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Old 08-11-20, 08:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Podagrower View Post
I've always referred to the people who play biker as Hardly Riders.
A couple of years ago I was on I10 in Florida headed east on the first day of Daytona bike week. There was a group of 4 or 5 Hardly Riders mixed in with the heavy traffic. The "leader" was trying to make time, weaving thru traffic, passing people, LOOKING AT HIS WATCH, and generally making everybody uncomfortable. His riding wasn't the smooth easy style of somebody who had ridden for years, it was herky jerky.
Scene from "Wild Hogs:" "Guys, lose the watches..."

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I knew some semi-retired biker gang guys back in the 1980s. At the time I rode rice rockets. My favorite was the Honda Ascot V-Twin, a great 500cc commuter scooter, perfect for a skinny guy like me. At 5'11" and 145 lbs I struggled with bigger bikes. I really wanted the then-new Yamaha V-Max but the handling was awful, at least the first year. I always had a soft spot for the 500-600 Yamahas and Hondas, and still want one of those Yamaha SR500 or SRX 600 single cylinders.

A guy who owned a Harley dealership and hot rodded some for the nearby drag strip told me to test ride one of his custom Skirtsters -- the then-common disparaging name for the Sportster. He turned that thing into something really worth riding, tractable in traffic but surprisingly hot for an 883. And it felt balanced for traffic too.

But I declined to get more involved in the culture. I was a newspaper reporter at the time, mostly covering the police and fire beat. I figured I'd end up like Hunter S. Thompson at the end of his Hell's Angels book, curb stomped or worse. Sure, some of the older guys didn't mind shooting the bull and telling stories about the old days, but the younger and active guys wouldn't trust a reporter hanging around.

I was doomed to be a cosplay biker.
All I remember were the Outlaws and the local neo-Nazis. I don't see the glamour.
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All I remember were the Outlaws and the local neo-Nazis. I don't see the glamour.
> well he could have met the nicest people on a HONDA but there weren't no pulitzers for that
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Originally Posted by Podagrower View Post
I've always referred to the people who play biker as Hardly Riders.
A couple of years ago I was on I10 in Florida headed east on the first day of Daytona bike week. There was a group of 4 or 5 Hardly Riders mixed in with the heavy traffic. The "leader" was trying to make time, weaving thru traffic, passing people, LOOKING AT HIS WATCH, and generally making everybody uncomfortable. His riding wasn't the smooth easy style of somebody who had ridden for years, it was herky jerky.
Sounds like most local "A-group" bicycle rides. It's more like B-group in power, Cat 6 in handling skills, and Critical Mass in disregard for traffic safety.
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The pretty little port of Digby NS hosts the annual Wharf Rat Rally and it attracts about 20,000 per day for 4 days over the labour day weekend. Digby has about 2000 locals with a very modest average income so they appreciate the $4 to 5 million generated by the rally. Every spare room, backyard, park and parking lot is filled to the brim. Pop-up restaurants and food trucks are everywhere.
It's cancelled this year and it's going to hurt a lot of people in their wallets but c'est la vie, eh? No new cases this month in NS.

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Oh yeah, my hogs.




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Beautiful... I had an R69S an R90S and a R100RS. All airheads and vastly superior to any harley.
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Beautiful... I had an R69S an R90S and a R100RS. All airheads and vastly superior to any harley.
Ah, R90S, the Superbike Champion! There's no bad Airheads imo.
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Ah, R90S, the Superbike Champion! There's no bad Airheads imo.
I wish I had of kept it I saw one go recently for $25,000. Smoke Orange.
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Originally Posted by genec View Post
Scene from "Wild Hogs:" "Guys, lose the watches..."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pq2SirtDqnE
So many well known actors in a really crappy movie. I thought I had it erased from my memory forever, yet it lives on like a bad dream.
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​​​​​​This is the fantasy of a completely uniformed person.

Americans don't read.
They don't in The Whitehouse.
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Originally Posted by bobwysiwyg View Post
They don't in The Whitehouse.
At least we know we're fairly safe from a nuclear war. "Sir, here is the instruction card for the nuclear briefcase"...... "No, there isn't an illustrated version Sir"....
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day 4 > FEVER PITCH
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Originally Posted by FiftySix View Post
So many well known actors in a really crappy movie. I thought I had it erased from my memory forever, yet it lives on like a bad dream.
Meh, it's a comedy. Sure, not "Galaxy Quest" quality (and I am sure there are folks that think that one sucked too...) But it has some memorable lines and, as some of us age, we can truly relate to certain aspects. Certainly it is quite fitting in with the "poser" aspect of Sturgis. BTW my brother went, many years ago. Towed his Harley almost all the way there, and then rode into town. Poser.

He and my brother-in-law did do at least one long road trip. My brother-in-law rented his Harley for the trip. It was about two weeks "on the road." (I've done more miles and long road tours on my bicycle.)

Were you expecting say "Gone with the Wind," or "It's a Wonderful Life?" Maybe "Citizen Kane" perhaps?
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^^^^ maybe an EASY RIDER for old stoners
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Were you expecting say "Gone with the Wind," or "It's a Wonderful Life?" Maybe "Citizen Kane" perhaps?
Iffin' I gotta watch something dorky from the past, might as well be this.

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Meh, it's a comedy. Sure, not "Galaxy Quest" quality (and I am sure there are folks that think that one sucked too...) But it has some memorable lines and, as some of us age, we can truly relate to certain aspects. Certainly it is quite fitting in with the "poser" aspect of Sturgis. BTW my brother went, many years ago. Towed his Harley almost all the way there, and then rode into town. Poser.

He and my brother-in-law did do at least one long road trip. My brother-in-law rented his Harley for the trip. It was about two weeks "on the road." (I've done more miles and long road tours on my bicycle.)

Were you expecting say "Gone with the Wind," or "It's a Wonderful Life?" Maybe "Citizen Kane" perhaps?
I see "Gone with the Wind" has been taken off the air by some of the streaming sites.
Too racist.
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I see "Gone with the Wind" has been taken off the air by some of the streaming sites.
Too racist.
I guess that leaves us with this.


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Those knotheads think helmets and mufflers are dangerous, they're not going to worry about social Darwinism from a virus.
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^^^^ FIFY > Those KNUCKLE HEADS think helmets and mufflers are dangerous, they're not going to worry about social Darwinism from a virus.
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^^^^ FIFY > Those KNUCKLE HEADS think helmets and mufflers are dangerous, they're not going to worry about social Darwinism from a virus.
To be fair, they aren't all knuckelheads; Some are shovelheads, or panheads.
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^^^^ but not too many of those vastly superior air heads
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Air heads don't need helmets. Air weighs virtually nothing. No mass, no inertia, no force developed on impact. (Plus the helmets would have to be air tight and there are health issues there although during this pandemic, air tight would be good,)
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To be fair, they aren't all knuckelheads; Some are shovelheads, or panheads.
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^^^^ but not too many of those vastly superior air heads
But, do they go to eleven?


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