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Old 04-27-08, 06:12 PM   #1
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Biker=cyclist cyclist=biker ?? big wheel biker.

Just wondering if cycling for any of us crosses over to being a biker. Like motorcyclist.

Anyone have a bike and a BIKE?

For some reason I had this wild idea after talking with a few people of selling my car and getting a ninja 250r for the way more awesome MPG..

If you have a vroom vroom bike, post it up.

2 wheels always good? or must it only be human powered 2 wheeled?

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Old 04-27-08, 06:26 PM   #2
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A good cyclist makes a good biker (where cyclist == bicycle operator, and biker == motorcycle operator.)

I want to get a motorcycle eventually, but first, I want to take good safety courses to be able to handle stuff like rain, gravel while dealing with drunk rednecks in a pickup trying to knock me off the bike, Kurgen style.
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Old 04-27-08, 07:16 PM   #3
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Skill on two wheels is skill on two wheels.

Pheard, I think you'll find that many cyclists also ride motorbikes. I attribute my descending skills (as opposed to my horrid climbing) to growing up riding dirtbikes in the CA desert. Although I don't presently have a motorbike...I'd like one too.

One discipline does not preclude another.
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Sell your car and buy it. I'm tempted to get a license and get one, except the whole no money thing. A few of my college friends got motorcycles to replace their cars and never looked back.
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Sell your car and buy it. I'm tempted to get a license and get one, except the whole no money thing. A few of my college friends got motorcycles to replace their cars and never looked back.
My only hang up is the refusal of my GF to ride on the back of it. The blue book value of my car seems to be able to cover a used bike easily.

For some reason the idea of us going on a date or to church while she's wearing a dress seems really nice.
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My only hang up is the refusal of my GF to ride on the back of it.
I don't blame her.

Get a dirt bike or dual purpose bike, the equivalent of a mountain bike, not that piece of crap road bike.
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I'm curious, what is a dual purpose bike exactly?

I was told that instead of a crotch rocket a dual purpose bike would be better.
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I'm not sure. Ask CrankshaftYQX, he probably knows.
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John -

In all seriousness here, before you get a motorcycle, you need to find your local AMA chapter or even Harley dealer and take a basic motorcycle rider's course. They run $200-300 or so and they provide you with the bike to use.

A motorcycle isn't a bicycle and you could easily kill yourself and your GF. And, to be blunt, I'm not sure you're mature enough to have a sportbike. If you want to go with a motorcycle, go for a standard style or even a small cruiser. Once you get a few miles under your belt, then go for the sport bike if you want one.

If you must go for a sport bike, then the 250 is a good size to start with.

But whatever you do, GO TAKE A BASIC RIDER COURSE FIRST!!
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John -

In all seriousness here, before you get a motorcycle, you need to find your local AMA chapter or even Harley dealer and take a basic motorcycle rider's course. They run $200-300 or so and they provide you with the bike to use.

A motorcycle isn't a bicycle and you could easily kill yourself and your GF. And, to be blunt, I'm not sure you're mature enough to have a sportbike. If you want to go with a motorcycle, go for a standard style or even a small cruiser. Once you get a few miles under your belt, then go for the sport bike if you want one.

If you must go for a sport bike, then the 250 is a good size to start with.

But whatever you do, GO TAKE A BASIC RIDER COURSE FIRST!!
Yea the course here is actually I think 150$

It's required to get a license in the state of Ca if I'm not mistaking. I completely understand you're comment about the maturity thing, luckily the 250cc engine only has a 100mph max speed. I was telling my friend today who also wants a ninja 250r that if the bike could go 150+mph, I would promptly get on 280 during the least traffic and test it's max speed. I'd much rather just go for the bike I'd want rather than getting something else.
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Yea the course here is actually I think 150$

It's required to get a license in the state of Ca if I'm not mistaking.
The MSF course is $250, and while not required to get a license, if you take and pass the course, you don't have to get a permit or take a skills test at the DMV. It'll get you discounts on insurance, too.
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The MSF course is $250, and while not required to get a license, if you take and pass the course, you don't have to get a permit or take a skills test at the DMV. It'll get you discounts on insurance, too.
Someone told me the course right down the street is less than 200. Possibly different places cost less.
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I just bought an '02 Ninja 500 from a friend this weekend (silver, not powder-puff). My main motivation was fuel mileage, but I've always wanted a bike. I'll have an 18km-each-way commute to my summer job as a MTB patroller (up a twisty ski hill access road that has new pavement - yay!), and between my roadie and the Ninja, I hope to spend very little on gas. This fall, I'll be moving to Calgary and commuting 15km each way between the city and a heli flight school out at Springbank airport.

It's my first (motor)bike. I'm a shortarse, so the Ninja works really well for me. I'd love to have a dual-sport, as I have a couple friends who ride KLR650's and whatnot, but I'd need to do a LOT of mods to get my 5'2" arse to be able to reach the ground

Now, I just need a decent beater car for the un-rideable days of winter. If I could figure out a way to safely carry my road bike on the Ninja, it'd be cooler than a puppy, a fire truck and free beer combined.
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Dayum!

Don't know about the first one, but that setup on the BMW is pretty funky. Wonder what it's like in a crosswind...
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Don't know about the first one, but that setup on the BMW is pretty funky. Wonder what it's like in a crosswind...
I have a buddy here that used to weld for Yeti, Brew and a few other framebuilders. He set his BMW up to carry a single roadbike and has driven it two states away for events. It can be done.
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He set his BMW up to carry a single roadbike and has driven it two states away for events. It can be done.
Any chance you could get some photos of his setup?
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The most I carried on a motorcycle at once without side bags (just bungee cords) was two paint cans, a bowling ball, a huge stuffed unicorn (big enough for a child to sit on), a huge bag of cat litter and a large pizza.

That was a lotta fun.
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The most I carried on a motorcycle at once without side bags (just bungee cords) was two paint cans, a bowling ball, a huge stuffed unicorn (big enough for a child to sit on), a huge bag of cat litter and a large pizza.
At... the same time?

Must've been a hell of a party.
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Any chance you could get some photos of his setup?
It is possible...but I'm not sure I'll have time to catch him at his shop. He is also moving to Texas in a week.
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At... the same time?

Must've been a hell of a party.
Yep. Running errands and getting dinner on the way home.
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