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Old 04-28-2014, 02:39 AM   #15
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How old are the kids? Might be about time to get them into dirtbikes...
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Old 04-28-2014, 03:58 AM   #16
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Glad to hear you made it thru okay. There's NOTHING(IMO) that will 100% replace the awesome feelings and freedom that riding provides. But this is as close as I've come so far.
Agreed! My BRZ has on more than one occasion reminded me of riding. It approaches that connected feeling that only a bike has. If only it would wheelie lol.
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Old 04-28-2014, 06:15 AM   #17
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How old are the kids? Might be about time to get them into dirtbikes...

They're 13 and 11. One want a dirt bike but he's WAAAAAY too immature and frankly not brainy enough to ride one without getting killed. The other cares nothing about motorcycles. They both enjoy sexy cars. Just like dad. ;-)


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Old 04-28-2014, 08:28 AM   #18
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I traded my semi crotch rocket (sv650s) for a dual purpose bike \ adventure bike. Sorry to say my FRS will not come close the the experience I'll get on the new bike!
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Sometimes on really nasty mornings I'll lane split in my FR-S. Brings back old memories. I still collect mirrors on occasion too.
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I started riding in 1977. Have had more bikes than I can readily remember. Except for the Gold Wing I had for a few years while commuting to school (could carry all my text books, a welding helmet, etc. on that monster), I've had smaller (<700cc) bikes. I like the handling advantages that come with lighter weight. And it's fun to leave guys on bigger bikes in your wake when the road gets really twisty-- horsepower isn't always the solution.

Among my favorites were a CB400F cafe racer and a couple of SV650s (widely regarded by people who don't know better as a "chick bike"). Strangely enough, my choices in cars lately (Miata, FR-S) fall into the same category.
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I traded in my motorcycle for the FRS.
once the FRS is paid off, I might look at another cruiser.

I'd say its a solid choice.. its the one I made.


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I'm a motorcycle guy. Have been as long as I can remember.

But I have children and a wife. Leisurely motorcycle riding takes away from both of those. Anyone with both of those knows that is a recipe for failure.

I don't like to fail. The wife hated that I would go riding(fear of me dying horrifically.) Then the bad Dad vibes creep into my head cause I'm not able to share that with my kids.

I have found that my FR-S, not specifically but in this case, gives everyone a relatively better feeling. My boys love the "cool car" and the wife likes that I'm caged and not so exposed to the dangers of the traffic world.

But I myself have found that I truly enjoy riding around in this sexy lil beast. Turns heads everywhere I go, looks so good, and just generally makes me happy.

For the first time since I was 15(16 years) I don't find myself YEARNING for a motorcycle when I see a group of em go by. I've not gotten the "fever" yet to go for a spirited jaunt thru the mountains. In truth, my FRS will essentially take the curves as fast as I was willing to take them on my crotch rockets anyways. In fairness I was a puss on my bike, but I AM still alive to admit that.

I love motorcycles and I thoroughly enjoy the freedom they represent and the fun they produce. But I believe I can happily say that the 86 gives me a very similar satisfaction in a much safer way.

Flame away if you must. But I hope that everyone enjoys their twin as much as I do.
(Scotch was involved in this post, so you know it was truthful) lol.
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Socal roads are too nice to give up my bike...lane splitting ftw!
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I bought my FR-S first then after deciding I wanted more but wanted to make sure my FR-S (primary ride) stayed reliable I went and bought a bike (Suzuki GSXR 600).

I can say without a doubt that, while fun, the FR-S dose not hold a candle to my Gixxer.

Take the bike to a track and have your fun there. Controlled environment where you can let loose and learn a thing or two. Tracking a bike (especially a sport bike) is much easier on it(mechanically and wear/tear) than tracking a car.
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I bought my FR-S first then after deciding I wanted more but wanted to make sure my FR-S (primary ride) stayed reliable I went and bought a bike (Suzuki GSXR 600).

I can say without a doubt that, while fun, the FR-S dose not hold a candle to my Gixxer.

Take the bike to a track and have your fun there. Controlled environment where you can let loose and learn a thing or two. Tracking a bike (especially a sport bike) is much easier on it(mechanically and wear/tear) than tracking a car.

Never tracked mine. Any of them. I wish l had. The road was my course. Stupid place to do that but l didn't wanna spend the money at the track. 7 yrs of riding crazy and no tickets. No bragging about being that jackass on the bike. I didn't ALWAYS ride retarded. But when fully geared up for a mountain ride, yeah, 100% jackass. Safe as one can be being that retarded.
The car doesn't seem to put off the same vibe to other drivers. I KNEW l was hated when l was on my bike.


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There is no replacing the bike. Whenever I see bikes go by I wish I was in mine.
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OP I am with you 100%. I would equate the feeling you get driving the 86 a lot to the feeling of riding. I do find myself taking the long ways home, finding any reason possible to go for a drive and just generally feeling good when driving even if it's just a straight stretch of expressway.
Someone mentioned the 86 is a lot like a 250 and I'm on that page too. It's light, fun to ride/drive, still gets looks from the female types but is also economical and practical for every day.
I have a 78 GS750 Café and I ride the 07 Ninja 250 easily 3x more often. It's light and nimble enough to hang with the bigger bikes in the twistys so why not? The GS handles like shit lol
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I've got 2 bikes and an FR-S. Something for every occasion.
Went out for a Sunday afternoon loop yesterday and took the twin instead of the bike.

Last week on a moto forum someone was asking what is up with those FBRRSZ things? People seem to be over the moon about them.
I told him to think of it as a new Ninja 300 in bike terms. That about sums it up.

The mini Ninjas have a very solid rep that is well deserved.
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