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sentry07 Apr 25th 2016 02:14 PM


Originally Posted by Calamari (Post 13551)
As stupid as it sounds, a friend posted a picture of himself on facebook with a new motorcycle and I thought "That looks fun.". Rode nothing but a motorcycle for the next, 4 years? At first I'd try to justify riding for the MPG, but after a few tire/chain replacements i realized it was a wash. Stayed around for the thrill and wheelies I guess, and community.

I thought about the whole "saving money on gas" argument and it really is a joke because I never used to just jump in the car and explore for hours. However, commuting to Seattle saves quite a bit because I can get there and back on about $12 compared to $30 in my car.

S1000RGirl Dec 11th 2019 07:44 AM

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It's hard to explain the feeling that connects me to motorcycle riding: so much in one experience. I can have a bad day at work, get on my bike and within minutes that day is done and it's a new day. It's freedom, it's fun, it's fast, it's adrenaline, it's applying skill and experience to the demands the road brings you. While doing this you are out in nature and closer to it because you ride. Riding has taken me on roads I would have never discovered otherwise. The freedom is unmatched in my experience and for all these reasons I ride.

McRider Dec 11th 2019 08:07 AM

I suspect there is a genetic component to why we ride; sort of like the propensity for any kind of addiction.

I can remember an incident when I was a teenager living in St. Louis when hwy 66 was still the transcontinental highway. It came near my house, and one night I was gassing up my mom's car I had borrowed and and two guys came in riding two-up on a motorcycle. It had California plates and I thought how cool that was, to ride a motorcycle all the way from California. Even though I knew nothing about motorcycles, it made such a vivid impression on me that I think now that the bike was a Harley Sportster.

The first motorcycle I bought, when I was in college, was an old Sportster, and it was my first and last Harley.

Parilla125 Dec 11th 2019 11:03 AM

Revived thread!
I started with bicycles, a home made mini bike made out of a bicycle frame, then a motorcycle at 12. Motorcycles have always been my 'freedom machines'. They always center and relax me. I don't have to ride long or fast or hard to achieve that 'place'. It pretty much happens the second my feet lift off the ground and just gets better and better. I get grumpy if I go without for any length of time. Wife will say "Don't you need to go for a ride or something?".
I have always enjoyed riding in the rain and sometimes start grinning and smiling or laughing at the start of a 'rain ride'. Not sure why...

Sentinel Dec 11th 2019 01:39 PM

cuz i feel like superman when im scooching along quickly, carving curves, slipping between the proles in their Jetta's, dressed in my superhero uniform.

"I am ATGATT, Super Rash Fighter."

chadams66 Dec 11th 2019 03:12 PM

my mom married this guy we called Jimmy (it's what he wanted)...he had a brand new 1958 "74" Harley ("don't touch it")...rode my first motorcycle at 14 (50cc Hondaka) and was instantly hooked...I think it's the power to weight ratio..the acceleration that comes with it..and carving turns that keeps me around... :ninja:

outdoorgb Dec 12th 2019 06:34 AM

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1978 I turned 16 and had the best job in the city, pumping gas at 76 and selling Pop Shoppe pop. The 76 station was cool because all the muscle cars of that time used the premium I was able fill up a lot of neat cars.

Then I needed transpo. Although my career was really taking off, I really could not afford a car and insurance.

So, my uncle said, "I found a nice little motorcycle if you want to buy it?" It was a 1972 Yamaha RD200...Think I paid but a few hundred for the bike.

Ran great and the rest is history. Always rode after that and have owned probably 30 bikes. Still at it and will go a few more years.

Not the actual bike but it looked like this...

WarpShatner7 Dec 12th 2019 06:46 AM

It's the sense of freedom and of being in the place that you're traveling through. Absolutely magnetic to me. Cars never excited my teenage imagination like motorcycles did. On a motorcycle you experience every mile of the journey with every part of your body. A car is more like a traveling room. You're not really there, you're in this room looking at it out the window.

If I were to stick pins in a map to show where I've been, any place I've put my boots down rates a pin. Any place I've tooled around in on my bike to get a better look at, even if I didn't stop, rates a pin. If I've only passed through in a car, stopping at a stop sign doesn't mean I've been there, because I haven't: the paint and glass on the car has been there, but I was in this room just looking out the window at it...

Sentinel Dec 13th 2019 04:41 PM

Just got back from a jaunt around the neighborhood.

