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Yup, I like em all, from a Farmall H to a Piper cub.
Because unfortunately there are too many guys who buy stuff for the ďimageĒ they want to project, rather than appreciation of cool internal combustion motorvation! These people are most likely to own harleys and spout lines like ďif it ainít harley it ainít *#%+Ē
Many aviation enthusuests also have or at least appreciate motorcycles. Maybe because both have to bank to turn?GliderJohn
For me, motorcycling and shooting are the sweet spots that combine the greatest joy of doing, with the fascination of gearhead machinery, and an achievable cost. If I had enough money to do as much as I wanted of anything I liked, then yes, I'd be big into small airplanes, with a fair bit of skydiving thrown in there. But at a reasonably achievable price point, it's motorcycling and shooting.The other fun "doing things" things are great, and I do some of them. The other gearhead machinery things are great, and I maintain an interest in some of them. But bikes and guns are the things that combine both best.PhilB
But I think there is another factor at play, at least for me. Motorcycling and competitive shooting are the two events that most profoundly put me in that selfless, right brain, "flow" state. I think that's the main appeal for me.
Well I do regret not buying it. But I had no use (or room) for an old car for the nostalgia content but I understand the attraction.
I've owned lots of cars, from Muscle Cars (70 Cutlass 442, Buick GNX, Grand Prix) to some Euro models, a couple GTI's, BMW E36 M3, a slew of Turbo Saab's, etc. But none deliver the visceral feel, connection, or performance of my 912. The 4cyl car is about 200lbs lighter than the 911, and I built the 914 based motor (bumped to 2200cc) to make 150HP at the wheels. It is not a drag car or in 930 (Turbo) level, but holds its own against other NA 911s of the same vintage, and is a blast on track days. The near 50/50 weight balance with a full tank of fuel makes it far less prone to switch ends in sharp turns if you have to chop speed. Plus it is air cooled and shaft drive This is the first street car I've owned/driven that I can drive at the same speeds in turns as I can on 2 wheels. Such a tremendous car in every way, and the first I love driving as much as I do riding.
If I could own an old resto modded sports car, a 912 would be a good one. A Duetto would likely be my #1. I mentioned some above. There are other options such as a Cobra or Lister kit. I've got the money, room or time for none. My 'vette is plenty fast daily driver but bikes are more fun than any car. I do wish I owned that 912 when I had the chance but then I wouldn't have the bikes or travel trailer and would spend a lot of money to Mr Dumont here in OKC. And this one was an original 912, not a mid-70s VW powered version. Amazing how much even 4 cylinders cost with a Stuttgart horse on it. So I guess I am lucky I didn't get it?
Harry, I have an 08 C6 with stick. I drive it every dry day. Great car. But it's still just a car. Most fun of any car I've owned. For a thrill, I'll take a bike.
Car people are all about looks and image, not so much about understanding, working on or using the vehicle.
I've been diggin this tractor, cool or not? Problem is I don't have the ground to dig with it.https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/wsh/grd/d/saint-paul-late-model-international-140/7061646114.html
This a deep philosophical question that has been asked, and there have been some good answers.From my 56 years in the saddle I put forward this proposition.Many people do not "get" motorcycles. They don't like them, can't see the sense in them and motor cyclists are the great unwashed. They drive cars. End of story.Most motorcyclists have an inherent love of machinery along with their love of motorcycles. They can like cars, especially specialist makes, with an almost equal passion.The end.
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