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(Al Jazeera)   Thought to have gone extinct in Libya, the elusive biker has been spotted in the wild after a 30-year absence   (aljazeera.com) divider line 62
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2014-04-05 05:52:05 PM
Libya has Rangers fans. Who knew?
 
2014-04-05 06:49:34 PM
1 %ers
 
2014-04-05 06:50:01 PM
www.aljazeera.com www.blogcdn.com 25.media.tumblr.com
 
2014-04-05 06:53:25 PM
FTA: Fakhri's goal is to improve the image of the biking culture with the Libyan people and the police.

www.aljazeera.com

If you really want to improve the image of biking culture, you can start by removing those Farking skeleton masks!
 
2014-04-05 06:53:34 PM
This seems more realistic than the middle eastern female biker gang from a couple of months ago.
 
2014-04-05 06:53:42 PM
Shame that they like crappy bikes.
 
2014-04-05 06:54:22 PM
Did the reporter dress like this?

www.latexnet.org
 
2014-04-05 06:54:50 PM

fusillade762: Libya has Rangers fans. Who knew?


it's not even an NHL jersey it's a AA, serious hockey fan.
 
2014-04-05 06:54:51 PM
Yes biker gangs will only improve the situation.
 
2014-04-05 06:56:45 PM

RottenEggs: This seems more realistic than the middle eastern female biker gang from a couple of months ago.


Pretty sure that's a lesbian in the Rangers shirt.
 
2014-04-05 06:57:09 PM
Reading TFA's comments:
i.imgur.com
 
2014-04-05 06:58:07 PM

JeffreyScott: If you really want to improve the image of biking culture, you can start by removing those Farking skeleton masks!


I suspect that in Libya, the Harley Davidson emblems and the Uncle Sam decals are likely to cause them more problems.
 
2014-04-05 07:08:47 PM
Thought they were talking about "bikers", not these lardasses on higher powered Hoverrounds.
 
2014-04-05 07:09:26 PM
Hey, biking thread!

Anyone recommend new riding boots? I've got some decent wolverines, but want to try something new, maybe a lace up.  Has to have a rubber sole, has to be leather, and has to be at least 5-6" tall. Vastly prefer steel toe.

Obviously I want comfortable, Don't really give a shiat about looks. Not particularly interested in 'riding boots', I typically just wear steel toe work boots.

Also, anyone here ever wrapped your headers/exhaust? I was thinking of having it done, for the black-black look, as opposed to the chrome on the Bonneville now, which is already blueing up (they're notorious for going blue and then starting to disintegrate).

/2013 Bonneville, few thousand miles on it
//First and only new vehicle I've ever bought!
///Rides like a dream
 
2014-04-05 07:10:06 PM
I would have expected something more like this for Libya

static.flickr.com
 
2014-04-05 07:13:29 PM

JuggleGeek: JeffreyScott: If you really want to improve the image of biking culture, you can start by removing those Farking skeleton masks!

I suspect that in Libya, the Harley Davidson emblems and the Uncle Sam decals are likely to cause them more problems.


Why?

Libyans appear to like the present US government more than Americans do.
 
2014-04-05 07:17:15 PM
In the comments section of one of Lockk9's Isle of Man videos, some wiseass asked "Why aren't any of them riding Harleys?" I'll admit, I chuckled.
 
2014-04-05 07:18:25 PM

Headso: fusillade762: Libya has Rangers fans. Who knew?

it's not even an NHL jersey it's a AA, serious hockey fan.


also A and AAA - Vaughan Rangers - GTHL, top end is one down from OHL.
 
2014-04-05 07:19:39 PM

iron de havilland


Shame that they like crappy bikes.


Better than no bikes at all.
 
2014-04-05 07:20:37 PM
Will they have to change the Libyan dictionary?

i1.ytimg.com
 
2014-04-05 07:21:56 PM
They look like a biker gang in an area where a lot of Mexicans/hispanics live.

Quite an effort to get the obesity right along with the clothes as well.
 
2014-04-05 07:22:03 PM

Englebert Slaptyback: iron de havilland

Shame that they like crappy bikes.


Better than no bikes at all.


Ehh...

No.
 
