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2012-06-15 12:52:09 PM
So soon after the spaghetti harvest?
 
2012-06-15 12:52:15 PM
That'll buff right out.
 
2012-06-15 12:52:46 PM
They usually bloom either Monday as HS ends, or July 4th.
 
2012-06-15 12:53:47 PM

New Farkin User Name: They usually bloom either Monday as HS ends, or July 4th.


or sometime in August during a festival known as Sturgis
 
2012-06-15 12:54:26 PM
i263.photobucket.com


That had to hurt
 
2012-06-15 12:57:30 PM
This is a strange time of year for a motorcycle crop in New Zealand. That's usually more of a warm-weather thing.
 
2012-06-15 12:58:45 PM

Death_Poot: [i263.photobucket.com image 200x136]


That had to hurt


THAT is why stoppies are not for everyone.
 
2012-06-15 12:59:50 PM
chickenmonkeydog.com
 
2012-06-15 01:00:20 PM
Yup. This year has seen a bumper crop of biker blooms. Last year had a strong harvest, but so far we're on track to set records.

Too many "RIP Rider" threads on local forums to keep count. Now that Summer is getting underway, I expect it to triple.

Be safe out there.

/ATGATT
//and keep the triple-digits on the track
 
2012-06-15 01:00:24 PM
This reminds me of one of my motorcycle trips. There's a windy road called the tail of the dragon that goes into Tennessee and right before you go, there's a quick rest stop. There's a tree out front called the tree of shame where they put parts of your car/bike if you get into a crash. Plenty of RIP notes and x-rays to be found among the trinkets.

Here's a youtube clip.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LADMcUb8HXA

I was lucky enough to not add anything to the tree...
 
2012-06-15 01:02:18 PM

Death_Poot: [i263.photobucket.com image 200x136]


That had to hurt


i love that clip
/had to leave a mark
 
2012-06-15 01:05:09 PM
Do they sell the seeds?
 
2012-06-15 01:07:11 PM
Grown from tiny motorcycle seeds.
 
2012-06-15 01:12:04 PM
pfft

DNRTFA

2wheeltuesday.com
 
2012-06-15 01:16:41 PM

NorKnOAd: This reminds me of one of my motorcycle trips. There's a windy road called the tail of the dragon that goes into Tennessee and right before you go, there's a quick rest stop. There's a tree out front called the tree of shame where they put parts of your car/bike if you get into a crash. Plenty of RIP notes and x-rays to be found among the trinkets.

Here's a youtube clip.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LADMcUb8HXA

I was lucky enough to not add anything to the tree...


Some friends of mine have been making yearly treks to the Dragon for about ten years. A few have added parts to the tree.
There are some stories posted here^
 
2012-06-15 01:21:10 PM
Let me guess, someone on a crotch rocket going way the fark too fast or riding more bike than they can handle crashes so hard that the bike itself flies into a tree?

Checks TFA.

Well I can't tell for sure, but that certainly looks like a crotch rocket. They said they haven't determined if speed or inability to pay attention to the road caused the accident, but from TFA

"The motorcycle hit a drain, cleared a driveway and ended up in this tree next to the highway."

If a multi hundred pound bike hits a hole or drain then flies over a freaking driveway and still ends up in a tree, not just in the trunk or base, but in the branches of a tree, I feel pretty safe assuming excessive speed was involved.

Dude was likely an idiot.

/idiot as well, just one that prefers not to go riding at ridiculously high speeds.
 
2012-06-15 01:26:05 PM
My sister-in-law is a medical examiner, one of the items on her list of tips for avoiding ending up on her table is "don't ride motorcycles"
 
2012-06-15 01:29:09 PM

Polish Hussar: My sister-in-law is a medical examiner, one of the items on her list of tips for avoiding ending up on her table is "don't ride motorcycles"


Are you sure she didn't say 'donorcycles'? Because that's one that never gets old.
 
2012-06-15 01:31:17 PM
Never too early to see the results of a moron on an over-powered crotchrocket doing something retarded.

Dated an EMT dispatcher, and they all referred to them as donorcycles.
 
2012-06-15 01:34:25 PM

Technoir: Never too early to see the results of a moron on an over-powered crotchrocket doing something retarded.

Dated an EMT dispatcher, and they all referred to them as donorcycles.


Ah, there it is.
 