I LOVE this bike because it feels like i stole a dirt bike and am hauling ass around the back streets at night being a punk but in reality i am perfectly legal (...being.a.....punk)


Sentinel Dec 13th 2019 04:44 PM


Originally Posted by WarpShatner7 (Post 60143)
...On a motorcycle you experience every mile of the journey with every part of your body. ...

First time i took my wife for a ride she was wowed by how much you FEEL on a bike, the temperature changes (she never knew about the constant fluctuations we don't even notice any more) and the SMELLS, and that there's the air that hits you, and "OMG is EVERYONE always so BLIND?"

ZXtasy Dec 14th 2019 08:18 AM

My dad hooked me, like many others. Some of my very first memories are of him hoisting me one handed onto the back of the 2-stroke Bridgestone 90 and we would tear down the dirt roads of rural central WA, pausing only to peel out on rattlesnakes. Even better....we often would be riding to one of the remote hangers and I would then go flying with him. Later he introduced me to aerobatics and I was a G-Force Junkie.

So only airplanes and fast bikes can reproduce the endorphins and feed the fix for control freaks. I think it is really about being in control, it is the out of control scenarios that release Adrenalin which can have adverse effects.

Suzuki Stevo Dec 14th 2019 12:03 PM


Sentinel Dec 14th 2019 03:55 PM


Originally Posted by ZXtasy (Post 60151)
...I think it is really about the illusion of being in control,...

fixed it for ya:ninja:

ZXtasy Dec 14th 2019 04:11 PM

Maybe 'your' control is illusory, but mine is real...until I crash. Now just ignore the man behind the curtain or the master of puppets and pretend like the rest of us! :)

Transported Dec 14th 2019 05:04 PM

WTF, Ralph rides a Monster? What kinda newfangled shit is that? He’s probably ATGATT too, rather than half a ping pong ball helmet. :rolleyes:

And how could you be alive and not have a love for a motorcycle?

A better question is why so few people indulge in one of life’s seminal sensations?

WarpShatner7 Dec 15th 2019 07:02 AM


Originally Posted by Transported (Post 60165)
WTF, Ralph rides a Monster? What kinda newfangled shit is that? Hes probably ATGATT too, rather than half a ping pong ball helmet.

It is a little weird that the illustrator chose to copy a particular model, presumably working from an advertising photo.

This is the one I remember:

A google image search shows that over the years they've mostly been either variations of that, or Harley Sportsters.

Flyboymedic Dec 15th 2019 07:10 AM

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Transported Dec 15th 2019 07:38 AM

That is funny, because I was already a dirt bike rider when Evil became popular and we riders thought he was a buffoon. “Hey, dipshit. Get a real motorcycle and you won’t crash on every landing.”

Flyboymedic Dec 15th 2019 07:41 AM

That tells me you're reeeeeaally old!

307T Dec 15th 2019 07:48 PM


Transported Dec 16th 2019 08:21 AM

About Knievel, the sports shows covering his disastrous jumps and crashes would show in super slow motion his landings where the bike would explode under him and his body would tumble like a rag doll.

The viewer would wonder if that instant is where he broke his back, leg or arm, or got the concussion. The announcers relished reporting how many bones he broke on that landing.

Maybe America’s first violence porn for all of us to savor.

Still makes me shudder all these centuries later.

Sentinel Dec 17th 2019 04:02 PM


Originally Posted by 307T (Post 60176)

Hodaka. Combat Wombat.

TJRace Dec 18th 2019 05:37 AM

I love motorcycles because, besides the need for speed, I grew up riding in the woods with my dad and cherish those memories. After a brief hiatus, my need to scratch the adrenaline itch finally pushed me into motocross (in my 30s) and I was addicted. Too many ambulance rides pushed me off the MX track and ultimately on to the street. My Multistrada feels like a big dirt bike so I was comfortable on it right way and love chasing the tight stuff (I would love triple digits too but it seems like that could be expensive on the street). My son has recently gotten into dirt bikes so now I'm back in the woods hoping he will appreciate the times hanging with the old man as much as I did (but hopefully the doesn't end up broken like I am).

Geoff4RFC Dec 19th 2019 04:57 PM

I was riding bicycles before 1st grade, had to walk it across the street and use the drainage ditch wall to get on it.

By 4th, 5th 6th grade, it was my transportation, growing up in the outskirts of San Antone we had lots of woods to ride in. It was then I learned to slide my bicycle in the dirt.

By 7th and 8th grade, I learned how to ride dirt bikes and being able to slide it under power was an awesome thing to me......that was the original love for motorcycles...sliding :)

After that....way after that, my first street bike was when I was 20, then starting developing a love for speed, then more speed, then more speed....well, you get the idea.

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