I'm convinced bikers (gay and straight) are some of the nicest people ever.

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    Feb 26, 2014 10:22 PM GMT
    Seriously! I rode with a gay biker group in Las Vegas recently and they were all really solid people. Most of them looked extremely intimidating, but happened to be really nice, open, and educated guys.

    I also have some biker friends here in this town who are extremely nice as well. I have yet to come across someone who rides a motorcycle that isn't nice.

    So, how many of you ride motorcycles and what do you ride? I have yet to get my own but I'm shooting for something beginner-ish (500cc) when I relocate and get settled.
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    Feb 26, 2014 10:45 PM GMT
    I had to get rid of my motorcycle when I moved to the SF Bay Area; drivers aren't as observant up here for motorcycles, probably because there aren't as many motorcyclists here as there are in San Diego where I'd come from.

    I had a Honda Nighthawk 650. Very quick acceleration and a lot of fun to ride. But not designed for long rides, which I discovered on a trip I took with it.
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    Feb 26, 2014 10:49 PM GMT
    This is something i'd like to have when I got the money for it. Just being outside in nature riding your bike and feeling completely free...that must be an amazing feeling.
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    Feb 26, 2014 11:06 PM GMT
    Depends who you are and with. Educated, yuppie bikers maybe cool. Dirtbags not. I was walking my dog at the top of a mountain pass near a bar and some bikers told me to jump off the cliff (for no reason) except I wasn't white.
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    Feb 26, 2014 11:41 PM GMT
    Joshy is so badass!
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    Feb 26, 2014 11:58 PM GMT
    Well, just meet some of the bikie gangs in Australia.

    I wonder if you would find them nice...
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    Feb 27, 2014 12:01 AM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidI had to get rid of my motorcycle when I moved to the SF Bay Area; drivers aren't as observant up here for motorcycles, probably because there aren't as many as there are in San Diego where I'd come from.

    I had a Honda Nighthawk 650. Very quick acceleration and a lot of fun to ride. But not designed for long rides, which I discovered on a trip I took with it.

    Lumpy rode a motorcycle? Now that's awesome!

    bradomo saidDepends who you are and with. Educated, yuppie bikers maybe cool. Dirtbags not. I was walking my dog at the top of a mountain pass near a bar and some bikers told me to jump off the cliff (for no reason) except I wasn't white.


    That's not very cool at all. Shows hate comes in all different forms I guess.

    pellaz saidrode sportbikes for a while and they really defined me. I have a 07 R1 race bike 4sale. The Visordown forum, UK based, is a good reference.

    a 500cc sportbike with sliders is a good starting point or a motard is more crash resistant.
    -Have a place to garage the bike else it will get stolen.
    -Pay cash for a sportbike, as full coverage insurance is expensive.
    -Reserve money for a full face helmet, Kevlar gloves, a leather race jacket and racing boots. always get something used if you can.

    frankly never had a street accident after many miles. The cars were essentially stationary objects. Speeding tickets were an issue.
    Crashed on the local track quite often. A track getoff is survivable with the correct safety stuff. The human connection to a machine was an odd feeling.


    Yeah I've definitely looked into it and these are solid points!

    PolitiNerd saidWell, just meet some of the bikie gangs in Australia.

    I wonder if you would find them nice...


    Psh, bring 'em on! I eat nails for breakfast and uhh... you know, do other intimidating stuff! icon_evil.gif



    Sharka_Khan saidJoshy is so badass!


    Keep it a secret! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 27, 2014 12:02 AM GMT
    Sharka_Khan saidJoshy is so badass!


    He should post his leather pics on here so we can make inappropriate comments.
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    Feb 27, 2014 1:00 AM GMT
    This guy looks real happy about bikers:

    http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/biker-gang-victim-photos-show-beating-extent-article-1.1605435
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    Feb 27, 2014 1:01 AM GMT
    TheQuest said
    Sharka_Khan saidJoshy is so badass!


    He should post his leather pics on here so we can make inappropriate comments.


