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#43845 - 10/27/10 12:08 AM Ride two wheels? Three? Or just stuck in a cage...
ta2zz Offline
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Registered: 08/28/07
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Loc: Connecticut

Who rides? That’s right a totally nonsensical post from me… How many of us throw the leg over a steel pony and pound pavement? I currently have an early 1100 magna on the road and a late 70’s GoldWing in the works. Let’s hear the stories shall we.

I have many stories of chasing people down who cut me off etc to give them a piece of my mind when I was much younger. One time my stepbrother was riding bitch and this car flies out from the left almost hitting us. I quickly flew up on his bumper to see that the person in the back seat was slumped back, the passenger was holding the drivers head and there was blood everywhere inside the car. I decided to let this one go.

In another story my good friend breaks up with his fiancée she tells the police he’s suicidal and they take him for a 24-hour watch in the hospital. He broke up with her why would he be suicidal?

Well anyway the reason I tell his story is this was all happening as these kids cut me off, they drove to the emergency room at the local hospital. The driver and the kid in the back seat were D.O.A. I think the passenger lived he was holding the drivers head together while he drove.

A drug deal gone bad ending up on the wrong side of a shotgun, I didn’t learn about the conclusion to this story until a few years after it happened.

Dead man driving… Freaky shit…

If I told this story before please disregard.

~T~
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#43854 - 10/27/10 11:02 AM Re: Ride two wheels? Three? Or just stuck in a cage... [Re: ta2zz]
Jake999 Offline
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Been riding for many, many years, Ta2zz, unfortunately, now I'm caged because my knee can no longer take the weight of a bike on a hill. Arthritis can be a BITCH.

But I'm looking into a trike. At least I'll be in the wind again.
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#43855 - 10/27/10 12:01 PM Re: Ride two wheels? Three? Or just stuck in a cage... [Re: ta2zz]
Fnord Offline
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Registered: 01/11/10
Posts: 2085
Loc: Texas
I used to ride but had a nasty accident. My wife (GF at the time) told me it was either her or riding, so I gave up the riding.

It's probably just as well as I nearly didn't make it that first time, and then almost bought it during one of now 21 subsequent surgeries.

There's nothing like it in the world though. At least once per week I'll see someone on one and feel the tug. In fact, when that retro Kawasaki drifter with the Indian style fenders came out several years back I almost risked a divorce to get one.

Great story, ta2zz, thanks for posting it... enjoyed reading it.
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#43857 - 10/27/10 01:19 PM Re: Ride two wheels? Three? Or just stuck in a cage... [Re: Fnord]
Knievel74 Offline
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Registered: 05/18/10
Posts: 149
Loc: NY
I ride. I have a Harley Sportster. It started out as an 883cc but I had it bored out to a 1200. It's also got 1/2 inch drag pipes, so it has a nice sound. It was my first bike and not only that but my very first vehicle, so it's very special to me. I have a bunch of stories about incidents with assholes who've cut me off. I've also laid it down once, but that was my fault. Luckily, that's the worst that's happened so far. Unfortunately, it's a part of riding.

I've been wanting to convert it to look like an XR 750 Dirt Tracker but I just don't have the $$$ right now, lol
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#43859 - 10/27/10 03:03 PM Re: Ride two wheels? Three? Or just stuck in a cage... [Re: Knievel74]
Nyte Offline
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Registered: 10/19/09
Posts: 380
Loc: Ohio
Got my endorsement 3 years ago on my little Suzuki GZ 250 after spending the summer before riding on my temps. I was surprised that I passed my test the first time through after watching so many guys fail before me. I sold the GZ and I am now riding my other half's '74 Kawasaki KZ 900 until I find a bike I really want that's not near as loud as the KZ. The KZ has got some real punch to it, but I want something more suited to me. I'll know it when I see it, but still want another GZ just to bop around town on. The mileage was outstanding on my little bike! My other half currently rides an '04 Fatboy.

