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Old 09-03-2013, 08:53 AM   #6871
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My total fav is when people are standing around looking at my bike, and ask if the single sided swingarm is custom. "Nope, it came that way from the factory."

Wow, when did Honda start doing that??

The scary part is, all three guys were carrying helmets... they were Gixxer riders.

(not MY bike, just a random pic- LOVE the white wheels!)
Considering Ive never ridden, or even considered buying, a sport bike and I dont watch racing....that doesnt strike me as all that dumb of a question. Ive never noticed whether or not they had single sided swingarms until you posted this pic.
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Old 09-03-2013, 10:07 AM   #6872
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The VFR is a single swing arm. That one is prettier than the one I had. I like those bikes. I didn't ride it enough to get asked stupid questions though. 2000 miles in 2.5 years.


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Old 09-03-2013, 05:54 PM   #6873
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As I may have related, I've had people ask me about the single-sided swing arm on my K75s:

"Is that strong enough ?"
- I'm not sure, you know those wacky Germans...

"Does it pull to one side with the tire mounted like that ?"
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"Don't you worry the wheel will fall off ? "

- ah, how are your car wheels attached ?

Then there is the Swing arm on my 1989 Honda Hawk GT:
"Neat, is that new ? "
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Old 09-03-2013, 06:09 PM   #6874
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My Dad has a similar story, he was losing gas out of the 5-gallon jugs in the barn. So he re-filled them with diesel, and within a week my sister's idiot boyfriend needed a new motor.
I marked my farm diesel tank "gas" and the gas tank "diesel"
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Old 09-03-2013, 06:57 PM   #6875
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I marked my farm diesel tank "gas" and the gas tank "diesel"
Funny, that was my first thought when I read kbucky's post.
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Old 09-03-2013, 07:47 PM   #6876
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A lady asked me the other day what part of the road are motorcycles supposed to ride on. I had no idea what she meant. Turns out she thought they were supposed to stay to the far right like a bicycle. She has been pretty upset by all those rouge motorcyclists breaking the law all these years.
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Old 09-03-2013, 08:01 PM   #6877
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My total fav is when people are standing around looking at my bike, and ask if the single sided swingarm is custom. "Nope, it came that way from the factory."

Wow, when did Honda start doing that??

The scary part is, all three guys were carrying helmets... they were Gixxer riders.

(not MY bike, just a random pic- LOVE the white wheels!)
You should tell them that you built it from scratch, as well as the hand hammered body work.

That may not be a truly stupid question, but it does touch on one of my pet peeves. I really like the aesthetics of a single sided swing arm. It just looks so clean and tidy. So why the hell do so many manufacturers hide the open side with the exhaust!?!?!?!? Damn the convenience, who cares if a street bike is slightly less perfectly balanced.

Oh, and I did have a co-worker ask what was going to happen today when I was about to ride home in the rain.

"I'll get wet. Then I'll get home. My dry clothes all happen to be at home." Turns out I got a little damp at the start of the commute home, and then I was dry by the time I pulled into my garage.
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Old 09-03-2013, 09:10 PM   #6878
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A lady asked me the other day what part of the road are motorcycles supposed to ride on. I had no idea what she meant. Turns out she thought they were supposed to stay to the far right like a bicycle. She has been pretty upset by all those rouge motorcyclists breaking the law all these years.

Send her to Europe, her head will explode!!! Down the mountain passes bicycles routinely pass both cars and Motos!!!

And if they are making a left turn, they are in the left side of the lane, the same place a moto would be. And believe me, if you hit a Bicycle, or Moto, because you did not give them the right of way, you are in DEEP $HIT!

Still cannot figure out why TF I am still here.......................................sigh
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Old 09-04-2013, 12:28 AM   #6879
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Today, walking out the door at work, a regular customer (that I thought for sure knows that I ride to work every day) sees me in my Scorpion jacket, MSR pants, boots, backpack fastened, pulling on my helmet, and honestly asks "You going skydiving this afternoon? Do you really have to put all that on now?"
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Old 09-04-2013, 03:10 AM   #6880
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A lady asked me the other day what part of the road are motorcycles supposed to ride on. I had no idea what she meant. Turns out she thought they were supposed to stay to the far right like a bicycle. She has been pretty upset by all those rouge motorcyclists breaking the law all these years.
At the risk of showing that I am an old fart.....


I remember an Abbott and Costello episode where Costello is asked if he knows what the double yellow line means. He says "of course. That's where motorcycles go"
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Old 09-04-2013, 03:11 AM   #6881
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Old 09-04-2013, 04:27 AM   #6882
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Yesterday I had a "baby basic training" class. I'm trying to get every bit of knowledge I can get before the tax credit drops in December.

So I show up, wet, in my Aerostich, hi-viz backpack, and hi-viz helmet. I check in at the front counter, helmet on the table right in front of the receptionist. She checks me in, then right before we're done she asks "I've worked on this base for a decade and have never seen that uniform before. Is that the new one they're testing?"
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Old 09-04-2013, 06:07 AM   #6883
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The rouge must be part of the assless chaps and whip on the handlebar thing.


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A lady asked me the other day what part of the road are motorcycles supposed to ride on. I had no idea what she meant. Turns out she thought they were supposed to stay to the far right like a bicycle. She has been pretty upset by all those rouge motorcyclists breaking the law all these years.
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Old 09-04-2013, 07:31 AM   #6884
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The rouge must be part of the assless chaps and whip on the handlebar thing.
Like putting lipstick on a hog.
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Old 09-04-2013, 09:36 AM   #6885
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Just had an experience at a parts store with a young cashier. On my way into work this morning, I noticed my clutch was alternatively sticking and not engaging. Figuring I had air bubbles in the line, I went to a store to pick up some brake fluid during lunch (Bandit uses DOT4 for the brakes and the clutch). Pick up the fluid and head up to the counter. Transaction smooth until I get to this point:

Me: If I do this in the parking lot, could I bring the rest of the bottle back in? I don't want any money back, but don't wanna waste the rest of the bottle (smallest they had in stock was a 12oz bottle, of which I only needed ~2) and figure somebody might be able to use it.
Parts guy: Wait, aren't you on a motorcycle? You can't use this for a motorcycle. This is CAR brake fluid.
Me: No, it's fine. I just need DOT4.
PG: *calls manager over who agrees with me*
Me: Not that it matters, but it's for my clutch anyway.
Manager: Umm, no, you can't use this for your clutch; this is BRAKE fluid.
Me: Yea, it's fine. Don't worry about it.

Both argue with me for a little bit more and then follow me out to the parking lot. I show them the master cylinder cover that states "DOT4 only, blah blah blah." They still don't believe that the manufacturer actually suggests that, but leave me alone at that point.
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