2012-06-15 01:37:42 PM
As this article kind of proves, there are idiots that ride motorcycles. In fact, the majority of motorists on the road at any given time are either complete idiots or engaged in doing something idiotic. The only difference between an idiot in a car and an idiot on a motorcycle is that the consequences of being an idiot on a motorcycle are much, much greater than being an idiot in a car.
 
2012-06-15 01:37:48 PM
Judging from the size of that rear sprocket, its was almost definitely some early 20's guys stunt bike. Assuming he was doing something retarded isn't out of the realm of possibilities.
 
2012-06-15 01:38:49 PM
Threads like this make me feel bad about being a motorcyclist. Fifteen years of riding and I haven't given a single organ to a needy recipient.

/selfish bastard
 
2012-06-15 01:40:02 PM

Polish Hussar: My sister-in-law is a medical examiner, one of the items on her list of tips for avoiding ending up on her table is "don't ride motorcycles"


Sounds like sampling bias to me. She sees only the portion of motorcyclists who are too stupid to know their limits or how to watch out for and avoid the other idots on the road.
 
2012-06-15 01:43:24 PM

amindtat: Threads like this make me feel bad about being a motorcyclist. Fifteen years of riding and I haven't given a single organ to a needy recipient.

/selfish bastard


Nineteen for me. This is probably why people get so ticked at us.
 
2012-06-15 01:49:38 PM

JesseL: amindtat: Threads like this make me feel bad about being a motorcyclist. Fifteen years of riding and I haven't given a single organ to a needy recipient.

/selfish bastard

Nineteen for me. This is probably why people get so ticked at us.


Yep. The older you get, the more pain hurts.
 
2012-06-15 01:53:28 PM

JesseL: Polish Hussar: My sister-in-law is a medical examiner, one of the items on her list of tips for avoiding ending up on her table is "don't ride motorcycles"

Sounds like sampling bias to me. She sees only the portion of motorcyclists who are too stupid to know their limits or how to watch out for and avoid the other idiots on the road.


Nah, it's logic and odds. When you make a mistake in a car, you've got the entire vehicle protecting you as it was designed to. A motorcycle and the safety of the rider boils down to skill and 1/4" of leather. Fail the skill and the leather won't help you much.
 
2012-06-15 01:53:29 PM

Cuyose: Judging from the size of that rear sprocket, its was almost definitely some early 20's guys stunt bike.


Looks like the typical rear pulley you'd see on a belt driven Buell to me, but I've never been a big Buell follower.
 
2012-06-15 01:56:17 PM

baronvonzipper: JesseL: amindtat: Threads like this make me feel bad about being a motorcyclist. Fifteen years of riding and I haven't given a single organ to a needy recipient.

/selfish bastard

Nineteen for me. This is probably why people get so ticked at us.

Yep. The older you get, the more pain hurts.


You got that right. I'm far more aware of how squishy and fragile I am than I was when I was 18.

Breaking a kneecap in a low speed lowside drove that lesson home.
 
2012-06-15 01:58:17 PM

amindtat: Cuyose: Judging from the size of that rear sprocket, its was almost definitely some early 20's guys stunt bike.

Looks like the typical rear pulley you'd see on a belt driven Buell to me, but I've never been a big Buell follower.


Pretty sure that is a chain sprocket.

Looks like a ninja 650r swingarm, and the underseat exhaust would fit if that were the case.
 
2012-06-15 01:59:35 PM
What the rider probably looked like:
www.geekologie.com

www.negativelight.net

Riding in Florida, I would never cease to be amazed by people riding with just sandals and shorts. No shirt or helmet.
I never ride without a helmet, boots, gloves, thick pants, and only on very rare occasions will I not wear a jacket. (for instance, if I'm just going down the street, and I know I won't be going over 40 mph.
 
2012-06-15 02:00:39 PM

amindtat: Cuyose: Judging from the size of that rear sprocket, its was almost definitely some early 20's guys stunt bike.

Looks like the typical rear pulley you'd see on a belt driven Buell to me, but I've never been a big Buell follower.


That's correct. The bike (what's left of it) is a Buell XB12R or XB9R, an older one, judging by the lack of frame pucks and the round timing case cover.
 
