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Old 10-09-2008, 09:38 AM
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I had a bit of a row with Paul last night over my taste/knowledge in bikes.

Ok, so I have only had my ticket for a year, and I am totally in love with my Gertie. She is old, clumpy, a wee bit gutless, bloody heavy, and probably handles like a bag of shyte, but best of all, she is matt black!

Now I do not pretend to be a master of knowledge on bikes, as Gary and Griff will tell you, but all I wanna do is ride her. If I break down, I will use the best tool I have..........my mobile. Sounds ignorant I know,but does that make me a lesser person? 'Not a proper biker' as he called me last night. I don't think so, I think it just makes a dumb woman. Something I am not ashamed of either.
So, I was made to feel stupid coz I dont know how to rebulid the engine on the side of the road.............
Then the convo turned to my tatses.
Now most of my life I have liked old bikes.............Triumph Chops, BSA's, I always loved the Greaves and Matchless types, but now if it's matt black, or classed as a classic, I am an admirer.
Paul bought this fukking Buell thing, and I hate it. For a start it's bright fukkin' Orange, remeinds me of the DynoRod vans! And to sit on it feels so wrong. Yeah maybe thats coz I am used to Gertie, who being an old GSX750 has a bit of width to her, and feels alot safer to be sat astride (sounds like I am describing meself there! ). So I described his Buell as a Tangerine Tarts bike. To which he said 'You would never handle the power anyway!'
What a twat! A bike goes as fast as you make it, and I have no desires to ride it anyway.
He is trying to tell me I need to ride other bikes before I can have an opinion on what bikes are good, and what are not.
As for matt blackers, well, I want to get the most out of the cost of keeping a bike on the road, which means riding it, and not cleaning it! I don't do chrome, mainly coz I am a lazy bitch! I can sometimes appreciate a bling bike for what it is, but rarely like them. Would certainly never own one.
And the pose factor? Well, I can turn more haeds being an ol' girl in leathers and para's an a matt black bike like Gertie, than he ever could on a fukkin' Orange Buell............ Not that I am a poser, but it's always nice to turn a head eh?
But I was talking about first appearence, and not the performance of bikes.
I have no need to do 160mph on a bike, but am happy to chip along on Gertie at 80mph. Rings my bell anyway.

So, whats your tastes, and why?.............
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Old 10-09-2008, 09:52 AM
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I've ridden/owned all sorts of different bikes it dont make my oppinion anymore valid than yours ...... I just know more crap about them. My bikes tend to look different to most's tatses cos it's mine and I adapt em to suit me ie 6" risers on me Speed Triple. Yes it looks odd but its comfortable. Yes it's a lot faster than I will ever need substantially quciker than a buell too but I wouldnt bat an eyelid about letting ya have a go as I know you ride to your limits. I never really liked sports bikes as my arms are too short and belly's too big to reach the handlebars but I do like the way they handle go and stop so I adapted one to suit me. Never one for the bling realy either the Trike was a slow continuous adaptation till it turned into something that I gave to the mrs to ride. The triumph isnt matt anything but it was too pretty to ratt for no good reason. It will change in time but i canot seee a reason to get shot of it as it out performs me in every way but a litle more wind shade would be nice as fast riding does batter me ead a bit.

Ride what ya like its your choice.

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Old 10-09-2008, 10:01 AM
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If your happy with the bike you have its a good thing, there is no need to ride other bikes. As far as fixing engines on the side of the road i dont think that there is many who can, i certainly cant, i can do minor stuff just to get me where im going.
And as for gertie ( i hate that name ) not handling, I never had any trouble keeping up or even losing half the people i ride with round the twisty bits when i had it.
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Old 10-09-2008, 10:43 AM
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Juke, my bike is so old and basic, it wouldn't take long to teach you the basics of repairing it. The question is, would you want to? most modern bikes with microchips and electronics are beyond the wit of your average garage tinkerer unless you have some specialised tools. It doesn't matter if you are male or female when it comes to roadside repairs, sometimes a bit of ingenuity is all you need (and of course a few tools). The kind of bikes I used to ride, mainly old Brit iron needed a tool kit big enough to strip a nuclear reactor (Hammer, screwdriver, adjustable and a plug spanner).

