Why the bad rep?

Wraith

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I swear, we (motorcyclists) can't ever catch a break. I was at this mini sprint car race tonight (the cars with the 250cc 2 stroke motors in them). Well, I'm not kidding, everytime the announcer could be heard over the cars, or between features, he would talk about how safe these cars were to race, and would always compare them to motocross or some form of motorcycling. These cars are new in our area, and this is the first year for a payout series in this part of the state. But this guy talked about one of the racers saying, "Number 33 use to race Motorcross until he broke his foot. He was off work for 6 months, and he has a wife and 3 kids. Now he wised up and races these cars, you know folks no one has ever broken a bone or gotton kileed in this series, this the safest sport around. So sell those dirt bikes and four wheelers and buy some midgets". That is not really quoted, but it is pretty dang close. Now I'm all for getting a fun new sport going, but come on. Don't bag, another sport in the process. And I'm sure the racers of that sport are really thanking the announcer for letting every Gremlin and Crash Demon in the county know no ones ever gotten really hurt :aj: Even though I wanted to pound this guys guts out, all I could do was just sit there and laugh.
But, why do we have such a bad rep? Think it still dates back to the Hells Angels ;) And have you ever noticed how when someone (non rider) finds out you ride, they ask you if it's a Harely. I say no , I have a Honda sport bike and a Honda dirt bike. There response is pretty much always the same. "Oh, one of those crotch rocket, Ninja motorcycles". And " Oh, one of those backflip trick bikes".
Yep, one of those :thumb:
 

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actually, alot of what he said is true. i intend to try that form of racing when my daughter is done racing motocross (or after she breaks her foot :scream: ). but it is a shame that he thinks he has to paint a bad picture of another sport in order to promote his.
 
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Quote: actually, alot of what he said is true.

Please, I have a hard time with that. There are a lot of us that have rode for years and not had to miss tons of work and suffered untold hard ships because we ride Off Road bikes on a track or trail.
Learn your limits and practice and train if you don't want to get hurt doing something you enjoy.
And as for the guy who had to take off 6 months for a broken foot, thats ridiculous. I've broke my foot and been to work the next day. I didn't enjoy it but I did it. I've severed a ligament in my knee and made it to work the next day. I had to take some time off for the surgery but it was just a couple of weeks not months.
I'll admit if you are looking for a powder puff sport MX and Off-road ain't for you.
But some of us enjoy it enough to work through the pain and continue riding is spite of it.
My Dad is 63 and he road 53 miles of single track today! I'm sure he will be a little sore tomorrow but that won't stop him from riding next weekend.
 
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Originally posted by Wraith
Think it still dates back to the Hells Angels ;) And have you ever noticed how when someone (non rider) finds out you ride, they ask you if it's a Harely. I say no , I have a Honda sport bike and a Honda dirt bike. There response is pretty much always the same. "Oh, one of those crotch rocket, Ninja motorcycles". And " Oh, one of those backflip trick bikes".
Yep, one of those :thumb:
I am even worse I do not ride Honda's so I have to shake my head and say "you wouldn't understand" when I explain that I ride Kawasaki Tripples and Brit Bikes (puzzled looks) along with Trials, Enduros and MX. I just do not even reply when they say that I walk away laughing.
 

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Originally posted by dthoms
There are a lot of us that have rode for years and not had to miss tons of work and suffered untold hard ships because we ride Off Road bikes on a track or trail.
and there are alot of us that have. we are the ones that he is referring to.
 
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A friend of mine, Bob Reeve, flew bush in South America before moving to Alaska and flying there for decades. (Read: Flying Beats WorkHe died walking towards the Anchorage International Airport terminal when he was struck by a car in the loading zone. So, did flying kill him? He wouldn't have been at the airport that day if he wasn't a pilot. Yesterday I heard on the news a 47 year old man died at Disneyland on the Big Thunder Mountian Railroad ride. If we avoid that which MIGHT cause us to get hurt, then we might as well give up on living.
I too am tired of explaining why I have motorcycles, why I hunt, why I fly, and I'm tired of trying to educate the uneducatable. Exciting sports, hobbies, and jobs are a complete mystery to the couch potatoes out there and I feel no compulsion to try and explain my lifestyle to them. It's like wrestling with a pig, you end up getting muddy and the pig enjoys it.
 
