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Re: Dangit , it isn't optional (riding that is)
« Reply #30 on: November 28, 2016, 09:45:34 AM »
 Darren , I love you man  :laugh:

 I am trying to get at something here , this has been rattling around in my brain for years . There have been times , like after a friend crashes , when stepping away seem like the prudent thing to do, that feeling usually lasts a day or two , and then it recedes and I hear the siren call . Honestly , if the only bike in the garage was a worn out 125 CC 4 stroke Suzuki trail bike , as long as it could be made to run ... Over the years I've had people say , "I won't ride until I can afford a Ducati , or a Harley , or a , well , some expensive bike . It just seems weird , is you or ain't you a motorbiker ?

 Anyone have a cheap MZ 2 stroke for sale , just in case ? :laugh:

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Re: Dangit , it isn't optional (riding that is)
« Reply #31 on: November 28, 2016, 09:57:56 AM »
Uhhh, yeah to all of the above.  :smiley: I'm a gear head, too.. but nothing does it for me like riding. Dangerous? Absolutely. It's by far the most dangerous thing I do, but it's not about that at all.
It's that man/machine relationship that Swede alluded to.
Could I walk away from it and never ride again?
Sure. I wouldn't *like* it though. It's like any other addiction.. I'd have to walk away and never look back. <shrug>
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Re: Dangit , it isn't optional (riding that is)
« Reply #32 on: November 28, 2016, 10:28:41 AM »
I know exactly how you feel.  To me it's not about THE BIKE, but about the ride.  If it has two wheels, motorcycle, scooter,  hell even a bicycle, it's the exhilaration of being on two wheels.   Its not about speed, economy, look at me factor, coolness or whatever?  Its about the feeling you get when you twist the throttle on the open road.   It's a feeling of freedom.  Calmness takes over.  The "GRIN FACTOR".  It doesn't have to be a GUZZI or a HD.  It could be a Honda 50 for all I care. Riding is like a drug.  You can't explain it to those who don't ride.  They will never understand.  Every once in a while,  I think of selling my bikes, usually after a long hiatus from riding, then it is the feeling you get on that first ride.  Not being a drug user, but I imagine  it being akin to a junkee getting a fix after being dry for  spell.  Just my 2 cents worth.

 Heck, its 42 and sunny outside.  Think I'll go for a ride.

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Re: Dangit , it isn't optional (riding that is)
« Reply #33 on: November 28, 2016, 10:41:32 AM »
There have been times , like after a friend crashes , when stepping away seem like the prudent thing to do, that feeling usually lasts a day or two , and then it recedes and I hear the siren call .

I'm wrestling with it too, my wife would like me to give it up.  I rode to rallys & club activities only this summer.  Maybe next summer I'll go back to joy rides....we'll see.
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Re: Dangit , it isn't optional (riding that is)
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Re: Dangit , it isn't optional (riding that is)
« Reply #34 on: November 28, 2016, 11:44:49 AM »
I still have a 20+ year old sweatshirt, blue with the silhouette of a BMW K100RS rounding a curve.  Under the bike, it just about says it all "........ BMW Motorcycles//Worth The Obsession.  Whether it's a Beemer, Guzzi, Triumph, Kaw, Yamaha, BSA ... I've always been obsessed with riding.  Goes back to when I was 13-14 years old, and  a friend let me ride his Whizzer motorbike, followed by a Motobecane, Allstate scooter (Vespa) and a Mustang Scooter.
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Re: Dangit , it isn't optional (riding that is)
« Reply #35 on: November 28, 2016, 01:21:22 PM »
Only 2 addictions in my life. Well, 3 if you count my wife.

White-water canoeing in very remote places far from civilization.

Riding one of my motorcycles.
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Re: Dangit , it isn't optional (riding that is)
« Reply #36 on: November 28, 2016, 01:39:09 PM »
Even before retirement .........



