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Do you know how to ride a motorcycle?
Posted by: Yoyodyne ArtWorks
Date: July 23, 2018 05:09PM
Poll
Do you know how to ride a motorcycle?
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81 votes were received.
Yes 60
 
74%
No 21
 
26%



And if your answer is yes, do you have a current MC endorsement on your driver’s license?



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Re: Do you know how to ride a motorcycle?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: July 23, 2018 05:10PM
I voted yes because it looks easy winking smiley



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Re: Do you know how to ride a motorcycle?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: July 23, 2018 05:23PM
Yes but...
Haven't ridden one since the late 80's.
Mrs. cbelt3 tells me "NO. No way, no how, nope"
My steel supported right arm isn't strong enough or flexible enough to control anything stronger than a bicycle pedaled by a fat old man (me).
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Re: Do you know how to ride a motorcycle?
Posted by: Rick-o
Date: July 23, 2018 05:32PM
Yes, and yes to having a current CY endorsement. Heck, I have so many project bikes around, I can't even list all that I own. I keep telling myself to restore the '66 Honda Dream 305. I have three of them, and could probably build two bikes from all the parts, IF I had more gumption. rolleyes smiley



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Re: Do you know how to ride a motorcycle?
Posted by: freeradical
Date: July 23, 2018 05:44PM
Dirt bikes only
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Re: Do you know how to ride a motorcycle?
Posted by: timg
Date: July 23, 2018 05:45PM
Yes and Yes for me.



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Re: Do you know how to ride a motorcycle?
Posted by: srf1957
Date: July 23, 2018 05:46PM
No and never had. Rode a factory handbuilt Hodaka factory race bike + 250 yamaha TT
175 yamaha IT and a Suzuki 400 P E and last 500 Yamaha TT
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Re: Do you know how to ride a motorcycle?
Posted by: Winston
Date: July 23, 2018 05:47PM
Yes, if having access to a 50cc Honda minibike as a kid counts. It worked just like a "big" motorcycle. 3 speed transmission. I've also ridden mopeds many times, but I don't think they count.

Waiting for the "no, but I do have a little Vespa I play around with" comment . . .


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Re: Do you know how to ride a motorcycle?
Posted by: Michael
Date: July 23, 2018 06:04PM
I had one when I was out of high school in the 70's. Then I started working part time in a hospital and took care of a guy in a permanent vegetative state from a motorcycle wreck where he was run off the road by a car coming around corner on the wrong side of he road. That sort of ruined it for me. I kept the bike for a couple more years but didn't ride it much.
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Re: Do you know how to ride a motorcycle?
Posted by: MacArtist
Date: July 23, 2018 06:05PM
Yes. Have had a MC endorsement on my license since 1982. Have been riding since except for 1999-2004 when I was cycle-less.



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Re: Do you know how to ride a motorcycle?
Posted by: billb
Date: July 23, 2018 06:11PM
I've owned a few Kawasaki .

Nothing smells or sounds like a Kawasaki Triple, which is probably a good thing.
But the acceleration was addictively amazing.



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Re: Do you know how to ride a motorcycle?
Posted by: macphanatic
Date: July 23, 2018 06:17PM
Yes and Yes. Got my license in the early 90's. Never owned a bike. Figured the best way to see if I liked it was to enroll in a motorcycle safety class and learn to ride on their bikes. Cost me $25 plus I had to buy a helmet. Was going to buy a motorcycle, but got married and had child #1. Decided that I should put off buying one until my children were no longer dependent on me (people around here can't drive well).

So, still have the endorsement but haven't used it in over 20 yrs.
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Re: Do you know how to ride a motorcycle?
Posted by: timg
Date: July 23, 2018 06:19PM
Quote
billb
I've owned a few Kawasaki .

Nothing smells or sounds like a Kawasaki Triple, which is probably a good thing.
But the acceleration was addictively amazing.

