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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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Who rides? Thatís right a totally nonsensical post from meÖ 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 70ís GoldWing in the works. Letís 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 fiancťe she tells the police heís 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 didnít learn about the conclusion to this story until a few years after it happened.

Dead man drivingÖ Freaky shitÖ

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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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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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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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]
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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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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]
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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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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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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]
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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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 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 havenít 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]
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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 quietÖ 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 itís 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. Iím telling myself I donít need to look in the winter for a deal to make it three.

Later

~T~
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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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