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Mike_RB
10-18-2009, 08:03 PM
It's starting to snow where I live (Calgary) and the bike is going in the garage.

Just wondering how many other geeky CG art types get out from in front of the monitor and ride on two wheels? What types of bikes do 3d types ride anyway? You guys like to go out and dress like pirates and get on your chrome skull encrusted Harleys? Or curl up on a nice warm crotch rocket?

I'm closer to the crotch rocket type. I have a 2001 honda VFR800. Awesome bike.

http://www.elementvfx.com/vfr/vfr_left.jpg

hrgiger
10-18-2009, 08:08 PM
I started this thread earlier this year I believe on the same thing. http://www.newtek.com/forums/showthread.php?t=96159

Mike_RB
10-18-2009, 08:13 PM
hows the toes man, Still like the Virago? Dress like a pirate on your 'cruiser'? :) It's a v-twin isnt it? You should try a v4 like mine if you ever get a chance, different feel. :)

Mike_RB
10-18-2009, 08:25 PM
hahaha, love these guys, they never wave, so busy picking the bugs out of their beards....

Pirate, ARRRGGHHHHHH!!!!!!:
http://ipicture.it/mike/enclosures/old-harley-guy.jpg

3DGFXStudios
10-19-2009, 02:37 AM
I do! :D

OnlineRender
10-19-2009, 02:46 AM
I Do CBR 600 & R1 for the track , but the wife says "NO" , so there in lockup collecting dust ,gutted . "long story ,FORD Escort and Driver that couldn't even speak English let Alone read road sign ""arghhhhhhhh

you seen the new VFR1200F ugly a sin but mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/News/newsresults/New-bikes/2009/October/oct1409-VFR1200F-test-rider-speaks/

also the new Kawasaki z1000 droolll on pc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2fvByZOGbU

Iv'e always wanted a road legal quad-bike .

A better question would be did your bike lecience first or Drivers , I done my CBT when i was 17 the big boys at 21 ,and didn't get a car licence untill I was 24 :)and that was only because the wife fell pregnant
LOUD CANNONS SAVE LIFES

cresshead
10-19-2009, 03:19 AM
i'd like one of these but they're too expensive currently!

http://www.zeromotorcycles.com/images/zero-s-n331/zero-s-right_full.jpg

StereoMike
10-19-2009, 04:22 AM
@onlinerender: that 1200f is really ugly...
I dig the Kawasaki reminds me of the Cagiva V-Raptor (http://www.motorcyclespecs.co.za/model/cagiva/cagiva_v%20raptor%201000.htm)

I myself drive no bike atm, after marriage and getting a baby a cabrio was all I could get (but at least it's an Audi V6).
I had a Honda XL600 a butt-ugly Yamaha xj600 (and as first bike a really old Yamaha xs400). So never had a really hot bike... *sigh*

3DGFXStudios
10-19-2009, 06:39 AM
I also bought an Audi instead of a bike :D :thumbsup: Let's make a "Who has got an Audi thread" ;)

Mike_RB
10-19-2009, 07:14 AM
Ride with pride. This one just needs an engine, which I consider a minor detail given the inherent awesomeness of the bike.

Doesn't even count, with three wheels you have no idea about counter-steering.... Lose one of those awesome wheels! :)

Liber777
10-19-2009, 07:23 AM
I have a hearse. My second. (:

I grew up with motorcycles--both street and dirt bikes--and airplanes. I miss that. Would love an old Indian Chief.

geothefaust
10-19-2009, 12:22 PM
You already know what I ride. :D


Anyway, for everyone else... I ride a wee 2001 Honda Rebel. Looking at getting a 600-650 Honda Shadow at some point. I do prefer cruisers myself over street bikes. At least for long rides. But crouching down on a street bike and hauling *** down the highway is also pretty sweet. :D

jaf
10-19-2009, 12:29 PM
I still have a 1975 Moto Guzzi 850T. Yes, it "waddles" like a duck!

SBowie
10-19-2009, 12:32 PM
I do prefer cruisers myself over street bikes. At least for long rides. But crouching down on a street bike and hauling *** down the highway is also pretty sweet. :DThere are a lot of variables. Setting some of them aside (fairings, windshields, etc.), a 'slung-low-over-the-tank posture works well at speed. The lift from air hitting the torso takes all the strain off the arms and wrists. A typical cruiser, by contrast, requires one to essentially pull oneself forward against the wind constantly to maintain the erect posture. This can be tiring.

