I liked the Bike vs Horse story. Many years ago, when I was a younger man, I worked on a small farm/ranch here in western PA. I had a 1989 KLX250 that was used as my year round transportation, and workhorse.On that bike I could round up our Corrientes steers, and pen them. A handful of guys on horses would take several hours or more. Me and a guy or two to working the gate could do it in 30 minutes or less if the cattle were used to it.
I could run down a breakaway and bring it back before the rest of the herd knew it (got to love that horn button). Plus I never needed a fresh mount, like the guys on horseback. My little 250 was always ready.So the bike has the horse beat again. The cowboy on horseback does strike a more a American picture though.
Thanks for sharing the memories, Mike. I have to admit, looking back on the Bike vs. Horse story (April 2011 issue), we were probably a little unfair to the horse. Who knows, if the shootout hand been conducted by horse people the bike may have gotten its subframe handed to it! All I know is that my dirt bike will never decide on the face of a triple that it doesn’t want to do it. Sure, there are hundreds of mechanical components on a motorcycle that can fail, short-circuit or break, but at the end of the day the bike is an inanimate object and the horse has a brain, which can instantly decide that it wants to veer off a trail in search of food. Call me a control freak, but I’ll stick to the motorcycle! -Chris Denison