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Old 08-06-2012, 02:15 PM   #41
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Don't forget the low speed cold tire fail. Nothing like doing 900+ dollars of damage at speeds less than 10 mph

If you ever feel like you've "Officially Arrived" your probably on a Moto GP grid.

When I can finally make it through a days ride without forgetting to put my kickstand up before taking off I'll feel a lot better. Good thing it has a kill switch LOL

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Old 08-06-2012, 02:18 PM   #42
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successfully hitting the kill switch of an unsuspecting motorcyclist at an intersection right before the light turns green.
still one of the funniest things that you can do on a motorcycle.

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Old 08-06-2012, 02:18 PM   #43
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I Ride: nothing currently. crashed the 1000 :(
You're official when you clutch out and twist.

But I say your Officially a biker when you start using the fact that you ride as a description of who you are. Either to other people, or just to yourself. So just ask yourself. Does the act of riding a motorcycle help define who you are?

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Old 08-06-2012, 02:56 PM   #44
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I Ride: 1978 Honda CB400 (Project), 1978 Honda XL175 (Towner)
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You're official when you clutch out and twist.

But I say your Officially a biker when you start using the fact that you ride as a description of who you are. Either to other people, or just to yourself. So just ask yourself. Does the act of riding a motorcycle help define who you are?


I really like this answer

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Old 08-06-2012, 03:01 PM   #45
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I Ride: '05 Busa, '81 Seca 550, '78 Hawk, '69 Z50A
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taking stuff for granted=
missing things=
mechanical failures=crashes=
mill/tranny fails

riding is existential/experiential
its ALWAYS unique/different
ultimately unpredictable

but minds assume it gets
more predictable with experience
all else 'seems' to

yet most 'surprises' include,
in retrospect,
hints of doubt, uncertainty,
hunches about what was attended to
what we could have done with
more time/$

"If only" I/he/she/they/mother Nature
had checked/known/done/
to the bike/track/road/tyres/
weather.

something similiar to learning puters
blaming/questioning/fault-finding
about hard/soft ware not being logical
doing what it would etc.

sort of like watching election campaigning
"they" shouldn't do this that or the other
BUT they do

bikes shouldn't slap their tanks
seize/explode/grind up their guts, yet
they do.

Bike riding
most refreshing
reminding us about
attention/vigilence

how much is enough/too much

If you survive cager/gravel/wet
threats
If you prep your steed enuf
to ride without injury, inconvenience
death

you've lots to be proud of
its an accomplishment

It's the ultimate embrace of zen
things are as there are
the rest is hating, wishing, etc.

What a glorious experience
on our own Wings
Icarus would be envious

Thankful for all these years
of the experience.
70 last month.

DaveS
awesome.

Green dot.

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Old 08-06-2012, 03:05 PM   #46
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I don't always get a new experience. I consistently get new idiots though.
Same thing isn't it?

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Old 08-06-2012, 03:14 PM   #47
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I Ride: SV1000S in the faster copper color, and a hell of a lot slower than I used to.
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successfully hitting the kill switch of an unsuspecting motorcyclist at an intersection right before the light turns green.


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still one of the funniest things that you can do on a motorcycle.
I got crucified by reddit r/motorcycles when I mentioned doing that. OMG YOU'RE ENDANGERING THEM WHAT IF..... and so on and so forth. Didnt stop me from enjoying doing it.

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Old 08-06-2012, 03:32 PM   #48
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Same thing isn't it?
Not from my perspective, but my riding is mostly highway commuting. Encountering a slow cager camping in the fast lane for example. Nothing new there. I expect it on my commutes.
A new experience on every weekend ride? Yes, most definitely.

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Old 08-06-2012, 03:37 PM   #49
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still one of the funniest things that you can do on a motorcycle.

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Old 08-06-2012, 05:47 PM   #50
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successfully hitting the kill switch of an unsuspecting motorcyclist at an intersection right before the light turns green.
No it would be laughing at the idiots that attempt it because you've drilled and pinned it

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Old 08-06-2012, 06:27 PM   #51
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I Ride: because I can.
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[ ... ]

When have you made it?

[ ... ]
When you no longer feel the need to ask such a question.

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Old 08-06-2012, 06:32 PM   #52
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Bee in the helmet.

Flat tire.

Caught out when it starts snowing.

Accidental wheelies.

Having a nice looking girl watch you stall the engine and damn near fall over.
3/5

Almost there.

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Old 08-06-2012, 06:38 PM   #53
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I Ride: laundry baskets down staircases.
Hitting a bird with your arm?

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Old 08-06-2012, 08:53 PM   #54
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I Ride: 2009 Kawasaki Concours 14
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Hitting a bird with your arm?
Done that. Talk about feathers everywhere.

I think in the PNW if anything 'you've arrived' when you don't bitch about the weather and just ride.

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Old 08-06-2012, 09:08 PM   #55
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Having a girl come up to you and give you her number, then stalling and dropping the bike right in front of her.

Crashing a few weeks after recovering from multiple surgeries and broken bones, which were caused from a crash several months before.

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Old 08-06-2012, 09:24 PM   #56
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I Ride: into town a-whompin an a-whoopin
When you stop worrying about it.

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Old 08-07-2012, 03:30 AM   #57
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I Ride: 2007 Moto Guzzi Norge, 1988 H-D (Project) Electra-Glide
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Crashing a few weeks after recovering from multiple surgeries and broken bones, which were caused from a crash several months before.
I would take that as an indication that you have arrived at the "Can't Figure It Out Cafe."

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Old 08-07-2012, 07:22 AM   #58
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Wheelie for a School Bus full of kids.
Sadly, I cannot give you the rep you deserve for this, oh kitten-boobied one .

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Old 08-07-2012, 08:39 AM   #59
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still one of the funniest things that you can do on a motorcycle.
Even funnier if you grab the keys out, ride 100' up the road and gently set them on the ground.

This was between friends. He hit my kill switch first on my NSR kick start only.
So I grabbed the keys out of his. Do not recommend doing this to strangers.

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Old 08-07-2012, 02:42 PM   #60
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I Ride: an unforgiving bitch
WTF...Official??
I guess if you can make it to your grave a wise old person without getting killed on a bike, then you're "Official". You got er done, hallelujah, congrats....you're the man. On the other hand, if you splatter your guts all over the road during a spectacular two wheeled crash and burn......well that's pretty "official" too...

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