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(WNWO)   2008 Headline: High gas prices drive up motorcycle sales. 2009 Headline: Motorcycle related fatalities at all-time high   ( wnwo.com) divider line
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2008-06-26 09:30:36 PM  
FarkityFarkFark:

Oh, and ZombieCohagen, why don't you go hide under your bed. The world is much too scary for you.


yeah, it will be easy to get under there with all my limbs attached...
 
2008-06-26 09:30:41 PM  
ZombieCohagen: see post above yours dickhead, hope you loose more than one limb

yes, bragging about your gas mileage is certainly on par with wishing loss of limb on a person.
 
2008-06-26 09:31:52 PM  
'78 shovel, rigid, 17" apes, suicide shift.

If you don't know what that means you wouldn't understand.

/Ride it like you stole it.
//You gotta die somehow, might as well look cool.
 
2008-06-26 09:32:15 PM  
What do you call a troll with no arms and no legs?

Mat

/slips right under the bed
 
2008-06-26 09:33:17 PM  
AesopRock_00: ZombieCohagen: see post above yours dickhead, hope you loose more than one limb

yes, bragging about your gas mileage is certainly on par with wishing loss of limb on a person.


well you DID tell me to fark off... maybe that is why I wished that...

maybe because if you tell me to fark off, you are an asshole
 
2008-06-26 09:34:17 PM  
wow,

seems like I hit a nerve?

Relax they have all kinds of cool prosthetic limbs these days, you guys will look fine
 
2008-06-26 09:35:22 PM  
you're right Zombie, i'm the asshole. not the guy who's saying people deserve to lose limbs.
 
2008-06-26 09:35:43 PM  
FarkityFarkFark: What do you call a troll with no arms and no legs?

Mat

/slips right under the bed


how am i a troll? I am serious, fark the smugness, same goes to prius drivers.
 
2008-06-26 09:38:12 PM  
ZombieCohagen: Ok, that is great if you love your bike...

but please stop with the smug shiat, you sound like mac users.

Great, you get to work faster...

Great, you save money on gas...

Have fun wiping your ass with one hand when you get side swiped by the old guy on his way to the farmers market...

/knew TWO people who lost limbs in motorcycle accidents
//one of them really deserved it
///have fun scratching that phantom itch


this was my Boobies, i only wished you would loose a limb after you told me to fark off.

how the fark am i supposed to react, thank you?

I didnt wish any ill on you until you farking insulted me. Don't tell people to fark off and then act like a pussy when they call you a name back.
 
2008-06-26 09:42:56 PM  
ZombieCohagen: ZombieCohagen: Ok, that is great if you love your bike...

but please stop with the smug shiat, you sound like mac users.

Great, you get to work faster...

Great, you save money on gas...

Have fun wiping your ass with one hand when you get side swiped by the old guy on his way to the farmers market...

/knew TWO people who lost limbs in motorcycle accidents
//one of them really deserved it
///have fun scratching that phantom itch

this was my Boobies, i only wished you would loose a limb after you told me to fark off.

how the fark am i supposed to react, thank you?

I didnt wish any ill on you until you farking insulted me. Don't tell people to fark off and then act like a pussy when they call you a name back.


Dude...keep your boobies to yourself...

/speaking of that, time to go ride!
//hope I don't lose any limbs on the way home
//if anyone sees them, pick them up, willya?
 
2008-06-26 09:44:25 PM  
stupid filter
 
2008-06-26 09:48:39 PM  
FarkityFarkFark: No need to be hatin' on the Harley riders there, you smarmy stuck up pretentious Prius driver :P I can be an internet tough-guy also!

Ride/Drive whatever you like and whatever fits your needs. Just use your brain while out there. Almost all accidents are caused by stupidity no matter what the vehicle is. Don't be a dick. Most dick's can't see over the steering wheel.


You speak truth, but it ends up falling into the category of "Being Right", and not the category of "Doing The Right Thing."

I'm a Prius driver 'coz I like to ride in a cage. You drive a motorcycle because, as yet, you haven't been sufficiently frightened by a preview of a horribly grisly and painful end to your life, witnessed by your loved ones.

