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    Bicycling leads to motorcycling?

    I have met a couple cyclists in their thirties and forties who have decided to buy motorcycles after biking for many years. It seems logical that people addicted to the speed and freedom of rolling on the two wheels of a bike would find rding a motorcycle appealing. Did any or you buy motorcyles after bicycling as a hobby? Just curious if its a freak occurance that I ve met two cyclists whol are bikers as well

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    That's like saying smoking pot leads to heroin addiction...

    Or maybe it just means "Two wheels good, four wheels bad" (apologies to George Orwell)

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    I came the other way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperDave
    I came the other way.
    Me too
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    I'll be picking up a DRZ400s next month.

    But I wont be getting rid of any of my bicycles...

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    As a kid, I rode bicycles. As I got older I rode motorcycles. Even older still I ride bicycles.

    Are 'Depends" far behind?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stacey
    As a kid, I rode bicycles. As I got older I rode motorcycles. Even older still I ride bicycles.

    Are 'Depends" far behind?
    Don't think of them as depends, think of them as disposable bike shorts...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperDave
    I came the other way.
    As did I!

    I see it as a natural progression.
    The majority of the riders and racers I know are into road or mountain biking.

    It's the two-wheeled thing....

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    What the hell kind of clag are you spewing?

    "..the only thing you get with speed from an engine is greater and greater speed with more danger and no long staying satisfaction"

    No long staying satisfaction? How long did you ride a motorcycle?

    Riding and racing are so unbelievably exhilerating, challenging, and seriously fun.
    Danger is one of the appealing aspects of riding and racing, in fact that happens to
    be a lure in alot of activities.

    I have been motorcycling for 14 years, and still have the same passion I
    intially had the very first time I threw a leg over a motorcycle.

    Do you speak from personal experience? Did you have a bad experience riding or something?

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    Just consider the source dc70.

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    I do both, have all along. the moto is actualy much cheaper per mile, even when I use top grade fuel, as food is quite spendy.
    Petrol has about 32,000 Kcal per gallon[3.5 liter]and costs $2.20(highest in town), A Kcal is a food Calorie. While $2.20 will buy me a loaf of whole wheat bread totaling a mere 3,000 Kcal. 3,000 kcal is good for about 50 miles on a bicycle but a gallon of gas takes my moto 80-90 miles. Heck, a stock, full size harley-davidson gets 50mpg.
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    Now thats some mathematics!

    Excellent science you evil measuring genius

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    Ya, I rode bikes all the time when I was a kid, then in my early 40s I had a couple of motorcycles....but I soon found that the motorcycles are too damn dangerous, and now I'm back riding a recumbent trike....and oh, how I love it.
    "Oh Yeah?"

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    I've been riding bikes since a kid, but only recently decided to get a road bike. I'd been used to the mountain and bmx bikes of old. Part of the reason for the upgrade was that I acquired an old honda express 50cc scooter and found out how fun it is to ride at 20 to 30 mph around the city. A road bike gives me my speed fix and I get a great workout at the same time. I hope that when I get a real motorcycle that it won't spoil the speed fix I get when I cycle.

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    I think either can lead to the other. My girlfriend and I both ride both types. Though we haven't done much motorcycling this summer and have just bought a tandem to ride together. Does that mean the motors are gone for good? Not at all. They each serve a purpose and scratch a different itch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnamus
    I hope that when I get a real motorcycle that it won't spoil the speed fix I get when I cycle.
    I wouldn't worry about it. They're different experiences.

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    Quote Originally Posted by halfbiked
    I wouldn't worry about it. They're different experiences.
    Yup .. 40+MPH on a bicycle is scarier than 120+MPH on a motorcycle .. not that I have done such an illegal activity on a deserted stretch of highway.

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    Ok, thats fair enough,
    but why you would state that motorcycles offer no enduring challenge is silly.
    Especially if you have never rode on a regular basis. That I just cannot respect.
    Please, give me valid opinions or facts, but not subjective opinions based on no experience.

    I have been in the 155 to 160 range, but on the racetrack. It is an incredible experience
    one that cannot be put into mear words. You have to go out and do it.

