Where have all the real riders gone?

Tips and Recommendations from Guru Mike Nixon

Moderator: Whiskerfish

User avatar
sunnbobb
Facebook Admin
Facebook Admin
Posts: 20784
Joined: Thu Jan 10, 2008 4:09 pm
My Album: http://www.ngwclub.com/gallery/v/wingmans/sunnbobb/
Location: LaConner, WA

Re: Where have all the real riders gone?

Post #16 by sunnbobb » Wed May 29, 2013 8:27 pm

If the sun shines or no rain, I ride. 12k last year, including a2k ride to the ngw meet in deadwood..

User avatar
CYBORG
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 21471
Joined: Mon Jan 14, 2008 12:52 pm
Location: Muskegon mich

Re: Where have all the real riders gone?

Post #17 by CYBORG » Wed May 29, 2013 8:59 pm

i think there are still a few of us out there. Rat in Toronto comes to mind. i do about 20k a year. which, for living in Michigan, half way up the lake, ain't to bad. when i lived in Ca. i did a whole lot more. but the weather had something to do with that

User avatar
mikenixon
Early 'Wing Guru
Early 'Wing Guru
Posts: 417
Joined: Thu Dec 10, 2009 1:51 am
Location: Prescott, AZ
Contact:

Re: Where have all the real riders gone?

Post #18 by mikenixon » Wed May 29, 2013 10:00 pm

Cool! :)
Mike Nixon
www.motorcycleproject.com

User avatar
rogue1000
SUPER BIKER!!!!
SUPER BIKER!!!!
Posts: 3723
Joined: Mon Jan 12, 2009 3:28 pm
Location: SLO, Ca.

Re: Where have all the real riders gone?

Post #19 by rogue1000 » Wed May 29, 2013 10:15 pm

This is why I hang around this site; people who are riders as opposed to posers....I really don't care what you ride, just get out there! I have no patience with the people who turn down their nose at my bike because it is not a HD, or the fact that it has a sidecar attached, or that I am an old fart that has a Santa Claus beard and couldn't possibly hold up a bike without a third wheel (crappy left knee)...yeah, I look like I'm homeless with this tan from riding and sailing, but I'm not (yet, anyway...)....I do prefer bike camping in a series of short hops (under 300 miles), but these add up in a hurry!
When I first started riding (1967 on a S-90 that I hid from my parents at a neighbors house), it seemed like total freedom! It still seems that way out here on the Central Coast of California, especially in the hours of between 9am and 1:30 pm weekdays....We used to ride from Napa to the coast every Sunday morning at dawn, encountering NO traffic until maybe 9am or so....those were the days my friend, we thought they'd never end....

User avatar
Lefty
Silver Member
Silver Member
Posts: 608
Joined: Wed Apr 10, 2013 11:46 am
Location: Durango Colorado

Re: Where have all the real riders gone?

Post #20 by Lefty » Wed May 29, 2013 11:00 pm

You know the song by Cream. "I feel free bomp bomp ba bomp bomp." I sing that to myself when I ride.

User avatar
tirejoe
Titanium Member
Titanium Member
Posts: 383
Joined: Fri Jun 29, 2007 9:56 pm
Location: Cave City, Ky

Re: Where have all the real riders gone?

Post #21 by tirejoe » Wed May 29, 2013 11:46 pm

Those old trumps and hds we rode in the 70"s had to have a top end rebuild ever year if you rode much!

User avatar
Recycled Roadkill
Honored Life Member
Honored Life Member
Posts: 4053
Joined: Wed Sep 17, 2008 10:21 am
Location: Garland, TX
Contact:

Re: Where have all the real riders gone?

Post #22 by Recycled Roadkill » Thu May 30, 2013 1:09 pm

It wasn't until I was in my mid 20s that I owned a bike and a car. While I was stationed at Fort Hood, Tx my only transportation was a '72 Yamaha XS650 I'd bought used with just a couple of thousand miles on it. I lived off post and one night we had a nice rain that froze on the streets and my seat that the water that soaked in and froze the foam. I had to ride into the post on ice on a seat that was no more comfortable than sitting on concrete.
These days I'm out only on weekends, usually with other riders and the weather has to be almost perfect. My maximum miles is somewhere around 200 then my butt is too sore to ride any longer.
ngwsmilie

User avatar
MSGT-R
Lady Winger
Lady Winger
Posts: 1021
Joined: Thu Jun 11, 2009 2:53 pm
Location: CO

Re: Where have all the real riders gone?

Post #23 by MSGT-R » Thu May 30, 2013 3:04 pm

Being an urban Los Angeles kid, there was never any off-roading for me. My Dad, however, got me a Mini-Trail 50 when I was old enough for a permit. I rode it everywhere - all over town with what has now become an ATV flag fluttering from the rear so I wouldn't get run over by inattentive drivers (yes, it was licensed for the street).

