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Old 29th January 2020
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'What do you get when you buy a bike'

I got a very large hole and a shovel when I bought mine.
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I always got more adventure, more experience and more self-satisfaction. All the new places, new and different people, and the comaraderie can't be bought.
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fact is...
riding is the thing more closer to fly...
a motorbike... is the holistic device more closer to a bird

here we are discussing about people who spent money to buy bikes that are not worth it...

but maybe it's the same thing
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I'm not sure I understand the question...I bought my first cycle in 1968; had three Nortons, two Triumphs, one BSA, six Hondas, one Kawasaki, and two Harleys...Always have had at least one; had five at once two times...

I owned the Triumph Bonneville twelve years, and the Harley XR-1000 twelve years...When I rode by a storefront, I'd look in the reflection to see if the cycle looked as good as I thought it did...

I've mostly worn a half-helmet, and my prescription glasses...I keep growing out of black leather jackets, but not the 5-star general jackets (like Johnny in The Wild One)...

I was in the military seventeen years, in gov't 29 years...Never wore my hair long or had a beard...There's lots of poseurs around here; they dress like movie cycle outlaws and ride from bar to bar...Not my style...

I like to ride but there's increasingly fewer places to ride to...And teenage girls talking/texting on their phones at 55mph scare the crap out of me...

I guess what I get when I buy a cycle is the memories...
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credit card bikers, all new shit, go down the block and fall over, bring bike in for an oil change, bar to bar riders, got cell phone holder on bars next to stereo infotainment center. I ride to get away from that crap. if it doesn't have a kicker I don't like it, been on two wheels since 64, nothing like riding something in your golden years that you rode and wrenched as a teenager hahahaha, still need to find that 60 CH I had for a dirtbike as a kid hahahaha.
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How did any of us get started riding?

I had very little knowledge about motorcycles when I bought my first bike. I had ridden my brother's street bike but wasn't old enough to ride on the street.

Because of my rocky start I don't care how someone starts riding. As long as it's two wheels (or three) then I consider them a brother rider and wave at them as we pass on the road.

For new riders I STRONGLY recommend rider training to advance your skills and for many years of riding enjoyment. I wish I had rider training at the start. I also wish I had spent some time on a small dirt bike. There is no better place to explore low traction and balance, and throttle control skills.

To me, riding isn't the motorcycle, it's the skill set you use no matter what you're on be it 50cc scooter or V8 Boss Hog.

If your self image requires you to ride specific motorcycles, then what distinguishes you from other people who are trying to full fill what they imagine?
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My ancestors were nomadic horsemen from central asian steppes;so the motorcycle will help out the genetical itchiness for my own fast mobility;also provides a good playground for the technical skills & interests.On the other hand,these beautifully crafted internal combustion engines will provide physically good vibrations for the brain...if everything is spinning in specs.,he-he.
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I figure there are riders and owners and I'm lumping us into the former category.
All but two of mine have been basket cases so maybe I can call myself a builder too.
I figure you buy a bike to ride, not to have.

Appearances are what the other person sees, not what we are. I'm pushing 75 and look it but that doesn't give a hint as to what I've seen, done, know how to do, or plan on doing in the future.
A good friend once said he knew I'd been a model in my younger days. I think his exact comment was; "Oh yeah, I've seen you in a lot of Before pictures".
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One thing I might add to all of this is that:

I've been addicted to bikes for over half a century. I suspect it's never going to leave me alone now. As I look around me at people I know my age what I can see is this:

Some people develop a passion for something in their lives. In my case motorcycles but it could be playing a sport or gardening or .... whatever.
It's the people who don't develop a passion along the way that really suffer when they retire. They wander around aimlessly looking for something "interesting" to do. But nothing holds their interest for very long.

What happens to too many of those people is they eventually start interfering in other peoples lives to keep themselves occupied.

No matter what else is going on I always have some work that can be done in my workshop. There's always some adjustment to be done, some part to be replaced or ordered, some previous mistake to be rectified, some improvement to be made.
Or I can go for a ride.
Or I can just sit and look at them.

Some part of the human brain is wired to keep me interested in beautiful women and bikes on a perpetual basis.
It never wears out.
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In the dead of winter, when it’s too cold for me to want to go out on the bike, I go down into the dungeon and fondle my carburetor collection! It’s a sickness that only you guys could understand.
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