Is the Era of the Motorcycle Over?

I recently read this opinion article in the NYTimes. The premise of the article is that the recession has driven motorcycle sales down sharply but other things that are also deemed luxury items, like iPhones, have grown. At first I almost dismissed the article – what the hell do Apple products have to do with Motorcycle sales? But it stuck in my mind for a few days until I realized, after much self-debate, that Motorcycles have become (like it or not) a fashion industry and a consumer durables industry (in most cases). They compete for a share of consumers’ disposable income just like clothes, other mechanised toys, computers and, yes, fancy electronic devices. While there are many committed motorcyclists (like Buck and I) the fact that you can find 10 and 20 year-old bikes being offered for sale with such low mileage suggests that a lot of owners/riders are not, shall
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Our Top Five Favourite Celebrity UK Motorcyclists

Motorcycling is certainly not a new phenomenon; in fact, the very first official “motorcycle” was invented back in the nineteenth century. Ever since then, many notable figures have become known not only for their day jobs but also for their love of the open road and passion for biking. Here are our top five favourite famous UK motorcyclists… 5. A famous name which you might not associate with motorcycling, but believe it or not, Roald Dahl, the legendary British children’s author was a huge fan of motorcycling and from an early age they became a huge part of his life. Some speculate that his passion for biking may even have seeped into his writing. For example, one of his best loved work, ‘The B.F.G’  which in the book stands for the ‘Big Friendly Giant’ just so happens to share its name with a popular motorcycle tyre company, ‘B.F Goodrich’. 4.
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RIP Marco Simoncelli

“Marco was flamboyant on and off the track. When someone dies, everyone always says they loved life. But he had a very vibrant personality. He already had a huge fanbase around the world, partly down to aggressive riding – but also because he was just a cool guy. He didn’t take himself too seriously and would have been a big star for next year.” ~Matt Roberts, BBC MotoGP presenter  
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Motorcycle Tunes

Well, I’m just not sure what to say about this one! Truly must be seen to be believed!
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Through the car window all you see is just more tv

Lately I’ve been immersed in motorcycle literature. I went out one day and spent my pay cheque on several paperbacks: “Shop Class as Soulcraft“, “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance“, “Jupiter’s Travels” and “Dreams of Jupiter“. One of the recurring messages of these books is the connection between rider and the environment around them. Robert Pirsig put it well: You see things vacationing on a motorcycle in a way that is completely different from any other. In a car you’re always in a compartment, and because you’re used to it you don’t realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV. You’re a passive observer and it is all moving by you boringly in a frame. On a cycle the frame is gone. You’re completely in contact with it all. You’re in the scene, not just watching it anymore, and the sense of presence is
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