This weekend I had a rather unpleasant experience.
It began while I was looking for upcoming events on a riding forum. In one of the events, the OP had stressed that lady riders were welcome, which led me to question why the emphasis was needed. So, I asked. One smartass response (not from the OP) was answered in like, and then someone else commented that while a bit creepy, it was more likely a misunderstanding, that the OP was just trying to ensure that no one felt excluded. I acknowledged this response, and moved on. No one is perfect, and misunderstandings are common. People continued to discuss the point, but when someone justified it as old fashioned manners I did something. I took the bait.
All in all the experience was quite disappointing. I was accused of being discriminatory against men, of supporting a complaining culture, and of deliberately stirring trouble (to summarise). Essentially, despite attempts of reason and mutual understanding by one or two other members of the forum, it all came down so much man bashing hysteria, when what I was trying to say is ‘if you don’t want to exclude us, dont single us out.’
After the OP actually responded with an extremely condescending post, where he called me sweety and baby, discussion only got another handful of posts before the mods stepped in and locked the thread. Unfortunately, that is where it has stopped. There has been no word from the mods (except for some private sympathy) regarding the behaviours exhibited during the discussion, and perhaps they do not feel it is their place.
One thing that saddens me though – very few men, and possibly few women would have seen a problem with what was said. I can’t speak for all women, despite sharing the same style of genitals. But some would have, and, as evident by the comments before it denigrated into a shit storm of man bashing hysteria, some people of both genders agreed that the wording was ‘creepy’. To me that indicates they didn’t feel comfortable about female riders being singled out. To be singled out can indicate that you are different, that you are not able to be included in the general sense. To me, in this sense, it says women riders are not welcome except by special invitation. And that’s really disappointing in 2014.
On Saturday, a local motorcycle customiser bought some of his bikes out (with some others from the community) for a small show at the local hipster funky place, the Chop Shop. The Chop Shop itself has an interesting story, being a bar/local art space in an old garage along the über trendy Lonsdale St in Braddon, Canberra. They had some serious hurdles getting open, and are only open until new years, as the building they are camped in is set to be demolished. But now they are open its party on as long as they can.
But back to the bikes. The customiser, Simon Whittaker, organises the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride in Canberra, and proceeds from the entry fees go to the same charities they support. There was a great turnout, and I actually wish I’d gotten a photo of all the bikes parked it the front.
If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen most of these. But, it’s always nice to see such beautiful bikes again :-)
After the show, CanberraRIDERS traipsed around town, finishing up at Red Hill Lookout for a group photo.
And then returned to the pub for a drink and/or dinner. Twas a great day!
It was a gorgeous day today that OH and I finally did something we’d been meaning to do for ages – give me a tutorial in action photography. So we grabbed the camera and headed up to our local fun bit of road for some practise.
It was great fun. Here’s a couple of pictures that turned out well:
I think its obvious that I’m a fan of instagram. Its premise and simplicity appeals to me – look at this awesome picture I took World! But Youtube is something I have never really gotten – if I need to waste time, I get on other sites. However, I have been watching it a bit lately (seriously, what is the deal with vlogging??? Its hilarious and cringe-worthy, all in the same often way too long video) for techy stuff and keep getting distracted by other stuff, such as paying out vloggers and watching amusing animals. So here, look at my contribution to youtube. Perhaps I will be inspired to put more things up, provided there isn’t more videos of cute little puppies doing cute little things.
Video is of a section of my favourite loop, Canberra to Kangaroo Valley. This covers the Nerriga Pub to Nowra leg. Hope you enjoy. I got a cherry pie at my favourite pie place after the best part of the loop, I truly enjoyed that. Its on instagram.
Well, it would be if someone would buy me tickets and airfares to get there……(maybe one day I’ll be such a popular blogger that that’s feasible? Hmm) but regardless, the news and photos that have been coming out of this year’s Intermot (held in the fabulous Cologne, Germany) has been pretty exciting. There’s been the Ducati Scrambler, a very interesting Ktm electric bike that I really want more details on, and the interesting news that Triumph has released a mash up of the Street Triple and the Daytona, called the Street Triple RX.
Shamelessly stolen from Instagram (motostation)
Hmm. I’m not completely sold, but I am incredibly biased so we have to keep that in mind. To me, the banana seat suits the more upright positioning on the Street, and the racer style seat suits the tuck of the Daytona. But, ultimately, it will take seat time to determine, so if I get an opportunity dear reader I will be sure to report back.
Oh and the Kawasaki H2R supercharged track version 298hp bike was shown off. It’s been declared a game changer. I’m very curious to see where it goes from here, with the street version tipped for unveiling in November.
And remember readers, if you have spare tickets, I’ll be your best friend…..
UPDATE: news on the new R1! Well, a hint anyway. Dammit teaser campaigns.
Its a long weekend here, and its glorious and sunny, but I havent gotten out for a ride. A combination of not really feeling well, and a strong freezing wind coming in from the Snowies. Its not actually blowing right now, so OH is trying to persuade me to go for a ride now. But its 12:30am, and the skippys are out. Ah well.
Random picture of an awesome Enfield parked in Munich.