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Old 04-23-2009, 08:56 AM   #121
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I have a colleague who insists every day on asking if I rode in to work, in spite of the fact that I ride every day and there's a helmet on my desk.

I got told by a HD rider that I should buy an American bike if I was going to live in America ... right after I told him I rode an ATK.

Riding the trials bike is always good for some dumb questions ... "It's a GasGas." "It's made in Spain" "No, it's not a kid's bike" "The seat's right there (pointing to the 'seat' sticker on the mudguard)" ... continue ad naseum
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Old 04-23-2009, 10:15 AM   #122
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One of my bikes is an Aprilia Falco. I know it was never the most popular bike, and "What's that?" is a frequent question.
It's an Aprilia.
Uh, cool who makes it?
Aprilia. It's an Italian bike.
Oh, like Ducati?
Er, sort of...
Hey, come look at this guy's Ducati Aprilia!
and that's the problem with having a bike more obscure than the ducs...though they are getting better known now.

i get the same type question on the monster, not always dumb, but the response is what makes it dumb
what kind of bike is that?
ducati monster
who makes it?
ducati, it's an italian bike
so who makes ducatis?
ducati...


not really dumb, but my fav story
i'm at a gas station in camden, nj on the duc(i was almost out and couldn't make it over the bridge) and the attendant knows the name and is asking me about it. one of the guys hanging out says "i bet it's nto faster than my bike!"
he then proceeds to tell me how much better his bike is.
I said, "you're right, it probably isn't faster than yours. what do you ride?"
he points to the huffy leanign agaisnt the wall.
i said i'll make sure not to race him and pull away laughing.
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Old 04-23-2009, 12:55 PM   #123
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I stopped in RI for a coffee after an after-work ride with a fellow Buell rider. An HD rider (helmetless, of course) parks in behind us, and starts talking bikes. He knows all about bikes. He misses the Gixxer he used to have. He knows all about racing. Everybody at Loudon knows his name. He knows all about bikes:

"So, what are you guys riding?"
"Eric's on a Firebolt and I'm the Ulysses."
"Oooh. Who makes those?"
"Uh, Buell."
"Huh. I've never heard of that."
"Yeah, they uh, sell them at Harley Dealerships."
"..."
"They run a Harley engine."
"Huh..."

And then he changed the subject. I put in my earplugs and threw on my bucket... time to go.
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Old 04-23-2009, 01:25 PM   #124
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"Did ya'll ride them bikes all the way from Wis-c-o-n-sin", "Did ya bring some Cheese, yuk-yuk yuk"

The bikes were loaded for a 1 1/2 week trip tank bag, side cases, tank panniers, seat bags and of coarse yesterdays wash hanging off the back to dry, Wisconsin plates in Georgia and a gas station clerk asked, " Ya'll on some kind of trip or something?"
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Old 04-23-2009, 01:41 PM   #125
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gas station clerk asked, " Ya'll on some kind of trip or something?"
Reply.

"Are you?"
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Old 04-23-2009, 02:07 PM   #126
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I walk into Starbucks (my regular one) this afternoon, helmet in hand.

"Do you ride a bike?" asks the fine young man.

"No, I'm just very clumsy" I reply.
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Old 04-23-2009, 02:37 PM   #127
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I suppose this is a somewhat reasonable question, but someone once asked me what kept me from flying off the bike when I hit a bump. My reply?

"Gravity."
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Old 04-23-2009, 02:49 PM   #128
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I suppose this is a somewhat reasonable question, but someone once asked me what kept me from flying off the bike when I hit a bump. My reply?

"Gravity."
I had been wondering about that myself. Thanks for posting.






































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Old 04-23-2009, 03:31 PM   #129
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Wisconsin plates in Georgia and a gas station clerk asked, " Ya'll on some kind of trip or something?"
My standard stupid answer to stupid questions is: "WHAT?" "Buy me a hamburger, I hardly know you."
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Old 04-24-2009, 09:16 AM   #130
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The only thing I get at stop lights and often on the highway in heavy traffic is, "what happened?" Or, "that must have hurt." Refering to the giant dent in the right side of my tank. Although now when they ask "what happened?" I don't know if they're talking about the huge dent or the fact that the whole front of my bike is specked in yellow road paint thanks to the car in front of me hitting a freshly painted (and unmarked) road stripe a couple months ago.
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Old 04-24-2009, 09:32 AM   #131
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My standard stupid answer to stupid questions is: "WHAT?" "Buy me a hamburger, I hardly know you."

I think that I may add that one to my repertoire. Do I hafta send royalties?

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Old 04-24-2009, 11:23 AM   #132
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One time, I came out to a parking lot after it rained and loudly said "Aww, dammit! I left the top down again!"
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Old 04-24-2009, 11:43 AM   #133
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This time my bad

I was riding with 3 other KTM950A. We stopped in Yellow Pine ID at the only c-store there. While my buddies were looking for someone to buy fuel from I was just drinking a bev. A guy sitting on a bench out front said "Hey those are V-twins aren't they!" Ok, hint 1 this guy is observant. Hint 2 he didn't think they were Kawasakis. Then he said "V-twins just like a Harley". (grrrr I can't help it I hate harleys). Hint 3 he didn't look like a harley rider. I said "yes but don't insult me by comparing to a harley" He said -"hey I ride a harley!" then "I know why you guys where the full face helments you don't want anyone to know who you are riding those bikes".
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Old 04-24-2009, 12:06 PM   #134
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When are you getting some pipes? I could barely hear ya pull up.






I'll let you guess what type of bike he was riding.
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Old 04-24-2009, 12:44 PM   #135
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Northwoods Yeti

The bikes were loaded for a 1 1/2 week trip tank bag, side cases, tank panniers, seat bags and of coarse yesterdays wash hanging off the back to dry, Wisconsin plates in Georgia and a gas station clerk asked, " Ya'll on some kind of trip or something?"
Here is your sign . . .


Few years ago, forget where, CT i think . . . (true story, one of my favs)

"Holy $h!t - that a supercharger sticking out on the side? Wow that's big. . . and one on the other side! Didn't know Beemers were into speed. How many cc's? How fast can it go?"

"It's quick enough for me."

"C'mon, man, it ain't faster than 'busa"

"1100cc. Well, left charger kicks in about 120, right one about 160"

"So, what's the fastest you went on it?"

"Fast enough to go back in time."

"For real, quit playin' "

"Hey, when I got to California my clock was 3 hours fast."

" . . . 3 hours slow you mean"

" Yeah, that's it"

"Daaaaamn, didn't know BMW can go that fast. What is that? (pointing at oil cooler)"

"Intercooler for the 'chargers."

. . . . . .
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