We regularly ride out to dinner, the youngest riding with him. The oldest is looking into getting his temps next summer and buying himself a bike as well. It'll be nice to ride with everyone.

On to one of my stories...When we first got together, we use to ride the KZ everywhere, and one evening I had gotten off of work at 4 pm at the bar I was working at. My other half worked right up the road and came down to the bar after work on the bike. I had been drinking with a friend that liked to get me to do shots, and was all ready toasted by 5:10 pm. I switched over to pop but was beyond the point of being able to drink pop and it helping. My other half threw me on the back of the bike and started to head home (we couldn't leave the bike because someone could easily push start it and take it, with a little messing with the ignition). I leaned my head between his shoulder blades and tucked in behind him. At the end of the street when we were coming to a stop, the bike "bobbled" and I asked if that was because of me. He told me, "No, the back tire is a little low. Just stay put and I'll get you home." I laid my head back down between his shoulder blades and just chilled out. We only lived about 3 miles from our places of work, so I knew it wouldn't be long at all. About 1/2 way home, I saw red and blue flashing lights through my closed eye lids. I knew they weren't coming for us because there weren't any sirens and when I turned my head to the left I caught the glimpse of a police car in front of one of the other bars along our route home. I was just glad it wasn't for us and went back to resting my head on his back. When we got home and he got me into the house, I asked if the police had someone pulled over. He said no, that it was an accident. A bike at the bar had pulled out in front of a car from the looks of it and both people that were on the bike were being worked on when we passed the police car. The story that hit the papers from witness accounts was that the bike had started to pull out of the bar parking lot when the car, sitting at the corner of the street next to the bar, shot out and ran into the back of the bike. The passanger was pretty messed up and the driver of the bike wasn't able to ride after that.

Needless to say, I didn't sleep well that night (even without knowing the whole story) and haven't done something like that since.
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#43865 - 10/27/10 08:06 PM Re: Ride two wheels? Three? Or just stuck in a cage... [Re: Nyte]
Dedalus Offline
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Registered: 08/13/10
Posts: 51
Loc: Ireland
I do, if we'll allow a suzuki GN 125 the status of a real bike. Pretty but tiny. I've only had it since june, and love it. I live 14 miles from the city, and university, and just recently since I got the bike have come to appreciate that and stopped my complaining. I've often cycled, bummed off neighbours or a place to stay from friends (once I walked, worthwhile until it rained), but now I ride in and out every day, and have seriously cut down on drinking to facilitate this. Even in the winter it's such a great trip. There are great stories above me, and I have nothing so exciting to offer, yet. I'll just say that the summer trips I took for miles and miles on long country roads with no-one around were incredibly beautiful, and when the sun and dry roads come around again, I won't be doing much other than exploring the mountains, and very much look forward to that.
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#43866 - 10/27/10 08:25 PM Re: Ride two wheels? Three? Or just stuck in a cage... [Re: Dedalus]
Jake999 Offline
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Registered: 11/02/08
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One of my favorite memories was a night run from Reno, Nevada to Las Vegas, Nevada during a full moon. There were 20 of us on all kinds of bikes, and we started out from the parking lot of John Asquaga's Nugget Casino in Sparks.

Once out of the city of Reno, there's very little in the way of civilization. It's mostly a vast, open desert to the south, with an occasional town or brothel along the highway. While there was no requirement for helmets, we wore them, simply because it would be suicide not to if we had a collision or had to lay it down on the highway at night, but it was a warm night so most of us just strapped our leather jackets behind us and took off.

I was riding my Yamaha Virago 1000, which fit me like an easy chair. Had a back pack with some gear in it strapped on the riser seat behind me, so I could settle back into it comfortably and just roll the throttle back. The desert at night is QUIET, and it must have been a hell of a sound as we sped down the highway between 100 and 110 MPH all the way. It was a full moon that night, and made for interesting vistas the whole way.

