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Old 03-06-2005, 09:29 AM   #31
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Dude, I could give you a million reasons.



But one of the most gratifying ones is the ability, at the cost of a used bike for $2800 US, to kick the @$$ of some idiot who decided his new fancy $35,000 Mustang with the hood scoop and whizbang fancy name could out-drag my 14 year old Suzuki. Just like I did last Friday.



You gotta pay $150,000 for a car that can merely keep up with a $10K motorcycle.



Heh heh.
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Old 03-06-2005, 09:31 AM   #32
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ROTFL! Good one. I'm going to remember that.
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Old 03-06-2005, 11:08 AM   #33
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Because with my helmet on, no one else in the world can hear me sing!
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Old 03-06-2005, 11:12 AM   #34
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Damned eloquent bunch of posters we have on this thread. On the topic of why I ride, I'll just say, "me too!"



On the topic of mid-life crises, I did mine about 10 years ago. I worked it out one day while on a long drive in the cage. New motorcycle? No good - I've had motorcycles non-stop since I was a kid, so nothing new or unusual about that. New Corvette? $50k + $5k/year insurance - kinda' priceyÂ…. Blond bimbo? $300/week for motel rooms and trinkets + half of everything I own after the wife finds out! Not a good choiceÂ…. Learn to play a musical instrument? Why not? I paid fifteen bucks for a good harmonica, taught myself to play it, and now, with my mid-life crisis well behind me, I'm as happy can be!

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Old 03-06-2005, 11:22 AM   #35
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I had a honda CB175 when I was in high school back in 1973. Sold it after I got outta high school. Around year 2000 I spent a few days in Rome, Italy. Noticed all these Italian folks riding all over the place on two-wheelers and I think that's what put the bug back into me. Been riding for the past few years and having a great time.



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Old 03-06-2005, 12:03 PM   #36
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Well there are a few reasons I guess but it started because a group of friends were riding and I had the money for another used car or a brand new bike. All my cars were used vehicles that had to be coaxed back to life. Once coaxed back they would run for years so why not try a new bike. A 1978 honda 550k. I road it until the fuses popped. I kept the timing dead on, the values adjusted every year, new points and condenser every year all done by myself so it was cheap and you could beat down on the bike a little. I passed 750's often. I was hooked. I put a lowering kit on the bike and a corbin gentry king queen seat. I found some babe to put on the back and went for some good time rides. I realized that there were a lot more exciting bikes to own and more exciting places to visit. Now 5 bikes later and some 20 years I still love it. Funny I started riding with about 7 other guys but I'm the only one still riding. To me nothing beats starting a bike up and riding off on some fabulous roads to a scenic stops that just takes your breath away. The moment itself becomes transcendent almost as if the ride itself were a prayer to the absolute beauty of the universe itself.

And then I am one with it all. I am the line itself connecting the alpha and the omega. I am alive yet another day in this miracle and there is always the sweet sweet ride home.

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Old 03-06-2005, 12:23 PM   #37
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No you're not. I have never seen an episode of the Simpson's either!
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Old 03-06-2005, 02:05 PM   #38
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During the early 60's, I hooked a half blown up balloon to my bicycle wheel. When I would coast down a big hill, the balloon made a sound as it hit the spokes, and I could hold my feet still on the peddles and pretend I was riding a motorcycle. At that time, I bought every bike mag I could afford and after two summers of washing mugs at the local A&W, I had enough money to buy my first bike the day I got my license.



I have been riding ever since, and during those 40 years my passion, some say, obsession, has only grown. Although I am a Professional now, who "should" worry about appearances, my office is full of motorcycle related memorabilia. I make no apologies...it's who I am.



I am a therapist, and if it weren't for being able to "ride off" all of the pain and misery my clients drop on me every day, I would most likely be the one on the couch. Oh, and by the way, media psychobabble terms like "mid life crises" and "nervous breakdown", are non clinical terms with no scientific basis.



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Old 03-06-2005, 02:28 PM   #39
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I live in upstate New York and right now I'm just counting the days until I can ride everyday.I still ride when the roads are dry and its above 10 degrees but thats not enough. Riding is a part of our life, like eating and sleeping. The reasons that I ride are simple and maybe selfish. I like the feeling of acceleration and control. In traffic I feel like a P-51 mustang escorting a group of B-17s. On the backroads I'm Valentino Rossi(only older,fatter and way slower).
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Old 03-06-2005, 03:18 PM   #40
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It may not be cheaper in day to day expenses, but replacing a motorcycle is a whole lot cheaper than the cost of replacing even a cheap car. That price difference pays for an awful lot of tires and oil.

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