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Old 11-13-2005, 03:30 AM   #1
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Old 11-13-2005, 04:20 AM   #2
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"What we think is happening with this older group is that they rode a motorcycle when they were 18-20 years old, then they hit their 40s and realized, 'Hey, I can afford a bigger, better bike,'" said Gigi Zenk, a licensing spokeswoman.



Dang. Someone in the govt finally figues out what everyone else has known for years. Well done Gigi!



On the other hand...... ""If it keeps one person from killing themselves, all the better."



Where have we heard that before? It's usually the excuse for some overpriced and burdensome govt solution that doesn't work. Check yer wallets.



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Old 11-13-2005, 04:38 AM   #3
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They forgot to add "We're doing it for the children!"
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Old 11-13-2005, 04:55 AM   #4
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Wouldn't a fringed casket be the "quintessential baby boomer (afterlife) luxury purchase" for these boneheads? They could select their casket's custom paint and chrome accents right before they ride off on their nearly half ton bikes for the first time.

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Old 11-13-2005, 05:15 AM   #5
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Oh No, don't tell me someone's ego is going to get bruise by this report.

The squids rejoice in second place.

Where is the middle ground between young/dumb and old/wise?
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Old 11-13-2005, 05:19 AM   #6
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Maybe MO was set up as a secret think tank for the gov.
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Old 11-13-2005, 07:32 AM   #7
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Hi all,

I have been riding since 1970, on a 175 BSA. My bikes have gotten bigger and faster, as I have gotten bigger and slower. I still have butterflies everytime I ride.



I notice a lot of new older riders, do not have that fear. They ride in bunches, and can not corner. I think that it is very hard to learn to ride when you start out at 40 plus on a big bike. You never learn in the same instinctive way that you can when you are a teen. This is especially true in emergency stops or turns.
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Old 11-13-2005, 08:06 AM   #8
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When I took the MSF class, our instructor said that WA state used to have a tier license system. However, some State Rep from Mercer Island (affluent and Republican) bought a bike and was pissed who couldn't ride it until he got through the tier system. He introduced a bill removing the tier system. So now anyone with a license can ride any overweight Harley they want regardless of experience. I used that opportunity to buy the safest bike available a 600 SuperSport. Great Brakes, turns on a dime, etc. If ridden responsiblely. I digress, I think a tiered system is the best way to go....
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Old 11-13-2005, 08:14 AM   #9
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Yep. just ride to the XXX drive-in in Issaquah WA on a weekend and watch the overweight baby boomers on their Harleys. You can tell they are weekend riders, cause they are on the verge of out of control and that is just in the parking lot. The have their little leather vests and "DOT" approved skull caps. As my "pack" (a Ninja, Daytona, CBR600R) ride in, the look of disdain is all over their GPTB faces.. Who is squid? i.e. dumb vs wise?
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Old 11-13-2005, 08:17 AM   #10
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LOL Good one. You might want to "rethink" the term "think tank" when talking about MO. I predict this story will have the typical GPTB response. "Don't take away our freedumb er freedom..."
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