Is it just me, am I normal, or what? - Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum
KLR & Other Motorcycle Related Discussion Grab a seat and discuss whatever you like about the KLR or other related topics. Within reason.

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 8 Old 07-02-2010, 11:32 PM Thread Starter
1st Gear
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Rupert, Idaho
Posts: 35
Is it just me, am I normal, or what?

Last week I took a trip to Northern California on "Big Blue" my '08. (I posted pics on the trip report page.) It wasn't teribly long, only about 760 miles each way, but every since I got back I can't wait to take another trip. Before my trip, and for the last 2 years, it was a big deal for me to ride it for a 70 mile round trip now I routinely do that and don't even think about it. I originally bought the bike when gas prices soared just to save money. Now I find myself being imprisoned inside a car and wish I was on the bike.

I feel normal but this is all new to me, I just want to ride, ride, ride and not stop. (Unless you think I need help)

Mike "Maddog" Mecredy
Retired U.S. Air Force
A.C.B.C.S.
Mike Mecredy is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 8 Old 07-02-2010, 11:47 PM
Threadjacker
 
Lockjaw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Benicia, CA
Posts: 6,750
See quote from 'Zen and the art of Motorcycle Maintenance' below.




"In a car you're always in a compartment, and because you're used to it you don't realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV." R. Pirsig

PPMC #1.
Soon, we ride.

AKA JD Mader or you can call me "Dan" just not early for dinner.

Click my handle for a link to my homepage/blog...which has nothing to do with MCs. Free literature and music! Viva La Revolucion!
-------------------
2008 KLR 650
RIP DM - Soon, we ride.
Lockjaw is offline  
post #3 of 8 Old 07-03-2010, 01:08 AM
1st Gear
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Alameda, CA.
Posts: 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mike Mecredy View Post
Last week I took a trip to Northern California on "Big Blue" my '08. (I posted pics on the trip report page.) It wasn't teribly long, only about 760 miles each way, but every since I got back I can't wait to take another trip. Before my trip, and for the last 2 years, it was a big deal for me to ride it for a 70 mile round trip now I routinely do that and don't even think about it. I originally bought the bike when gas prices soared just to save money. Now I find myself being imprisoned inside a car and wish I was on the bike.

I feel normal but this is all new to me, I just want to ride, ride, ride and not stop. (Unless you think I need help)
Yep, your normal, ok sort of, we'll leave it at that.....

I look forward to anytime we can take the bike vs the car, I don't care how much sleep I get, in a car I tend to get bored and want to nod off, on the bike I seldom do less than 130 mile day rides, never bored, always something new. Last weekend I rode from Alameda, CA. to Ft. Bragg, up hwy 101 to 128 and back home via Hwy 1 along the coast, I was beat, but satisfied 550 mile day.
wrench is offline  
 
post #4 of 8 Old 07-03-2010, 12:11 PM
4th Gear
 
CheapBassTurd's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Indiana/ Michigan line at the Lake
Posts: 1,585
MikeDude,
You've been a lifelong biker and didn't even know it. LOL
It's just something we have in our DNA and it's unexplainable.
Leaving for a 1200 mile loop Monday morning. I truly feel your passion,
and no, you don't need help. You need gas money and chain lube.

Keep your knees in the breeze, my friend.

Cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeap

This is my son, with whom I am well pleased." ----God
CheapBassTurd is offline  
post #5 of 8 Old 07-03-2010, 07:52 PM
4th Gear
 
flash's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: North Texas
Posts: 1,534
Send a message via Yahoo to flash
Define Normal. Personally I just love the freedom and independence of the whole riding experience. Some would say we love the risk factor and adrenaline rush that comes from say coming into a corner hot and pulling it off, wheelies, roosting, jumping, whatever your style is. It's been in my blood since I started riding at the age of 13 or so. Don't over analyze it, read a few books on technique, define your weak points and ride within (or at the edge of) your limits. Rant over.

Gray-haired riders donít get that way from pure luck.

