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post #1 of 41
Thread Starter 
I'm just wondering if any other Bears out there ride Motorcycles in the off season? I bought a Honda 1989 VT1100c with only 13000 miles on it, last summer. I have not been on a motorcycle since way back in the early 1970's. It has been a blast getting back on a Motorcycle. So far I have just been driving around town and doing some short local rides. This year I'm hoping to get a trip up to Jackson and maybe Yellowstone. also thinking ofa road trip to moab and the canyon lands of southren Utah. If anybody is up fora trip like that let me know.
post #2 of 41
OOtah 49

I have 3. the daily driver is a Honda VFR800 Fi Gentlemans express!
I have a high school reunion this summer, and "thinking" about riding out in July.

That would be weather dependent happiness, and a couple bottles of ibuprofin.

Vermont is an easy place to ride around in!
I doubt we'll get a chance to go for icecream this summer.
CalG
post #3 of 41
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Originally Posted by Utah49
I'm just wondering if any other Bears out there ride Motorcycles in the off season? I bought a Honda 1989 VT1100c with only 13000 miles on it, last summer. I have not been on a motorcycle since way back in the early 1970's. It has been a blast getting back on a Motorcycle. So far I have just been driving around town and doing some short local rides. This year I'm hoping to get a trip up to Jackson and maybe Yellowstone. also thinking ofa road trip to moab and the canyon lands of southren Utah. If anybody is up fora trip like that let me know.
I could never understand why people wore helmets skiing in Alta, Snowbird etc.
Then when I was going back to Salt Lake City I would see bikers with no helmets. I assume there is no law in Utah to require bikers to wear helmets.

Even though many American motorcyclists are not doing great speeds ( the riding position is not conducive to it) any spills can result in fatal injuries.
post #4 of 41
Thread Starter 
I wear a Helmet when skiing and riding my bike. I want to keep my few working braincells from getting to damaged.
CG Yeah don't think we will be meeting up for a ride anytime soon. I bet the back roads of Vermount are fun.
post #5 of 41
I have two motolusts held at bay.

one is a KTM 200 EXC

the other is a slightly used BMW touring bike

whether I can keep them at bay is a good question, and one that I have to answer "YES" for right now.

I owned a Yamaha YZ 250 for several years, and before that a Kawasaki KX 90, and before that a Honda TR 50.
post #6 of 41
I have a 1984 Harley-Davidson Electraglide FLHS, rare and the last of the shovelheads. It's for sale. Single owner. Me.

I'm keeping my 2001 Harley-Davidson FXSTDI fuel injected Deuce.
post #7 of 41
My wife is keeping me in debt so I can't buy a motorcycle
post #8 of 41
Just weekend field and hill riding. Yamaha 125 and an old Kawasaki 100.

Past bikes .... Honda 50 ("You meet the nicest people" type), Suzuki 250, Harley 45, Honda 80 enduros, Harley 250 (Italian).

Looking for a single cylinder BMW from the early 60's ..... and I don't have a clue why .... but who needs a reason?
post #9 of 41
Daily commuter in Paris : Honda 125, in fully dressed, courier style.
In the the family home in soutwestern France : an old and beat up yamaha 600XT.
As the father of 2 (age 8 and 2) real motorcycle touring is unfortunately impossible now.
Strangely enough, while I don't wear any helmet on ski or on a bicycle, I couldn't imagine riding a motorbike without a helmet, gloves, long sleeves etc... I'd feel naked just riding bare handed.
post #10 of 41
I have too much respect for motorcycles and too little respect for other drivers on the road. I have my 4 wheel motorcycle, a Miata.
post #11 of 41
You all know the attraction of motorcycles don't you?

The work just like skis!
Tip them, and they turn.
The infernal combustion device replaces gravity.

If only we could get everyone going the same direction, but then I guess track days are just like buying a lift ticket, and trail riding is like back country. Gosh! The similarity continues.

And just like skiing, most people who don't, have not got a clue how they really work.

gotta love it

CalG!
post #12 of 41
cal that's exactly why I like MTBs and more specifically, gnarly steep technical DH. it's as close as I can get to skiing sensations, while also giving me the thrill of operating a complex machine in dangerous terrain!
post #13 of 41
Gonze

"To become one with the tool is it's own goal"

;-) CalG
post #14 of 41
I used to have a BMW 80RT. I loved that bike. It was great in the mountains. Then, I got married and had kids. My wife is a VERY persuasive German. ...no more bike (Other than my mountain bike). Atleast, she let me invest in a condo in PC!!!
post #15 of 41
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track days are just like buying a lift ticket, and trail riding is like back country. Gosh! The similarity continues.
And lane swiging/splitting in heavy urban traffic is like tree skiing (of course trees don't move in unpredictable ways...)
post #16 of 41
My husband has a Harley-Davidson Sportster, not sure which year, sometime in the 1980s. In fact, we took it our for the first spin of the season this weekend, since it was 70+ degrees here! Cal is right in saying the back roads of Vermont are great for exploring on a motorcycle. Winding and hilly roads, with fabulous views.

My husband wants to buy a Fat Boy. As soon as the last kid is out of the house...two years and counting...it's a done deal!

I'm concerned: There seem to be guys here who married women who not only don't ski, but they also don't like riding a motorcycle or let their husbands budget for a motorcycle? Yikes! Double tragedy. :

Thatsagirl
post #17 of 41
Yeah, that sucks. It's bad enough being married to someone who can't stand motorcycles. Luckily, my wife is a great skier, and also loves to SCUBA with me.
post #18 of 41
Well, Canyons, it sounds like SCUBA is a decent trade-off for motorcycles.

