My First Bike: Eric Phipps

February 17, 2007 1:14pm | by:

Do you remember when you got your first bike? For most of us, it’s one of the best days of our lives. Thanks to the support of our friends at Spy Optics, we have a new Saturday column called “My First Bike.” The subject of this week’s column is Eric Phipps, who has fond memories of his first bike, which sparked his passion for racing motorcycles.

"I got this bike in 1980 when I was 12. I was a little big for it because it took about 4 years to finally talk my Mom into it.

My Dad taught motorcycle mechanics in Southern California and one of his students brought the bike in and never picked it up. It was beat up then, but my Dad completely restored it and delivered it up to me in Northern California. I'm not sure of the year but I think it was '69 or '70 Honda Z50.

I rode the bike around my neighborhood and a friend of mine had a vacant lot next to his house that we would ride in also.
One day on the way to my friends house I went the back way down a gravel road and did a bunch of doughnuts in aome fresh new gravel. When I came riding back down the road my neighbor was standing there with a rake and shovel and made me fix all of my 'divets'. Doh!

I had this bike for about 2 years and had a lot of fun on it. I saved my money for a few years then bought my first brand new bike, a 1981 Yamaha MX 80.

Thanks for taking the time to do these cool stories! It brings back a lot of memories.