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I don't want a pickle...(11 posts)

I don't want a pickle...moneyman
Sep 8, 2003 7:01 AM
Just wanna ride on my motorsickle....

-Arlo Guthrie


I bought the 1982 750 Honda Nighthawk. If I had known how much fun a motorcycle was, I would have bought one a long time ago. Unlike other middle-aged professionals, I have no desire to own a Harley.

On the fashion side, I have some very warm, windproof cycling jackets. Is it too "freddish" to wear them on a motorcycle? One is a Navigators team jacket. I need your advice on this. I'd hate to be a fred.

BTW - What's motorcycle for "Fred?"

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You'll need a leather jacket.Black is traditional.Brown is fine128
Sep 8, 2003 7:05 AM
don't worry about being a fred, because...dr hoo
Sep 8, 2003 8:16 AM
... on that old bike you won't be joining the cool group!

Actually, most bikers are pretty open to anyone on a bike of any kind. They are an outgoing friendly bunch, as a rule.

Anything wind blocking is fine, for riding. But if you go down you will want leather. Helmet, leather gloves, leather jacket, heavy jeans and stout boots will be very nice for you when you lay that bike down... and you eventually will if you put in enough miles. Chaps work well in rain and crashes, plus they get you points at your local leather bar. Still, chaps or pants are overkill, unless you plan on dragging knees.

The problem with non-leather jackets will become apparent the first time you hit a bug at 70mph.
Hehe. Well, depends on how you feel about road rash.Kristin
Sep 8, 2003 8:39 AM
Skidding accross asphault at 22 MPH is a lot different than skidding accross it at 50 MPH. I'd want something that could take a little more of a beating than a thin layer of nylon.
So a bodystocking is out? nmOldEdScott
Sep 8, 2003 8:55 AM
Not as long as it's leather... (nm)The Walrus
Sep 8, 2003 10:17 AM
or Kevlar if you have the $ (nm)ColnagoFE
Sep 8, 2003 10:33 AM
They are a blast,rwbadley
Sep 8, 2003 10:13 AM
tho as I've gotten a little older I find if I have the time to ride, I'd rather be pedaling! (I need the exercise)

Have fun, keep the rubber side down!

RW
Have fun, yep they're a good time...No_sprint
Sep 8, 2003 10:50 AM
I had several (no more). They're very fun except for the times when I was young and it was my only transportation.

The stupidity of some behind the wheel will become brutally evident to you now. Beware, many times they simply can't see you. Oh do I have stories. I still think back on some of them and cringe in awe that I'm still alive.

I recommend full leather head to toe with some serious boots. Full face helmet though not *Harley* cool.
Do a google search for Draggin' Jeans.Turtleherder
Sep 8, 2003 11:39 AM
Draggin' Jeans are denim pants and jackets made with kevlar to keep your skin where it is supposed to be if you put the bike down. The pants were less than $100 if I remember right.
Make sure to have enough gas in the tankStarliner
Sep 8, 2003 12:12 PM
You don't want to find yourself stuck in the middle of nowhere because you've ridden beyond your bike's range, so be sure you always have enough gas to get you to the next gas station.