Join Date: Aug 2012
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I am in a motorcycle shop the other day , checking for any clearance gear, and the woman working there asks another guy there if he has been riding lately. His reply was no, said he hasn't had the time on the weekends. Being the nosy guy I am, I say there is aways time to ride.......even if it is just going to the store, running in town etc.
He then says it is too much of a hassle for short trips like that because he then spends more time cleaning it then he did riding it......I just smiled and strolled away.
Now I understand everyone likes different things, but me personally, I bought my bike to ride.
I love riding the motorcycle - plus it does not hurt that gas in my car and truck last me forever now.
Need some bread - I'll go. Darn, I need some screws....I'll go. It is surprising how much junk you can fit on a motorcycle.
I bought my grandson about $100 worth of geotrax. It was in nashville, about 1 1/2 hours away. Took the bike. Turned out the buildings were wayyyyyy bigger than I thought, but I just bungee corded them to the sissy bar.
Should have seen the little kids eyes when I passed them on the highway. A bike normally catches their attention anyway, then as I am passing them they see these geotrax buildings and track flapping in the wind and their eyes got as big as quarters. I have been told I sometimes look like those chinese guys on the bikes hauling huge piles of stuff......is okay with me, I'd rather ride the bike than the car.
Raining out - is why they make rain gear. Cold - you can either dress in layers or take the easy way out like I have done and just plug in (heated gear) Is quick and easy that way, just throw on your coat and gloves and go.......
I could see where I might not take a 5 minute trip to the store if there was a bunch of road salt out and I was busy and didn;t want to take the time to clean it off in a prompt manner, but for the most part, road salt isn;t keeping me off the roads - is why they make soap and water.......and ICE spray on wax for when you are in a hurry (love that stuff). Road salt is one thing that I would want to get off the bike the same day.......most of the other dirt can wait if need be
You often see bikes for sale where they say the bike has never been wet, always covered etc.....that is not my bike. I keep it in the garage when I am home, but it will spend many a night in the rain when I am on a road trip. It will be driven in the rain........even got caught in a snow storm once.....now that I don;t like as I am a chicken since I only have 2 wheels on the road. Snow and ice , or a good chance of ice, are about all that will keep me off the road.
I bought it to ride and I really enjoy riding it..........
I do clean it often and I always stay on top of the maintenance........
I have run across quite a few people who buy a bike and their idea of a ride is to go about 40 miles on a saturday to a restaurant , eat, chat about all the gear they have or want, then ride home and polish their bikes.....if that is what they enjoy, that is exactly what they should do.
Me.......I take mine everywhere and do not even consider it a short ride unless I am gone at least half a day.....all riding with maybe a lunch stop. instead of talking about gear and having the shiniest bike in the lot, I'd rather be hitting the back roads to nowhere. The one thing I do not worry about is how dirty it is getting...........there is always time to wash and wax it..........
Last edited by donberry; 11-12-2012 at 01:26 PM.