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Old 11-16-04, 06:44 PM   #1
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Ride My Bike or My Motorcycle?

I'm blessed enough to own a motorcycle (Honda Hawk GT) and a bike (Giant TCR). Here in the south you can generally ride one or both almost twelve months a year. The struggle comes when I only have time to do one or the other. First I struggle with which one to ride, then....once I finally get out there I'm feeling guilty becuase I'm not on my bike and I'm getting fat and out of shape.....OR I'm sweating hard on the bicycle but my mind is thinking about how I miss hitting the curves at 70MPH.

Does anyone else struggle with this? Getting rid of one or the other might be the answer, but I don't really think I could do that.

Sheesh. "The more stuff you own the more stuff owns you".

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Old 11-16-04, 08:24 PM   #2
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It's a mood thingy. Enjoy the moment. I would take the Hawk on rainy days and most long ride days, and the Giant for 5-10 mile cruises and occasionally for longer rides. If commuting is short enough, you could alternate. If you want a blast, ride the Hawk to CO sometime. There is nothing like riding mountain roads on a bike. You don't have to worry about blowing a tire but can just enjoy the curves. Naturally within reason, but is something you should try at least once. Oh, it should not be winter, but mid summer to mid fall. If you can take the time in the fall, it is great with the aspen changind color.
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Old 11-16-04, 08:38 PM   #3
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Give me the Hawk and I will give you my TCR, then you won't have this question
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Old 11-16-04, 08:42 PM   #4
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I'll let you know next year when I get my motorcycle license. I have a sneaking suspicion I"ll be dealing with the same thing!
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Old 11-17-04, 09:02 AM   #5
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What would you want the Hawk for? It'd be a nice downpayment on a Wing.
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Old 11-17-04, 10:50 AM   #6
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Hmmm? Interesting. Actually, I endure the very same moments when I have to decide between a bike ride or go out and start the Buell. My very best weekend days usually start with a moderate bike ride (couple hours or so) in the early cooler part of the day. Then after returing home crank the Buell S3 and grab 100 130 miles of fun.
However, if it's one of those days when I can only do one, it's hands down a bike ride!
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Old 11-17-04, 11:07 AM   #7
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Dual duty here also. As weird as it may sound, I generally ride my Ducati when I want to just cruise around. And when I have a need for speed I take the Cervelo out. Kind of backwards I know, but to really feel the speed on a motorcycle, you have to be really moving, where on a bike you can challenge yourself with a quick sprint to the next intersection.
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I hear ya loud and clear! I own a fairly modified Hawk GT but alas it probably doesn't get as much mileage as I'd like since my love to ride my human-powered bike is usually stronger. But I did go out on a wonderful ride last weekend on my Hawk in the East Bay hills (of SF Bay Area). What's great is that my hubby loves to ride as well (both motor and human-powered) so we share in the same dilema!

Sounds like we have some v-twin enthusiasts here Hey, while I have your attention, for other Hawk owners, do you have problems with after-market rear turn signals? Seems every after-market rear signals I get burn out after a few weeks or months. So I have this really cool bike with stock signals on the back. I know, looks pretty goofy.
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Not being a roadie, the answer is pretty clear to me. ...
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Same problem, but worse...Do I ride the KTM in the hills, do I ride the GasGas trials bike on the rocks, do I ride the FOES FXR on the loop, or do I hit the bike trail on the Litespeed-the Litespeed seems to win the most.....I think the wife would definately shoot me if I brought another 2 wheeled vehicle in the garage......
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I'm in the same boat. I used to like riding my yamaha v-star 1100 (with mustang seat and roadhouse 2in1 pipes with serrated heat sheild and fin tip! ) more than I do now. It gets hot around here in the summer and when the heat is the worst it makes motorcycle riding not much fun at all. The last few times I rode my motorcycle I almost felt like I was wasting my time. Maybe I just need new motorcycle friends or something but the ones I have now are really into the fad and fashion of it all. I just enjoy riding. I have some bills to pay off and I am considering selling the v-star in the spring while I can still get good money for it (I have a transferable warrenty).

I also feel like I am spending an awful lot of time in traffic with a target on my back!! I actually feel safer on the v-star but I enjoy riding my bicycle more at the moment. It's wierd cause it wasn't that long ago I still loved riding my motorcycle. That love ebbed when it got hot and hasn't come back yet. It's not just a passing fad for me, this is my 3rd motorcycle. I would hate to sell it and all of a sudden want it back!
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What a dilemma! i thought it was only me.....my motorbike(yamie r6) is definatly jealous of my bicycle and vice versa.....right now i feel better under my own power but i know sooner rather than later i will have to hit the twisties with an assist.
Two wheels is definatly the way to go......if you sell the hawk sooner or later you will buy something else.....stick with what you got and call in sick once in a while....
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I have three bicycles and one motorcyle. So far this year I have ridden my motorcyle about 800 miles and my bicycles about 4000 miles. Guess which I like riding the best.
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