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HelicopterOff Topics › The deed is done: Switching from RC helis to motorcycling as primary hobby!
11-26-2007 09:31 PM  10 years agoPost 1
gigi

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Port-au-Prince, Haiti

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This is an itch I've been wanting to scratch for a few years...

I had been riding a '97 Honda XR600R since 2000. It has the perfect suspension for the crappy roads in Haiti, but I missed the wail of an inline-4 getting on the cams.

Last year, I sold my Jet-Ski, my dirt-bike, and my '94 Ford Probe GT. I was hoping to sell the Bergen Gasser I love to hate, but still won't accept less than 50 cents on the dollar for it, so it's still sitting disassembled as a conversation piece in my apartment.

And now, after nearly 10 weeks of waiting, my new ride is here

It's a 2004 Honda 919, in pristine condition. She's got 3,300 miles, no scratches, 100 hp at the rear wheel @ 9,000 rpm, 65 Lb-Ft of torque @ 6,500 rpm, 6 gears, is water-cooled and wheelies in first at the merest hint of a provocation. I've only taken it to 120 mph so far, I don't think I'll be seeing the remaining 30 mph too often. And yes, that's out in the desert where there are no speed limits.

Something tells me I'm finally going to be burning gasoline instead of methanol! 'Bout time, too

Not that I'm saying I won't be on RR anymore, but I did find http://www.motorcycle-journal.com/forum/ and it's funny how it's just like RR, except for motorcycles

I used to belong to other forums for the Probe GT and for the Jet-Ski, and it's the same thing as well. Although I do believe there may be more humor here. We probably need that, what not with the many things that can go wrong with our models.

Anyway, all that to say, Godspeed to those that continue to defy gravity with models of all sizes. I'll be keeping at least one wheel on the ground at most times, personally.

Gigi

My heli spending has gone way down since I got a Honda 919 :-)

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11-26-2007 11:03 PM  10 years agoPost 2
rchelichop

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seeya

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I thought about giving up helis for motorcycles once, but I came to the realization that with helis I won't get run over by crappy un-attentive drivers while doing my hobby.

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11-26-2007 11:39 PM  10 years agoPost 3
spog

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Ontario, Canada

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How does getting from one place to another qualify as a hobby? I sold my enduro when I didn't need it to go fishing any more.
I can understand motocross and race bikes being a hobby, but a street bike.

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11-26-2007 11:55 PM  10 years agoPost 4
Camp

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PA kinda. Mostly OTR driving

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Congrats, motorcycling has been the best thing in my life> I Raced AMA until my daughter was born but have since lost all my bikes due to a divorce. It was the best time of my life. Get some track time and MSF courses. They are well worth it.

I miss riding alot and teaching even more. Stay alert, stay safe, stay alive.

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11-27-2007 01:06 AM  10 years agoPost 5
BJames111

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San Diego, California

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How does getting from one place to another qualify as a hobby? I sold my enduro when I didn't need it to go fishing any more.
I can understand motocross and race bikes being a hobby, but a street bike.
Riding around in town isn't much fun, but if you like to get out on country or mountain roads, they can be a lot of fun.

I do both and have no plan to give up either.

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11-28-2007 10:30 PM  10 years agoPost 6
gigi

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Port-au-Prince, Haiti

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Quick answers

I'm not planning on ditching the model helis altogether. But it does seem that given the choice between going riding and going flying, for the next foreseable few months, the bike will easily win.

It's the very opposite of getting from one place to another. It's heading out just for the sheer fun of being out, and of relaxing by being one with the machine, and taking in the scenery, and enjoying the sights and the smells. (Of course, it helps to get the hell out of towm first, that's a given!)

It's just as mental a game as flying the models is, but it's also a lot more physical, and after a good hard ride and a cool shower, one just feels ready to relax and take it easy.

Of course, like many other such things, one either gets it or not. I personally don't get golf. But I know a whole lot of folks do, and enjoy it greatly.

Different strokes for different folks, I guess...

Whatever floats one's boat!

Enjoy,

Gigi

My heli spending has gone way down since I got a Honda 919 :-)

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11-28-2007 11:16 PM  10 years agoPost 7
spaceman spiff

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Tucson

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I'm not planning on ditching the model helis altogether. But it does seem that given the choice between going riding and going flying, for the next foreseable few months, the bike will easily win.
+1 that.

I flew last weekend, (glad i kept my stuff) but it had been quite a while. Even though i ride everyday, even do grocery shopping by bike, . Still, everytime saturday comes i still want to go somewhere on 2 wheels... been going like that for more than a year now. I can't even begin to explain why, just hooked on it for some reason.

My 919 is better than yours. .

Nya nya nya nya.

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11-29-2007 12:27 AM  10 years agoPost 8
redvtr1000

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covington, GA

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I love my bike. Haven't been able to ride much the last few months. Now its too cold to want to ride at all. I would have a hard time choosing between the two if I had to because I can usually play with the heli on a daily basis as opposed to the bike.

Its a 98 Honda VTR1000, a few upgrades. SOOOO much torque!

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11-30-2007 08:45 PM  10 years agoPost 9
gigi

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Port-au-Prince, Haiti

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What is it about riding?

I don't know, but it just takes me away, and I forget about everything BUT the motorcycle under my butt, my buddies on my side, and the scenery we're going through. Well, I'm lying, there is the occasional reminder from some moron who shouldn't be driving that not all is well with the word

Spaceman Spiff, I'll have to take a picture of my 919's underbelly when she's standing on her back tire. Then, we can decide who has the meanest one

Nice VTR, Redvtr1000! I love those. 'Nothing quite like a snarling V-Twin...

Gigi

My heli spending has gone way down since I got a Honda 919 :-)

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