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#43893 - 10/29/10 02:04 AM Re: Ride two wheels? Three? Or just stuck in a cage... [Re: ]
ta2zz Offline
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Thanks for the story MatthewJ1 It was refreshing as I never really rode a dirt-bike. My first bike was a trail/street enduro and I was able to trail ride with it once.

I will admit my trail ride was more about steady than jumping and such. Not many legal trails to ride around here. Too bad I am a woods person as well.

I did get that 550 GPz up some serious hills in the woods once, getting down sucked balls.

~T~
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#43898 - 10/29/10 09:53 AM Re: Ride two wheels? Three? Or just stuck in a cage... [Re: ta2zz]
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Ok Ta2zz, around here, in poedunk Ohio, people ask if I have my Motorcycle endorsement on my license when I tell them I ride, or they see me on the Kaw. I find it kind of funny because it's almost like a "right of passage" for a woman to have passed her test on the first try and not to have had to renew her temps at least one more time. It's become such a habit to just say I have my endorsement now that I don't even think about how it sounds. It's even more fun to be able to point out a Big Dog from a modified Big Dog, a Road King from a Wide Glide, an 883 from a 1200, and so on. I grew up riding a Honda 500 with my dad, to trying out dirt bikes and 3 wheelers (they don't even make those anymore) while camping and now my own bike.

There's nothing like jumping on a dirt bike and hitting some good trails for no other reason than to ride as fast as you can down them or just going for a ride down the country roads around here just to clear the mind. I now prefer to drive my own street bike rather than ride bitch on back, simply because I like having that power for myself. I've ridden the Fatboy by myself several times and as much as I like that beast, I know I could seriously hurt myself, just because of the shear power it has. I enjoy the adrenaline pump way too much from riding it. I'll probably end up with something like a Honda Shadow 750, or a custom 883 that doesn't have that peanut tank. I won't own a bike with a peanut tank. I just can't stand the look of them. But heh, that's just me.

When I worked at a huge store in town, a couple use to come in about 3 times a week on their trike. They're probably well into their 70's and to see that little lady ride in the back use to make me smile every single time. That was 4 years ago, and from time to time I still see them tooling around town. They told me one time that they got the trike, just so she could keep riding after having trouble riding on their bike anymore. They now ride that trike everywhere during the summer and do quite a few poker/fund raiser runs on it. I loved watching him help her down from the trike and hope they keep right on enjoying.

I don't think it matters how you get the wind blown hair look, whether from being out in the open on 2 or 3 wheels. It only matters that you end up with that look and enjoyed it completely!
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#43899 - 10/29/10 10:01 AM Re: Ride two wheels? Three? Or just stuck in a cage... [Re: Nyte]
Nyte Offline
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Jake...
I would love to do a cross country run just once and see the Nevada night like the story you told. Riding at night here is a bit crazy sometimes because of the deer, raccoons, and rabbits. Too many back roads that butt right up to woods. Although it's beautiful in the fall and spring, it can be very hectic too. But just once to see the desert at night tooling down the road like that....that would be "it" for me. I'd probably have to find a way to make my living "on the road" because I doubt I'd want to come back to having to work a regular job ever again.
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#43902 - 10/29/10 03:20 PM Re: Ride two wheels? Three? Or just stuck in a cage... [Re: Nyte]
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Well Iíll be damned endorsement is now abbreviated next to my M as well. Iím pretty sure thatís something new. I got that when I was just under 21 on Halloween day in fact, I remember freaking cause they were going to give me a lic with a large yellow Y behind my name even though my birthday was less than 3 months away and my original lic never had one. The good news is by me complaining about that she forgot to charge me for the test. One free test later and I had my M.

I remember the first kid riding a dirt bike winding it to shit, here I am thinking he was going to run down the instructor only to see him take off ok and proceed to go over the handlebars at his first stop. Guess he wasnít very used to braking. For me the instructor watched with a smile as I plowed down most every cone running through them, laughing he had me set them back up. Then he tells me to go around the first cone a different way as my bike had a long frame. I think he got off on me think I just fucked it.

After my first bike I treat power like a loaded gun, I would rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it. Any bike has enough power to be dangerous. Most any bike can out accelerate, out maneuver and stop much quicker than a car. Funny what makes them safe can go the opposite and make them very dangerous in the wrong hands. After borrowing a friendís kawa-harly (a kaw 440 ltd with harley seat tank etc) (yes it was pitiful) it made me realize I never had needed to downshift to pull up a hill on the parkway before, power is good.

