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Motorcycle Paradise

Y.M.M.V. and other post-it notes

I am a fan of motorcycles. All of them are great. A 125cc scooter is more fun, more empowering than driving any car. I do not bother to explain why to people anymore since everyone only sees things from their own perspective hence it is a waste of time to try explain motorcycles as much as it is to explain vegemite on toast. This sign sums everything up even if the true essence may not be grasped.

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A lot of effort has been spent lately by motorcyclists to tell others “Why We Ride” and portray riding as cool. Below is a short summary of how I feel about other peoples opinion on my riding a motorcycle or other riders views on my choice of bike or riding style.



When younger I was concerned to fit in with and impress friends. Now I often lament not going my own way and the chances lost. But I guess we are all seeking a way forward when young and YMMV on any particular choice. Not sure if you become more the person your really were with age since there is no substitute for youthful energy and confidence.


I am a fan of electric motorcycles. (crickets chirping – hey replay the above video) I would love to have one of the roadsters from Energica.

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There is little point in explaining why as already mentioned although it helps to know that there are more electric recharge points in Japan than gas stations, over 40,000 and growing. I would easy tour the entire country on a electric motorcycle. But I just like the whole idea, especially the torque.

But I am in a very small minority on this. Motorcycle culture prizes machismo to the highest degree. ABS technology is still being lambasted by riders who are ok with their engines being run by computers. A dual clutch paddle shift transmission in a car is hailed as F1 technology, in a motorcycle it is a automatic. In the car it is bespoke, for a driving enthusiast, Maclaren have never sold a manual shift car but in the motorcycle world it is only for beginners. Electric has a very hard road ahead.


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2 comments

  1. Haha I dread the coming event of electric only bikes and no gas powered one's. Have you heard the sound electric bikes make say compared to a crossplane R1. Give me petrol or give me death.

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    1. Ah! you see that is my main point of difference, I like the sound of electric motors winding up.

      Yes you read that right. Years of working with electric traction in trains I developed a odd appreciation for what they can do. Especially when they propel massively heavy passenger trains forward at improbable acceleration rates. Which is not really something you can hear in Australia but here with 300kph bullet trains and even suburban trains that hit 160kph it is something else.

      But then again I may just be weird.

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