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Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by HelmetHead Cycle, Jan 7, 2013.
Well this thread got all chest thumpy.
No comments on the recent discussion, but the title of the thread reminded me of when I got a copy of my motorcycle key.
"This for what? Motorcycle, huh? Man, you're the last of a dying breed." - the locksmith
To refocus this train wreck a bit, my wife and i just saw an obviously new young rider in obviously new riding gear trying to pull out in traffic on an obviously new Ninja 300. The kid, no idea of gender, made a half dozen ugly mistakes just getting out of the Best Buy parking lot and was pretty wobbly on those new wheels.
My wife asked me what i thought about what we were watching because we weren't sure the rider was going to make it to the stoplight. I told her it was prefect. A new young rider in the right gear on the right bike out there giving it hell and living life.That rider showed us some of the ugliest yet must perfect lines I have ever witnessed.
Gaaaawd, haven't you been reading the thread? Real men don't ride bikes under 650cc
Mark my words, under that gear were some skinny jeans and a Justin Bieber haircut.
If it was a guy he probably lets girls call him that "see you tuesday evening" word too.
Here's the deal. We're raising a generation of pussies, plain and simple. Kids don't climb trees anymore. They have to wear styrofoam hats to ride their bicycles (don't want to start any helmet debates...there is a big difference between motorcycles and bicycles, and on the motorcycle I'm an atgatt dude). Some schools have banned running because the kids may get hurt.
A couple weeks ago I let (with her Dad's permission) my roommate's 9 year old daughter sit on my klr. She seemed happy enough, big smile on her face and all. So I asked her "You want a motorcycle some day?" Her response surprised and depressed me. "NO!!! There are too many ways to hurt yourself on these!" Really? From a 9 year old? When I was 9 I would have killed for a motorcycle! Got my first one at 10 I think, a little ct70h. Then moved up to a Rickman 125 at 12 or so.
Where does this come from but from parents? Want to know why more and more kids don't want to ride motorcycles? It's because we, as a society, have become safety freaks and this has caused our kids to be afraid of their own shadows.
I remember when I was in school you could always find at least one kid with a cast. Getting broken bones, cuts, scrapes and bruises was considered part of growing up. Now if a kid gets a scraped knee or something his or her parents are called to question. Let's let kids be kids again, let them take reasonable chances, and we can get them back on motorcycles agaain.
You are what you eat...dick.
while we were arbitrarily defining what constitutes manliness I thought I'd take some creative license and throw in a motorcycling favorite.
I know a few guys that have got their kids on dirt bikes, racing flattrack, racing BMX, doing all the shit we did when we were young, so the world is not lost yet. they're out there cheering them on, buying the best bikes you can get, just all the stuff that real parents do. It's not all spelling bees and mathmatics olympics. Maybe next generation.
i hate to agree with the dakezzzy
but his 1st post on this thread said it all.
no places for the kids to ride.
There is way to much freaking generalizing on this post. Oh my soul! A bunch of pussies? Sure maybe we stopped beating the gay out of kids but there are still plenty of boys scrapping up there knees playing football and getting bloody elbows from homemade bike ramps.
So shut up, get off your computer and walk outside of your nice little suburban neighborhood.
The reason us young folk (im 23) are not buying new motorcycles is because your generation told my generation, we had to go to college and look for good sucessful jobs, and we did. But they aren't there. But we weren't told it's okay to work flipping burgers until you get that job, not all of us, but a lot of us.
Also, the economy is crap and motorcycles, for 99 percent are something you could technically do without. Rent vs bike. Not want, but should.
1 my son ur age rides. played proper tackle rugby league, surfs etc.
2my son goes to uni works, pays rent.has bike.car etc
3 sydney is an expensive city.
4 when i started out i was told i'd never have a proper job, never own a house etc
5 economy was bad
6 from age 18 owned bike/pd rent
7did every shit job
8 ended up with a low paying job. firefighter
9 still bought numerous properties
10 divorce/kids etc
11 didn't ever blame my parents/economy etc
12 learnt to do without.
13 always owned a bike/s
also born with slight brain damage
still never admitted it.
US Q1 & Q2 motorcycle sales 2012.
Total motorcycle sales up 7299 units compared to the first two quarters of 2011.
On-Highway motorcycles up 8.8%, 193,287 units sold.
Dual sport up 8.8%, 17,266 units sold.
Scooters are up 5.6%, 19,208 units sold.
= Not doomed!
Also 2011 was a good year for motorbike sales.
Im saying thats how things are. An astounding amount of my generation was told they would be nothing, by their parents, if they didnt go to college (during a horrible economic downturn) thats a fact
Doing okay grade wise in my senior year of college.
Working 2 jobs (janitor and tutor)
Never been unemployed for more than a month since i was 16...
It can be done, this isn't a which generation is sucessful thing,
This is, a lot of kids my age were told go to college or else.
College costs money
Bikes cost money
Minimum wage jobs don't usually pay for both
Im going to be a pastor, if I ever make above 40k in my life, ill be surprised. but ill ride right there with ya until i can't
I can tell y'all one thing that isn't helping motorcycle sales: the US military. When I was a teenager Marines and sailors were the bulk of new bike sales in my hometown. But I know two sailors that have officially given up riding this year until after they are out because DOD has made riding so difficult for them.
Seriously, I need to learn that trick. If I could I'd be 21 before spring comes!
If mandatory riders classes(paid), hi-vis vest, and ATGATT are too difficult then they will just have to wait.
Yah... Screw that! Who wants to ride if you have to learn how?