Saturday, February 21, 2009

Riding a Pit Bike: An All-In-One Mini Hobby

Though reading is one of my best hobbies, I sometimes find it a bit lacking in the physical aspect. Sometimes finding a good hobby that can encompass and strike a balance between the physical, mental, and even thrill or fun factors can be hard, and actually maintaining one can be a challenge, but all in all it should be worth it. So when I came across the possible hobby of racing pit bikes, it crossed my mind that this could possibly sufficiently meet the demands of my mind, body, and testosterone levels.

Pit bikes or minibikes are in every sense, any way you look at it, smaller versions of regular motorcycles. From the reduced frame size to reduced capabilities, pit bikes really are like kids’ versions of racing bikes. But don’t be fooled. True enough, kids do enjoy minibikes as much as adults do, but the demands and dangers of these small, speedy machines are best dealt with by mature minds. Pit bikes can run as fast as 30 to 70 kilometers per hour, even more. At those speeds, a crash could definitely be fatal. Aside from protective gear and other safety precautions, responsibility and common sense is key—just like in using real motorcycles. The sort of fun and thrills pit bikes can provide may aptly sate some thrill-seeking, speed-needing hormones, but what about the mental and physical aspect? Well, where the physical aspect comes in should be pretty obvious, but the mental aspect, where does that fit in? The answer: assembly.

Lego and other assembly type toys are for children’s developing minds; for adults, we have engines and vehicles. This is where a minibike meets the need for some mental exercise or activity. Pit bike can be assembled from spare parts bought form companies, retailers, and even online, or from parts lying around in the garage. In fact minibikes were first assembled by enthusiasts from spare parts found in their garages, much like go-carts. They were first used as a convenient, efficient maneuvering mini vehicle in the drag racing pits of the 1950s, thereafter gaining popularity, market demand and eventually supply. At its height, the pit bike era was most popular in the late 1960s to the early 1970s. History aside, minibikes and their subsequent settings tweaks can also engage the mind. Taking all this into consideration, people who engage in the pit bike hobby can actually be considered to have an assembly, tweaking, racing and exhibition, and even collection hobby (if they have several or a collection of pit bikes) all rolled into one.

Getting all of the above possibly in exchange for just a bit of discomfort while riding the small motorcycles (especially if you have a bulky physique), I for one would definitely consider getting into minibikes as a mini hobby or sport. I would enjoy not only the speed and thrills while racing or doing exhibitions, but also the mental challenges I could come across when assembling or tweaking minibikes. Overall, it’s an all-in-one mini hobby.

2 comments:

  1. And what esle? Mini vagina? Small bottle of beer? Small bike for loosers imho!
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