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post #1 of 26 Old 10-02-2009, 08:56 AM Thread Starter
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Does a bike have a soul?

In the last day or so I have seen threads on here from people who have been cheating on their bikes. It got me thinking about a thread on another site getting people's opinon on whether their bike had a soul. It generated a lot of opinions on that site.

Personally I don't name my bike and I can ride my other bike on a clear conscience. That said, there was a time in my life I did relate to my bike on that level, but I was at an age when the type of bike I was riding defined who I was.

Also, for me a bike with a carb, or even a carb requiring to be kick started is far more likely to have a soul than a computerized, fuel mapped computer bike.

Maybe it's something that happens over time. I guess I'll just have to keep my bikes longer and make the odd trip to the South Pole.

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A bike can have "soul" without having "a soul" -- I'm thinking we're tripping-up over semantics here. My Vee (and I do love her dearly) is none-the-less a man-made, inanimate hunk of steel, aluminum, rubber, and other stuff. While the romantic in me holds to the notion of a connection between man/woman and machine, the cold realist residing within knows better.

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...whether [a] bike had a soul?
Non...well, none more than a dog...or a cat...erm, NON!

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//Also, for me a bike with a carb, or even a carb requiring to be kick started is far more likely to have a soul than a computerized, fuel mapped computer bike.
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I'd never thought of it that way but you may be right! They certainly have more quirks if that adds to "personality." If so my old GS750 was even-tempered, my R65 waspish, and my KLR depressed.

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every bike is diffrent, even 2 wees made the same day, one bolt tighter the the other effects handling or somthing else, every bike has its own personaliaty, things you learn and deal with. This to me is its soul.
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every bike is diffrent, even 2 wees made the same day, one bolt tighter the the other effects handling or somthing else, every bike has its own personaliaty, things you learn and deal with. This to me is its soul.
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I swapped Wee's about a month ago with Ottoman and his was so different than my Pegasus. Granted I have Conti Road Attacks and his had The Battlewings. I've always named my cars and the other motorcycle before the Wee. Ok, they are just "objects", but I feel they have differences that can be described as soul. So I'm a wacko for believing this. It makes the relationship with my vehicles that much more pleasurable than "It's just a car/truck/motorcycle."

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I think most bikes have "souls" to some extent, some don't. I'm not picking on Goldwings, but my dad's had two and neither one moved me at all. No motor noise at all, kinda weird ridding one actually. Now they are fantastic at what they were designed to do, and do it extremely well, but just not my cup of tea. Now your average H-D has a little to much "soul" for me. Way to much vibration, noise, and just to small for me anyways. Am I knocking them-NO, face it, the numbers don't lie, we are the minority. I like the Strom's noises, actually better after the "pea shooter mod" and the lack of vibration, plus the looks it gets everywhere I ride. I ride with a loud bunch of guys who live to harass you about anything, and actually was a little reserved about the first time I took the Vee out to ride with them. These guys have lots of money in their bikes, I mean lots, and they all liked my Strom? They said it was because I wasn't trying to be like a Harley ridder. Go figure! Cheers--BB

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Also, for me a bike with a carb, or even a carb requiring to be kick started is far more likely to have a soul than a computerized, fuel mapped computer bike.
I bet your one of the people who said Data wasn't a life form.

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I saw the title and wondered if I was on a Moto Guzzi board by mistake. According to most Guzzi owners no Japanese or German bike (since the Airhead) has a soul. They certainly don't grant one to Stroms. Meh.

I think I'll take a nap.
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Well, if it has a soul, it better get a religion, (so it can be saved). Then it can hate other religions and start wars. Mine's a thing, pure and simple.

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