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Article by Daniel Levy
Interested in motorcycles? Who can blame you! Motorcycles reek of coolness, but before you jump into the motorcycle riding scene, you need to learn the basics of the bike!
Stand Up Straight Please
It’s mind boggling how they do it, but motorcycles stay upright while they are moving due to some pretty advanced physics. A still motorcycle will lean over without some sort of support. But a moving motorcycle will stay upright without much effort thanks to a couple of little things called angular momentum and torque.
To see these physics at work, imagine that you’re holding a bat in your palm with the heavy end up. It’s going to tip over, right? It’s too unsteady. Now imagine that you’re wiggling your palm in an effort to always keep it directly under the heavy end of the bat. Suddenly the bat is steady. That’s how motorcycles stay upright.
Two old seasoned bikers, decide to ride into town for a little R&R.
After a few drinks, they end up at the local brothel. The madam takes one look at the two old guys and whispers to her manager, “go up to the first two bedrooms and put an inflated doll in each bed. These two are so old and drunk; I’m not wasting two of my girls on them. They won’t know the difference.’
The manager does as he is told and the two old bikers go upstairs and take care of their business.
Just before they rode off, the first biker tells his companion, ‘you know, I think my girl was dead!’
Article by Marion Marshall
If you like getting out on the street on 2 wheels, you ‘ll locate that USENET has plenty of newsgroups that will likely hobby you. Many of the newsgroups for motorcycles will certainly be discovered under the rec hierarchy. Even though you might make use of the motorcycle as an everyday commuter, on USENET they are thought of leisure subject matter.
Locating the Groups
There are rather a couple assorted regional USENET groups for discussing motorcycles. You ‘ll find ones for specific states, such as news. tx. motorcycles, which is a newsgroup specifically for USENET customers in Texas who delight in riding motorcycles. You ‘ll even discover newsgroups for specific nations, such as one for Canadian riders. Joining a newsgroup that applies to the region is one of the best ways to make connections with people you might actually be able to have out as well as ride by having. If you are just interested in routine data, however, you can easily have quite a bit of it as well as in extremely concentrated ways.
Article by Alan Liptrot
When Bud Ekins took the place of Steve McQueen, to jump the wire fence in the film ‘The Great Escape’, he arguably created the most famous motorcycle movie scene of all time, but you will notice that I used the word ‘arguably’, because there are other movies that run this one close. The Great Escape wasn’t a film about motorcycles; it just happened to have the scene that everyone remembers. Interestingly, although McQueen didn’t perform that stunt, it was his idea to include that scene. Both Ekins and McQueen were avid motorcyclists.
In 1969, Dennis Hopper directed and starred alongside Peter Fonda in a film that reverberated far beyond the Movie Theatre. ‘Easy Rider’ was the story of two disillusioned youths who, after collecting the funds from a dope sale in Southern California, set off on a trip across America. The Hydraglides in the film, which were built between 1949 and 1952, were bought at auction for 500 US Dollars, but chopper builders Cliff Vaughs and Ben Hardy transformed the bikes, each one having a back-up to ensure the cameras kept rolling. One of the bikes was wrecked in the final scene while the others were stolen before the significance of movie props was realised. The final campfire scene still had to be shot, hence the absence of the motorcycles, whereas in the previous campfire scenes, the bikes are clearly visible. The wrecked ‘Captain America’ was rebuilt and by Dan Haggerty and became a museum exhibit until it was sold in 2001.