Do you have fun efficiently?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by rodr, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. rodr

    rodr Been here awhile

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    I think about that a lot. I started riding (after 30-year hiatus that is) five years ago, and it still kills me if a day goes by without getting on the motorcycle. It's fun and I want to do it as much as possible, however it's not always possible. So it's important to make the most of opportunities to ride.

    There's an art and a science to this. Here are some thoughts I've come up with to improve the quality of a rider's life.

    Let's start with commuting. There are many beautiful areas of the world and I happen to live in one of them.

    People come from around the world just to experience the geographical and cultural wonderland that is Northern California. They set aside TIME for this. How is it possible to consider traveling around this paradise an unpleasant chore? Yet many of us here do that when we commute to work and back. Why not take some extra time at least once a week, get up earlier, and hit the back roads? See some of the beauty that surrounds you. Think of it as a tiny little vacation. It just takes a little change of mindset and schedule.

    Another thing you can do is combine vacation activities that complement each other. For example I'm planning to start a moto tour of Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks this summer with my first Iron Butt ride. I really look forward to saying to myself, "Oh look, it's the second day of my vacation and I'm in Montana with a motorcycle. And oh look, I also qualified for an Iron Butt certificate!" With this kind of efficiency I'll extend the reach of that trip and also do some other fun thing with the time I saved by not doing a separate Iron Butt ride.

    And then there's "Honey, what's on the errands list that can be done by motorcycle?" Here it is Sunday, and on Sundays I like to get out and ride. But partly because of this, weekend chores have been backing up. But you don't have to take off for the day and do a big loop that at the end of the day puts you right back where you started with only a grin on your face to show for it. You can often get pretty close to that same grin by going someplace that you actually need to go.

    Do you have examples of maximizing your moto fun? :D
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  2. bbagwell

    bbagwell Adventurer

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    My friends and I will often do some "alley sweeping". Basically just ride the alleyways around town. It is a fun way to spend some time on the bike without going far. Sometimes there are challenges like the alley isn't paved, a curb you weren't expecting, or a car blocking your way.
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  3. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    How are you not all replacing punctured tires constantly? :eek1 The alleys here are minefields of nails, screw, metal scraps, wire bits, etc. I won't even drive the cars through them if I can help it.
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  4. stoke

    stoke ocean minded

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    I commute from Solana Beach CA to La Jolla CA every day. The slab is faster, but I almost always opt for taking the coast route and checking surf conditions the whole way down, working on lean angles on fun curves, lane splitting, etc.

    I've explained this to non-rider friends: I have a "thing" I love that I don't have to budget any extra time for. It fits in easily doing what I would have to do anyway, i.e., getting to work.

    It's like a gift.

    I get to do something friggen awesome, but I don't have to set time aside for it.

    When I go surf, it's at least a 2-4 hour proposition, out the door. I love it, but it's a time investment for sure.

    Using motorcycles for everything is awesome, and fun. Especially commuting.
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  5. Snapper

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    I try to wear out the sides of my rear tires, before they centers :D.
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  6. klaviator

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    There is nothing more fun than taking one of my dual sport bikes to the mountains and scrub the edges of my tires on some super twisty roads, explore some unpaved forest service roads, cross some creeks, play in the mud, etc. Unfortunately I don't have the time to do that all that often. So, I found a way to have a blast just riding to work, Wal mart, or to the local hiking trails.....all while getting 75 MPG. I used to find riding around town boring. Then I got a 150cc Kymco Super 8. Now I can do all my commuting while twisting the throttle wide open and generally riding like a hooligan, without much risk to my license. My Super 8 is more fun to ride around town that ANY bike I have ridden and is much more practical than most of the bikes out there. It will never replace my dual sport bikes but I do ride it much more often.

    Don't believe me? Here is a review John Burn's wrote in Cycle world on the Super 8 :http://www.cycleworld.com/2010/11/15/kymco-super-8-150-first-ride/

    Oh yeah, I paid $2200 OTD for a new one just over 2 years ago.
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  7. ThanatosF

    ThanatosF Been here awhile

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    To the OP,

    Please, please, please appreciate where you live! Take every opportunity to do what you love to do. You need to realize how lucky you truly are. I don't know what job you have, or anything else about you. What I know for certain is that you live in one of the most beautiful parts of the country...for riding, hiking, etc, etc.

    I'm one that sets aside the time to travel to where you exist. In fact, I SHALL be out there sometime this July! Everyone's guilty of it, but I think it sounds like you're just getting too used to your surroundings. It diminishes the feelings of respect and appreciation for the beautiful scenery, wonderful roads, and various other positive outcomes of living where you do.

    Want to switch? Come live in Fargo, ND for a while! I'll take your place for as long as you deem necessary until you reacquire your admiration for northern CA. Cough..cough...a little fair warning though...there's currently a fucking blizzard outside my window, and spring is in, what, three days? Bike has been parked since late October! I'm freaking out!!!:ddog:ddog:ddog

    So yeah, please, please, please don't take for granted where you live!:clap
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  8. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave I demand proof, sir.

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    Is it just me, or did you completely read the OP's post wrong?
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  9. Jim Moore

    Jim Moore Long timer

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    Klav is right, buy a scooter. You can get a solid used 125 or 150 for a grand. It'll pay for itself in gas in two years, and you change all those little trips to the store into transportainment.
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  10. BanjoBoy

    BanjoBoy Been here awhile

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    Sorry tldr

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    But you know me Opie, I'm so happy I'm gay when ride'in; anytime, anywhere on any bike! :happay

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  11. road_apple

    road_apple Hit the Trail

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    Do burnouts in the garage on a cold winters day so I can do a tire change count? How bout if I do it wearing a kilt on my KLR while pretty shamrocks come out of my arse?
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  12. rodr

    rodr Been here awhile

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    Depends on the alley I guess!

    Trust me, I do! Read my posting again?

    You're an inspiration to us all, Andy. And nice pic! :thumb
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  13. DAKEZ

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    It happens.

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    Flats happen but the FUN factor far exceeds the risk. Alley Sweepers/Urban Enduro are the most fun to be had on a motorcycle without leaving town. :deal
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    BryonLewis Been here awhile

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    That is awesome, you're lucky to have that ride, but you probably run into the same issue I do in the summer months: tourists. Speaking of which, I'll be heading down there in April, renting an sv650 for a couple days.
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  17. battlecattle

    battlecattle Been here awhile

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    The first 50miles of my trip takes about an hour the next 11miles... 30 minutes unless I am on the bike.

    edit: Greg is a great guy!
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  18. stoke

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    Man, you are right. I transitioned from a scooter to a Vstrom and while I love the strom, it's just not the same around town. The scoot was a blast, and yeah, you could go WOT here and there and be totally fine. So much fun. Plus the lockable storage under the seat made errands a snap.
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  19. klaviator

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    I like that word. Did you make it up yourself?
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    The hard part is explaining to my wife that I need a dirt bike for the winter months, in addition to the minibikes, and multiple street bikes.

    But I absolutely appreciate living in Central CA. Ride all year round and it rains about 3 times a year.
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