Motorcycles hooked me at 16. A friend loaned me his little Yamaha trailbike and told me to drive as long as I wanted. I took him literally—2-1/2 hours! My dad and friend weren’t happy but I paid them no attention. I had found a new love!
Over the years I’ve had eight motorcycles, all of them street except for two early Yamaha Enduro Models (XT-1, CT-1) and the most recent one. After a several-year absence, I began riding again in 1992 on a Yamaha Seca II, a 600-cc sport/touring bike I called “the sports bike for those over 40.” It was crashed out from under me in 1994. After a brief delay (two weeks), I was out looking for a replacement. I settled on a 1994 Yamaha Seca II, discovering that all the reasons I bought it in the first place still made sense. I still have that bike (see photo).
Last May I purchased a 2009 Yamaha XT-250, a “dual sport” bike, meaning a street legal dirt bike (see photo). The point is that I can ride from home to where I want to ride–I don’t need a trailer and all that goes with it.