2014-04-05 07:24:03 PM

fusillade762: Libya has Rangers fans. Who knew?


Vaughn Rangers?? Hell, I thought the one guy looked like Prince Fielder, Texas Ranger
 
2014-04-05 07:24:54 PM

kroonermanblack: Hey, biking thread!

Anyone recommend new riding boots?


i.imgur.com

With inbuilt trademark squeak.
 
2014-04-05 07:25:47 PM
I think the guy in the lead is actually wearing a cat mask.

// pink nose
 
2014-04-05 07:27:36 PM

kroonermanblack


Also, anyone here ever wrapped your headers/exhaust? I was thinking of having it done, for the black-black look, as opposed to the chrome on the Bonneville now, which is already blueing up (they're notorious for going blue and then starting to disintegrate).


How's your jetting/mixture? If the engine is running lean, as stock bikes tend to do for emissions, the headers will get hotter and turn blue more quickly. Or is it just something that that model does? (GIS seems to point toward the latter)

Header wraps are fine, but IMO look best on bikes that are a little rough around the edges, like a track bike or a cafe. On your Bonnie I think wraps might look a little odd with the chrome mufflers. If you did an aftermarket exhaust in all black it would look good.
 
2014-04-05 07:28:42 PM

iron de havilland: Englebert Slaptyback: iron de havilland

Shame that they like crappy bikes.


Better than no bikes at all.

Ehh...

No.


On reflection... yeah. I might prefer a Harley to no bike at all. I've used a twist and go scoot for quite a while when my own bike was being worked on.

And a twist and go can still be quite fun on mad back roads.

I'm totally unsure of how a Harley could handle those roads, given that they're two-wheeled tractors designed for attitude over handling, but I'd give it a go.
 
2014-04-05 07:32:06 PM

kroonermanblack: Hey, biking thread!

Anyone recommend new riding boots? I've got some decent wolverines, but want to try something new, maybe a lace up.  Has to have a rubber sole, has to be leather, and has to be at least 5-6" tall. Vastly prefer steel toe.

Obviously I want comfortable, Don't really give a shiat about looks. Not particularly interested in 'riding boots', I typically just wear steel toe work boots.

Also, anyone here ever wrapped your headers/exhaust? I was thinking of having it done, for the black-black look, as opposed to the chrome on the Bonneville now, which is already blueing up (they're notorious for going blue and then starting to disintegrate).

/2013 Bonneville, few thousand miles on it
//First and only new vehicle I've ever bought!
///Rides like a dream


I wrapped the headers on my last bike with black wrap. After a couple of months it'd be faded to grey and need re-wrapped if you wanted them to stay black. But I also ride a fair bit and am not afraid of rain, plus the front pipe got hit with everything off the tire. Also be prepared for the pipes under the wrap to look bad when you take it off. Mine didn't seem to rust any quicker with the wrap, but it did seem to make them look bad. But, they were just plain stainless and not polished to begin with.

As to boots I like Redwings. But to me no matter the brand it's always been worth the price to go to a good shoe store and take the time to get fitted and figure out the best option. The shoes may be more expensive that way but I've never been disappointed that way compared to nearly always disappointed with cheaper boots.
 
2014-04-05 07:32:45 PM

uber humper: fusillade762: Libya has Rangers fans. Who knew?

Vaughn Rangers?? Hell, I thought the one guy looked like Prince Fielder, Texas Ranger


BS.  One guy never looks like Prince Fielder.  It usually takes 3 or 4.
 
2014-04-05 07:33:11 PM
It says "Shahat" but WP says maybe it's https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shahhat

/forests
//who knew
 
2014-04-05 07:33:34 PM

Repo Man: In the comments section of one of Lockk9's Isle of Man videos, some wiseass asked "Why aren't any of them riding Harleys?" I'll admit, I chuckled.


Harley-Ferguson did have some success in certain racing events back in the day, though, didn't they?

And Buell had a fair go at trying to make H-D engines perform a few years back, no?

But H-D would rather sell crappy bikes and lots of accessories instead of bikes that can perform.
 
2014-04-05 07:36:30 PM
Benghazi.
 
2014-04-05 07:38:00 PM
You could drop those photos into a stack from Daytona or Sturgis and no one would bat an eye...
 
