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Old 04-23-2010, 10:11 AM   #1621
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Riding in the rain is how my Goldwing gets washed....
Amen to that. Whatever Mother Nature doesn't wash off belongs there (and why bother washing when you can be riding).
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Old 04-23-2010, 11:05 AM   #1622
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I get more questioning stares then anything else and the look, to me at least, seems to say: "WTF is that?" Because the pipe I have makes the bike a bit louder then normal, people will turn at the sound and look, so I can enjoy seeing that look grow stronger as I get close.

But if people have said anything, it's usually:

1- "Is that thing a mountain bike?"

2- "Does it have gears?"

3- (city bus driver, out his window, from across the street)
"Hey! What is that? What's it called?"

"A Sachs MadAss"

"What's it called?"

"A MadAss!"

"Huh?"

"MADASS!!" (yelling it on a crowded downtown street in rush hour)

"What is that again?"

"It's a motorcycle!"
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Old 04-23-2010, 12:32 PM   #1623
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You know, I mostly ride a 996, and I dont commute on it, so Im not out every day with the road warriors, but the things that really chap my *ss are that any time I'm stopped getting gas, someone comes up to me, and I never mind talking about the bike, it gets alot of attention, but then they ALWAYS feel compelled to tell me about uncle/cousin/nephew jim.

Jim is that guy that died/lost a leg/is in a chair due to his motorcycle "not his judgement". ESPECIALLY if I mention that I have kids. You'd think I was selling meth. The fact that I jump out of airplanes, spend long periods of time with angry Muslims shooting at me, doesnt bother them, but riding a motorcycle is un forgiveable. It always makes me laugh when I ride away. You know, if you ever ask about 'ol uncle Jim, you find that he was not trained, not equipped, and "got liquored up and naked while he did wheelies down the access road."

Its not always that extreme obviously, but the vast majority of the time, there are extenuating circumstances (liquor, protective gear, anger) in these stories, and somehow, I am lumped in with these people.

(dont get me wrong, Im not saying all accidents are due to irresponsible behavior, Im just exaggerating to make a point)
It's funny isn't it, in other situations in life, strangers do not feel the need to come over, make a remark, then follow it up with a statement to the effect that they are more sensible than you. There can be only one explanation for this: Secretly, they'd like to be a biker. Because they're not a biker, they feel they have to justify it to themselves - and to bikers us like us they see at filling stations.

Plus one BTW re taking responsibility for accidents/collisions. If a car driver pulls out in front of me and I hit him (never happened yet, thank Brain), I blame myself for failing to anticipate his manoeuver. I won't tell him that, nor the police, nor the insurance companies. But that's what I tell myself. Blaming ourselves is the only way to improve our vigilance for the next time.
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Old 04-23-2010, 12:35 PM   #1624
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It's funny isn't it, in other situations in life, strangers do not feel the need to come over, make a remark, then follow it up with a statement to the effect that they are more sensible than you. There can be only one explanation for this: Secretly, they'd like to be a biker. Because they're not a biker, they feel they have to justify it to themselves - and to bikers us like us they see at filling stations.
I don't know about that, smokers get abused about how they're wrecking their health, and it's not because the person secretly wants to smoke either.
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Old 04-23-2010, 12:59 PM   #1625
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Every month I go into the local Pharmacy to pick up my prescription, and EVERY time the same Pharmacist looks at me in my riding gear and asks "You're not the one that keeps doing wheelies up and down the streets around here, are you?"

At first, I laughed and said I couldn't do a wheelie on my bike if my life depended on it. Now I just restrain a frustrated sigh and say "nope, not me."
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Old 04-23-2010, 02:09 PM   #1626
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Stopped to pick up some caffeinated goodness on the way into the office this morning. Someone actually walked up to me and asked, "Is that a Harley?"

Um...