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Re: Dangit , it isn't optional (riding that is)
« Reply #37 on: November 28, 2016, 08:23:42 PM »
To me motorcycling is a means of just getting out into nature. I enjoy the outdoors mostly. Fishing is boring most of the time, I'm not in to killing furry animals and I'm too lazy to hike. My motorcycles provide me the solitude I crave. Nothing better for me than getting out in the boondocks and enjoying the outdoors. I love the ozarks and I'll have a hard time giving up riding. I hope I can be lucky enough to croak before I get to that point! :boozing:cheers!
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Re: Dangit , it isn't optional (riding that is)
« Reply #38 on: November 28, 2016, 08:36:47 PM »
One doesn't have to limit himself to motorcycles available for purchase.  One can make his own.  For example you build a motorcycle that uses an American automotive V-8 for power.  No one has ever done anything like that before!
Have you seen the Hoss Style V8's ? Just about a useable bike if you must have that sort of thing.

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Re: Dangit , it isn't optional (riding that is)
« Reply #39 on: November 28, 2016, 08:39:45 PM »
Have you seen the Hoss Style V8's ? Just about a useable bike if you must have that sort of thing.

 They handle like an octopus riding a skateboard  :rolleyes:

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Re: Dangit , it isn't optional (riding that is)
« Reply #40 on: November 28, 2016, 08:48:58 PM »
They handle like an octopus riding a skateboard  :rolleyes:

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I'd probably have more fun on a Grom at a go kart track, but heck yeah I'd ride one if given the chance!
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Re: Dangit , it isn't optional (riding that is)
« Reply #41 on: November 28, 2016, 08:54:51 PM »
In my earlier years, besides everything else mentioned here we get from riding a MC, when you have a stressfull job, riding is a great way to get away from your responsibilities.   When I ride I can't think of anything else if I want to stay alive.  :thumb:   It's a great stress reliever.   Who needs a shrink when you can ride instead?  :grin:

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Re: Dangit , it isn't optional (riding that is)
« Reply #42 on: November 28, 2016, 09:09:01 PM »
Like Timonbik here. Anything with two wheels attracts me. I scope out scooters, even, where they're parked, and would ride anything too. But I could stop. If I did stop riding I'd still work on them, I think. Addict? Maybe.
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Re: Dangit , it isn't optional (riding that is)
« Reply #43 on: November 29, 2016, 12:33:16 AM »
What about looking "Hip"?


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Re: Dangit , it isn't optional (riding that is)
« Reply #44 on: November 29, 2016, 12:49:03 AM »
What about looking "Hip"?


 :rolleyes:

 Is that what an Italian dorcus looks like ?

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Re: Dangit , it isn't optional (riding that is)
« Reply #45 on: November 29, 2016, 07:56:15 AM »
When I wad one up, I always want to have it repaired or replaced by the time I'm healed enough to ride.
I admit I'm powerless over it.🏍
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Re: Dangit , it isn't optional (riding that is)
« Reply #46 on: November 29, 2016, 12:51:31 PM »
Well, there have been moments .....


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Re: Dangit , it isn't optional (riding that is)
« Reply #47 on: November 29, 2016, 01:13:21 PM »
BTDT....sometimes it's the moment you're living.  Accept and adapt.
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Re: Dangit , it isn't optional (riding that is)
« Reply #48 on: November 29, 2016, 07:54:10 PM »
I agree that after hearing about someone's accident that the prudent thing would be to give it up but, so far at least, I've resisted. I started riding for economic reasons 20-odd years ago. I guess it gets into your skin after a while. I now own a car that gets substantially the same gas mileage as my bike so the economics really don't work any more. Now I see the bike more as a "second car" than a primary form of transportation. I have ridden in nearly all conditions over the years but now that I am a bit older I tend to ride on the warmer days and use the car as my rain bike.
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Re: Dangit , it isn't optional (riding that is)
« Reply #49 on: November 30, 2016, 11:36:28 AM »
To me it is an escape vehicle.  Leave the rest behind.  Wish I was riding now.

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Re: Dangit , it isn't optional (riding that is)
« Reply #50 on: November 30, 2016, 01:28:57 PM »
Just got back from a ride...43 degrees when I left this morning....it was...REFRESHING!  :grin:

 

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