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"How to Ride a Motorcycle" Book Review

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"Leif" was a rough name to grow up with. This time of year was the worst. The first day of school, and the usual chorus: "Leaf? Like on a tree? Bwhahahaha!" "What is your brother named, Shrub?" On and on. Then Fall came around, and a fresh crop of leaf jokes.

I was named after a viking, which is pretty cool. Unfortunately "leif" translates into "beloved" in Norse. Figures...
 

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Is this thing on?

"Leif" was a rough name to grow up with. This time of year was the worst. The first day of school, and the usual chorus: "Leaf? Like on a tree? Bwhahahaha!" "What is your brother named, Shrub?" On and on. Then Fall came around, and a fresh crop of leaf jokes.

I was named after a viking, which is pretty cool. Unfortunately "leif" translates into "beloved" in Norse. Figures...
I thought you were going to say the kids asked you: "So, is your last name "Blower?"

I'll be here all week. Try the veal, it's exquisite tonight.
 

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That's nothing. Try "Creech" on for size sometime.
 

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Almost forgot:

Nice review. I'll probably add this one to my library, if only to loan it to friends I can't convince that Motorcycling is Dangerous and a really Bad Idea.
 

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"Leif" was a rough name to grow up with. This time of year was the worst. The first day of school, and the usual chorus: "Leaf? Like on a tree? Bwhahahaha!" "What is your brother named, Shrub?" On and on. Then Fall came around, and a fresh crop of leaf jokes.

I was named after a viking, which is pretty cool. Unfortunately "leif" translates into "beloved" in Norse. Figures...
Sven: How's it going Oly?

Oly: Hey Sven. I got a new snowmobile for my wife!

Sven: Hey Oly, that's a good trade if you can do it.
 

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I'm not so sure about this book. Part of me wants to see everyone else go through the same pain I did through learning to ride without any advice... except stupid advice like, "Never use the front brake" or "Learn how to lay 'er down".
 

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Well then...

PS: I feel your pain. I can't tell you how many times I heard some variation of the "KenMore" washer/dryer joke. And every damn one of them thought they'd just thought it up.
.... at least you were prepared for the "originality" we hear all the time from the non-riding public. How many times have you heard someone call bikes "donorcycles" as if it's the cleverest thing in the world? When someone says that to me I usually say, "We have names for non-riders, too. Pu$$y boy is a good one. Want to bandy more insults?" Usually they change the subject and go away. That knife I carry in my teeth might have something to do with it too.
 

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Last Call for Spartacus, Party of 300!

I wouldn't trade my name now. I have too much ridicule equity invested in it.

I would trade it for Spartacus, though. SPARTACUS! Table for six for SPARTACUS!

That would be wicked awesome.
No problemo, just tell the Hostess "Spartacus" when you step up to the podium. Me, I just wait for the hostess to call the same name twice and then take the table. If they're looking for four and there's only two of us, "the other couple will be right here." So far I only got busted once...I just looked confused and said I thought they called my name.
 

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Spartacus?

No problemo, just tell the Hostess "Spartacus" when you step up to the podium. Me, I just wait for the hostess to call the same name twice and then take the table. If they're looking for four and there's only two of us, "the other couple will be right here." So far I only got busted once...I just looked confused and said I thought they called my name.
I think "Sweaty Boatman" has mountains more cool than Spartacus.
 

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Oil???

The book is about learning to ride and skirts around religious topics like oil. There is some mention of basic maintenance, though.

I remember the first time I switched to synthetic. You always remember your first... I didn't think Amsoil was a very good name for an oil. It sounded dirty. Paying $9.00 a quart made me feel dirty, at least.

Lube For Newbs, unfortunately, wasn't a topic covered in this book.
 

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