Best feeling in the world ! Second would be on the back of a horse.
I had a moped in H.S. in Germany (mid-late 60's).. got tired of walking to school.. (no schoolbus system there, but a great public transport.. but I chose to save my bus money for snacks at school instead, and walked).
So one summer I decided a moped would be perfect ! Worked all that summer vacation in the vineyards, to earn my moped money. I was 16.
That was all it took. LOVED the feeling. Later dated a guy with a BSA.. later in the A.F. guys would take me along for a ride on their bikes. Still didn't have a car or driver's licence (at 22, mind you !) and decided it was time for a moped again! ( I was stationed back in Germany now in the A.F.) So I bought a brand new red one, and tooted around between the different Air Bases, etc. Came across one barracks that had bikes lined up in front of it from one end to the other ! (Choppers back then.. remember the early 70's?) DROOOOOOOOOOOL !!!
As I stepped off my moped to absorb the lovely sight, this gorgeous, tall, darkhaired, and HANDSOME guy stepped out of his barracks WINDOW on the main level and came up to me and started talking with me... ME !
And HE had a chopper, too !!! It was a 650 Triumph. Well, we started seeing each other, he then put the chopper back to "custom" and taught me to drive it. He REALLY had to twist my arm, too ...NOT ! :chuckle:
I liked it so much, and did so well, he began to worry about losing his bike to me and we started looking around for my own. We got married a year later, and my wedding gift was my own 1963 BMW complete with sidecar !
Also was initiated as 1st female FULL member (as opposed to honorary..when you just ride on the back) of the Bones M.C. over there which had 4 chapters in Germany. It was soooooooo cool !
Rode to all the big outdoor rockconcerts, pigroasts, MC ralleys all over Europe. Drove that baby to Spain, France, Austria, Holland, Switzerland... just had the BEST time ! Packed our dufflebags full of camping gear, tent... and off we went !
Girls just did NOT ride bikes back in those days ! But I drove it to work every day.. to the USAF Hosp. where I was a medic.. 30 miles each way.. rain, shine. sleet, snow. Was the only transportation I had !
That was the beginning... my sis came over to visit me for a month, ended up being so jealous she went and bought her own BMW, and stayed a full year ridinig around with us ! I even put her up in my barracks room.. I was married now and we had our own place, but still had my room on base ! Hee, hee !
Once we came to the States, I picked up another BMW.. a 1968.. to exchange parts, etc. if needed, and as a "spare"..
Here 30 years later, still riding, still feeling the wind in my hair, still eating bugs and loving every minute of it !
NOW GO OUT THERE AND GET YA ONE !!!
OH ! And I still have my old leather, and my "colors" from Bones MC. !