On the other hand, the forward-leaning posture puts all your upper body weight on the wrists at 'around-town' speeds, when the lift is largely absent. This can get quite uncomfortable. In the same setting, a cruiser posture puts weight on the spine and butt where presumably it is easier to bear. They both have their place, but I've gotten a little old for canyon-carving, so if I ever buy another bike, it'll be a cruiser.

SBowie
10-19-2009, 12:33 PM
I still have a 1975 Moto Guzzi 850T. Yes, it "waddles" like a duck!Something about a transverse vee is very cool looking, though. Does it smoothen out at speed?

jaf
10-19-2009, 01:24 PM
Something about a transverse vee is very cool looking, though. Does it smoothen out at speed?

Yes it does. The "waddle" comes from the fact that while one piston is traveling outward, the other is inward, giving the side-to-side motion at low rpm.

One thing strange about this bike is it didn't come with an air cleaner -- just a shaped intake straight to the carburetor throat.

SBowie
10-19-2009, 02:58 PM
The "waddle" comes from the fact that while one piston is traveling outward, the other is inward, giving the side-to-side motion at low rpm.The classic opposed twin beemers were much the same in that respect, I think?


One thing strange about this bike is it didn't come with an air cleaner -- just a shaped intake straight to the carburetor throatWow - you'd want to stay off dirt roads, huh?

I always loved that Guzzi look, though, very cool layout visually.

WilliamVaughan
10-19-2009, 06:05 PM
I got my Motorcycle Endorsement about a week ago...I guess that classifies me as a Newbie

Mike_RB
10-19-2009, 06:42 PM
I got my Motorcycle Endorsement about a week ago...I guess that classifies me as a Newbie

Cool William, what kind of bike do you want? Wanna dress like a pirate?

Mike_RB
10-19-2009, 07:35 PM
There are a lot of variables. Setting some of them aside (fairings, windshields, etc.), a 'slung-low-over-the-tank posture works well at speed. The lift from air hitting the torso takes all the strain off the arms and wrists. A typical cruiser, by contrast, requires one to essentially pull oneself forward against the wind constantly to maintain the erect posture. This can be tiring.

I find the sporty positions much more comfortable and it's much easier to get the bike to do what you want... That said, the VFR is slightly relaxed from the supersport position, so the wrists don't get *as* much pressure.

hrgiger
10-19-2009, 08:51 PM
hows the toes man, Still like the Virago? Dress like a pirate on your 'cruiser'? :) It's a v-twin isnt it? You should try a v4 like mine if you ever get a chance, different feel. :)

The toes are present and accounted for. Better then they were. I like the Virago but I think I need a bigger bike. I bought it to ride back and forth to work as well as up to my hometown to visit family. It's not the greatest travel bike. But for touting around town, it's aces. I'm looking to sell it in the spring and it will just depend on finances on when I get the next bike.

And as far as dressing like a pirate... I'm more of a cape guy.

Hieron
10-19-2009, 09:14 PM
Hmm can't find a picture of my own atm, but I got this one:

78552


Honda Hornet 2009, white striped and bad *** :)
Heh my first bike though, but I love it.

SBowie
10-20-2009, 05:25 AM
I find the sporty positions much more comfortable ... I'm sure there are 'personal geometry' aspects, too - height and weight, for example ... and I have fairly small wrists. A couple hours of leaning on them while riding around town at low velocity doesn't appeal much. Certainly, though, that posture offers much better handling and control.

WilliamVaughan
10-20-2009, 05:34 AM
Cool William, what kind of bike do you want? Wanna dress like a pirate?

I bought a used Kawasaki 800 classic that I plan on chopping up into a classic Bobber.

I still want to buy a Ural for me and my dog Jack though... I love the look of those bikes! The Ural Sahara is on my want list but not sure if there are any left in the US.

Otterman
10-20-2009, 05:43 AM
Cant stand those cruiser things-tarts handbags the lot of em. :D

I ride a R1 at the mo-I also dress like a power ranger, hang around roundabouts and collect flies in my teeth. Coolest bike ever is my old 400/four that i rode as a youngster-luvly restored and currently residing in my livingroom.

SBowie
10-20-2009, 08:15 AM
Cant stand those cruiser things-tarts handbags the lot of em.Wait'll the arthritis kicks in ... ;)

colkai
10-20-2009, 10:08 AM
Was a long time biker until health problems forced me to give it up.
Rode in all weathers for over two decades, (thus the problems :p).

My last bike was a Honda CBSevenFifty - I loved her to bits and it broke my heart to sell her.
Here she is.... sigh....

cresshead
10-20-2009, 01:08 PM
I bought a used Kawasaki 800 classic that I plan on chopping up into a classic Bobber.

