Wow! I've been reading some old threads ('06 to '08 +), hoping to get an idea of the mindset of this online "community", and some members nearly scare the wits out of me. Last time I looked, I rode my motorcycle in the home of the brave and land of the free
But here it often sounds like something out of a communist bloc.
People pissed off about loud pipes and wanting to outlaw them; others ragging on riders running around "dressed like pirates"; still others chiming about how smart they are because they choose to wear helmets, and even some go so far to say they won't ride with others who don't. Of course, the list wouldn't be complete without the teatotallers.
So many people seem to forget the old adage, "different strokes for different folks".
I don't go around publicly ridiculing people who look like something morphed from crossing Safety Dan in his neon pin-stripe suit and the Michelin Man. If I want to ride my Vespa looking like Blackbeard searching for his parrot, then who are you to carry on? As myself and others say- I don't give a rats ass. I'm sure I don't look any stupider than the clowns who walk up and down the streets and everywhere else with their pants down around their asses. Nor any stupider than the jokers in the bleachers at all the professional ball games with their faces and bodies painted and/or wearing their official NFL/NBA licensed jerseys or the white trash and others who think they look sexy wearing thongs or spandex into Walmarts, even though they weigh 300 lbs. and only 5 ft. tall.
If you want to ride a $5000 moped up and down the inter-city highways, then knock yourself out. I'll pull to the right and let you pass, if you're in that big of hurry.
You think you're healthier because you've never drank an ounce of anything with alcohol? I hear placebos work wonders also, but my doctor and other medical reports say some alcohol in moderation is good for me. I guess God wired me differently than you. He also said in so many words everything in moderation is good, whether it's pork, alcohol, snakes, or lobster.
What about those $800 helmets- do they beyond a shadow of a doubt really provide anymore protection than the $200 helmet? Or perhaps you're one to believe something can't be of any value/quality unless it comes with an outrageous price tag (shall we leave the price of our bikes out of this?) If so, I'd say you're one of a lot of people out there who's been sold a lot of snake oil.
Several have complained while debating the idea of loud pipes save lives that their rights are being infringed because they can't sleep or eat where and when they want. Give me a break. Some of these are the same ones who move into gated communities with Home Owner Associations, knowing full well what they're getting into, yet they do so anyway, and then bellyache about it. Unbelievable!
Some of these bizarre thoughts came out of old surveys taken here. Maybe we could do a survey to see how many members either own a BMW and an HD or have owned something "loud" in the past. But go one further and ask of those, how many did not like
their loud bike?
I could care less about the legitimacy of loud pipes being safe. I have them on my HD because I like the sound- I like the loudness- Just like everyone's favorite genre of music sounding better when it's played louder- same thing. Of course, too much of anything is not healthy, so again, I go back to moderation. True, I can't adjust the volume of loud pipes, therefore I wear earplugs for extended rides on the HD. When I want to ride and listen to music or maybe peace and quiet, I get out the LT.
How many people here have ever been to the drag races, yet didn't think the noise made nitro burning open header race cars was part of the fun? What about jet airplanes, especially those with afterburners? monster trucks? heavy artillery/tanks for you military buffs? What about a giant manta ray getting airborne then crashing back onto the ocean's surface? Or the sound of a locomotive's horn? How many of you drive through tunnels and occasionally lay on the horn? What about volcano's erupting or the sound of tornadoes, or waves crashing on the beach (acts of mother nature/God)? Again, in moderation- brief instances, it's often enjoyed/pleasurable.
So many members here are wound way too tightly- so much so, I wonder if they squeak when they walk. They remind me of the stereotypical images of aristocrats, who don't seem to know how to have any fun because they think they're better than everybody else and they poop don't stink.
I guessing from what I've read here, my wife and I won't be invited much to socialize or ride with the likes of this community. Good thing we enjoy each other's company.
That's part of the beauty of living in America. Yea, for the most part, we can do whatever we damn well please, as long we're not breaking the law. If we want to look like idiots, it seems to be socially acceptable. If we choose to not wear a helmet because we like the wind in our hair (what little's left), then the great state of Texas and others say I'm an adult, so I can risk killing myself if so desired, as well as my wife, by riding w/o helmets. If we want to open our mouths and remove all doubt about how stupid we are, then we're allowed to do that too. Thank You 1st Amendment! I wouldn't want it any other way. As they say, the govt. who governs least, governs best.
If some of you want to legislate all your liberties and freedoms away, then please do it somewhere else, and leave us American patriots alone!