Sunday, September 13, 2009

My 1/3 life crisis

I'm way too young for a midlife crisis, plus I've been planning on buying a motorcycle since I was 25 or so.


It may look fast, but its only a 250 cc engine, so its one of the slowest, gutless bikes on the road. I figure since my work is 14 miles away on a very sparsely traveled highway, it makes sense to get 60 mpg on this as opposed to whatever I get in the honda civic. Yes, gas mileage- that is the only reason I bought it. I just don't think I considered how much fun I would have on it- seriously, I've never enjoyed driving a motor vehicle until now. Maybe its the nerdy physicist in me, but I just can't get enough of the centripetal acceleration as I go around a curve, leaning a gravity defying 45 degrees to the road.

I just can't wait to make a trip to Seattle on this thing.



ps. Don't worry, I'm not stupid, I'm wearing full protective gear- I invested in a fully armored leather racing suit that the professional people race in. When they crash at 150+ mph, they walk away in these things. I rarely top 70.

9 comments:

Lefty said...

There goes my theory on low IQ and drivers of these things...(I just posted on this!)

You may be the first smart person I know who drives these...

Don't get me wrong, I love motorcycles. It's just this type...

Nick said...

As I've researched this and pay attention to motorcycles on the road and who ride them, I've discovered that the bike is not quite the right indicator of intelligence. The presence of a helmet and other protective gear is a much better one. Most of the fatalities and serious injuries with motorcycles (and especially on this type of bike) are from 20 year old guys who wear nothing except shorts and a t-shirt on the bike. When you look at the rest of the bike-riding population the injury rate is actually quite low, even on this kind of bike.

And like I mentioned, this is most definitely not a racing bike, a "bullet bike", a "crotch rocket" or anything like that. It has one of the smallest engines on the road and is very easy to handle (the two main reasons I bought it over your average standard-looking motorcycle. And the 60+ mpg of course.) It just looks like one, and in this case looks are deceiving.

Muriel said...

And because it says "Ninja" on the side, huh?

apyknowzitall said...

Nick, I say this with all the love of a sister-in-law... you suck.

Nick said...

If you're nicer I'll let you take it for a spin when I ride it up some time.

JonF said...

I didn't know they make Ninjas that small. Wow.

apyknowzitall said...

You do realize how long it would take you to road trip it on a slow, gutless bike such as yours don't you?

Nick said...

It cruises nicely on the freeway around 75-80, and it gets about 170 miles to the tank, so it'd be fine on a long trip- I think I might take it to Seattle next June or so.

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