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Andy VH
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   Posted 1/12/2012 7:19 AM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Because,..........well let's get a list going, because many of us have multiple reasons. Here's one:
 
I'm thankful for motorcycling because it gives me a real life away from all the media crap and hype. I could care not ONE bit about ANYTHING Kardashian! I cannot fathom why anything about them has any merit whatsoever for our daily lives, yet even the national media covers them.
 
For that matter, I'd be more concerned about the Kardashians on Star Trek the Next Generation.


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   Posted 1/12/2012 8:48 AM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
I'm thankful for motorcycling because it gives me a sport/hobby/recreation that I can enjoy every day without taking resources from my family.

If I go play a round of golf, I take $40 I could'a spent on groceries and 4 hours I could have spent with the grandkid and treat myself.
Bowling,,, same thing. Stamp collecting, RC airplanes, etc.etc.etc. All solitary pursuits that take time and money away from the fam.  There's nothing wrong with any of these, and I treat myself once in a while.  But I always feel like I'm being a little selfish.

But a fun 40minutes of motorcycling? Well I gotta get to work either way. Motos just make it fun.


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   Posted 1/12/2012 9:07 AM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Andy VH said...
Because,..........well let's get a list going, because many of us have multiple reasons. Here's one:
 
<<snip>> 
For that matter, I'd be more concerned about the Kardashians on Star Trek the Next Generation.
Good one Andy! lol  Well, for me, motorcycling is a personal victory because I was never supposed to be able to do this in the first place. I have overcome a lot of physical adversity just to get to this point, so every morning when I throw my leg over my bike I am very, very thankful.
 
I am thankful for the kinship I feel with fellow riders out there, this is a thing that still amazes me. We are sort of like an extended family; I have never experienced anything quite like it.  
 
I am also thankful for the spiritual lift I get when I'm riding. It's truly the only time I am ever at real peace. In these crazy times, this is priceless.
 


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   Posted 1/12/2012 9:16 AM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
I love riding cause once we put our butts on the bike and take off, we're set free and leave it all behind - just the road, the bike, the air, the curves and the sound.


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   Posted 1/12/2012 11:28 AM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
It's therapy.

When I used to commute to work on my bike I'd arrive far more invigorated and ready to jump into the day than the days I drove the car.



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   Posted 1/12/2012 1:14 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.

The same as the rest of you.  The simple matter of riding, shifting gears, use of the clutch lever, throttle & such  are things that the maze of cage drivers probably do not do or even dare to try to learn how.

For in a way when I look at a bird flying it sort of reminds me of riding.  When at the gun range I spend almost an hr watching the birds fly & it is so interesting & such an eye-opener in how they can glide in the air to also hit places of where they are lifted up & such.  Finally some of the regular h/gun shooters arrive & since I have set up the sign in book,  to charges, to cost of targets has already been set-up.


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   Posted 1/12/2012 2:22 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
It's both phyical and mental therapy, and opens a possibility for me to see America.

The trail riding did a brain building job, in focusing concentration on picking a line...and physical coordination in telling the bike how to move, all the time with coping with slick/loose traction conditions.

That all transfers to riding street, and driving as well.

The physical workout, under the guise of having fun...has kept me in great shape.

Everyone else My age, that I see, is a physical disaster.

To be fair it wasn't just trail riding...it was the type of person that does that, as well.
I bicycled from Portland Oregon to Guatemala and back, and on a seperate trip, trecked through the Peruvian Andes.
And also started skiing when 5 years old...ramping that up to extreme skier at 50.

The current pavement riding on my prepped ZX-10...allows and forces a concentration that isn't approached in any other part of life.
 
Like Smitty...I slip into a bird flying mode..especially on the mountain downhill grades/switchbacks...
sometimes when both wheels are in the air, as well.

So I've got a lot to be thankful for.


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Andy VH
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   Posted 1/12/2012 2:50 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Yup, when I'm on my bike, everything else is gone and I am totally engrossed by the riding, the sensory aspects, the affect of being in the conditions, relating my thoughts to what I want the bike to do, and feeling the responses. Nothing else seems to do that for me all the time.

Not tied to a computer, not blurring my brain with all sorts of TV reality blather, just me, the bike, the expereince, the ride. Its still so good that after 40+ years it still feels fresh and envigorating.

Low level flight.


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   Posted 1/12/2012 3:21 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
For me, riding has a couple  blessings. When I share riding with my wife (pillion) we epxerince the joy of travel in a way unique to the machine and it's virtues and it's drawbacks. This makes the memories even more special and the trip more meaningful. It binds us as one uniquely that way. When I'm by myself I get to reflect and get back in touch with my inner being. I arrive a t work pumped, I com home relaxed. I leave on a tour with anticipation, and I return rejuvinated and cleansed mentally. On the rare occasion that I get the bejeebers scared out of me, it makes me realize what a wondeful gift life is and to appreciate what I have and those I share it with.smile



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   Posted 1/12/2012 4:23 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Two main things - First being able to pass stopped cars in traffic by the thousands on every commute to or from work. Also, it's a cool "brain eraser". No matter how crappy may day at work was, by the time I'm home, I'm smiling.


