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    Quote Originally Posted by Ews View Post
    My question, what constitutes an "old guy"? I mean i'm only 37, but I can honestly say I have been riding motorcycles/mopeds/dirtbikes/etc... since I was 11. So for 70% of my life has been on two wheels, does that make me an old guy? Or does the fact that I had a drivers lic. when cell phones still weighed approximately 1.23 metric tons, make me an old guy?
    I had a fucking mortgage when cell phones were still science fiction. Yer a punk!

    Kidding. Cell phones were around before I bought a house, though hardly anyone had them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ews View Post
    My question, what constitutes an "old guy"? I mean i'm only 37, but I can honestly say I have been riding motorcycles/mopeds/dirtbikes/etc... since I was 11. So for 70% of my life has been on two wheels, does that make me an old guy? Or does the fact that I had a drivers lic. when cell phones still weighed approximately 1.23 metric tons, make me an old guy?
    Your eyes start to fail, you get huge eyebrow hairs, somebody says libido and you think rapid transit, you are living on a fixed income, you know what pain is ... all the time. Shall I go on
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    Quote Originally Posted by DesmoDog View Post
    I had a fucking mortgage when cell phones were still science fiction. Yer a punk!

    Kidding. Cell phones were around before I bought a house, though hardly anyone had them.

    But yer still a punk.
    Well I got my DL in 1996, in Montana. So at least I can remember a time when $30 would fill the tank on my 74' Plymouth Duster, buy me a big mac and still have some left over for a 6 pack of PBR. Oh and I was fortunate enough to enjoy "reasonable and prudent" speed limits (or lack thereof) in the Highway and interstates. Until all those damn Californians ruined it lol.

    Desmo, I have a theory. For every year a person spends in the military, it ages your body 2. So I spent 8 years in and I'm 37 actual years. Hold on a second I need to take off my shoes and socks to math this out proper... Yep by my theory/math I'm 45. Does that get me "old guy" status? LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ews View Post
    Well I got my DL in 1996, in Montana. So at least I can remember a time when $30 would fill the tank on my 74' Plymouth Duster, buy me a big mac and still have some left over for a 6 pack of PBR. Oh and I was fortunate enough to enjoy "reasonable and prudent" speed limits (or lack thereof) in the Highway and interstates. Until all those damn Californians ruined it lol.

    Desmo, I have a theory. For every year a person spends in the military, it ages your body 2. So I spent 8 years in and I'm 37 actual years. Hold on a second I need to take off my shoes and socks to math this out proper... Yep by my theory/math I'm 45. Does that get me "old guy" status? LOL
    LOL I remember the Duster, it came out half a dozen years after I watched Armstrong walk on the moon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brad black View Post
    man, i wouldn't piss on one of those old air head shit boxes if it was on fire. don't get the desire for them.
    Maybe I would have said the same thing (but more politely) when I would ride nothing but 4cyl, 16V aluminum frame jap bikes. I was looking for a different type of riding and I found it. It’s almost as fast as a new Civic. Haha. The bike has amazing balance and is well engineered. It already outlasted every crotch rocket I ever owned and will probably bury bikes that are sitting on showroom floors. Oh. And I can have both carbs off the bike and sitting on a work bench in 10 minutes flat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by woodsman View Post
    LOL I remember the Duster, it came out half a dozen years after I watched Armstrong walk on the moon.
    Shit yer old.

    In all seriousness, I envy people who were alive to see that. Talk about one of the greatest moments in all of Human history. When I look back at my life, most notable things I can say I saw: 9/11 and a bunch of shitty presidents.

    Oh and Britney Spears, that's probably the best thing to come out of my generation, at least the best looking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geeto67 View Post
    What's your experience with them?

    I bought one and it was kind of a meh bike for me, but the more I own it the more I have come to appreciate it a lot. It's insanely simple to work on, every part is available from BMW, it's a very maintenance friendly motorcycle, and the look is growing on me. they aren't fast, but not slow (probably about as fast as my old DOHC cb750), but the low center of gravity and low speed handling is really where the bike shines. They aren't racers, but they aren't harleys, and it has a certain charm.
    just working on them and road tests afterwards. i don't think i ever rode one outside the road test environment. didn't hate them as much as early (well, most/all) k series, but double meh is how i'd describe them. compared to most anything else i could be road testing it was a pretty pedestrian event. i just don't like them.

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    In my many years working as a technician and machinist, if I had a dime for every non-working, effed up design I've seen by an educated engineer, I would be a rich man. My entire job working for Michelin was improving their assembly equipment and repairing design mistakes. To assume that something on a motorcycle is inherently good or without room for improvement because it was designed by an engineer, is not very good dimensional thinking. We had a saying, "Engineers design things. Technicians make them actually work." I swear I remember you guys from the front porch of the General Store at the intersection of Hwy 11 and Hwy 14, bitching about all those shithead teenagers putting huge tires on the back of their Mustangs and Novas.

    And I like airheads because they're simple and reliable.
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    I'm weird I like BMW anything :| K bikes are the best little car motor that you can ride on one wheel. Fast on superslabs, slow on track.
    BMW have alway seemed like huge motorcycles to me, first seen them in Sonic motorcycles in the late 1960's, remember the 60's? that was an interesting decade.




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    Quote Originally Posted by irk_miller View Post
    In my many years working as a technician and machinist, if I had a dime for every non-working, effed up design I've seen by an educated engineer, I would be a rich man. My entire job working for Michelin was improving their assembly equipment and repairing design mistakes. To assume that something on a motorcycle is inherently good or without room for improvement because it was designed by an engineer, is not very good dimensional thinking. We had a saying, "Engineers design things. Technicians make them actually work." I swear I remember you guys from the front porch of the General Store at the intersection of Hwy 11 and Hwy 14, bitching about all those shithead teenagers putting huge tires on the back of their Mustangs and Novas.

    And I like airheads because they're simple and reliable.
    i don't think people are saying engineers are infallible, they aren't. But the point we try to make with every newbie is that if you are going to modify something - improve it, and at the very least use the same principles of math, science, and logic that the person who designed the thing used.

    most conversations with newbies can be summed up like this:

    "newbie: hey I just found out about this cool thing by looking at pictures on the Internet. I have never ridden a bike before but I saw them do it on the youstergrams and it looked easy so I bought a completely different type of bike that doesn't run and an angle grinder. Should I cut 6inches off or 7?

    cr.net: hey maybe you should get a license, make the bike run, learn to ride, and then read and research some basic things because what you are looking at looks like a bad idea.

    newbie: sounds hard, plus I already bought the angle grinder. Can't you just tell me what I have to do to make this thing happen that I see in my mind but you can't?

    cr.net: well no because nobody wants your death on their conscience. How about you take some easily attainable baby steps instead?

    newbie: but.....angle grinder.....bzzzz.....sparks...then I get cool bike. Beside that guy did it and he's not dead.

    cr.net: yet. He's not dead yet. Why listen to us you are just going to ruin your motorcycle anyway.

    newbie: you guys are old. I hate you. You're not my real father."

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