I still want to buy a Ural for me and my dog Jack though... I love the look of those bikes! The Ural Sahara is on my want list but not sure if there are any left in the US.

they look awesome!

you'd be right at home in 'the great escape'

http://motomove.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/2009-ural-saharab.jpg


http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc36/taskforce1956/great-escape.jpg

errr...chunky!
http://www.rokon.com/img/prod_trailbreaker_lg.jpg

Mike_RB
10-21-2009, 08:07 AM
Those bikes are hilarious. Very cool style. :) Although I dig having a fairing and windshield (even a small one like on my bike) for wind buffeting and rocks/bugs.... You ride one of those with the half helmet and its bug-city....

ingo
10-21-2009, 01:55 PM
It's starting to snow where I live (Calgary) and the bike is going in the garage.......

.....bah, just needs different tires :cool: Whats that odd black condom around your bikes tank ?

Btw, heres my little red italian scooter when it was new (and clean):

Mike_RB
10-21-2009, 04:00 PM
.....bah, just needs different tires :cool: Whats that odd black condom around your bikes tank ?

Btw, heres my little red italian scooter when it was new (and clean):

Nice 'scooter'.

toby
10-25-2009, 09:41 PM
I bought a used Kawasaki 800 classic that I plan on chopping up into a classic Bobber.

I still want to buy a Ural for me and my dog Jack though... I love the look of those bikes! The Ural Sahara is on my want list but not sure if there are any left in the US.
I've actually worked on one of those! Even got a Lenin pin as a reward :p


Currently trying out a ducati
http://i695.photobucket.com/albums/vv317/schmoby/P1010021_lg.jpg


but it's not that great. I'll either go back to Suzuki, or get one of these beauties

http://www.supershowevents.com/collection/moj4pics/moj4-guzzi-3.gif

- one of the most comfortable, funnest and easy to ride bikes I've ever ridden, and classy! Whenever I took one out on a test ride (I fixed about a dozen of them), I never wanted to come back.

ingo
10-26-2009, 02:51 AM
The first one is nice (of course), and the second one takes ages to clean it, but then it looks nice ... for a while. How about a Buell, seems that you get them pretty cheap nowadays :devil:

Yamba
10-26-2009, 04:48 AM
For more lightwave motorcyclists and their bikes visit this earlier thread: http://www.newtek.com/forums/showthread.php?t=96159 :rock:

Glendalough
10-26-2009, 07:00 AM
1949 BSA Bantam 125cc, my only bike, minus the fenders and silencer. Soon realized wouldn't be long for this world so sold it after a few months. The engine was really beautiful and gleamed silver with high quality British Steel not at all like the photo here, even though at the time, it was very old.

Yamba
10-26-2009, 03:34 PM
Ahhhhhhh. Glendalough, thanks for the memories. BSA Bantam, my very first motorbike.

Mine sounded very much like yours, stripped down for scrambles when I was about 13 growing up in Papua New Guinea. :)

Thanks

SBowie
10-26-2009, 07:34 PM
I was always partial to the BSA Lightning - nice look, not entirely unlike the Royal Enfield. I saw a 650 Bonneville from that period advertised a little while back for a couple grand and was quite tempted.

Glendalough
10-27-2009, 12:53 PM
Ahhhhhhh. Glendalough, thanks for the memories. BSA Bantam, my very first motorbike.

Mine sounded very much like yours, stripped down for scrambles when I was about 13 growing up in Papua New Guinea. :)

Thanks

Hi Yamba,

Yes, Divine Simplicity, that was the BSA Bantam.

I was too young to have a license in this country (Ireland) and would ride around fields and paths on the nearby mountains and hills. All pretty wild then, though I imagine not as wild as Papua New Guinea!

Glendalough
10-27-2009, 12:55 PM
I was always partial to the BSA Lightning - nice look, not entirely unlike the Royal Enfield. I saw a 650 Bonneville from that period advertised a little while back for a couple grand and was quite tempted.

Royal Enfield, haven't heard that name for many years.

Remember the 650 Bonnivilles well, the Garda (police) used them for awhile, the story was they crashed half of them when changing up from 350s. Probably not true.

But the legendary bike to have here was the Norton for some reason. There weren't many about, I was offered one cheaply but it consisted of a frame and some engine with most of the rest missing. Had a go on a 350 with those tiny turned down racing handle bars but way too big for someone like me. Rather prefer a light scrambler that you can safely fall off and easily pull out of the mud.