Thatsagirl
post #19 of 41
Thread Starter 
Thatsagirl That is a tragety. Those Harelys are nice but I'm just not that macho. So I have a Honda cruiser. Besides for the Price of one HD I could buy two Honda cruisers. Back in the 1970's I had a 125 Bultaco. It was great little Dirt Bike for it's day. My older brother had a Triumph 650cc That I got to ride when he did his first tour in Viet Nam. It was pretty cool going to High School on that Bike. It sure beat the old Honda 250 I had been rideing.
Great to see that there are a few members here that also like Motorcycles.
The other day when I joined up with Bob Peters, ZZZ and the other bears I was thinking it would have been great to strap my skis and gear to a pack and ride my bike up there from Park City. That would have been a Fun adventure.
post #20 of 41
Up to about the time I graduated from college, I flew radio control model airplanes and rode a 1970 Honda 750 and some other smaller bikes. Strapping a fairly large airplane, flight box and other paraphenalia on a bike was a neat trick and got lots of stares!

At the same time my car was a 1967 Austin Healy 3000 Mk III that was way too small to cart the airplane stuff around---go figure!
post #21 of 41
1996 Honda CBR 1000F. Don't ride it much day to day, but always a few weekend and occassionally a couple of week tour each year.
post #22 of 41
Quote:
Originally Posted by Utah49
Thatsagirl That is a tragety. Those Harelys are nice but I'm just not that macho. So I have a Honda cruiser. Besides for the Price of one HD I could buy two Honda cruisers.
Hmmm...I never thought that Harley's are necessarily "macho." They're not just for burley, scary-looking guys, lots of professionals own them too. As for the cost, the Sportster was bought used, for a great deal. The Fat Boy will hopefully be new, but I figure my husband deserves it. He raised his three kids by himself, with no help from his ex-wife, and he's made lots of sacrifices to do it. So, once the kids are all out of the house, I say: "Enjoy your life and spend money on yourself for once!"

Thatsagirl
post #23 of 41
Thread Starter 
I know what you mean My macho thing was a joke. Not a good joke mind you. your right you meet the best accounts, Dr's and Lawyers on Harleys these days.
He should get whatever makes him happy. I bought my bike used for $1800.00 with only 1300 miles on it. It had been sitting for about 10 years It needed little work done and now it's a real fun ride. I have to admit i have had my eye on a 13000 cc honda and there isa new kawasaki out That looks really cool. Still i'm happy with my ride and having fun rides and buying a few crome toys for the bike
post #24 of 41
I have a 1979 Harley FLH, unfortunately its been being repaired for the past 3 riding seasons, and now that its almost back on the road, after 3 years and $5700 in repairs/upgrades I might have to sell it. Hopefully it'll be back out on the road soon though.
post #25 of 41
Utah49, my husband bought his used Harley as a gift to himself right after he got divorced from his ex in 1990. He is always doing work on it. Our basement stinks right now because he bought new fenders and is painting them himself. Each summer, he buys some new chrome piece for it too. Good thing he's not a car freak too, we couldn't afford it.

Thatsagirl
post #26 of 41
Honda 500 thumper, longing for a good road bike, but my daughter is just starting college.
post #27 of 41
Manus

Who is a harley riders best friend?


Anyone with a pickup truck!


(not so much anymore I know)

"Never ride a motorcycle you are not willing to push! Some day you will need to."

CalG
post #28 of 41
My last bike was an '82 Suzuki GS1100 E. At the time it was one of the fastest (1/4 mile and top speed) production bikes made. I managed to twist the crankshaft about the same time my first child was born. We decided that my wife should quit her job and raise the kid so that left no money for repairs, I sold it for $500 to a bike shop and it was reincarnated as a drag bike.

I left that bike stock, it went plenty fast. My previous machine was a GS 750 E. I put on a header, ditched the stock airbox, rejeted the carbs, added rearsets and clubman bars and spent 9 months out of the year straightening out as many twisty mountains roads as I could find. I lived at redline. My wife and I took a 2 week Appalachian Mountain tour (WVA to NC) for our honeymoon on that bike. Of course I removed the rearsets for the stock pegs and got a higher handle bar for comfort. Redline was met only in the first three gears during the whole trip.

The only time I miss my bikes are spring and fall. These were my favorite times to ride, I now get the same thrills skiing but now I can find that thrill only 3 months out of the year. I just might buy myself a 500cc to 600cc crotch rocket to throw around in the twisties.
post #29 of 41
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Originally Posted by Thatsagirl
Utah49, my husband bought his used Harley as a gift to himself right after he got divorced from his ex in 1990. He is always doing work on it. Our basement stinks right now because he bought new fenders and is painting them himself. Each summer, he buys some new chrome piece for it too. Good thing he's not a car freak too, we couldn't afford it.

Thatsagirl
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cgrandy
Manus

Who is a harley riders best friend?

Anyone with a pickup truck!

(not so much anymore I know)

"Never ride a motorcycle you are not willing to push! Some day you will need to."

CalG


What do you get when 7 of your buddies start a cross country trip with 6 Harleys and a chase van?

A cramped van full of spare parts.

Ahh, but they sure are shiney spare parts.
post #30 of 41
Push? Are you nuts? Hell, I have the RV package on my AAA membership.
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