Saturday, November 13, 2004

Respecting my Elders
Came across Doug Klassen's "Forty Years on Two Wheels" tonight. Do yourself a favor and read it all. Take special note of his rant on Stunting, in which he manages to rant about stunting, RUBS, SQUIDS, Senator Danforth, and even The Rolling Stones, all in one post.
Generally, stunting on sport bikes seems to consist of what are in fact amazing feats of balance and coordination on sport bikes. Sadly, it's not real riding. No it's not. Sorry. Riding well, riding skillfully, consists of operating the motorcycle as a motorcycle, sometimes to it's intended limits, and not as mechanical phallic symbol in order to impress empty headed, tank-topped, 20-something girls. Riding in baggy pants or shorts with your butt hanging out, no helmet, shirtless, doing stoppies on in traffic or doing wheelies at 150 mph on a crowded highway are not riding motorcycles, it's merely showing off and helping to clean out the shallow end of the gene pool.
Don't miss the videos he links at the end of the post. You won't be dissapointed.

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