When did we stop appreciating...

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by rivercreep, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. rivercreep

    rivercreep Banned

    Feb 27, 2007
    S.E. Pennsylvania (Reading)
    ...motorcycling for what it is?

    I don't want this thread to turn into an anti-technology thread as I feel there are some truely good things that have been developed to enhance our (insert, "lifestyle", "sport", "hobby" or whatever you call it, here).

    As of late, I keep reading more and more posts where Guys are complaining about comfort in general, and making comments about certain sizes/styles of Bikes not being suitable for hwy. travel or extended trips.:huh

    It's maddening at the best!:kboom

    I've watched drivers in cages become ever worse drivers; (despite the technological advances there) and we're at the point where those vehicles themselves allow drivers to only use 1/2 ther brain for driving while they multi-task and put other users of the roads at risk.

    What's maddening to me, is that I see the same things happening within motorcycling and those same cage drivers are finding their way here and whining about the pure nature of our vehicles.
    Seriously! ...W.T.F.?...Wind noise, seat comfort, vibrations, lack of protection from the elements, ...and you want factory locations to plug in your electronc B.S. distraction devices here as well?!:cry

    As a society in general, I feel we're using technology as a crutch to become lazier and lazier and watching motorcycles follow the same trends as cages I.M.H.O. this is NOT going to end well.

    Motorcycles are vehicles that require skill to operate and attention to your riding environment.

    The last thing I want to see is the pussification of our Bikes (which is already happening) that will allow anyone to bring their bad cage driving habits to our (insert your nomenclature, here)

    You guys bitch about loud pipes and how they put your right to ride at risk (and I agree!) but what about increasingly bad riders who allow themselves to be distracted while riding who lack the skills necessary to actually ride and not turn themselves into 2 wheeled missles that can kill people.

    Sorry this is soooo long winded but, I had to let this all out. (snapped on another post recently and had to apologize there)

    I'm curious how the ADV collective feels about the loss of appreciation for what motorcycling is about.
  2. TrashCan

    TrashCan Scary Jerry

    Oct 5, 2005
    Louisville, Tn

    If you never had it, how could you lose it???

    The times they are a changing...

    Not every body grew up ridng with 2 extra spark plugs to change on the road when their 2 stroke fouled one.

    This was in the days when 30wt was used for pre-mix.

    Kick start only...

    Let the past be the past.

  3. ph0rk

    ph0rk Doesn't Care

    Dec 17, 2009
    Southern Appalachians
    This has been the trend since the first humans broke rocks into knives to make cutting and tearing easier.

    Some things (like sweating) are just going to come with riding a motorcycle and trying to avoid them are more trouble than they're worth. (I'm making faces at you, Veskimo et al).

    Other things, like a wind noise problem or "off" seat shape are easily correctable through the aftermarket. The manufacturers could take steps to make them better stock (adjustable screens, seat forms from the dealer, etc).

    As for appreciating what motorcycling "is about" - it is about commuting for me. Ride your own ride, as they say.
  4. Zerk


    Jan 23, 2010
    Straight jacket memories, and sedative highs
    I got lost, you need an executive summary. Myself I like comfort. Why would anyone choose to uncomfortable when you don't have to be? No thanks, I'll sit on the floor, in front of the couch.
  5. MWadv

    MWadv Gravel Road Roamer

    Apr 15, 2007
    Rock River Vally
    Its normal for senior riders to appreciate the art of motorcycle ring as they have experience of the past. Some bounce back to the vintage or classic rides because they miss the vib or the patina of vintage tin. Myself, I don't need a fuel guage or a digital number on the dash to tell me what gear I'm in. I don't need a green neutral light. Turn signals and four way flashers are a nice safety item but I could ride just as safe without them.
    I remember riding my old Triumph Bonniville when it was new and my first BMW (R90-S). Crusing and touring in the late 60's through the 70's was alot different than it is now.
    Motorcycles have made a tremendous transition over the past 40 yrs and the new riders can't see that because they have no history of riding the classics in classic days.
  6. daveinva

    daveinva Been here awhile

    Oct 6, 2011
    Washington, D.C.
    TOTALLY respect and welcome what you're saying-- honest!-- BUT:

    Not all bikes are designed to do certain things. Not all bikes designed to do one thing do it better than others.

    If I want a highway-mile eating touring bike, I'm going to be interested in a good highway-mile eating touring bike. Ditto dirt, dual-sport, etc., etc. Different tools for different jobs. Hell, different bikes for different *moods*.

    There are plenty of "pure" motorcycles still available. There are "unpure" (?) motorcycles available as well. To each their own.

