<p>Riding is/was my hobby. I still love riding and love everything about motorcycles. However, I left my bike in storage before PCSing to Japan due to some of the laws and regulations here. </p><p> </p><p>I often joke that I miss my bike more than some of my family back in the states. Or is it a joke? lol I've been riding since I got on my first dirt bike when I was about 7 or 8. I love everything about riding and the feeling of freedom I get while on a bike. </p><p> </p><p>I was the motorcycle mentor for a little over a year at my last unit and it was probably one of the best "additional" duties ever! lol I loved helping new riders learn how to ride and pick out the "perfect" bike for them. I was always available to talk to another rider or help wok on another riders bike. Whatever they needed. I always stressed the importance of PPE. I am big on PPE. I am glad the Army enforces the boots, long sleeves, gloves etc...I always used it before the Army and still do every time I ride. </p><p> </p><p>Here are a couple pictures of my bike. Anyone else feel like sharing their love for motorcycling? Or their thoughts on the PPE? I know PPE is a big debate for some people. </p>
Posted 6 y ago
I bought my first MC 1 week after arrival in Germany in 1984 and rode it all over Europe & Germany. I sold that bike in 1989 after I came back to the states because I rarely had time to ride it and enjoy it. Last year, 25 years later, I bought another bike, much to my wife's dismay. There is nothing like the feel of a MC ride and I cannot wait for spring weather to arrive in Ohio and for the salt & gravel on the roads to get washed off so that I can get back in the wind!
I LOVE riding! I am a member of the Combat Vets Motorcycle Association and we have a good mix of combat vets from all services, and a good mix of retired/active duty vets as well. One of my favorite additional duties was the company motorcycle safety mentor, and I had a blast doing it. I would even jump in on a riders course that didn't have enough people so it could still happen, plus it was a way to ride just that much more! Our CVMA chapter has done things like ride with the Patriot Guard and Warriors Watch riders, escorting our fallen brothers-in-arms, and we have done things like helping raise flags for memorial day ceremonies. I love where we live too (central coast of CA) because it is pretty much riding weather all year round! Here are some pics. My bike is the Heritage Softail on the right. And I should note that even Santa rides a motorcycle at my house!
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