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06-16-2013 03:03 PM
pooneej
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Originally Posted by mike1158 View Post
Same freedom as a motorcycle ? not really...
but when the nice weather is around I drive to nowhere in a Jeep sure is enjoyable....

I just sold my sportbike this weekend (2006 Yamaha R1)- to me, it probably wont compare but even though taking doors off and putting soft down is a pain, its easier than checking the bike, then gearing up for every ride.

And just today it was so nice out I put top down and did exactly what mike1158 said -- - drove to nowhere and enjoyed it immensely
simple kind of free
06-16-2013 02:46 PM
Tarby I got rid of my bikes after I got out of college and became a funeral director, and I was a former Deputy Coroner...In the last 15 years, I've only seen 2 fatalities with Jeeps and I can't count how many with bikes.

I miss my KTM's, but enjoy my jeeps with less worries and fear of "the other driver". My wife never liked the bike thing, but we both love our jeeps. Besides, I never cared for driving on the road as much as off road with my bikes, and the jeeps give the same element of fun for me.
06-16-2013 02:07 PM
jwink41
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Originally Posted by krawdaddy View Post

same for me. My wife is very much against motorcycles, even though her dad owned 4 harley's when he passed away recently. She's never wanted me to have one. The Jeep has always been our compromise vehicle and I'm in no way disappointed.
That's completely understandable. That's why when my wife and I got married, we made an agreement. The one non-negotiable point in our relationship was my bike. She tried once when our kid was born but I didn't even think about it. I think it's good to raise children with a healthy sense of adventure mixed with a dose of caution versus the other way around. I didn't want her to grow up being afraid of trying things because people think its too dangerous.

I love rolling in the Jeep sans doors and top, but the freedom of my bike always beckons. I've driven all sorts of vehicles, ridden many bikes, and even flown small planes... Riding a good bike on an awesome road is as close to flying as you can get while still in the ground. My jeep doesn't offer that feeling. But, that's not why I bought it. The Jeep suits my other needs (I.e. carry passengers, off-road adventures, coolness factor...).

Riding bikes isn't for everyone, but it's in my blood. I'll have to be old and decrepit before I consider hanging up the reigns. I'll still drive a jeep though!!!
06-16-2013 11:17 AM
krawdaddy
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Originally Posted by woansleftpeg View Post
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.
same for me. My wife is very much against motorcycles, even though her dad owned 4 harley's when he passed away recently. She's never wanted me to have one. The Jeep has always been our compromise vehicle and I'm in no way disappointed.

I drove down to Pine Mountain yesterday and was rather annoyed at all the noisy hogs riding around making the camping area go from nice and quiet to annoyingly loud as they 'potato potato potato'ed through. Don't get me wrong, I love loud pipes, but it can be annoying in certain places.

We drove back late so it was dark.. it was nice having the option to roll the side windows up and drive yuppie style with the heater on (for the wife)
06-16-2013 11:03 AM
jadmt
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Originally Posted by Riccochet View Post
I hear ya on the power ranger suit. Having witnessed a friend lose his foot and go through reconstructive surgery on a large portion of his body due to not wearing gear I'll stick with my ranger suit. ATGATT for me, even when I rode a HD. I've wrecked twice. Had I not had good gloves with armored knuckles I'd probably be missing my left hand or a good portion of it. Be safe, keep the shiny side up!
Ditto on all the gear all the time
06-16-2013 10:43 AM
guppy I live in the Chicago area and manage about 10,000miles a year on my HD...until I got my Jeep. Now not even half that many miles on the HD.
Jeep vs Motorcycle... it is not the same but it certainly draws the same personalities.
06-16-2013 10:42 AM
Riccochet I hear ya on the power ranger suit. Having witnessed a friend lose his foot and go through reconstructive surgery on a large portion of his body due to not wearing gear I'll stick with my ranger suit. ATGATT for me, even when I rode a HD. I've wrecked twice. Had I not had good gloves with armored knuckles I'd probably be missing my left hand or a good portion of it. Be safe, keep the shiny side up!
06-16-2013 10:35 AM
jadmt
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Originally Posted by Riccochet View Post
I noticed that as well. Probably because the Jeep gets them from point A to point B without breaking down. lol I owned a HD for 6 months. Worst 6 months of riding in my entire life. I think people buy them just to say they have one while secretly complaining about it not running right 90% of the time. Sold that piece of crap and went straight back to a sport bike.
I went the opposite I have ridden and owned , dirt bikes, sport bikes, sport touring bikes of nearly every make since 1972 and since 2004 I have put over 200,000 miles on Harley touring bikes (I was lucky I got paid to ride). Never had a single issue with them. I have also recently had 3 BMW oil heads R1100S, R1150RT R1150R and I love beemers too and I am in the process of getting a new H2O cooled 1200GS but will never forsake my Harley. I know in my neck of the woods when the weather turns bad the only riders you see are Harley riders. The Japanese bike riders are the first to put the them away and the last to get them out and the beemer riders are second. I know some Goldwing riders and beemer riders that put on 20-40,000 miles a year but Harley riders are by far the biggest group to put big miles on year after year. Harley gets a bad rap because there are so many of them that there are a lot of people who only buy them for the "coolness" factor which is not cool at all.
06-16-2013 09:51 AM
Das_Jeep My 3 favorite rides, all 3 are a different kind of ride, but fun in their own way, especially the one in the pink shirt

Comparing a bike ride to a jeep ride is like apples to oranges...totally different and no comparison.

