Being a Born-Again Biker

I'm a born-again biker. You know, one of those guys who got into riding a motorcycle later in life. Sure, I rode mini-bikes and the occasional dirtbike when I was a kid, but I never really felt it was a part of who I was. I was always a car guy – I've loved sport cars my entire life. I thought motorcycles and cars were pretty much the same. Boy, was I wrong!

I have a friend here in Thailand, who introduced me to biking, he is also a car and bike guy. He's been riding his entire life, and was always trying to convince me to get a motorcycle. I'd tell him that one day I'd get an motorcycle and he and I would ride. I've always tried to be different and classic looking motorcycles were the only motorcycles that gave me that feeling cars did – like I had to have one. But there was one major problem: I suck with a wrench, I'm absolutely not technical.. And with a 40 or 50 year old motorcycle, I knew I would be stuck on the side of some road, getting greasy. Not my idea of a good time.
Finally at the beginning of 2011 I got a brand-new Triumph Thruxton. From the first time I rode my bike, I discovered that riding bikes was nothing like driving cars. That day changed my life forever.

As I rode with my friends, emotions stirred inside of me I hadn't felt since I was a kid. This was what it was like the first time my parents let me ride my bicycle off the block – that feeling of independence and camaraderie when my friends and I rode around town, Khao Yai, or just someone's house. One of the greatest thrills of my live had been reawakened – and I loved it! I cannot get enough of it...
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Friday, 04 March 2011 @ 07:45 PM ICT
Well i have been a biker for 43 years and never been stuck anywhere. Some of that time was riding old brit stuff(supposedly unreliable) take care of something it will take care of you. What am i saying?(that is a Dog!). Take care have a good time. Do what you like!


Sunday, 13 March 2011 @ 04:43 AM ICT
Yes! Bikes out-perform cars by a huge margin. I have been on bikes since I was seventeen in Detroit. There have been long painful times when I did not have a bike, and now is one of them. I sold my Harley before I left Hawaii to retire in Bangkok. Have not found the right fit yet, so I am temporarily bike-less.

Thanks for the article. I needed that. I miss the open road and the camaraderie too...