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    Cyburbian Emeritus Bear Up North's avatar
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    Cyburbia Angels (Motorcycle Thread)

    There have been a few different threads that wander around subject matter related to motorcycles. This thread is intended for posting your observations of motorcycles, if you like or dislike them, what kind would you or do you own, would you wear a helmet.....and just for fun, who would you want in the sidecar with you.

    Born To Be Bear.....People look at me, guess my age, check out the beard (and the earing on weekends), and assume that I am a "senior biker". Nice try, Marlon.....but wrong-O.

    In high school I was a back seat rider on my friend's Italian bike. He picked me up every morning and I rode the wheels in to senior year. (OMG.....he moved to Fort Wayne after graduation.....he could be BKM's dad. )

    But I never owned a bike and have never driven a bike. And that's the truth.

    Now.....all the party people in the neighborhood are getting bikes. Even Katie's best friend just bought a bike, and her and her husband are not even riders (yet). Katie is asking (telling) me to get a bike. Not even sure what kind I would look at.

    I would wear a helmet. Bet dollars to donuts that Katie would not. In my sidecar......Cameron Diaz.
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    What say you?

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    I have been on a motorcycle a few times as a kid (12 or so?). Some teenaged neighbor had one. Of course, riding around the block with him was apparently some kind of "proof" that I was a wanton, fallen woman. Probably a good reason to do it anyway when you are that age.

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    Never had a motorcycle. Actually have never even ridden on one. And not tempted at all.

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    Can you say DONOR ?

    When I was an EMT I saw enough.

    The stupidest are the ones wearing shorts, teeshirts, and no helmet. Sorry stupid people.


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    I've owned two bikes. The first was a Honda Enduro I had in high school. Never fell off. The second was a street bike I used during college. After graduation, it needed some maintenance and I lent it to my ex-BIL hoping to see it returned. Never saw it again.

    I've thought about getting another since moving to FL. Maybe a fast crotch rocket? Naw. I'd only hurt myself.

    Always wore a helmet.

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    Back in my single days, I parked my butt on the back of a Harley many a time.
    You darn tootin', I like fig newtons!

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    I dispise the Modern American Middle Class Harley Cult. Its that simple. They are mostly mid-life crisis assholes who decide it is their right to be obnoxious pricks. Where I live they make way to much noise at all hours of the night. And I love seeing people who are mild-mannered all week go dress up and play at being dirtbags on the weekend. Oh, yeah...I just love watching accountants and secretary's try keeping up with real life scumbags. They seem to take real pride in their ability to morph into losers. Oh, and the biker tattoos hidden by a full sleve dress shirt are priceless. But that is just my opinion. Your experiences may be different.

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    Quote Originally posted by el Guapo
    I dispise the Modern American Middle Class Harley Cult. Its that simple. They are mostly mid-life crisis assholes who decide it is their right to be obnoxious pricks. Where I live they make way to much noise at all hours of the night. And I love seeing people who are mild-mannered all week go dress up and play at being dirtbags on the weekend. Oh, yeah...I just love watching accountants and secretary's try keeping up with real life scumbags. They seem to take real pride in their ability to morph into losers. Oh, and the biker tattoos hidden by a full sleve dress shirt are priceless. But that is just my opinion. Your experiences may be different.
    \El Guapo Amen Amen! There is a sleezy tweaker bar in my town where they gather. If you throw in all the gigantic P-Envy-Trucks from people who think that their two acre "rural residential" lot means they need a "Farm Truck" and all the loud, testostwrone poisoned young cou-rouges with the raised trucks and dualies, who dominate my county, I'll join your crusade.

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    Not only do I like bikes, I sold them one summer! I do agree with many of EG’s comments. However, I would like to get either a high performance crotch rocket or a cruiser. Something fast that I can upgrade or something smooth with some style.
    Not my monkey, not my circus. - Old Polish Proverb

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    I havent been on one either.

    I have a mate of mine whom thought it would be wise to buy a bike- way too powerful for him, and decided to drive it without a licence.

    Yes the day he got the bike, he was driving it around the corner of his street, lost control and hit a metal box trailer- which the force of impact moved a good 15 metres or so.

    Anyway he broke a heap of bones and was in hospital for 3 months.

    So i am scared of bikes!
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    All I want is a moped. 80mpg and easy to maintain.
    Dude, I'm cheesing so hard right now.

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    Quote Originally posted by boiker
    All I want is a moped. 80mpg and easy to maintain.
    Dittos....I really want one too (at least to try), but my wife keeps poo-pooing the idea.....half of Italy has a moped....and they drive perfectly normal...
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    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

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    No tattoos or mid life crisis, but I want to get another bike. I rode a friend's Harley over the weekend a couple of times (no helmet). I have had five different ones in my life and want a big cruiser in the next couple of years. I won't be making it loud, that gives me a headache.
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    RIGHT ON EG! We get the weekend wanabe losers up here in the north. I can hear them coming for a mile. They want everyone to see how "cool" they think they are.

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    Crouch rocket riders give me the super secret two fingers down recognition sign when they see me on my Segway (Nova). I'm part of the two-wheeled club. I feel so special.
    "And all this terrible change had come about because he had ceased to believe himself and had taken to believing others. " - Leo Tolstoy

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    Crouch rocket riders give me the super secret two fingers down recognition sign when they see me on my Segway (Nova). I'm part of the two-wheeled club. I feel so special.
    I get that on my bicycle all the time, to which I say quiet that hyped muffler and keep your hands on the bars. I'll admit when I'm on my bicyle I am simply above all motorist'.