I sincerely appreciate your rhapsodic description of motorcycle-riding, and I don't deny its appeal. I also have no need to speak high-handedly about driving a hybrid -- to each his or her own.

Just don't tell me a motorcycle is an ascendant form of transportation in the 21st century, because I know better. You ride because you like it, but not because it's either safe OR economical.

May you travel many 1000's of uneventful miles...
 
2008-06-26 09:49:05 PM  
ZombieCohagen, you are mistaking sarcasm for smugness.

FigPucker, I'll keep my eyes open.

/give the man a hand!
 
2008-06-26 09:56:25 PM  
FarkityFarkFark: ZombieCohagen, you are mistaking sarcasm for smugness.

shiat...

really? Damn internets, so hard to tell...

well in that case, funny stuff
 
2008-06-26 10:05:45 PM  
FarkityFarkFark:

///assume everyone is out to kill you



Sound advice. I don't ride a motorcycle but I follow that advice.
 
2008-06-26 10:20:34 PM  
thesubliminalman: After watching 3 baby deer and mama play near the 50mph 2 lane highway in front of my shop this morning I read this article.

"What's startling is the amount of damage even a small deer can do to a speeding vehicle. If the motorist happens to be a motorcyclist, the odds are high that both deer and biker will be seriously injured. What's so insidious about motorcycle/deer collisions is the unpredictability.

You may have ridden for hundreds of thousands of miles, proficiently avoiding thousands of left-turners, alley jumpers, edge traps, graveled corners, and decreasing-radius turns. Then, on some easy country ride, a deer suddenly leaps out of the woods into your path, and Thud!"

And that's when it's not raining or snowing. Cars are much more practical and safer. IMHO


I had a near miss {hit?} going into a tight corner on my Ducati late one night with a deer. If I would've been a tick faster I would have nailed it. I tick slower & I probably would have made a panic move & lost it.
My sister-in-law works for an orthapedic {sp?} surgeon. She said she is seeing quite an increase in bike riders lately.
 
2008-06-26 10:26:53 PM  
ZombieCohagen:
Have fun wiping your ass with one hand when you get side swiped by the old guy on his way to the farmers market...


WTF? How big is YOUR ass that you need 2 hands to wipe? o_O
 
2008-06-26 10:30:16 PM  
last_rebel: '78 shovel, rigid, 17" apes, suicide shift.

If you don't know what that means you wouldn't understand.

/Ride it like you stole it.
//You gotta die somehow, might as well look cool.


The goal in life isn't to reach the clearing at the end of your path wobbling over your walker. It's to come screeching in sideways, yelling, "Damn! What a ride!"

/'00 V-Star classic; V&H Slashcuts, fully jetted; 33,000 miles in 3 years, (4th bike); little chrome (that's how I roll)/

Live to ride.
Ride to live.

Has anybody mentioned that girls love 'em?
 
2008-06-26 10:35:00 PM  
crackhead: As far as I can tell, no one has mentioned that motorcycle and scooter exhaust is far more polluting than a car, thanks to the fact that gasoline isn't burned as completely in a cycle and its lack of a catalytic converter. So yeah you can brag about your MPG in terms of its impact on your wallet, but you ain't doing shiat to help the environment.

All bikes built in the last few years have had to meet very strict emissions requirements and have cats, not sure about scooters though.

And another +1 for the the SV650 to all the new riders out there - I started on an '02(bought new, still wish I hadn't sold her sometimes), a friend just picked up an '04 for his first bike. Perfect blend of performance/weight/forgiveness.
/2008 Triumph Speed Triple
//2006 Husqvarna SM610 - long live the supermoto hooligans!!
///2008 KTM 505 XC-F
////2005 Dodge Ram SRT-10 = 500hp and 8mpg ;)Doesnt' get driven much
 
2008-06-26 10:39:13 PM  
AesopRock_00

Go for a dual-sport: Something that's light, easy to handle and you can park them anywhere. A 250 is a great size to start with.
 
