Originally Posted by Phlemdog
That phenomenon is not exclusive to bikes. I had a lady ask me once if I knew "George", because he was in the Air Force.
She didn't know his last name, what he worked as, what squadron he was in, or if he was even at my base anymore. She just thought that I would know.
When I was in the army and asked "do you know John, he is in the 82nd Airborne too?", I would say "Yeah, bummer about his leg." then walk away.