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What is it about my motorcycle? Riding on two wheels at high speeds? The roaring sound my 1854 cc motor as I shift through each gear? The freedom of feeling alive as the wind blast in my face! Maybe the laid back warm summer rides and the fresh air my wife and I enjoy together? Ice cream stops or picnic spots in quiet settings? Experiencing smells of old covered bridges displaying those distinctive wood smells of past history before I existed? The many Farm lands and quiet streams I encounter as the water trickles through meadows make me feel like they were placed there only for me to enjoy. The hills and valleys with smells of honeysuckles in early June. Should I go on... Beautiful landscapes on country roads steep sharp curves that challenge my ability in a new and exciting way? Riding into unexpected heavy rain storms? Maybe the balancing on those two wheels as I ride through various breathtaking landscapes requires a skill and determination not to drop this deadly machine and become roadkill. Most of us are adrenaline junkies even if we ride for pleasure and obey every speed limit we are separated from the average person. We have a passion to ride and experience it’s fulfillment in a way only we can express. All motorcyclist are unique and special in their own way. Their own style bike whether it’s a large or small cruiser what we wear like a thick leather jacket. Wear a helmet or not? Cut off sleeves like me or maybe occasionally no shirt at all? It doesn’t matter what matters is the thrill we get from this machine we control beneath us! Face it we all we love adventure! Everything in life for me that is, it’s newness fades like the lilies in the fields. The good Lord in heaven has taught me that thank you Jesus. So every ride on my motorcycle is like the very first time. It’s probably all those things I mentioned and more! I’m 55 years old and at 11 years old I was addicted to lifting heavy weights. Thirty four years I beat my body immensely. I gave that up 10 years ago that thrill for so many years all natural power lifting means nothing to me today. At 11 years old you guessed it rode my first mini bike that’s were this thrill of mine gave birth the rest is history! This is genuinely my only way to describe my indescribable passion I feel each time I ride? So the remaining question is why my motorcycle gives me such a new refreshing first time experience every time I turn the key? Well, I look at it like this, at my age why question it I’ll continue to just go with it.
 

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I am 56 and have lifted weights - and ridden motorcycles - for 40.5 and 40.8 years respectively. Working out does not give me pleasure - my motivation is vanity. That is what drags me to the gym three times per week. Everything revolving around motorcycles, from dreaming about them to reading about them to discussing them to working on them to riding them - does give me pleasure.
 

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If you don't mind, this gray bearded sailor has a few answers to your questions and comments here. Keep in mind my maturity level may not be as developed as your own. With that said, let's begin...

What is it about my motorcycle? Maybe because red in almost the fastest color. (Black of course is the fastest out there). 🖤

Riding on two wheels at high speeds? One could use either or I suppose...
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The roaring sound my 1854 cc motor as I shift through each gear? Maybe you're not shifting soon enough causing the roar. I'd need to watch a video of you riding to be sure. :cool:

The freedom of feeling alive as the wind blast in my face! Sometimes I feel too alive, like when the temperature in below freezing. I use the windscreen to decrease the overly alive moments.🥶

Maybe the laid back warm summer rides and the fresh air my wife and I enjoy together? My girl complains that my fresh air smells bad. This is especially true after eating Deviled eggs or chili.💩

Ice cream stops or picnic spots in quiet settings? Ice cream, yeah we can be brothers no doubt.🍨

Experiencing smells of old covered bridges displaying those distinctive wood smells of past history before I existed? We call that smell rotting wood around here and don't recommend riding over those bridges. 🌉

The many Farm lands and quiet streams I encounter as the water trickles through meadows make me feel like they were placed there only for me to enjoy. Oh yes, those streams make my favorite flavor of Virginia Mountain Spring water. I get it in quart jars when I can...🥃

The hills and valleys with smells of honeysuckles in early June. I love the smell of Honeysuckle. My uncle tells me though that it is illegal to plant it in Tennessee. Some silly rule about it being invasive or some crap. I say it is some city boy who hates nature if you ask me.🌼💐🌷

Should I go on... Beautiful landscapes on country roads steep sharp curves that challenge my ability in a new and exciting way? Unfortunately for me, Pretty Pillion does not like this type of adventure. Something about hard points are loud on pavement and she gets excited in a BAD way...🌟🔥🚒

Riding into unexpected heavy rain storms? And this is how my bikes get washed.🌧

Maybe the balancing on those two wheels as I ride through various breathtaking landscapes requires a skill and determination not to drop this deadly machine and become roadkill. Aw shucks, I let the bike do the balancing except maybe in the parking lots where I need to help it some. I do avoid the road kill these days as the grocery store usually has plenty of process meat on hand.
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Most of us are adrenaline junkies even if we ride for pleasure and obey every speed limit we are separated from the average person. Funny you should mention the speed limit, I met the nicest Virginia State Trooper yesterday on my way to see the doctor. He didn't mention any thing about adrenalin junkies, (probably because he was in a cage) but he did tell me it was a good idea to not allow my speedometer to go that high, (or something like that...)👮‍♂️🚔

