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Old 08-02-2010, 11:46 AM   #2026
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Dolomoto posted a BigDog chopper commercial, that stated itself as the "World's largest producer of 'custom' motorcycles."


As a builder of 'custom' hot-rods and motorcycles, I find this an interesting statement...as I had always understood the word 'custom' to mean something that's one of a kind...you know............'custom'.

I build and paint things that are 'custom' made for each customer...one at a time.

I never realized you can build something 'custom' on an assemblyline.
I agree; that word is entirely misused these days by mainstream manufacturers. I think Ford had 'Custom' on all of their pickup trucks for a long time. Not sure if they still do.

It's probably a pretty smart marketing move, though. I'm sure the consumer loves to be able to say 'Yeah, it's a custom job' when someone asks them about their bike, car, blow up doll, etc. Makes them feel unique.
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Old 08-02-2010, 11:57 AM   #2027
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Dolomoto posted a BigDog chopper commercial, that stated itself as the "World's largest producer of 'custom' motorcycles."

I never realized you can build something 'custom' on an assemblyline.
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When you buy a new Big Dog you can select a model then have it made custom for you. Paint, controls, wheels, tires, seat....

It is (or can be) an "assemblyline" custom. They also have ones you can just buy the way they build them.
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Old 08-02-2010, 11:58 AM   #2028
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Originally Posted by Patrick46
Dolomoto posted a BigDog chopper commercial, that stated itself as the "World's largest producer of 'custom' motorcycles."


As a builder of 'custom' hot-rods and motorcycles, I find this an interesting statement...as I had always understood the word 'custom' to mean something that's one of a kind...you know............'custom'.

I build and paint things that are 'custom' made for each customer...one at a time.

I never realized you can build something 'custom' on an assemblyline.


but here's a cool commercial!...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4GcOIowUp8

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custom [ˈkʌstəm]

adj1. made to the specifications of an individual customer (often in the combinations custom-built, custom-made)
2. specializing in goods so made See also customs


I think a small manufacturer with alot of options thats builds the product after the customer orders it could be considered "custom".

Obviously the small builders that take a concept and create a unique piece of work are custom builders but a manufacturer like Big Dog may be considered custom also, though I would not lump the two together.

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Old 08-02-2010, 12:01 PM   #2029
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When you buy a new Big Dog you select a model then have it made custom for you. Paint, controls, wheels, tires, seat....

It is (or can be) an "assemblyline" custom. They also have ones you can just buy the way they build them.
The Arlen Ness showroom in Dublin, CA has at least a dozen Big Dog motorcycles on the showroom floor. Not all of them are ordered.
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Old 08-02-2010, 12:19 PM   #2030
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In Deadwood SD a couple years back for the BMW MOA rally in Gillette. Some guy on a Harley is chatting me up. Sees a guy on a GS riding in shorts and flip flops. He (the BMW rider) was wearing a shirt and helmet, and seemed to be riding from a hotel to an eating establishment a block or so away. This douche asks me why the hell "we BMW riders" think its okay to ride without shoes and "chaps", and how we drive the costs of medical insurance up when we crash dressed like that. On that note, looking at him sitting on his dilapidated machine wearing jeans, chaps, and a tank top... NO HELMET, drinking a beer. I just laughed at him and shook my head. He was aggravated by my response, or lack there of, and sped off down the road... helmet less. For the record, helmet laws suck, but I almost always wear one, and don't care what others do.
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Old 08-02-2010, 01:33 PM   #2031
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So far, that hasn't happened to me but I'll be quick to post if it does!

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Happened to me twenty-odd years ago when I was sitting by the tail-gate of a 4-tonner (army lorry). The driver and her front-seat passenger were kindly responding to us singing "Get your tits out for the lads".
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Old 08-02-2010, 08:32 PM   #2032
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Another thing people say to me all the time when they see my Icon Ti-Max gloves with the titanium plates on them is:

"Whoa man! If you punched someone with these they'd be done!!"

then they ask me if they can try them on to which i reply:

"No i'm going for a ride, that's why i have the gloves"

They also ask me, why i need such a crazy pair of gloves and I tell them that when that inevitable act of god that sends me sliding down the road happens, i'll be thankful for the leather, kevlar and titanium covering my hands.
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Old 08-02-2010, 09:06 PM   #2033
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My daughter (11) and I were discussing ATGATT today (returning from buying her a new riding jacket), and I mentioned the fact that I sometimes get comments on my gear on hot days.
Her response: "sweating is better than scarring" or something to that effect.

