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I have a handful of real friends, met none of them online ..... I’m a Canadian and don’t understand how you could meet friends on a bike forum .... sorry
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I met several of my best friends online at a bike forum. When you meet up and do several days riding with someone, you get to know them fairly well. The guys I ride with that I met online, I've known for 10 years, stayed in their homes, drank and ate together and share common interests and perspective. Most of the old friends my age have given up dangerous shit like motorcycles and prefer to sit in a boat and fish all day. Personally, I'd rather be dead.
 

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The small handful of friends and myself have been together for more than 50 yrs ..... we still all dare to live our lives as we want .... small town Nova Scotia is like that in one case my buddy’s Mom was my Mom’s best friend..... I’m talkin men who will go to wall for each other and beyond .... got casual like minded guys I ride with , that not what I was referring to ... meant no offence , guess we all have different understanding of words like friend ...
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The small handful of friends and myself have been together for more than 50 yrs ..... we still all dare to live our lives as we want .... small town Nova Scotia is like that in one case my buddy’s Mom was my Mom’s best friend..... I’m talkin men who will go to wall for each other and beyond .... got casual like minded guys I ride with , that not what I was referring to ... meant no offence , guess we all have different understanding of words like friend ...
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Its all good evryone has a different idea about friendships, I was lucky when all my mates at school finished school we all got into motorcycles at the same time riding dirty bikes and getting our licence at 17 then into road bikes, where we live at Sandgate it was always a biker town from the early 1920s and looking at old photos of the area and the mount of bikes parked in the main street.
In Aussie land we look after our mates, help out when needed, we have our best mates we hang out with and we have mates we ride and hang out when we get the chance and its great when we all getogether for a bike run or party, there are mates that I can only handle a short time with as they can become a pain in the arse, but they are still mates and we all have friends like that in a big group, but we all stick together, I am a friendly person and talk to strangers and try to get on with who ever I meet in life, I treat people the way I like to be treated, I am alwys polite when it comes to the ladies, but get on the wrong side of me and I don't hold back and if any of my friends get hassled by anyone I be the first one to step in.
Some people I have met and have become great mates, it all boils down to how you treat others, Australians are a friendly mob, we have our strange ways how we see the rest of the world, we do things completly different to the rest of the world, we love our beer, bikes, cars and girls and we party hard and just enjoy what ever is happening in life, we don't take things to serously, we have a laid back life style and we love our country, we might not be flag wavers but we are a proud bunch, we hate our politics and the way they are selling us out and getting us in more shit.
Sorry think I am getting carried away here, just enjoy life and look after your mates, I think the rest of the world could learn a lot off us Aussies.

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When I was a kid, my first bikes were a 250cc sidevalve Triumph and a 500cc sidevalve Indian - on which I got my licence. Then I moved up to 650cc Triumphs. A friend taught me how to build a motor, so I started hotting them up. I don't know how I survived by childhood, but when I was 29 I stopped riding on public roads and went road racing - which was much safer.
 
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So you keep telling us Alan, but I ride when I want and anytime day or night can't do that on the track, road riding is safe if you keep your eyes open and take notice of what is going on around you.

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I had to start out with a 150cc vespa Clubman, as Mom was dead set against motor cycles. I managed to trade the scooter in on an Ariel Leader, a 250cc 2-storke twin which was panel clad and loked like a scooter. Good riding bike but smoked like a factory chimey. I complained to Ariel and got a reply that said "We've done a lot more road testing, and you can change the oil/petrol mix from 1:16 to 1:48". That made the smoking much less.

After I got married, I switched to a BSA A7 and added a single-seat sports sidecar for my wife to ride in. It turned out she was scared to be in the chair alone, so I bought my Dad's Austin A-40 and quit the bike scene. Went with odd-ball cars for a while, then emigrated (July 1968). In the US, my first car was a Ford Falcon, about as mainstream as you could get. I resurrected my quirkiness with the next one, a 1958 DKW. For those not familiar, the DKW was a 3-cylinder water-cooled 2-stroke with front-wheel drive. Mine was even more unusual as it had a 4-speed manual trans, but no clutch pedal. The clutch was operated either by centrifugal mechanism at low rpms and by a diaphragm signalled by a microswitch on the shifter. I paid $50.00 for it and sold it two years later for $75.00.

Apart from a Renault 18 station-wagon about 20 years back, I've pretty much stayed with Japanese (Toyota and Honda) and Korean cars (Kia Sedona) since. The Kia is our current car - next might be a Honda CRV, a Ford Escape or maybe a Nissan Rogue. At 76, I've lost my taste for "quirky".
 