Taste is a matter of opinion and as Shaggy said your is just as valid as anybody elses. If we all rode Harleys (god forbid) or Ducatis or Hondas in standard trim there would be no need for 100% Biker Mag or BSH as we would all have the same taste. Dare to be different and ride what YOU like the way YOU want. It is pointless grinding each other down over a difference of opinion, as that difference will always be there.
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Old 10-09-2008, 11:37 AM
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My taste have changed over the years.
When i first got into bikes it was ace bars and rear sets,yes i am that old.
The got into customs and love anything that is well engineered and is just a bit different.
But can also give a " nice one" nod to a rat that is safe,fast but has a fuck you attitude.
I have a fair bit if mechnical knowledge,all self taught or picked up off mates but mainly down to not having the cash to pay someone to do anything so i had to figure it out.
But horses for courses.
I do a fair trade with mates whos bikes i will work on and they will fit a carpets for me,do some decoration etc.
I ain't got a problem with that.
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Old 10-09-2008, 12:14 PM
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Each to their own I suppose, never been a fan of rats, yep can see the appeal but not for me
Now It might upset people but as far as Im concerned if you take pride in your bike thats all that matters............but I hate to see people that have a reasonably new bike and paint it with a roller n stick loads of shyte on it an call it a rat
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Old 10-09-2008, 12:32 PM
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You can't MAKE a rat.
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Old 10-09-2008, 12:39 PM
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People call my Gertie a 'rat' but I guess she is really a matt black GSX750 with a hacked off rear end.
I saw fren and Mark's bikes at the wedding, and they are both stunners. And fren's is well shiny too. Neither of those would suit matt black because they are too nice as they are.
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So long as it get me and all my gear from A-B and back without hassle I don`t care.
I got sick of spending hours beside the road so I bought this
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Old 10-09-2008, 03:47 PM
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all peps like diffrent bikes for all diffrent resons thats whot its all about is it not.
so each to there own and all that,
me, i have had more bikes,chops, trikes than i remember.
fix it at the side of the road ! no way when i have got shed at home .
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Old 10-09-2008, 03:47 PM
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there's very few bikes I really don't like - and there isn't one I wouldn't ride if it meant the difference between staying on the road and not. Sure, there's some styles of bike that I'm not overly keen on, but a bike's a biek - they've all got something good about them.

I'm lucky to have two very different bikes - me 'Arley and a Bandit 12 - both of which I enjoy in different ways.
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Old 10-09-2008, 04:13 PM
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If We All Had The Same Tastes Life Would Be Boring As Heaven Me Self Got A Shiney Trike A Matt Black Trike And Just Got A Gs 1000 That Is So Black Nik Would Love It
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there's very few bikes I really don't like - and there isn't one I wouldn't ride if it meant the difference between staying on the road and not. Sure, there's some styles of bike that I'm not overly keen on, but a bike's a biek - they've all got something good about them.
What he said.

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Old 10-09-2008, 04:24 PM
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I'm quite happy with my ol' GS550,it fits me,starts,stops,goes round bends and is (reasonably) reliable.I can't fit on sports bikes,even the "one size fits all" CBR600,can't afford anything new,not awfy keen on Jap cruisers and I DEFINITELY can't afford a Harley (it'd go walkies in short order anyhow,no garage y'see.).
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My most basic criteria is. If I ride it, does it make me feel good?

These two do, and lots of others have. I'm hard pushed to think of a bike that didn't push my buttons one way or another.

Maybe I'm just a tart. I'll ride anything, me.



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Old 10-09-2008, 05:46 PM
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Old 10-09-2008, 05:58 PM
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ive had loads of different bikes everything from an etz 250 to a gixxer11 chop via triumphs kwaks and harley. i just love me old evo though
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Ah yes, the bike at the heart of "The Woodruff Incident"

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Ah yes, the bike at the heart of "The Woodruff Incident"

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My most basic criteria is. If I ride it, does it make me feel good? I'm hard pushed to think of a bike that didn't push my buttons one way or another.
Maybe I'm just a tart. I'll ride anything, me.
My sentiments exactly.
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I think were missing the point here


are women allowed opinions about Motorbikes shoudln't they just sit on the back an try to look pretty (yer i know it's a struggle for a lot of em)
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yer i know it seems i did me job right...............for once
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Hope my Linz dont read that.

Im into most bikes really. I own streetfighters and a vw trike with springers so my tastes are pretty wide. Latest plastic fantastic bikes dont hold my interest tho. Just dull to ride really. No character at all. Too damn good at everything leaves you feelng like theres no input from you at all. Dont take any effort at all on em to be off the edge of the back tyre every corner or sitting at 150+. More into my older streetfighters or 80`s muscle bikes.
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Hope my Linz dont read that.

Im into most bikes really. I own streetfighters and a vw trike with springers so my tastes are pretty wide. Latest plastic fantastic bikes dont hold my interest tho. Just dull to ride really. No character at all. Too damn good at everything leaves you feelng like theres no input from you at all. Dont take any effort at all on em to be off the edge of the back tyre every corner or sitting at 150+. More into my older streetfighters or 80`s muscle bikes.
s'ok linz may forgive me eventually lol
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If I'm buying, its gotta be smallish (cos I'm small), cheap, practical, as in easy to maintain with cheap tyres and consumables. If I'm looking at them in a show then interesting engineering is very cool. Shinyness is not my thing, some paintjobs are nice but I'd sooner spend the cash on another toy for the shed or some engine bits. Classic style bikes are what I go for
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