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Showing posts with label Motorsports. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Motorsports. Show all posts

Motorcycle trial riding

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Last year I wrote about Danny MacAskill, his unbelievable trial bike riding skills and a short amateur Youtube video that made him famous.

If you think that was incredible, wait till you see the video below:

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My Bucket List : Buy A Motorcycle...Checked

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The media has suggested that middle-aged men who ride motorcycles are in the throes of a midlife crisis, simply compensating for their lost youth. I’m not sure what fueled those speculation, but I want to think that it doesn’t have much to do with me.

Not every guy on a motorcycle is going through a mid-life crisis. Some people just want to live life with no regrets; pushing life to the ultimate limit, experience…everything, and reach every goal they set for themselves.

I read somewhere that many seniors wish they made more of an effort to achieve their goals. We all set goals with the intention of accomplishing them, but life tends to get in the way of moving forward. That's why I can't stress enough how important it is to put your goals/dreams/desires in writing.

Last summer I achieved one of my Bucket List goals - "Learn To Ride A Motorcycle", and immediately set another one - buy a bike and continue learning.

And today, I can cross that off my list

Having a Bucket List is not only about feeling accomplished or just having fun along the way. It's not just a list of things you check off and hopefully you get to them all before you die.



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My Bucket List : Learn How to Ride a Motorcycle

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I've wanted to learn how to ride a motorcycle since the first time I saw "Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man". Owning a Harley has always been a dream of mine. One reason it took me so long to learn how to ride was a common misconception that motorcycle riding was dangerous. I mean why else would they call motorcyclists " organ donors" ?

Contrary to popular belief, riding is no more dangerous than driving. Learning how to ride a motorcycle SAFELY is the main goal of The Basic Rider Course I took with Pacific NorthWest Motorcycle Safety.

I've never been on a motorcycle before and till then had no interest in motorcycles. All I wanted was to learn how to ride.

The Basic Rider Course is a 16 hour curriculum for beginning riders. Half of the time you waste in a classroom learning about some useless crap you'll never remember, followed by a test only a brain dead moron won't pass.

Practical "learn to ride" part consists of a number of drills/exercises on a parking lot. During the full length of the class you never ride your bike on a road.

Students must achieve a 80% or higher on a written test and 80% or higher on the riding test to pass this course and waive further testing at the Washington State DOL for "2-wheeled only" motorcycle endorsement. Getting your motorcycle endorsement is the only advantage many people take from this class.
I wouldn't say I didn't get anything from this class ( I "learned " how to ride, got my motorcycle endorsement, and now can cross another item off my Bucket List ), but again, "learning how to ride" is not the main goal. That's exactly what your instructor will tell you - "I am here to teach you how to ride a motorcycle safely".

In my opinion, riding safely comes with practice. And that's exactly what I intend to do - buy a bike and continue learning how to ride a motorcycle.

This Summer Try Jet Boating

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Skippers Canyon is a scenic attraction located about 30 kilometres from Queenstown Town, in the back country of the Queenstown region of New Zealand.

Known in adventure circles as 'Skippers Grand Canyon' the area encompasses 20 acres and is home to a variety of adventures, and jet boating is one of the most popular ones.

When you think about it, how much fun can one possibly have riding in a boat on a river ? I don't know... see for yourself :

It looked so amazing that now I want to try jet boating in our own Snake Canyon this summer.

"Easy Rider" Mancations

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Remember the movie? Two counterculture bikers travel from Los Angeles to New Orleans in search of America and "Freedom". Classic! Why ? Because that movie captures the true reality of the open road and yet still had the philosophical edge.It shows that the adventure is not about the destination, but it's rather an odyssey of personal discovery. It questions what true freedom really is, whether anyone is truly free, and whether it can even fully exist ( now that's just LSD talking).

How many of us (men) have dreamt about becoming a "Free Spirit","getting away from all that", away from all those ''responsibilities''?

And what represents"Freedom" and "Free Spirit " better than good-ol' Harley Davidson?

EagleRider is the pioneer of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle rentals and the guided motorcycle tour business. Today, they are the largest motorcycle tourism company specializing in rentals of Motorcycles, ATVs, Dirt Bikes, Scooters, Snowmobile, and Watercraft.

You have a choice of : renting a bike, go on a guided or self drive tour, or go on a one-way trip between franchise rental facilities located in the most desirable tourist destinations in the world.

The self drive tours is a perfect idea for your next mancation. Self drive tour packages include:

-a late model motorcycle
-first-rate hotel accommodations
-a detailed day-by-day itinerary with lots of useful tips
-transfers between hotel and EagleRider location.

You can choose from a variety of 8-day and 3-day trips or have your personal "dream come true" tour custom designed by EagleRider's experts.

For Seattle EagleRider location visit their website here.