There are all kinds of creatures out at night in the desert, so you have to watch for them as you passed, because running over one of the little foxes or other creatures at 100 MPH can ruin your whole night. But mostly, it was just you, the roar of the engine and the night. The engine got so hot on that 450 mile run that it actually scorched the leg of my pants, but damn, was it a great ride.

By early morning, we came into Las Vegas and wound up our trip at the parking lot of Caesar's Palace. We all came together for a quick talk and then made our rounds of our favorite casinos alone or in pairs and then, once rested, went on our own way back home.
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#43872 - 10/27/10 11:41 PM Re: Ride two wheels? Three? Or just stuck in a cage... [Re: Jake999]
Lamar Offline
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Registered: 02/03/10
Posts: 226
Loc: Alabama
Bikes scare the shit out of me recently. Seems like everyone I know personally has died on a bike. I would like to ride atleast once someday though. My dad owned a Yamahaw piece of junk in his teens. He went everywhere on it. When he was dating my mom, she would sneak out I belive and ride with him because my grandmother didn't like the idea of a bike.

Another story about my dad, a couple of years ago he was in his truck driving to meet his second wife. On the way back some biker gang came out from behind the truck. They surrounded the pickup on all sides. Suddenly, this chick sped around in front and tried to get my dad to pull over by attempting to stop in front of him and kicking his bumper. He told me that at this point he yelled out a "Oh Hell no!" and proceeded to speed up, moving the bike with the chick out of the way.

He has dispised bikes of all kinds ever since.

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#43873 - 10/28/10 12:10 AM Re: Ride two wheels? Three? Or just stuck in a cage... [Re: Lamar]
Jake999 Offline
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 Originally Posted By: Lamar

Another story about my dad, a couple of years ago he was in his truck driving to meet his second wife. On the way back some biker gang came out from behind the truck. They surrounded the pickup on all sides. Suddenly, this chick sped around in front and tried to get my dad to pull over by attempting to stop in front of him and kicking his bumper. He told me that at this point he yelled out a "Oh Hell no!" and proceeded to speed up, moving the bike with the chick out of the way.


I always wondered where the EL STUPIDOS MC was from. This kind of thing always looks good in movies. Movies, however are a suspension of disbelief and quite often physics. Simple truth. Car vs Motorcycle... bet on the car. It's just a matter of mass + weight x speed. A good, high compression/high torque bike will easily keep up with most cars on the roads, but NO bike is up to the compression and closing of a 2,000 - 4,000 pound vehicle.

Surrounded by motorcycles on road? Four quick maneuvers. Roll left, roll right, speed up and slam on the brakes. Now, motorcycles CAN stop a car, especially if you get enough of them wedged under the front end.
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#43874 - 10/28/10 12:20 AM Re: Ride two wheels? Three? Or just stuck in a cage... [Re: Jake999]
Lamar Offline
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Registered: 02/03/10
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Loc: Alabama
Yup. You are right Jake. Dad was like "How stupid are these idiots?" He would have ran right over them if my stepmom hadn't been there yelling otherwise. My dad is the type he just don't give a shit. You have to see the way he drives in town, people will just pull out in front of you after they look right at you. He says "Hit me I don't give a shit." His truck's big enough he could move you out of his way.
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#43875 - 10/28/10 06:09 AM Re: Ride two wheels? Three? Or just stuck in a cage... [Re: ta2zz]
Michael A.Aquino Offline
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Registered: 09/28/08
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Loc: San Francisco, CA, USA
I could read these great stories all day and all nite ... See also this thread.
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#43886 - 10/28/10 09:23 PM Re: Ride two wheels? Three? Or just stuck in a cage... [Re: Michael A.Aquino]
Unatural Offline
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Registered: 10/01/07
Posts: 1
Loc: N.W. Ohio
I've been riding for three years now. I'm on my second bike, a Suzuki C50T(800cc with bags and shield). I love riding more than anything. I'm no speed demon, I prefer the small country roads best with no cars around and I can go as fast or slow as I want. I live in Ohio so I'm limited by the seasons or if I have the gumption to put on my Carharts. I prefer an evening ride as the sun is setting. Nothing gives me a sense of greater personal freedom and independence(and responsibility) than riding.
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#43889 - 10/29/10 01:24 AM Re: Ride two wheels? Three? Or just stuck in a cage... [Re: Michael A.Aquino]
ta2zz Offline
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Registered: 08/28/07
Posts: 1552
Loc: Connecticut

