The suicide test.

Discussion in 'Australia' started by FatBoyCrash, Nov 10, 2018.

  1. FatBoyCrash

    FatBoyCrash Buckle up SpankY!!

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    Now, it occurs to me that the bikes I have MOST enjoyed over the years shot flames, kicked back at times and roared like demons released from the grips of Hades. But most importantly, they passed the suicide test easily. Very easily.
    I've had the privilege of owning some very beautiful motorcycles. I have been known to borrow beg and steal enough monies to buy said motorcycles at the detriment of being able to feed myself. Serious. Food or bike. Bike, every time. The ones I miss the most, but in my stupidity have sold in a rash of greener grass envy... The 1984 Ducati 900S2. The 1989 Harley Softail. The 1971 Triumph that I spent more money on restoring than I care to consider. The Mk3 LeMans Guzzi.
    But the ones I had the most fun on?? The 300 beer ticket XT500 that broke one mates foot and another mates knee. The CT110 postie bike. The GP125 suzuki that I rode to TAFE. The $2500 Husqvarna WR500.....

    What are we doing? Have we become so brainwashed that we can't see borrowing/spending 20 large on a device designed to fall over may be a bit silly??

    Discuss.

    For your viewing pleasure. The suicide test.
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  2. BradventureRider

    BradventureRider Power to rip yer bloody arms off!!!

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    And that’s exactly what I love about my POS looking DR.
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  3. cobrin

    cobrin Live to Ride - Ride to Live

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    edit: I think if you offered the guy a GS650 he'd not pass on the offer. Showing that it's more about the bike than the test.

    Likewise no matter what I'd own, I'd not be trying the Suicide test out of it being fundamentally flawed. Treating your bike like shit and not caring about it tells more about the owner than ownership and riding experience. I do get the mindset but it's not for me.

    I don't own a new vehicle, and I'm not about to kick the doors in to close them either.
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  4. gunnabuild1

    gunnabuild1 Long timer

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    That's why it has crashbars, bash plate and barkbusters, it will fall over, it will get scratched, it may even end up looking like shit.
    I've seen more than one bike owner that shines the chrome, polishes the paint yet won't pay for the servicing or do the servicing when required, treating your bike like shit isn't necessarily a visible fault.
    Boss had a go at me once after I had 3 days off, couldn't walk did some minor knee [temporary] damage.
    "Don't you think you're a bit old to be riding big motorbikes around in the bush ?"
    "Fuck off, I have 9 weeks of sick days" didn't seem like my best option so I led with "I didn't buy it to look at it."
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  5. braaap!

    braaap! Long timer Supporter

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    Bikes are to be ridden! And therefore they will fall over... But.
    All my bikes have fallen over, doesn’t mean they aren’t loved nor seen as things that aren’t worth looking after... I have a ‘specialised’ stump jumper which must be around 20 years old now, many crashes and trials abuse later... my staff love it for doing the lunch run.
    My motorcycles are well ridden and looked after... I hate a dull knife!
    The riding experience (mental and physical) are directly proportional to the effort spent in making the experience the best it can be... shed time is therapy and extremely cathartic in this frenetic day and age.
    Yesterday, 400+ kms in glorious weather, tailing my younger brother on his new to him (unmarked) MY2018 950 Multistrada... Pure bliss as my 14yo 950Adv roared thru its Akra on behind... Bliss.
    The old girl got a pat on the arse this morning... Thankyou!
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  6. slowbike smallpenis

    slowbike smallpenis Tester of Tooheys Old

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    WTF :scratch
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  7. thechief86

    thechief86 jack of all daniels

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    I've dropped all three of my current bikes, but I've also added parts to all of them to keep these things from causing much damage.
    My KLR is still in pretty good shape, even after being thrown at a Honda Civic at 50 mph and totalling it.
    Dual sport bikes are inherently tough, but I do see the value in taking care of my shit, lest it leave me stranded when I need it to return the favor.
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  8. shinyribs

    shinyribs doesn't care

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    Beaters rule!

    I ripped the rear fender off my XR250 trying a new hill last weekend, then I proceeded to bent the bars quite badly while immediately reattempting the same hill. My riding buddies just shook their heads and smiled. A couple minutes adding some washers to reattach the rear fender and bending the bars back straight'ish and it was good as ever. :thumb
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  9. darren70

    darren70 I don't own a KTM

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    I might try that next time im at my dealer looking at bikes
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  10. gunnabuild1

    gunnabuild1 Long timer

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    Ah yes, the test kick, that's why they make you wait for the demonstrator.
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  11. Dr AT

    Dr AT Long timer

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    Please, can we not joke about suicide and motorbikes?
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  12. FatBoyCrash

    FatBoyCrash Buckle up SpankY!!

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    Mate, we can. Trust me, I'm well qualified on both subjects. No one is making you read the thread.
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  13. gunnabuild1

    gunnabuild1 Long timer

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    We aren't, context, it's a thing.
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  14. bikeymikey70

    bikeymikey70 Adventurer

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    I dropped my F650GS a few times, and wasn’t upset, but no way would I kick it over. Even had a few Ag bikes, that wouldn’t even scratch them, but wouldn’t deliberately kick them over


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  15. Uncle Crumpet

    Uncle Crumpet Long timer

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    PC WARNING- INCOMING!!!!!!
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  16. gunnabuild1

    gunnabuild1 Long timer

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    Testing..........
    1 minute in it starts.
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  17. BradventureRider

    BradventureRider Power to rip yer bloody arms off!!!

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    Actually after reading the posts above I’ll clarify that I would not intentionally drop my bike as per the first video, I have more respect than that for my stuff. My DR isn’t the prettiest thing out there, it’s a second hand bike and most of its battle scars came with it when I bought it. To me the previous owner used the bike for its intended purpose and the marks are there as evidence. It has some history and could tell a story or two.

    The thing I love about my POS looking DR (the bike itself is mechanically well serviced and looked after, it’s comfortable, reliable and I love riding it) is that when, not if I drop it I don’t have to go home crying about scratches and dents. Done that enough with nice road bikes, not fun. And for around the $4000 mark I’ve had a and will continue to have a heap of fun on it.
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  18. Eatmore Mudd

    Eatmore Mudd Mischief on wheels.

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    Bought new bike. Bent shifter & brake pedal, busted turn signal, wiped reflector off, scratched muffler, dented a heat shield, scratched the rim. Not bad for the first 500 miles. I was riding my bike to go see things, not riding to be seen. Folks who are mortified at the thought of dropping a bike might be more comfortable leaving the bike in the garage and taking the cage to wherever.
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  19. hunter_greyghost

    hunter_greyghost XS650 Allroads Traveller

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    When you have a bike as ugly as 'Kenny' - I just don't freak too much - mind haven't had decent off for awhile ?
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  20. tHEtREV

    tHEtREV Encouragement award recipient. tEAM iDIOT.

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    Well I remember a time when you had to be able to pick a bike up before you could ride it, I just assumed people pushed new bikes over in the show room to see if they could pick it up before they bought them...
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