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Old 06-13-2013, 11:07 PM   #31
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Not even close, leaning corners and twisting the throttle while hearing the music made by the pipes is it's own experience. I enjoy driving my Jeep very much but my Harley is totally different and connects you to the road much more adding to the feeling of freedom and awareness of your surroundings. Then again I do not wear a helmet or bulk up on clothes in case I go down........ I have been riding for over 40 years and do not see myself stopping in the near future....

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I also went from bikes to Jeeps, anytime you start thinking Jeeps are a close 2nd to bikes, take your bike and do any of these -








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Old 06-13-2013, 11:23 PM   #33
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With the top and doors off and my foot propped out on the peg there is a feeling of freedom.

Come to think of it, that's the same ankle that's full of titanium from my motorcycle days.
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I also went from bikes to Jeeps, anytime you start thinking Jeeps are a close 2nd to bikes, take your bike and do any of these -








those have about as much in common with an average jeep as rosie odonnel has in common with a super model.


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Old 06-14-2013, 02:11 AM   #35
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while jeeps are fun there is no way 4 wheels can thrill like 2 wheels. When it comes to fun on wheels less is more. I do understand tho that motorcycles are not for everybody and there comes great responsibility as well as risk especially if one has a family. I have been riding for over 42 years and was lucky enough to support my family by riding and while I no longer get paid to ride I still enjoy it just as much.

I love my wrangler but if I were forced to make a choice between owning a wrangler and motorcycling I would not hesitate on my choice. Glad I can have both as they both are great fun.
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Old 06-14-2013, 02:33 AM   #36
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I had a friend ask me the other day how a Wrangler with the top down and doors off compared to a motorcycle. Looking to hear others opinions on this idea.

I quit riding about 4 years ago after a divorce and I needed to be a little my financially responsible. Which meant no more motorcycle payment. Fast forward to 2013 and I bought a Wrangler, which has been my dream vehicle purchase. To me I get just as much freedom as riding a motorcycle, but I also can bring along the whole family, go anywhere, and am a lot safer. Anyone else feel the same way?

Sorry. Apples and oranges to me. I love the Jeep. I love running naked through the woods or even down the road. Having people with me is a riot. But my bike is crazy fast and there's something about dragging a knee as you roll back on the throttle knowing you are going to pull the front wheel once you straighten out. And being alone as you enjoy the road can be nice as well.
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I love my Jeep, but riding is a whole different category.
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I had a friend ask me the other day how a Wrangler with the top down and doors off compared to a motorcycle. Looking to hear others opinions on this idea.

I quit riding about 4 years ago after a divorce and I needed to be a little my financially responsible. Which meant no more motorcycle payment. Fast forward to 2013 and I bought a Wrangler, which has been my dream vehicle purchase. To me I get just as much freedom as riding a motorcycle, but I also can bring along the whole family, go anywhere, and am a lot safer. Anyone else feel the same way?
For me, the two aren't close.

Nothing beats a bike. It's unfortunate that society is out to get bikers though. Automobile daytime running lights have made the bike headlight meaningless from a safety perspective. That, plus the volume of cars on the road, many texting, looking in the mirror, playing DVD's while driving (which I have witnessed more often than I like to admit), make the roads more dangerous than they have ever been (or it feels that way).

Strange, I actually feel more naked in the Jeep without the doors than on the bike....
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Old 06-14-2013, 06:25 AM   #39
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I am on my 4th wrangler and have had at least 20 different bikes over the years, from sport bikes to cruisers.

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funny this thread comes up now..
I got my Sahara JK 3 months ago....LOVE IT !
AND... I just made the last payment on my Harley.....She's ALL mine now.
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Old 06-14-2013, 06:45 AM   #41
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I quit riding a little over a year ago. Is the jeep an ok replacement for it? Yes! Do I miss riding? Sometimes. Here is what I don't miss. Putting on that fracking helmet, jacket, gloves and long pants in 100 degree heat and being caught in rush hour traffic. Which one would I rather have is a no brainer. The jeep is more comfortable, can carry my entire family in relative comfort and is a bitchin' 4 wheeler. With all that being said I will never get rid of my license to ride a motorcycle. You never know when that motorcycle bug may hit.
The describe my wife and I to a "T".

I do miss it sometimes, sure. But that being said, I don't miss almost being killed by the inattentive "cager" busy yapping on their cell phone while crossing the double yellow into my lane.
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For me, the two aren't close.

Nothing beats a bike. It's unfortunate that society is out to get bikers though. Automobile daytime running lights have made the bike headlight meaningless from a safety perspective. That, plus the volume of cars on the road, many texting, looking in the mirror, playing DVD's while driving (which I have witnessed more often than I like to admit), make the roads more dangerous than they have ever been (or it feels that way).

Strange, I actually feel more naked in the Jeep without the doors than on the bike....
A lot of the things you mentioned are some of the reasons I think I don't miss motorcycling very much. Living in Florida and being able to ride all year I would do between 15k and 20k miles a year. I commuted to work and did a lot of pleasure riding. I always felt like it was just a matter of time before something bad happened to me. I guess that's why I didn't mind giving up the bikes.
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while jeeps are fun there is no way 4 wheels can thrill like 2 wheels. When it comes to fun on wheels less is more. I do understand tho that motorcycles are not for everybody and there comes great responsibility as well as risk especially if one has a family. I have been riding for over 42 years and was lucky enough to support my family by riding and while I no longer get paid to ride I still enjoy it just as much.

