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Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by Philip Overby, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. The Tourist

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    If only you knew. My wife wants me to sell both of mine and get a mistress. It would be cheaper.
     
  2. Sparkie

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    Get your motor runnin'...
     
  3. The Tourist

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    LOL. Oh, the motors have been running for decades. Sometimes it's the money that runs out.

    Like I said, I have two. One is called a Dyna Glide, or at least that's what it was before the customization started. With all of the engine mods done, it inhaled gasoline like a kid eating french fries.

    I came into some money and bought a Sportster "48," very similar to the bikes I rode in the club. Stripped down, nothing but an engine and a seat. It got better gas mileage, and I wound riding it more than the big bike--to the point I was wearing out back tires.

    But I'm one of those guys who relaxes by kinetic energy. Sitting around doing nothing tenses me up, going out for a ride calms me down. My vacation in hell would be two weeks doing nothing but sitting by the pool at a hotel that does everything for you.

    Both bikes are now at the dealership for winter storage, and like always, they are undergoing even more modifications--for no particular reason. I moved the footpegs and shifter/brake assemblies forward on the Dyna. Hundreds of bucks, but I just like to sit in that "kitchen chair" position, not with my feet folded underneath me.

    Bikers are born, not made. My grandfather worked for Harley.
     
  4. Sparkie

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    I've never bought a bike (because I have no sense of balance and would probably let the thing touch ground within the first hour), but I love Harleys. It's good to have someone here who seems to understand that it's about the ride, not speed. "Kitchen Chair" is just fine, it's these guys on crotch-rockets leaning forward against the bars that scare me.
     
  5. FatCat

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    yeah bicycles are fun.
     
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  6. The Tourist

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    Yes they are.

    I was a credit manager with Trek for a few years, and I got deals on bikes and gear. My wife has a Y-22 and 435, and I have 431. And yeah, she can easily get away from me, even uphill.

    I must admit that last year, when the sun was out, I took one of the Harleys out. But then, it was scorching here in my area.
     
  7. Jamber

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    My first motorbike was a Yamaha 125. It had a very flat seat and absolutely no style. The motor broke while I was trying to ride it home. Fortunately the place where I bought it was uphill from my home; unfortunately there was an extra hill in the way.
    The man I bought it from began to laugh as he watched me glide down that first hill then attempt to push it up the next one.
    His house was extremely large and well-appointed. I envied his house, his father's position in society, the fact that he had my money in his hand while I had his bike.
    I spent a year dismantling the motor following a mechanic's manual. I changed the piston rings and worked my way through to the gearbox and finally the gear change mechanism. It was broken so I found a friend who brazed it into roughly the correct shape. The ball bearing was then able to slip in and out of neutral according to the correct force.
    The bike became able to go. I was overjoyed. Then I realised it was rent day and I had no money because I hadn't got a shift at the service station that week. I put the bike out front with a 'for sale' sign.
    Two boys passed, went home and came back with dad. They bought it.
    I heard them revving it all day and half the next, then all went ominously quiet.
    They came pushing it back up the street a few days later, red-faced and guilty-looking. They'd put the kickstarter on backwards. When I asked why they'd done that they told me their dad had made them dismantle the entire motor and put it back together again in order to learn how motorbikes work.
    The motorbike no longer worked. It was completely kaput. I didn't give them a refund.
    That's the end of my Yamaha 125 story.
     
  8. The Tourist

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    My first custom Harley was a 1971 bike I bought new (it's my avatar). I put all of money into engine mods, and a not a nickel into decent shocks or brakes.

    I never crashed, but it taught me that good motors require better brakes. I have a square gusseted swingarm and Progressive shocks on the '04 Dyna, now at 95-inches, cams, push-rods, exhaust system and Stage I air filtration. Tried to find the top end once, but I ran out of courage before I ran out of engine.

    The top picture is the 1971. The bottom picture is the Dyna, "Black Betty."

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  9. WyrdMystic

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    Once...I ate a grape. Well not once, but many times. Not all at once, but at different points throughout my life. Not specific or important points, just those times when I fancied grapes and grapes were, by chance or purchase, available to me.
     
  10. Phietadix

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    You just posted that because it was crazy and off topic so no one would post after you, didn't You? Believe me it won't work.
     
  11. WyrdMystic

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    What's crazy about eating grapes? :D
     
  12. Ireth

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    That's what I'd like to know. I love grapes, especially green ones.
     
  13. WyrdMystic

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    Seedless though. And thus we have a change of topic, so anyone posting about motorbikes is now crazy and off topic.

    Vive La Grape!!
     
  14. Jamber

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    I love dolphins.
     
  15. WyrdMystic

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    Between two slices of rye with mayonnaise?

    Cherries, I like cherries. I don't love cherries, but I do like them enough to think...hmmm, that tasted nice.
     
  16. The Tourist

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    I don't like cherries. They cry, they want you to drive them home. Then the next day they send you flowers. Then they complain you never call...
     
  17. Reaver

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    That's fine for canned dolphin, but the steaks are out of this world.
     
  18. The Tourist

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    That might be fine for you guys, but I haven't eaten any red meat, including hamburger, in almost four years. And that's part of my strategy here. Between my opponents' sloppy diets, my rigorous gym schedule and great genes, someday I'm going to sign onto this thread and be the last man standing...

    But I will mourn you.
     
  19. FatCat

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    You’ve got to be kidding me. I’ve been further even more decided to use even go need to do look more as anyone can. Can you really be far even as decided half as much to use go wish for that? My guess is that when one really been far even as decided once to use even go want, it is then that he has really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like. It’s just common sense.
     
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  20. Philip Overby

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    OK, seriously. This is the last post on this thread. I created it and now I'm destroying. So guys don't post anymore.

    I'm for serious. Don't do it.

    Don't.

    Seriously...

    ...

    Cheeseburgers...

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