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Blah, blah, radio show and biking

I was listening to a talk show on the radio yesterday, and the host asked, “Motorcycles – love ‘em or hate ‘em?” 
Weell, I couldn’t resist. 

Basically, I told him that I love them. (duh.) I’ve been riding for 21 years, got my first bike after a divorce in a gesture of ‘F the world!’ He laughed and said he could relate to my bitterness. Although I didn’t say that the catalyst was my 1st husband telling me I couldn’t get a bike. After I dumped him, I got a Harley. Much better! 

Anyway, the host asked what I ride now (’94 Harley Sportster, but I have a ’78 Honda that is more of a show bike and I don’t ride it much), and why I ride. I said that I think the main reason is independence. You are alone out there, responsible for your own actions – if you crash, it is your fault. He said that was what he was afraid of, it is so dangerous nowadays. I agreed, but retorted that he could get hit with a meteor from space just sitting where he is. It’s just the luck of the draw, sometimes. I added that we (meaning my riding buds) avoid the thruway and prefer rural roads. They have their hazards (horse poop comes to mind), but are generally safer. I pointed out that women ride entirely differently from men. You generally won’t see women racing around on a crotch rocket. He made a remark about seeing those young guys (and it usually is a young 18-30 yo piss pot) zooming ahead and weaving through traffic. He always expects to see them crashed somewhere up ahead. I laughed and said we call that ‘natural selection’. He responded, he calls them ‘organ donors.’ Hahaha.

I continued, everyone should take a class, like Ride With Pride, and practice, practice, practice. Join a group like Women on Wheels © and you learn from each other. 

 And riding just makes me feel good. Sometimes it is a pain to try to get ready to go. I mean, I need my water, and make-up and gloves and scarf and do-rag and a spare shirt in case it gets cold and wallet and $$ and I always lock the door and go out to the garage and discover I forgot SOMETHING. But once I’m on the road, legs stretched out on the highway pegs, shifting into 4th gear, I feel on top of the world. I feel…cool. Like the Fonz. I can tell I strut more when I’m out in my leathers. I am part of an exclusive group. 

 And secretly, I think the ‘biker wave’ is the best thing about riding. I’m sure you have seen it – when bikers pass each other going in opposite directions, you give a little wave. Some folks are stuck up and won’t wave to certain bikes, but I wave to everyone. I do the ‘V’ with my first 2 fingers, dropping my hand low just in front of the fringe hanging from my clutch. Actually, I don’t know if it has a special significance, but it seems that Harley riders tend to use this. I think it may mean ‘v-twin’ engine. Not that it matters. But, I acknowledge any and all bikers, as I am no snob. I may prefer Harleys, but any bike is a good bike. Except Triumph, they suck.   Just kidding!   I have a ‘76 Triumph chopper in pieces in the basement. Someday I will find someone to put it together for me and I will be even cooler. 
If that is even possible!    ;)




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May. 18th, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC)
Didn't know about the biker wave... over here it seems to be biker nod. A slight inclination of the head.

Not that I ride... yet. I was just pillion at the time.
May. 19th, 2010 02:08 am (UTC)
Interesting, I don't think I have ever seen anyone but me nod over here. (An exaggerated chin to chest if I can't take my hand off the clutch, usually going around a turn or something. I don't want anyone to think I am ignoring them.)

Did you like riding bitch? That's the slang for pillion, not an insult. If so, you'd like riding solo even better. You need a bike!
May. 19th, 2010 01:51 am (UTC)
It amazes me the comfort that is exuded by motorcyclists. I'd be crapping my pants if I was driving one! The balancing alone would freak me out.

Around here (Central PA), there is a lot of Harley pride because there is a plant in York. People around here fought tooth and nail to keep the plant because they were going to shut it down. Oh, the outcry!! It was nice to see people come together for a good cause. Hell, even one of our local newcasters shed his dress suit and donned his leather, bandana, and denim on camera to show his support!
May. 19th, 2010 02:16 am (UTC)
The more bikers that are around you, the more comfortable you are.
And it's really not hard. Bikes are built balanced, and when moving, it wants to stay up. Though some bikes, to me, are top-heavy, like my Honda. I would think crotch rockets are also, but I've never been on one. Looks too uncomfortable.

I know there is a plant in PA, always wanted to tour it. I do have a t-shirt from their gift shop that I bought on ebay. You need a bike, too.
Bikes for everyone!! teehee.
May. 19th, 2010 05:52 am (UTC)
As for me on a bike.....you buy it, I'll ride it!! LOL
May. 19th, 2010 12:21 pm (UTC)
Umm, how 'bout you move up here and I let you ride my Honda?
Heh, I know riding isn't for everyone. It can be an expensive hobby.
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