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Old 03-07-2005, 03:15 AM   #51
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Sounds like a scenario between me and my ex. Notice I said ex.
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Old 03-07-2005, 05:05 AM   #52
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I ride because I am upholding a tradition of recklessness begun by my father.



I also ride because I enjoy the visceral, tactile feelings it gives me. The rush of power that holds the front wheel one inch off the ground as I put the throttle to the stop on an on-ramp. I like feeling the back end slip---knowing the amount of force needed to make that big tire slide, whether it's getting on the gas just enough to make it step out slightly, or on the brakes so hard, just starting to lean the bike in, that it wags back and forth a few times, then settles in line as I release the brake.



I like the extreme effort it takes to control the forces of a fast motorcycle in as smooth a manner as possible. I like how road riding is, by far, the most beautiful, graceful, and dangerous motorsport. I like how it is, when compared to driving cars, the great equalizer; it puts far more emphasis on skill than equipment.



While I don't rub it in anyone's faces or do it gratuitously (usually, anyway, LOL), I like knowing my skill level on my high-powered sportbike allows me a near-outlaw level of absolute freedom, should I choose to excersize it.



I like the foresight and responsibility it takes to ride, and ride fast, especially. I like suiting up and riding prepared, in enough gear that I'd survive being run over by a dump truck. I like exploiting the knowledge of where and when it is safe (relatively, anyway) to go fast, and where to avoid it. I like using the wisdom I've gained to guage and manage risk. I like operating on a level that 98% of feckless schmoes, that never grabbed life by the horns, will never know or understand.
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Old 03-07-2005, 05:34 AM   #53
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Ha! Me too. I hadn't ridden for years and started to get the bug again while I was engaged. She, of course, was opposed.



That was only a small issue and I probably could have convinced her to allow it eventually. But why should I have to? It was a symtom of a larger trend. She was starting to subtract from my life rather than adding to it. Adios and good riddance.
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Old 03-07-2005, 06:19 AM   #54
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Seee!!!!!





I knew everyone thought Hi-Vis Aerostiches were cool!!!





They are cool, right guys.......Guys?...???......
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Old 03-07-2005, 06:20 AM   #55
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You have a couple years on me, but I too have never seen the Simpsons show.



Oh yeah, why do I ride? - I don't know when to quit!
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Old 03-07-2005, 06:21 AM   #56
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I have never seen an episode of the Simpsons either. What's it all about?



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Old 03-07-2005, 06:24 AM   #57
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If I keep a bike a long time it costs me less to operate a bike per mile as it does a car - unless I have an accident, then the car is much cheaper.
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Old 03-07-2005, 06:48 AM   #58
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I bought my first H-D before I got married. Guys used to ask me how I got my wife to allow it. My answer was always, "no wife." I almost put that on my license plate!



If you have to ask for "permission" to do something the boat has already sailed on your marriage!



I"m kinda grouchy these days because my favorite blog is already down.
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Old 03-07-2005, 07:02 AM   #59
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You mean it's down already? Geez, I didn't even get a chance to see it. I'm sure it was just peachy! LOL
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Old 03-07-2005, 07:13 AM   #60
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Ha! The first two years my wife and I were together we didn't even have a car. We did everything (well, almost everything) on my Kwacker W2650 or my Yammer R5.... not too hard in LA. Even today I have to make sure that I buy bikes that are too tall for her (she's 5'2") to keep her from riding off on them and leaving me stranded in an empty garage.



Her CB125 blew up a few years ago and hasn't been replaced. If I put off getting her her own bike another year then I'll really be in trouble! I keep telling her that Harley Huggers are still too expensive.
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