First Street bike I rode was a Suzuki GT380 with a 3 cylinder two stroke engine.

from the description, the Kawasaki triples were similar.



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Re: Do you know how to ride a motorcycle?
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: July 23, 2018 06:29PM
When I was recovering from surgery in Buffalo in the 70's, I was on a wake-up ward with 4 or 5 guys...all of whom were recovering from knee surgery when their bikes went down on them. That sealed the deal for me.



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Re: Do you know how to ride a motorcycle?
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: July 23, 2018 06:37PM
Yes and yes. Current owner/operator of a 2005 Suzuki V-Strom 650.



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Re: Do you know how to ride a motorcycle?
Posted by: Pat
Date: July 23, 2018 06:43PM
Yes and yes.

Honda Trail 50/70, SL90, CL100, NightHawk 450. All gone.
Yamaha YZ125, TT250, TT600, WR450, YFZ350 (RZ engine plus 2 extra wheels). Still have the WR and Banshee.
Vespa Allstate, Primavera, P125X, several P200Es, Rally 200. Still have some Ps and the Rally.
Servetta Lambretta Jet200. Still have.
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Re: Do you know how to ride a motorcycle?
Posted by: AllGold
Date: July 23, 2018 06:54PM
Yes and I maintain my CYcle endorsement even though I haven't had a bike for many years since it doesn't cost extra (or at least not much extra).



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Re: Do you know how to ride a motorcycle?
Posted by: TheCaber
Date: July 23, 2018 07:06PM
Yes and Yes. Haven't ridden since 1990 when I sold my 1982 Honda V45 Sabre to my brother. My wife has forbidden me to ride since (or at least until all the children are growed up and have left the nest). I kept the M endorsement on the off chance that I was born to be wild. And will be again someday.



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Re: Do you know how to ride a motorcycle?
Posted by: Fritz
Date: July 23, 2018 07:07PM




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Re: Do you know how to ride a motorcycle?
Posted by: wurm
Date: July 23, 2018 07:17PM
Yes and yes. I learned on my brother's Honda CB450 and shortly thereafter bought myself a Honda CB500 (4 cylinder). I have to admit it's a little troubling that the last time I rode was in the '80s and I can still just have the MC endorsement on subsequent drivers licenses without having to be re-tested. That said, I'm glad, because one day again, I might just buy another. Would love to find a nicely taken care of Yamaha XS 650.
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Re: Do you know how to ride a motorcycle?
Posted by: mstudio
Date: July 23, 2018 07:42PM
Yes and yes for me, too. Got mine in the early 70s when I bought a 350 Kawasaki triple. What a little rocket, I still remember flying down the Dan Ryan expressway in Chicago with that thing. Just recently sold a '79 Honda K750, another fine machine. I'm looking at a '73 BMW but probably will pass. Maybe I'll pick up a little Vespa. Ha.
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Re: Do you know how to ride a motorcycle?
Posted by: Dennis R
Date: July 23, 2018 07:47PM
Yes, since I was of age. I have a 1994 Goldwing but my health keeps me off it most of the time. As few as 2 years ago I rode it 7 days a week to both my jobs. A few years ago me and my wife did an iron butt ride. A certified ride of 1000+ Miles in 24 or less hours. We left Hamburg, NY at 3 pm Sunday and arrived at Eureka Springs, Arkansas at noon Monday. Certified 1053 miles and 21 hours.
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Re: Do you know how to ride a motorcycle?
Posted by: testcase
Date: July 23, 2018 07:51PM
Yes, I have an "M" endorsement.

