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Old 06-13-2013, 05:17 PM   #1
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Does a jeep give you the freedom of a motorcycle?

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?

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Old 06-13-2013, 05:26 PM   #2
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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...............

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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?
My wife made it very clear when we first met that there were to be no more motorcycles (an accident in her family left her with a hatred of them) and frankly, I'm very happy with convertibles instead of motorcycles. They're much safer, they require no specialist clothing, I can take my wife, friends and luggage along on a day out, and if I get caught in a sudden downpour it's nothing more than a minor annoyance to have to stop and put the roof back up. This is my first non-sports car convertible and the first one with four seats, but as I play with it more and strip it down to its bare essentials I'd say that it has most of the pleasures of a motorcycle with none of the drawbacks and a lot of additional benefits.
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My Wrangler is out in the parking lot right now....naked. I've only taken my motorycle out a couple of times this year because I now have a Wrangler, AND becasue my wife is due any minute now (due date is in 6 days).

I purchased a 4 door Wrangler to be my "all season" motorcycle.

It safer, easier, and far more versatile...it is great....but it still isn't quite the same. I guess on a motorcycle (depending on what you ride), there is no Sirius or cruise control or cup holders for a latte or anything like that.....and you are much more aware of the cages around you.

I won't be giving up my motorycle.....and my wife (who barely rides it) won't be giving up hers.
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Old 06-13-2013, 05:43 PM   #5
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My wife made it very clear when we first met that there were to be no more motorcycles (an accident in her family left her with a hatred of them)
Ditto. My wife has worked in the insurance business for the last 18 years, so she's seen nothing but the negative side of them. She is vehemently against me riding a motorcycle. We've talked about it ad nauseum, but she ain't budgin'. For me, the Wrangler is a suitable substitute, but nothing beats the feeling of the bars in hand, the sound of the exhaust, the vibrations from the road and and the wind whipping across your face. Granted, the Wrangler is a helluva lot safer, especially when it's raining.
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Old 06-13-2013, 05:50 PM   #6
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It gives you the freedom to carry more things and still have the wind in your face. I'm still not parting with my 3 bikes though... DR650, XT225 and Stratoliner
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A 4-wheeled vehicle can never give feeling that you can get on a motorcycle. The reason is because of how they corner. Going around a curve on a motorcycle is effortless (assuming you have a motorcycle that that handles well, not a chopper or long/low-slung cruiser/Harley). You don't have to fight to stay in your seat no matter how fast you go around a corner. You're just sitting there, gliding through the corner, rolling on the throttle to accelerate out of it without ever having the feeling that you need to hold on tight to stay in your seat.

And if you compare to a manual transmission jeep, it's so much easier to get fast, seamless shifts on a (at least somewhat sporty) motorcycle, even when accelerating quickly, or even when downshifting and braking.

Maybe if you compare the two only when cruising steadily down a straight road, then a jeep with the top down gives a very similar feeling of "freedom" due to the openness around you, but the similarities end as soon as you stop steadily cruising and start really driving.
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Old 06-13-2013, 07:01 PM   #8
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Been riding for just over 30 years and I'm not going to stop anytime soon. But I do find myself when riding actually looking or noticing all the little side dirt trails that I want to take my jeep on. On a nice day when I walk outside, I find myself looking at my bike, then looking at my jeep, looking at my bike again trying to decide which one I'm going to take out. NOT ONCE in all my riding years has a "cage" (not the samething with the top down and doors off) been able to distract me from my bike.....EVER! I love my jeep as much as my bikes.
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Old 06-13-2013, 07:25 PM   #10
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It is a close replacement but like others have said it isn't enough for me to get rid of my bikes. Do I ride them as much as I did before my jeep? Not even close.