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   Posted 1/12/2012 4:38 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Had to drive from the Bay Area to Riverside (South of LA) and back this past weekend.

How do those people put up with that traffic and not see the huge advantage a motorcycle has to offer in that commute environment is beyond me.

Mind you, a lot of the bikes lane splitting have far too much faith in that double yellow they have separating the HOV lane from the other lanes than I'd have.

They blast down that double yellow as if nobody would ever "cheat" and cross before the allowable merge areas.



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   Posted 1/12/2012 8:37 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
No comment.


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   Posted 1/12/2012 8:37 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Andy VH said...
I could care not ONE bit about ANYTHING Kardashian!


Hmm... I can think of a few bits of Kardashian I'd be interested in.


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   Posted 1/12/2012 8:39 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Wrinkles and no tats, boring.


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   Posted 1/12/2012 9:48 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Picking up the 2012 ZX-14 SE green tomorrow. Not boring, and far faster, heart beat through the roof.


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   Posted 1/12/2012 11:19 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
skyhawk04kilo said...
Andy VH said...
I could care not ONE bit about ANYTHING Kardashian!


Hmm... I can think of a few bits of Kardashian I'd be interested in.



The problem with this, is that in person you'd actually have to hear her speak. Boner killer right there.


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   Posted 1/13/2012 4:44 AM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Hellfighter said...
skyhawk04kilo said...
Andy VH said...
I could care not ONE bit about ANYTHING Kardashian!


Hmm... I can think of a few bits of Kardashian I'd be interested in.



The problem with this, is that in person you'd actually have to hear her speak. Boner killer right there.


lol lol lol


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Andy VH
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   Posted 1/13/2012 5:25 AM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Kinda like a bike that is simply gorgeous to look at, but runs like crap, is expensive to fix, breaks down all the time, can't find parts for it, insurance is ridiculous, just doesn't produce a lot of satisfaction. Great to look at, but ya gotta be able to live with it.

Anyone who has a multi-million dollar wedding, media hype all over, and then files for divorce not even 80 days later? You have to wonder about what's inside that one, or isn't inside that one for that matter. Pass.


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   Posted 1/13/2012 8:23 AM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Riding gives me an oportunity to be with just me, if that is what I want.
It also gives me something I can do with my wife, if that is what we want.
It gives me new friends, new adventures, and new motivation.

It gives me sometihing to be proud of myself about. (OK, that's getting too deep).


 

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   Posted 1/13/2012 9:25 AM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Nah it aint, George. I know what you mean, man. Finally getting the oppurtunity to participate in this great sport has been a life changer for me, and for my Wife for that matter. I like what you and Budoka said in that regard. This thing has become almost something of a religion for me! So I'm thankful for finding a thing that one can feel such passion for.


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   Posted 1/13/2012 9:29 AM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
ZX Rider said...
Picking up the 2012 ZX-14 SE green tomorrow. Not boring, and far faster, heart beat through the roof.

Right on, ZX. Heck, I'm excited for you! Looking forward to a "first ride" report! Congrats again, man.


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   Posted 1/13/2012 10:13 AM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
ZX Rider said...
Picking up the 2012 ZX-14 SE green tomorrow. Not boring, and far faster, heart beat through the roof.
 
I'm excited as well.  The picture of it on the cover of the March Sport Rider mag, is So Beautiful.
 
And, for public road/Utah Canyons, and getting out to Southern Utah Canyon lands, and beyond, that's  a Sweetie yeah


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   Posted 1/13/2012 1:33 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
RaptorFA said...
ZX Rider said...
Picking up the 2012 ZX-14 SE green tomorrow. Not boring, and far faster, heart beat through the roof.

Right on, ZX. Heck, I'm excited for you! Looking forward to a "first ride" report! Congrats again, man.

I think that goes for all of us Raptor. Hey ZX wrinkles can be smoothed out, and tats added anytime! Remeber Andy if it has boobs or wheels, it's gonna cause some trouble somewhere!lol


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   Posted 1/13/2012 2:24 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Wow - what to be thankful for...

Without getting too specific about racing, track days, street rides, touring vacations, dirt riding, Baja trips, commuting, etc... I'd have to say this...

Motorcycling gives me a special thing in my life that I discovered at 15 and has never stopped exciting me and giving me an immense amount of pleasure, satisfaction, competition and discovery. When I'm feeling upbeat, I think about rides and plan trips and work on my race bike... when I'm feeling low, I think about rides and plan trips and work on my race bike... that has to say something, right?
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   Posted 1/13/2012 6:08 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Agreed Hellfighter, if Kardashian had as many pricks hangin outta her, as she had in her, she would be a porcupine.
 Motorcycling and motorcycles have kept me outta really big trouble since I was 6. I still got in trouble. Just not as much as I would have. The threat of losing my privileges, kept me straight.  Now motorcycling just gives me joy. Its a selfish by myself time. Teaching my kids to enjoy, respect, and love motos is fun as well. Its definitely a passion.


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