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Old 09-28-2012, 02:41 PM   #5461
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When it comes to getting stupid questions, I guess I'm not sharp enough to catch on. I take most questions as they're intended - genuine, maybe hoping to strike up a conversation, showing interest.

I'm usually the one asking stupid questions, when I think back on it. I've ridden motorcycles for years, but I gotta tell you when I see a shiny Ducati (or something similar), my brain shuts down, and I'm usually the target of these jokes, asking, "Is that the 999, or the 1098, or the Panigale?" Even when it's written on the shiny red paint.

And when I do hear an obviously stupid and/or antagonistic question, I rarely know what to say. In my head, I might think back on this thread and dredge up a witty line or two, but what usually comes out is, "Derp, er, uh...."
Ditto. I saw a couple stopped at the country store out here trying to read a map yesterday on a DS. Unusual for any dual sport folks to be out here, so I turned around and came back, in my car. I asked how he was liking his bike, and even though it said 650 right on it, I was thinking it was a DRZ and started fumbling before I could put it together. Guy was nice enough and I told him how to get home.

So, from the that guy's point of view, if he's a member here, it went down like this:

Local idiot pulls up, no teeth and a 40oz between his legs

LI: "How you likin' dat thang?"
Me: Tell him about the DR650.
LI: "That's a, uh..." *starts staring over the bike*
Me: DR650
LI: "Well my uncle had uh AstroGlide...
Me: Shut visor, drive off.
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Old 09-28-2012, 09:44 PM   #5462
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He was "seeing" her before she and I broke up. That's poaching in my book. After we break up, he can ask her out. Before we break up, that's grounds for me making dick jokes at his expense.

But, yes, I was being an asshat. It's a flaw. I'm working on it.
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Old 09-29-2012, 02:39 AM   #5463
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I ride a 95 honda magna
the stupidest questions I've been asked/told.
1)is that a harley?
My response: NO!
2)What kind of bike is that? Im looking to get the same thing but a newer suzuki.
My response: "sorry dude but suzuki, and anyone else for that matter, doesnt make a small displacement V4 power cruiser."
3)My girlfriend's cousin was asking me about how many cc's my bike has and then started talking about fuel injected 750 sport bikes.
My response: I kept my mouth shut for this one so I didn't embarrass him, not to mention I'd only been dating my girl for 2 months at that point...but I definitely wanted to give him a nice sarcastic response to his comparison between my old cruiser and a new sport bike
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Old 09-29-2012, 05:11 AM   #5464
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I smile. Because I know two things. First, she’s definitely not getting the thrills from that HD Sportster that I gave her on the Interceptor.

You sure about that there Sparky?

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Old 09-29-2012, 01:11 PM   #5465
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BMW = British Motor Works

Really somebody said that
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Old 09-29-2012, 02:15 PM   #5466
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BMW = British Motor Works

Really somebody said that
I was discussing old British cars with a guy once and at some point said I'd never really want to own a British car ( an old mini might be the exception) and this little gem ocured:

Him: "uh... Your car is British."

Me: "lol wut?"

Him: "what do you think the B stands for in BMW?!" As he dismisses me by waving his hand and starts to walk off.

Me: "It's Bavarian Motor Works"

Him: "oh, uh... Where's that?"


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Old 09-29-2012, 03:51 PM   #5467
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You sure about that there Sparky?

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Oh, I could absolutely be wrong. I've been wrong before. I'm sure I'll be wrong again. But I'm 99% certain in this case. It's his first bike. He's never ridden before. Plus, she likes corners taken fast, and the Sportster ain't designed to do that. A good rider can thrash that HD around corners like there's no tomorrow, but he's not a good rider.

And if he needs a Vibe Rider to get her off, then he deserves whatever feces I can fling his way.

Anyway, she was being a bitch and he's a douche. She wanted to turn it into a contest, so I retaliated. Yes, it was juvenile.

But if he's the better man, so be it. I can live with it. There are lots of better men than me.
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Old 09-29-2012, 10:25 PM   #5468
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...so I retaliated. Yes, it was juvenile...
Meh, grown-up ways of solving conflict are just boring anyway...
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Old 09-29-2012, 10:49 PM   #5469
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...I'd never really want to own a British car ( an old mini might be the exception)...
I've owned a Morris Major (7 years), a Morris Minor Traveller (25 years) and a Mini Moke (6 years) and a number of other related cars for short periods before they were stripped for parts or sold on. Then I bought my first Japanese car.