Unknown
flash is offline  
post #6 of 8 Old 07-04-2010, 02:29 PM
3rd Gear
 
Hardyreels's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
Posts: 507
Mike,

I think that the urge to ride is normal but is also related to age / experience factors. I have been driving motorcycles for 40 years. When I was young and road an SL 100 Honda I used to watch "Then Came Bronson" on the TV (it was about some guy who wandered on a bike) and I dreamed of having a bike that would get me over the pass in the mountains without having to downshift to 3rd gear.

By 1980 I have my highway bike and I took off. The longest ride was 11,770 miles before I came back to my driveway. I road coast to coast almost every year until 1988. That pretty well took the steam off of me and now I use the bike when it makes sense. Is it age? Is it all those experiences? I don't know but it was fun watching all that stuff as I logged the miles away. Your desire to ride your bike is normal, just be glad you didn't buy a 100cc motorcycle.

Ard

Spinning / flashing LED tail light;Dished seat;Nerf Bars;Panniers and rack;Aluminum skid pan;Master cylinder guard;tall shield;Heated gel grips;Acerbis Rally Pro guards with spoilers;Superbike low front fender;Doo upgrade;16T counter sprocket; K&N filter and box mod;GPS mount;Dash with voltage meter & clock;1" raising links;T bypass mod;anti vibe bars;anti vibe mirror mounts;Euro light switch; Aluminum choke leaver;new dry cell Super battery;Mefo Expolere's;New bearings and races
Hardyreels is offline  
post #7 of 8 Old 07-04-2010, 07:34 PM
2nd Gear
 
Scooter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: farmington,michigan
Posts: 170
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mike Mecredy View Post
Last week I took a trip to Northern California on "Big Blue" my '08. (I posted pics on the trip report page.) It wasn't teribly long, only about 760 miles each way, but every since I got back I can't wait to take another trip. Before my trip, and for the last 2 years, it was a big deal for me to ride it for a 70 mile round trip now I routinely do that and don't even think about it. I originally bought the bike when gas prices soared just to save money. Now I find myself being imprisoned inside a car and wish I was on the bike.

I feel normal but this is all new to me, I just want to ride, ride, ride and not stop. (Unless you think I need help)
I've been on bikes for 35 yrs,,,and its really the only thing I enjoy ,,,well not the ONLY thing but,,,,,,some doctors and health related people say that the "GYROSCOPIC" effects you get on a bike,,,or motorcycle are some type of THEREPY if you will. The fluid movement through the air does something to ones moods,,feelings ect.. And you get a much closer "feel" of whats around you than when your in a car,,,,,sortof like when a dog has its nose sticking out the window of a car when moving,,its just enjoying the movement,,and the environment around it,,,,.. And by the way,,,there is no such thing as " normal" in this world today.

Last edited by Scooter; 07-05-2010 at 11:23 AM.
Scooter is offline  
post #8 of 8 Old 07-04-2010, 10:56 PM
1st Gear
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Rocky Mountains, Alberta, Canada
Posts: 90
It's in our DNA. I rode my first motorcycle when I was 17 and I'm still riding 38 years on. I rode a moped before that, I think I was 14.

You don't need to explain it or justify it, just enjoy it.

My 2c.
Rockyrider is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
KLR idles at 3k rpm .. normal? Johnny X 1987 to 2007 Wrenching & Mods 7 05-11-2018 08:54 PM
Normal idle rpm Waynem 2008+ KLR650 Wrenching & Mod Questions 6 04-07-2016 10:05 AM
Adding Oil Almost Every Ride..Normal??? ridgerunner 1987 to 2007 Wrenching & Mods 6 01-16-2010 09:51 PM
Is This Normal? PsychoRookie KLR & Other Motorcycle Related Discussion 17 07-07-2007 06:36 AM
Normal operating temperture? Gitrdun 1987 to 2007 Wrenching & Mods 7 05-12-2007 11:18 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome