Triumph - The Gateway Drug
Growing up, my only exposure to motorcycles was through my father who was a military moto-cop and die-hard Harley enthusiast. I did not live with him, so it was always the highlight of my trip when he would take me for a ride on his thunderous Road King. We would go to "biker hangouts", where we would grab food, listen to music and talk to terrifying characters who ended up being some of the nicest people I've ever met.
The feel of the bike was addicting, but the culture and camaraderie is what got me hooked. I knew when I was old enough, I would too own a motorcycle. I spent a good amount of my adolesence figuring out which bike would be my first. I went through phases: Should I get a Harley and follow in my Dad's footsteps?, Should I get a sporty crotch-rocket, chicks seem to dig those?, Should I just plan for retirement and get a Goldwing?. I didn't know what my decision would be but I knew I couldn't wait.
After college, I moved from Wisconsin to Phoenix, AZ and got my first real job. Gas skyrocketed and the Arizona weather quickly made me realize, it was the perfect opportunity to find my first motorcycle. During my search, I came across a show called Return of the Cafe' Racer. I instantly fell in love with the bikes, culture, history, EVERYTHING! It was settled, I was on the hunt for the perfect entry-level cafe'.
Brand new Norton's, BMW's and Ducati's were all out of my price range and I didn't want to invest in an older bike that would need TLC I couldn't provide as a rookie. I looked into Triumph's thanks to Dan, and never looked back. The price and look were as close to perfect as I was going to get from the factory, but the add-ons and replacement parts for these bikes were endless!
At the end of the day, Triumph has created a perfect springboard for any age or experience level to dive headfirst into the world of motorcycles with such customizable bikes. Outside of exhaust, there are ton's of modifications to be made without any fabrication and for a very reasonable price.
I call Triumph the "gateway drug" when it comes to bikes, because they are so easy to customize, it has left me wanting more and looking for a bigger and more challenging project. Unfortunately, the only rehab for this addiction is more bikes.