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10 Stages Of Motorcycle Ownership

From pastime to addiction. If you've been afflicted with the pursuit of two-wheeled bliss, everything about Biker Battleground: Phoenix, Tuesdays 10/9c on HISTORY, will ring true to you too.

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1. The Seed Is Planted

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"I've spent all this time on four wheels... what about just two?"

2. Research Begins

"Please, no calls while I'm in the command center."
Jeff Meyer / CC BY http://2.0 / Flickr: soundman1024

"Please, no calls while I'm in the command center."

3. Qualification

"Wait, I need a different kind of license for this thing? Whoa, this is awesome."
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"Wait, I need a different kind of license for this thing? Whoa, this is awesome."

4. Research Continues, Transforms into Hobby

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"Oh, yeah, I'd love to barbecue on Saturday... but I... I'm waiting on an eBay bid. Yep, on a bike. Sure, maybe next time."

5. Purchase

"Yeeeeeessssssssssss!"
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"Yeeeeeessssssssssss!"

6. Accessory Investigation

"Oh my god, I could totally get a sidecar. Wait, maybe saddle bags are more practical. Leathers?"
Seth Anderson / CC BY-SA http://2.0 / Flickr: swanksalot

"Oh my god, I could totally get a sidecar. Wait, maybe saddle bags are more practical. Leathers?"

7. Customization Begins

"Well, I love it right now, but I'll obviously love it more if it has flames painted on it."
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"Well, I love it right now, but I'll obviously love it more if it has flames painted on it."

8. Customization Continues

"Sure, the steering column's good, but it could be longer."
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"Sure, the steering column's good, but it could be longer."

9. Hobby Expands into Obsession

"But it's a vintage Triton! When will I even see one of those again? Might as well buy it and raise it as my own."
Flattrackers and Caferacers Parts and bikebuilds / CC BY-SA http://2.0 / Flickr: redmaxspeedshop

"But it's a vintage Triton! When will I even see one of those again? Might as well buy it and raise it as my own."

10. Obsession Leads to Community

"A motorcycle rally, you say? Heck yes I will ride across the country to go to that."
Michael Quick / CC BY http://2.0 / Flickr: teddybear_crafts

"A motorcycle rally, you say? Heck yes I will ride across the country to go to that."