2008-06-26 10:39:22 PM  
LeChevalier
When one of those jerks rides up a yellow line between cars while they are stopped for traffic...I just get so angry. Who hasn't wanted to open your door and make them eat it while they tear by?


So, you chose to drive an inefficent pig of a vehicle that's stuck in traffic and you feel that someone else being stuck in traffic also helps you out how? The lane splitters are helping you get home sooner by NOT adding to the congestion. Thank them, or better yet, join them.
 
2008-06-26 10:44:08 PM  
I want to buy a scooter. For the bigger ones you have to have a motorcycle license so I signed up for the beginner's class offered by the DMV. The next opening is OCTOBER! So yeah, I think sales are up. On the bright side, many people are taking the safety class!

I'm going to go ahead and take the written test and get a learner's permit in the meantime though. So watch out for me, the girl with big boobs on the cute scooter! (Not AW'ing, I'm positive that's how people will end up describing me.)
 
2008-06-26 10:46:19 PM  
I've been riding since I was a kid. There is ONE golden rule I live by...

I fully expect cagers NOT to see me, ever.

/and please take a safety course if you're new to riding
 
2008-06-26 10:46:37 PM  
Chutzpaw007
So watch out for me, the girl with big boobs on the cute scooter!

Um...hi... wanna start a two person scooter gang with me?
 
2008-06-26 10:52:54 PM  
Chutzpaw007: So watch out for me, the girl with big boobs on the cute scooter! (Not AW'ing, I'm positive that's how people will end up describing me.)

Please tell me you live in San Diego

BTW - at least in Cali, you don't have to take the MSF class to get your license unless you're under 18.
 
2008-06-26 10:55:38 PM  
Arbiter: Um...hi... wanna start a two person scooter gang with me?

Sure! With a learner's permit you have to ride with someone else anyway!

RatMotor:BTW - at least in Cali, you don't have to take the MSF class to get your license unless you're under 18.

Here in Illinois they told me I can take a written test, get a permit, and then take the driving test. But I think I'll take the safety class anyway, it's only $20.
 
2008-06-26 10:57:00 PM  
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Suzuki GS500F, 58 to the gallon. I love the thing, so much fun and I've gotten some great compliments from others over it.
 
2008-06-26 11:02:33 PM  
Chutzpaw007
Here in Illinois they told me I can take a written test, get a permit, and then take the driving test. But I think I'll take the safety class anyway, it's only $20.

I took the written test and I've been riding my new scooter for about 2 weeks. I'm just riding on my temp license. It sounds like the laws in Ohio and Illinois are similar. I use it to commute to work every day... about 10 miles one way.
 
2008-06-26 11:04:20 PM  
SaturnHasWheels: the safety feature, my friend, is to be aware and not an ass. this will keep you alive.
/slashie for the sake of slashie


I'm late to see this, but no amount of skill can help against other people's idiocy and chance. I'd rather face that in an automobile.
 
2008-06-26 11:04:48 PM  
Chutzpaw007:
Here in Illinois they told me I can take a written test, get a permit, and then take the driving test. But I think I'll take the safety class anyway, it's only $20.

Same is true here - but taking the class exempts you from taking the riding test at the hated DMV. I definately recommend taking the class, they teach you some good basic riding habits that are hard to un-learn later on.
 
2008-06-26 11:05:44 PM  
Arbiter: I took the written test and I've been riding my new scooter for about 2 weeks. I'm just riding on my temp license. It sounds like the laws in Ohio and Illinois are similar. I use it to commute to work every day... about 10 miles one way.

Here I have to have a fully licensed driver either on the bike/scooter with me or riding alongside until I pass the driving test. I'm already laughing at the idea at convincing my friends with Harleys to ride around beside me on a little scooter.

What kind did you get? I haven't been shopping yet, figure I need my permit to test drive one. Going to take the written test tomorrow afternoon. Wish me luck!
 
2008-06-26 11:11:09 PM  
RatMotor: Chutzpaw007:
Here in Illinois they told me I can take a written test, get a permit, and then take the driving test. But I think I'll take the safety class anyway, it's only $20.

