From: Phil H Armonick on
On Sun, 16 May 2010 10:22:18 -0400, tony cooper
<tony_cooper213(a)earthlink.net> wrote:

>Older drivers in
>cities like St Petersburg and around The Villages can be a problem,
>but a less dangerous problem than young crotch rocket motorcyclists.

There's no such thing as "young crotch rocket motorcyclists" in Florida.
Every last person I saw on a motorcycle in Florida looked to be well over
65 years old. I suspect that's where bikers go to die because they can ride
there year-round until they do. Funniest thing in the world is to see a
large group of bikers in the distance, you think it's a bunch of rugged
guys with their trophy-bitches on back. Then as they get near there's
nothing but gray and white beards and hair flying, or bald glinting in the
sun. Some with their canes strapped to the sides of their bikes (no lie). I
laughed the first few times I saw this, then it became just an ordinary
grin-worthy spectacle. More power to 'em, I guess! But I'd rather die on
some precarious mountain-pass before that age on a bike. Seeing that
spectacle is like seeing someone's great-grandmother trying to wear a thong
or string-bikini. There's just some things you shouldn't do out in public
after a certain age. Riding motorcycles and trying to look young and macho
is one of them. Then too they probably shouldn't even bother wearing
leathers. There's not a whole lot of difference between where their leather
vests end and their arms and necks start.

From: Peter on
"Phil H Armonick" <parmonick(a)yahoo.org> wrote in message
news:4kn0v5hisu6quda2r4q63qsvi3o34dg6l9(a)4ax.com...

>
> There's no such thing as "young crotch rocket motorcyclists" in Florida.
> Every last person I saw on a motorcycle in Florida looked to be well over
> 65 years old. I suspect that's where bikers go to die because they can
> ride
> there year-round until they do. Funniest thing in the world is to see a
> large group of bikers in the distance, you think it's a bunch of rugged
> guys with their trophy-bitches on back. Then as they get near there's
> nothing but gray and white beards and hair flying, or bald glinting in the
> sun. Some with their canes strapped to the sides of their bikes (no lie).
> I
> laughed the first few times I saw this, then it became just an ordinary
> grin-worthy spectacle. More power to 'em, I guess! But I'd rather die on
> some precarious mountain-pass before that age on a bike. Seeing that
> spectacle is like seeing someone's great-grandmother trying to wear a
> thong
> or string-bikini. There's just some things you shouldn't do out in public
> after a certain age. Riding motorcycles and trying to look young and macho
> is one of them. Then too they probably shouldn't even bother wearing
> leathers. There's not a whole lot of difference between where their
> leather
> vests end and their arms and necks start.
>


You envision what you hope you will see.
One of my friends had a yellow Afghan that rode in the front passenger seat
of his BMW. He deliberately rode in the left lane. I would love to have
photos of the expressions of the guys who passed on the right and saw it was
a dog.

--
Peter

From: tony cooper on
On Sun, 16 May 2010 16:31:50 -0500, Phil H Armonick
<parmonick(a)yahoo.org> wrote:

>On Sun, 16 May 2010 10:22:18 -0400, tony cooper
><tony_cooper213(a)earthlink.net> wrote:
>
>>Older drivers in
>>cities like St Petersburg and around The Villages can be a problem,
>>but a less dangerous problem than young crotch rocket motorcyclists.
>
>There's no such thing as "young crotch rocket motorcyclists" in Florida.

If you believe that, then you are not into bikes. What you describe
are Harley riders. "Crotch rockets" are the Japanese bikes. Older
people don't ride rice burners.

Here's your typical Harley rider:

http://tonycooper.smugmug.com/Photography/Bikers/2010-04-24-121/853804394_NB7D3-XL.jpg

and here:

http://tonycooper.smugmug.com/Photography/Bikers/2010-04-24-105/853803793_LsG8H-XL.jpg

and here is one who not exactly decrepit:

http://tonycooper.smugmug.com/Photography/Bikers/2010-02-28-0023J/808150910_v5JRz-XL.jpg

and one you don't want your daughter dating:

http://tonycooper.smugmug.com/Photography/Bikers/bikerwhip/475703785_R7H5n-XL.jpg


The first two were taken at the Leesburg (FL) Bike Week, and the third
at Soponick's Cabbage Patch bar and the fourth at the Bar Out Back in
Sanford:

The *really* old motorcycle riders sit astride Honda Goldwings and the
rider and the passenger wear pastel color-coordinated jackets and
helmets and have matching Medic Alert bracelets.


