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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 04-12-2009, 11:07 AM Thread Starter
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What do you love about bikes?

The following was in the September 2007 issue of Cycle World magazine. Ripped from another board but I wanted to pass it along.

Love Machine - The Why of Riding
By Peter Jones

I love old bikes for what they were and new bikes for what they are. I love the romance of kick starts and the convenience of starter buttons. I love bikes with more power than I sometimes have the discretion to use properly. I love passing cars where no car can pass. I love how motorcycles keep getting quicker, if not faster. I love the feeling of freedom and power the bike gives me.

I love the responsibility of riding smartly. I love being alone on a motorcycle. I love riding in groups. I love how motorcycles make me feel like the hero I’m not. I love that riding a motorcycle means I might be half as cool as Steve McQueen.

I love that motorcycles are confusing to non-bikers. I love how being a biker is to be a member of a special club. I love how bad girls are turned on by guys who ride bikes. I love how good girls are turned on by guys who ride bikes.

I love how a motorcycle is the cheapest way to go racing–road racing, drag racing, dirt racing, and all racing. I love choppers. I love sportbikes. I love riding down a long road to nowhere. I love riding too fast down curvy roads. I love the boom of Singles. the bellow of Twins, the In-A-Gadda-DaVida beat of Triples, the screams of Fours and Sixes…I’d love the sound of a five-cylinder if someone made one. I love complex valvetrains. I love fully adjustable upside-down forks. I love modifying a perfectly good bike into a beastly machine that’s a pain to ride.

I love putting on my leathers. I love hanging out in leathers, but only if I have a bike nearby. I love girls who ride…in leathers. I love attending roadracing events. I love the sound of a bike taken to redline in every single gear. I love the thrill. the look, the art, the feel, the smell, the taste, the sensual adventure of motorcycles.

I love wide tires. I love spoked rims. I love magnesium wheels. I love being able to pick up an engine with my own two arms that can take me to speeds more than twice any legal limit. I love doing stoppies. I love dragging my knees through turns. I love two-fingered braking even more. I love my memories of the Syracuse Mile. I love the hints of crazy hope that emanated from Jimmy Adamo every time he threw his leg over a Ducati. I love the stunning artistic beauty of the 1974 Laverda 750 SFC.

I love 70-year old bikers who ride like there’s no tomorrow. I love watching the road fly by just below my feet. I love standing on the pegs and seeing the front tire go ’round. I love riding a bike as fast as it will possibly go. I love going 140 mph for three minutes straight (that’s 6.99 miles). I love riding with no particular place to go. I love that being a biker means something, even if I don’t always like what it means to some. I love how bikes have connected me with people acoss the country and worldwide. I love hanging out at motorcycle nights. I love the foolish hell of Daytona Bike Week. I love saying aloud the mysteriously promising names GiaCaMoto, Yoshimura, Yoshima, Dunstall and Ferracci.

I love clip-ons and rearsets. I love loud pipes. I love tight racing gloves. I love wearing black leather. I love wearing leather of loud colors. I love going 175 mph with only the dyed skin of a dead cow between me and planet Earth. I love riding bikes and writing about them. I love hanging in the streets of L.A. with other bikers. I love riding the mountains of North Carolina. I love walking through seas of parked bikes. I love motorcycling’s brave history. I love taking girls for rides. I love how children stare in wonder at motorcycles. I love riding in any mountains. I love riding across the desert. I love splitting lanes in California. I love washing and polishing my own motorcycle. I love visiting bike shops in whatever state or country I’m in. I love doing that for no special reason at all. I love dragging the pegs and bags of cruisers. I love customizing bikes. I love admiring someone else’s customized bike. I love lightweight 600 cc sportbikes. I love heavy sportbikes with insanely excessive power–I love those very much, thank you. I love riding around the Grattan racecourse outside Grand Rapids, Michigan. I love the streets of Willow.

I love holding modern, thin, lightweight. chemically coated pistons in my hand.I love the chatter of flatslides. I love the rattle of a dry clutch. I love the intake honk of big bikes. I love the crisp rasp of an open exhaust. I love the beastly booming brutish bellow of a big Vee’s low-end torque. I love the risks of riding. I love 90-degree Twins. I also love 45- and 60-degree Twins. I even love parallel Twins. I guess I love Twins. I love old GSX-Rs. I love the feeling of anticipation while rolling a motorcycle out of the garage on a cool morning.. I love the smell of burning two-stroke oil any time of day. I love the conspicuous mechanics of motorcycles. I love the stance of a bike resting on a rear stand. I love the insane hubris of the Isle of Man. I love riding ratty old bike that remind me of my original thrill of motorcycling.I love bob-jobs. I love re-reading old motorcycling magazines. I love collecting stickers from aftermarket companies.

I love how motorcycling makes travel intimate. I love how a bike gives me an immediate feel of subtle changes in temperature. I love wearing full-face helmets, because I’ve used every inch of the exterior of them at one time or another. I love how, on a bike, each of my limbs has controls of its own. I love right-side-shifting bikes. I love riding for days on end. I love hiding under a bridge during a thunderstorm. I love how riding clears my head. I love bike clubs. I love motorcycle movies. I love parking on a mountain summit and staring at my bike’s engine. I love machine-billet brake calipers. I love windowed case covers. I love how a motorcycle is sometimes a preposterous “deus ex machina”. I love the echo of a drive chain on tight left-hand curves. I love the technological efficiency of modern sportbikes. I love the simplicity of old naked bikes. I love the imposing nastiness of rat bikes. I love the mystery, romance and sex appeal of motorcycles. I love how bikes make me dream. I love how bikes make me who I am. I love how a motorcycle is never just a motorcycle. I love motorcycles.
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It has to be the thrill for me. Leaning the bike around corners at speed is like no other thrill you can experience. Plain and simple, it's just fun! The sound of the Vtwin engine also helps.

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The sound of a well piped out v-twin and the way that all else just fades to black when you ride and 100% focus is on the ride as you really cannot afford to think of anything else when leaned over at speed

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If I had to explain, you wouldn't understand.
Yep, that sums it up very nicely.

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Yep, that sums it up very nicely.


LOL......


That translates to.... I am not articulate enough to explain it.






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100% focus is on the ride as you really cannot afford to think of anything else when leaned over at speed


1/2 right brother Bug.



Focus.... on ONE single task.... the rest of the world irrelevant.

( in this stupid ADD multi-tasking world we live in, that is an accomplishment )



And for that moment... you and the task in time......alone.


That's the juice right there..... yep..... that's the juice.




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LOL......


That translates to.... I am not articulate enough to explain it.






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LOL......


That translates to.... I am not articulate enough to explain it.






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to much to list, the adrenallin rush i get as the rpms climb, freedom, to much to list

but the reason i ride and the big reason i love it above everything...

The complete state of zen i get when im riding, whether its by my self or with a few buddies, for that moment in time while im riding every care in the world is gone......its ultimate peace of mind.

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