OnlineRender
05-04-2010, 06:13 AM
BUMP ! need help guys ! if your in Kingston area AUS, my mate just got back from work and his RaceBike is gone ! They also took a red and white arai helmet to ride it away. Its distinctive blue yamaha racing colours and has only been stolen in the last couple of hours so if anyone sees it could you please contact the cops and me!

cheers

ill post more info asap , he talking to cops atm !

OnlineRender
05-04-2010, 07:17 AM
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs402.snc3/24380_381696284565_531649565_3651948_6415665_n.jpg

this is the bike !

meshpig
05-04-2010, 07:41 AM
It's starting to snow where I live (Calgary) and the bike is going in the garage.

Just wondering how many other geeky CG art types get out from in front of the monitor and ride on two wheels?

Seem to have seen this thread before... wish I still could but I can't now but 30 years ago...

StereoMike
05-04-2010, 08:38 AM
Sorry to hear that. Wish your friend good luck!

I have something new, a small motorized bicycle (moped) from 1958:

a DKW Hummel (Bumblebee).

Looks like that:
http://johannes-konrad-ruecker.de/assets/images/autogen/a_dkw-hummel01.jpg

(that's not mine, I have to do some beauty fixes, paintjob, new saddle).

Fun fact: DKW was one of the four companies, that transformed into Audi.

meshpig
05-04-2010, 08:54 AM
That's awesome but not sure if anyone over 80 kilos ought to sit on it let alone take it for a spin:)

shrox
05-04-2010, 09:15 AM
http://cache.virtualtourist.com/1/983618-Motorcycle-Montreal.gif

I had one of these I rode from home to the train station. Then I folded it up, took it on the train, then unfolded it and rode it to work. Plugged it in there to charge it up, and then did the same to get home.

meshpig
05-04-2010, 09:16 AM
100 cc's and OMG it's a 4 stroke... bless it's bicycleness:thumbsup:

meshpig
05-04-2010, 09:52 AM
http://cache.virtualtourist.com/1/983618-Motorcycle-Montreal.gif

I had one of these I rode from home to the train station. Then I folded it up, took it on the train, then unfolded it and rode it to work. Plugged it in there to charge it up, and then did the same to get home.

Yeah, but that's only a fold up Emu:)

- You aren't supposed to go 200+ kph down your local street but it's pretty easy really, carton of milk balanced on the tank too.

Or you can shop online? Years ago...

shrox
05-04-2010, 10:33 AM
Yeah, but that's only a fold up Emu:)

- You aren't supposed to go 200+ kph down your local street but it's pretty easy really, carton of milk balanced on the tank too.

Or you can shop online? Years ago...

I think it topped out at 8mph/13kph. Had to walk it up one hill in San Francisco...but coming back down was easy.

vncnt
05-04-2010, 12:06 PM
My first: Kawasaki GPZ600r, 8 years
Then: Suzuki GSX1100F, 8 years
Then: BMW GS1100 (got stolen), 2 years
Then: Yamaha XT500 (crap), 2 years
My latest: Suzuki DL1000 V-strom, 3 years

meshpig
05-05-2010, 02:28 AM
I think it topped out at 8mph/13kph. Had to walk it up one hill in San Francisco...but coming back down was easy.

She's gorgeous. I once pushed a Ducati 900 with a blown stator plate 12 km's in sub zero conditions at 4 in the morning... but there were no down hills worse luck; the things you do for love hey?:)

OnlineRender
05-05-2010, 07:18 AM
Got the bike back today ! it was found 2 miles down the road in a hedge and some nice gentlemen phoned the cops ! whooooooooo back on track ! (mwha)

The engine was flooded , due to being a racebike it's tuned to be riddin hard , the helmet was also found so good chance of dna !

Danner
05-05-2010, 07:53 AM
"... What types of bikes do 3d types ride anyway? You guys like to go out and dress like pirates and get on your chrome skull encrusted Harleys? Or curl up on a nice warm crotch rocket?"



Neither
Nothing gets my adrenaling flowing like racing dirt bikes.

Burndog
05-05-2010, 10:38 AM
Rode for years and sold them due to wanting to live a few more years. Now taking the "Cruiser" route to go a bit slower but still enjoy the open road.

SBowie
05-05-2010, 10:48 AM
I loved dirt-biking when I was young, but flying over the bars and landing in shrubbery does lose it's charm a bit when you're 30-40 years older. ;)

Shawn Farrell
05-05-2010, 11:18 AM
Yamaha 250xr all black with yellow higlights and reflective yellow strip on rear tires you could see at night in the sky reflecting citylights of tall structures. The name would be The Yamaha Warrior 250xr four stroke assault bike.