 Originally Posted By: Michael A.Aquino
I could read these great stories all day and all nite ... See also this thread.

Pitiful one liner that adds nothing at all except a link to plug your 8-month dead thread. *and a silly little smiley*

cheers

~T~
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#43890 - 10/29/10 01:36 AM Re: Ride two wheels? Three? Or just stuck in a cage... [Re: Unatural]
MatthewJ1
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I haven’t ridden a bike for quite a few years.

I remember when I was younger we would go away camping on the Shoalhaven river, which is located in Southern New South Wales, and we would take dirt bikes away with us.

We were there to have fun, enjoy our bikes and act like brainless daredevils. We would blast along dirt tracks and go flying up the sides of steep hills and would inevitably stall our bikes and then be stuck halfway up with nowhere to go but down, desperately trying to kick start the bike back into life before we lost the fight with gravity.

Riding over logs, across streams and over loose sandy beaches and flying over jumps on beaten up old dirt bikes was the way to go. My uncle tore his knee open once and my father ruined his own knee coming off bikes after flying around corners too fast and losing traction. I picked up my own bumps and scrapes as well and thrashed a couple of bikes pretty badly.

I remember on one occasion we went away to our favorite spot on the Shoalhaven and about a thousand bikers from all across New South Wales showed up for some reason: that was a bizarre weekend because our camping spot was so isolated and silent.

One of my uncles owned a few Montessa trial bikes when I was a kid and he and my cousins used to ride them all over the bush, up and down mountain sides and into some tricky and dangerous ravines. Great times - log fires, BBQ, bikes and a galss or two of whisky at night.

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#43891 - 10/29/10 01:56 AM Re: Ride two wheels? Three? Or just stuck in a cage... [Re: Unatural]
ta2zz Offline
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Loc: Connecticut

Greetings Unatural I would kill for the times when the roads around me could be ridden with few drivers. Sounds like where you are from the nights might still be quiet… I came to the conclusion while I have known many who have died on motorcycles I know more who live and ride. I have no fear of motorcycles I only have the fear of getting too comfortable and riding it right on the edge. I fear myself.

Great stories Jake thanks for sharing. I remember you looking at some of those three wheelers. This is why I added three to the title. ;\) My left knee was pretty weak since a car accident a year or so ago. Luckily using it with holding up the bike seemed to strengthen it at least for now. Hope I get at least 10 more years before I need to think about replacement joints. By then ill be over my fear of being cut.

Nyte your endorsement, what country were you from? It just sounds so Aussie. I always enjoy hearing about couples who ride. Well OK females who ride...

Knievel74 a Sportster no shit huh? ;\) Is it red white and blue with big stars as well? j/k I laid down an 84 550 GPz on I-95 well sort of. I was going to work riding asleep and hit the exit at 70+ going into a 90-degree turn against a rock wall in 6th gear. I aimed for the grass instead slid a good 30 feet. Got up kicked out the clumps of grass started her up and went to work with a body length grass stain to explain all day.

Dedalus I guess if it shifts has a throttle, two wheels and you need the license then it’s a motorcycle. They are more fun when your driving a beast that can do 100 as you shift into 3rd or pulls itself up hills without needing to downshift.

Damn Fnord I know what you mean about feeling the tug. Damned tug turned into full-blown Multiple Bike Syndrome really fast. I’m telling myself I don’t need to look in the winter for a deal to make it three.

Later

~T~
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