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    50+...I must remark

    Although I jump in here from time to time, I regularly participate on a Ducati motorcycle forum. The Ducati forum is probably 80% guys between the ages of 28-50. Some of the differences in conversations are stunning. God help you if you try to discuss a societal or political issue on the Ducati forum. For example: someone recently posted something critical about Fox News. The sides were drawn. Several guys averred that Fox News was the only truthful news and someone posted a bunch of links to Fox News Lies. The next thing you know people are calling each other "Liberal pinko socialists" and "Right wing wackos" or some such. I'm no fan of Fox News but that isn't my point here. It's like everyone knows that they have the only "truth" and everyone else is an a**hole. It's not just that kind of topic either. Sometimes they're talking about why you're a jerk for buying the bike you bought. Amazing! Having a conversation here on the 50+ Forum is like an island of sanity. It must come with age and experience. And, I thank you all for that. As us young folks say, "Just sayin'."

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    I make a deliberate point of avoiding political and religious discussions in the forums I frequent, and I appreciate others who do as well. Those kinds of beliefs are so central to our personal identity and sense of self that it's hard to have disagreements that don't come off feeling like insults, whether they were intended that way or not. I'm not saying it's impossible to do that, but this type of communication (internet forums) sure makes it hard to avoid. Even when buffered by the good conversational manners most of us were taught in grammar school (as in prefacing comments with a "my opinion is..."), it's tricky at best.

    Consequently, I too appreciate places where people remain rational and, well, just pain nice.
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    From time to time I love a good discussion about either politics or social issues. My perspective is that I have beliefs that have been a lifetime in the making but it doesn't stop me from new insights when presented with new information or a different way of seeing the old information. What really amazes me is how many younger people seem to think that their view is the ONLY valid view. And, they take it very personally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bruce19 View Post
    how many younger people seem to think that their view is the ONLY valid view. And, they take it very personally.
    Yup, you get a better kind of solipsism on a Ducati forum. Naturally. Just like gear driven valvegear. Has to be.

    (1988 750 Sport, 1998 ST2. Then I got a 97 Africa Twin, and I've never used profane language about a motorcycle since!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bruce19 View Post
    From time to time I love a good discussion about either politics or social issues. My perspective is that I have beliefs that have been a lifetime in the making but it doesn't stop me from new insights when presented with new information or a different way of seeing the old information. What really amazes me is how many younger people seem to think that their view is the ONLY valid view. And, they take it very personally.
    Many older people do, too, it's not just an age thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bruce19 View Post
    ... The next thing you know people are calling each other "Liberal pinko socialists" and "Right wing wackos" or some such...
    You say "liberal pinko socialist" and "right-wing wacko" like they're bad things.

    I actually think that old folks who get a bit of exercise are more likely to follow Ann Landers advice and "don't sweat the small stuff". I think we are a little more inclined to remember some of the many times we were sure we were right only to be proven wrong. Being humbled now and again is a good thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheHen View Post
    I think we are a little more inclined to remember some of the many times we were sure we were right only to be proven wrong. Being humbled now and again is a good thing.
    "Wrong"? I don't think I'm familiar with that word.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wobblyoldgeezer View Post

    (1988 750 Sport, 1998 ST2. Then I got a 97 Africa Twin, and I've never used profane language about a motorcycle since!)
    Strangely enough I've had 3 Supersports ('96, '96' and '05) and two 998's and never felt the urge to be profane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bruce19 View Post
    Strangely enough I've had 3 Supersports ('96, '96' and '05) and two 998's and never felt the urge to be profane.
    Good for you!

    The 750 Sport had charm aplenty, but 2 big design faults - 16 inch front wheel so stood up in corners at the slightest feather of a brake (which I know one shouldn't..... but sometimes needed when faced with oncoming wrong-siders) and the ex-Fiat Uno carb which didn't carb without icing below 40 deg.s F. Try that on a winter's day commuting in London when it won't run at less than 5500 rpm, and the dry clutch becomes an on/off switch if you use it more than twice every half hour. It would cause a saint to explore the deep end of vocabulary.

    I really liked the ST2, altogether a more modern thing, but with weaknesses around starter sprags, clutch bearings and battery charger systems which, when faced with a long journey from the Alps to London, strained the equanimity !

    Enjoy your Duc

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    Quote Originally Posted by bruce19 View Post
    Strangely enough I've had 3 Supersports ('96, '96' and '05) and two 998's and never felt the urge to be profane.
    Good for you!

    The 750 Sport had charm aplenty, but 2 big design faults - 16 inch front wheel so stood up in corners at the slightest feather of a brake (which I know one shouldn't..... but sometimes needed when faced with oncoming wrong-siders) and the ex-Fiat Uno carb which didn't carb without icing below 40 deg.s F. Try that on a winter's day commuting in London when it won't run at less than 5500 rpm, and the dry clutch becomes an on/off switch if you use it more than twice every half hour. It would cause a saint to explore the deep end of vocabulary.

    I really liked the ST2, altogether a more modern thing, but with weaknesses around starter sprags, clutch bearings and battery charger systems which, when faced with a long journey from the Alps to London, strained the equanimity !

    Enjoy your Duc

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    A friend of mine rode a Ducati back in the early '70's (can't recall which model it was). He told me that although as much as he loved the bike, he thought that Ducati was italian for "electrical problems".
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    I grew bored with unwinnable arguments long, long before I was 50. And long before that I learned that ad hominem is a fallacy of logic. Anyone who thinks otherwise is a jerk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bruce19 View Post
    Having a conversation here on the 50+ Forum is like an island of sanity. It must come with age and experience. ."
    White bikes are best.
    Brooks are unnecessary and overrated.
    Bike paths are the work of fascism.
    Helmets are silly.
    Banjos are musical.