Here is a Harley-Davidson animation I did for their plasma displays (inside & out):

http://www.trustmedia.tv/index2.html:vticon:

dirtydog
05-05-2010, 11:28 AM
Hi everyone, I have two ducati's, a 1098s and a paul smart retro

JMCarrigan
05-05-2010, 06:29 PM
I had a bike long ago it seems. Water cooled it was

JMCarrigan
05-05-2010, 06:36 PM
Hi everyone, I have two ducati's, a 1098s and a paul smart retro

Now that is a crotch ROCKET and a half!

toby
05-06-2010, 02:00 AM
I had a bike long ago it seems. Water cooled it was
that's not a motorcycle it's a tire-shredder
well, tires in the 70's shredded more easily :)

but really, they did have tire problems when they raced those.

dirtydog
05-06-2010, 03:21 AM
I had a bike long ago it seems. Water cooled it was

It was fondly called the FLYING KETTLE in the uk as most bikes around that time were air cooled.

Here's a photo(internet) of the Paul smart retro

meshpig
05-07-2010, 06:13 AM
Hi everyone, I have two ducati's, a 1098s and a paul smart retro

Awesome, can you give both some extra stick for moi? I'm old school, the only Duke I've ever had the front wheel off the ground with was a Mick Hailwood replica unfortunately not mine:)

meshpig
05-07-2010, 06:28 AM
It was fondly called the FLYING KETTLE in the uk as most bikes around that time were air cooled.

Here's a photo(internet) of the Paul smart retro

Retro 'cos you can see the resemblance to the old 450 pre Desmo singles ( wasn't great) and the 750 twin super sports (lovely).

- Ducati Pty Ltd actually started out making radios and electrical equipment before ww2.

Captain Obvious
05-07-2010, 07:25 AM
Engines are for weak people! :P

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4001/4298681212_a2ff0d369b_b.jpg

SBowie
05-07-2010, 07:50 AM
Retro 'cos you can see the resemblance to the old 450 pre Desmo singles ( wasn't great) and the 750 twin super sports (lovely).There are two types of people in the world - those who love the word "desmodromic", and those who don't. The reasons don't actually matter, it can be all about spring failure, valve float, or just the way the word rolls off the tongue. :)

meshpig
05-07-2010, 09:11 AM
There are two types of people in the world - those who love the word "desmodromic", and those who don't. The reasons don't actually matter, it can be all about spring failure, valve float, or just the way the word rolls off the tongue. :)

Oh off the tongue for sure, it would be a pretty small world if reduced to only those who understood valve bounce/spring failure I mean for god's sake, and those who have no idea.

I love "desmodromic" but you have a hard time with the etymology, a bit like in Cookery where no one really knows where the word "Mayonnaise" came from since there is no town or city in France like there is for "Lyonnaise".

Desmo is also a branding thing and long live Doocaati!

meshpig
05-07-2010, 09:23 AM
Engines are for weak people! :P

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4001/4298681212_a2ff0d369b_b.jpg

Ah yes but the weak also oppress the strong... Mao Zedung had everyone riding bicycles at one point but look at Communist Party now?:)

Captain Obvious
05-07-2010, 09:43 AM
Ah yes but the weak also oppress the strong... Mao Zedung had everyone riding bicycles at one point but look at Communist Party now?:)
They weren't riding american fixed gear bikes, though. :)

shrox
05-07-2010, 09:53 AM
Oh off the tongue for sure, it would be a pretty small world if reduced to only those who understood valve bounce/spring failure I mean for god's sake, and those who have no idea.

I love "desmodromic" but you have a hard time with the etymology, a bit like in Cookery where no one really knows where the word "Mayonnaise" came from since there is no town or city in France like there is for "Lyonnaise".

Desmo is also a branding thing and long live Doocaati!

Nor is there a town called "Hot Dog" that I know of...unless you count "Frankfurt".

SBowie
05-07-2010, 10:56 AM
Oh off the tongue for sure, it would be a pretty small world if reduced to only those who understood valve bounce/spring failure I mean for god's sake, and those who have no idea.Nope, it would be exactly the same size it is now.


