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Old 08-05-2012, 03:42 PM   #1
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Joined: Apr 2011
From: Salem, Oregon

I Ride: 1978 Honda CB400 (Project), 1978 Honda XL175 (Towner)
What Makes You Official?
So I have been riding for about 4 months now.

There are all these milestones for bikers, lots tests of endurance and frustration.

When have you made it?

In my 4 months I have run out of gas leaving me to push my bike for several blocks.

I have taken a bugs/rocks to the helmet and face.

Laid my enduro down in gravel. Gloves are awesome

What is left?

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Old 08-05-2012, 03:56 PM   #2
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From: Hood River, OR

I Ride: 2006 Hayabusa
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.

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Old 08-05-2012, 04:10 PM   #3
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I Ride: 1978 Honda CB400 (Project), 1978 Honda XL175 (Towner)
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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.
haha accidental wheelie did my first one coming back from Willamette valley vineyards

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Old 08-05-2012, 04:13 PM   #4
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Your getting there! Rides! Lots and Lots of miles! Keep checking your tire pressures and keep your chain adjusted and lubed!

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Old 08-05-2012, 04:13 PM   #5
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Joined: May 2012
From: Portland, OR

I Ride: FZed6
The Three Trials.

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Old 08-05-2012, 04:16 PM   #6
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Joined: Apr 2009
From: Renton, WA

I Ride: 05 KTM450SMR, 04 YZF250 and one bad ass Truck hehe
Low siding on the street while making a left turn in the just started rain cause you forgot to changes wheels and left your slicks on

Wheelie ticket

Blow up a motor

realize bike tires cost more than your car tires

Hit a bird at 80 mph

Stop at a light and forget to put your feet down in front of thousands of people (OP pro surf contest)

Hell.. I've been riding for 44 years and learn something new every time I go out

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Old 08-05-2012, 04:17 PM   #7
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Joined: Aug 2011
From: Portland

I Ride: 2002 HD XL883 - mine since '01,
dude you're all ready there - :)
Stoked you are riding - everyone so inclined and able should give two wheels a spin.

Interesting philosophically that you list several failures as achievement. Why not focus on the skills you have gained, the joy you have experienced, the adventures you’ve had and honor you’ve displayed as a rider?

I understand the idea of being salty and sea stories are always great. - if you’re seeking approval find a mentor or a track class.

Set your own goals about achievement, I hope they are positive, crashing is a fools glory.

I felt offical getting my road license at 13 for a 100cc after 8 years on the dirt, but that was just the start of learning... I just cruise and I learn all the time - this is a thinking man's game.

they say it takes four year to learn to ride a motorcycle - I thought this was hogwash when I was younger, but I later realized that it is the same as when you get a tandem skydive rating - there is a time requirement - because not matter how shit hot a jumper is - typically it takes the years of being on the dropzone to see shit happen.

you don’t need to crash to be a man or progress - but you probably will (lots!)

whether that is a good thing depends on your goals, beliefs desires and abilities.

Have fun!

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Old 08-05-2012, 04:32 PM   #8
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I Ride: 1978 Honda CB400 (Project), 1978 Honda XL175 (Towner)
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Stoked you are riding - everyone so inclined and able should give two wheels a spin.

Interesting philosophically that you list several failures as achievement. Why not focus on the skills you have gained, the joy you have experienced, the adventures you’ve had and honor you’ve displayed as a rider?

I understand the idea of being salty and sea stories are always great. - if you’re seeking approval find a mentor or a track class.

Set your own goals about achievement, I hope they are positive, crashing is a fools glory.

I felt offical getting my road license at 13 for a 100cc after 8 years on the dirt, but that was just the start of learning... I just cruise and I learn all the time - this is a thinking man's game.

they say it takes four year to learn to ride a motorcycle - I thought this was hogwash when I was younger, but I later realized that it is the same as when you get a tandem skydive rating - there is a time requirement - because not matter how shit hot a jumper is - typically it takes the years of being on the dropzone to see shit happen.

you don’t need to crash to be a man or progress - but you probably will (lots!)

whether that is a good thing depends on your goals, beliefs desires and abilities.

Have fun!

Some might call them failures but they were just challenges that had to be overcome or picked up.

The accomplishment is keeping them to a minimum

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Old 08-05-2012, 04:35 PM   #9
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Joined: Sep 2006
From: The 206

I Ride: ^^^^^^^^
The light bulb didn't click on for me till I went on my first multi-day trip with no set itinerary and I made it up as I went along.

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Old 08-05-2012, 05:07 PM   #10
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Joined: Aug 2006
From: port orchard, wa

I Ride: SV650 - now SV996R
Smile riding since 1955
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

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Old 08-05-2012, 05:07 PM   #11
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Joined: Jun 2007
From: Burien, WA
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I Ride: 2008 KTM 990 Adventure (street) 2005 GSXR 750 (race)
Getting on your own motorcycle.

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Old 08-05-2012, 05:18 PM   #12
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Joined: Mar 2007
From: Monroe-mish, WA
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I Ride: 07 YZ450F, 74 XL350
as soon as you stop worrying about what makes you a rider, and start riding, you're official.

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Old 08-05-2012, 05:24 PM   #13
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I Ride: When I can
Your gett'in closer! Catch'in crap from 'koorbloh' is part of 'the right of passage' on this forum!

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Old 08-05-2012, 05:27 PM   #14
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Joined: May 2011
From: Everett. WA

I Ride: GS1150 Rat bike, NSR(G)500cc two stroke,CBR 900rr,98 Super chicken
When you read a very long list of what can go wrong/right and you realize you've done everything on that list and more.
But you're completely aware of the fact you've never done it ALL and still have tons left to learn, never to proud to admit your mistakes and most of all still willing to learn from others.

That's the moment you know you have too much left to learn/see/feel/experience to brag about how little you know.


Just my 2 C.

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Old 08-05-2012, 05:28 PM   #15
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Joined: Jul 2007
From: An unstated X,Y,Z coordinate

I Ride: 09 Blk Daytona 675 (better than hoochie), BLK/Silver 06 Tiger, Red 04 R1, Yellow 99 Daytona 955i
Stall the motor and fall over at a traffice light

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Old 08-05-2012, 05:29 PM   #16
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Joined: Aug 2010
From: SoKingCo, WA

I Ride: ... here and there
Hock a loogie inside your helmet
Blow a snot inside your helmet
Puke inside your helmet.


“ Quote:
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Getting on your own motorcycle.
“ Quote:
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as soon as you stop worrying about what makes you a rider, and start riding, you're official.
^^^^^ these ^^^^^


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Old 08-05-2012, 05:58 PM   #17
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From: Milton

I Ride: Soozookee
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Your gett'in closer! Catch'in crap from 'koorbloh' is part of 'the right of passage' on this forum!
Yep. A "your Mom" joke from me or TRAIL BOSS away from true arrival.

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Old 08-05-2012, 07:06 PM   #18
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From: Port Orchard, WA

I Ride: DR400S on 17's & XS650 tracker
Wearing a grin under your helmet for your entire ride, breaking out giggling a few times and not knowing or caring why.

Every ride to and from work it feels like it did when I was riding a YZ80 in grade school. If you haven't tried a supermoto, I highly recommend it.

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Old 08-05-2012, 08:14 PM   #19
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From: Kirkland

I Ride: behind the girls.
If you ever 'arrive', sell your bike. You're done.

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Old 08-05-2012, 08:25 PM   #20
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Joined: Jan 2009
From: Wenatchee, WA

I Ride: in my memories
Wheelie for a School Bus full of kids.

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