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View Poll Results: How many years licensed riding on the road have you?
Up to 1 year 21 4.28%
2 to 5 years 67 13.65%
6 to 15 years 100 20.37%
16 - 30 years 120 24.44%
30 plus years 183 37.27%
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Old 10-05-2008, 04:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How many years road riding?

Seeing as we seem, apparently to have many new to motorcycling members here now.

I thought it would be an interesting exercise not to see our average age (we've done that poll) but our average road riding experience.

Not when you started riding in the dirt as a kid (because I did that for years before getting a licence) etc but how many years on the road with a bike licence?

For me it is 34 years.

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Old 10-05-2008, 04:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 10-05-2008, 04:55 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I've only been riding for two. I've always been a gear head, but never was interested in bikes until my Dad let me ride one a few years ago. It was an instant addiction!
I had my Ninja 250 for about a year and a half, putting 8,000 miles on it before I got the Sprint. I have just over 5,000 miles on my Sprint in 4 months, and LOVE riding!
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Old 10-05-2008, 06:25 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Hard to believe in way, but 36 years. I got the bug at 6 years old riding my brothers CA110 Honda. I started riding on the street on my Yamaha 125 Enduro at 15, so here I am at 51 riding over 3 decades. I am gonna go sit in my rocker now.
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Old 10-05-2008, 08:21 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Old 10-05-2008, 08:43 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Old 10-05-2008, 09:06 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Old 10-05-2008, 09:22 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I've been riding on the road since the age of 16, so I guess that makes it 28 years for me. Although, I did take a 15 year break from riding during that period.

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Old 10-05-2008, 10:04 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Licensed? 28 years. No License? 32 years.

My brother taught me how to ride at 13 and was riding off and on illegally until I turned 18, got the license then.

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When I started riding my Yamaha 125 in 1972 you didn’t need a motorcycle endorsement in the State of Michigan. You just got your insurance and plate and off you went. I remember doing that at the dealership before riding off into the sunset. I think it was a year later the law changed requiring an endorsement for motorcycles. I remember calling the local police station in Belleville, MI. asking what I needed to do. The officer asks me if I currently had a motorcycle to which I said yes. He then asks if I had over 3000 miles on it and again I answered yes. He then told me to ride it to the police station so he could confirm the mileage. After riding to the station the officer looks at the odometer and says that’s fine and issues my endorsement, my how things have changed. So I guess that's 36 years on the road.

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