posted on Jan, 4 2007 @ 06:14 PM
For me, riding two wheels began due to necessity.
I've ALWAYS ridden a pushbike (from BMX to my current 21-speed MB and 10-speed (velodrome) racer), even when I owned a car. but when I first moved to
SEAsia, I didn't have the money to buy a car, so had to get a bike. Which became 2 bikes, then three.
These days the collection has grown and shrunk (and is about to shrink again, by two bikes), but no matter what bike I'm riding, I surely don't miss
my old car-sized fuel bills.
I've got a 900cc Honda (1982, so don't think Fireblade) for when I want to go fast out of town and a CB 750 which is up for sale (do I really need
identical 900 and 750? The wife doesn't think so!).
And I get around town on a 400, but I have a 250 for standby.
Here's the thing, size doesn't matter. The CM250 can be just as much fun as the 900, and in town it's often more fun, and for way less expense in
The down-side is every idiot that opens his door without looking, every moron that turns without indicating or looking, every idiot that comes too
close without looking, in fact every other idiot on the road seems never to look.
Boots, jeans, jacket, gloves, no matter what the weather, can be bloody uncomfortable on a 42 degree summer day (and your jacket begins to really
SMELL after a few of them!). And wearing a helmet means never growing my hair longer than army-regulations dictate, I don't want to save money on
petrol and spend it on shampoo!
But all of this pales in comparison to the unbelievable savings on petrol, and my economising doesn't come close to the missus, who rides a 180cc
And FUN. I ride during the day, so it doesn't feel like solo sailing, but get the 900 out on the highway and just eat the kays up. Or flog the trail
bike around on country gravel roads. Or cruise passed all those Cherokee and Land Cruiser owners trapped in peak-hour gridlock while the 250 lazily
idles along in 3rd...
Plus, there's my uni students who, being young, are impressed by a lecturer who wears a leather jacket and rides a big (even if old) bike.