I have been a motorcyclist for all of my life. My dad started it by taking us children out in his motorbike and side car when I was just a toddler.
At the age of 18 I bought my first brand new BMW, a R75/7, in 1977. I have owned mostly BMW bikes ever since. The latest one is a K100RS 16 valve made in 1991, a classic. The best for me was probably a brand new K1200GT bought in 2004. My wife rides a very smart BMW F800ST. Having worked on aircraft all of my life in the Royal Air Force (RAF) I am not frightened to pick up a spanner!
I like to have something mechanical to do as can be seen on my last blog https://bmwk100rs.wordpress.com/. That bike is now finished and runs very well, but there is nothing more that needs to be done to it. Then, along came a running 1998 Ducati ST2. I do happen to know that Ducatis need maintenance and there are things to improve, so off we trundled with car and trailer, and bought it.
It joins the K100RS, F800ST and the 125 monkey bike in the garage.
Update: Readers may have noticed that the Ducati 848 joined the fleet back in the summer. Why the 848? Probably because it is one of the most beautiful bikes in the world, a piece of art and something that even has non-bikers stopping and looking at when it is parked. Apart from that I have never owned a pure sports bike and at 168 kg and 138 bhp, it is an absolute joy to ride.