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Old 03-29-2012, 02:28 PM   #4876
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KLR650 questions:

Most common:
What is that sewage pipe for? (homemade tool holder)
What's your gas milage?

Kid in So Cal:
"You got ice cream boxes on there?" (referring to aluminum panniers)

Dude in So Cal a few years ago: "Right on! breaking out the vintage! What year is that?" (referring to my 2001 klr650)

Old man in Mexico:
"You brought all that stuff down here on THAT?"

Cop: "Can I see you driver's license? What are you doing up here tonight, hanging a leak? I don't have a problem with that." Then he circles my bike, hands me back my license and says "That is a bad-ass bike, have a nice night"

I've never had a negative remark and nobody has ever asked if they can ride it. I always get the kids motioning at me to do wheelies. I enjoy the small talk and curious conversations, especially in Mexico with the language barrier.
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Old 03-29-2012, 02:31 PM   #4877
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I had a hundred things attached to my Xr500 for a week trip, totally loaded up, and dirty as hell. Some older dude asked me where the library was.
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Old 03-29-2012, 02:34 PM   #4878
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Mine says (kind of loudly) potato-potato-potato-potato any time a Hardly goes by. We had to teach her a bit of discretion at big gatherings and Dealerships.
A buddy of mine was driving across Montana in the morning. His four year old daughter had a bathroom emergency so he pulled off of the freeway and went into a biker bar and asked the bartender if his daughter could please use the bathroom. "Sure, nobody's puked in there yet today."

On the way out his daughter said, "Daddy, aren't you going to say thank you to the pirate?"
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Old 03-29-2012, 03:13 PM   #4879
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All this is a side effect of cars becoming safer. If even a minor crash meant serious injuries, many fewer would drive distracted but today you can total a car and just walk away feeling a bit shaken up.

So the safety nazis have, in a very real sense, created a nation of distracted drivers. That's a stretch... Really.
A buddy and I were driving one day and talking about this subject. I was recalling my 1971 Chevy truck with the solid steel dash, non collapsing steering column, and absence of crumple zones. It would have been a tough vehicle to ride out a wreck in for sure but when I was driving it neither I nor anyone else had cell phones, Ipods, Ipads or laptop computers to say nothing of portable dvd players like the guy I spotted watching the other day. There were also less than a quarter as many cars on the road and the me generation hadn't had a chance to spawn yet... Just my rambling.

Back on topic. A little grey haired lady at a gas stop in Green River, "are you in a motorcycle gang?" "Nope, just me, Ma'am."
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Old 03-29-2012, 03:20 PM   #4880
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What is that sewage pipe for? (homemade tool holder)
I have one on my bike. When asked what it is I always say "sewer hook up".
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Old 03-29-2012, 04:02 PM   #4881
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My mum, bless her, insisted my brother and I do almost all of our learner's permit driving in stick shifts (we had a used car lot, so I can't tell you the numbers of different things I've driven for 3 days to a year, but the numbers are huge).

We were allowed to borrow an automatic for the actual test, though we were still given large cars to do it with instead of, say, a VW Rabbit (which I thought would have been a way to cheat the tests, lol).
We went to Switzerland last Spring and found that nearly all the cars were manuals.
And everybody somehow knew the traffic rules and followed them. Must be Commies or sumptin.
Oh, at red lights, bikes can pull ahead to go first and nobody bats an eye. You just might get a different reaction in the good ol US of A.
We need to invade them and occupy, atleast until I'm too old to ride.
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Old 03-29-2012, 05:25 PM   #4882
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Oh, at red lights, bikes can pull ahead to go first and nobody bats an eye. You just might get a different reaction in the good ol US of A.
We need to invade them and occupy, atleast until I'm too old to ride.
If you lived in a decent state (i.e., California), you could pull to the front at red lights without causing anyone to bat an eye (unless they recently move here from some other state and don't know the customs yet).
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Old 03-29-2012, 08:28 PM   #4883
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Hey, while you're at it, make them take it with a manual transmission too. I made my kids do that.
No manual transmission, but my three took their driver's test in my celebrity wagon. If they can parallel park, K-turn that, they can drive anything!
They've done pretty good since, too.

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Old 03-29-2012, 08:41 PM   #4884
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The other night I rode the bike to my wife's softball game, I walk up to the fence wearing my jacket, carrying gloves with my helmet under my arm. As a rider herself I never expected, (DID YOU RIDE THE BIKE?)
I was so shocked, My mind flashed back to this page and all I could get out was. No I drove the damn truck and just wanted to be safe!
The crowd went wild. She was a little red faced for a few minutes.
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Old 03-30-2012, 06:54 AM   #4885
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If you lived in a decent state (i.e., California), you could pull to the front at red lights without causing anyone to bat an eye (unless they recently move here from some other state and don't know the customs yet).
California is so bass ackward about everything else I am glad you get something decent.
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Old 03-30-2012, 08:43 AM   #4886
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I have one on my bike. When asked what it is I always say "sewer hook up".
...which you installed after having a few close calls where you nearly shit yourself...
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Old 03-30-2012, 08:53 AM   #4887
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Parked at Palouse Falls in Eastern Washington State on my ZRX1100 with Alabama plates (I was working out there for a 12 month duration and trailered the zrx when I drove out there with my belongings). Old couple saw the Bama plates and said............"Alabama?? You sure drove a long way". I said......."yeah, I had to leave there real early this morning to get this far". They both just stared at me.............
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:07 AM   #4888
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Parked at Palouse Falls in Eastern Washington State on my ZRX1100 with Alabama plates (I was working out there for a 12 month duration and trailered the zrx when I drove out there with my belongings). Old couple saw the Bama plates and said............"Alabama?? You sure drove a long way". I said......."yeah, I had to leave there real early this morning to get this far". They both just stared at me.............
What was stupid about the question? Sounds like someone trying to be friendly and initiate a conversation, well until your snarky response.
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:11 AM   #4889
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Parked at Palouse Falls in Eastern Washington State on my ZRX1100 with Alabama plates (I was working out there for a 12 month duration and trailered the zrx when I drove out there with my belongings). Old couple saw the Bama plates and said............"Alabama?? You sure drove a long way". I said......."yeah, I had to leave there real early this morning to get this far". They both just stared at me.............
Geeze. Why didn't you spit on them while you were at it?
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Old 03-30-2012, 11:14 AM   #4890
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Why bother reading (let alone replying) this forum, if you can't see the humor in replys and that the majority are usually said in jest.
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