ORIGINAL: warbird addict
Part of The reason I don't believe in calling anything that posesses the ability to kill you a TOY is becasue it gives the impression to the unaware that any IDIOT can pick this thing up and misuse or handle it improperly, with no fear of injury and thats wrong , it has nothing to do with anybody trying to inflate their own self importance by adding unecessary importance to what they do as a hobby.
Let me give you some background as to why I don't downplay dangerous things by calling them toys.
In dec of 2007 I bought a STOCK Yamaha R-1 and being a longtime sportbike rider and ''backroad racer'' I went the whole 9 yards on this bike performance wise when I finished the bike it was pushing somewhere around 190 HP 4th gear roll on , I can't remember the Ft Lbs of torque but basicly it would come up on the back wheel all the way up to 3rd gear with a firm twist of the throttle, I kept the bike till 2009 at which point I traded it in for another bike for reasons I can't remember , in any case I get a call from the dealer 2 weeks later telling me a potential buyer wants to talk to me about the bike, no problem , I go down to the dealer and come to find out this guy wants to buy it for his sons 18th birthday and he wants to buy his kid a nice flashy toy for his birthday and he wants a bike ''his first bike'', toy, toy ,toy kept coming up in conversation and I cautioned him about this potentially NOT being a good first bike for the kid but the old man ''wealthy'' and driving a Z-06 and not taking the bike seriously blew me off still calling it a big boy toy bought the bike for his 18 year old son, not more than 10 days later the dealer called me back and wanted me to come in as he had something to show me, when I got there he took me into the back room where sat the bike I built in milk crates, come to find out that ''KID'' was killed on it when he impacted a 3/4 ton pickup head on doing over 100 MPH on the back wheel PLAYING with his new TOY.
For Me it was a big boy toy but for him it was a death sentence and thats what happens when people with the skillsets to navigate their hobby or pastime activities safely impart the impression upon those who lack the experience to do so that they are playing with a TOY .
Yeh for the reasons stated above I do not call or consider dangerous things TOYS anymore it gives the absolute wrong impressionto those who DON''T KNOW any different than what you are telling them the absolute wrong impression, and by all acounts if somebody gets mangled up due to the impression of complacency you give them by calling them toys no matter what it is, well thats on your conscience and I just will not be the one to give anybody that impression , just my.02 and yes I'm pretty vocal about it