2012-06-15 02:01:19 PM

Spektyr: JesseL: Polish Hussar: My sister-in-law is a medical examiner, one of the items on her list of tips for avoiding ending up on her table is "don't ride motorcycles"

Sounds like sampling bias to me. She sees only the portion of motorcyclists who are too stupid to know their limits or how to watch out for and avoid the other idiots on the road.

Nah, it's logic and odds. When you make a mistake in a car, you've got the entire vehicle protecting you as it was designed to. A motorcycle and the safety of the rider boils down to skill and 1/4" of leather. Fail the skill and the leather won't help you much.


The ME is still only seeing the results of failures of rider skill. Her observations don't really tell you much about riders as a whole and nothing about an individual rider.
 
2012-06-15 02:02:22 PM
www.bcsportbikes.com

Dumb...yet hot.

I wonder if she's an organ donor. I'll take the sex organs. Just put them in a box, and pack with ice.
 
2012-06-15 02:03:39 PM
bravo on the headline subby, made me giggle.

I like motorcycles and I think I would enjoy riding one, but I'm afraid to get one because the drivers around here scare the bajesus out of me already, and that's in a car.
 
2012-06-15 02:08:39 PM

ph0rk: amindtat: Cuyose: Judging from the size of that rear sprocket, its was almost definitely some early 20's guys stunt bike.

Looks like the typical rear pulley you'd see on a belt driven Buell to me, but I've never been a big Buell follower.

Pretty sure that is a chain sprocket.

Looks like a ninja 650r swingarm, and the underseat exhaust would fit if that were the case.


Buell:

www.mcnews.com.au

Treebike:

static.stuff.co.nz

Ninja 650:

ningtech.com

Look at the engine and exhaust of Treebike. It's a v-twin. The Ninja 650 is a parallel twin. Now look at Treebike's rear pulley. It's on the right side, like a Buell. The Ninja 650's rear sproket is on the left side.
 
2012-06-15 02:09:11 PM
This might give some insight into theories about how man's ancestor's descended from the trees.
 
2012-06-15 02:10:21 PM
Just for all the amateur statisticians and actuaries out there, the risk of serious injury to these riders in not the same:

www.toyota-4runner.org

www.motorcycleaccidentattorneytexas.com
 
2012-06-15 02:10:47 PM
Speaking of which, I'm hitting my pre-mid-life crisis stage and have always wanted to get a bike. I'm looking for an affordable starter bike. Other info: it can't be huge/heavy (I'm not exactly a big dude). Any suggestions?
 
2012-06-15 02:11:18 PM

stjohn: amindtat: Cuyose: Judging from the size of that rear sprocket, its was almost definitely some early 20's guys stunt bike.

Looks like the typical rear pulley you'd see on a belt driven Buell to me, but I've never been a big Buell follower.

That's correct. The bike (what's left of it) is a Buell XB12R or XB9R, an older one, judging by the lack of frame pucks and the round timing case cover.


If you click "next" below the picture, the 2nd photo shows the front brakes which confirm your Buell confirmation.
But it still looks like a chain to me...
 
2012-06-15 02:13:45 PM

JesseL: Spektyr: JesseL: Polish Hussar: My sister-in-law is a medical examiner, one of the items on her list of tips for avoiding ending up on her table is "don't ride motorcycles"

Sounds like sampling bias to me. She sees only the portion of motorcyclists who are too stupid to know their limits or how to watch out for and avoid the other idiots on the road.

Nah, it's logic and odds. When you make a mistake in a car, you've got the entire vehicle protecting you as it was designed to. A motorcycle and the safety of the rider boils down to skill and 1/4" of leather. Fail the skill and the leather won't help you much.

The ME is still only seeing the results of failures of rider skill. Her observations don't really tell you much about riders as a whole and nothing about an individual rider.



It's not all skill, a certain amount of it is luck. I've been riding for 30+ years (since about 15), and in this past January I was run over by a car from behind. I had nearly 20 broken bones, but my gear kept me alive.
 
2012-06-15 02:14:51 PM

PsyLord: Speaking of which, I'm hitting my pre-mid-life crisis stage and have always wanted to get a bike. I'm looking for an affordable starter bike. Other info: it can't be huge/heavy (I'm not exactly a big dude). Any suggestions?


Ninja 250 or CBR250 if you want new. Pretty much anything under 600cc if you're looking used, which you should be.
 
