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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.

1. The Seed Is Planted

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

2. Research Begins

Jeff Meyer / CC BY http://2.0 / Flickr: soundman1024

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

3. Qualification

eyeliam / CC BY http://2.0 / Flickr: eyeliam

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

4. Research Continues, Transforms into Hobby

"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

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6. Accessory Investigation

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

StooMathiesen / CC BY http://2.0 / Flickr: stoo57

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

8. Customization Continues

zorbogr / CC BY http://2.0 / Flickr: 10591365@N05

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

9. Hobby Expands into Obsession

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

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."