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Offline malJohann

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..scootering, its getting to me...
« on: February 17, 2009, 10:11:21 am »
So, I'm cruising on the highway this morning with a fairly stiff breeze from the side. The scooter doesn't want to go over 90km/h in these conditions. Thoughts about life, the universe and everything keeps me company on days like these. So, up jumps Frustration screaming at me saying "You're not a biker, you don't even HAVE a bike!" and I'm thinking he's right.

So finally, after more than 3 years of scootering, its getting to me. I still pass many bikers every day in traffic, them probably being slower due to either inexperience or not riding a bike that's ideal for commuting, but I don't think I've really ever had the experience of what it is to be a true biker. I mean, ag I just don't know anymore. What do you think?
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Re: ..scootering, its getting to me...
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2009, 10:13:48 am »
Ithink people who commute on scooters are more 'bikers' than bikers who only ride on weekends.

As much as I love my bike, I still think a decent scooter is a better commuter.
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Re: ..scootering, its getting to me...
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2009, 10:15:28 am »
You rely on a bike for transport, that's hardcore.

For you details like what rain suit actually works is more important that how your pipe sounds or looks.

Dont worry at all.
 

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Re: ..scootering, its getting to me...
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2009, 10:16:33 am »
Do a burn-out...

Et voila!!!

You a biker, man!!!!
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Re: ..scootering, its getting to me...
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2009, 10:29:52 am »
Ithink people who commute on scooters are more 'bikers' than bikers who only ride on weekends.

As much as I love my bike, I still think a decent scooter is a better commuter.
I often miss my Vespa.

You rely on a bike for transport, that's hardcore.

For you details like what rain suit actually works is more important that how your pipe sounds or looks.

Dont worry at all.


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Re: ..scootering, its getting to me...
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2009, 11:07:59 am »
Thanks for the prompt response, but what I'm on about is not the part where I'm on two wheels every day. Its about the scooters themselves. Am I wrong in that getting on a bike / scooter should excite you?

Bigger bikes, like Djebel 250s, DRZ 400s, G 650s or whatever has appeal to them in that some part of the ride is actually enjoyable and exciting. At the moment I'm displacing one frustration (sitting in a cage in traffic) with another (watching bakkies, clonkers and trucks pass me all the time), and the most excitement I have is splitting slow traffic.

Maybe I just want to smile for once at just the thought of getting on my bike to commute to work. This is really starting to sound like a moaning session, but as you can see from the first post, I'm close to done.
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Re: ..scootering, its getting to me...
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2009, 11:11:26 am »
I dunno what kinda scooter you got - maybe you need a bigger one.
 

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Re: ..scootering, its getting to me...
« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2009, 11:25:58 am »
I dunno what kinda scooter you got - maybe you need a bigger one.

I have a Suzuki Raider 150, which is not even running at the moment, so I'm commuting on my bro's Honda Deputy 125. It's not the what (since I know what I want), it's the how (since I can't afford to). All I know is something needs to happen soon.
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Re: ..scootering, its getting to me...
« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2009, 11:56:50 am »
Also depends on whether you want to ride off-road of not - if you do, it's time to trade the scoot in for a small DS bike.
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Re: ..scootering, its getting to me...
« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2009, 12:35:08 pm »
Also depends on whether you want to ride off-road of not - if you do, it's time to trade the scoot in for a small DS bike.

Dual-Sport is what I'm after, and when I buy I'll be looking to (in order of preference) either a BMW G650 xChallenge/xCountry, Suzuki DR-Z 400E/S or Suzuki Djebel 250XC. Anyway, shut up, you're making me feel better.
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Re: ..scootering, its getting to me...
« Reply #10 on: February 17, 2009, 12:43:18 pm »
Also depends on whether you want to ride off-road of not - if you do, it's time to trade the scoot in for a small DS bike.

Dual-Sport is what I'm after, and when I buy I'll be looking to (in order of preference) either a BMW G650 xChallenge/xCountry, Suzuki DR-Z 400E/S or Suzuki Djebel 250XC. Anyway, shut up, you're making me feel better.
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Re: ..scootering, its getting to me...
« Reply #11 on: February 17, 2009, 12:43:42 pm »
you reach 90 on your scoot??  :o jeez...that's fast  :biggrin: my top speed is 70.... :biggrin: but then Im too scared to go faster in case I have to jump off  ;D ;D

no man Johan...stick with it...look out for the good days when there's no wind...only warm sunshine...
it would be nice if one could buy an off-road scooter....oh joy  :biggrin: :biggrin:
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Re: ..scootering, its getting to me...
« Reply #12 on: February 17, 2009, 12:45:46 pm »
you reach 90 on your scoot??  :o jeez...that's fast  :biggrin: my top speed is 70.... :biggrin: but then Im too scared to go faster in case I have to jump off  ;D ;D

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Re: ..scootering, its getting to me...
« Reply #13 on: February 17, 2009, 12:51:26 pm »
Maljohan - get something like a BWS in the meantime and pimp it with crashbars and knobblies :D

BoJ - you know those Vuka's can ride to Hell etc? Wanna go on a ride sometime? Your bike can get here too :mwink:



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« Reply #14 on: February 17, 2009, 12:52:00 pm »
Sorry for the 9/11 MJ!
 

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Re: ..scootering, its getting to me...
« Reply #15 on: February 17, 2009, 12:58:46 pm »
TR, I'll go for a ride with you anytime  :biggrin: just say when...
Sorry 9/11 MJ (mwa)
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Re: ..scootering, its getting to me...
« Reply #16 on: February 17, 2009, 01:02:04 pm »

Bigger bikes, like Djebel 250s, DRZ 400s, G 650s or whatever has appeal to them in that some part of the ride is actually enjoyable and exciting. At the moment I'm displacing one frustration (sitting in a cage in traffic) with another (watching bakkies, clonkers and trucks pass me all the time), and the most excitement I have is splitting slow traffic.

Maybe I just want to smile for once at just the thought of getting on my bike to commute to work. This is really starting to sound like a moaning session, but as you can see from the first post, I'm close to done.

Know exactly what you are talking about. I rode a yammie SR250 for nearly 4 years before buying the KTM. That bike served me really well BUT just wasn't fun, no real smiles induced etc.
All I can is start saving for the bike you want. Choose a bike that you dream of and work your butt off until you can buy. Then everytime you ride you will smile and enjoy it every KM traveled.

 

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Re: ..scootering, its getting to me...
« Reply #17 on: February 17, 2009, 01:17:28 pm »
You guys give me hope, its almost deranged. One day I will go to the WD Bash too! :ricky:

[EDIT] Oh no, I used a smiley. [/EDIT]
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Re: ..scootering, its getting to me...
« Reply #18 on: February 17, 2009, 02:16:59 pm »
All of my bikes give me a big smile, even my 150 Jonway. On the Jonway I have to do insane things to keep ahead of everyone =  :biggrin:.
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Re: ..scootering, its getting to me...
« Reply #19 on: February 17, 2009, 02:21:09 pm »
You can pay off a brand new zook BWS over 72 months  @ around R400pm.

The BWS will keep you ahead of the pack?
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