Anyone into motorcycles out there?

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  1. SomewayOuttaHere profile image61
    SomewayOuttaHereposted 8 years ago

    if you're into riding, where've you been, what'd you see, who'd you meet that was interesting?  any interesting bike breakdowns while on the trip?

    1. leeberttea profile image56
      leebertteaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      It's been a while since I had a bike. At one time it was my only source of transportation until I took spill on the ice and had to resort to driving the cage. I sure do miss it though.

    2. brethodge profile image39
      brethodgeposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I adore my bike a lot! I cannot go anywhere without it..It's black in color and ride at the speed of 140 and more.. Not any accident as such happen with me yet but hope it would happen to decrease my speed as it  is quite high...lols...

      1. leeberttea profile image56
        leebertteaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Dude! If you take a spill at 140 that will be the last time you ever ride a bike!

        1. SomewayOuttaHere profile image61
          SomewayOuttaHereposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          yup - u must be on a sporty.  so where've u been on it - any long trips?  or u just like getting there fast smile.

          1. leeberttea profile image56
            leebertteaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            That's what we affectionaly refer to here as a "Rice Rocket".

            1. SomewayOuttaHere profile image61
              SomewayOuttaHereposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              ya i've heard the terms - why 'rice'?   - i like sporty!  and obviously i don't ride a 'rice rocket'

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                Madame Xposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                Rice - because they're usually of Japanese make. I had a Ninja a while back. I loved it and rode it everywhere. smile

                Where's "here" leebertea?

              2. leeberttea profile image56
                leebertteaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                Rice is the staple of a Japanese diet, and the bulk of those sporty bikes are from Japan, hence, "Rice Rockets", or "Rice Burners".

  2. ilmdamaily profile image65
    ilmdamailyposted 8 years ago

    Hell yes!

    Was lucky enough to work on my motorbike for 2 years as a messenger in Brisbane, Australia. There's not much that can top being paid to spend time on your machine for 40+ hours p/week.

    Had a KLR 650 - her name was Kylie and she was the longest lasting relationship i've ever had with a woman..err, bike.

    Went on several long trips around Australia with her in 2005-08ish, the most memorable being from Canberra to Perth, accross the Nullarbor - it's a treeless plain of grassland about the same size as Great Britain. It's basically a gigantic slab of granite which drops off into the Indian Ocean in the form of a several hundred kilometer long cliff. The whole plain is completely devoid of water, except for these swiss-cheese like holes in the granite which lead down to the water table below. You could tell where they were because you could literally smell the sweet scent of the water. It took about 2 weeks, stopping to do the occasinal bit of sightseeing along the way - though treeless voids are typically devoid of notable sights:-)

    One day away from my final destination, Kylie broke down - and for KLR owners the reason would not be surprising - my "doohickey" (counter balance tensioning "lever" in the bottom of the engine) broke. I was out of action and had to hide my bike in the bush while hitchiking to the nearest town, Kalgoorlie. The problem was severe enough, and tghe replacement parts required rare enough, that I was stuck out there for another two weeks. I had no cash to my name, and had to work in a copper mine 400km's north for much of the time to save the required cash, working on a pump truck cleaning out chemical storage tanks and cesspits from the miners camps. Disgusting doesn't do the smells and sights of that job justice!

    Made it back in the end though and had some fabulous memories for my troubles:-)

    For versatility fused with affordability, I can't reccommend KLR's enough. Kylie survived two crashes in relatively good shape, and didn't murder me in the process. Notwithstanding the whole "doohickey" issue, they are extremely reliable mechanically and comfortable for the cost. My 2 cents:-)

    1. SomewayOuttaHere profile image61
      SomewayOuttaHereposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      now that's a memory - i like that!   will have to google the area to see what it looks like.

      If I could figure out how to ride my bike and make money, i'd do it in a flash - but would need to be able to travel too. 

      So - Kylie died? who's the new luv?

      i'm at work - will check back later.

  3. SomewayOuttaHere profile image61
    SomewayOuttaHereposted 8 years ago

    guess i'm going to have to write about a few moments from a trip or 2.

 
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