Same is true here - but taking the class exempts you from taking the riding test at the hated DMV. I definately recommend taking the class, they teach you some good basic riding habits that are hard to un-learn later on.


it's the same around here.. but the class is free. and here you can sign up to be an alternate since classes fill up fast but often times people cancel at the last minute. i got in on mine as an alternate, and the earliest class open otherwise wasn't until late august.
 
2008-06-26 11:11:29 PM  
ultraholland: SaturnHasWheels: the safety feature, my friend, is to be aware and not an ass. this will keep you alive.
/slashie for the sake of slashie

I'm late to see this, but no amount of skill can help against other people's idiocy and chance. I'd rather face that in an automobile.


Skill and vigilance will save your butt 99% of the time, but you need to be able to accept that 1%. From another perspective, I have avoided several accidents by taking an escape route that would only be available to a bike. If I had been in a car, I would have had no choice but to plow into the cell phone blabbing, makeup applying, newspaper reading cager in my path.
 
2008-06-26 11:12:48 PM  
Arbiter: Vespa 250GTS

It might not be as sexy as the sports bikes or the chrome cruisers but it's got a character of its own. It's my commuter vehicle.



I bought my GF a Honda Metropolitan last year as a lark to get her into riding something. She has really gotten into it and wants to get her permit now.

She wants a 250GTS. Those things are the coolest. I told her a new Vespa S would be a better step, but she wants the top dawg. That thing is pretty quick, maybe too quick. Definitely too expensive. 250GTS is a premiun scoot.

Do think it is too quick for a beginner?

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2008-06-26 11:18:57 PM  
I spent the day on the Vespa GTS250 and LOVED it. My review of it.

Link (new window)
 
2008-06-26 11:21:10 PM  
well, I botched that


Link
 
2008-06-26 11:25:36 PM  
Phil Herup
Do think it is too quick for a beginner?

I can only relate my experience. It is my first bike and I like the speed. In fact, I think I would be disappointed with anything less than a 250cc engine. At 350 lbs, it's a bit on the heavy side... for a scooter anyway. If your GF is dainty make sure she's okay with the weight.

It is pricey but you're paying for a quality bike that will last a long time. Think about the vintage Vespas you still see hanging around. They are well made machines.

Is the Vepsa S the 150cc version? If so, it looks the same but the GTS is a bigger bike all around. Top speed was a factor for me also, I needed something that could comfortably do 60mph. So... that's something to thing about also.
 
2008-06-26 11:27:17 PM  
LeChevalier: When one of those jerks rides up a yellow line between cars while they are stopped for traffic...I just get so angry. Who hasn't wanted to open your door and make them eat it while they tear by?

Why? What harm has he done to you? And is that enough harm to kill him over? And is it enough harm to risk getting killed over in case you don't finish him off with the door?
 
2008-06-26 11:28:17 PM  
FigPucker: A couple of tips I've learned that have kept me alive and riding(so far...):

1) You are invisible.
2) Never give up on a corner.
3) If it hasn't rained in a couple of days and it starts to sprinkle, pull over and get a cup of joe until it's washed off the layer of oil that's accumulated.
4) All gear, all the time. Even if you're just headed to the corner 7-11 for a Big-Gulp.
5) YOU ARE INVISIBLE.
6) If at all possible, learn to ride in the dirt before you ever touch pavement. You'll learn control, panic stops, how to handle a slide, dodging and weaving, and even how to take a fall.
7) No matter how big of balls you have, you don't need a 1000cc GSXCBRZZ-Ninja for your first bike. Your chances of actually learning how to ride/corner properly before you scare yourself off of the bike, or crash is pretty slim.
7) Did I mention that you are invisible?

/SuperMotards FTW!


DR-Z400SM 2006...16,6XX miles as of today after two years, no issues other than a $135 rectifier replaced just 2 weeks ago. Starts every morning, and runs forever...Magnificent bike, low insurance, great handling, and it is a sleeper to the squids on their Gixxers (in the turns, anyway). Oh yeah, and 62MPG at yesterday's fillup with only 87 octane required.

