Why not just buy a motorcycle?

Discussion in 'Motorized Bicycle General Discussion' started by Rnroutlaw, Nov 16, 2008.

  1. Weedylot

    Weedylot Angry Old Fart

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    Like Deacon I like to be a little more in touch with the world around me when I ride. I can legally ride/pedal it in/on paths designated "Bicycle Only". I get 100 miles to the gallon. At rush hour I can get somewhere sometimes faster than a MC because I can use the bike lanes with the engine off (or just fake pedal) and because the chicks dig it. :D
     
  2. 2door

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    Been there and did it. Like a lot of us I too had motorcycles in my younger days. So, I've had my highway fun and thrills and at my age, I don't need 'em now. Then came my introduction to these funny little bikes we all ride and I got mine on the road just days before I went to part time employment, with full time retirement on the near horizon. My two weekdays off are essentially mine to do with what I choose. I have chores and home projects to attend to but I'm able to devote quite a few hours a week to riding my bike. Much has already been said about the advantages and my input will only mirror most of them. So I'll just add that when I ride...I'm relaxed. Ive been driving an 80 mile a day commute for nearly fifteen years, highway speeds, traffic and the associated stress. I have none of that on my MB. I cruise around at 15 or 20MPH, wave at the neighbors and the kids. Stop to watch a guy and his dog play ball in the park. I watch the sunsets and go to the library, all with a stress free state of mind that this simple little vehicle has awarded me.
    It's common knowledge that pets, especially dogs are good for the mental and physical wellbeing...I submit that MBs will do the same. At least mine has for me. I've noticed it, my wife has too. I go for a ride...and come home with a smile. Thanks to my motorbike.
     
  3. mechanickid

    mechanickid New Member

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    i started out wanting a moped, cause they're... well i guess you could say "romantic" (not in a boy/girl way) but an engine on a bike is even more so.
    i've thought about getting a motorcycle too, but it seams like it would spoil half the fun, like getting the cheats to a game. i think a shifter kit is plenty of a step up for me.
     
  4. whosworkinthegrill

    whosworkinthegrill New Member

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    I ride a 165hp. motorcycle everyday and its just two different things. The motorized bicycle has its purpose's and when you get your first ride you will be hooked. If you wonder why not just get a Motorcycle then just get both.
     
  5. old motorbike

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    Hit the nail on the head
     
  6. Retmachinist

    Retmachinist New Member

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    I aree with almost all of the above. I have had six motorcycles over the years. Had a great time with them, but now I am hooked on the MB's. The fun of building them, upgradeing them and all the people that stare and flag you over so they can take a look. You gota love it!
     
  7. jasonh

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    To be honest, that gets a little old after a while. Sometimes when I'm on my way home from work, I just want to get home, and not deal with anybody.:crash:
     
  8. Pablo

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    With all the complicated **** in my life and all the rush and hubbub - the simple answer: A motorcycle is not easy. A motorized bike is.
     
  9. old motorbike

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    The only problem is here the traffic and lack of bike lanes. I need to sneak the sidewalk a lot to keep from being squashed. Also need a seat spring post from the bumps.
    My motorcycle is my (Lamborghini), but the M.B. has it's own appeal that attracts me to ride it (different) from the motorcycle.
    Even though the motorcycle is fast and fancy, the M.B. has it's own attraction, it just begs to be taken out for a quick spin.
    The more simple it is, the better I like it.
    No big engine, fancy paint, (not even that clean).
     

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  10. Retmachinist

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    It doesn't really bother me if someone want's to take a look at the bike. I'm usually not in any big hurry anymore since I retired.
     
  11. drhofferber

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    with a lot of walking dead people...keep having fun, its the cheapest thing you can do...dennis
     
  12. Dan

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    With the "just don't get it" folks (why not just get a...) If I bother trying to explain it, "Remember the first time you took a cloths pin and a baseball card and stuck it in the spokes?" Some times you see their eyes light up.

    The motorcycle/scooter thing does nothing for me. LOL, I just don't get it. But most folks into this are a wee bit different.

    I guess it boils down to asking a golfer why not basket ball. Just don't get what another sees as art. Eye of the beholder and all that.

    Maybe that is it, and has been said. motorized bicycle riding is a DIY, cheap, functional hobby. But above all a blast to ride/tinker/create.
     
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  13. Bikeguy Joe

    Bikeguy Joe Godfather of Motorized Bicycles

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    I have a motorized bike or two, a scooter, and a road bike, all fulfill different needs so to speak.

    Dan your last paragraph says it best.
     
  14. jasonh

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    Totally. I don't think my wife would let me tear down a motorcycle and paint it and all that. Well, maybe, if it was a cheaper used one. But not the '08 Ninja250 I'd like to buy....
     
  15. ZnsaneRyder

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    I like that you can ride on the sidewalk, or you can pass 30+ cars at an intersection by using the bike lane.

    You can't do that on a motorcycle.
     

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