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Old 04-16-2010, 04:01 AM   #1577
The Byronic Man
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Location: Northeastern CT
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Originally Posted by rivercreep
I've been asked that one before by Bikers and I always reply the same...
Because H.D. doesn't make dirt-bikes and I'm riding to the woods not to the bar.
Believe it or not, they usually respect that kind of answer and the fact that you had backbone.

Awhile back while on the Ural, a chaps 'n' conchos type gave me the "real bike" remark at a gas station. He was smiling when he said it, so I figured it was just good-natured ribbing. I said "my bike's an underpowered, air-cooled twin with WWII technology that leaks oil and has sketchy reliability; what more do you want?"

He got a pretty good laugh out of it.
"You wouldn't be riding a motorcycle if you weren't an optimist."
- Matthew Crawford
2005 Ural Tourist, 2000 Kawasaki W650
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