    Let the wild rumpus begin.

    Oh and, in case anyone mistakes, I have a black bike as well as blue and white one, I use a Brooks Swift on one of 'em, I dislike bike paths but use them in crowded places, wear a helmet most of the time, and am very friendly with DooDoo Wah from Sonora CA

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    Quote Originally Posted by wobblyoldgeezer View Post
    White bikes are best.
    Brooks are unnecessary and overrated.
    Bike paths are the work of fascism.
    Helmets are silly.
    Banjos are musical.

    Let the wild rumpus begin.

    Oh and, in case anyone mistakes, I have a black bike as well as blue and white one, I use a Brooks Swift on one of 'em, I dislike bike paths but use them in crowded places, wear a helmet most of the time, and am very friendly with DooDoo Wah from Sonora CA
    I'll bet that;
    Your white bike has red spots;
    From the brain damaging head wound;
    That you sustained from the fall on the bike path;
    Caused by standing to rest your sore butt;
    While not wearing your helmet;
    Ever see Deliverance?

    I'm sure there are other words of wisdom in the fine print, but until The Readers Digest Large Print Edition comes along, they shall remainn a mystery to me.

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    There have been tense moments and political skirmishes here too. Be mostly we are wise enough to stay clear of that stuff.... mostly. That way we can't discover what real jerks we are talking to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bruce19 View Post
    "Wrong"? I don't think I'm familiar with that word.
    Wrong is what other people are.
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    I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wobblyoldgeezer View Post
    Banjos are best.
    Bike paths are unnecessary and overrated.
    White bikes are the work of fascism.
    Brooks are silly.
    Helmets are musical.
    Fixed
    "He who serves all, best serves himself" Jack London

    Quote Originally Posted by Bjforrestal View Post
    I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wobblyoldgeezer View Post
    White bikes are best.
    Brooks are unnecessary and overrated.
    Bike paths are the work of fascism.
    Helmets are silly.
    Banjos are musical.

    Let the wild rumpus begin.

    Oh and, in case anyone mistakes, I have a black bike as well as blue and white one, I use a Brooks Swift on one of 'em, I dislike bike paths but use them in crowded places, wear a helmet most of the time, and am very friendly with DooDoo Wah from Sonora CA

    Yawn!!

    Please pass the Geritol
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    Fixed
    Golly jeepers b'gosh, I think I'll have lots of trolling fun.

    Who's that trip trappin' across MY bridge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bruce19 View Post
    Although I jump in here from time to time, I regularly participate on a Ducati motorcycle forum. The Ducati forum is probably 80% guys between the ages of 28-50. Some of the differences in conversations are stunning. God help you if you try to discuss a societal or political issue on the Ducati forum. For example: someone recently posted something critical about Fox News. The sides were drawn. Several guys averred that Fox News was the only truthful news and someone posted a bunch of links to Fox News Lies. The next thing you know people are calling each other "Liberal pinko socialists" and "Right wing wackos" or some such. I'm no fan of Fox News but that isn't my point here. It's like everyone knows that they have the only "truth" and everyone else is an a**hole. It's not just that kind of topic either. Sometimes they're talking about why you're a jerk for buying the bike you bought. Amazing! Having a conversation here on the 50+ Forum is like an island of sanity. It must come with age and experience. And, I thank you all for that. As us young folks say, "Just sayin'."
    Yeah, I know just what you mean.. I belong to a couple motorcycle forums, but I have learned to stay clear of the political forums. Lines will be drawn.. However, the main point in joining a forum is to be around peeps that are into the same HOBBY as you are.. Be it motorcycles, bicycles or what have you. However, that is not too bad, for the simple reason, most forums that have a political forum state up front that sparks will fly, sometimes it is lightly moderated, and heated discussions will take place.

    What I find annoying is in regular forums, somebody comes with a POLITICAL bash/put-down, and 10 out of 10 it has nothing to do with the hobby.

    However, we must live with it all. Not going to go away.. I have TRIED, and TRY hard not to feed into them, but I slip sometime..

    That Fox news bit was a kicker too. right and left!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by wobblyoldgeezer View Post
    (On a fragile plastic bike that explodes in the sun)
    It's the new Trek C4 Nitro.
    "He who serves all, best serves himself" Jack London

    Quote Originally Posted by Bjforrestal View Post
    I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.

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    I'll join the club of staying away from political discussions. It seems no one can have a civilized talk anymore. No one can say "I disagree with you on that, and here's why". Then explain, in a civilized manner, why they think someone's view is wrong. No, today the insults, personal attacks, and outright hatred come right out. I feel it's dragging this country down, badly. Didn't Abe Lincoln say "A house divided against itself, cannot stand"?

    Well, that's what think, anyway.

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    Are you my ex posting as artkansas?

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    This is the first public forum I have joined in on in years. I went searching for a bike one and was thrilled to find one for 50+ers. Bikes are very cool and nobody else around my immediate vicinity thinks it is fun talking bikes with a 50 year old woman. LOL. In fact, I don't know many my age who would go out and buy a road bike. I still feel weird in spandex, but I'm doing it.

    I do yack on private, member only ones (oh, so snobby). There is a palpable difference and my lesson has been learned. I must say, overall this is one of the most civil public forum's I have seen. I thank the moderators or perhaps all the old fogies like me. Besides, how much controversy can there be when yapping about bicycles [ducks and covers]?

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    Quote Originally Posted by outwest5 View Post
    Besides, how much controversy can there be when yapping about bicycles [ducks and covers]?
    Try a helmet thread sometime!!!!!!!!!!%$#$%^&*(*&^%^%$%^
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