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Old 10-10-2012, 12:10 PM   #5506
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He: "Is it a Ducati?"
Me: "No, it's a Buell, An American Motorcycle"
He: "Huh?...."
Me: "It's the peformance division of the Harley that was closed in 2009"

Usually the conversation continues with something like I didn't know there was a American-made performance motorcycle or Buells were the red-headed step-child of Harley..."
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Old 10-10-2012, 05:12 PM   #5507
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He: "Is it a Ducati?"
I'm surprised I've had that a few times too, but I'm on a grotty old (ie, half restored) Honda...
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Old 10-10-2012, 05:33 PM   #5508
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I'm surprised I've had that a few times too, but I'm on a grotty old (ie, half restored) Honda...
It have a lot of valve rattle..
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From what I understand from frequenting various forums you are handling this critisim completely wrong. You are supposed to get bent out of shape and start turning towards personal attacks. Get with the program!
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Old 10-10-2012, 06:21 PM   #5509
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It have a lot of valve rattle..
...probably, can't really hear it over the cam-chain noise though :P
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:02 PM   #5510
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I didn't read the whole thread but my most hated question is, "staying dry?" when it's pouring out.
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:26 PM   #5511
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Had a guy approach me yesterday, said he really liked my bike, what kind is it? What size? He walked around it, nodding. Saying "Yeah, nice. I like it."

Then he asks, "Do you smell exhaust fumes when you ride?"

Huh?

He pointed to my exhaust, and asks sort of rhetorically, "Do you smell like exhaust fumes after you ride?" He goes on to tell me about a bike he had which had "shorty pipes," and he said that whenever he rode it he could smell exhaust and his clothes smelled when he got off the bike.

I told him I'd never had a problem. My bike had the stock exhaust.

He told me to be safe and walked on.

Oy vey. Guys riding around breathing carbon monoxide. No wonder Harley riders can't ride.

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Old 10-11-2012, 02:11 AM   #5512
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I walked into work today, and one of the HR guys asked me what kind of meeting I was prepared for. I kind of looked at him funny, then he pointed out my gear and said "you look like you are dressed for war."

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Old 10-11-2012, 04:55 PM   #5513
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I got one from a new kid at work the other day. Apparently I passed him on the way in and when he pulled up he said "Nice bike, is it a Ninja?" I had to take a double take from him, to my filthy, beat up, first gen KLR, and back to him again to see if he was serious. He was. I was a bit dumbfounded and tried not to be condescending when I pointed at the big stupid looking letters on the gas tank that say K.L.R. and said, "Uh, no, it's a KLR, kind of a dirtbike thing."

The next day one of the bosses was outside when I pulled up. He said with a smirk "Are you cold?" I said, from inside my coveralls and iced up helmet, "Not as cold as yesterday" I wasn't sure what else to say.
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Old 10-11-2012, 07:03 PM   #5514
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I was sitting in the bench giving plasma and a guy seen my helmet on the floor and he asked what it was for



I said uh it completes the ensemble
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Old 10-12-2012, 09:01 AM   #5515
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I was sitting in the bench giving plasma and a guy seen my helmet on the floor and he asked what it was for



I said uh it completes the ensemble
You should have told him that you carry the helmet in case you feel light-headed, then you quickly put it on while you're crashing to the floor.
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Old 10-12-2012, 09:55 AM   #5516
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...probably, can't really hear it over the cam-chain noise though :P
What Honda do you have? I had a CB900F which was a great bike but the cam chain would rattle terribly at about 45 miles an hour which is what I'd drive it at in the city. On the highway though the dual range transmission air suspension and shaft drive were great.

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Old 10-12-2012, 01:37 PM   #5517
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Had a guy approach me yesterday, said he really liked my bike, what kind is it? What size? He walked around it, nodding. Saying "Yeah, nice. I like it."

Then he asks, "Do you smell exhaust fumes when you ride?"

Huh?

He pointed to my exhaust, and asks sort of rhetorically, "Do you smell like exhaust fumes after you ride?" He goes on to tell me about a bike he had which had "shorty pipes," and he said that whenever he rode it he could smell exhaust and his clothes smelled when he got off the bike.

I told him I'd never had a problem. My bike had the stock exhaust.

He told me to be safe and walked on.

Oy vey. Guys riding around breathing carbon monoxide. No wonder Harley riders can't ride.

Jamie
Next time, answer him that you have one of the rare 4 stroke bikes and it's why yours don't smell.
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Old 10-13-2012, 04:32 AM   #5518
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I didn't read the whole thread but my most hated question is, "staying dry?" when it's pouring out.
I love that one. I don't get as wet riding in my 'Stich as they get walking to their car in the rain. ATGATT!
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Old 10-13-2012, 05:22 AM   #5519
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Oh, yeah. My manager and I had to take a trip over to our regional office about 20 miles away. I was leaving directly after the meeting on a road trip and it was absolutely pissing down rain. He offered a ride, but I declined and rode over wearing my 'stich. When we got there, I walked in drier that him, as he had to walk across a rather large parking lot with no umbrella or anything. Our district manager just shook his head when he saw me roll up on the bike.

I just wore my helmet to the lobby and shrugged all the stuff off, leaving it at the receptionist's desk. It quit raining before I left on my trip that day.
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Old 10-13-2012, 06:30 AM   #5520
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A few months ago I was loading my new KTM 500 EXC into my truck at the dealership. There were 3 Mexican kids dressed in T shirts on crotch rockets parked beside me, I think they were waiting for a buddy inside. Anyway they were bored so they had to ask all the stupid questions. How much was your bike? I just replied "enough". Next in was, How fast does it go? I'm like "fast enough". Then, of course they wanted to race, and I'm like "sure, follow me to some sweet single track. Then it was, What is single track? I just laughed and drove off.
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