Monday, February 8, 2010

Cheesy Rider

Four wheels move the body. Two wheels move the soul. -- Author Unknown

I was pawing through some old photographs and came across what I believe is the only existing photograph of me and my Bridgestone 100 motorcycle. (It may actually be the only photograph of this particular model of motorcycle. It was obscure then and seems to remain so.)

My parents gave it to me for Christmas sometime around 1975 or 1976.

I was thrilled to have a motorcycle (I wanted to be a professional motocross rider when I was 15 or so), but less than enthusiastic, as I remember, that it was a Bridgestone. I had yearned for a Yamaha or a Kawasaki or a Honda. I'd never heard of Bridgestone.

It was also some sort of street/dirt bike hybrid. It had knobby tires, but not really a dirt bike suspension. But that didn't stop me from riding it around the 15 acres or so of fields we owned in New Alexandria, Pennsylvania, outside Pittsburgh.

I can't really remember what happened to that bike. I don't think it ran very well. As I remember, it sat in the garage, out of service, for quite some time.

But I was thrilled to have received it, and smiled when I came across this photo.

And now, more than 30 years later, I finally have a Honda.

Me and my Shadow. A 2001 Honda Shadow 600, to be exact.

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