hahaha. I don't get much of a chance to ride for pure pleasure these days. My bike does, however, beat any car to class since I can park right outside any class, instead of a half mile away, and I don't get stuck in traffic, and my whole bike was just over the cost of a parking permit for a year...
When I got my first bike I had great intentions on it being for transportation. I quickly learned that although posible not necesarily practical. At the time I lived 25 miles from work and at 30mph I would have to leave at 5am and pray nothing fell off of my bike. On top of that there is no such thing as stable weather here in MI which makes for some horible ridding conditions. Also there is very little room to carry anything of substance on these bikes. So now I use my bike to run errands around town but mostly I enjoy jumping on a bike and finding a nice curvey country road and letting the wind blow through my hair. The only thing I have found that is more relaxing than these bikes is surfing and there ain't no waves here. Enjoy the ride...Kelly
I would like to say it for transportation, but realistically I am a fair weather person and around here it rains alot. So I would only use it when it is fair or nice outside. I would use it more for the short junts to the little grocery store and the ace hardware store when I need just a few items at the last minute. So it is mostly for pleasure and when I go camping I can have some wheels to putt around the area.
I had to vote for pleasure; though I have used my machines for both, generally, when it comes to purely transportation on two wheels I use my '67 Honda CL.
Which is currently outta comission.
But, there's nothin' I love more than gettin' out there on a two wheeler and just cruisin' away from it all...
I base my "pitch" on INDEPENDENCE. Having other customers running around the county, all have differing "main objectives".
A few guys are interested in exercise, one actually turns of the motor and physically pedals for an hour a day, he just got tired of seeing the same landscape, now explores a 60 mile radius.
I've never been able to get the "pitch" in a neat and tidy mathmatical model, but it sort of goes like this:
You have two/three cars in the driveway, all averaging 25 miles per gallon, plus all the auto overhead.
If you get a bike and just use it for small chores, stop and go shopping, banking, restauranting, and put those 200 mpg miles in the equation, you've (here comes the hard part) "tripled your hydrocarbon efficiency"
It's like the old Mahareshi Transcendental Meditation equation - get 10% to meditate daily and World Peace occurs. Get 10% on MB's and energy independence occurs.
My electric tricycle was built to be my transportation, but I certainly do enjoy riding her. Exercise is a factor too since the Hercules is setup so that providing lpa (light pedal assistance) is necessary to get the best out of her.
I originally bought my kit so I could begin enjoying my bicycle again. Where I live in New Hampshire there are hardly any flat roadways. This is great if you want to get a workout but it definitely limits you when it comes to touring around and sightseeing. I can easily do 30 miles on a bike over flat ground but my happytime engine allows me to enjoy nearly limitless range combined with the satisfaction that the vehicle I'm riding is constructed and totally maintained by me and nobody else. Furthermore I like riding these bikes with my family. My father likes riding bicycles but since I'm so much younger than him I end up leaving him at the bottom of a large hill. These engines are the great equalizers and everybody who isn't intimidated by the danger of a motorized cycle absolutely loves them. I haven't used air conditioning in years, in car or home, because I don't like how much energy it consumes. Now I know our little engines burn gasoline but I get the biggest joy out of riding a motored bike in the dead heat of summer. I stay nice and cool while enjoying the outdoors. Much MUCH better than sitting at home complaining about how hot it is outside. I get stuck inside enough during the winters as it is. My vote goes to riding for pleasure because bikes of all types arent very fun in certain weather conditions while commuting. These have proven to me that they would be reliable enough for commuting to work if you construct and maintain your baby correctly. LONG LIVE THE HAPPYTIME!
I voted for transportation. It's cool to be able to cover a bit of distance without spending a fortune on gas, licence, insurance, etc. That said, it is pleasant to feel the wind in your face while getting where you need to go. Oops, I forgot to get a pack of gum the last time I was at the QuickShop. Gotta go.
PURE and simple 100% pleasure..tryed the drugs..fast cars,motorcyles.woman..But theres nothing like riding a bike to take away all the pain and sorrow in the world...where else can you be 10yrs old again...lol