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The Universe According to Callahan: A Motorcycle Field Guild

by Rob Callahan I know vintage bikes.

I also know how much your heart just broke over the idea that Rob Callahan is into something as decidedly un-nerdy as motorcycles. I’m really sorry. I never meant to hurt you and I’ll try to make it up to you with a future entry about graphic novels, conventions or franchises that begin with “Star”. For now, though, just bear with me. If it helps, try to think of me as the exchange student from Grease 2. If that isn’t enough, know that we’re actually talking about books today.

But not so much in a Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance way as in an Audubon Field Guide sort of way. Let’s you and me take a look at some of the most prominent specimens on display from order motorizia, family cyclia, genus vintagia and species customizaria. (Those of you who know Latin, shut up.) Let’s identify the different bikes out there and then, just to maintain the requisite bookishness, compare what we find to some work of literature or another.

Why, you ask? Because I went out to the Bearded Lady Motorcycle Freak Show over the weekend. That’s why.

It was a nice show. Not the kind of place where you’ll see dudes in sandals who don’t know how to shift their Ninjas. Those guys would get their asses kicked by even the moped riders at Bearded Lady. No, this is the kind of place where you’ll see painstakingly restored old bikes from every possible era standing alongside daily runners and bikes so heavily modified you can barely even tell they’re bikes anymore.

As I looked around, though, the wide variety of bikes before me sort of sorted itself into narrower and narrower varieties. And, as luck would have it, they all reminded me of some book. I figured that’s exactly how anyone else would’ve seen it too. Then I figured a person’s taste in bikes is probably symptomatic of their taste in a lot of other stuff. Then I started to miss those old facebook quizes that told you which Firefly character you were and why. The ones where the results were always a surprise because the questions never telegraphed the outcome. Absolutely never. After that, I started to think we’re well past due for an internet quiz Renaissance.

So I’m going to get that ball rolling. Ask yourself, “What book am I, as illustrated by my taste in motorcycles?” Go ahead. Ask.

Done? Good. Now read on and learn the answers to all of your questions.

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Yamahas and stress

2008-07-12 07:19:39 by 00FLSTS

I feel LESS stress with the Harley. It has always been dependable [I had to use a trailer twice to get back home with the Yamaha's]. If these Yamaha's are that great they would have sold by now. I was only asking $2000 for the pair of them. Last year they where both on the road, I replaced batteries, tires have less than 5000 miles on them, and they come with extras like a clymers manual, one windshield and one trunk. It would make a pair of good bikes for someone ELSE. I enjoy my Harleys, riding them can always put a smile on my face. If your bike does the same for you, then I am happy for you

Mopeds, it is said are like fat chicks...

2009-05-19 19:22:14 by luntcfring

They're fun to rind until your friends see you!
The old Honda MB5 was a faster moped, but I wouldn't recommend one.
Go to an old XL 125 Honda or a Honda Rebel 250 or Kawasaki Mini Ninja, if you insist on slow.
I don't like to see people start off on really slow bikes. It makes you less able to get out of the way.
You would do well with an RZ 350 Yamaha)or VF 500 (Honda). They have some power, but won't startle you.

Hey, mopeds are cool

2009-02-27 18:19:54 by ZweiBeemers

When I was in 8th grade my mom bought me a brand new Puch moped. CandyApple Red, oil injector. What a beaut she was! i tinkered with her until she would run almost 40mph. I rode that thing everywhere and anywhere. A couple friends got them too. We would ride from Toledo to Port Clinton, along Route 2, on those things. I rode it thru high school. It had around 40,000 miles on it when I switched to my Yamaha 650 Special. What awesome memories I have of that little scooter.

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  • Avatar Channing Hc Can a 25 cc moped legally be driven on a street in indianoplis indiana by a 12year old with proper safety gear?
    Aug 19, 2010 by Channing Hc | Posted in Motorcycles

    I do not want to apply for a permit of any kind

    Easy points if you know the answer thanks

    • The answer is no.

      Moped Licensing Information
      Moped operators must be atleast fifteen years old, and they must possess a Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) issued license or identifaction card. No motorc …he fines for these violations will range between $112.00 to $132.00 dollars.

      All from the site below.
      At your age, you should be riding a bicycle.
      Indianapolis is a very bicycle friendly city.

  • Avatar cantrell66 Where are some stores that sell mini bikes in indianapolis?
    Feb 20, 2011 by cantrell66 | Posted in Indianapolis

    Mopeds/mini bike stores in indianapolis indiana

    • Try some of the following:

      Dreyer Honda
      4152 W Washington St

      Dreyer Honda South
      595 E Tracy Rd Whiteland

      Falcone Powersports

      if those don't work out for you just grab a phone book and look up motorcycle, scooter and moped stores and start calling them to see if any carry what you are looking for.