    21st century, man. Why be miserable if you don't have to be? Why be lost if you don't have to be?

    Priests may be closest to God, but thank goodness not everyone has to be celibate to know grace. :D

    A defensible opinion. Me, I use technology to be safer and be more comfortable (ALSO a safety factor when riding atop fire-belching steel at 80 mph), allowing me to better enjoy my ride.

    No different than cars. Or bicycles. Or... heck, I still need to watch where my feet go when I walk! :1drink

    Because motorcycle riders never had bad habits before bikes got "pussified"?

    Was there ever a golden age of motorcycling? Because plenty of people around these parts sure seem to remember one.

    I started riding much too late, obviously I missed it, but I'd love to hear a year. Was it in 1975? 1955? 1925? How good were the bikes in this "golden age"?

    How many riders died-- unnecessarily, I might suggest-- in this "golden age"?

    How good were "cage" drivers in this "golden age"? Did they never turn left in front of bikes back then? Were they never distracted by radios or coffee or screaming kids jumping around in the backseat?

    Throw out a year, throw out the models of bikes, and we can have an informed discussion. Otherwise, we'll just stay off your lawn :lol3.

    I haven't lost my appreciation for motorcycling. If anything, grows every day, with every new bike I add to my crowded driveway. I *love* my high-tech rides just as much as I love my low-tech ones. Telling me to choose between the two is like telling me to choose between my nail gun and my hammer-- both have their time and place.
  7. Wraith Rider

    Wraith Rider Banned

    Feb 11, 2012
    The problem is: You completely misjudge "what motorcycling is about". No one ever stopped appreciating it.
  8. Offcamber

    Offcamber Long timer

    Aug 23, 2010
    New Hampshire
    Some might argue that riding a motorcycle is being lazy....its a "technology" that was developed to make travel easier and faster. Why not ride a bicycle?? or walk for that matter???

    As technology advances we always seem to look back at the good old days when things were simpler. Its all relative. Future generations may look back at the EFI/ABS/TC bike as the good old days.....

    Beam me up Scotty!

  9. fonztheyeti

    fonztheyeti king of all i survey

    Aug 21, 2011
    below me
    yep. and traction control should be banned from all motorbike racing too.
  10. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

    Sep 8, 2010
    Southern New Jersey
    I don't know if it makes riders any less skilled but I do know its a real bad idea to play with gizmo's like gps while riding. There have been a number of threads in faceplant dealing with crashes while fooling with a gps.
    I personally do not need or want gps, abs, traction control, windshields, water cooling, electric start, fuel injection, music, but heated grips might be nice on cold days.

    I somehow managed to ride around the US without any of that stuff and had fun
    No luggage, no rain gear, no problems.
  11. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

    Feb 11, 2005
    Alexandria, VA

    If that is your thing, great! It is NOT everyone's thing.

    Personally I like the modern bike's features. I like the old bikes too, but every time I buy one I remember why I like the modern ones. They usually do not handle as well, stop or go as well, and break all the time.

    Jim :brow
  12. ph0rk

    ph0rk Doesn't Care

    Dec 17, 2009
    Southern Appalachians

    That's great. However, for everyone else that stuff is all available.

    Just because you think a gps might be scary doesn't mean it shouldn't be an option for me.
  13. perterra

    perterra -. --- .--. .

    Sep 6, 2010

    Some of your rant strikes me as strange. Okay, take wind noise and comfort. Should we roll technology back and quit wearing ear plugs? You know all real bikers go to sleep at night with the ringing in the ears that I hear even as I sit here this morning, if my kids want to ride they should wear the hearing loss like a badge of honor. As for comfort on long trips, some people have always used their bikes for long trips, I went thru a year where mine was my only transportation. I wish Mayer had been making seats back then. I know I know, fucking upstart punks, bikes were purer when the seats were sprung and the frame wasnt.

    As for electronic gizmos, you really need to sit on the side of a busy interstate after 12 hours on the road with the wind blowing like hell and cars zipping by trying to unfold a paper map since you cant remember if it was exit 67 you were supposed to take or highway 67.

    As for the purity, people ride for different reasons, I explore, ramble and saunter. My son inlaw could give a shit less about the way I ride. If he rides he wants to be running twice the limit, rubbing the edges of his boots off and hard acceleration. I tried to get daughter and son inlaw to take a trip up near the grand canyon, she said no thanks, it's hard to see the sights holding on for dear life with both eyes shut.

    I understand the just of your message, but it aint nothing new.
  14. gmiguy

    gmiguy You rode a what to where?