To all those who have commented about giving up (or being forbidden by wives ) riding a bike because of fear and "knowing" someone who has died on one. I too know of people who have died on bikes, I also know some who died in jeeps(2), bicycles, guns (hunting), boating accidents, and even from routine dental work...none of those deaths have ever swayed me from getting on a boat, riding my Harley, driving my Jeep, hunting, bicycling or even getting my teeth fixed. There are many ways to die, but I would rather die doing something I love and enjoy, rather than die wishing I had done the things I loved and enjoyed.

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Originally Posted by Riccochet View Post
I noticed that as well. Probably because the Jeep gets them from point A to point B without breaking down. lol I owned a HD for 6 months. Worst 6 months of riding in my entire life. I think people buy them just to say they have one while secretly complaining about it not running right 90% of the time. Sold that piece of crap and went straight back to a sport bike.
Must have been bad fortune on your part....owned mine for 3 years now and other than oil and tires haven't had a single problem. Owned a sport bike myself at one time in my life, but riding around in a power ranger suit just wasn't for me....leather and jeans just seems so much more comfortable. Oh...and just like a Jeep...the resale on a Harley is better than any bike you can buy
06-16-2013 09:48 AM
Riccochet
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Originally Posted by UselessPickles View Post
A pattern seems to be emerging.

Owners of Harleys seem to say "different, but close enough that I got rid of (or don't miss) my Harley".

Owners of non-Harley motorcycles seem to say "not even close at all, I couldn't choose one over the other".





I guess the noise and vibration can really trick the mind.
I noticed that as well. Probably because the Jeep gets them from point A to point B without breaking down. lol I owned a HD for 6 months. Worst 6 months of riding in my entire life. I think people buy them just to say they have one while secretly complaining about it not running right 90% of the time. Sold that piece of crap and went straight back to a sport bike.
06-16-2013 09:12 AM
UselessPickles A pattern seems to be emerging.

Owners of Harleys seem to say "different, but close enough that I got rid of (or don't miss) my Harley".

Owners of non-Harley motorcycles seem to say "not even close at all, I couldn't choose one over the other".

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Originally Posted by BManz View Post
I do miss the seat-of-the-pants power from my Harley.


I guess the noise and vibration can really trick the mind.
06-16-2013 08:19 AM
Thorshammer7 I've been riding all my life and currently own a HD Deluxe, and a 2012 Nightster. The Deluxe is all but sold and have been thinking of selling the Sportster as well. Its not the same thing but I find myself gravitating more and more towards my Jeep.
06-16-2013 07:55 AM
gorogergo Not even close. I got my bike back yesterday after a deer incident and my wife is thrilled because that means the 10A with < 1000 miles on it will be left at home for her fun.
I've got a TJ Rubicon sitting in the driveway too, but nothing compares to the K1600. At least that and the TJ both have an I6. (And the bike has almost the same HP)
06-15-2013 08:49 PM
Yellow Whale
Get the Jeep

A class a motor home ,08 Harley D,a 2010 Jeep 4 door.something had to go not enough time for all.Good by Harley.Would not trade my Jeep for 2 Harleys.To each his own.Top off,doors off whoooo
06-15-2013 06:23 PM
jwink41 No comparison but agree the Jeep warrants a decision in the morning. I commute nearly year round on my bike but once in a while I decide to just jump in the Jeep (even on a day I don't need a vehicle). If I had to choose between the two, bikes would win. Jeeps are awesome but I LOVE riding my bike.
06-15-2013 05:52 PM
Binx Ultimate freedom, even yoda came along
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06-15-2013 05:18 PM
Pinnacle
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Originally Posted by Riccochet View Post
Nope. Bike is just a different feeling. The Jeep and bike both have their places in my heart. What one can do the other obviously can not. Which is why I love having both.
Not even close...I own a 2012 2 door and an 09 BMW K1300s. Can't beat the thrill of the bike. Love my Jeep too.
06-15-2013 04:26 PM
Riccochet Nope. Bike is just a different feeling. The Jeep and bike both have their places in my heart. What one can do the other obviously can not. Which is why I love having both.

06-15-2013 04:15 PM
Dakovich I work as an RN in a regional Trauma Center ICU, so my desire for a bike quickly disappeared and my motivation to get a Jeep got that much stronger. So, although I don't ride, my Jeep is as close as i will every get to the feeling of riding a motorcycle. Oh, and I will NEVER own a trampoline or go swimming while intoxicated
06-15-2013 03:51 PM
insylem
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Originally Posted by Yak Yak View Post
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.
Went driving in the Jeep today, found some dirty roads and such and got it dirty. Doorless and topless.

While driving, a friend of mine who was with me braught up this exact same point. He has a motorcycle, and said its like the "Motorcycle of Jeeps".
06-15-2013 02:55 PM
michiganadam
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Originally Posted by ThatWhiteMachine101 View Post
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.
Had an oppurtunity to buy a willys cj2 for cheap a while back. Would be a lot better than ruining a new jeep like that. tub was horribly bent though so i stayed away.
06-15-2013 02:32 PM
BManz
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Originally Posted by JEEPDON View Post
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.
06-15-2013 01:00 PM
Maitre JK owner and Bimmer rider. Simple answer is NO.
06-15-2013 11:38 AM
RoadiJeff 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.
06-14-2013 09:26 AM
Jeeperz Creeperz 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.
06-14-2013 09:18 AM
PecosRiver 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.
06-14-2013 09:01 AM
BManz
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Originally Posted by Yak Yak View Post
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.
06-14-2013 08:57 AM
JEEPDON [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!!!
06-14-2013 08:51 AM
Binx 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.
06-14-2013 08:41 AM
Specwar 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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