I got into riding just recently, back in 2011.
My father has been riding racing and building his whole life, which makes it odd that it took me this long.
I learned to ride on a friend's Honda XL 125 then later purchased my first bike: a 1970 cb350. it was a frankenstein of a thing but was good for a first time rider and forced me to learn basic maintenance and getting it road worthy. Upon purchase all the wiring had been removed with only a single switch for the headlight. With the help of a wire diagram and my father, i was able to completely rewire the bike and get it on the road.
Later i bought a 1999 Ducati Monster 750 Dark because i just couldn't pass up the deal. I rode that for two summers then i got the itch to get into older hondas.
My recent purchase and current build is a 1972 Honda CB500 Four. It needs work before the weather breaks and with the help of my father it'll be a fun project.
Yes, I am a new rider. I do not know everything - in fact, i know extremely little aside from what my dad has taught me - but i have a desire to learn, thick skin, and broad shoulders.
I have a BFA so my background is primarily art and design. I run my own freelance graphic design studio as well as do custom airbrushing on cars, bikes, helmets, etc. If requested I can post some of my work, but I am NOT here to brag.