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I watch the UFC all the time. I enjoy the battle. I have never been a fighter. My first job had a guy that every Monday we would get the details of the ass whooping he put on someone. And when his face was "F"ed up,,,,"you should see the other guy". Where this is going is why did you do it. You are right, doesn't seem like much fun getting kicked and hit in the head. And the kicks where you guys hit shin to shin can't feel good. Is it the adrenaline rush if you are the victor or what, or just knowing you imposed your will on another. Or just trying to be fit? Thanks
Now I chalk it up to being young and dumb. Personally, when I was younger (19-24) who doesn't like being a bad ass. Young kid filled with testosterone, it's a great outlet. Just feeling like an animal and on the verge of not being human was a good feeling.

I also appreciated the technical and fitness aspect. Now more so than ever. I love a good technical match. Stuff that bores the average viewer. I love seeing a guy put on a masterful performance and hit without getting hit back. It's an art.

I haven't trained in over two years, and I miss it, but I know it's long behind me. Too old fat and slow. I no longer have the desire to feel like a bad ass, but I know it's still buried deep down waiting for me to flip the switch and have it surface.

I think if you've payed attention to my posts, you'll know that I'm a pretty positive person and would like to promote positivity among us. But this is a relatively new attitude that I've adopted and I can't place a finger on why. I used to be a massive dick. Maybe it's just maturity setting in.
 

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Now I chalk it up to being young and dumb. Personally, when I was younger (19-24) who doesn't like being a bad ass. Young kid filled with testosterone, it's a great outlet. Just feeling like an animal and on the verge of not being human was a good feeling.

I also appreciated the technical and fitness aspect. Now more so than ever. I love a good technical match. Stuff that bores the average viewer. I love seeing a guy put on a masterful performance and hit without getting hit back. It's an art.

I haven't trained in over two years, and I miss it, but I know it's long behind me. Too old fat and slow. I no longer have the desire to feel like a bad ass, but I know it's still buried deep down waiting for me to flip the switch and have it surface.

I think if you've payed attention to my posts, you'll know that I'm a pretty positive person and would like to promote positivity among us. But this is a relatively new attitude that I've adopted and I can't place a finger on why. I used to be a massive dick. Maybe it's just maturity setting in.
Dude, I admire you, a young man who got the entrepreneurial spirit, found out he has a MASSIVE responsibility, put his head down and went to work. If you have enough left over after your family for your toy, you are doing something right. I didn't, I have been self employed for 21 years now. And to your final comment, yes, maturity setting in. Good luck in business and raising those kids.
 

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Dude, I admire you, a young man who got the entrepreneurial spirit, found out he has a MASSIVE responsibility, put his head down and went to work. If you have enough left over after your family for your toy, you are doing something right. I didn't, I have been self employed for 21 years now. And to your final comment, yes, maturity setting in. Good luck in business and raising those kids.
Thanks. It means a lot.
 

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I think if you've payed attention to my posts, you'll know that I'm a pretty positive person and would like to promote positivity among us. But this is a relatively new attitude that I've adopted and I can't place a finger on why. I used to be a massive dick. Maybe it's just maturity setting in.
Good on you, Mike. You gotta own that sh!t!! :biggrin: Count me in with Flyboy. Lots of respect for how you are conducting your business. Good things, brother.
 
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...I bought my first bike in '83 (an XS650) and spent the rest of the '80s on an array of British bikes.....finishing with a '72 Rocket 3. I got fed up with working on bikes and in 1990 I bought a brand new Superglide. I kept that until '99. The last couple of those years I didn't ride a lot, partly because the 'glide's crap suspension and seat stuffed my tailbone and partly 'cos I lost a good riding mate to the wrong end of a semi-auto and kinda lost the passion a bit.
In '99 I decided to belatedly extract the digit and bought myself a house, and about 12 months later I decided I wanted another bike. I didn't have much money but wanted something "interesting", so I bought an '86 GSXR1100. That bike was useless at all legal speeds so after 18 months I realised that this bike would be the end of me and it was sold.
No bike from then on until '09. I met my wife in '04. Being a late starter I had my first daughter in '07, another in '08 (who sadly passed at 2 months old) and a boy in '10 at the age of 45..
In '09 we were struggling with the loss, and a friend visited on his new Triumph Rocket 3. He gave me a ride and I was immediately re-smitten with bikes and ordered a new T100 3 days later with the full blessing and encouragement of my wife.
I kept the T100 until early '13, adding a KLR650 in '12. After spending much money modifying the T100, arthritis in my hip finally made it impractical, so I scouted around for something more comfortable. After speaking with the sales dude who sold me the T100, he encouraged me to have a go on a Victory. I rode a Vegas, a Boardwalk and a Hammer S and ended up with an '09 Hammer S with only 12000km.
More comfortable now but still not enough I decided I had to have a bike I could do long hours on in relative comfort or give it away. A day long test ride on a Cross Country convinced me that this might just be the bike for me so I bought one at the end of October '15 after selling the Hammer and the KLR.
Most happy, I am now....I can easily do long days with short breaks and hopefully this bike will do me for a few years until the wind changes direction once more.
 

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For me, it was selling my motorcycle in 1989 before moving to my duty station in Michigan for the Air Force. My thinking was that with the winters in the Upper Peninsula, I probably wouldn't get much riding in. Boy, was I wrong and stupid. Spring, early summer, and fall would have been fantastic to ride in. So I sold my Nighthawk and strapped a jet to my back for a few years, then when I moved back to California I always had the thought in the back of my head to get on a bike again. It wasn't until just recently I found one that was comfortable for my rather tall frame. So back to class I go and then more practice, and practice some more and then I get to feel the adrenaline thrill of riding a motorcycle on the freeway again.
 

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For me, it was selling my motorcycle in 1989 before moving to my duty station in Michigan for the Air Force. My thinking was that with the winters in the Upper Peninsula, I probably wouldn't get much riding in. Boy, was I wrong and stupid. Spring, early summer, and fall would have been fantastic to ride in. So I sold my Nighthawk and strapped a jet to my back for a few years, then when I moved back to California I always had the thought in the back of my head to get on a bike again. It wasn't until just recently I found one that was comfortable for my rather tall frame. So back to class I go and then more practice, and practice some more and then I get to feel the adrenaline thrill of riding a motorcycle on the freeway again.
I bet after being in control of a jet EVERYTHING else just feels slow. Kinda like when you've been cruising for miles at our around triple digits and have to slow to 45.... But worst.
 

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@Havoc70 , you certainly have the right bike there. 2012 CCT (XCT) is what I own and I wouldn't give it up for anything. Especially with tuning and cams. Enjoy.
 

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Welcome back to the two wheeled world, cars have gotten way, way crazy so never zone out, stay alert stay alive & thanks for doing what you did
 

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I always rode most of my miles riding to and from work. When the nuclear power plant I worked at started the plant up and started monitoring for radiation I could no longer get to my normal work location because my pants were picking up radon while riding to work and that would set off the radiation monitors. Think about what that means. I was getting so much radiation on my legs from the ride to work that I could not get past the radiation monitoring designed to prevent accidental radiation spreads. When I stopped working in areas monitored for radiation contamination I returned to riding every day. It took me a few bikes after that before I settled on a Victory for my daily rider.
Where was this, so I know never to go near it?
 
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