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post #1 of 6 Old Aug 5th, 2006, 1:13 pm Thread Starter
 
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How much is attitude linked to motorcycle style?

While driving today I experienced an interesting moment: trying to overtake at any cost was a supersports motorcycle rider, who of course managed to get through a long line of vehicles, in a blind curve, over the white line, and right behind, strictly following the rules a group of Harley Bikers.

Does that single example demonstrate that all sport bike riders are not behaving on the road and that all HD ones are very good riders? As a former scientist I cannot accept to develop a theory on just one sample. But….

There is for sure an attitude linked to each type of motorcycle, at least I can base this on personal experience and also by analysing what I can see on a daily basis. Without saying that one category is worse than the other one ,wouldn’t make any sense, it appears that some common facts can be highlighted.

Touring bikers will most of the time keep that serious behaviour carried by the look of their bike: big, serious, no joke, made for very long rides, always coming with the proper gear and very often with a passenger dressed the same way, sitting straight and quiet. Luckily they can easily lose it when another type of motorcycle comes to close or tries to overtake them. Then the fight can be on but always with them sitting straight, not even having the eyes blink a little under the helmet no one can see the huge grin!).

A bit of the same attitude can be found in the big Dakar replica bikes like the BMW GS, KTM Adventure, and some Japanese ones. But here the biker has more of an adventurous mind set and is ready to go nuts at any dirty road crossing. They can even get confused and think the three vans they just overtook were camels. In their eyes the empty deserts will always shine even if those deserts are the ride through the square from home to work.

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post #2 of 6 Old Aug 6th, 2006, 12:02 am
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I think you have it backwards. It's more that the personality defines the bike chosen. Over-the-limit types are drawn to race-replicas precisely because of their excessive power and speed. The adventurous riders want a bike that will take them through any type of terrain, the tourers want all-day comfort, and the cruisers are fine plodding along, taking in the scenery.

I know having a supersport bike would basically mean losing my license as I pushed it's limits, I'd love an adventure bike but haven't the time for it, I've ridden HD's and I'm just not happy with that laid-back approach.

I ride an LT because it fits how I ride, every day and in all conditions. A new GT sure is tempting, but still fits the basic BMW Tourer mode, albeit a bit more sporty and powerful.

Note that all of the above are gross generalizations, but that like most stereotypes, I've found them to be based on some germ of truth.

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I guess that explains my schizophrenia.

No it doesn't!!

Yes it does!!

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I ride an LT because it fits how I ride, every day and in all conditions.
I rode my harleys like I ride my Lt, but boy can I do it faster on the LT

I also rode long miles on the Harley but on the Lt when I am done for the day. I can still do other things (or a couple hundred more miles

I wonder if the GT would cause loss of DL though

it's right up there with sport bike power! and I have a bad wrist, it seems to like twisting, must be muscle spasms !

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Is attitude linked to personality? Can we change both through a significant emotional event? A little mental mapping anyone?

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Another important point is: How does the rider want to be perceived. Lot's of guys buy sport bikes, full set of leathers with race replica helmets then ride like some guy on a crusier. They may look the part but they're not.
Then there's the biker types - they're having their rally this week - I call it "Halloween week at Sturgis". They put on their costumes and pretend to be bikers. I hope they stay safe and have fun.
Many times choice of bike tells you what they want to be, not what they are.

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