Friday, June 27, 2008

The kind of guys who own motorcycles

I started looking into buying a motorcycle for my commute to work. It's 20 miles each way, which takes it's toll financially. While my car is getting significantly better gas mileage than I expected, a motorcycle could do better. Quite a bit better, actually.

I'm not going to get one right now. I probably won't seriously begin looking until next March. By then I should have my bills mostly paid off and enough saved up to be able to afford one with no need to get a loan.

Even though my purchase is a ways off, I decided it'd be fun to look at styles and, more importantly, the kind of mileage each bike gets. I want a bike to make my commute as cheap as possible while still being able to take the interstate (which means a scooter is out). While browsing through various websites from motorcycle magazines and forums, I noticed something about the kind of guys motorcycle enthusiasts are: they've all got a Freudian paranoia regarding their machismo.

Every time I looked up information on the smaller engine bikes (the ones that get really good gas mileage; one owner said he got over 100 mpg on average on his), reviewers, commenters, and bikers almost always said the same thing: "do you want a sissy bike?"

Now, I understand that many people claim the point of owning a motorcycle is the experience and the feeling, not the economical purposes. That doesn't explain the disturbingly Freudian obsession so many people seem to have with straddling something that is annoyingly loud and ridiculously overpowered. It's remarkable.

I want a motorcycle because the idea of getting 60+ mpg is just too tempting to pass up. I don't want a loud bike or a chopper or a Harley. I have no desire to superficially boost my masculinity or image by straddling something designed for the sole purpose of making me feel more virile. I want something that looks nice and that'll reliably get me from my house to my office.

As of now, the Suzuki V-Strom DL 650 (pictured) is the bike I want. It's a sport touring bike, designed for driving moderate distances or just short jumps around town, gets good mileage due to a smaller engine size, and, well, it's just darn pretty.


p i a c o n e c t a said...

Hi! Thanks for sharing your blog openly!
I like it, but would you like to change your New Times Roman font?
I don't like this type in any writting -one of my tiny, very tiny problems!

p i a c o n e c t a said...

Thanks, it looks pretty nicer.