Big dog, roadking what are these things of which you speak? Actually I rode a friends roadking a few years ago it sucked getting it off the sidewalk and honestly with the luggage and floorboards I felt like I was riding on a small truck. V-twins are overrated as far as I am concerned. Everything I have owned previously besides my first bike were inline 4ís. The Magna I own is a v4 and my naked Goldwing is a flat 4, think VWÖ Today I opened the shop for my artist and riding my v65 Magna back a guy came up next to me at the light and questioned my plate. He had never seen a classic plate on a motorcycle before.

Iíve been to a few biker meets before and have seen a few small girls drop their bike and need help to pick it back up. That would be my fear for you riding a fatboy if you dropped it could you pick it back up. You mention a Honda shadow maybe you should look into an old 3rd gen super magna they are 750 v4ís and in no way a slouch.

I was never much for getting air or wheelies I have enough fun eating curves on two wheels.

Letís leave the unicycling and juggling to the clowns, Dave? ;\)

~T~

I have MBS badÖ Talking about motorcycles is stopping me from buying a third. Why am I still looking?
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#43904 - 10/29/10 03:52 PM Re: Ride two wheels? Three? Or just stuck in a cage... [Re: ta2zz]
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LOL! The only "trick" I did was a "power dive." When the Air Force started teaching the troops how to ride at Travis AFB, I volunteered to be an assistant instructor. Our first class, we decided to water their eyes with a couple of demonstrations, like "outriding" to make quick position zip around a vehicle, etc. I did a thing for them called a "power dive" where, from a standing start, you go into first, give it power and then drop the bike like you were making a deep left turn, almost to the ground, and pop the throttle back. The centrifugal force pops you back up and you're on your way in the opposite direction QUICK.

At least, that's what happened when I did it. Steve, the instructor, decided that I could do it, HE could do it. Now, my Virago was bare bones. Nothing on it but my ass and saddlebags. Nice, light, no drag bike. He was going to do it on a fully loaded, semi-truck looking Goldwing.

The sound of the bike crashing to the ground haunts me to this day. \:\)
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#43913 - 10/30/10 07:30 AM Re: Ride two wheels? Three? Or just stuck in a cage... [Re: Jake999]
Nyte Offline
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See what you learn new every day Ta2zz! I told you it was an endorsement!

I love the story about the cones. I practiced in parking lots around town and up and down our old street on my bike before I took my test. Parking lots are good for practicing by "threading" the bike between each set of parking spaces. Where ever there was a long row of double parking spaces, you would have found me bobbing back and forth on my little GZ. I got so good I could almost always make it down our street (each section of cement is cut into ten foot sections with tar laid between the cuts creating nice little centers to aim around) without missing one, unless a car was coming. I got good at going really slow too because of it.

As for the Fatboy and not being able to pick it up, I had to once in a friend's drive way. I was turning the beast around and when I barely pulled up on the front brake, because the handlebars were turned it caused them to pull in tight to that side and literally pulled the bike over onto the engine guards. I ended up walking off of the bike as it laid itself over. I remembered talking with several people about how to use my legs instead of my back. I backed up to the bike, crouched just slightly so the seat was against my lower back, gripped the handle bar and the sissy bar and backed into the bike until I got the leverage to pick it back up. I managed to get turned around while someone else held onto the other side of the bike. He was going to help me pick it up and I told him not to. If I took it down, then I know I needed to be able to pick it up. He couldn't believe I had picked it up like that. When I got back on the bike, restarted it and started to back it up before trying to finish getting turned around, my friend asked me if I was really going to ride it home. I told her, it was my way home and I WAS going to ride it and not in a car! She laughed and told me to be careful as I rolled slowly down the drive way and headed home.

I know the Fatboy's a big bike, and I know that so long as I respect it, I would be all right on it, but I like the power too much and know that that alone can be a bad thing. I want something suited more to me and when I see it, I'll know it. It'll end up at home. In due time, but I will check out the magnum. Who knows because right now, I'm not in a rush to buy just anything that comes along. I want what I'll be happy with. Thanks for the suggestions. It's all just a matter of time.

