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Old 02-23-2013, 09:11 AM   #5971
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What if he'd said, "Yeah, sure... jump on her!" Would you have let him ride your FJR?
No it's "Everyone else has so why not?"
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Old 02-23-2013, 01:07 PM   #5972
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No it's "Everyone else has so why not?"
I see you know my ex.
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Old 02-24-2013, 06:35 PM   #5973
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idiot: What is that bike?

me: A KTM

idiot: KTM? Is that from Honda?

And the average 'i dont know anything about bikes' person:
How fast does it go?
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Old 02-24-2013, 06:40 PM   #5974
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And the average 'i dont know anything about bikes' person:
How fast does it go?
I always get a kick out of it when people ask that. The typical look they give me when I tell them I had it up to 80mph once is priceless.

Its like they all assume that since its a motorcycle its supposed to do 150+.
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Old 02-24-2013, 06:47 PM   #5975
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For the record, Im one of Gen X...and I despise texting. To the point I have several friends I never talk to because they wont talk on the phone.
What the h...........is gen x way out of the loop. :0)
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Old 02-24-2013, 07:05 PM   #5976
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I always get a kick out of it when people ask that. The typical look they give me when I tell them I had it up to 80mph once is priceless.

Its like they all assume that since its a motorcycle its supposed to do 150+.
They all seem to assume it's about top speed and going fast in a straight line.

When i answer my tires only let me go 170km/h they give me a weird look.
When i bring speedindex up they just look confused.

My bro in law got a 125 dirtbike for free, when he asked me how fast it goes i answered with 'you should sell it.' That confused look again...
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Old 02-24-2013, 07:22 PM   #5977
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You should see the looks I get when I tell them I dont very often get over 70mph. On weekends and trips its more like 60mph.

I just dont need the speed.

Im looking right now at trading up to a 2013 F800GS from my Dakar. One of the salesman I was talking to had this baffled look on his face when I interrupted his speal about the bikes top speed, and how I should look at the 1200GS instead, to ask about adding a few essential farkles into the financing. It was priceless.
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Old 02-24-2013, 08:34 PM   #5978
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My new response to the "how fast does it go" question, thanks to this site, is "fast enough to get me in trouble....but not fast enough to get away." They usually laugh. Usually someone who knows nothing about bikes, but thinks they're cool.
I enjoy talking to people.
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Old 02-24-2013, 08:43 PM   #5979
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My new response to the "how fast does it go" question, thanks to this site, is "fast enough to get me in trouble....but not fast enough to get away." They usually laugh. Usually someone who knows nothing about bikes, but thinks they're cool.
I enjoy talking to people.
Gonna have to remember that one.
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Old 02-25-2013, 08:32 AM   #5980
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I always get a kick out of it when people ask that. The typical look they give me when I tell them I had it up to 80mph once is priceless.

Its like they all assume that since its a motorcycle its supposed to do 150+.
And further, that it will be ridden like that often.
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Old 02-25-2013, 10:33 AM   #5981
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Why is it so hard to accept that I want to have a bike that is an expression of who I am and what I can do?
Corporate brainwashing has that effect on lots of people. They can't figure out why you don't want to have what has been shoved down everyone's throats as the next great thing.

Good luck with the project.
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Old 02-25-2013, 10:41 AM   #5982
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For me the questions are always...

Does it has two fuel tanks?
Is it the dakar rally bike?
Is it a Kawasaki model?
What does that mean ? (pointing to KTM sticker on the side)

and every single talk ends with... It DOES climb walls Right?
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Old 02-25-2013, 10:41 AM   #5983
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Corporate brainwashing has that effect on lots of people. They can't figure out why you don't want to have what has been shoved down everyone's throats as the next great thing.

Good luck with the project.
Wrong. I never have seen a 'custom' bike which is nearly as good as a factory one unless the custom is cosmetic or an extension of what the factory did. Frex, replacing the silencers with lighter more open ones can be a benefit to some trading some noise for performance but it's not a 'custom' bike by any means. Ditto adding a nice seat or bars.
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Old 02-25-2013, 10:49 AM   #5984
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Wrong. I never have seen a 'custom' bike which is nearly as good as a factory one unless the custom is cosmetic or an extension of what the factory did. Frex, replacing the silencers with lighter more open ones can be a benefit to some trading some noise for performance but it's not a 'custom' bike by any means. Ditto adding a nice seat or bars.
I reckon you don't get out much, have untalented friends, or have just never built your own custom. Some great custom builds are happening right here on this forum. Take, for instance, this Triumph. It started out as a Bonneville, and ended up something much better. Custom frame, suspension, and everything.

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Old 02-25-2013, 10:57 AM   #5985
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Wrong. I never have seen a 'custom' bike which is nearly as good as a factory one unless the custom is cosmetic or an extension of what the factory did. Frex, replacing the silencers with lighter more open ones can be a benefit to some trading some noise for performance but it's not a 'custom' bike by any means. Ditto adding a nice seat or bars.
Yabut...I never said, nor did flick say, that the bike would be better. He just said it would be his own expression rather than someone else's creation. Mayhap that's more important to him than having the ultimate performance machine. Some people would rather build their own than buy something someone else built.

I built a cedar strip canoe. Could I have bought one that was better balanced and didn't have the little flaws that only I know are there? Sure, but I wanted to build my own, because the building was half the fun, and knowing I built it adds to the enjoyment of paddling it.
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