I have been riding since I was 18. I owned an '86 Rebel 250, indestructible machine, got around 72 in-town all day long.

Had a Ninja 250 after that...never started in the cold/wet, fouled plugs a lot (and it was NEW!)

When I ride, I just ride like all the pretentious farkers on their iPhones, in their Hummers, complaining to their friends about why they are defeulting on their ARMs, and spending $120+ to fill up their bus/tank want to kill me.

Remember, you are INVISIBLE...and they want to kill YOU.

Kept me alive so far, and it helps I wear FULL gear, every time. I dress to crash, you might say...

/Also 2007 Ninja 650R, my "Cadillac" bike
//50+MPG on that one
///No, I don't own a car
////Rides in all weather
//Doesn't mind it at all, even here in Texico
 
2008-06-26 11:30:33 PM  
I'm old school. My first ride, 1960something
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And what I dream of buzzing around the neighborhood on...

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2008-06-26 11:30:42 PM  
ultraholland: SaturnHasWheels: the safety feature, my friend, is to be aware and not an ass. this will keep you alive.
/slashie for the sake of slashie

I'm late to see this, but no amount of skill can help against other people's idiocy and chance. I'd rather face that in an automobile.


That's not true. No amount of skill can make you totally immune to other people's idiocy, but defensive driving goes a long way. You have to be a lot more alert and anticipate every dumbass thing someone in a cage might do a little better.
One tactic I use is that when I'm on the freeway on my bike, I get over into the diamond lane on the left. That way I only have to defend from the side and the rear and watch for stopped traffic ahead.
 
2008-06-26 11:31:57 PM  
BTW, that Derbi bike is almost $4000...
 
2008-06-26 11:36:39 PM  
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2008-06-26 11:42:30 PM  
Uncle Karl:
Not complaining, just wondering. If my 1600 pound car with 125 hp can get 40mpg on the highway shouldn't a 800 pound object get much better mileage?


Alright, I'll bite.

What the hell is your car? Golf cart? Lotus? Half a Camaro?
 
2008-06-26 11:50:58 PM  
Based on some of the the pictures here, I'll go out on a limb and say most folks here are pretty wealthy muthafarkers!
 
2008-06-26 11:53:08 PM  
will be trading my katana 750 in on a focus. sweating in a full helmet isnt fun to me anymore.

/but wont ride without helmet
// katana 750 nice starter bike for me
 
2008-06-26 11:53:30 PM  
I'm sure you all are very comfortable and skilled riding your bikes, I'll prefer to take on assholes with my car. That's all.
 
2008-06-26 11:54:03 PM  
HAMMERTOE:

/'00 V-Star classic; V&H Slashcuts, fully jetted; 33,000 miles in 3 years, (4th bike); little chrome (that's how I roll)

How do you like the V-Star? I was looking at getting a used one for a first bike. Either that or a Shadow.
 
2008-06-27 12:05:57 AM  
NYZooMan:
Needed vehicle: seats one comfortably in any weather, additional carry capacity of two non-fat adults (or equivalent gear) crammed in but livable for short rides. Minimum 50 mpg highway. Okay if that drops way down when carrying a full load.



They sort of make it already. Just two people though.

The Monotracer (new window) (pops)

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2008-06-27 12:06:33 AM  
robjday: I've owned dozens of bikes over the years, both as a professional motorcycle messenger in the UK and weekend rider / commuter in the US. Here are my current babies:

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The comet is very under rated in my view... it is currently the ONLY decent, modern 250 in the US. All the the others (rebel et al) are using 70's tech and feel like they are going to break up if you go above 70. I get 65 - 67 mpg on my comet, it is perfectly comfortable at freeway speeds and I have have no problems with it although I ride it every day.

My other baby:

I only ride this at weekends. I dunno what the mileage is but it's probably pretty crap. At scary high speeds It rides at like it is on rails.


You magnificent bastard. That is my dream bike, the GSX1100S Katana. The most gorgeous bike built, IMHO. It lead the way for the sportbikes of today, and when released, it was light-years ahead of everything else.

One day, I will have one as well.
 
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