RD350s. I rode that motorcycle for 7 years and then sold it, still regret because they banned all the 2 strokes motorcycle in 2003.
My second motorcycle was a Bajaj pulsar 200cc (4 stroke engine). It was good bike but never got the hand of RX135, rode it for 6 years and gifted it my bro when I moved to US.
Getting a R3 this week and I will resume the riding soon.
Here is the pictures of all those 3 motorcycles i mention above ...
Happy Riding.

My riding history pretty much followed the same as user Vinod Kannan. Where I'm from bikes are usually considered no more than machines that get you from A to B with more efficiency than a car. But to me they have and always will always be associated with freedom and the open road.

I started off with my dad's Hero Honda Splendor, the epitome of econobikes (the thing could run on fumes). Graduated to a black Bajaj Pulsar in 2005 and used it for 5 years until I buggered off to Europe. 3 + years later back to India, I set my sights on fulfilling a longtime desire and got myself a 2001 Yamaha RX 135 5 speed, a bike my dad flat out refused to buy for me when I was learning to ride.

Rode the screamer almost everyday for 18 months until it started having recurring gearbox and engine issues. With a heavy heart, sold it in November of this year and on the same month continued my lifelong love of Yamahas with a brand new R3. Still against the wishes of my dad (he preferred that I get a Harley Street 750) but changed his mind when he saw and heard the R3 in the flesh. :D
 

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@vinod kannan If you hunt around enough you're sure to find a great example. It took a month for me to find mine. But the money some of the well maintained ones go for is just incredible. Anywhere from INR 40K and upwards! When I put mine up for sale I had about 3 dozen calls come in from all over South India in a span of a few hours and I had a buyer the very next day. And the ad was so popular that the website I put it on took it down! The guy who bought mine couldn't believe what he had found and kept questioning as to why I was selling such as classic. Maybe a few years down the line if I have the money and garage space I'll hunt it down and try buying it back from the guy. I've always wanted to have my own collection of classic bikes such as Jawas, RDs and RXs. But for now my GP Blue R3 is making me grin like an idiot on a daily basis and I think I'm okay with that!
 

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Because there is nothing like dragging body parts through long sweepers at high speeds in the world. If I had to compare it to anything, I would say it is like surfing in the tube of a wave, only a handful of people ever get to truly experience it. And those who never do it, will never understand.
 

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Because there is nothing like dragging body parts through long sweepers at high speeds in the world. If I had to compare it to anything, I would say it is like surfing in the tube of a wave, only a handful of people ever get to truly experience it. And those who never do it, will never understand.
Agreed, except fr me its any aspect of riding, not just dragging knees or whatever. 2:16-2:22 pretty much sums it up for me.

 

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Agreed, except fr me its any aspect of riding, not just dragging knees or whatever. 2:16-2:22 pretty much sums it up for me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4o1zTN9cCU
A lot of great points in that clip. There is nothing else like it. For me at this point, all I do is race at the track. I only get to ride a couple days a month if that. So I enjoy every bit of it, and ride as hard and fast as I can. It's like letting a starved lion out of it's cage to eat; there is a mess to clean up boys!
 
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