That just about answers the question,why. Right now in the USA there are more middle-old-aged Americans then any other time in the history of motorcycles.Lots of baby boomers and middle-aged Americans like the 38-year-old Cullinan are getting motorcycles
That hits it on the head. The friggin status factor.ClassicGeek said:There's a really weird situation in the bike market these days, where older, relatively wealthy guys are buying a bike "which befits their station" or something like that. It's the SUV mentality rolling over... verboten.
Yeah I kinda thought you would stick for your colleague :!: :wink: :lol: :lol:JohnnyDeath said:That hits it on the head. The friggin status factor.
Norman, do not blame the the Reaper, the Grim one is just doing his job mopping up after.
I once believed this. I once even tried to argue this point with my motorcycle instructor. I don't believe it anymore. I agree that cruisers are sleds. Their performance envelope is automotive at best. However, modern sportbikes are so highly strung that they are dangerous to all but the most skilled riders.You have to admit, that when ridden sanely, a sportbike with tons of power will actually keep you more safe than a cruiser with tons of, well, tons.
The better eyesight back then... I can agree with that. Reflexes are still as good (or at least I'd like to think so). But I don't take something that's obviously deteriorated (like my eyesight) and let it get to me. Heck, I'm stronger now than I was when I was younger. I attribute that mostly to staying away from cigarettes for 4 years now. By the time I was half my current age, I'd lose any physical challenge if I were going against myself today. Today, instead of being addicted to cigarettes, I'm addicted to riding the Burgy (they say you substitute one addiction with another in order to quit). And you'll find that the more you ride it, the better you'll be able to handle it (true wtih everything).lilleyen said:I use to ride a 650 British bike (an AJS Norm), and that was enough of a handful for me at rest. Mobile, I could throw it around pretty well, but I was a young man then with better reflexes, eyesight. hearing, and strength then now.
Boy, ain't that the truth! I make sure that I am feeling great - very alert, not tired, etc. - before I get on the bike. I enjoy the Burgman, but my riding roots are with cruisers and I am thinking of going back (maybe sell the Burgman). My riding style is more laid back and I ride for the pure enjoyment of it. Granted, I commute to work and that requires riding on high speed highways, but the Burgman just glides along at 70+ mph. Going any slower on I-66 during rush hour is asking for trouble!ScubaGirl said:It takes a lot more common sense to ride on 2 wheels than 4.