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Hope no one here is offended, but have to get this out there: we drive cars and we ride motorcycles. I know it is a small thing to bring up, but it drives me nuts! Maybe I'm just cranky because it's winter and I can't ride my V.
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In DMV lingo, we operate motorcycles.

I ride.


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You might ride on a motorcycle, but you're still operating it...

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It really doesn't bother me at all if you think I drive, ride, or operate a bike, as long as I am getting from point A to point B! There is a saying, probably most here know it...... Four wheels moves your body, two wheels moves your soul.
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"I rides ma motorcycle
All around the place
Ride em slow and ride em faster
Got the wind on ma face
I rides the freeways
And I rides the streets
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Ultimate fantasy"
Ride baby ride!!
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One advantages with english is that there are many ways to express the same thing that sounds good/understandable. To me vehicles are driven while ride is more like what cowboys and indians are doing in movies. But this is a hybrid case, it is classified as a vehicle but the driver uses it as an iron horse which suggests riding. So think both expressions sound good and are true.
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How many times have you heard "Let's jump in the car and go for a ride"?

Does one mount a horse and ride?

I mount my motorcycle and ride!

If the person at the controls is operating, is the passenger riding? I think yes. If the passenger is riding, then so is the driver.
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If I am driving my car and my wife is with me, is she driving or riding?

If my wife is riding with me on my bike, how do I distinguish who is controlling it?

Got to love the English language.

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One of those little things a true biker better know!

Ha! Ha! Are you a true, real biker or do you drive your bike moron! LOL

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I ride my woman like I ride my bike, hard and fast. Is there any other way?
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Hope no one here is offended, but have to get this out there: we drive cars and we ride motorcycles. I know it is a small thing to bring up, but it drives me nuts! Maybe I'm just cranky because it's winter and I can't ride my V.
+1 pisses me off when people say they drive a motorcycle. Me personally I've never driven a motorcycle.
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I don't waaaaaaaant a pickle....
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I don't waaaaaaaant a pickle....
I just want to ride my motor-sickle!

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Ok suckahs I'll refer to it as riding a bike instead of driving on this board. But personally I feel driving is the technically more accurate term.

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I'm a rider on a bike and a driver in my truck.


When we were kids, we rode our bikes and drive the go-cart. When at the motocross track, the announcer never said "the drivers are all lined up at the gate and ready to go!" and despite their great rivalry, Kent Howerton never accused Bob Hannah of dirty driving on the track.

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Ok suckahs I'll refer to it as riding a bike instead of driving on this board. But personally I feel driving is the technically more accurate term.

Accurate, shmaccurate.... When I was in the airforce flying C-130s, I called myself a "Herc-driver" just to 'tweak' a few noses. Whatever 'floats-your-boat'.... Have a great drive on YOUR V, hjortronet!

MERRY CHRISTMAS to y'all anyway...!

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I always say "ride a bike" or "drive a car". BUT, I know what people are talking about when they say they "drive a motorcycle" because I'm not a moron. Does it piss me off? No, because I've got other things to worry about, and I'm not that thin skinned.

I always see the magazine vs clip discussions on gun boards. Technically, magazines are a very different thing than a clip, but I'm not gonna get my panties in a bunch about it because I know what they are talking about when they say "Glock clip."
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Good for you, we are all different. Whatever pisses you off I may think that is no big deal. Live and let live
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I'm from the South, maybe it"s a Yankee thing! I ride my motorcycle and drive cars or trucks. It really doesn't matter to me.
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