I can HIGHLY recommend the MSF (Motorcycle Safety Foundation) course. I took an MSF course back in 2012. Over a weekend combining classroom and roadwork on MSF 250cc Hondas, students were taught all the basics as well as how to be a safe rider. Students who pass the MSF written and road tests receive a certificate that, when turned in to the DMV, satisfies all DMV requirements qualifying graduates for their M endorsement. MUCH easier that "doing it all yourself"

A year later I took a four hour MSF "refresher" class (all roadwork) and, can recommend that as well.
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Re: Do you know how to ride a motorcycle?
Posted by: Pat
Date: July 23, 2018 07:55PM
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Re: Do you know how to ride a motorcycle?
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: July 23, 2018 07:58PM
Anyone can "ride" a motorcycle, but I assume you mean drive a motorcycle. (Yeah, I'm being a smartass - deal with it)

so yes and no (same reason the state won't let me drive a stick shift)

I drove a bike exactly one time. I was a teenager, my friend had a small Kawasaki with a sticking throttle. So we decided if the throttle on the right handlebar would stick, then this idiot with one left hand wouldn't have any trouble driving it. I got on, the owner gunned it and ran alongside a few steps to stick the throttle. Away I went.

I was on my second trip around the neighborhood when that lone teenage braincell dedicated to reasoning finally cut through the static and I realized I was going about 40mph and only had a front brake (because the rear was on the right side).

A couple hours later I finally ran out of gas and coasted to a stop amidst the laughter and applause of the neighbors who had come out to watch the idiot on the bike circling the block.

Thus ended my easy rider days.



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Re: Do you know how to ride a motorcycle?
Posted by: Randalls
Date: July 23, 2018 08:11PM
Yes and still have my 3 bikes from the day, 69 Yamaha 100, 74 Kawasaki H2 750 Triple and 76 Kawasaki 900.
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Re: Do you know how to ride a motorcycle?
Posted by: Yoyodyne ArtWorks
Date: July 23, 2018 08:32PM
Quote
Ombligo
Anyone can "ride" a motorcycle, but I assume you mean drive a motorcycle. (Yeah, I'm being a smartass - deal with it)

so yes and no (same reason the state won't let me drive a stick shift)

I drove a bike exactly one time. I was a teenager, my friend had a small Kawasaki with a sticking throttle. So we decided if the throttle on the right handlebar would stick, then this idiot with one left hand wouldn't have any trouble driving it. I got on, the owner gunned it and ran alongside a few steps to stick the throttle. Away I went.

I was on my second trip around the neighborhood when that lone teenage braincell dedicated to reasoning finally cut through the static and I realized I was going about 40mph and only had a front brake (because the rear was on the right side).

A couple hours later I finally ran out of gas and coasted to a stop amidst the laughter and applause of the neighbors who had come out to watch the idiot on the bike circling the block.

Thus ended my easy rider days.

The fact that you think “drive a motorcycle” is the correct terminology reinforces the wisdom of terminating your brief riding career. smiley-shocked003



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Re: Do you know how to ride a motorcycle?
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: July 23, 2018 08:33PM
Owned two smallish bikes in my teens/20s, but would not ride one on a public highway ever again.

They're just too small for the incompetent car/truck drivers to notice*; and there are far too many incompetent drivers on the public highways. old fogey smiley


*And the biker always looses in those confrontations.
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Re: Do you know how to ride a motorcycle?
Posted by: wave rider
Date: July 23, 2018 08:40PM
Yes x 2.



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Re: Do you know how to ride a motorcycle?
Posted by: davester
Date: July 23, 2018 08:55PM
Yes and yes. I owned a Honda 350 for non-freeway commuting purposes for a long time but got rid of it because I wanted to stay in shape and it was too tempting to jump on the motorcycle instead of the bicycle. I've ridden on and off since (last time was a year ago when I took out a friend's Kawasaki Ninja for a ride through the hills) but I pretty much stick to bicycles these days.