    Oct 17, 2006
    Western NC
    Here, I'll summarize every discussion of appropriate use of technology that has ever taken place:

    Why do you get to determine "what motorcycling is about"? Is it your contention that a guy who is having fun and enjoying himself in comfort would be better off if he was uncomfortable?

    More importantly, why do you care? An orthodontist riding a RTW-build GS with heated cupholders to Starbucks in no way impacts your life. Stop worrying about it.

    Motorcycles are not inherently "supposed" to be slow, simple, basic, cheap, or small. That's simply what they were for most of their history due to the size of the market, the size and resources of most manufacturers, the available technology, and the legal requirements that exist outside the US. With those technical and financial considerations removed, the types and sizes of bikes available has expanded. This si not a bad thing.

    Also, do you have any evidence for your claim that drivers/riders are getting worse and are more likely to crash than in the past?
  15. Thanantos

    Thanantos Ride hard.

    Jul 17, 2008
    Ahhhh, the technology vs non-technology debate.

    If you want to ride a 69 CB750, not listen to music, have no GPS and just enjoy the pure thing that is motorcycling....go for it.

    Why does anyone care if I want to enjoy a little technology to make my ride better (IMHO)?

    Do you honestly believe that technology has made riders more or less likely to learn to ride well? I don't. You could argue in the extremes (such as track days on an S1000RR), but, by and large, people are going to put as much effort into learning to ride as they like. Technology (or at least the tech we have today) is not going to change that.
  16. Strave19

    Strave19 n00b savant

    Mar 8, 2011
    I think that was a good rant and I agree with a lot of it, but...

    A lot of the observations that make you think that people are always whining about comfort, gadgets, gear, etc are a result of this website. We all just like talking bikes. We cant always talk about riding or past rides, so we also talk about gear, comfort, gadgets, etc. A lot of these folks are having FUN planning their next farkle, planning for their trips, and gps makes it possible for them to find the route they've been dreaming of. A lot of ADVers dont get a chance to ride where they want when they want, so we fill the gaps with planning and BS-ing about technology. If they had more time to ride they would probably do more riding and less whining... People like gadgets, people like coming up with "THE BEST" setup on their bike, some people even like these things more than riding it seems. :norton

    But ABS is just dumb..
  17. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

    Mar 18, 2007
    Begin Op Zoom
    If they knew how comfortable they could be in just about every conceivable weather from 20 degrees to a 110 degrees with proper gear for the conditions there would be more riders. So I blame it on gear ignorance.

    Also, IMO windshields are over-rated. As Example: When I ride the Tiger 800XC I take the damn thing off! I have put hundreds of miles with and without and It is a far better ride without a windshield.

    I have notice a trendÂ… Riders that have Dunlop disease (bellies that dun-lop over their belts) are found far more frequently on bikes with fairings and windshields.

    IMO all new riders should be on naked bikes. :1drink
  18. VxZeroKnots

    VxZeroKnots Long timer

    Jun 5, 2008
    I felt the same way about my 640ADV, the fairing didn't do anything for me compared to a naked bike. I traded it and though I loved that bike dearly I'll probably never have a dual sport or ADV bike with a fairing again. If I do, I'll eventually just take it off or break it off in a drop.
  19. O.C.F.RIDER

    O.C.F.RIDER Loose nut behind h/bars

    Feb 28, 2004
    Hewitt,New Jerseystan, OBAMANATION
    OK, while it probably very true that most new riders don't have a clue how their bikes actually work, it's mostly because of the fact that new bikes are just so damn good that you really don't have much need to know how to work on it. Thus, you get the incessant whining and moaning over the fact that it's a little "involved" to change the oil on a 950 Adventure. :2cry So it's not a 10 minute ordeal, get over it! Or the constant drivel over the windscreen on said 950 Adv. BFD. If one doesn't like it...............change the friggin' thing and STFU already. If I need quiet, I'll drive my wife's Lexus. To each his, or her, own, that's just fine. For me, I like the "rawness" of my 950, or the fact that my MV has some "quirks", or that my new old 1000 Interceptor DOESN'T handle like a new bike. It's all part of the whole game. I don't "love" working on my bikes (I much prefer riding them), BUT, I "love" that I now how! :D

  20. daveinva

    daveinva Been here awhile

    Oct 6, 2011
    Washington, D.C.
    With all due respect... no one is comfortable in gear at 110 degrees. :evil

    I'll be "comfortable" wearing my mesh 80-95+, but over 100 degrees, sweating sealed in my jacket, riding ain't much fun no more.

    Why can't every day be 75, sunny with white fluffy clouds? :cry