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24 hours in Lawrence

Biker’s paradise

May 22, 2007

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Chances are you can find Ben Wilson motoring around town on top of his 2002 Suzuki Intruder rather than in a gas-guzzling car. Wilson works at Johnny's Tavern in North Lawrence, where he often parks his bike.

Chances are you can find Ben Wilson motoring around town on top of his 2002 Suzuki Intruder rather than in a gas-guzzling car. Wilson works at Johnny's Tavern in North Lawrence, where he often parks his bike.

Get your motor runnin'

Journal-World reporter Chad Lawhorn goes in search of motorcycle enthusiasts.

Don't count Ben Wilson among the thousands of Lawrence residents who spend part of their 24 hours inside their vehicles.

Wilson spends his time atop his: a 2002 Suzuki Intruder motorcycle.

"Gas is unbelievably the best part about riding a bike," says Wilson, who works at Johnny's Tavern in North Lawrence and often has his red machine parked in front for all to see.

Wilson's bike gets more than 35 miles to the gallon, and a fill-up generally cost less than $15.

But it is not all about economy. Wilson says it's tough to beat the feeling a good ride provides.

"You've got the wind blowing through your hair, and you feel like you can do your own little dance in your lane," Wilson says.

Lawrence is a good place to ride, he says. The hills provide a nice riding environment, and the "view is good." He says Lawrence motorists do a pretty good job of watching out for bikers.

But if he thinks someone isn't paying attention, his bike has a built-in way to change that: A couple of quick twists of the throttle, and the bike's pipes roar with the awakening sound of horsepower.

Beats a car horn any day.

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