Monday, June 27, 2005

Interlude

One of my dreams is to one day own a motorcycle, and then to ride it on a cross-continent trip of the US and Canada. Via this post at Jak's Total Waste of Cyberspace (hey, his words, not mine) I found a motorcycle personality test. Apparently my results indicate a Harley 883 Sportster. Here are the rest of its comments (with my additions bolded):

You scored 1 moxie, 4 zeal, and -1 pomp!

You scored dead center average [thanks a lot!], lacking any of the personality quirks that normally drive people to motorcycling.

However, if you do ride, statistics would suggest that you are destined for a Harley-Davidson, probably something in the Softail line.

You might have noticed that's a lot of moolah for an (arguably) obsolete piece of machinery, and you're too rational and attitude-free to need the Biggest and Baddest that the marketeers tell you to buy [not to mention I'm going into teaching, so moolah is not in my future]. A far more reasonably priced taste of the Harley Kool-Aid is the 883 Sporty, a fun little beast that leaves you with plenty of cash to customize.

On the other hand, the only reason I'm bringing up the Harley-Davidson product line at all is due to the fact that Harley is the choice most people think of when they consider getting into motorcycling, and that's mostly because they don't know much about the alternatives.

Thought experiment: if you were the only person left on earth, and you could pick any motorcycle you wanted, what would you choose? Best looking or best engineered? [the latter: I like things that work. but who says I can't have both, she asked, smiling at her Powerbook] Your test results don't really point in any direction strongly, so I'll try to nudge you towards substance over style.

Consider: a FXST Softail weighs 629lbs dry, the base version starts around $14k, and will make 75-80hp -- after you tweak it with pipes and a jet kit. A Buell XB12R weighs 395lbs dry, costs $10.5k and makes 103hp, stock. An Aprilia Tuono R weighs 417lbs, costs $12k, and makes 125hp, stock. (We won't even mention the bang for buck of the Japanese competitors.) Still a fan of retro-classic styling? Then at least consider Harley's V-Rod, which mixes in some modern engineering into the equation (596lbs, 125hp, $17k).

While the Sportster is a reasonable compromise, you may discover that you enjoy the added feedback provided by standard-style bikes such as the Suzuki SV or the Ducati Monster. (If you must hang with the Harley crowd, they'll be less likely to give you grief if you choose the Buell, though.)

You have the potential to be a great rider [Thanks! That redeems you for the dead average comment.]. Take the MSF class, and choose a bike that won't hold you back!



My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
You scored higher than 15%on moxie
You scored higher than 25%on zeal
You scored higher than 24%on pomp

Link: The Motorcycle Personality Test written by iocaine on Ok Cupid

2 Comments:

At 3:52 PM , Blogger M@rla said...

I'm a:
"Yamaha FJR1300
You scored -3 moxie, 7 zeal, and -2 pomp!
You have the characteristics of a master street rider. On the way to work, your love for riding sometimes leads you to take the long way. The 50-miles-of-back-roads long way. You live for the perfect road, and plan vacations around riding.

You need a bike that can handle your addiction to the twisties as well as comfortably carry two on a weekend trip through the mountains. Your bike is the FJR1300. Can I borrow it someday?"

I got no moxie or pomp, but a lot of zeal. Weirdly accurate.

You scored higher than 1% on moxie
You scored higher than 65% on zeal
You scored higher than 3% on pomp

I actually did ride [partway] across the country on a motorcycle once, though most of it was as a passenger. If my memory serves right, it was a Honda 750 or 950. I did drive it sometimes, but for someone my height and then-weight, I definitely need a big person on the back to keep it upright when stopped.

 
At 1:09 AM , Anonymous jak said...

Riding cross-country is an absolute blast, rain and speeding tickets notwithstanding, and I hope you get the chance to do it. An 883 might be a little tough on the money-maker though.

 

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