2014-04-05 07:38:39 PM

iron de havilland: Shame that they like crappy bikes.


Spotted: one Triumph and one Ducati.  The rest could be generic Japanese cruiser-alikes, which actually aren't all that bad and are a lot less over-priced than the current line of Harley Davidsons who are priced exclusively for retiring baby boomers.
 
2014-04-05 07:39:24 PM

kroonermanblack: Hey, biking thread!

Anyone recommend new riding boots? I've got some decent wolverines, but want to try something new, maybe a lace up.  Has to have a rubber sole, has to be leather, and has to be at least 5-6" tall. Vastly prefer steel toe.

Obviously I want comfortable, Don't really give a shiat about looks. Not particularly interested in 'riding boots', I typically just wear steel toe work boots.

Also, anyone here ever wrapped your headers/exhaust? I was thinking of having it done, for the black-black look, as opposed to the chrome on the Bonneville now, which is already blueing up (they're notorious for going blue and then starting to disintegrate).

/2013 Bonneville, few thousand miles on it
//First and only new vehicle I've ever bought!
///Rides like a dream


I can't recommend Redwing boots highly enough. They're a bit expensive though.
http://www.redwingshoes.com/red-wing-shoe/914-red-wing-shoes/914-red -w ing-mens-8-inch-boot-brown
 
2014-04-05 07:40:04 PM

JeffreyScott: FTA: Fakhri's goal is to improve the image of the biking culture with the Libyan people and the police.

[www.aljazeera.com image 850x571]

If you really want to improve the image of biking culture, you can start by removing those Farking skeleton masks!


Yea, and stop blocking all of that traffic behind them.
 
2014-04-05 07:40:38 PM

iron de havilland


On reflection... yeah. I might prefer a Harley to no bike at all. I've used a twist and go scoot for quite a while when my own bike was being worked on.


Glad you decided to reconsider. :-)

Harleys aren't my thing, but it's not what people ride - IMO it's more important that they ride.
 
2014-04-05 07:41:18 PM

TheOther: uber humper: fusillade762: Libya has Rangers fans. Who knew?

Vaughn Rangers?? Hell, I thought the one guy looked like Prince Fielder, Texas Ranger

BS.  One guy never looks like Prince Fielder.  It usually takes 3 or 4.


I was taking the motorcycle into consideration
 
2014-04-05 07:41:58 PM
The triumph 2200 is a great scoot, but I prefer my supercharged (LaMonster) honda valkyrie over any of them 10.2 quarter mile at 800 lbs of bike and 160 lbs of driver (not me I am 215 and don't have the guts to go that fast)
 
2014-04-05 07:48:30 PM
Positive North American imagery in a recreation story from Lybia?

So when do gas prices come down?
 
2014-04-05 07:52:16 PM
I see a lot of non-riders running off at the mouth in this thread. Like Englebert Slaptyback said It's not what you ride, it's that you ride. Personally I like all bikes but prefer Harley-Davidson.

img.fark.net
 
2014-04-05 07:56:31 PM

Englebert Slaptyback: iron de havilland

On reflection... yeah. I might prefer a Harley to no bike at all. I've used a twist and go scoot for quite a while when my own bike was being worked on.


Glad you decided to reconsider. :-)

Harleys aren't my thing, but it's not what people ride - IMO it's more important that they ride.


Yeah. I've taken a slagging for riding a twist and go, in times of need.

My biggest issue with H-D is that most of their riders are born agains or weekend warriors who want to project an image of being hardcore.

From 1999 to 2010, I only had a bike licence. And I did bikes every day, whatever the season, to get where I needed to go.

My own personal bias suggests that most H-D owners would not get on with that lifestyle.
 
2014-04-05 07:56:48 PM
So Libya has a bunch of fat, middle aged men that are trying really hard to act tough when they're not working their white collar jobs? And they need to wake up everyone in the middle of the night by showing how much noise their vehicle can make because they're not getting enough attention?
 
2014-04-05 08:03:22 PM

img.fark.netEnglebert Slaptyback: it's more important that they ride.