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    Don't own one, never ridden one. I would wear a helmet, though - I can't imagine not wearing one, and I've never heard a good arguement against wearing one. My father-in-law owns a BMW motorcycle (I have no idea of the model), and he's an avid rider. He's also fanatical about safety. Turns out that BMW motorcycle enthusiasts do have their own little subculture, but it's nothing like Harley riders.

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    I have been wanting a BMW 650 GS for quite some time.

    I do not know how to ride a motorcycle,

    I do not know if I will even like it,

    but if I did, I would wear helmet, protective gear, and never go above 60 mph.
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    Quote Originally posted by natski
    I havent been on one either.

    I have a mate of mine whom thought it would be wise to buy a bike- way too powerful for him, and decided to drive it without a licence.

    Yes the day he got the bike, he was driving it around the corner of his street, lost control and hit a metal box trailer- which the force of impact moved a good 15 metres or so.

    Anyway he broke a heap of bones and was in hospital for 3 months.

    So i am scared of bikes!

    I should mention that my brother-in-laws brother went cruising around their Kentucky farm without a helmet on a trail bike. Let's just say he will never be a "normal" adult again-major brain damage, multiple surgeries, basically like a sub-prime 4 year old.

    The accident occurred shortly after he had wrecked an earlier, less powerful trail bike.

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    I have been into motorcycling for about 2 years. I have a 2003 Honda Shadow, which suits me fine but I really want a BMW R1150R or R1200RT both of which are sport-touring bikes. Never really got into the Harley thing even though I live in Milwaukee and almost everyone I ride with has a Harley. I guess I am put off by the whole Harley Culture, though if someone gave me a V-rod I could be persuaded to change my tune.

    I think people who ride without helmets are idiots. I won't even ride down the street without one.
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    EG and I have discussed this before

    I sold my Harley Sportster 4 years ago. I don't really miss it most of the time. While I agree with alot of EG's statements, there is a flip side. Auto drivers are assholes too. And if you bike isnt loud, you are asking to be smacked by a lane changing jerk that doesnt check his blind spots. So I do have *some* sympathy...

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    Of course Chet is no way one of the evil ones about which I speak. There are many nice people who ride a Harley. However, and I say this with many personal experiences, most of them are either mid-life crisis trend following mindless losers pretending to be dirtbags without balls, or they are the real-deal dirtbags. The other 40% are likely simply motorcycle riders who enjoy that particular brand. But watch a Harley crowd and a similar "jap" bike crowd and the Harley crowd always seems to have to be throwing the badass vibe around. Even the punk accountant Harley wannabees. Ask one some time why he is so angry at a society that allows him to purchase a motorcycle that cost more than a midsized car. He won't have a good answer.

    Quote Originally posted by Chet
    EG and I have discussed this before

    I sold my Harley Sportster 4 years ago. I don't really miss it most of the time. While I agree with alot of EG's statements, there is a flip side. Auto drivers are assholes too. And if you bike isnt loud, you are asking to be smacked by a lane changing jerk that doesnt check his blind spots. So I do have *some* sympathy...

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    I've never had one or been on one thanks to my dad. When I was growing up, he would come home and tell graphic stories of the motorcycle wrecks he covered. Some of the stories were complete with pictures . After awhile, I told him that I had gotten the point and wasn't interested in bikes.
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    My other half has a bike, Honda VFR, one step below the rolling couch Gold Wing. We both ride it (thanks for the T Shirt Chet it drives him nuts) but we even in the heat of the summer are covered head to toe in kevlar, thick jeans, gloves, boots, etc etc. I will be the first one to say its HOT back there on those pipes (not like that you perv).

    We are both getting older and want to take trips on the bike but we are both tall folks so his VFR is just not cutting it any more. He may hate "rolling couches" but I think a Gold Wing is in the cards.

    Now to get him to agree to a pull behind for the hell hounds...

    My father is a Hog owner, and looks like something out of hells angels but hes a big teddy bear and thumps the younger punk riders on the head for dumb stuff. Made the old man the road master *eye roll* I cant stand the loud sounds of those bikes but it makes my dad happy.
    "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." Ben Franklin

    Remember this motto to live by: "Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming 'WOO- HOO what a ride!'"

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    I've been riding for a few years. I just got rid of my Suzuki Bandit 1200s (a 'standard' MC) and picked up a KLR650. It's a dual-sport (think jeep of the MC world) that can do about anything but great at nothing. It will, however, be perfect for commuting to school & parking on campus, as well as driving up & down my father's steep gravel road.

    I love MC's, but am fully aware that all those cars (aka 'cages') are trying to kill you all of the time. If you take that into account, you should be ok. Riding is *much* better away from the cities. I put 7000 miles on the bandit over the course of 3 weeks last summer. Portland (OR) to Glacier to Banff to Minnesota to SW Iowa to the black hills to Yellowstone to Grant Tetons and back to Portland.

    There's also a term that 'real' riders use, ATGATT. All The Gear All The Time. Full face helmet, armored jacket & pants, armored gloves, and MC-specific boots. If you take that seriously, your chances of minimizing damage when you crash is *much* better.

    Oh yeah - deer. They're out to get you, too. Damn vermin. Hitting one at 65 mph can ruin your ride.

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