While paper airfilters (replacing oil bath filters), screw on oil filters, negative earth alternators and synchromesh gearboxes were welcome in the later Minis, they still fundamentally suffered the same problems as the cars that went before them, along with a bunch of unique problems designed into BMC's first front wheel drive car.

The Morris 1100 (ADO16, AKA Austin, Riley, Wolseley, MG - 1300, 1500, America, Kestrel, Nomad, etc) was a much better executed car with the lessons they learnt from the Mini, and yet still it has the same British car faults.

I took along a mechanic from the GM design centre in Melbourne on a day trip down to the proving ground to collect some data about 20 years ago. On the trip home we got talking about Minis and Morris 1100s; he'd done his apprenticeship in the biggest BMC dealership in Melbourne around 1970. It turned out that all the faults and failures that were so familiar to me in 20 to 30 year old cars in the early 1990s were equally well known to him as new car faults.

There's an old poster on the wall in the one remaining Mini specialist in Melbourne, it shows a trendy young early 1970s couple beside their Mini Clubman GT, with the caption: "British Leyland - The world is our proving ground!" And yet with all that real world data that they had their customers gather for free, they still didn't fix the problems.

Coming back to the topic; in 1987 I bought myself a 1984 BMW R65, which for many years was my reliable transport. Then one day in the late 1990s, a new phenomenon started happening. Occasionally at first, then more often, people would comment on my fine old classic bike. Of course in my head it was still the near new bike that I bought with 2000 miles on it in 1987! Eventually I've come to accept that it's fast approaching 28 years old...

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Old 09-30-2012, 07:22 AM   #5470
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Oh, I could absolutely be wrong. I've been wrong before. I'm sure I'll be wrong again. But I'm 99% certain in this case. It's his first bike. He's never ridden before. Plus, she likes corners taken fast, and the Sportster ain't designed to do that. A good rider can thrash that HD around corners like there's no tomorrow, but he's not a good rider.

And if he needs a Vibe Rider to get her off, then he deserves whatever feces I can fling his way.

Anyway, she was being a bitch and he's a douche. She wanted to turn it into a contest, so I retaliated. Yes, it was juvenile.

But if he's the better man, so be it. I can live with it. There are lots of better men than me.

Just some friendly ribbing man. I have been a nomad much of my adult life running into an X is an extremely rare occurance. The only one I have been forced to deal with is my daughters mom........YEAH!

And nothing wrong with going junior high on a douche!
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Old 09-30-2012, 07:26 AM   #5471
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I've owned a Morris Major
Never heard of one here in the US. It was always Morris Minor. Sure sounds funny.
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Old 09-30-2012, 07:59 AM   #5472
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Never heard of one here in the US. It was always Morris Minor. Sure sounds funny.
The initial Morris Major was sold developed as a Minor replacement in 1957, based on a Minor floor pan and suspension and a 1500cc B series engine and sold in the UK as a Riley 1.5 or a Wolseley 1500. It took on a life of it's own in Australia and lasted to 1963, including getting a new 4" wheelbase stretch. The mechanicals made it to America as the Nash Metropolitan.
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:10 AM   #5473
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The initial Morris Major was sold developed as a Minor replacement in 1957, based on a Minor floor pan and suspension and a 1500cc B series engine and sold in the UK as a Riley 1.5 or a Wolseley 1500. It took on a life of it's own in Australia and lasted to 1963, including getting a new 4" wheelbase stretch. The mechanicals made it to America as the Nash Metropolitan.
I thought the Major name went back to the 1930's - not 1957. AFAIK, none made it to the US.
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:11 AM   #5474
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Just some friendly ribbing man. I have been a nomad much of my adult life running into an X is an extremely rare occurance. The only one I have been forced to deal with is my daughters mom........YEAH!

And nothing wrong with going junior high on a douche!
hooliken, I took your comments as friendly ribbing. And in this asylum, I expected no less!!! It's all good.
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:25 PM   #5475
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I thought the Major name went back to the 1930's - not 1957. AFAIK, none made it to the US.
BMC reused lots of prewar model names after the war. The postwar Major was a unique Australian model. But surely this should be over in What's the Worst peice of equipment you've ever bought?
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