Any guys with motorcycles? (Thinking of getting one)

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    Dec 20, 2011 6:56 AM GMT
    I've always thought motorcycles seem cool and everytime I'm at the gym theres usually a hot guy riding one. Anyone here ride motorcycles? Or like guys who ride?

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    Dec 20, 2011 8:30 AM GMT
    If you're serious, take the MSF course. It's kinda pricey, but totally worth it. There are a handful of community colleges that offer it.
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    Dec 20, 2011 10:54 AM GMT
    Yeah, def take the MSF course. Also don't go into it thinking you will be saving money by riding a bike. They are actually pretty expensive with maintenance costs and everything.

    On the plus side, they're totally fun and sexy as hell icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 20, 2011 12:29 PM GMT
    Don't start off with a big liter bike. Even with a course, you can get into lots of trouble with lack of experience. Also in the LA area, ridden for years, and have a superbike. Tell you what - my best advice. - with the traffic here, people not paying attention, can look right at you and not see you - don't get hooked on it. Find another, safer hobby, especially one that involves fitness. As much as I've liked riding, my 100% focus is expecting drivers to do something stupid. Out of the city is different, but that's a good hour ride through some heavy traffic.
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    Dec 20, 2011 12:35 PM GMT
    I used to ride for a few years, but never bothered to replace my last bike after it got stolen.

    Unless you grew up on bikes, definitely take a riding course. It will save your life.

    PSA: A properly trained and experienced rider is safer on a bike than in a 4-wheel vehicle, because of increased visibility and maneuverability.
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    Dec 20, 2011 3:26 PM GMT
    30 years and still riding. I love it. Definitely you should be taking a m/c riding course so you don't become a statistic. Most of my travels across and up and down Canada and the US have been on my bike. I started out with a used smaller bike, Honda 350cc (not something you'd go distances on) then a used 650 Yamaha, then I finally got a GoldWing. which I still have.
    Most bigger cities have gay m/c clubs of some sort, and everyone's always super friendly. The clubs usually have Sunday rides, you all meet up somewhere like a Dennys or McD's parking lot and take off for a day trip. Most long weekends as well there's some sort of club ride
    Even if there isn't a "gay" m/c club near your there's bound to be another local club you can join that probably has gay guys in it.. Besides that though, like I said, everyone it seems, gay or sstraight are always friendly.
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    Dec 20, 2011 11:06 PM GMT
    xrichx saidIf you're serious, take the MSF course. It's kinda pricey, but totally worth it. There are a handful of community colleges that offer it.


    Thats a good idea, I didn't even know they offered something like that. Have you taken them?
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    Dec 20, 2011 11:07 PM GMT
    OneEightZero saidYeah, def take the MSF course. Also don't go into it thinking you will be saving money by riding a bike. They are actually pretty expensive with maintenance costs and everything.

    On the plus side, they're totally fun and sexy as hell icon_smile.gif


    I think so too icon_biggrin.gif Do you ride?
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    Dec 20, 2011 11:29 PM GMT
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    xrichx saidIf you're serious, take the MSF course. It's kinda pricey, but totally worth it. There are a handful of community colleges that offer it.


    Thats a good idea, I didn't even know they offered something like that. Have you taken them?

    I've taken them multiple times, because insurance companies will typically offer a discount of 10-15% upon successful completion. But the discount is usually only good for about 3 years, when you have to retake the course to renew it. But that's OK, I find the day-long activities in a classroom and on a closed course to be fun.

    That's in the Experienced Riders Course (requires you already be a licensed rider and bring your own bike) -- you'll start in a Beginners Course, and some of them are over several days long. Their format varies a little from place to place. Some States also will reimburse you the course cost. A method used in North Dakota was you presented a check when you signed into the course, around $100 I think. At the end of the day if you passed you got your check back, and MSF billed the State. If you failed then the MSF kept your check, and the State paid nothing.

    Beginners courses often provide the bike for you, typically a smaller-displacement bike of about 250cc. For that reason they may also be more expensive than the experienced riders courses. But the advantage to you is sampling riding before you take the plunge and buy your own bike. If you decide you don't like it, or can't master it, despite how hot the bikers look at your gym, your only investment risk is the cost of the MSF course.