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Re: Do you know how to ride a motorcycle?
Posted by: Wags
Date: July 23, 2018 09:10PM
I've got an 05 Sportster 1200 Low. Pretty much always owned a mc since 71 when I bought my first, a 450 Honda. Rode that from Canada to Mexico one time.
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Re: Do you know how to ride a motorcycle?
Posted by: LyleH
Date: July 23, 2018 09:15PM
Yes and Yes. Drove (on the street only) a 175cc dirt bike, and also drove to work with 2 Honda street bikes, a 350cc and a CB 550cc. Was lucky and only had one close call. Haven't driven one for 20 years and will probably never drive one again - don't want to push my luck. LyleH
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Re: Do you know how to ride a motorcycle?
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: July 23, 2018 10:42PM
Yes and yes. Yellow 94 V-Max, but I haven't ridden it in a few years because the water pump and front forks need to be rebuilt.



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Re: Do you know how to ride a motorcycle?
Posted by: Rolando
Date: July 23, 2018 10:59PM
Honestly, I'm just too klutzy to not have a cage around me.



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Re: Do you know how to ride a motorcycle?
Posted by: Catzilla
Date: July 24, 2018 01:58AM
Yes, and yes. Currently have a '05 BMW R1200RT, but I spend more time on my Cannondale lately.
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Re: Do you know how to ride a motorcycle?
Posted by: JoeH
Date: July 24, 2018 01:59AM
Yes and no. Rode a bit when I was younger off road, and never got the license endorsement. Lost interest in riding, and never regained it.
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Re: Do you know how to ride a motorcycle?
Posted by: jdc
Date: July 24, 2018 03:48AM
Dirt only. Since a kid the mid 70s. Unless you count my mom riding a trail 90 when she was pregnant with me.

Family owns few hundred acres of desert in CA near Victorville, we would ride there a lot. Think the biggest was a 400TT, but for years had a PE175. Did a few enduros, but nothing much more. Stopped about 10 years ago when the uncles started dying off. No one really was interested anymore...

Street riding was forbidden. Lost 1 first and 1 second cousin to street riding, both their fault, but didnt matter. After college roommate was a helicopter flight nurse, he had plenty of gruesome stories.



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Re: Do you know how to ride a motorcycle?
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: July 24, 2018 04:20AM
Yes and yes.

Still ride regularly.

There will come a time that I have to stop, so I ride even more now than in years past.

I love riding a bike.




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Re: Do you know how to ride a motorcycle?
Posted by: CJsNvrUrly
Date: July 24, 2018 05:10AM
I voted yes because I know how to ride one.
I don't know how to drive one, though.




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Re: Do you know how to ride a motorcycle?
Posted by: Schpark
Date: July 24, 2018 07:53AM
Yes and yes. Had a motorcycle before I had a cage.
Currently riding a 92 Goldwing. Had a beautiful commute this morning along
the Mississippi. Before getting married I told the wife to be that the bike is not
going. She was okay with it so I got a keeper.



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Re: Do you know how to ride a motorcycle?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: July 24, 2018 07:56AM
Nope, not a chance. Life is too short.



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Re: Do you know how to ride a motorcycle?
Posted by: qdog2
Date: July 24, 2018 08:43AM
I have been riding since 1981 and never stopped. Owned a motorcycle for 7 years before I bought a car. Haven't owned a car for the last 3 years. I might get around to buying a car next year. My Honda mechanic retired this year so I might switch from a Honda ST1300 to a BMW R1200RT. If I do I won't be buying a car for a few more years.



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Re: Do you know how to ride a motorcycle?
Posted by: Dazed & Confused
Date: July 24, 2018 10:58AM
Yes & yes.

My most memorable moments I have ever had were on road trips across this country. Or the many times I have ridden in the Santa Monica mountains in So. Cal. along with the many breakfasts consumed at the Rock Store. Too many motorcycles to list but my favorite was a well tuned Honda CX500 Turbo. The most scary a Kawasaki 750 triple. To this day I still think the Honda as the best looking motorcycle ever made.

I feel both lucky and blessed I was able to do and see this country from the seat of motorcycle.

D & C



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Re: Do you know how to ride a motorcycle?
Posted by: Lew Zealand
Date: July 24, 2018 04:15PM
Nope, no interest. Luckily there are a lot of other things to do in this world.
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