Fast forward a couple of years to my Marine Corps days. The family wagon decided that it only needed 7 rod bearings instead of 8 one day in San Diego, and I was now using my CL200 for the weekly commute home (LA) from San Diego. Laying on the tank on the freeway with no windshield for a couple of hours in the nightly cold, wearing breadbags on my knees in an attempt to keep warm in February (no gear for small chicks back then). I could just make it home to South Gate on a single tank of gas, or just going on reserve. Not fun, just needed to be done. Riding in Okinawa a year later - now that was fun - even though threre wasn't anywhere far to travel to.

All of that was more than 30 years ago. SoCal traffic has become far more evil, congested, and people far more irresponsible since then. After 32 years of riding and several close calls, I've already suffered my major accident. I don't commute anymore, my Toyota Echo gets the same mileage and the AC / Heater works far better. I save my riding for the weekends and vacations so I won't have the urge to shoot someone anymore.

User avatar
Recycled Roadkill
Honored Life Member
Honored Life Member
Posts: 4053
Joined: Wed Sep 17, 2008 10:21 am
Location: Garland, TX
Contact:

Re: Where have all the real riders gone?

Post #24 by Recycled Roadkill » Thu May 30, 2013 3:32 pm

MSGT-R wrote:Being an urban Los Angeles kid, there was never any off-roading for me.
I learned to ride on the streets in the San Fernando Valley. Most of Mulholland Drive was gravel at the time. There were also some nice areas to climb hills in the foothills around Reseda. I imagine it's all built in now.
MSGT-R wrote:I save my riding for the weekends and vacations so I won't have the urge to shoot someone anymore.
Exactly why I don't carry. They don't seem to realize that it's MY road! :lol:

User avatar
CYBORG
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 21471
Joined: Mon Jan 14, 2008 12:52 pm
Location: Muskegon mich

Re: Where have all the real riders gone?

Post #25 by CYBORG » Thu May 30, 2013 4:33 pm

when i lived in Germany i had a BMW and rode tear round. side car in the winter

User avatar
rogue1000
SUPER BIKER!!!!
SUPER BIKER!!!!
Posts: 3723
Joined: Mon Jan 12, 2009 3:28 pm
Location: SLO, Ca.

Re: Where have all the real riders gone?

Post #26 by rogue1000 » Thu May 30, 2013 5:11 pm

I remember riding the Triumph's (a 68 Bonneville, and a 73 Daytona) from Napa to Chico to visit my girlfriend. It could get pretty cold so I would slide newspaper into my pants over my knees/shins, and into my jacket to protect my chest/belly area, and I still had frozen knees coming up to a stop sign (on old Hwy.99); I stopped fine but couldn't put down my leg because of frozen knee, and just toppled over in what seemed then like extreme slo-mo....
As far as top end rebuilds, I expected them in around the 20k mark....

User avatar
MSGT-R
Lady Winger
Lady Winger
Posts: 1021
Joined: Thu Jun 11, 2009 2:53 pm
Location: CO

Re: Where have all the real riders gone?

Post #27 by MSGT-R » Thu May 30, 2013 7:00 pm

Recycled Roadkill wrote:
MSGT-R wrote:Being an urban Los Angeles kid, there was never any off-roading for me.
I learned to ride on the streets in the San Fernando Valley. Most of Mulholland Drive was gravel at the time. There were also some nice areas to climb hills in the foothills around Reseda. I imagine it's all built in now.

Only one section of Mulholland is still gravel and I think it's closed to traffic (?) The rest is filled with bikers every weekend.

I grew up on the other side of the tracks from Watts.

User avatar
JBz
SUPER BIKER!!!!
SUPER BIKER!!!!
Posts: 3047
Joined: Wed Jan 31, 2007 8:11 pm
Location: dayton nv

Re: Where have all the real riders gone?

Post #28 by JBz » Thu May 30, 2013 7:13 pm

I grew up on the other side of the tracks from Watts.[/quote]


I worked in Compton........... NO lolol Jb

User avatar
JBz
SUPER BIKER!!!!
SUPER BIKER!!!!
Posts: 3047
Joined: Wed Jan 31, 2007 8:11 pm
Location: dayton nv

Re: Where have all the real riders gone?

Post #29 by JBz » Thu May 30, 2013 7:25 pm

JBz wrote:I grew up on the other side of the tracks from Watts.



I worked in Compton........... NO lolol Jb[/quote]


Daves Home of Chrome on Long Beach blvd


Me edit button is not working at his time.............. jb

User avatar
Recycled Roadkill
Honored Life Member
Honored Life Member
Posts: 4053
Joined: Wed Sep 17, 2008 10:21 am
Location: Garland, TX
Contact:

Re: Where have all the real riders gone?

Post #30 by Recycled Roadkill » Thu May 30, 2013 7:43 pm

You cannot post new topics in this forum
You can reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You can post attachments in this forum

You've gotta use "work arounds" in this section
I've wondered why this area is set up like this but I'm sure NGW Admin has their reasons.


Return to “Mike Nixon's Spot”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Bear151556a and 1 guest