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Old 08-08-2007, 11:01 PM   #1
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What intrigues you about riding?

Here we go. Long post. Almost a blog.

My friends have recently asked me why I decided to get serious about riding (legally). Mostly from my wife. When I first started, I was 18, reckless and angry at the world. All the wrong reasons for riding. I stopped for a while and caught AMA racing every once in a while on the Speed network. I noticed something while watching AMA racers and ever since I know why I want to ride so bad. Balance. The whole act of riding is Zen-like in that all aspects of being a good rider and enjoying the experience of riding rest on the foundation of balance. Too harsh with the throttle? You crash. Too timid with your riding style? You become a danger to yourself and others on the road. But find the balance of respect for the machine, balance of where and when to open the throttle and test your limits, and you have an experience that not many in life will choose to undertake.

Even the ability to ride requires balance with so many different components. Centrifugal forces need to be in balance to ensure proper turning. The act of being upright is balance. And then their is the balance of knowing your limits and the balance that is associated being in control at speeds where most are clearly not. I love that there is balance in knowing where to focus your attention. You really want to see where your friend is as you blow by them on the track or on the back road twistys, but you have to discipline yourself so that you don't lose your focus and fly off the cliff or into turn 12.

So what do you love about riding, or what intrigues you the most about riding?

PS - Sorry for the ridiculously long post.
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Old 08-08-2007, 11:14 PM   #2
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Old 08-08-2007, 11:47 PM   #3
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Everything about it. The friend's you get from it, the rush you get from it (yeah, even on a 250), the freedom. Oh and the girls. duh
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I totally agree with with what everyone here is stating, especially Seth. But to me, riding is like being a fighter pilot. You have this unbelieveable freedom, can go where you wanna go, swooping and soaring. And then as your flying, another pilot cruises by, turning his helmet, the sun gleams off his visor as he turns to look at you as he too soars. What kind of look did he give you? One of a fellow ace, or one of challenge and rivalry? You choose the latter as you ignite afterburners and give chase. He sees you coming and hits his right before your next to him, accelerating, flowing smoothly in right behind you. Rapidly, you approach mach one speeds, your engine's siren song screaming, your focus narrowing...

This gentlemen, is why I ride.

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Old 08-09-2007, 05:54 AM   #6
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There is not much left to add. You have all hit the nail on the head. But I do have one thing to throw in...

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Old 08-09-2007, 08:58 AM   #8
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Being on a bike is like that. Surrounding yourself with nature and just being out there. Flip up that visor and feel the wind, feel the sun.

And a side benefit that I never even once considered before getting the bike was the friendships ... the instant membership to the club ... anyone on two wheels you meet on the road is a friend ... dude, that rocks.
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I totally agree with with what everyone here is stating, especially Seth. But to me, riding is like being a fighter pilot. You have this unbelieveable freedom, can go where you wanna go, swooping and soaring. And then as your flying, another pilot cruises by, turning his helmet, the sun gleams off his visor as he turns to look at you as he too soars. What kind of look did he give you? One of a fellow ace, or one of challenge and rivalry? You choose the latter as you ignite afterburners and give chase. He sees you coming and hits his right before your next to him, accelerating, flowing smoothly in right behind you. Rapidly, you approach mach one speeds, your engine's siren song screaming, your focus narrowing...

This gentlemen, is why I ride.

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+ 1 i like to think i'm ridin like a fighter pilot
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I enjoy learning something new everytime I go out at the track. The affect of putting weight on the inside/outside pegs, hitting that apex in one smooth sequence of events(rare occasion but its happened), coming through on the outside of riders and passing them like they are standing still, jamming a bad song on a "hot lap", getting buzzed by much faster riders going man I got to practice... sweet!

I love this freaking sport!
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I totally agree with with what everyone here is stating, especially Seth. But to me, riding is like being a fighter pilot. You have this unbelieveable freedom, can go where you wanna go, swooping and soaring. And then as your flying, another pilot cruises by, turning his helmet, the sun gleams off his visor as he turns to look at you as he too soars. What kind of look did he give you? One of a fellow ace, or one of challenge and rivalry? You choose the latter as you ignite afterburners and give chase. He sees you coming and hits his right before your next to him, accelerating, flowing smoothly in right behind you. Rapidly, you approach mach one speeds, your engine's siren song screaming, your focus narrowing...

This gentlemen, is why I ride.

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+1, i thought I was the only one who thought this....
but I also like to ride because it is a stress relief, a time to myself (only when riding sans the woman), speed, there are other reasons.... the women, I dont know, hasn't worked for me... maybe I need to try posin' harder??? :dontknow:
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I love the "hot lap". I will get out of bed in the middle night and take off on a hot lap.

I think what makes it so addictive is the fact that when you are riding all your senses are engaged, from seeing to hearing to feeling, to smelling, they are all working in unison to keep you alive and out of harms ways. Much like that of a animal that is constantly being hunted. You have to stay alert or you won't be here tomorrow.

and the friendships and bonds that seem to magically appear once you get on two wheels...
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