    Those are Facebook only... shhh... haha kidding! I might post some up on here soon.
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    Feb 27, 2014 1:02 AM GMT
    mx5guynj saidThis guy looks real happy about bikers:

    http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/biker-gang-victim-photos-show-beating-extent-article-1.1605435


    I think real bikers have respect for the road and others around them, so I don't think I'll consider these guys REAL bikers - just asshole's who happen to ride crotch rockets.
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    Feb 27, 2014 1:18 AM GMT
    JumpMan_Josh said
    mx5guynj saidThis guy looks real happy about bikers:

    http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/biker-gang-victim-photos-show-beating-extent-article-1.1605435


    I think real bikers have respect for the road and others around them, so I don't think I'll consider these guys REAL bikers - just asshole's who happen to ride crotch rockets.


    Honey, bikies are bikies. They're not called 'Nice Bikies' and 'Bad Bikies'.

    People who ride motorbikes as a group are called bikies. There are good and bad ones, just like anything else, consequently, the claim that bikies are just nice people is as true as me saying that all teachers know everything.
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    Feb 27, 2014 3:52 AM GMT
    I'll probably be getting a bike soon-ish. Been putting it off for a while. I think it's time to finally put my motorcycle license to use. icon_lol.gif
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    Feb 27, 2014 3:59 AM GMT
    "The Shack," a longtime local Long Island burger/seafood hangout, is a biker destination. Except those bikers are mostly doctors and lawyers. Not the nicest people!
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    Feb 27, 2014 4:00 AM GMT
    eagermuscle said"The Shack," a longtime local Long Island burger/seafood hangout, is a biker destination. Except those bikers are mostly doctors and lawyers. Not the nicest people!

    Most Harley riders are yuppies.
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    Feb 27, 2014 4:03 AM GMT
    It depends, many can be really nice, many can be douche bags. I have not ever met a biker, neither the ones on my town.
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    Feb 27, 2014 2:00 PM GMT
    I've been riding street bikes since I was 14, and man it's fun! My current "girl" is a Honda CBR 600RR. Old but trusty.

    When you get a bike, remember two things:

    1. Never ever drive when intoxicated or tired. A mistake at highway speeds feels a lot different when there are airbags and a ton of steel surrounding you vs. thin air and a pair of jeans.

    2. Over 70% of motorcycle accidents are caused by cars. Mostly cars that simply didn't pay attention because see above. I've had three accidents on my bikes: one lady did a U-turn right into me because she had seen a parking spot on the other side of the street (but not me); a guy drove into me while I was standing in line at a red light; another guy backed his car into my bike as he was parking.

    The moral of #2: ride defensively, and always assume the cars around you didn't notice you are there.

    Aside from that, it's mad fun. Here in California, we have a strong biker lobby and riding a motorcycle comes with perks: we are generally allowed to ride in car pool lanes, we are allowed to lane split, and we get first dibs on virgins. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 27, 2014 2:17 PM GMT
    PolitiNerd said
    JumpMan_Josh said
    mx5guynj saidThis guy looks real happy about bikers:

    http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/biker-gang-victim-photos-show-beating-extent-article-1.1605435


    I think real bikers have respect for the road and others around them, so I don't think I'll consider these guys REAL bikers - just asshole's who happen to ride crotch rockets.


    Honey, bikies are bikies. They're not called 'Nice Bikies' and 'Bad Bikies'.

    People who ride motorbikes as a group are called bikies. There are good and bad ones, just like anything else, consequently, the claim that bikies are just nice people is as true as me saying that all teachers know everything.


    Bikies??? WTF??? You can't be serious.
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    Feb 27, 2014 2:46 PM GMT
    themachine said
    1. Never ever drive when intoxicated or tired. A mistake at highway speeds feels a lot different when there are airbags and a ton of steel surrounding you vs. thin air and a pair of jeans.

    2. Over 70% of motorcycle accidents are caused by cars. Mostly cars that simply didn't pay attention because see above. I've had three accidents on my bikes: one lady did a U-turn right into me because she had seen a parking spot on the other side of the street (but not me); a guy drove into me while I was standing in line at a red light; another guy backed his car into my bike as he was parking.