>Every last person I saw on a motorcycle in Florida looked to be well over
>65 years old. I suspect that's where bikers go to die because they can ride
>there year-round until they do. Funniest thing in the world is to see a
>large group of bikers in the distance, you think it's a bunch of rugged
>guys with their trophy-bitches on back. Then as they get near there's
>nothing but gray and white beards and hair flying, or bald glinting in the
>sun. Some with their canes strapped to the sides of their bikes (no lie). I
>laughed the first few times I saw this, then it became just an ordinary
>grin-worthy spectacle. More power to 'em, I guess! But I'd rather die on
>some precarious mountain-pass before that age on a bike. Seeing that
>spectacle is like seeing someone's great-grandmother trying to wear a thong
>or string-bikini. There's just some things you shouldn't do out in public
>after a certain age. Riding motorcycles and trying to look young and macho
>is one of them. Then too they probably shouldn't even bother wearing
>leathers. There's not a whole lot of difference between where their leather
>vests end and their arms and necks start.

--
Tony Cooper - Orlando, Florida
From: tony cooper on
On Sun, 16 May 2010 16:16:58 -0700, Savageduck
<savageduck1@{REMOVESPAM}me.com> wrote:

>On 2010-05-16 16:03:27 -0700, tony cooper <tony_cooper213(a)earthlink.net> said:
>
>> On Sun, 16 May 2010 16:31:50 -0500, Phil H Armonick
>> <parmonick(a)yahoo.org> wrote:
>>
>>> On Sun, 16 May 2010 10:22:18 -0400, tony cooper
>>> <tony_cooper213(a)earthlink.net> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Older drivers in
>>>> cities like St Petersburg and around The Villages can be a problem,
>>>> but a less dangerous problem than young crotch rocket motorcyclists.
>>>
>>> There's no such thing as "young crotch rocket motorcyclists" in Florida.
>>
>> If you believe that, then you are not into bikes. What you describe
>> are Harley riders. "Crotch rockets" are the Japanese bikes. Older
>> people don't ride rice burners.
>>
>> Here's your typical Harley rider:
>>
>> http://tonycooper.smugmug.com/Photography/Bikers/2010-04-24-121/853804394_NB7D3-XL.jpg
>
>and
>>
>> here:
>>
>> http://tonycooper.smugmug.com/Photography/Bikers/2010-04-24-105/853803793_LsG8H-XL.jpg
>
>and
>>
>> here is one who not exactly decrepit:
>>
>> http://tonycooper.smugmug.com/Photography/Bikers/2010-02-28-0023J/808150910_v5JRz-XL.jpg
>
>and
>>
>> one you don't want your daughter dating:
>>
>> http://tonycooper.smugmug.com/Photography/Bikers/bikerwhip/475703785_R7H5n-XL.jpg
>
>
>The
>>
>> first two were taken at the Leesburg (FL) Bike Week, and the third
>> at Soponick's Cabbage Patch bar and the fourth at the Bar Out Back in
>> Sanford:
>>
>> The *really* old motorcycle riders sit astride Honda Goldwings and the
>> rider and the passenger wear pastel color-coordinated jackets and
>> helmets and have matching Medic Alert bracelets.
>
>OK, Tony, I hope this might have been targeted irony, as there was nary
>a Harley in the bunch.

I don't usually take photographs of bikers *on* bikes. The bikes
themselves don't interest me. My interest is more to the character
shots of the people.

I do have one of a biker on a bike, though:

http://tonycooper.smugmug.com/Photography/Bikers/08/483965460_PLik2-XL.jpg

When you stand back to get the bike in the frame, you lose the detail
of the person.

>
>...but you certainly have some "color" in the FL elder community. ;-)

--
Tony Cooper - Orlando, Florida
From: Peter on
"tony cooper" <tony_cooper213(a)earthlink.net> wrote in message
news:4211v5dkbcjh7r718ffsvs4r1ojftblhcd(a)4ax.com...

>
> I don't usually take photographs of bikers *on* bikes. The bikes
> themselves don't interest me. My interest is more to the character
> shots of the people.
>
> I do have one of a biker on a bike, though:
>
> http://tonycooper.smugmug.com/Photography/Bikers/08/483965460_PLik2-XL.jpg
>
> When you stand back to get the bike in the frame, you lose the detail
> of the person.
>

You certainly caught his character, but you have to look hard. the biker
looks a little too dark and the bright chrome of the bike a tad too bright.


--
Peter