 
2014-04-05 08:24:44 PM

marius2: So Libya Arizona has a bunch of fat, middle aged men that are trying really hard to act tough when they're not working their white collar jobs? And they need to wake up everyone in the middle of the night by showing how much noise their vehicle can make because they're not getting enough attention?


I can attest to the affirmative
 
2014-04-05 08:37:14 PM

AbiNormal: I see a lot of non-riders running off at the mouth in this thread. Like Englebert Slaptyback said It's not what you ride, it's that you ride. Personally I like all bikes but prefer Harley-Davidson.

[img.fark.net image 850x1133]


Mostly because Harley has the massive cult following of people who don't ride but buy the bikes, want the lifestyle, etc.  You don't see a lot of that on people riding 93 Honda Nighthawks.  It's not even about pretentiousness or anything inflated, they're just obnoxious.

NBSV: I wrapped the headers on my last bike with black wrap. After a couple of months it'd be faded to grey and need re-wrapped if you wanted them to stay black. But I also ride a fair bit and am not afraid of rain, plus the front pipe got hit with everything off the tire. Also be prepared for the pipes under the wrap to look bad when you take it off. Mine didn't seem to rust any quicker with the wrap, but it did seem to make them look bad. But, they were just plain stainless and not polished to begin with.


Pretty much what I do as well, but my daily round trip is like 10 miles (hey, I moved close to work, I hate commutes). I wouldn't mind the unwrap being gnarly, but having to rewrap is a nonstart for me, I don't do stuff and then have to turn around and redo it in 6 months if I don't have to.

Englebert Slaptyback: How's your jetting/mixture? If the engine is running lean, as stock bikes tend to do for emissions, the headers will get hotter and turn blue more quickly. Or is it just something that that model does? (GIS seems to point toward the latter)


It's stock, so I'm not sure. But the design of the bike/headers basically predisposes them to blue. To eek out emissions Triumph does something that I can't quite remember correctly, which involves feeding a little fuel/spark back into the exhaust and recombusting any non-combusted gas/fuel, which makes the immediate exit into the headers hot-hot-hot.  In the old carb models you could remove it, but I have a fuel injected model, so can't work around that.

The blues don't really bother me, I just thought it would look kinda cool wrapped.  Not really that interested in picking up an aftermarket exhaust, either. Do they make any that are quiet? I don't do loud pipes. There's no correlation between decibel level and safety, but there is a strong studied link between noise fatigue and hearing damage. So quieter the better.

iron de havilland: kroonermanblack: Hey, biking thread!

Anyone recommend new riding boots?

[i.imgur.com image 703x576]

With inbuilt trademark squeak.


I've thought about it. Had a friend who used to track bike, and basically all his PPE saved his life/body (he was in a halo for 6+ months kind of bad). My riding is basically daily driver kind of stuff, up and down the back roads. I wear my jacket and helmet and gloves, but mostly forgo pants and assume that a pair of good leather boots will be enough for most of my risk scenarios.

I like being able to walk around after getting wherever I'm going (I use a bike as a car replacement, not as a 'drive 400 miles in one day for the fun of it' thing). Are those boots livable for actually walking in? Like if I wanted to take the bike 3 miles down to the atrium, and then walk through the 2 mile trail looking at flowers, would I want to farking shoot myself half way through, or would it be pleasant?
 
2014-04-05 08:49:43 PM

Ex-Texan: Thought they were talking about "bikers", not these lardasses on higher powered Hoverrounds.


www.owned.com
 
2014-04-05 09:01:11 PM

marius2: So Libya has a bunch of fat, middle aged men that are trying really hard to act tough when they're not working their white collar jobs? And they need to wake up everyone in the middle of the night by showing how much noise their vehicle can make because they're not getting enough attention?


Nobody hipped me to that, Dude.
ts1.mm.bing.net
 
2014-04-05 09:14:40 PM
It's interesting that when people talk shiat about bikers they are always a safe distance away.
 
2014-04-05 09:20:20 PM

AbiNormal: I see a lot of non-riders running off at the mouth in this thread. Like Englebert Slaptyback said It's not what you ride, it's that you ride. Personally I like all bikes but prefer Harley-Davidson.

[img.fark.net image 850x1133]


Instant biker, just add water.
 
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