Motorbikes....what am I missing.

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  1. buttons

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    Motorbikes apart from being easy to carry on your motorhome I have never seen the attraction, they are uncomfortable wet cold windy noisy, you cant ride them without a helmet they smell, list of negatives goes on. What is the attraction?
    I enjoy fast cars and speed but I'm afraid that motorbikes dont do it for me at all.
    What is the attraction of a motorbike........:)
     
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  2. MichelleRyall

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    Heathen :D:D:D
     
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    Sounds like you've never ridden one, as for speed you don't know the meaning in your car. It's all about the sensation, even my Honda 125 scooter is faster than almost any car at 0 - 30.

    The thrill!
     
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  4. PeteH

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    Oh!! Dear! another Gassing / A Framing type thread coming on I fear?.

    Pete
     
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    Bikes are like marmite
    You love em or hate em
    I've had bikes most of my life ( started off road at about 12 so 50 years ago & I love them( but hate marmite), Though they've become less attractive as I've got older.
     
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  6. PeteH

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    Yeh, well mine had to go when the old "Arthur"(itis) got to the wrists and knees. the last year it did just 43 miles between MOT`s. Any one want a Jacket (BoBo) and Bib trousers 44 chest 34 waist (not sure of the inside leg!!)?

    Pete
     
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    If you like fast cars it's a bit the same but many times better/more involving than a car, you are not sat in or even on something with a vague involvement you are an integral part of the process, lift a wrist dip an elbow move a knee and the machine responds.

    As has been said its hard to describe to somebody that has not ridden.

    Little bikes and scooters on the back or in the garage are freedom for people that don't have a caravan and tow car.

    Martin
     
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  8. Judge Mental

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    It's to dangerous..many young men end up with hortific injuries, lost limbs etc...was in a large old fashioned ward years ago after a car accident. And everyone in there except me was a biker.. Some completly f*****" up....something i will never forget.
     
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  9. Minxy Girl

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    Depends what you have I suppose and how you look after it, some can be smelly, most are not.

    One big advantage is being able to get from A to B quicker as you don't have to sit in traffic jams as you can go down the side of the vehicles (safely) and cut out a lot of waiting about - an absolute godsend for commuting into cities/in rush hour. Easy to park too and usually no parking costs.

    Downsides, you get wet if it rains but that's why you have waterproofs, no 'heating' in cold weather so you have to make up for it with warmer clothes, this can be great unless you have to stop anywhere for a length of time and it gets sunny ... as you can then soon 'cook' in them!

    Like all vehicles, at times they are the best mode of transport for the situation, at others they aren't. It is nice though on a lovely summer day to go for a ride in the countryside along some nice winding roads to have a bit of fun.
     
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  10. Minxy Girl

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    I believe the medical profession refer to bikers as "organ donors"!
     
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  11. buttons

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    I sometimes hire a bike or scooter in sunnier parts but only for the convenience of getting around. You could have a bike that reaches 100 in 2 seconds it is pointless nobody can see you through your helmet and car drivers are just not interested in how fast your two wheels can go, they are just grateful that you get out of their way as fast as possible. :)
     
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    When I was 16 wanted a bike like all my mates, Dad would not come through with any money, so I said sod you and got a job weekends and holidays to raise the funds. I worked all hours as a hospital porter in in local specialist orthopaedic hospital. Earned the money but never bought a bike.
    This was in 62, the wards were full of either old men with long term issues or young men who had fallen off bikes. The treatments were basic and after pushing many to theatre for leg amputations the attraction of biking wore off. Nearly all of the guys claimed that it was a car driver that caused the problem and not their fault. But the X-ray of a foot/ankle crushed between a bike and 60's car bumper was not a pretty site and from those days forward I have never ridden on a bike, not even at last years Thetford Bash moped race, some things just stay with you!
     
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    So do horse riders, mountaineers, car drivers, cyclists, pedestrians, etc etc, get the idea?...........
     
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    I know how to calculate risk thanks......
     
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    That all sounds perfectly logical MinxyGirl I cant disagree with the commuting part but cars are just as enjoyable on a sunny day and you dont need all that kit on to drive one.:)
     
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    It's simple.....

    Driving a car is like watching the Film..
    Riding a motorcycle is like being in it!..
     
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    I'm told its not about who sees you, not about what they think of your speed. It's how you become at one with the bike, the adrenalin, the freedom, the speed. Guess its in your blood or it isn't.
     
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    Sit in your car with a cigarette (while it is still allowed) and the smoke travels straight upwards, even when going at sixty miles an hour. No sense of speed. On a motor bike at 60 mph the wind in your face shows you how fast you are travelling.

    It is that feeling of movement, acceleration and the requirement to control the bike with your body, not via a steering wheel with no feedback, that enthuses motorbikes.

    If you have never tried it you can't understand.

    The most dangerous thing about riding a motorbike is the car driver with the cheery greeting "Sorry mate, didn't see you" after pulling out across your path.

    I know it's not practical but, if everyone had to ride a motorbike or scooter for a year before being allowed to drive a car, they would appreciate how dangerous they can make roads for other users. Riding in a tin car doesn't make you invulnerable. It just makes you think you are.
     
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    It must become more difficult as you get older to get your leg over.......:)
     
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  20. Minxy Girl

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    True to an extent but riding a bike isn't the same as driving a car - you are more 'aware' of your surroundings on a bike and feel more part of it all ... difficult to describe to a non-biker ... however now we've got a Smart cabrio hopefully driving around in the sumemr with the top down will feel just as good!
     
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