Friday, May 27, 2011

Strange Itch

Motorcycles have never drawn my attention before.  My experience with them so far has been limited.  I rode as a passenger one time.  On a professional level, I once represented a commercial vehicle driver who was charged in an accident that resulted in the death of someone on a motorcycle.  That's a story for another day.  Other than that, nothing.  No experience or opinion.

Well, recently, I've had the itch to get a motorcycle.  Not sure why...  Maybe it's the gas prices, maybe it's the trek between offices, maybe it's a pre-mid-life crisis.  Not sure what it is, but I now find myself looking at motorcycles online and researching everything about them.

Maybe I just need a trip to the gun range to relieve built-up stress


Jon said...

I'm an avid motorcyclist, and ride whenever I can. However, I once wrote a fairly complete analysis of whether it makes sense, because of rising gas prices, to purchase a motorcycle. It doesn't, really.
If you want to ride one to assuage a mid-life crisis, go ahead. If you just think it would be fun, go ahead.
Boilerplate disclaimer - Do not attempt to ride a motorcycle without completing an approved motorcycle safety course, and obtaining proper licensing for your jurisdiction.

Joe said...

I agree with everything Jon said.

That being said, when people ask why a motorcycle? I say, a car is like a wagon that you drive but a motorcycle you ride...

Bob S. said...

I'm with you Lawyer but I'm a klutz so I'm looking at the 3-wheelers like the Spyder Can-Am.

I think the combination of "EEEKKK, gas is HOW much", the availability of funds (only one more kid left in the house to feed) and the "hey, I can have fun and still be practical" is driving my interest.

In my part of Texas, operating a motorcycle would be nearly a year round proposition.

Considering that we own two SUVs; a gas sipping alternative is looking better and better each fill up.

Sailorcurt said...

Aah, but think how much more of a stress reliever it would be to Ride your motorcycle to the range.

North said...

A friend refers to cyclists as Organ Donors.

Simeon said...

I love motorcycles, but don't own one anymore. I have seen too many mangled bodies, two of them friends. In most cases, it's not the motorcyclist's fault.

Shepherd K said...

North, I though organ donors were the ones who didn't wear helmets. The ones who don't wear leathers are called "skin graft recipients".

Lawyer, having owned a bike myself, I have to agree with the concensus. Practicality is limited unless you get a bagger which doesn't get much better mileage than a Ford Focus. As much as you think you might, you won't ride every day making a bike an expensive toy. As the saying goes, it's not a matter of if you will have the accident, but when. Fortunately, my accident was minor comparatively speaking; and, yes Simeon, it was entirely my fault (inattention in traffic).

Lawyer said...

Jon: That’s a good observation. It’s really just been an odd thought floating around in my mind (plenty of space in there) just looking for a place to take root. I’m actually thinking of taking a Motorcycle Safety Foundation course just to see if it will work for me.

Joe: That’s the impression I get.

Bob S: I’m with you. I have two SUVs, one of which I swear seems to get not 17 miles to the gallon, but 17 gallons to the mile. I really like the Can-am, but since this may be a passing fad, I can’t sink too much money into it. (I already have guns for that purpose)

Curt: You see, that’s what I am talking about!

North: One of the attorneys in our office calls them donorcycles or mortalcycles.

Simeon: That’s definitely a thought. Since I have had this crazy idea, my wife and I have witnessed one motorcycle accident, and two riders in the area have died.

Shepherd K: Yeah, I have to factor all that in. On days that I have court, I certainly don’t want to end up before the judge windswept and wrinkled, picking bugs out of my suit. That’s also why I’m not willing to spend too much money to try this out. I figure the cost of the class is a decent investment to determine whether I want to do this. If I go beyond that, it’s got to be with a used bike that I won’t take a huge monetary loss on if I decide to resell.

Thanks to all for your input! Now I just have to do more research (always the nerd, you know!)