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How do you like the “rubber band” cv transmissions in the Asian cars ... I’m not sure what to think , around here word is if they fail , it is replaced non repairable , is that correct? .... I do like the Rogue , been a Jeep guy since late ‘70’s , Gr.Cherokee at present
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When you ride a motorcycle on public roads, you are not a threat to car drivers, so you become invisible to most of them. On a road-race circuit, if you tangle with another rider, you usually both crash - so much more care is taken. Motorcycling is a continual exercise in risk management. When I first moved to our town, I had a road bike and I always felt as though I had a big target painted on my back. When I was a kid, it didn't bother me because I used to always fang the bike, so I was always passing the other traffic. My future was in my own hands, not in the hands of some disinterested dodo. I hope you never end up under a car - TAKE CARE ! - In one of our Melbourne hospitals there is a ward full of injured motorcyclists.
 

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Found myself under a car twice once low sided under a lady that thankfully hit the he brakes ... the other got pinned under roll bar of TR4A in a muddy cornfield , not so lucky that time but did eventually heal up almost good as new .... still enjoy both pastimes (2&4 wheels) and spend not a moment worrying, still manage to just enjoy the moment and the ride , think I said different strokes for other folks before .... no sense wasting time harping ‘bout your fears , have as much enjoyment as possible while you can !
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Craig:

None of my cars have had "rubber band transmissions". They have all (including the old DKW) had "proper" epicyclic mechanical auto trannies. The Kia would give a rubber band one a hard time, as its engine is quite a strong 3.5L V-6. It's been the best car we've ever owned. One failure, when the alternator came unravelled at 53,000 miles - fixed under the 10-year/100,000 mile warranty. I did have to replace the battery, which the alternator's shenanigans destroyed.

We'll be keeping the Kia as a "dog transporter" for our 9-year-old yellow Labrador until she or the Kia dies!
 

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So far I hear good things about Kia , I am suspicious of these new trannies like in the Rogue not sure what to think of them and wonder if the “no repair possible” stories are true ... Our Jeep is a ‘09 with low kms and will be looking for maybe slightly smaller 4x4 next time , could be a while as still using the ‘94 Volvo GLE as second car , my wife say the 3 bikes are excessive...
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So far I hear good things about Kia , I am suspicious of these new trannies like in the Rogue not sure what to think of them and wonder if the “no repair possible” stories are true ... Our Jeep is a ‘09 with low kms and will be looking for maybe slightly smaller 4x4 next time , could be a while as still using the ‘94 Volvo GLE as second car , my wife say the 3 bikes are excessive...
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That’s just plain ridiculous.

There is NO WAY 3 bikes are excessive...!
 

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Some might say one wife is excessive !

I would never say that though...

My wife wouldn’t allow it...!
 

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In Canada we have federal saving program called RRSP really a way of deferred taxes , you get to subtract what you save from income tax while working then once retired you can cash these out at lower tax rate supposedly .... I put what extra I had into the bikes once everything else was paid off ... so I tell my Wife not excessive but investment, when I pass they are yours to sell , I may have exaggerated value but She kinda has soft spot for the bikes now ... and they keep me out of other types of trouble , which I am drawn to ....
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My ex once said 'one day we might have to buy you a decent race bike'. It never went beyond that. After 32 years of marriage, I came home from work one day and she said 'I think I want a divorce' - so I gave her one. We split everything right down the middle and walked away. There is life after divorce.
 

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My ex once said 'one day we might have to buy you a decent race bike'. It never went beyond that. After 32 years of marriage, I came home from work one day and she said 'I think I want a divorce' - so I gave her one. We split everything right down the middle and walked away. There is life after divorce.
 

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40 years in .... no real complaints , more laughs than tears ....
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the CVT transmissions are so far a very poor unit unless the ONLY thing you want is fuel economy.the life so far is about 70,000 miles. the sad thing is nissan, honda ,ford ,honda,toyota and suburu have them in some models. i would not touch one with a 10 foot pole. most new cars have any where from a 6 speed to an 8 and now a 10 speed auto.

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None of my cars have had "rubber band transmissions". They have all (including the old DKW) had "proper" epicyclic mechanical auto trannies. The Kia would give a rubber band one a hard time,
 
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Thanks Bill , pretty much sums up what I heard locally .... mileage thank goodness is not my biggest concern
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