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    Default NT's and motorbikes

    Tired of traffic jams and high petrol prices, I am considering to buy a motorbike. So I try to get informed and question people in my surroundings. But the only bikers seem to be SP's who will tell me about freedom, adrenaline and horsepower...
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    Love riding, it's fuel efficient and fun. Doesn't help at *all* with traffic jams around my area; they don't let you go between the lanes (legally anyhow).

    There are a few different "types" of motorcycles:
    1. Cruiser/traditional type (relaxed seating position)
    2. Sportbike
    3. Scooter
    4. Dual-purpose (streetable dirt bike, basically)

    I ride a large scooter (400cc) and it's pretty good. Scooters are often the only bikes with storage space under the seats; some other bikes have bags on the side for storage. My scooter has a large topcast on the back too for additional storage space.
    I think scooters are often touted as the most utilitarian of the M/C's, that's why I bought one. They're almost always automatic transmission too (just about every other type of M/C is manual), usually utilizing a belt-driven CVT.

    If I were to replace my scooter with anything else, I'd probably go for a larger bike, possibly one of those sport/dual-purpose fusion type of implements (BMW makes one, and so does Suzuki) due to the fact that I like to ride on dirt/gravel roads in the mountains sometimes. (They're hell on my scooter's suspension)

    Sportbikes obviously go the fastest, but that forward seating position..... ick. I've heard it's not really as bad as it looks but I couldn't see myself getting used to it. The traditional type (often without a windshield or fairing), scooters and the dual-purpose bikes have an upright seating position.

    There are also "Sport tourers," which are uber expensive and are basically huge sportbikes with a more upright seating position and a lot of conveniences (hard bags on the side, heated grips, electrically adjustable windshields, some have different vents for routing radiator heat to your legs or away from them, etc)
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    Get a scooter.

    I'll bet scooter clubs are quite different the motorcycle aficionados. Good gas milage, no need for lots of power or speed. Just gets from point A to B and can get through traffic also.

    Complete the circle of dorky-ness.

    EDIT:I see spirilis already made the point.

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    Scooters do seem more NT'ish than supersports
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    mmm...motorcycles. God, I miss bikers

    Oh, ehm you were looking for benefits in a T fashion. I'll give it a shot:

    Does wonders for your love life
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amargith View Post
    mmm...motorcycles. God, I miss bikers

    Oh, ehm you were looking for benefits in a T fashion. I'll give it a shot:

    Does wonders for your love life
    please, do elaborate
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amargith View Post
    mmm...motorcycles. God, I miss bikers

    Oh, ehm you were looking for benefits in a T fashion. I'll give it a shot:

    Does wonders for your love life
    Hahaha, doubt that applies to scooter riders though
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    I prefer a "chopper" (dunno what you call that in English) myself I used to date a guy who had one, and man, it was a kick.

    I can relate to the whole "Freedom and adrenaline thing". And then there's the added bonus of a guy in a leather pants and vest, not coz he needs to show off (right :P) but because of 'safety' *drool*

    Besides, trust me, put your gf on your own bike and you'll see your bedroom very quickly for two reasons:

    a) women loooovvee vibrations :P
    b) you will absolutely love the view of a woman with a powerful engine between her legs *grin*


    If you're single, well... let's just say that there are plenty of women who dig the bad boy routine and a bike definitely reinforces that image
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    So yeah, riding's not too hard, although I HIGHLY recommend going through a training course (here in the USA the Motorcycle Safety Foundation has chapters in every state which do riding courses; it's fun) and obviously it's dangerous. But the most inconvenient part, IMO, is the gear. Putting on a jacket isn't hard but having to put on M/C pants and change boots/etc. is a bit of a hassle. I'm considering buying a one-piece suit for the 3-seasons stuff and some day when I have the money, try out some of that electrically-heated gear for the fall/winter. I have some winter gear but it's not as good as it sounds (you still get cold after a while).
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    A two door sedan,

    then the all weather bike made in Denmark, Carver , Carver , Carver
    & the Honda Honda's 750 scooter concept with CVT and electric roof

    and then of course the Segway Segway
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