Empty Days

Sunday, February 22, 2004



Little Magna for little people :)

I guess if I were a millionaire I'd have a garage full of these - and I'd move to Nevada or something, for the wide spaces to cruise in. Is this a graceful machine or what? And so very fragile. You'd never believe "how fragile we are" - sung in a throttle-roar instead of Sting's little voice. Yep, you gotta love all that tinkering and nickeling.

In a northern near-arctic climate a bike, most especially a cruiser, is a luxury - a massive toy you have to keep hidden in a well heated shelter pretty much for most of the year. Except for those 4-5 months when you can actually use it without too much weather-induced suffering.

A bike is neither a car nor a bicycle - it's a hybrid. It exposes you to the elements and makes you a lone-rover, as only a bicycle-rider knows. And it gives you machine-speed and power over vast spaces like a car does. But the weak spot is still the weather. A cyclist can brave serious winter weather and fares reasonably well on city streets (which are being kept clear for the cars, of course). And no need to specify that a car is the only way to go if you're heading somewhere far under these conditions.

But a bike... A bike can't do it. So if you're a biker, per force you must become a mere motorist in winter, or a cyclist - if you're of the nuttier variety. So the fact remains that northern bikers go underground for most of the year. And maybe that's the reason we have Hell Angels and other bad apples like that - they go rotten over the winter and can't stop going rotten after that :)





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