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Old 04-23-2010, 02:59 PM   #1627
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Nothing extremely exciting - but still funny (and way too common): I pull up to get gas, dismount my bike, unlock the gas tank, take off my helmet, stretch, etc. As I put the gas nozzle into the tank an older gentleman calls out from his perch (a bench in the front of the where-ever-I-was-local gas station), "Yer not-a ridin' that thin' by yersef areye?" I honestly did not know how to respond at first. I looked around to make sure there were no other bikes in the station...(nope) maybe he was confused?? Then I just stated the obvious, "Well, I guess it looks like I am!"
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Old 04-23-2010, 03:01 PM   #1628
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"Yer not-a ridin' that thin' by yersef areye?"
I would have responded: "Why, do you want to be a passenger on it? Do you have your own helmet?"
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Old 04-23-2010, 07:02 PM   #1629
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Every month I go into the local Pharmacy to pick up my prescription, and EVERY time the same Pharmacist looks at me in my riding gear and asks "You're not the one that keeps doing wheelies up and down the streets around here, are you?"

At first, I laughed and said I couldn't do a wheelie on my bike if my life depended on it. Now I just restrain a frustrated sigh and say "nope, not me."
Since this is a regular thing for you maybe we could throw in some suggestions for responses you could try.

"No, but I could if you think it looks cool"

"Yes, but only to practice getting home in case my front wheel gets stolen."

"You're not the one that keeps asking me if I'm the one that keeps doing wheelies up and down the streets around here, every time I come in... are you?"
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Old 04-23-2010, 07:12 PM   #1630
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Every month I go into the local Pharmacy to pick up my prescription, and EVERY time the same Pharmacist looks at me in my riding gear and asks "You're not the one that keeps doing wheelies up and down the streets around here, are you?"

At first, I laughed and said I couldn't do a wheelie on my bike if my life depended on it. Now I just restrain a frustrated sigh and say "nope, not me."
What is really scary is your trusting this individual to properly fill your prescription.
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Old 04-23-2010, 07:37 PM   #1631
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Stopped to pick up some caffeinated goodness on the way into the office this morning. Someone actually walked up to me and asked, "Is that a Harley?"

Um...


That is a really dumb question!!

I have to ask a stupid question of my own. How do you transport your caffeinated goodness from the coffee shop to your office? I'm serious.
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Old 04-23-2010, 08:30 PM   #1632
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Old 04-24-2010, 01:47 AM   #1633
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I don't know about that, smokers get abused about how they're wrecking their health, and it's not because the person secretly wants to smoke either.
Okay, you got me there
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Old 04-24-2010, 01:50 AM   #1634
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Every month I go into the local Pharmacy to pick up my prescription, and EVERY time the same Pharmacist looks at me in my riding gear and asks "You're not the one that keeps doing wheelies up and down the streets around here, are you?"

At first, I laughed and said I couldn't do a wheelie on my bike if my life depended on it. Now I just restrain a frustrated sigh and say "nope, not me."
Try something else next time. Tell her "Yes, and each time I was fleeing after raiding a drugstore"

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Since this is a regular thing for you maybe we could throw in some suggestions for responses you could try.

"No, but I could if you think it looks cool"

"Yes, but only to practice getting home in case my front wheel gets stolen."

"You're not the one that keeps asking me if I'm the one that keeps doing wheelies up and down the streets around here, every time I come in... are you?"
Oops, I should have read the following posts before responding to the OP.
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Old 04-24-2010, 09:00 AM   #1635
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[quote=univibe88I have to ask a stupid question of my own. How do you transport your caffeinated goodness from the coffee shop to your office? I'm serious.[/quote]On the FJR, I get them to double-cup the nectar of the gods, then it fits into the glovebox under the left handlebar.

Otherwise, I have a wide-base mug that sits in the tankbag or topbox (with other stuff to hold it from sliding around.

If I have hiking boots in the topbox (range boots, going to teach) I can lace one up part way and put the paper cup in there.

Of course, there's always the old fashioned Stanley Thermos approach.
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