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Old 09-05-2013, 08:11 PM   #31
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Is All The Sport All The Time overrated?
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Old 09-05-2013, 08:46 PM   #32
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The point I was making here wasn't so much wether the definition of the word fit, but what image the word gives about motorcycling. Most (not all) of my friends who call it a sport are the type that have to corner as deep on the street as they would on the track and otherwise push the bike as much as they can as often as they can. They have all been down, some several times, and I do not ride with most of them any more because of how they ride. I just don't see motorcycling as a "sport" like they do.

How many new people start out that way because they were introduced to motorcycling as a "sport" by similar people?
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Old 09-05-2013, 09:48 PM   #33
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The "sport" of motorcycling?

At the very least a mode of transportation, and for most of us a lifestyle, and for a few of us an obsession! But unless you have a track bike, sorry, not a sport.
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Old 09-06-2013, 01:14 AM   #34
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why would a track bike make it a sport but no other bike could?

do you mean going to the track? perhaps so?

anyway while out riding tonight and lane splitting and dodging cars and stuff it reminded me of something athletic. i guess the bike just feels part of the body when tossing it around and what not. its an extension of the body for me

it feels sporty? or sporting? perhaps sport like?

um, yeah
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Old 09-06-2013, 06:28 AM   #35
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So, if its a sport, then I must be an athlete.....

Yeah, thats it........ I'm an athlete!!

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Old 09-06-2013, 06:35 AM   #36
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Adventure Sports & Extreme Sports Don't Have To Be Competitive

This has probably been posted on ADVrider before but a famous quote often (wrongly) attributed to Ernest Hemmingway goes:

"There are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing, and mountaineering; all the rest are merely games."

Wikipedia says: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adventure_sports)

"The implication of the phrase was that the word "sport" defined an activity in which one might be killed. The other activities being termed "games". The phrase may have been invented by either writer Barnaby Conrad or automotive author Ken Purdy."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adventure_sports


From AskMen:

"Top 10 Adventure Sports - The Adventure Sports Every Guy Should Try"

> check out #9

http://www.askmen.com/top_10/fitness...re-sports.html
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Old 09-06-2013, 07:39 AM   #37
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At the very least a mode of transportation, and for most of us a lifestyle, and for a few of us an obsession! But unless you have a track bike, sorry, not a sport.
What about a dirt bike? Single track is very physically demanding.

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Old 09-06-2013, 07:56 AM   #38
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I like the "if you can be killed" defining what a sport is.

Dirt bike, street bike, race bike, yes, these are sport.

Video game motorcycling, not a sport.
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Old 09-06-2013, 09:02 AM   #39
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What about a dirt bike? Single track is very physically demanding.

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Ill go with that! I was thinking street bikes when I made those remarks.
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Old 09-06-2013, 09:10 AM   #40
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Lets see: I've owned a few SPORT bikes, currently own two Dual SPORT bikes, and used to sell motorcycles at a PowerSPORTS dealer.

Nah, it couldn't possibly be a sport

Maybe it isn't the way you ride, but for me, and many of the rider's I have ridden with, it is. Post all you want in this thread but many of us will continue to consider it a sport.

So there
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Old 09-06-2013, 11:51 AM   #41
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Only Hippiebrian would say a sport is a competition only pursuit,it may have come to him in a dream but it got him to post a thread.

Races are races,sporting pursuits are sporting pursuits.

Cars tend to be boring cages that a 5 year old can drive given enough phonebooks to sit on,they get you where your going,some with a thousand bells and whistles.

Motorcycles are sporting items for many, especially in the US where very few people buy them for sensible reasons.
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Old 09-06-2013, 12:02 PM   #42
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The point I was making here wasn't so much wether the definition of the word fit, but what image the word gives about motorcycling. Most (not all) of my friends who call it a sport are the type that have to corner as deep on the street as they would on the track and otherwise push the bike as much as they can as often as they can. They have all been down, some several times, and I do not ride with most of them any more because of how they ride. I just don't see motorcycling as a "sport" like they do.

How many new people start out that way because they were introduced to motorcycling as a "sport" by similar people?
Thats the thing,some are happy to putt down the road,its a personal choice,as far as "going down" if your on a bike you can go down. Rather your fault or someone elses.

The thing with pushing a bike towards its limits is knowing where the limit is for that corner and staying below that limit,it takes some brain power to do so.+the skill set to keep it smooth.

Having learned the skills to stay up at high speeds makes a rider much safer at average speeds and better able to react to sudden inputs.
Going slow all the time is no gaurantee of being unharmed.

I trailride a good amount on tricky singletrack,the guys who are crashing/getting stuck/breaking their bikes are almost always the slow ones,they cant get out of their own way,every tricky section can mean sliding backwards down the trail in a heap and doing it over.

Learning the skills takes work and being interested in doing so.
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At the very least a mode of transportation, and for most of us a lifestyle, and for a few of us an obsession! But unless you have a track bike and actually race it, sorry, not a sport.
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Old 09-06-2013, 01:26 PM   #44
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It is a hobby. A bloody expensive one.

Just got my insurance renewal invoice................

I have far too many hobbies.

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I keep reading and hearing people saying that we need to attract more people to the "sport" of motorcycling. What they really mean is to put more people on motorcycling. Why is it people call motorcycling (the type most of us do, commuting, travelling, touring, etc) a sport?

Racing, stunting and trials, etc, are sports, as there is competition there. If you are being competitive on the street, you don't belong there. Take it to the track. If you are being competitive on open dirt trails, you don't belong there either. Set up or go to a closed motorcross track or closed course.

Outside of that, motorcycling is transportation, a hobby and, for me, a life long obsession. But not a sport. Callign it a sport gives it, imho, the wrong image.
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Old 09-06-2013, 01:32 PM   #45
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So, if its a sport, then I must be an athlete.....

Yeah, thats it........ I'm an athlete!!
if you're doing this, you are

or at least somewhat athletic. even if a slob lol. its like golf. thats a sport, but some those guys are in terrible shape. same goes for riding. it can still be a sport

this looks part of a sport to me

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