I would if I didnt have a kid. I have to much responsibility to die stupidly.
edit: My younger years I enjoyed the freedom of a truck, and the tinkering with a turbo charged car. It could only do 135MPH and there was a point where anytime I hit the highway I was doing 100+. Didnt normally race anyone, just drove fast. This is how I handle my jet ski. Full throttle at ALL times. So no motorcycles for me.
Take what I say with a grain of salt, because that's all it is compared to the ocean of complexity when it comes to actions and real life.
I always thought if I got rid of my Yamaha I'd probably look into getting a dual-sport ... the kawasaki KLR650 seems like a nice one for hitting the gravel roads/state forest roads around the nearby mountains
I would love to, but I very much doubt I'd ever buy one, because A) they are very dangerous, and the danger is not completely averted even by being a superb driver, which I am not and B) living somewhere with only ~4-6 months of acceptable weather makes it very impractical/very expensive/not a possible car replacement. The second reason is more important to me than the first.
In California, guys (younger ones) do this when a car is impractical for them. For instance, I knew a guy who lived in an apartment with roommates and there was very limited parking there. He had an awesome looking sportsbike. I noticed it and complimented him on it and he was beaming and super proud. lol They're only a fraction as common as cars though. Of course there are the old guys who ride Harley's like you described in the OP. There are tons of them riding in groups but only on weekends because I think it 's more of a leisurely thing for them.
Yep. Practical uses like beating traffic . I mean, i went to S.F. for the day when they were doing something with the bridge.... was stuck in traffic for a while.
@FunnyDigestion street bikes are A LOT more common then you think. It is just the ratio between cars and motorcycles seem so big. I do see Harleys and the like, but most of the people that ride them are the older generations... I think.
Will I ever ride one? Who knows. It usually does rain here half the year. Just because I am quite capable doesn't mean others are.
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I ride. And I don't agree with people claiming they'd die if they rode. Just because you straddle a machine with a high power-to-weight ratio doesn't mean you immediately lose all ability for risk assessment. If you're stupid or if you lack respect for the dangers involved, you'll place yourself in bad situations, and if you place yourself in a bad enough situation without sufficient protection, you'll probably hurt yourself. So wear your gear and don't be stupid. But don't avoid riding.
Most bikers will tell you that learning how to ride has made them better/safer drivers too. You start thinking a couple of additional steps ahead, and you get a better grasp of the physics involved in staying on the road.