I'm like you in that curves can be sooooo much fun. My GZ was a push bike....Push your ass and it would go where you wanted it to. It handled curves nicely and I think that's what I miss about it most. Nothing fancy but fun as hell to ride!!
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#43938 - 10/31/10 04:23 AM Re: Ride two wheels? Three? Or just stuck in a cage... [Re: ta2zz]
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Letís leave the unicycling and juggling to the clowns, Dave?



Royal Enfield! All the way!

Only because I own a t-shirt from a thrift store! It's a cool shirt though. And they make a good product!

Nothing is sexier than a person on a unicycle... trust me. Builds up the thigh muscles like crazy. You can't "coast" on a unicycle... And Juggling... you gotta have the skills, and I do, ladies, I do. But you can't have none.

If I were to get into this conversation, and as I know nothing about motorcycles really, I'd like a big nasty powerful... hog type thing. Not something fast, but something that looks good cruising. And I'm large enough (all my ripped muscles) to handle just about anything, I think. But, I think Harley Davidson has become "Ralph Lauren", or "Tommy Hilfiger" these days. You have to have a shitload of money to own one, and the people that do... it's some sad shit.

I saw some people come into a pizza joint, fresh off their Harley's, with their brand new leather chaps, leather vests, and fucking cell phone clips in leather Harley Davidson holsters...

It wasn't impressive.

Bikes I've seen... I like the hog-style, what you call it? Fat-boy... Victory has some good stuff out. Looks good, but way cheaper than a Harley, last time I knew.

Suzuki seems to be the new poor man's crotch rocket, but what good is that?

If yer gonna ride, be noticed. But don't be some asshole CEO of a hospital going out on weekend trips, or do... I can't judge.

Posers.

Oh, and I've seen those "Share the Road" signs... Nice. I'll share the road when motorcyclists, or cyclists in general, follow the fucking rules of the road. Just because you're more manuverable, doesn't make it right for you to try to snake my place at a light, weave in and out of traffic, you suck, and you're assholes whoever does that. Like when I see cyclists run a red light, I want to run them down with my car. If you're on the road, you follow the same rules. All it takes is a little bump... and you're road kill/ road rash/ stupid ass.

Don't fuck with people that drive real cars. Show some respect in the other direction, because we can kill you very easily, if only by mistake.

And wear a helmet. A standing joke at all emergency rooms is:

Q: "What do you call a motorycylist in an accident?"
A: "An Organ Donor"

So, I don't think I'll be buying a bike anytime soon. Maybe I'll raise the seat on the unicycle, and take it out for a spin.

Though I have wonderful legs, I could always use some tuning. Maybe I'll juggle along the way.

And I promise to stop at red lights and stop signs.
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#43940 - 10/31/10 08:16 AM Re: Ride two wheels? Three? Or just stuck in a cage... [Re: daevid777]
Nyte Offline
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Ok, you are a party pooper Daevid! Actually, I think your right to some degree but it does go both ways. I can't tell you how many bad drivers I've seen in cars too! We've had several cut us off before we started riding with my youngest on the back. Cars don't always watch for bikes either.

I HATE the "posser" types. My folks both own Harleys and have become the typical "weekend warriors". It's a show for them and I can't even begin to tell you how much CRAP they have with Harley on it! It makes me want to puke, literally.

My other half has his Fatboy because it fits him and with his back being bad, he can't ride for long periods on the Kaw anymore. The positioning on the Fatboy is completely different. When we started buying parts for the Fatboy to accomidate my youngest, all I kept hearing from my folks was, "Oh, you should buy the part that says Harley." I told them straight up, "The bike says Harley. Not every damned piece needs to have Harley written on it too!" They of course scoffed and I completely blew them off.

In this household, the feeling is, we don't need everything Harley to own one. There are 3 fucking T-shirts that say Harley on them, and they bought the damn things for us. Very rarely do we wear them when we ride. The parts put on the Fatboy, so far to date, do NOT say Harley on them. There's not ONE piece of leather in this household that says Harley. Matter of fact, his leather is about 20 years old and worn to shit but is holding up fantastic. It was made in the USA. Mine was bought about 7 years ago (also made in the USA) and doesn't say Harley either! We like it that way!!

I think the funniest thing I've seen is a crotch rocket (a Ninja to be exact) running down the road with the guy wearing a shiny new Kawaskai jacket that said USA across the back, knowing full well the jacket was made in China or some shit. To boot, he had a rebel flag bandana on his head. I just about fell out.
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