"Yamaha" - it's Japanese for "fuck your sports car."
To each their own. You are what you eat.
I guess I should add some smileys and shit...
This discussion is very similar to hearing non riders says "Oooohh... you shouldn't ride motorcycles - don't you know how DANGEROUS they are???" Like we're oblivious or something.
Hey, it's dull in the bike forums this time of year.
I used to ride year-round. It was my only transportation for quite some time.
I clearly recall the exact moment I decided I needed a car:
It was near years day; I was heavily hung-over, the snow was falling, and it was beginning to stick. And I needed TP. You could say there was a massive shit-storm a'brewin down in bowel-town.
So, off I went. You see, with an average backpack, fetching TP is a single-purpose mission - nothing else fits, so you better have food squared away for later, or you'll be making two trips.
So there I was. Cold, soggy, frozen and.. hungover. And traffic wasn't moving. At all. The light went green, cars did not move. I was cold and without patience, so i opted for the pass. On the icey part of the road, in the sleet and the snow.
The back end stepped out to a near 90 degree angle as I passed the cars infront - I had a perfect view of someone's grandmother asleep at the wheel, crocheting herself some nice knitted diapers. I passed her like that, and she looked up to see me go by, and just had this smug little smile as she reached over and fingered me. It was then and there that I decided riding in the winter is just pointless.
You see, my balls were solidified not by my choice to ride in pure winter weather, but because they were literally frozen to the side of my leg. That's it. No other machismo is granted to all-weather riders.
Your bones grow cold and muscles stiffen. The ride can not be enjoyed for the sake of riding, but rather a perverse sense of "I'm out here and no one else is doing this". Well there's good reason why no one else is doing it.
Because it's a stupid, pointless, risky, and just NOT FUN.
"I dread beyond all else the growth of the petty tyranny of restrictive legislation, the transference of disciplinary authority from the judiciary to the constabulary, the abandonment of every constitutional safeguard of individual liberty."
1 for evolved. Good story DNA, well written and more importantly, made me laugh. 9/10.
My wife is happy (rolls eyes) to carpool when it's just too ugly out to ride. Doesn't happen often, though. I think it's fun pretty much all the time, barring ice and sticking snow. I never looked forward to the commute in a car.
Riding your bike in traffic is a pain in the ass even when it's warm out! At least you can hit up some backroads, head to the mountains south, east or west. When it's this time of the season, where the hell are you going, no-where fun that's for sure!!
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Law of Logical Argument - "Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about"Originally Posted by MagneticSouth on ADVRider.com
To quote Dirty Harry: A good man always knows his limitations. Yesterday a buddy and I rode down 91/99 to White Rock. Found a sunny patio, sat outside, had lunch, and ripped it back to the city. Nothing fancy, just a ride. With the heated vest plugged-in it didn't even feel cold. Would we have gone canyon-carving @ 6°C? Not on your life...
200 miles before breakfast...
@DNA - nice post. It had the tone of one of those detective stories/skits - low lit set, dame in a long skirt etc...... All spoken in first person. Well done.
This year, I booked in for 7 months, which took me to early November. Between work, family commitments and garbage weather, I basically didn't get on it after Oct 15th. The days I could get out, was pissing rain or frozen up overnight. If that's your gig, go for it, but for me, it's an unnecessary risk.
Gettin' ready for ski season.
Picking up a lady for a first date on a nice July afternoon with your bike.... thumbs up.
Going on a 3 day trip to the Okanagan and visiting wineries in August with your bike... thumbs up
Riding with your lady 2 up on a freezing cold/raining/snowy (your pick) December day to go get groceries... thumbs down
Bikes to me are toys. I have a dog, a wife and a life.... Bikes are merely one small part of it.
There's no need for name calling but people that don't ride in the rain are probably the same people that complain about getting heat stroke once the weather temperature starts climbing above 20 degrees ..
If I had to vote I certainly wouldn't say they are more evolved. How do you even call yourself a motorcyclist out here if you don't ride in the rain? Every trip I go means spending some time riding in the rain, hell my best race results come in the rain. once you get past getting wet, riding in the rain is no big deal. Riding in the rain. yes. Riding in the freezing cold with ice.. no.
Some people are like Slinkies ...
Not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.
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