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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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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. :grin2: 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. :grin2: 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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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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I never did a burnout on a bike, never even tried.

In my younger days, I owned a '66 Cyclone GT with a B&M Hydro-Stick.
1500 rpm stall speed converter.

Bought new rear tires every month. 0:)
 

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I remember the guy who blew his trans in 2003. He had to crack the cases to fix the trans.

IIRC he did it in fifth gear at the rev limiter. Different strokes I suppose. I don't care why anyone else does it - that is their choice.

For those that have been to Hewlett WY on that special day during the rally you understand the alure. Childish? yep. Did I enjoy watching it? you bet. I would never do that to my bike.


A good analogy might be my vices and their effect on my health. Most people I know are at least a little abusive to their health. Personally, I certainly will not have a pristine corpse. I expect most people to say "WTF? How did this guy make it this far???!!!" at my wake. :thumbup:
 

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at sturgis, daytona and most other rally's the front tire is locked down.
too dangerous for the crowds
if your bike gets traction or slides out from under you it will come over or shoot off to the side where it wants to go.

i am sure it can be done without lockdown and i would like to see it!!!
even in the crazy years i never tried it....i knew better.
 

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at sturgis, daytona and most other rally's the front tire is locked down.
too dangerous for the crowds
if your bike gets traction or slides out from under you it will come over or shoot off to the side where it wants to go.

i am sure it can be done without lockdown and i would like to see it!!!
even in the crazy years i never tried it....i knew better.
The lighter and more powerful the bike the greater the risk of something going really bad. A heavy bike like a VTX is relatively easy to manage doing a brake stand. Don't get me wrong, things can still get out of control, but things don't tend to happen as quickly with a heavier bike. OTOH, when things do go bad with a bigger bike, it tends to cost more ... Lol
 

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Burn out

If I do, it's for a launch off the line. To just sit and spin, is senseless.
A father once sold his 30ish year old son his BossHoss. When he attempted to do a burn out, he crashed and died at Quaker State, and I believe his father was in the crowd. Very Sad! day. I could puke thinking about it.
 

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If I do, it's for a launch off the line. To just sit and spin, is senseless.
A father once sold his 30ish year old son his BossHoss. When he attempted to do a burn out, he crashed and died at Quaker State, and I believe his father was in the crowd. Very Sad! day. I could puke thinking about it.
I can see that. A Boss Hoss is a different animal for sure. "A man's got to know his limitations"
 

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Its about how you spend your money. One mans good value is another mans frivolous waste of funds. If you can afford the tyres give it your best. It is testosterone dribbling out of your system. Reminds me of a story. A millionaire is driving along on a wet night when it is bucketing down. He sees a police car and flattens it. The cop pulls him over and standing at the window in the rain says "Do you know why I pulled you over?" The millionaire says " I'm worth 100 million dollars, hate cops and love staying dry. Do you want to know why I flattened it?
 

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I think there are actually two instances being discussed here. One: Burnout contest, where you blow thru all the gears and fry the hide until it pops, and the crowd roars. Two: Devil on your shoulder, and you squeeze the brake a little, blip the throttle and dump the clutch for a little rubber-aromatherapy to appease the little bastard.

I think the VTX is plenty sturdy enough to handle #2 on infrequent occasions, and well worth the involuntary grins it causes me.

#1, I think is ridiculous, and waaaayyy to had on parts and tires just to please OTHER PEOPLE. STOP living for their "likes", go chase your own.
 
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