I always wondered if bike riders tend to ride more with the doors and top off.
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I used to have a bike but just the jeep now and yes love the top and all off
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Old 06-13-2013, 07:31 PM   #12
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I can't comment about the motorcycle side, but as one that spent a lot of time off-roading with ATVs even riding my Jeep around own gives me the similar sense of fun that I'd enjoy out on the trail. Is it the same? Of course not but close enough for me right now. I swear my drive home in my Jeep, topless or not, puts a smile back on my face after a long day at work.
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Old 06-13-2013, 07:34 PM   #13
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I think it is very close. It actually made me want a bike again!
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Old 06-13-2013, 07:39 PM   #14
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If not, it is the next best thing. We were looking into motorcycles and decided another jeep was best for us. This way I can take my nephew or niece with us in the jeep. I am very happy with our jeep.
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Old 06-13-2013, 07:46 PM   #15
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I hadn't given the comparison much thought until I posted a pic of me riding with the doors off on Facebook this weekend. A friend of mine, who had a traumatic head injury from a motorcycle accident a couple years ago, asked me how it compared. I do miss motorcycling at times, but I'm absolutely thrilled with the jeep. The best thing for me is that I can enjoy it with my family and not just by myself. Of course I still have the boat and get to enjoy the dirt bikes and four wheelers with the kids.
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If riding a motorcycle is similar to riding inside a gigantic square box then yes, the feel is very similar.
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Old 06-13-2013, 08:24 PM   #17
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For me, not the same. However, driving the jeep is more enjoyable than any other vehicle I've owned.... While my wife's Mustang is mega fun to drive, EVERYBODY wants to race, not so much in the Jeep.
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After a horrific bike accident a few years ago the Bride lost interest in riding with me. I bought the Jeep thinking that with the top and doors off it would be comparable to the bike. My plan is to put the windshield down also but it appears to be a big PITA. Plus I didn't get the soft-top; gotta invest in one of them too. Got the jeep last Fall, so haven't really had the weather to go topless yet. We will see how she enjoys it, I know I will. Better than the bike? Probably not, but the closest 2nd you can get.
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Harley, close...


Crotch rocket, not even on same scale...

Leaning low around a long sweeper on a deserted road is the ultimate thrill in motorcycles..just keep both wheels on the ground ...i own, both and nothing beats the feeling when you're on the bike..

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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...............
Maybe all those people frantically waving at you is not a "Jeep thing"...



For me, I find the two similar with the exception of the Jeep being more relaxing. On the bike it seems I would always be intensely focused on the road or the next car/obstacle that was going to kill me.
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I ride and I love my Jeep but it's not the same as riding the bike.

Some people can no longer ride so for a 4 wheel vehicle, Jeep is as close as it gets.
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Same freedom as a motorcycle ? not really...
but when the nice weather is around I drive to nowhere in a Jeep sure is enjoyable....
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I too bought my jeep to replace a bike , have to say not the same and lately I find myself trying to find the money to get another bike

But top down, doors off ,does calm the itch to ride a bit
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Simple, cut the rollcage, windshield, seatbelts, and part of the tub back. Drop a 350 in it. You will then have something similar to a motorcycle. Terrifyingly fun to drive.
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Harley, close...

Crotch rocket, not even on same scale...

Leaning low around a long sweeper on a deserted road is the ultimate thrill in motorcycles..just keep both wheels on the ground ...i own, both and nothing beats the feeling when you're on the bike..
Totally agree.
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For me, not the same. However, driving the jeep is more enjoyable than any other vehicle I've owned.... While my wife's Mustang is mega fun to drive, EVERYBODY wants to race, not so much in the Jeep.
With the drive shaft and radiator on that scoot, your getting close to it being like the jeep!
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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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No it's NOT a MC, but it's still good! Picked up my Jeep last summer, and just recently sold my Harley after 10 years with it.

I call my Jeep my four wheeled Harley......and never have to put my feet down.
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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.
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I started out my off-road career at age 9 on a dirt bike, and at age 14 I bought my first Jeep (1961 CJ-5). Over the last 38 years I've always owned both dirt bikes and Jeeps. I did a lot of desert racing on the dirt bikes, and competed in rock crawling with the Jeeps. And I've used both for daily drivers as well, and everything in between. I would say that bikes have an advantage over Jeeps in handling and in a suspension that is about a thousand times better than what any Jeep has. But Jeeps have an advantage over bikes in their all season capability. The Jeep can be used in snow and in the rain with comfort, so the Jeep has a year round riding season. If the weather is nice I'll take a bike over a top down Jeep any day though.

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