Monday, August 21, 2006

The Motorcycle Blog-eries

As a birthday present to myself, and to celebrate my general awesomeness. I bought this:
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http://www.ducati.com/od/ducatinorthamerica/en/bikes/model.jhtml?model=1188

When you tell people that you want to purchase a motorcycle, you'll get one of two responses:

"You're gonna die"

or

"Fucking sweet!"

I've wanted to buy a motorcycle for quite some time now, for a number of reasons. The main ones being: Cheap gas, easy to park in small places, and faster commuting through traffic.

In Los Angeles, being able to park in small spaces, and cutting through traffic quickly are major issues. So, the idea of riding a motorcycle through the city makes sense. Of course, I could have bought a Prius to save gas. I could have bought a Civic. There are a number of cars that save gas and commute well that are available, but I knew that I would be wasting a lot of cash, buying a car that didn't excite me. Every time I started the car, I would have thought..."Man I could have bought a motorcycle with a quarter of the money I spent on this car". Each time I sat in traffic I would think "Dammit, I could just cut through all this shit with the bike". What's the point of spending a load of money on something, when all you're going to do is regret it later?

To say that my sole reason in buying a motorcycle was to save money on gas isn't entirely true. Sure, it's the practical reason, but really, riding a motorcycle is fucking fun. You don't even have to be riding at breakneck speeds to have fun on the bike. Riding to the store is more fun. Dropping dvd's off at Blockbuster is more fun on the bike. The commute to work? Fun! Until you get there of course, but if you're like me and have a tendancy to cry in the parking lot until you absolutely have to go into the office, at least you can hide your tears behind your helmet.

The main drawback to owning a motorcycle? Death. There's only so much you can do as a rider to prevent injury or death. You can be the safest rider in the world, but you can't trust other drivers. Are they paying attention? That driver in the oncoming lane...is he going to turn left in front of you? You can't have an off day while riding a motorcycle. You have to pay attention at all times, scanning traffic, while being aware of your surroundings. So far, I've been riding the bike, breaking it in during early morning hours, where I can concentrate on getting familiar with it before I go out and deal with heavy traffic. I think this is a good way to go. So far it's been working out well. No pressure, open streets, not too hot outside.

Now that I have the bike, I need friends to ride with too. So get bikes people. We can start a motorcycle gang. Although, the word "Gang" carries a negative image. We can be a polite motorcycle fun group. We can call ourselves:

"The Motorcycle Buddy List"

or instead of The Hell's Angel's we can be:

"The Cherubs Of Cuddle"

You know, something non menacing. We're about hugs not thugs.

I think this is the best birthday present I've bought myself. It sure beats the Super Soaker I got myself for my twelfth birthday. Thirty feet my ass. That thing only shot water ten feet. Ten feet is adequate, but if you're gonna advertise thirty feet of Peter North quality soaking power, you better deliver.

Comments:
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dude.

ducati.

if you don't die, that'd be fucking sweet.

go go gadget motokickassery!

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