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Where to start? I am at the Toronto Motorcycle show at the convention centre which runs Dec. 9 - 11. My goal is to get my license next spring, so this is my first motorcycle show. To put it mildly, I am a bit intimidated. Lucky for me the first people I meet are Brian (1979 Midnight Special 1100) and Pete (2008 Yamaha 1700) from Woodstock, ON. We chat about why they are here, how they started riding and why.
Brian and Pete are here to check things out; they go to all the shows. This is a manufacture show where vendors showcase their new bikes. It is a perfect place to get an up close view and chat directly with the vendors.
Brian grew up on a farm. He started riding dirt bikes and mini bikes when he was 6 years old. Happenstance, and a girl, led to Pete's first ride. In 1973 his buddy wanted to take a date to the drive-in theatre. In order to do so, he needed a car. So he swapped vehicles with his friend and his first ride was on a Yahama 180.
My new friends ensure me that I will love riding. I watch as they slip into their memories of riding. They talk about the atmosphere, the feeling and the smell. It's about the smell. There is nothing like the smell of fresh cut hay from two miles away. Cruising with your feet up and letting your mind relax. They say their know a guy who is 92 and still rides every day.
As I was saying goodbye, they leave me with some advice. NEVER sell your bike. You will always regret it. You can buy a new one, but never sell your old one.