Motorcycles are kewl

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This is me at Buttonwillow Raceway. I miss my motorcycle.

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    18 Responses to Motorcycles are kewl

    1. Live To Ride – Ride To Live

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    2. If the whole concept of a sports motorcycle isn’t gay enough, the colors on this one surely are.

      Everyone knows that a real biker wears horns on his helmet, sports a snazzy leather jacket and drives a Harley or something similar while flipping off Mr. Bean.

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    3. HA, a sport bike is gay? I think not. What are you on Dreth? I do admit the colors on this one a questionable, but surely that doesn’t make all sport bikes gay.

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    4. Okay my bad, they’re as cool as Nascar cars.

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    5. To liken ANY motorcycle to nascar is sheer ignorance. I’m not a big fan of cruisers (aka harleys) but that’s mostly because their engines are totally inefficient pieces of crap. My mom rides a japanese cruiser that is moderately better but still guzzles gas (35mpg..blah) and weighs 2x more than my bike did.

      I didn’t get my bike painted that color. Actually, the story of how I got that motorcycle is mildly embarrassing but once I had it I figured I’d get it painted. Only, having a non-stock color ended up being useful. Bright yellow is apparently much easier to see for car drivers.

      Yamaha came out with yellow R1s and R6s recently that look much better because it’s not solid.

      I had been thinking if I did get the bike painted I’d do a robotech style paint job. The body style would lend itself to that quite well I think.

      My next bike will probably be a sport touring bike. I miss riding a sport bike at the track but not on the street.

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    6. @Dreth

      I was often mistaken for gay because I rode a motorcycle. But that’s simply because men have a hard time accepting that a woman can be good at the things that they do and still like men. 😉

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    7. I just realized that the blue on the bike might be mistaken for paint. It’s just painters tape. It was a safety requirement, along with disconnecting the brake light, removing mirrors, and running water wetter.

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    8. It’s not sheer ignorance, it’s just equal apathy towards both. I find sports bikes and Nascar (as well any other type of car races) dull.

      While I’m not a fan of bikes per se, which includes cruisers, I like them a lot more because of the style behind them. Not their speed or weight, I can’t care less about that. Hell, I don’t even like all the damn noise the engines make (although most people seem to be excited by it).

      So it’s a personal thing to me, don’t look much into it.

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    9. @Dreth – I totally understand that. I grew up on motorcycles so it is like second nature to me. I ride because it makes sense (saves time, saves money, instant stress reducer) not because I think it’s “super kewl” or whatever. Some of my friends ride, most of them don’t. I avoid people who ride for the wrong reasons.

      I love driving and riding but for me it isn’t about straight line speed. It’s about control… the corners, etc. There is a clarity of mind that comes to me when that’s all I’m focused on. It’s a great feeling.

      And I agree with you on the noise. The loud v-twin engines piss me off. I think it’s rude. I had an after market pipe on my bike but it wasn’t too loud. I feel like knocking people over when they sit in traffic reving for no reason other than to get attention.

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    10. i bought a Harley to get pussy. and it works. once i find a woman i want to keep- i’ll sell that piece of shit and buy another Honda.

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    11. @outofocus
      Ya gotta admit though, revving the engine sounds good when you’re in a tunnel.

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    12. @nyokki

      lol! true… especially on the r1 with the pipe i had. *drool*

      On my sv, which sounded like a jetson car or sewing machine (never decided which), I preferred to backfire in tunnels. 😀

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    13. @outofocus
      I used glass packs on mine. Not overly loud but enough to be heard by old blind people that drive tanks and can’t see over the steering wheel.
      You know who you are bastard.

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    14. Just bought a Ducati ST 4. You will most certainly see and hear me coming. And then disappearing rapidly into the horizon. Motorcycling to me is all about the peace of mind. All other thoughts are assuaged while you are riding, a perfect synthesis of engineering, ergonomics, practicality and mind-shattering beauty. Intelligent Design. hah.

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    15. @ drainbow – You do know that loud pipes can’t be heard until you are basically beside the moving car, right? It really isn’t enough warning for the average driver.

      The whole “loud pipes saves lives” thing only applies when the cars are at a standstill and even then, it only sorta kinda applies. Most of the time loud pipes simply scare the crap out of car drivers as they are passing by.

      @ nyokki – I never got around to changing out my packing. I should have after someone urinated in my tailpipe. (blech!) In the area I live, the issue is more Asian and Indian drivers not brought up in the states. Last minute indecision non-assertive decisions. Holy crap! I felt much safer when I lived in Southern California and dealt with the overly aggressive drivers who at least were decisive.

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    16. Cool, you are all like VROOOOOOOOOM VROOOOOOOM NEEEEOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWW.

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