Posted February 20, 2001 - 10:59 PM
Posted February 20, 2001 - 11:24 AM
I just have one question, do you find yourself as a passenger in a car watching the land roll bye trying to pick your lines? Assesing the fastest, best course for your bike. I do almost everywhere. Bye the way, I have a complete machine shop at my disposal and there have been a few "government" jobs slipped in here and there. Your not alone!
Posted February 20, 2001 - 11:50 AM
Posted February 20, 2001 - 12:44 PM
Originally posted by mike68:
I think I have a problem.
You are not alone bud. But it ain’t a bad problem to have IMO. Obsessing over riding is far healthier than obsessing over:
Your coworkers’ paycheck.
Your biceps and quads and all those other body parts that guys in gyms stare at in the mirror for hours.
Another guy’s biceps and quads etc.
Another guy’s woman.
Some other guy’s ATV and the (supposedly) endangered weed he is (allegedly) riding over.
So don’t fight it man. The more you visualize yourself riding the better you will get, the better you get the more fun you will have, the more fun you have the more time you will spend visualizing…
Just keep it amongst the brethren so to speak (i.e. don’t try and explain this to your significant other, parents, boss, coworkers etc.) and you will have no problems. You will have to make a concerted effort to avoid letting Dirt Bikes dominate every conversation you have, so keep a few “sport of the moment” factoids on file, simple things like, “The Bulls suck” or “The Rangers overpaid for A-Rod” (you don’t even need to know what “A-Rod” is, just that it ain’t something for your thumper).
I would offer up some tidbits about current events and Survivor II for those less-manly conversations but, sadly, I don’t have any (while working on my bike the other night I DID overhear something on television about us bombing Iraq, but that was probably on the History Channel).
Otherwise the folks you hang with who DON’T ride will grow tired of hearing about the RC 450, 20” wheels and how Yamaha started a four-stroke revolution with the YZF/WR 400 (you mean they don’t already know that? Shouldn’t we tell them then?).
A final suggestion is you may just want to roll with the PR punches, so to speak. Instead of trying to convince doubters that you are NOT insane, do NOT have a death wish, and that skiing is JUST as dangerous as riding, just go with it. Let them think you are crazy, soon they will leave and then you can ride and swap stories with other crazy people just like you.
Posted February 20, 2001 - 12:46 PM
I started to read your post I began to think I was loosing my mind because I didn't rember placing it. I too was of dirt bikes for 15yrs. and got back on it last year on a TTR 250 and I just got a WR 426. I don't have any good spills yet though. This has been the longest winter of my life! I have put all kinds of stuff on my bike and have spent about 24hrs. working on it. My wife thinks I am nuts spending so much time on a NEW bike. All I talk about is riding and how sick I am of this weather. I read TT about 20x a day and open the door to my garage 10x a day to look at my bike. While riding in the car I look at every land feature woundering how much fun it would be to hit it on my bike. I dream about a perfect garage stocked to the gills with spare parts.
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Posted February 21, 2001 - 03:55 AM
I love to jump the three hundred foot overpasses on the expressways.
Posted February 21, 2001 - 04:01 AM
My name is Mike and I too am a bike-acholic
Posted February 21, 2001 - 07:18 AM
Posted February 21, 2001 - 08:23 AM
JJ from WA - 99 WR; WR timed, EKN Needle, Scotts stabalizer, Scotts triple clamps, Pro-Tapers, Michelin S-12's, Terry Cable hot start, MSR Raptor clutch lever, Moose skid plate, Works frame guards, Acerbis Pro Rally guards, Renthal MD-soft grips, Factory Effex graphics, YZ IMS seat base, YZ Factory Effex seat foam and gripper seat cover, YZ rear fender
Posted February 21, 2001 - 09:38 AM
[This message has been edited by Michael (edited 02-21-2001).]
Posted February 21, 2001 - 10:12 PM
mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm I see them everywhere, yup even in my sleep. I can do amazing tricks in my sleep. Endless wheelies, whoops with no arm pump, jump over mountains. If all I had to do was sleep and ride......Heaven!
Posted February 21, 2001 - 03:27 PM
"Hi..I've come to the group therapy to confess that I am also a dirt bike-alcoholic"
(the room cheers and re-assures me that I've done well to be so open) hehe
My problem is though that I am selfish..and my blue baby thats worth so much money sits in the garage during the week and wife is complaining that I should sell it so we can do things to the house. Im not sure if I could go on like this. The the problem is that I go riding with the 'boys' on the weekends whilst she stays home looking after the kids. It's hard to get them involved all the time.. but im working through it.
I to gave up my WR200 6 years ago and now have the 2000 400. I to watch the country side pass by..picking the best places to leap like they do in crusty videos...I also have a problem of wanting to read every advertising sign or stupid NUMBER PLATES on CARS!
(whys everyone in my therapy class nodding their heads agreeing??)
Posted February 23, 2001 - 04:18 AM
There are also a few stair climbs, nothin too challenging, just about anyone can make it up.
I try to make it to meetings at the top of my minute. Sometimes I am a little late, but I make a point to never be early, you get too much extra work that way.
The special test sections can be quite challenging. The VPs really roost through those sections, and it is best to stay out of their way.
There is an event every day of the week, but nothing on weekends. Fortunately I have big blue to get me through those.