Desmo is also a branding thing and long live Doocaati!Indeed, but also three cheers for Guzzi, and a hip, hip for Harley ... heck, even Beemer, Trumpet, and Injun. :D

Kevbarnes
05-07-2010, 12:16 PM
Mary had a little bike, she rode it on the grass
every time the wheel went round a spoke whent up her ars*

meshpig
05-08-2010, 02:56 AM
Ah yes but the weak also oppress the strong... Mao Zedung had everyone riding bicycles at one point but look at Communist Party now?:)

There must have been something behind Mao's long march to an Industrialised nation? Voila! Must admit not familiar with fixed gears.:help:

meshpig
05-08-2010, 03:05 AM
Nor is there a town called "Hot Dog" that I know of...unless you count "Frankfurt".

Ha, that's pretty funny but moreover "hamburger" as in from "Hamburg Steak" ... prolly around the 1930's. Minced beef/pork and most likely became US after WW2?

h2oStudios
05-08-2010, 03:18 AM
Engines are for weak people! :P

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4001/4298681212_a2ff0d369b_b.jpg

Gangster!!! Def not for the p*ssies.

toby
05-08-2010, 03:34 AM
There are two types of people in the world - those who love the word "desmodromic", and those who don't. The reasons don't actually matter, it can be all about spring failure, valve float, or just the way the word rolls off the tongue. :)
I personally like the way "bi-weekly valve adjustment" rolls off the tongue :D

meshpig
05-08-2010, 03:47 AM
Nope, it would be exactly the same size it is now.

Yeah and I can't ride anymore. I'd give my left testicle to fang the latest duke/mv augusta/laverda/beemer/trumpy/guzzi or even my fold up freakin scooter!:)

toby
05-08-2010, 03:50 AM
Engines are for weak people! :P

Yep, wussies who can't stand being at the mercy of clueless box-jockeys bearing down on you from behind every minute of the ride. :cursin:

Last time I rode a bicycle I went 6 blocks then said "**** this, I'd rather be a live wussie than a dead bicyclist". :chicken: So I went road-racing instead, much safer.

meshpig
05-08-2010, 04:56 AM
Here here, bicycle riders are freakin anarchists. They cut through pedestrian zones like Adolf Hitler in Poland and if they f**k someone sideways their not licensed:devil::devil::devil::devil:

meshpig
05-08-2010, 05:05 AM
Having said that this guy's thoughts are worth a read; "Speed"...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Virilio

Captain Obvious
05-08-2010, 06:31 AM
Yep, wussies who can't stand being at the mercy of clueless box-jockeys bearing down on you from behind every minute of the ride. :cursin:
I usually overtake cars, not the other way around. :D I love inner city London traffic.

SBowie
05-08-2010, 06:43 AM
This threatens to go wildly off topic, but I have ridden both bicycle and motorcycle in city traffic, and have some sympathy for bicyclists - but it has its limits. I also, of course, drive a car.

My sympathy does not end at the point where I have to doddle along behind a bicyclist who is unable to keep up with auto traffic in longer stretches between lights. If he doesn't have a bike lane or safe shoulder (as is often the case, esp. where parking is permitted) I'll patiently wait for a safe opportunity to sneak by him without crowding him.

What I do object to is the fact that a minute or two after I come to a red light, the same guy will catch up and want to sneak by all of the cars who (like me) just passed him, even when there really isn't room to do so (sure, rip off my side-mirror and scratch my paint, have a nice day!) and when doing so will force all of us to go through the same painful process over and over. If cyclists want to be given the respect accorded to another vehicle, should they also not have to take their place in the lineup like anyone else, rather than pushing to the front at each intersection? What would showing respect for their fellow travelers in cars in this manner cost them on their total travel time - seconds, a minute? (Maybe I've got this wrong, in which case someone please inform me in what way).

toby
05-08-2010, 12:48 PM
Here here, bicycle riders are freakin anarchists. They cut through pedestrian zones like Adolf Hitler in Poland and if they f**k someone sideways their not licensed:devil::devil::devil::devil:
Actually I wasn't panning bicyclists at all, I just don't understand their level of trust in idiot motorists (those that are idiots).

meshpig
05-09-2010, 03:52 AM
This threatens to go wildly off topic, but I have ridden both bicycle and motorcycle in city traffic, and have some sympathy for bicyclists - but it has its limits. I also, of course, drive a car.

My sympathy does not end at the point where I have to doddle along behind a bicyclist who is unable to keep up with auto traffic in longer stretches between lights. If he doesn't have a bike lane or safe shoulder (as is often the case, esp. where parking is permitted) I'll patiently wait for a safe opportunity to sneak by him without crowding him.