Smart kid.

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Old 08-02-2010, 10:11 PM   #2034
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Happened to me twenty-odd years ago when I was sitting by the tail-gate of a 4-tonner (army lorry). The driver and her front-seat passenger were kindly responding to us singing "Get your tits out for the lads".
I used to get the same thing when I was in uniform. The best time was when I was designated driver for our depot and had to transport three young lady officers to a course. We were stopped in traffic and a school bus full of lovely young private school girls stopped beside us. One of them shouted "Hey army guy!" When I looked over every girl in the bus flashed me. One of the best 30 seconds I ever spent in the service of Queen and Country! The conversation in the car after that was a little interesting...
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Old 08-03-2010, 07:23 AM   #2035
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Dolomoto posted a BigDog chopper commercial, that stated itself as the "World's largest producer of 'custom' motorcycles."


As a builder of 'custom' hot-rods and motorcycles, I find this an interesting statement...as I had always understood the word 'custom' to mean something that's one of a kind...you know............'custom'.

I build and paint things that are 'custom' made for each customer...one at a time.

I never realized you can build something 'custom' on an assemblyline.


but here's a cool commercial!...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4GcOIowUp8

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I guess because calling it a boutique bike just sounds a :ymca
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Old 08-03-2010, 02:39 PM   #2036
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When I get stupid comments and I don't feel like engaging in a conversation I generally tap my helmet and say "Earplugs". Even though I can hear every word they say.

The one that still greatly annoys me is the "KTM, huh? Is that a kawasaki?"
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Old 08-03-2010, 04:11 PM   #2037
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When I get stupid comments and I don't feel like engaging in a conversation I generally tap my helmet and say "Earplugs". Even though I can hear every word they say.

The one that still greatly annoys me is the "KTM, huh? Is that a kawasaki?"
Many people who say that own or have owned KLR's.
And they know it annoys you.
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Old 08-04-2010, 07:03 PM   #2038
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It's unbelievable how many times I can hear something like:

"Dude, you got a dead light beam on your bike"





I have a Buell...
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Old 08-04-2010, 07:33 PM   #2039
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It's unbelievable how many times I can hear something like:

"Dude, you got a dead light beam on your bike"





I have a Buell...
I get that all the time while riding my FZ6. 2 days after I bought it I stopped at my father in laws house and the first thing he said was "you have a light out already". Then, I hit the high beams...
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Old 08-09-2010, 04:46 PM   #2040
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Had a fun one Saturday. Wasn't a stupid question by any means, but i figured there was no better place to post this.

I've had the GS for about a month and a half now. Never had a bike so many people like and want to talk about. It has really surprised me about the ugly pig. Even had a guy on a road bicycle stop along side me at a stop light to look it over and talk for a few seconds. Don't get that with an FZ6.

On to Saturday. A new Dunkin' Donuts opened down the road, so i did my GS riding duties and rode down to pick up some breakfast. Arrive, park, get my box just as they are getting packed. As i get to the bike, i see a Harley making his way into the parking lot. No gear whatsoever. I look for a minute, but i'm terrible at telling the difference between their models. It was black, big and had bags. I get my helmet on, hop on the seat, turn the key when i hear. "What have you got here, a dirt bike?"
i just lol, "not quite" Harley guy is right beside me and i'm just waiting for it...
He starts in "Once i get rid of my Harley, THIS is what i want"
I was floored. Hopped off the bike, took off my helmet, told him to take a seat. We talked for a bit. he owned a Triumph, test rode a BMW before (didn't remember which model), got the Harley so his wife could ride with him. Around here BMWs are pretty rare, GSs aren't seen, so it was nice to talk to him for a few minutes. Much different than the regular "when are you gonna get a REAL bike" talk you hear about here.
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