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I will TRY to make this mild rant short, direct and to the point. Big cities usually have a bike night where bikers gather and show off their bikes and show a little biker commerodery. Lincoln Nebraska is no exception. Being a little bit older than these younger guys with crotch rockets I guess I have a different outlook on motorcycles and the way people are united by them. Like the Marines motorcycling has always had kind of a a sacred code. Like a brotherhood if you will. Another rider will do what he can to help another rider any time or place. No matter if he rides a harley,a jap bike,british,honda rebel or BMW etc etc, his brother biker(or sister) will always be there to help and provide a positive influence for the love of this sport. Well I think those days are over.

Some of these squids that hang at this Lincoln Nebraska Bike Night downtown at the car lot like to hurl insults at other bikers as they ride by on the strip. I myself ride with a few other riders with bikes ranging from dual sports to cruisers. All of us have experienced the insults these guys hurl at riders that ride by that lot that dont have so called "SuperBikes". Hell I ride a opened up Kenny Roberts with some TZ plastics (270 pounds) I am trying to get in order and these guys yell at me in feminine voices saying "What size is that moped?" Other insults range from "Buy a real Bike" to (yelling at my cruiser buddies) "buy a Honda!" or "get a real bike!". I wonder if these guys know who Kenny Roberts is. Or where the technology their bikes have came from. Probably not. I am sure alot know their roots and have respect. But it's the bad apples that make them all look like chumps. Squids...people that ride these high technology machines down to a lot(in shorts) to park so they can hurl insults at other bikers passing by. Thats showing some skills for sure. This is not the biker spirit I have grown up with and been raised to respect. Times are changing I guess, like they always do. Thats part of life. But I never thought there would be this much disrespect towards other bikers with the same passion for riding freedom. I think bike groups should educate and put pressure on these disrespectful squids before they give any more groups or riders a bad name. Bikers should stick together and respect each other. Isnt that why we wave at each other? I think so! Get in the spirit or get off the road. Just makes me sick to know these guys act this way. There is no competition in hollering smack from the sidelines. Someday these chumps will get to the track for track day only to be smacked down by some guy on a tired 25 year old 250cc retired 2 stroke GP replica, then they will find out what side their bread is buttered on. Squids without "Rider Respect" need to get a life! Good luck with all of your bikes. :)
 

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I hear ya. But it does depend on the people who happen to be there. I've been their before and people wouldn't talk to me cause i don't have the newest 1000cc crotch rocket. But I've stopped other times and had people be pretty friendly. The ones that tend to throw the insults are the same ones I see doing 120+ down the supposed twisties out by starcity...
 

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Where are the twisties out by Starcity? I'm thinking there aren't any "twisties" out there like you imply. Maybe jsut some curvy roads. If you let me know where they're at I'll have to check them out the next time I get to Lincoln. There aren't really a whole lot curvy roads around anywhere to really have some fun on.
 

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hence i wrote "supposed" twisties. If your take superior to N 33rd st and go north (only way u can turn) 33rd kinda curves back and forth out to Northstar HS then curves up threw the appts. to 27th st. Its far from twisties but its what the wanna be kneedraggers from the car lot ride....
 

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Thanks man, me and my buddies will have to at least check it out the next time we're up there.
 

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Yeah respect for other riders has definatly dwindled makes me wonder how many of them squids afford the bikes let along the insurance on them they probly don't have any i rode with some guys one time i thought was ok till i heard them yelling insults i said my peace with them and was off again so mostly ride along now alotta them guys dont have bikes anymore they all got repoed lol
 

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I don't know why anyone is surprised. Used to be (when I was a kid), if you mouthed off to an older kid you got your @$$ kicked. Now they're like "yeah, touch me...I dare ya". Used to be 15% of the kids had NO respect for anything or anyone. Now 15% do and the other 85% have NO RESPECT. This is just some of that carrying over to the bike world. Look closely, it's everywhere. Until kids start getting their @$$e$ whipped when they misbehave and have some guidance at home, it's only going to get worse!

I've been around Harley guys that treated "jap bike" guys like that. They didn't treat me like that because my Vmax was the "only cool jap bike" and they respected it. Now they respect my ZX because it will smoke them at about 1/4 throttle. Respect is earned but it's getting harder every day. Best thing to do is be happy with yourself and what you're riding and if people like you great. DON'T sweat the small stuff and be safe! ;)
 

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Bikes are Bikes, its the love to ride that makes all the difference, if you bought bike because the cool guys at the lot have em, you missed the point all together, but if you bought a bike because you love to ride wether it be by yourself or with a group of freinds, you know what im saying. I ride with cruisers, cross tourers, anybody. Just like to ride and ride hard.
 
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