    Motorcycles are not dangerous, but, riding in uncontrolled conditions,
    riding beyond your capabilities, can be dangerous indeed.
    I agree that riding on the public roads takes alot of restraint, awareness, and ability.
    Because there are so many, many variables that
    a rider encounters on the roads. Crazy drivers, heavy traffic, poor road conditions,
    weather, and the riders own state of mind and abilities.

    But, riding in controlled conditions, is different. Track-days, or racing are not as
    risky as some perceive. Track-days offer several different levels of ability
    to get your street motorcycle on the track and learn some new things.
    Plus, there is off-road riding which is really a blast and a great way to learn
    the basics of riding a motorcycle. Throttle and braking and steering control.

    Racing of course, does not need any explanation.
    Motorcycling in general is great activity/sport and unless you have ridden
    more than a handful of times, you cannot fully appreciate what it is like.
    I actually think riding bicycles on the public roads, is equally as risky
    as motorcycle riding. I actually feel a bit more vunerable on the bicycle, because I have
    no leathers, leather gloves, boots, full face helmet to protect me if I go down. I have had some
    fairly high-speed get-offs on the motorcycle, and have never been seriously injured,
    due to having the afformentioned apparel. I am actually more careful on decents
    on the bicycle than I am at 100 plus mph on the moto. Ok, end of rant...

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    Going motorcycle to bicycle. Bought a motorcycle a about 5 months before the kid was born. Flopped the motorcycle a few months later and haven't been back on since. Was only really commuting on the motorbike.

    The biking thing is new. Now when i get to work i feel like i've accomplished something rather than survived. And i'm a lot more willing to go biking in the rain than i was to go motoring in the rain.

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    [QUOTE=dc70]Motorcycles are not dangerous, but, riding in uncontrolled conditions,
    riding beyond your capabilities, can be dangerous indeed.
    I agree that riding on the public roads takes alot of restraint, awareness, and ability.
    Because there are so many, many variables that
    a rider encounters on the roads. Crazy drivers, heavy traffic, poor road conditions,
    weather, and the riders own state of mind and abilities.

    Motorcycles, bicycles, boats, hell even cars/trucks are not dangerous - but are
    unforgiving of carless or ignorant behavor. keepr your wits about you and understand what you are doinf and you will survive otherwise you won't.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by joeprim
    Quote Originally Posted by dc70
    Motorcycles are not dangerous, but, riding in uncontrolled conditions,
    riding beyond your capabilities, can be dangerous indeed.
    I agree that riding on the public roads takes alot of restraint, awareness, and ability.
    Because there are so many, many variables that
    a rider encounters on the roads. Crazy drivers, heavy traffic, poor road conditions,
    weather, and the riders own state of mind and abilities.
    Motorcycles, bicycles, boats, hell even cars/trucks are not dangerous - but are
    unforgiving of carless or ignorant behavor. keepr your wits about you and understand what you are doinf and you will survive otherwise you won't.

    Joe
    That is very true.
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    I don't like motors. IMO they are too noisy, polluting and smelly, can't find the zen. I am drawn to bicycles because of their lack of a motor. I also dig sailboats, downhill skiing, backpacking and rock climbing (to name only a few).

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    I do both, but I gave up the off-road motorcycle several years ago. I now ride bicycles on and off-road, and ride my motorcycle on-road. If it has 2 wheels, I like it!

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    I'm in the same boat. I'm selling my offroad rig (DRZ400S) and keeping my streetbike (Bandit 1200) For the woods I'm getting myself a mountain bike. It just looks like to much fun to be ignored!
    I wanna ride!
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    Quote Originally Posted by capsicum
    I do both, have all along. the moto is actualy much cheaper per mile, even when I use top grade fuel, as food is quite spendy.
    Petrol has about 18,000 Kcal per gallon[3.5 liter]and costs $2.20(highest in town), A Kcal is a food Calorie. While $2.20 will buy me a loaf of whole wheat bread totaling a mere 3,000 Kcal. 3,000 kcal is good for about 50 miles on a bicycle but a gallon of gas takes my moto 80-90 miles, heck a stock full size harley-davidson gets 50mpg.
    Perhaps, but you still need to fuel your body even if you're riding a motorbike.
    If we learn from our mistakes, I must be a goddamn genius.

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