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Thread #130272   Message #3430346
Posted By: JohnInKansas
03-Nov-12 - 08:07 AM
Thread Name: BS: Motocycle advise
Subject: RE: BS: Motocycle advise
One associate a few years back offered the opinion that a HOG is the equivalent of a 1950 Buick. Only old people drive one. The ones I've seen recently tend to support his opinion.

Another fellow, a buddy of the first one, offered the opinion that the biggest disadvantage of a HOG was that when you tipped one over (moving or not) you have to wait for the two healthy buddies you need to help stand one back up to quit making jokes about the situation before they'll help.

(SOME riders can stand one up by themselves, but lots of people who ride one can't, and even a little bit of road rash can put you in the latter group even without any serious damage.)

In the glory days of the big bikes, lots of police departments used them for patrol. There are a lot fewer depts who have any bikes at all now, but most of them are into mid-sized Honda rice burners or something similar - comfortable enough to ride on the highway (and carry all the cop equipment) with enough better maneuverability to be somewhat useful in unusual situations.

The people who call themselves "the real bikers" now, at least in my area, are more likely to ride a fairly light to mid weight KOW Crotch Rocket or similar. They say it's more fun. I don't have much of an opinion either way.