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Why We ride.

Just watched the movie "Why we ride" - awesome; really enjoyed it!

Thought it might be fun to do our own thread about what we get from riding bikes and perhaps sharing some memories:

For me, bikes have been a never ending journey. I always find that people I meet who ride bikes have a way of thinking that encompasses more freedom than the norm. The assault on the senses, where I can feel the speed through the air rushing past me, changes in temperature as I weave through a climbing mountain road, or go into a shaded part of the route. Dropping an elbow as I commit to a corner and remembering I'm using my entire body to pilot this machine... which has more acceleration and can make more effective use of the road than pretty much anything else sharing it with me.
The roar of the exhausts. The ability to brake from very fast to what feels like ridiculously slow speeds, before opening the throttle again once it's safe - and getting quickly up to what others may think are ridiculous speeds, but actually feels safe.
Tinkering and improving machines, so I learn what makes the most difference and can enjoy looking at the bike created. I can't draw or paint as well as my 5 year old daughter, but tinkering is my art.
I am committed to making sure my kids can ride well... so that when I can no longer, then they can take me for a ride and I can enjoy the wind rushing by with them at the front.

Miss my SP. Looking forward to riding in the spring!

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Was it worth renting? Keep seeing it on apple tv.

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Was it worth renting? Keep seeing it on apple tv.
YES!

I saw it recently when a local ladies mc presented it at a nearby theater.
The house was packed with riders of all bikes(even met a fellow 51 rider)

The atmosphere was great, and the movie didn't disappoint. Grown biker's cheering and weeping freely. I would definitely recommend it

Riding a motorcycle for me has always been my release. My drug that allows me to escape whatever ails me at the time. My first memories in life include bikes. My father was an biker. Having several different ones over the years....HD, Kawi's, Honda.

As a young boy my parent used my bike as a teaching tool. respect and responsibility= you get to ride your bike. I feel it helped shape me into the well rounded adult that i eventually became

But seriously...The passion i have for motorcycles was a gift from my father and i encourage anyone with children to share this gift with them!!

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The passion i have for motorcycles was a gift from my father and i encourage anyone with children to share this gift with them!!

This is right out of my mind, I also was gifted the love of motorcycles from my father... we both enjoy building our own unique machines.
My oldest son ( 5 ) is just taking an interest now... and my youngest son ( 2 ) is well on his way as well.

Have not seen the movie, but will check it out ( when I ever find time ) We do not have cable here ( rots the mind ) so will have to go and rent it or buy online.

Thanks for posting up Stig.

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It's worth buying, I think. I had tears in my eyes from some of the heart tugging things on it. I want to see if I can get my wife to sit through it with me and understand the passion bikes can nurture within.

Some time ago I put up a thread asking how people got into bikes here - and most of the responses had the same reason. It was people's parents that taught them. One girl who was rebuilding her bike with her husband said it the clearest; her father always made sure she was having fun. when playing or tinkering with bikes.

Our daughter likes riding sitting on the tank of my KMX200 & holding onto the cross bar, whilst I hug her with my legs. In Bali our family transport was the same as the locals. One scooter for the 4 of us and she loved that (She was 3 at the time and our son less than a year old).... when in Rome do as....



My son already has more than a healthy interest in cars and bikes, although he cries and runs away when the SP2 starts!
Whenever I'm tinkering with something he wants to be there too, taking my allen keys and sockets and trying to fit them somewhere. Recently changed Carlos' front spindle bolt and couldn't find the old one.... he'd inserted it into my rearset & I only found it when looking at a picture I posted here after fitting the Dymags.

He has so much fun I can't bring myself to get annoyed when I find he's lost a few tools along the way...Or find myself at a loose end without a component I need to finish something. I always find a way...
He's 2 and clearly doesn't yet understand. What's important is that he enjoys playing with these things now I think & building an interest.

Over the last month we took down a lot of useless forest trees and I find myself day-dreaming of building a track around our home for him to ride on when he's older. It'll happen in a few years. I just know he's gonna love tearing around the place. Will be a good way for him to socialise with his buddies as he grows up too. Hoping my daughter takes a similar interest, but she's clearly much less interested..... for now.

For sure; introduce them young. I love the idea of my kids taking me for rides & drives when I'm older and unable to do it myself. The movie was inspiring indeed. Everybody should watch it.

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My step dad HATED anything motorcycle. So did my wife of 17 years. It's nothing but pure tenacity that I didn't give up on owning a motorcycle someday. I ALWAYS wanted to ride.
So, after being a husband and father for nearly 25 years of my adult life, I finally bought my first dirt bike at age 45. That was nine years, two dirt bikes, and 4 street bikes ago.
Today, I put about 150 miles on my RC51 on some of my favorite familiar canyon twisties here where I live in northern CA. I've been riding and enjoying this bike now for 3 years and about 20,000 miles.
I still feel very privileged to be lucky enough to ride, handle, and enjoy this bike! I bet I'm every bit as happy as any millionaire out there. And I'm only a hundredaire.

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Just earlier tonight, I took my son on his first ride! It was sooooo much fun, he had an absolute blast! He is obsessed with everything motorcycle related. I too was introduced to dirtbikes at age 3 by my father, and here I am introducing my son at 19 months. He sat on the front, and immediately grabbed the handlebars and started saying "vroom vroom". Then he proceeded to copy dad's hand motions on the throttle with his right hand on the handlebars. Super great! We rode in this field by our house for about an hour, just puttin' around in circles. I've never seen him so excited and yet so serious at the same time. He was so intrigued by the motions and sounds and what not. It was truly amazing! This is why I ride!

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Awesome!
Great to see another dad doing the same as I've done with my daughter. For a whole hour - triple awesome for him too!

I think I need to take my son on his first ride when it gets warmer.

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Bought the DVD.
Kinda wished it was in the vein of On Any Sunday, but in its own right, its a good documentary. Very well done.
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Great thread

Without going into an autobiography, my summary moment comes from a question Dad posed for me when I bought the R6. It was my third bike, with more than double the power of either of the first two (81 Suzuki GS450 and an 82 Yamaha XJ750), and the first brand-new anything I'd ever bought, and I was having major indecision episodes over whether I should pull the trigger. After discussion at great length regarding all the logical junk, Dad asked the critical question:

Does it give you a hard-on?

Yup, it did.

So I was advised to...and did...buy it

Motorcycles just do it for me, they're a machine that commands full focus and respect, and a machine that not everyone is capable of controlling. As beautifully phrased by The Stig, the assault on the senses achieved on a motorcycle is unique. The rush of piloting a bike into a corner on a racetrack, feeling the wind hit as your whole body is in the airstream and seeing nothing but the track ahead of you as if the bike weren't even there, must be something akin to what a bird feels while banking into a turn. I'll bet it never gets old. Doesn't for me I would add also that, no matter how exotic your car may be, ya can't drag a knee around a corner with it, and my power-to-weight ratio is probably still higher.


To finish, I quote the great Hunter S. Thompson. 'Faster, faster, until the thrill of speed ovecomes the fear of death.'

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