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Old 04-13-2009, 06:23 PM   #16
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"Are you a fireman?"

Ahhhh, the perils of commuting in a red 'stitch.

The "How fast will it go?" question is my trigger that the questioner has no earthly idea how to ride a bike.
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Old 04-13-2009, 07:34 PM   #17
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I was riding my GSXR in town (Aspen) one afternoon when this local homeless guys walking down the sidewalk yells "Ya shoulda bought a harley"
My instant response was "Why so I could be walking like you?"
As for those who want to ride it. I tell em "Sure. You go get me $15,000 cash to hold while you ride it. When you get vback I will hand you back whatever I think you didnt use up"
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Old 04-13-2009, 07:49 PM   #18
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"Are you a fireman?"

Ahhhh, the perils of commuting in a red 'stitch.

The "How fast will it go?" question is my trigger that the questioner has no earthly idea how to ride a bike.
Last Saturday evening I stopped at a Steak & Shake Restaurant for dinner during my 600 mile one-day trek. After eating at the counter I stepped back to use the restroom. I had already put my Darian hi-viz jacket back on. As I passed a couple sitting in a booth I got the fireman question. The best part was when I went back to pay for my chili and drink, I found they did not even charge me because they (the people behind the counter) thought too that I was a fireman who had just came from a fire.

To add to the story, when I sat down at the counter I was immediately ask what I wanted. I ordered, then the guy went over to the cash register to take another patron's money. Then, the guy who is flipping the burgers turns around and asks me if I ordered a burger. I told him I ordered chili and a coke. He leaves the grill unattended, with about 10 - 12 burgers going, and comes back in like 30 seconds with a bowl of chili, overflowing the bowl, dripping onto the crackers and the saucer. Then a gal brings me a coke.
I've never seen the burger flipper do that before!

So when I got up to the cash register I told the manager who was now manning the register that I did not have a ticket yet, but wanted to pay. She said it was on the house. I ask her if that was because I looked like a fireman and she said yes. So I told her I was not a fireman but this is my riding suit. She laughed, then typed in what I ate and took my money. Maybe I should of kept my mouth shut. I think I'll look for a firetruck siren to put on the bike.
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Old 04-13-2009, 08:13 PM   #19
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Questions from riders and non riders

Person "What kinda bike is that?
Me... Caponord
Person "a what?"
Me ..An Aprilia...its Italian
Person ...Ah ok...(still confused)

ADV riders
"Oh man a Caponord!... always wanted to see one" Do you Like it?"

Dirt bike riders

"Man you take that thing off road"

LEO
"Do you know why I pulled you over?"

Its all good...except the LEO part
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Old 04-13-2009, 08:13 PM   #20
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the question i hate the most is when your standing there takeing your gear off and someone says is that your bike? "no i walk round with a helmet on hopeing i find a bike with the keys in it" idiots

i am a fireman and i will usually cover up my uniform shirt before going into somewhere as i find it embarrasing when people do this
i get payed to fight fires it is my job (a job that i love) but they dont give a street sweeper a free feed. his job is just as important
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Old 04-13-2009, 08:23 PM   #21
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i am a fireman and i will usually cover up my uniform shirt before going into somewhere as i find it embarrasing when people do this
i get payed to fight fires it is my job (a job that i love) but they dont give a street sweeper a free feed. his job is just as important
In the US (at least around here) the only paid Firefighters are in very large cities. Most other places have volunteer firefighters.
Now that's a guy who gets his Chili for free in my book.
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Old 04-13-2009, 08:52 PM   #22
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In the US (at least around here) the only paid Firefighters are in very large cities. Most other places have volunteer firefighters.
Now that's a guy who gets his Chili for free in my book.
You need to get out of PA a bit

Small rural towns do to... resort towns do...

Ours covers 400 sq miles with only 8000 residents.
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Old 04-13-2009, 09:12 PM   #23
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Fire Fighter Thread hijack

Here is a link to a Ride Report of four Fire er, ah persons from WA. and OR going on now.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=435562

Great group, pic and story. Enjoy.

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Old 04-13-2009, 09:26 PM   #24
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Riding my friends Ducati 996, stopped at a light with the clutch pulled in.


Punk kid in Mustang pulls up and yells out the window "Man, your bike
sounds like shit, is something wrong with it" with a cocky tone than laughs toward other kid in passanger seat.

I'm pretty sure he stopped laughing when the light turned green, as I heard him reving the crap out of his engine as I walked away from him.
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Old 04-13-2009, 11:56 PM   #25
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"Hey man, you got any spare change?"
I had that happen to me on the first warm day we had in Cincy.

Just leaving lunch with a buddy on my vintage bike, after a fresh detail, and this guy says "hey that's a nice bike man." I'm putting the key in the ignition and turning the choke on. "Thanks man." Then it starts...."Hey big man, you got 35 cents so I can catch a bus?" "NO!" and I sped of.

Dude was wearing a work badge for a local company....
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Old 04-14-2009, 02:52 AM   #26
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Stopped at a rest area in Texas, R 1150GS Adventure with all three factory aluminum cases and dribags strapped across the seat. Guy comes up to me and says "Nice bike" Then looking at my TKC 80's said "I didn't know they made motocross bikes that big"
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Old 04-14-2009, 03:51 AM   #27
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Stopped at a rest area in Texas, R 1150GS Adventure with all three factory aluminum cases and dribags strapped across the seat. Guy comes up to me and says "Nice bike" Then looking at my TKC 80's said "I didn't know they made motocross bikes that big"
shoulda told they guy "They dont, I had this one custom-made"
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Old 04-14-2009, 04:59 AM   #28
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It's not just the non-bikers that ask stooopid questions...

"Man you take that thing off road?"

Sitting at a gas station earlier this year on my 1150GS, covered with mud and slime, dripping slush and gooop on the ground as I gassed up... I was also doing the arm waving dancing thing trying to warm up after a long ride on the still-snowy and muddy roads over the mountains from our farm near Lexington to Douthat State Park in west central Virginia when that question was asked by a group of wildly colored, tight fitting leather-clad gentlemen riding their Aprilias, GSXRs, and Ducatis. Hmmmm.... how to respond to this?

Me: "Yes. Do you ride those on the highways?" End of conversation.



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Old 04-14-2009, 06:26 AM   #29
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You need to get out of PA a bit

Small rural towns do to... resort towns do...

Ours covers 400 sq miles with only 8000 residents.
I live in a town of 1800 with a paid FD
Aspen (The next town over) has 8000 people and is an all volunteer team (Damned good one as well)

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Old 04-14-2009, 06:38 AM   #30
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In the US (at least around here) the only paid Firefighters are in very large cities. Most other places have volunteer firefighters.
Now that's a guy who gets his Chili for free in my book.
in my area i am only 1 of 4 paid we have 1600 volunteers that i work with and train as a training officer
in my spare time i am a volunteer for fire and rescue

i also hate the what sort of bike is that when there are realy large kawasaki klr stickers right in front of them
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