Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Motorcycle wisdom of the road

Above is a 1951 triumph hardtail chopper

• Midnight bugs taste best.
• Saddlebags can never hold everything you want, but they CAN hold everything you need.
• Home is where your bike sits still long enough to leave a few drops of oil on the ground.
• The only good view of a thunderstorm is in your rear view mirror.
• Bikes don't leak oil, they mark their territory.
• Never mistake horsepower for staying power.
• If you don't ride in the rain - you don't ride.
• A bike on the road is worth two in the shed.
• Young riders pick a destination and go. . . Old riders pick a direction and go.
• A good mechanic will let you watch without charging you for it.
• Sometimes the fastest way to get there is to stop for the night.
• Winter is Nature's way of telling you to polish your bike.
• Well-trained reflexes are quicker than luck.
• The best alarm clock is sunshine on chrome.
• A friend is someone who'll get out of bed at 2 am to drive his pickup to the middle of nowhere.
• There's something ugly about a NEW bike on a trailer.
• Practice wrenching on your own bike.
• Never be ashamed to unlearn an old habit
• Maintenance is as much art as it is science.
• If you ride like there's no tomorrow - there won't be.
• Gray-haired riders don't get that way from pure luck
• There are drunk riders. There are old riders. There are NO old, drunk riders.
• No matter what marquee you ride, it's all the same wind.
• Only a Biker knows why a dog sticks his head out of a car window.


Melissa Russell said...

I know why the dog does that. It's because the love the feel of their tongues slapping their face hehehe.

Okay so a chopper is cool enough. After awhile it would seem like the arms would get tired, but for a short trip it'd do.

Once a Harley fan, always a Harley fan.

To each his/her own though

Canajun said...

There are an awful lot of truisms in that list.

Thanks for posting.

Zuzana said...

I have to state the obvious; I know very little about bikes. Still, in my past, I have known men that were bike riders and I have been riding with (behind:) them on numerous occasions.
All the men were great people, with love for nature and the open road and with a sense for adventure. Therefore I can fully understand someones affection for these grand machines and the places they can take you. And the means in which they can do it.
Lovely post and I love the list.;))

Danny said...

Great list. I would like to add "Chrome don't get you home." Can you tell I am a bit of a Rat Bike rider? Oh, and I did ride to work in the rain this morning.

B.B. said...

Great list!

Baron's Life said...

Cheers everyone...!
Ride on
Ride safe

Hannah Parkin said...

“Winter is Nature's way of telling you to polish your bike.” I agree with this. Winter is the time when motorcycles are at rest. But one must understand that doesn’t mean just leaving your bike in the garage and forgetting about it until spring comes again. It means taking the time to give your bike some TLC. Polish your bike and make sure that you check and clean all the parts. Then, cover it to protect it from rust and corrosion.

Clare Westby said...

If you really love your motorcycle, then you wouldn’t deprive it of regular maintenance. A motorcycle can bring you to your destination, regardless of weather, season, time or how far it may be , and all it demands from us is a little favor called – maintenance. Do you motorcycle a favor and take care of it the best way that you can do.

Claudio Mccarty said...

“If you ride like there's no tomorrow - there won't be.” – Very true! You can ride your Harley all day long, but you must keep in mind your safety! Be very responsible and know your limitations. You can still enjoy your ride even without putting at risk both your Harley and your life as well.