We have a passion to ride and experience it’s fulfillment in a way only we can express. And not just motorcycles too. I'll stop there before I get into too much trouble.🛑

All motorcyclist are unique and special in their own way. That is true. You are unique; just like everyone else. :pTo be honest, no one at my work understands why I ride year round. Some even get mad at me when I ride in bad weather. :rolleyes:

Their own style bike whether it’s a large or small cruiser what we wear like a thick leather jacket. Wear a helmet or not? Cut off sleeves like me or maybe occasionally no shirt at all? It doesn’t matter what matters is the thrill we get from this machine we control beneath us! Those thick jackets are sure nice when a three inch grasshopper decides to commit suicide into your chest when you are moving at freeway speeds. They all taste the same though regardless the speed I think.

The good Lord in heaven has taught me that thank you Jesus. ❣

So every ride on my motorcycle is like the very first time. One can say that about their girl too. Just make sure you use the correct name. ;)

So the remaining question is why my motorcycle gives me such a new refreshing first time experience every time I turn the key? I'm just thankful it starts when I turn the keys, these cold mornings are questionable at times. :coffee:

Well, I look at it like this, at my age why question it I’ll continue to just go with it. At my age, I say never waste a hard on or trust a fart, so I guess you are ahead of me there...:LOL:
 

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I am 56 and have lifted weights - and ridden motorcycles - for 40.5 and 40.8 years respectively. Working out does not give me pleasure - my motivation is vanity. That is what drags me to the gym three times per week. Everything revolving around motorcycles, from dreaming about them to reading about them to discussing them to working on them to riding them - does give me pleasure.
Honestly I think it’s a much different type of pleasure than working out. However the older we get you can still feel the muscle aches and back pain as a reminder from long rides. Discomfort that’s worth much tolerating than a 4 week heavy cycle in a gym
 

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If you don't mind, this gray bearded sailor has a few answers to your questions and comments here. Keep in mind my maturity level may not be as developed as your own. With that said, let's begin...

What is it about my motorcycle? Maybe because red in almost the fastest color. (Black of course is the fastest out there). 🖤

Riding on two wheels at high speeds? One could use either or I suppose...
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The roaring sound my 1854 cc motor as I shift through each gear? Maybe you're not shifting soon enough causing the roar. I'd need to watch a video of you riding to be sure. :cool:

The freedom of feeling alive as the wind blast in my face! Sometimes I feel too alive, like when the temperature in below freezing. I use the windscreen to decrease the overly alive moments.🥶

Maybe the laid back warm summer rides and the fresh air my wife and I enjoy together? My girl complains that my fresh air smells bad. This is especially true after eating Deviled eggs or chili.💩

Ice cream stops or picnic spots in quiet settings? Ice cream, yeah we can be brothers no doubt.🍨

Experiencing smells of old covered bridges displaying those distinctive wood smells of past history before I existed? We call that smell rotting wood around here and don't recommend riding over those bridges. 🌉

The many Farm lands and quiet streams I encounter as the water trickles through meadows make me feel like they were placed there only for me to enjoy. Oh yes, those streams make my favorite flavor of Virginia Mountain Spring water. I get it in quart jars when I can...🥃

The hills and valleys with smells of honeysuckles in early June. I love the smell of Honeysuckle. My uncle tells me though that it is illegal to plant it in Tennessee. Some silly rule about it being invasive or some crap. I say it is some city boy who hates nature if you ask me.🌼💐🌷

Should I go on... Beautiful landscapes on country roads steep sharp curves that challenge my ability in a new and exciting way? Unfortunately for me, Pretty Pillion does not like this type of adventure. Something about hard points are loud on pavement and she gets excited in a BAD way...🌟🔥🚒

Riding into unexpected heavy rain storms? And this is how my bikes get washed.🌧

Maybe the balancing on those two wheels as I ride through various breathtaking landscapes requires a skill and determination not to drop this deadly machine and become roadkill. Aw shucks, I let the bike do the balancing except maybe in the parking lots where I need to help it some. I do avoid the road kill these days as the grocery store usually has plenty of process meat on hand.
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Most of us are adrenaline junkies even if we ride for pleasure and obey every speed limit we are separated from the average person. Funny you should mention the speed limit, I met the nicest Virginia State Trooper yesterday on my way to see the doctor. He didn't mention any thing about adrenalin junkies, (probably because he was in a cage) but he did tell me it was a good idea to not allow my speedometer to go that high, (or something like that...)👮‍♂️🚔