What I do object to is the fact that a minute or two after I come to a red light, the same guy will catch up and want to sneak by all of the cars who (like me) just passed him, even when there really isn't room to do so (sure, rip off my side-mirror and scratch my paint, have a nice day!) and when doing so will force all of us to go through the same painful process over and over. If cyclists want to be given the respect accorded to another vehicle, should they also not have to take their place in the lineup like anyone else, rather than pushing to the front at each intersection? What would showing respect for their fellow travelers in cars in this manner cost them on their total travel time - seconds, a minute? (Maybe I've got this wrong, in which case someone please inform me in what way).

So be it, wildly off topic but it's not really. I tend to agree except I am only a pedestrian these days. That's curious too because sometimes I can walk faster between 2 points than any other form of transport.

It's also kinda strange how when a pedestrian becomes a car driver they forget about being a pedestrian and it's the same for all permutations. It's just that the majority of car drivers are chauvinists and only drive cars.

Bicyclists in my opinion are a bit the same overall. Motorcyclists on the other hand have the advantage of being able to get way ahead of the traffic both in the city and on the road. That's why you're statistically more like to die on a small bike in the first few moths of riding.

AND is there anything better than being on a big bike on a long haul, drop to 3rd gear behind 20 cars, open the throttle and chuckle out of the corner of your eye as you streak past?

WilliamVaughan
06-01-2010, 12:31 PM
Update on my bike status... I got my Ural this past week and went riding for the first time on it this weekend.

You can read my daily ride reports here:
http://www.pushingpoints.com/category/jacks-hack/

Here is a pic of my new rig with hack Monkey:

Sarford
06-02-2010, 01:26 AM
Wow, an Ural, that is quite a nice bike realy. I read on the net some years ago about a couple who drove from Amsterdam to Vladivostok on an second hand Ural.

geothefaust
06-02-2010, 02:24 AM
Update on my bike status... I got my Ural this past week and went riding for the first time on it this weekend.

You can read my daily ride reports here:
http://www.pushingpoints.com/category/jacks-hack/

Here is a pic of my new rig with hack Monkey:



Man! I am jealous. What a sweet ride.

Awesome way to log your journeys btw! I will keep reading if you keep posting. :thumbsup:

WilliamVaughan
06-02-2010, 05:23 AM
Wow, an Ural, that is quite a nice bike realy. I read on the net some years ago about a couple who drove from Amsterdam to Vladivostok on an second hand Ural.


There's a couple from San Antonio Texas that rode from there to the arctic circle...very inspiring.

I plan to ride from NY to Texas at some point. Maybe do some LW training along the way.

h2oStudios
06-02-2010, 11:39 PM
There's a couple from San Antonio Texas that rode from there to the arctic circle...very inspiring.

I plan to ride from NY to Texas at some point. Maybe do some LW training along the way.

Man... This just has Easy Rider all over it. You're gonna need an accomplice.

Netvudu
06-03-2010, 04:12 AM
these bikes things are of the devil. Of the devil, I tell you! :p

zapper1998
06-03-2010, 04:17 AM
1998 Harley Softail Custom...

Sarford
06-03-2010, 05:23 PM
There's a couple from San Antonio Texas that rode from there to the arctic circle...very inspiring.

Bike journeys are the best journeys there are. My most memorable was a totally unplanned trek straight through the jungle of Thailand on a one cylinder 500cc Honda offroad guided by a local on his moped!. I was a bit lost one day when looking for a waterfall just near the main road when I met this guy. He only spoke thai so I never new what he said and I think he never understood that I was looking for that waterfall but he took me on the best ride ever!. Imagine a Camel Trophy but then on a bike.

Another story I once read on the net was about this american veteran without any legs who rode a Harley. He went traveling with some russian palls (some on an Ural I believe) on the winter highway in Siberia. That is a highway which only exist in the winter cause it is on a frozen river.
Those guys had balls of steel, cause during their journey they camped at night in tents near the river. It was so cold that the vodka was frozen the next morning! I'll see if I can still find it...

[edit]
I can't find the article anymore, but it must have been nearly 10 years ago that I read it. I did find the guy who did it though, seems he is quite famous! His name is Dave Barr and here is a link to his Hall of Fame:
http://www.motorcyclemuseum.org/halloffame/detail.aspx?racerid=124



I plan to ride from NY to Texas at some point. Maybe do some LW training along the way.

