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post #41 of 67 (permalink) Old 01-20-2015, 08:17 PM
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Here, maybe this will help with a reason for the dislike for dirt bikes.

http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/thousa...heast-florida/
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Here, maybe this will help with a reason for the dislike for dirt bikes.

http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/thousa...heast-florida/
And a profound dislike for something else, but that is not allowed on this forum...
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Just to clarify a couple of things for you Strom...

1) You live in Montana, one of the last great wilderness states. You have no idea how good you've got it.

2) ln other places with great wilderness, most are ruined by politics. For instance, in Washington, we do have some motorcycle allowed trails, but they are not generally shared with hikers or horsemen, who have way more places to go.

3) ln places where bikes can ride in Washington (and many other states, l understand), they must be street legal, which could be this guy's big beef.

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post #44 of 67 (permalink) Old 02-08-2015, 02:19 AM Thread Starter
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You're right, I do have it good
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And l would love to swing through and ride it with you :-)

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So, I've been watching some dirtbike vids on youtube. There seems to be a lot of aggression towards dirtbike riders. Why is that?
For starters, it's YouTube. The comments section is over-populated/over-represented by the same caliber of mouth breathers that love to discuss politics and religion via sound bites on facebook. You know, completely ignoring anything that might remotely resemble a fact. If they had a paid membership that allowed you to disable the comments section of YouTube, I would sign up in a heart beat just to blot that drivel out for good.
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Everyone who uploads a video is free to click the box that disables comments.
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I don't read the "comments" section when I watch a video.
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^^^^ This!

Reading the comments only wastes my time and usually serves to infuriate me.
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^^^ Much like watching the news
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For starters, it's YouTube. The comments section is over-populated/over-represented by the same caliber of mouth breathers that love to discuss politics and religion via sound bites on facebook. You know, completely ignoring anything that might remotely resemble a fact.
I'm with Eye on that. I don't read the comments
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I try to avoid them myself. But unless you're already in full screen mode, or the uploading person enabled comments, they're there.

And I'm a sucker for temptation.
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As someone that used to ride dirtbikes where there was land that was nothing but trees and old logging roads I understand the dirt bike riders. I am also someone that lived on a farm next to a housing development, people that come from a "city" environment think open land doesn't "belong" to anyone or they can go on a farm as long as they don't get caught. People tear down no trespassing signs, as the landowner you have to be worried about vandalism, your barn being burned down and animals being injured or killed. Part of the problem is there is no place to ride, the other side of the problem is the actions of a few screwing up and causing there being nowhere to ride.
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As a former landowner and part time horse farm operator, I totally agree with everything you've said. Everyone demands respect but they seem to forget that respect is earned. Trampling my crops, dismantling my fence and letting my animals roam free so some city-slicker can ride his dirt bike, doesn't lend itself towards any kind of respect.

Your right Rebeldog, it only takes a few to screw it up for everyone.
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Oh gees. Give it up already. Sounds like eco nuts in here...

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Can you point to the comments that are pro-environment and anti-dirt bike?
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Can you point to the comments that are pro-environment and anti-dirt bike?
Those would probably be the comments sections of the YouTube videos.

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Oh gees. Give it up already. Sounds like eco nuts in here...
sounds like it :/
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Well if your going to ride them up and down the road don't get one. I use to have a dirt bike they are a lot of fun, but then again I only road it on my land and other places I had permission. The problem is alot of people now a days have issues with them and think your a hooligan.
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I've been racing them for six years and riding trails even longer. They are much safer than street motorcycles. Period. Nothing anyone says is going to change my mind on that one. I never had a serious brain injury on a dirt bike. Three months into riding street bikes, I just about killed myself going 10MPH. Who knew that such a slow rate of speed could render you a vegetable for weeks. It's unbelievable how hard that concrete is.

Moving on, **** what other people think about stuff. I'm serious. You gotta do what you deem to be in your best interest, and ONLY yours. For me, that's riding dirt bikes. It's YOUR life, and if that hospital stay taught me anything, it's that your life is also very fragile and short-lived. It'll be even more short-lived if you listen to everyone but yourself.

But I don't get a joy out of riding unless I'm riding a track anymore, because trails don't have massive groomed jumps. So I won't be pissing anyone off anytime soon like I often did when I was younger, rippin' around the neighborhood.
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I like the dual sport bikes and never had bad feelings about people the rode them.
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Kind of like the feeling towards Mopeds on the road...........it's just like, "what the heck?!"

Dirt bike riding, on designated grounds, or tracks for competition...........hey, have at it!!

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As a dual sport rider I think it's important to understand how the public sees you and why they see you that way.

Multiple posts in this thread have already explained why dirt bike riders generally have a bad reputation by default:

- Dirt bikers (and off-roaders in general) are more likely to be seen trespassing
- Dirt bikers are more likely to be seen stunting in urban areas (especially supermoto riders)
- Dirt bikers are more likely to disturb livestock on farms near trails
- Dirt bikers are more likely to ride without registration and safety gear

I believe all of that is true. Understanding how the public sees you equips you with the power to help change that perception. When I am riding my dual sport in urban areas I know that I'm being watched. I will not stunt, I will hold in my clutch and idle past women pushing strollers, I will not speed, I will not swerve unpredictably, I will not cut corners through lawns or fields, I will ride as legally and responsibly as I can because I know that by default the public is expecting me to act like an *******. Surprise them, do the opposite of what they expect, and maybe they'll at least think "Huh, maybe there are a few dirt bikers out there that aren't pricks".

It takes 1 guy acting poorly in a public place to ruin our reputation, it takes 100 of us acting well to earn the respect back.
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Dirt Biking is a totally different fish to fry, so there should be no hate, really.
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I live in a rural area on a gravel road and my beef with dirt bikers is:

1 - NOISY ###### mufflers

2 - under-age kids ride back and forth in front of my house for hours ad nausium - so much for my peace and quiet! GO RIDE BACK AND FORTH IN FRONT OF YOUR PARENTS HOME!!!!

3 - they race down the ditch and use driveways and side roads as "jumps" tearing up the slopes and leaving ruts. One day one of them is going to T-bone a car pulling out of a yard!

Parents who give their kids a motorized toy and send them out to play on the road are STUNNED!
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2 - under-age kids ride back and forth in front of my house for hours ad nausium - so much for my peace and quiet! GO RIDE BACK AND FORTH IN FRONT OF YOUR PARENTS HOME!!!!
The parents probably told them to ride somewhere else.
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