    BTW, I've been licensed since 1966. Owned many bikes, ridden all over the US, including many long rides from coast to coast and from Canada to Mexico. Weakened health has put me on a scooter the last few years, but I still try to ride.
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    Dec 20, 2011 11:31 PM GMT
    I have bin riding for over 20 years . You should take a riding class . And when you do buy a bike , get a 600cc . That why you can grow into it . A 250cc is just to small . Also, endoro bikes kick ass . I have a BMW GS Adventure . Good luck and ride safe
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    Dec 20, 2011 11:38 PM GMT
    gaythlete saidYeh man they're pretty sweet !
    I love a lot of power between my legs you know ;)
    I really like having 3 bikes (cruiser, super sports and a dirt bike), but if I had to just have 1 it would be a 750-1000 super sports bike.

    Dirt bikes get me wild icon_razz.gif

    The Harley always attracts the gay guys.. dunno why and they find the sports bikes sexy.

    I have 2 hot rods and man I love horsepower icon_razz.gif


    Hmmmm maybe next time you go for a ride you can use some company icon_razz.gif
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    Dec 20, 2011 11:39 PM GMT
    TRACKBOY111 saidI have bin riding for over 20 years . You should take a riding class . And when you do buy a bike , get a 600cc . That why you can grow into it . A 250cc is just to small . Also, endoro bikes kick ass . I have a BMW GS Adventure . Good luck and ride safe


    Thanks man. I definately want to check them out sometime soon. What would the price range for them be about?

  • Dec 21, 2011 12:08 AM GMT
    I've been riding motorcycles since I was 13 years old and love the feeling of freedom and 'exposure to the elements' such as sunshine, wind, etc. Rain, not so much! I've done everything from street riding to road racing to motocross to drag racing. As others have said, I'd strongly suggest anyone take the MSF course! It can help save your life because motorcycles are invisible!

    In my opinion, motorcyclists are generally better drivers that others on the road because we have to not only learn to ride for ourselves but we also have to learn to drive for others sharing the road. Motorcycles are 'harder to see' because most motorist are not used to looking for objects smaller than an average sized car. This is where learning to drive for others comes into play. You need to learn to anticipate when other drivers are going to "do something stupid" and cut you off. Those skill sets come with time and experience and usually a few close calls and the MSF course can help decrease the time it takes to develop those skills.

    Also, you don't just need a motorcycle and a helmet. Proper riding gear is important. I see riders all the time flying down the freeway, weaving in and out of traffic while wearing a helmet, t-shirt and shorts. A t-shirt will not offer any protection in the event of a crash. A leather jacket, some riding gloves and sturdy jeans (or leather pants) will offer exponentially greater protection.

    That being said, I do occasionally ride my Harley without a shirt and while wearing shorts and if in a state that doesn't require helmets, I usually don't wear one. One of those "do as I say, not as I do things". However, when riding in a more "exposed condition", I do tend to ride a bit slower and cautiously because I know I'm more at risk. This is skill learned over several years of riding and NOT recommended for new riders or until you've laid down your bike the first time.

    I currently have two motorcycles ... a Harley for street riding and a Suzuki bike that I drag race. I recently sold my sport bike because I like to go fast ... very fast ... and I know that I don't need to be doing that on the street any more. I tend to ride the Harley more sensibly and opted for that instead of the sport bike.

    Pics to follow:

    My Harley and improper riding clothing:
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    My race bike: (Zero to 196MPH in 7.5 seconds)
    dragbike.jpg

    Ride often! Ride safe!
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    Dec 21, 2011 4:24 AM GMT
    WestCoastGuy said
    xrichx saidIf you're serious, take the MSF course. It's kinda pricey, but totally worth it. There are a handful of community colleges that offer it.

    Thats a good idea, I didn't even know they offered something like that. Have you taken them?
    Yeah, I took the MSF years ago. It's a 2 part course. A few hours of classroom instruction. And then a whole day of riding in a parking lot. All gear is provided; motorcycle, helmet, gloves. But I would recommend buying/borrowing your own helmet and gloves. The loaners I got were pretty ripe. icon_lol.gif

    But yeah, you should only do this if you're serious about riding. And not doing it just impress dudes. Because yeah, it can get expensive. You're probably going to spend anywhere from $1000 - 3000 on riding gear. And then there's the bike. And then insurance.

    The general advice is to get a small bike like a 250cc and then upgrade when your skills improve. But considering your height. I think you can handle a 500 or 600cc. Probably want to stay away from sport bikes for now.