Be sure to document that trip, the next best thing after bike journeys is reading about them.

cagey5
09-15-2010, 12:51 PM
Just to resurrect this thread. How do the bikers on here feel about riding an electric bike?..

http://www.youtube.com/user/mavizenegp

toby
09-15-2010, 08:41 PM
Just to resurrect this thread. How do the bikers on here feel about riding an electric bike?..

http://www.youtube.com/user/mavizenegp
That thing is sweet! But what will the noise lovers do to get attention with it so quiet?

can't friggin' wait

http://www.autoblog.com/2010/06/11/mark-miller-wins-tt-zero-on-awesome-motoczysz-e1pc-w-video/#continued

Hieron
09-16-2010, 10:25 AM
Dunno about that electric bike.. it's the future I guess, but for now I like the noise, shudder and feel of a gasoline one. The distance on those on a single charge is also really short I reckon..

Can't they put some big speakers and transducers on them as well, you know, for the feel and all :)

cagey5
09-16-2010, 12:52 PM
Have to agree,there's nothing like pulling the clutch and dropping a gear or two as the revs and noise level increase :) I don't know if you watched the other video of sloww speed testing on ordinary streets but it sounds like a milk float.. [Hmmm Is that a British thing?] Anyhow they aren't renowned for their speed put it that way.

Mileage is a big problem too, but it's early days so I look forward to future developments. Rather one of those than no bikes at all.

WilliamVaughan
09-16-2010, 02:47 PM
I prefer the old busted sewing machine noise my rig makes.... :thumbsup:

Hieron
09-16-2010, 02:56 PM
:) it's supposed to rattle, roar and fume... like a beast.

Really want to redo a big tour I did of the US west by car once (+- 6000 km loop), but this time by bike.. one day...

vncnt
09-16-2010, 03:25 PM
Just bought this one: http://www.gazelle.nl/nl/collectie/fietsen/elektrische-fietsen/chamonix-innergy.html?heren

27,5km/h !!!

Hieron
09-16-2010, 03:33 PM
isn't "trapbekrachtiging" just for the old folk? :P
(says me with 100 PK "trapbkrachtiging")


Bet it is quite nice actually, did you insure it well? Amsterdam and all :)

PZrider
09-16-2010, 03:58 PM
I ride everywhere, including up to Canada a few times, on my 2004 BMW GS 1150 adv. Sorry you have to garage your bike. I'm riding to Chiapas Mexico with a group of guys in late October. It's warm there year round.

I'm new to the CG community. I use LW to make print graphics and am often lost. I just picked up Core 10 and my head is spinning.

Captain Obvious
09-16-2010, 05:39 PM
Just bought this one: http://www.gazelle.nl/nl/collectie/fietsen/elektrische-fietsen/chamonix-innergy.html?heren

27,5km/h !!!
Pfft, I usually go faster than that with just muscle power.

Danner
09-17-2010, 01:25 PM
I was looking at the electric bycicles and the sales man told me that you have to pedal for the electric motor to kick in, they are supposed to assist your pedaling not go on electric power alone, If they went on electric power alone then they would have to licence them as motorcycles. He also told me that it's easy to by pass that so you don't have to pedal..

AT PZrider: That sounds like a cool trip, it is warm there all year round, except at the higher altitudes where you might have to wear long sleeve shirts =)

Hieron
09-17-2010, 02:40 PM
Those electric assisted bikes wouldn't last that lang on electric alone. You can bike rather fast on muscle power, what they do is make that even easier. If you bike alot everyday (we're talking NL here) it can be quite nice and will make you zip by other cyclers.

Sure you can go faster than that on your own muscles or use one of those very "comfy" looking streamlined bikes. But the first method will make you sweat (fun when cycling to work) and the other makes you look like a dork and I'd be terrified to be overlooked by cars.

ZE_COLMEIA
09-19-2010, 01:14 AM
I love bikes but I am afraid of it, so I just modeled some :D.

Its a bit frustrating, I learned how to ride a bike when I was 14 and stoped at the age of 15

http://fc09.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2010/262/b/d/toy_motorcycle_by_besourosuco-d2z0vgj.jpg


http://images.orkut.com/orkut/photos/OgAAANuM_lEC35TpzAv8nu4afyr1SzRU1umX37iODhyEqkYDVb JZ2v38t-QjglzbCrIhcWQ9rH3yhhzTbUH4hop3w10Am1T1UNX5q5yHkQT9 MjIYI0U4JPj010iU.jpg


http://th05.deviantart.net/fs48/PRE/i/2009/222/5/7/Skull_bike_wip_2_by_BesouroSuco.jpg


http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs46/i/2009/222/7/4/Skull_bike_wip_by_BesouroSuco.jpg


http://fc09.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2010/262/b/d/toy_motorcycle_by_besourosuco-d2z0vgj.jpg

ingo
10-15-2010, 03:23 AM
Motorbike safety, kind of, if you dont ride in the mountains :

http://vimeo.com/11791407