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Old 02-11-2014, 05:45 PM   #7471
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I mostly lurk, but something funny finally happened to me!

So I pull into a parking lot (in the USA, for reference), start to strip my gear, and this mom and her child get out of their car next to me. The mom then approaches me:

Mom: "That thing is cool, what is it?"

Me: "A Kawasaki Ninja"

Mom: "No, what is IT??"

Me: I pause for a second... "a motorcycle?"

Mom: turns to her kid and says "Hunny, that there is a motorcycle!".

Kid: "cool!"

Me:

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Old 02-11-2014, 06:28 PM   #7472
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I mostly lurk, but something funny finally happened to me!

So I pull into a parking lot (in the USA, for reference), start to strip my gear, and this mom and her child get out of their car next to me. The mom then approaches me:

Mom: "That thing is cool, what is it?"

Me: "A Kawasaki Ninja"

Mom: "No, what is IT??"

Me: I pause for a second... "a motorcycle?"

Mom: turns to her kid and says "Hunny, that there is a motorcycle!".

Kid: "cool!"

Me:

What's a motorcycle? Could you provide a picture?
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Old 02-11-2014, 06:52 PM   #7473
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She was probably teaching her kid how to talk by association. When my kids were learning we would point to something and ask "what is that?"

Word association.


Unless the kid was 16 or something.......
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Old 02-11-2014, 07:15 PM   #7474
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Her-How many pockets do you really need?
Me- 11. One for every finger.

People are great.
Dude, that is brilliant and I'm stealing it.
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Old 02-12-2014, 06:48 PM   #7475
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She was probably teaching her kid how to talk by association. When my kids were learning we would point to something and ask "what is that?"

Word association.


Unless the kid was 16 or something.......
Somehow, I feel you give her too much credit.
Way too much credit.


Anyway, Kawasaki-san is then the ninja that rides a motorcycle, by association.
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Old 02-13-2014, 07:26 AM   #7476
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Riding the Buell XB12Ss around, I often get asked if it's a 600.

Reply

"The front cylinder is."

Found that on a Buell forum, it's a fun response.
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Old 02-13-2014, 07:41 AM   #7477
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Comment, not a question.

I was at the beginning of a trip up the 1, stopped at a grocery store in Malibu. Was walking down an aisle and some guy looks at me and just randomly says
"it looks like you're wearing ice skates" and walked off.

Southern California: the land of "If somebody is doing something different, I don't understand or I think I'm cooler doing, then I must make a disparaging comment to the complete stranger"

There are a lot of positive and negatives to living here. The need for many people to have conformity is at the top of my list of negatives.
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Old 02-13-2014, 07:46 AM   #7478
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What's That?

Was on a test ride of a R1100S. Pulled up to a light. 20-something year old kid rolls down his truck window, points to the boxer cylinder head and asks, "what's that?". Made up my mind right then and there I had to have the bike. Loved her deeply.
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Old 02-13-2014, 09:53 AM   #7479
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Was on a test ride of a R1100S. Pulled up to a light. 20-something year old kid rolls down his truck window, points to the boxer cylinder head and asks, "what's that?". Made up my mind right then and there I had to have the bike. Loved her deeply.

"what's that?": A curb feeler
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Old 02-13-2014, 11:06 PM   #7480
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Back when I was flirting with street bikes... CB750 if you want to put a date on it, some old guy came up to me while I was gearing up and asked how many pairs of boots I went through.

"What?" I say, genuinely confused.

"How many boots", he says... "You know, when you drag your feet..."

I didn't answer

Put my helmet on

Rolled off the center stand

Fired the bike up

Put my feet on the pegs

Both feet

Stared at him for a couple of long seconds

Then laid a nice strip of rubber heading out

Felt bad for the bike as it wasn't really all that warmed up, but I took his comment as a bit of an insult. He probably didn't mean it like that, but I can get irritable at times.


I've nearly cut through the soles of my old riding boots, but that was on a dirtbike with steel serrated pegs. They still have all their treads... Two weeks after my 16th birthday, on my motorcycle road test, the examiner asked me to speed up because he got bored watching me demonstrate how slow I could ride in a straight line. Drag my feet? Only when riding a berm

Other than that... always "aren't you hot?" or "aren't you cold?" Depending on the season. The answer is always "Yes, but it's okay, I'm a biker, I can take it."

David...
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Old 02-14-2014, 05:22 AM   #7481
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More of a weird, off-hand comment, but I have lost count of the people who have said to me "I used to have one of those (F650xyz), I wish I'd never sold it."
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Old 02-14-2014, 07:06 AM   #7482
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Other than that... always "aren't you hot?"
The answer to that is "that's what my wife says."
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Old 02-14-2014, 07:35 AM   #7483
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Back when I was flirting with street bikes... CB750 if you want to put a date on it, some old guy came up to me while I was gearing up and asked how many pairs of boots I went through.

He probably didn't mean it like that, but I can get irritable at times.
I assume that he meant the side of your boot hitting the ground while cornering, not dragging the soles of your feet because you cant balance...



Take it as a compliment.
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Old 02-14-2014, 07:53 AM   #7484
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yeah, i get a lot of "ain't you cold out there?"

my response is the same: "well, i gotta ride and the weather ain't changin' on my account!"
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Old 02-14-2014, 07:58 AM   #7485
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No stupid questions but yesterday I had someone toot their horn at me so I would wave at their kid. The driver wound down the window and started telling me how much his kid loves motorcycles. This sort of thing happens pretty regularly when I'm out on my scruffy old DR350 but NEVER if I'm on the BMW or GTS.
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