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Author Topic: NEW MEMBERS - Read this - I'm sorry, but c'mon people.  (Read 14846 times)

Offline VonYinzer

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This rant is most certainly not directed at any person specifically, and is also not meant to get anyone up in arms. That said, I've noticed a few things amongst the vintage bike set that have really started to irk me.

It's not the usual "stupid hipsters" or "they want how much for a cb750?" stuff though. Really, I'd like to think that most people here are above the petty annoyances of this hobby.

First off, the phrase "fuck the haters". Ok, I get it. Sometimes people are dicks. Sometimes people will talk shit on your bike no matter what you do. Those people suck. But when folks spend their time to show concern about your safety, or point out a possible better way of doing things... That's far from hate. Why don't we stop acting like insolent children and listen? I know it sucks when you put your all into something and someone points out that it may not work. It's a bummer. But before you get all riled up and decide that the person telling you that there's an issue is an asshole, LISTEN for a minute. You might pick something up... I know I do overtime I let my brain do the thinking and not my ego.

Secondly, you won't get all the answers by asking the same question 1000 times. Again, listen... And maybe more importantly, try. Break shit. Cut it up. Get dirty. Get bloody. I'm really guilty of second guessing myself personally. Because of this I hesitate to dive into shit. That's lame. The times when I tell myself to quit being a pussy and just do it are the most rewarding times I've ever had. Yeah, sometimes I fuck up. Sometimes I waste good parts and good money. The end result is ALWAYS way better than if I'd just phoned it in though. Always.

That brings us to number three...

You can't do it all. Nobody can. That's a fact of life and a fact of motorcycle building. There's always going to he a time when you need a hand. Be it help from a more experienced welder, engine builder, painter, whatever. There will come a point where it has to happen. Be respectful of that fact. It shows your humanity (something so many forget) and keeps you in touch with the outside world. If you've convinced yourself that you can do it all, you're going to lose. Plain and simple.
« Last Edit: Sep 26, 2012, 21:41:06 by Tim »
I took the shell off of my racing snail thinking it would make him faster.

It just made him more sluggish.

Offline VonYinzer

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Re: I'm sorry, but c'mon people.
« Reply #1 on: Sep 25, 2012, 21:09:06 »
Again, I'm not trying to stick it to anyone. I'm just bugged by the amount of arrogance and attitude in this little world we all are part of.

Let's all be cool man. Lets figure shot out ourselves and still be willing to admit defeat, even if its only for a moment. None of us are special. Were all in the same sinking boat. We juat all happened to pick the same life raft.
I took the shell off of my racing snail thinking it would make him faster.

It just made him more sluggish.

Offline cyclefreak

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Re: I'm sorry, but c'mon people.
« Reply #2 on: Sep 25, 2012, 21:25:30 »
Totally agree. I have always thought any advice is worth listening to. Whether or not to apply that advice is a personal, and hopefully a well thought out and researched, decision.
When in doubt gas it!!!

Offline teddpage

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Re: I'm sorry, but c'mon people.
« Reply #3 on: Sep 25, 2012, 21:34:55 »
Amen brotha!  I cant agree more.  We are all (most) in it because of our love for motorcycles.  Lets keep it that way.  Learn, teach, have fun and fucking ride!
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Offline rays650cafe

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Re: I'm sorry, but c'mon people.
« Reply #4 on: Sep 25, 2012, 21:41:05 »
Works for me.
High functioning sociopath.

Offline onefourx

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Re: I'm sorry, but c'mon people.
« Reply #5 on: Sep 25, 2012, 21:44:34 »
I like it, well said! And I'm guilty of the same shit as well lol...
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Offline Fix

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Re: I'm sorry, but c'mon people.
« Reply #6 on: Sep 25, 2012, 21:44:34 »
I'm special.  I am a unique snowflake just like everyone else.
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Offline sphynx88

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Re: I'm sorry, but c'mon people.
« Reply #7 on: Sep 25, 2012, 21:46:25 »
Thanks for the reality check. Just picked my CL360 over the weekend and it's my first motorcycle. I come from the car world where there is just as much frustration, ego-trips, hipsters and learning opportunity.

We do these things because they mean something deeper to us than just a piece of engineered metal. You can put blood, sweat and tears into something and it still won't be right but that's how it goes. Learn from other's experience and even more importantly learn from your own. Think for yourself, make your decisions and make your own mistakes. People wouldn't be passionate about anything if they didn't face their own struggles.

Offline VonYinzer

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Re: I'm sorry, but c'mon people.
« Reply #8 on: Sep 25, 2012, 21:48:17 »
I'm special.  I am a unique snowflake just like everyone else.

Yeah... You're special alright... Haha.
I took the shell off of my racing snail thinking it would make him faster.

It just made him more sluggish.

Offline sphynx88

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Re: I'm sorry, but c'mon people.
« Reply #9 on: Sep 25, 2012, 21:48:44 »
Were all in the same sinking boat. We juat all happened to pick the same life raft.

I like this. Might use it in the future  8)

Offline Spoonz

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Re: I'm sorry, but c'mon people.
« Reply #10 on: Sep 25, 2012, 22:11:44 »
Yeah... You're special alright... Haha.
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Offline Clutch48

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Re: I'm sorry, but c'mon people.
« Reply #11 on: Sep 25, 2012, 22:12:50 »
Yeah... You're special alright... Haha.
He is very special!!! Seriously tho great post as being the first time I have tried alot of what I am doing the advice has been so helpful. And I have experienced some great help from some great guys that have been very gracious with their help and not just been like well this guy has no clue and then just overlooked me cause I don't have the experience. And some of these guys I have never met and then some only for a few days at the last two Barbers. But I have experienced the other side the bad side I guess you would say. But we all start out some where! Sorry for ranting on your rant Von but your post really struck a nerve. THANKS FOR POSTING IT GOOD POST!

Offline Hoofhearted

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Re: I'm sorry, but c'mon people.
« Reply #12 on: Sep 25, 2012, 22:32:22 »
When I was 16 I knew everything.  Now 50 years later I'm still learning.  My Dad told me as a child to "make all the mistakes you want but try to make them just once".   I've noticed on the various forums I frequent that people ask a lot of what could be considered dumb questions.  Well, they're not really dumb questions if you don't know the answer.  But if you give it a shot you just might find the answer rather than appear dumb by asking.  Seems to me that people are afraid to try something in case they fail and appear stupid.  Another quote from my Dad.  "If you don't try you can't fail.  Equally you can't succeed".  I have no idea what this has to do with Von's post.  Sorry.
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Offline Worst cb650 ever

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Re: I'm sorry, but c'mon people.
« Reply #13 on: Sep 25, 2012, 22:37:45 »
I like DTT because there is so much less of the BS attitude that I've run into on car forums.  So much hellaflush +5hp misogynistic "search n00b" garbage.  I hope that won't happen here. 
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Offline t71ford

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Re: I'm sorry, but c'mon people.
« Reply #14 on: Sep 25, 2012, 23:07:29 »
Sooo...clubmans or clip ons for my CB360?
Some people will tell you that slow is good - and it may be, on some days - but I am here to tell you that fast is better. Being shot out of a cannon will always be better than being squeezed out of a tube. That is why God made fast motorcycles….Hunter S. Thompson