2012-06-15 02:16:33 PM

PsyLord: Speaking of which, I'm hitting my pre-mid-life crisis stage and have always wanted to get a bike. I'm looking for an affordable starter bike. Other info: it can't be huge/heavy (I'm not exactly a big dude). Any suggestions?


Street (crotch rocket style) or cruiser (more traditional style)?
 
2012-06-15 02:17:08 PM

PsyLord: Speaking of which, I'm hitting my pre-mid-life crisis stage and have always wanted to get a bike. I'm looking for an affordable starter bike. Other info: it can't be huge/heavy (I'm not exactly a big dude). Any suggestions?


Honda Shadow.
 
2012-06-15 02:20:58 PM

rickycal78: PsyLord: Speaking of which, I'm hitting my pre-mid-life crisis stage and have always wanted to get a bike. I'm looking for an affordable starter bike. Other info: it can't be huge/heavy (I'm not exactly a big dude). Any suggestions?

Street (crotch rocket style) or cruiser (more traditional style)?


Either. I saw a Harley V-Rod at a showroom once and raised my tiny fists at my genes for not making me a taller/bigger person.
 
2012-06-15 02:28:42 PM

Noticeably F.A.T.: PsyLord: Speaking of which, I'm hitting my pre-mid-life crisis stage and have always wanted to get a bike. I'm looking for an affordable starter bike. Other info: it can't be huge/heavy (I'm not exactly a big dude). Any suggestions?

Honda Shadow.


Suzuki SV650, perfect starter bikes. You won't necessarily outgrow it right away and its got good ergonomics.
 
2012-06-15 02:29:20 PM
Now, I know lots of motorcyclists who are safe, responsible riders. I'm getting my M-Class license this summer. Already shopping for a good used cruiser/hog.

From personal experience/observation, I've seen far fewer cruiser riders acting like idiots on the road, than young kids on sport bikes. I've never seen a fat dude on a big ole Harley trying to squeeze between lanes of congested traffic on the highway... I've never seen a guy on a Goldwing going 200+ KPH...

Just sayin' that the sport bike appeals to a particular personality type: people who like to drive fast and get the adrenalin rush that comes with knowing that a small mistake in judgement could kill them.
 
2012-06-15 02:35:22 PM

Technoir: From personal experience/observation, I've seen far fewer cruiser riders acting like idiots on the road, than young kids on sport bikes. I've never seen a fat dude on a big ole Harley trying to squeeze between lanes of congested traffic on the highway... I've never seen a guy on a Goldwing going 200+ KPH...


Come on down to Southern California. You'll see that and more every day.

I personally ride what would be considered a sportier bike, but I do so for the slimness of the bike, which helps give me slightly more room when lane splitting. I get passed by Harleys and touring bikes splitting lanes at 70+mph.
 
2012-06-15 02:36:09 PM

PsyLord: rickycal78: PsyLord: Speaking of which, I'm hitting my pre-mid-life crisis stage and have always wanted to get a bike. I'm looking for an affordable starter bike. Other info: it can't be huge/heavy (I'm not exactly a big dude). Any suggestions?

Street (crotch rocket style) or cruiser (more traditional style)?

Either. I saw a Harley V-Rod at a showroom once and raised my tiny fists at my genes for not making me a taller/bigger person.


Harley's have low versions of a number of their cycles, but I wouldn't consider any of theirs starter bikes. Well maybe a Sportster, but the lowest engine size Harley sells is 883cc on Sportsters, which are more affordable, but stock ones are pretty ugly, and customizing them is expensive. Everything else is 1100CC or larger and not a good thing for someone to learn on. Don't get me wrong, I like Harley's personally, but they aren't a beginner bike.

The Honda Rebel bikes are a decent starter cruiser style bikes. And they're affordable.
/No longer ashamed to say I learned on a Honda 250 Rebel.
 
2012-06-15 02:36:33 PM

Technoir:

Just sayin' that the sport bike appeals to a particular personality type: people who like to drive fast and get the adrenalin rush that comes with knowing that a small mistake in judgement could kill them.


I like sport bikes for two reasons: One, they're thin, which means you get blocked less when lane splitting in stopped traffic (not flying by them at 70mph though, because that's just retarded). Two, I really enjoy the Tron-like riding position, and it does lend itself well to canyon carving, which you can do at the speed limit and still have plenty of fun.
 
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