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A friend of mine, Bob Reeve, flew bush in South America before moving to Alaska and flying there for decades. (Read: Flying Beats Work; The Story of Reeve Aleutian Airways) He died walking towards the Anchorage International Airport terminal when he was struck by a car in the loading zone. Yesterday I heard on the news a 47 year old man died at Disneyland on the Big Thunder Mountian Railroad ride. If we avoid that which MIGHT cause us to get hurt, then we might as well give up on living. I too am tired of explaining why I have motorcycles, why I hunt, why I fly, and I'm tired of trying to educate the uneducatable. Exciting sports, hobbies, and jobs are a complete mystery to the couch potatoes out there and I feel no compulsion to try and explain my lifes choices to them. It's like wrestling with a pig, you end up getting muddy and the pig enjoys it. There are people who would like to pad every sharp corner in the world in their misguided attempt to save you from yourself. As a wise man once said: " You can't idiot proof the world, and besides, what's wrong with loosing a few idiots anyway?"
 

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One thing I get sick of, is when my sons has friends over, and their parents come to get them or drop them off. His friends usually start asking the parents if they will get them a bike yadda yadda yadda. And more than once me and the other dad have gotten into a discussion on why would I let my boy do such a dangerous sport. And your right, no matter what you say, it's useless. It's just getting old, and I'm getting feed up. Mabey it's just me.
Oh and by the way, they did have a flattrack bike division (made up of all size bikes) that raced as well. And you couldn't even compare the two. There was only 1 race with the carts where there were no spinouts, all the other races had 1 spinout in every lap (no joke). Now there is nothing wrong with spinouts. But, each time a car did, the motor died, they had to have a fourwheeler pushstart them, then the driver had to catch back up while under yellow and regain his position prior to the spinout before the green drops. Now this did get old, and drug on.
Anyway I should just get used to people saying garbage like this I guess. :flame:
 
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Originally posted by skipro3
" You can't idiot proof the world, and besides, what's wrong with loosing a few idiots anyway?"
I don't know who the genious who wrote this was, but he's absoloutly right. Good one skipro3.

Some people just don't get it. I had to have a very intense BATTLE with my father before he let me have my first bike when I turned 15. Some people just don't get it. My life is my life! I'll live it the way I want and I'll try to take advantage of the, oh so few pleasures there actually are. If it means getting hurt, so what. I'm the one who'll suffer. What's it to the others? anyways, like I said to my father, and as some of you have said before, you can get hurt crossing the street so when your times up, wether your on a bike or on foot, your due. I thin the harley motto sums it up best, 'Live to ride, ride to live'.
 
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Nothing can be foolproof because fools are so ingenious. ;)
 

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whats the old saying?

"once someone builds something fool proof they only build better fools"
 
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I'm not here to bash anyones sport and I think it might be fun to drive one of those midget cars with the motorcycle engines. Like Wraith mentioned with the spining out stuff, I went to watch go-cart races once last year and not a lap went by that someone didn't spin out. It would have been fun to watch if they managed to make it more than a lap or 2 before a yellow flag came out. I say make the tracks longer and if you spin out, you're outta the race. That had to be the biggest waste of a night watching the little go-carts spin out. I never did figure out how many laps they were suppossed to go.

DTHOMS, regarding your statement. I'm sure you didn't mean any offense and I didn't read it into it either, however you are not accurate in your statement. I was riding with mx547 the night he was injured and I can attest the fact that mx547 wasn't riding over his head. July 13th, 2002. He never fell, didn't get ran over and nobody ran into him. He simply cased a jump pulled to the side of the track, hopped off the bike and hobbled over to the medic. The results were several surgeries, pins, fixators and what ever else they ended up doing.

I too have broken ribs, bruised spleen, and banged myself up pretty good and still made it to work the next day, I was lucky. I;ve found that untill you can walk in someone elses shoes it's best to not make comparisons.
 

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MOTORsports all have their own risks. Some are worse than others. People who enjoy motorsports know this. Don't sweat too much about some schmuck spewing his hypocritical prejudices. Maybe his dad wouldn't let him ride dirtbikes as a kid and now he's scarred for life. :whiner: :uh: