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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 10-11-2019, 12:05 PM Thread Starter
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Burn Outs

I’ve been around motorcycles since early childhood (I’m 45 now) & have seen ppl doing burnouts on their bikes probably since around the same time.

Until today, I still can’t figure out the point, purpose and/or enjoyment of it. Please don’t get me wrong here, in no way shape or form am I trying to judge anyone who does like doing or watching it being done, but it’s beyond me why someone would willfully damage their ride & most of its critical components for some smoke & validation from onlookers??? I can understand if you’re a teen ager or may a twenty something year old, but I’m talking about guys who are well tenured riders & have been in the saddle for even longer than most of us here..

So for those of you who do enjoy doing burnouts, can you please fill me in as to what is It that I’ve been missing here for over 4 decades already??
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What are you missing? Nothing. Waste of time, waste of rubber, hard on the machines
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The burnout contest @ Sturgis was fun to watch. Was someone else's bike, lol...
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I don't, but I have done once upon a time. The response would be the same as it is for many things that are reasonably common but difficult for some to understand and that is ... "if you gotta ask, you'd never understand".


There is a certain "Je ne sais quoi" about the whole thing that speaks to the inner child in a motorhead. And, yes, it is childish, or at the very least juvenile, but we occasionally do silly things that could be considered such ... or at least I do. I think I'd find life boring if I didn't. It's like, why would you take any bike, or car for that matter, to over 100MPH (160KPH for us metric folks), or to it's terminal speed, without having a life threatening consequence of not doing so? Think Road Warrior here. The answer is for the thrill. Juvenile in nature to be sure, but you need to feed the inner child every once in a while. Doing such things is full of risk, escalated by speed, and ages machinery for nothing more than a thrill. Yet some do it, and if you gotta ask why ....


If anyone ever asks you "why do you choose to ride a motorcycle?", a valid answer is "if you gotta ask, you'd never understand", is it not?


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I don't do burnouts or otherwise mistreat any of my motorcycles or vehicles, but I have to admit, when I first got my VTX I did some vigorous burnouts on it - several times - and on purpose. The power at the rear wheel was surprising and my "inner child" just could not resist.
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I don't do burnouts or otherwise mistreat any of my motorcycles or vehicles, but I have to admit, when I first got my VTX I did some vigorous burnouts on it - several times - and on purpose. The power at the rear wheel was surprising and my "inner child" just could not resist.
Sometimes you just gotta live a little Pushrod. Continue to feed that inner child, responsibly and within means of course, and age does in fact become a state of mind. You didn't buy a bike, and especially not a VTX if your inner child didn't crave something.
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If you have to ask......




....you’re probably a well adjusted adult.

They do burnouts because they crave attention. Mommy didn’t love them enough as a child.
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To be clear, I would never question anyone's inner child, Need for Speed or anything like that. I guess I'm looking at it more in the context of the damage you can do to the bike. Particularly the tires and brakes.
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To be clear, I would never question anyone's inner child, Need for Speed or anything like that. I guess I'm looking at it more in the context of the damage you can do to the bike. Particularly the tires and brakes.
Hard on Tires, suspension and everthing else. I think one guy here ripped out the transmission shaft on his 1800

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To be clear, I would never question anyone's inner child, Need for Speed or anything like that. I guess I'm looking at it more in the context of the damage you can do to the bike. Particularly the tires and brakes.
I understood that going in, and my response wasn't intended to challenge anyone, only to give you my take on it. In a big way we agree, it's abusive to the equipment and in the end fiscally draining. I laugh now when I see it, but only because I've seen the invoice at the end of that behavior. AND, if you are really unlucky, you may have to push your bike home. If you are really really unlucky, the cops will give it a nice home until you can bail it out. If things go really bad, you'll want to leave it where it died. Saw a bike go up in flames once because of such non-sense ... gas leak. I guess my point is, why do some people do what others think are stupid things? The answer is because in their minds it made sense. Don't know why, and it can't make sense to everyone, and rarely makes sense to anyone else, but I know I've been guilty of it, and can't say I'm always 100% responsible when it comes to feeding the inner child to this very day.


"It made sense at the time"
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