    I agree totally. I've been a licensed motorcyclist since 1966, was very active until just a few years ago, riding all across the US, journeys of over 5000 miles at a time. Not riding at present due to health issues, hope to resume shortly.

    Motorcycling actually kept my drinking lower than it is now. If I rode to a bar on my bike I had 2 drinks at most, often just 1, and as soon as I arrived. Then waited at least an hour from when I finished my last drink before getting on my bike again. Ride impaired on a motorcycle and you won't last long.

    I always drive defensively, which means assuming the "cager" (car driver ) is gonna do something stupid & unexpected. Don't wait for it to happen, just know it's GONNA happen, because it invariably does, and so have your emergency out already planned. I got so used to it that cars could come close to killing me and I don't think my pulse rate went up at all, I just kept going as calmly as before.

    To your list I would add:

    3. Always wear a good, approved helmet. And as much safety clothing as the weather will allow.

    4. Take the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) course. It's a lot of fun, free in a few States (in some dependent on you passing, and some waive their own State motorcycle driving test), and many insurance companies give you a discount.
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    Feb 27, 2014 2:50 PM GMT
    TheQuest said
    PolitiNerd said
    People who ride motorbikes as a group are called bikies. There are good and bad ones, just like anything else, consequently, the claim that bikies are just nice people is as true as me saying that all teachers know everything.


    Bikies??? WTF??? You can't be serious.

    News to me. In nearly 50 years as a motorcyclist I've never heard "bikies". Try that at Sturgis or Daytona Bike Week and you'll likely get pounded into the ground.

    BIKER is the only slang term I've ever heard used by motorcyclists. Bikies - that's good. icon_razz.gif
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    Feb 27, 2014 3:50 PM GMT
    I've got a touring bike, a Suzuki VStrom 650.
    It's awesome for long trips. I took it from Germany to Sardinia and back last year to check out a dog for adoption. The adoption didn't work, but the trip was great. That bike can eat up the miles before your ass gets tired.

    Nice bikers. Yes, gay or straight, many are happy to share tips and welcome you for a beer. Some can get a little pedantic. And some are outright fools.

    We tried attending a meeting of the local gay bikers club. No welcome, not a seat to be had, no eye contact. It felt like we were forcing ourselves on them. We left without a word after about five minutes of awkward standing around.
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    Feb 27, 2014 4:14 PM GMT
    bradomo saidDepends who you are and with. Educated, yuppie bikers maybe cool. Dirtbags not.


    Plenty of "educated, yuppie" bikers are a-holes, while "dirtbags" can be cool in their limited bro-ish way. Generalization doesn't work with this or any other segment of the population.

    I've gotten to know some awesome bikers (and "biker chicks" who perch on the "pussy pad" in back) - all hets. "Dykes on bikes" are crazy cool more often than not. Bi/gay men, not so much. They're often indulging a "butch" leather/denim fetish and latch on to biker gear for this. A motorcycle - with its blasts of noise and exhaust - helps their need to overcompensate for being a moe. Plus of course there's the conspicuous consumption aspect, showing off how much money you have to throw around. icon_rolleyes.gif Of course this is generalizing, but like most stereotypes it's rooted in reality.
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    Feb 27, 2014 4:22 PM GMT
    I like them icon_smile.gif...usually, I see them out while I'm on my (non-motorized) bicycle and many times they give me a tip of the helmet in two-wheeled solidarity. And those racing suits...
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    Feb 27, 2014 4:41 PM GMT
    http://screen.yahoo.com/inspiration/bikers-change-lives-abused-children-234809991.html
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    Feb 27, 2014 4:44 PM GMT
    I've a group of guys I've known since childhood coming to town and it happened that two who will extend their vacation to join us were going to be in Florida at about that time for http://www.officialbikeweek.com/.

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    I've always had friends into bikes but the only time I road (as passenger--besides mini-bikes as a kid) was on my bud's Harley. I loved it. It was one of those big boys with the comfy backseat. Some of my favorite memories are of him driving me up into the California mountains. There was a popular biker bar up there, a restaurant actually. I don't recall the name or where. Very fun though. Always tons of bikes outside lined up like dominos and a great atmosphere inside. It's a good scene. Never got into it on my own but I do like it.