The Triumph Tiger wasn't my first motorcycle. I grew up around dirt bikes. I learned to ride on a
Honda Trail 70.
My childhood heros were Hurricane Hannah, Marty Smith, and Roger DeCoster.
I soon traded the street bike for a dedicated road race bike: a Yamaha FZR 400 RR-SP with a full race kit which was imported from Japan by Del Amo Yamaha and raced in the late 1980s by Nick Ienatsch, Motorcyclist Magazine editor of 'The Pace' series. I purchased that bike from his tuner: Steve Biganski.
Bitten by the Road Racing bug, I gave up on riding on the street. On my first outing with the Willow Spring Motorcycle Club (WSMC) New Racer school, I crashed coming out of Turn 4 at Willow Springs Raceway. I roadraced Pro-Am with AMA CCS, WERA, GLRRA, and WSMC from 1988 to 2001, and continued to do track days until 2003. To train, I would ride fire roads and race flat-track.
I did extensive 'wrenching', which evolved into a short but successful career as a mechanic and Data Acquisition Enginner 'Geek' (DAG) in IndyCar from 1997 to 2001. But the experience was a distance memory from a different life.
On the journey, I've owned a:
Kawasaki H2 Mach IV
Yamaha Virago XV750 Special
Maico Adolph Weil AW400 'Coffin Tank'
Bultaco 250 Alpina
Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Custom
Ducati M750 Dark
KTM 620 RXC
Laverda 668 Ghost
Honda RS125 imported from Japan by Rising Sun Cycles
Ducati 916 Strada from Motor Cycle Center in Heavyweight and Unlimited Superbike classes.
My son started off with a Yamaha PW50, then traded up to a KTM50Pro Senior and a Husqvarna 50.
My brief experience with BMW was on my friend Dr. Paul's R1200ST which I felt handled odd with a tall seat hight, and the quirks of shaft drive. I gave up on riding motorcycles in 2005 for personal reasons.