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post #16 of 21 Old 05-18-2017, 08:25 AM
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The real problem we've got is that motorsports in general are dying. All at a different pace, but they're dying none the less. Jetski racing was MASSIVE in the late 90s. It's been on the way down ever since. When I was a kid having a dirtbike was a huge deal, these days having a xbox 1 or ps4 is a bigger deal. People these days don't even know how to drive a standard transmission, and cars are all soulless drive by wire turds anyways.
Its funny you mentioned that. Last week I went out to dinner and before I did, I went to the car wash. I usually wash my own car but I was press for time so I opt to just go to the car wash. When I approached the car wash I get out, tell the employees what service I needed and began to walk inside to pay. There were about four buys out there and one runs behind me to tell me that no one could drive manual, I had to pull my car into the wash. After I pulled it in, I go inside to pay and come out the other side where there was another three or four guys drying vehicles. After my car came out of the wash, one guy go in then he comes out and yells "who's car is this." I raise my hands and he asked me if I could move the car, no one could drive manual.

Amazed that the car wash didn't have anyone that can drive manual, I forget about it and proceed to dinner. It was a fancy establishment with valet parking . I pull up and there were three young men there. One go into my car and comes right back out. He tells me that I have to park my car because none of them could drive manual. I was completely blown away by this.

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I only own a ZX6, but I agree that modern sport bikes are basically stupid on the street.
I own a few bikes and honestly it is becoming very difficult for me to ride my R1 on the street. I usually take out my RoadStar and I cant wait to start riding my Sv650 naked that I'm currently building for street use. The R1 used to feel great but now it just feels cramp and uncomfortable. The R1 used to be my street sport bike but with the SV, I may end up selling the ZX6R and just make the R1 my primary track bike and the SV my primary street bike...
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Its funny you mentioned that. Last week I went out to dinner and before I did, I went to the car wash. I usually wash my own car but I was press for time so I opt to just go to the car wash. When I approached the car wash I get out, tell the employees what service I needed and began to walk inside to pay. There were about four buys out there and one runs behind me to tell me that no one could drive manual, I had to pull my car into the wash. After I pulled it in, I go inside to pay and come out the other side where there was another three or four guys drying vehicles. After my car came out of the wash, one guy go in then he comes out and yells "who's car is this." I raise my hands and he asked me if I could move the car, no one could drive manual.

Amazed that the car wash didn't have anyone that can drive manual, I forget about it and proceed to dinner. It was a fancy establishment with valet parking . I pull up and there were three young men there. One go into my car and comes right back out. He tells me that I have to park my car because none of them could drive manual. I was completely blown away by this.
Wooooooow on both. That's unbelievable. Being able to drive stick should be a JOB REQUIREMENT for both of those.

Motorsports really are suffering these days.
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Well, nothing can beat clip-ons going through heavy stuck no-moving at all city traffic.
Many times i have to close my mirrors and then ride between all those cars that won't be moving for 2 or 3 stoplights more...

And along those cars, stand some naked bikes with wide bars that won't fit through. I see those and shake my head like "i feel you man, well...i gotta go now".
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I don't know how much I agree with that. Racing only drives sales when people are actually interested in racing, so putting a bunch of naked bikes out there isn't going to change anything as far as I'm concerned.

The real problem we've got is that motorsports in general are dying. All at a different pace, but they're dying none the less. Jetski racing was MASSIVE in the late 90s. It's been on the way down ever since. When I was a kid having a dirtbike was a huge deal, these days having a xbox 1 or ps4 is a bigger deal. People these days don't even know how to drive a standard transmission, and cars are all soulless drive by wire turds anyways.

People aren't being turned on to mechanical things anymore. Cars, motorcycles, boats, etc all seem to be appealing to less and less people. If you're looking at the plastics on a bike and blaming them for declining sales then you're missing the forest through the trees IMO.
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