I love my wrangler but if I were forced to make a choice between owning a wrangler and motorcycling I would not hesitate on my choice. Glad I can have both as they both are great fun.
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Old 06-14-2013, 07:20 AM   #44
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I haven't ridden a motorcycle in many years, but the first time I took my doors off it hit me as I started down the road "this feels like a motorcycle". I do agree that you can't compare the handling, but you definitely get the feeling of the ground rushing by you.

You have to take the doors off to get the affect. Top down is nice, but doors off is better.
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Old 06-14-2013, 07:24 AM   #45
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No comparison, IMO.

No 4-wheeled convertible (none that I've owned) comes close to the feeling of a motorcycle.
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Old 06-14-2013, 07:27 AM   #46
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NOTHING is like a summer early morning ride on your bike on a winding country road!
But then again, an early evening romp in the mud pit/woods is groovy too...

It's really not a fair comparison vehicle wise... two different things with some similarities... wind, water (rain), comradery, mods.... Sturgis and Jeep Beach...

I rode for decades, Sturgis 10 years in a row never on a trailer, but after being run over by an uninsured 16 year old kid and breaking my leg in 17 places, an arm and fracturing my back, I tried to get back on, and after a year or two just couldn't do it anymore, not out of fear, but physically...

Now days, I hang my head out the door (doors off) of the Wrangler when going around left turns.... not even a close second to a scooter.... but then again, could never take the scooter where I take the JK, and the JK can go everywhere the scooter did too...
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more like a boat on land, specially with the windshield down. absolutely nothing like it, cruising around at 30 mph on land like that.
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Old 06-14-2013, 07:44 AM   #48
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Not close, while it is nice to be topless and doors off in a jeep. Not the same, although like others I can take the whole family. My kids love riding on the bike, but I am always in such fear of some f'n idiot in a cage hitting is it is hard to enjoy while they are riding with me!

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Not the same, but I can see the corelation. My Wrangler was a toy that I bought instead of a new bike.

I love dual sport bikes, but with every other jerkoff yakking on the phone while driving, you need to be so aware that it takes a lot of the fun out of street riding. The downside to having spent a ton of time on a dirt bike is that off roading seems to happen in ultra slow motion in a Jeep. A bike blasts right through and over the stuff a 4 wheeled vehicle creeps through.

I kept my old dual sport, just didn't replace it this year. Don't think I will ever be without a bike until I'm too feeble to throw a leg over it.
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I road Harley's for over 30 years and yes with the doors and top off, it helps to eliminate my need to go back to another Harley.
At 79 years of age, I think that it is best for me to have 4 wheels on the ground! Even then, I am not very stable behind the wheel. Sometimes find myself in the wrong lane. It's sad what old age will do to you...............
My Dad recently turned 80. He and his wife have a minivan for their only vehicle.

Some of my Dad's previous cars were : 60's military jeep, 61 Triumph TR3a, 69 Mercury Cougar. I'm thinking about getting a sidecar for my Harley to give him a ride.
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Double shoulder surgery made me put the Electraglide away and look for another way to be in the wind. My TJ and recently purchased JK have made that possible.
Not quite the same, but close.
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It's a totally different freedom between the two. Still free but vastly different feelings. The feeling of making it through something In 4low at 5mph versus dragging a knee around a corner at 80-100 plus are both a rush. But there is no feeling like the one a bike gives you.
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[QUOTE=Old Dogger;3857983]I road Harley's for over 30 years and yes with the doors and top off, it helps to eliminate my need to go back to another Harley.
At 79 years of age, I think that it is best for me to have 4 wheels on the ground! Even then, I am not very stable behind the wheel. Sometimes find myself in the wrong lane. It's sad what old age will do to you...............[/QUOTE]

Yup, for sure. But on the other hand, what would dying young do to you???

As far as making this comparison, I rode for damn near 40 years, so I think I am qualified to compare. It is all between the ears. I have just as much fun with my vehicles today as I did with the motorcycles. But then I don't seem to have this great need for speed that a lot of folks seem to have. I can jump in my Mustang GT and drive the speed limit all day long! Or just drive someplace 80 miles away to get an ice cream cone!! I could do the same with a motorcycle. I can jump in my JEEP with top and doors off and cruise down a country road, or get into the hills and do some wheeling and have a blast! Used to do the same thing on the bikes. I had both street and dirt bikes. And as far as the feeling of "Freedom" goes.... they all have a long way to go to beat this!!!
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To me I get just as much freedom as riding a motorcycle, but I also can bring along the whole family, go anywhere, and am a lot safer. Anyone else feel the same way?
Yes, although I do miss the seat-of-the-pants power from my Harley. With the distracted drivers today and the uncooperative weather, 6mos into ownership I've found the Wrangler to be a fantastic substitute now that summer is here -- and I can use it all year long unlike the bike.
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I prefer 2 wheels to 4 when it comes to freedom, but my 2 wheel days are over. I've survived too many crashes and lay downs to tempt the fates again.
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With all the hobbies I have tried, motorcycling is the only one that has stuck with me all these years. Although I have had more close calls with cars because of "texters" in the last 2 years than the previous 20, I still can't wait to ride. Although it is starting to worry me how many distracted drivers we have now a days.
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A Wrangler, even with the tops and doors off, does not come close to the feeling of freedom riding two wheels in the open air. Put a sport bike on a twisty road and it gets even better.

And as far as the videos of the Jeep offroading, I'm sure I can find some bike offroad trials stunt videos that a Jeep couldn't duplicate in its dreams.
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And as far as the feeling of "Freedom" goes.... they all have a long way to go to beat this!!!
This is the ultimate open-air off road experience, as long as you're up-wind.

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