We have a passion to ride and experience it’s fulfillment in a way only we can express. And not just motorcycles too. I'll stop there before I get into too much trouble.🛑

All motorcyclist are unique and special in their own way. That is true. You are unique; just like everyone else. :pTo be honest, no one at my work understands why I ride year round. Some even get mad at me when I ride in bad weather. :rolleyes:

Their own style bike whether it’s a large or small cruiser what we wear like a thick leather jacket. Wear a helmet or not? Cut off sleeves like me or maybe occasionally no shirt at all? It doesn’t matter what matters is the thrill we get from this machine we control beneath us! Those thick jackets are sure nice when a three inch grasshopper decides to commit suicide into your chest when you are moving at freeway speeds. They all taste the same though regardless the speed I think.

The good Lord in heaven has taught me that thank you Jesus. ❣

So every ride on my motorcycle is like the very first time. One can say that about their girl too. Just make sure you use the correct name. ;)

So the remaining question is why my motorcycle gives me such a new refreshing first time experience every time I turn the key? I'm just thankful it starts when I turn the keys, these cold mornings are questionable at times. :coffee:

Well, I look at it like this, at my age why question it I’ll continue to just go with it. At my age, I say never waste a hard on or trust a fart, so I guess you are ahead of me there...:LOL:
I must say you did make me laugh and broke down my post in a way that will probably be entertaining to the average motorcyclist.
 

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I am 67 and most of the people I ride with are late 60's or early 70's. We may not be able to go as far as fast or for as long, but we have alot of fun anyway doing what we can. What I like about my Road Star is I will make it home and will have all the parts I left with.
 

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Maybe when you are all in your 60’s you won’t remember that you just road So it will feel like your first time......hehehe
Been doing it for years!!
 

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We have a passion to ride and experience it’s fulfillment in a way only we can express.
My only exception to your sentiment is this.

Yes, I ride to experience the feeling of gravity pulling at me as I round a corner at speed. Yes, I love the feeling of accelerating - FAST. And I Iove the agility and responsiveness of my bike - its ability to do as I ask, when I ask, and how I rely on it for this.

My exception is this: Is it really possible to express that fulfillment? I've been stymied with how to share the exhilaration and connection I feel when I ride. Words are inadequate here. The only way to experience this is to get on a bike and do it. To feel the vibration of the motor, hear the sounds, tune into the friction point on the clutch and the touchyness of the brakes. It's not a living animal with a mind of its own but it's pretty darn close.
 

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My only exception to your sentiment is this.

Yes, I ride to experience the feeling of gravity pulling at me as I round a corner at speed. Yes, I love the feeling of accelerating - FAST. And I Iove the agility and responsiveness of my bike - its ability to do as I ask, when I ask, and how I rely on it for this.

My exception is this: Is it really possible to express that fulfillment? I've been stymied with how to share the exhilaration and connection I feel when I ride. Words are inadequate here. The only way to experience this is to get on a bike and do it. To feel the vibration of the motor, hear the sounds, tune into the friction point on the clutch and the touchyness of the brakes. It's not a living animal with a mind of its own but it's pretty darn close.
Your right most if the time words can’t describe the fulfillment it gives to us. I like how you expressed what clicks for you. I was involved in two major wrecks during my lifetime of riding so I’m well aware of extreme speed. My very boring wordy post was only meant to express the newness that never fades for (me) every time I turn the key on.
 

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As the saying goes, if you have to explain it to someone , they just won't get it.
Those who have been there understand with very few words.
Their intelligence play a huge part of that. Many words can overload those who ride on their brains
 

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I love starting my morning by coming to the forums like this. It is so much more fulfilling than anything I hear on the news.

I am challenged many times each year with questions like, "Don't you own a car" or "I question your common sense by riding in weather like this". Yes I have a cage, it is a nice 2017 Chevy Colorado. But why would I drive it to work when I have two working motorcycles? I need it to haul dirt and rocks and such.

Some folks tell me how dangerous it is just to ride a motorcycle, but that is so much worse to ride one in the Northern Virginia area. These kind of people also freak out when they learn of my life while on active duty as a combat rescue specialist. I can't hang out the door of a helicopter at low level, tree tops and rocks, day or night with a machine gun anymore, riding a bike is the next best thing to living on the edge. (Both activities do have helmets...)

Several of you guys have said it is hard to explain to the uninitiated, true. A biker gets it, but not all have the same deep desire that some of us do. Others have to park their bike and jump on a snow machine to fulfill their wind lust. I am okay with those who challenge my critical thinking as I get the idea they are just different than me.
 
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