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Old 03-12-2013, 05:15 AM   #46
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So whats the name for this guy?
It's the same reason SUVs are popular and station wagons aren't: Image.

In my opinion, truck frame + wagon body = SUV (gotta call it something, right?). Car frame + wagon body = Station Effen Wagon. But wagons aren't "cool," they don't have the right image. So, butch 'em up to look like SUVs and call them crossovers. It's stupid, but they're selling, aren't they?

So anyway, I haven't heard what people call ADV riders though I do know my DR650 gets called an enduro a lot. I don't mind. I'm not a gnarly dirt rider so the DRs non-hardcore image on single track is to my advantage.

Anyway, I'd bet pirates and squids would call a person that has the costume of a certain "style" of riding but which never actually does that style of riding what anyone would call 'em: Poser. I always thought that made a lot of sense, posing in front of the Starbucks and all.

Anyway, "poser" doesn't sell station wagons--er, "crossovers"--or adventure bikes, image does. And if the image one likes is that of a person that COULD ride to Cape Agulhas at a moments notice, that's cool. Just own it.

BTW, I use my "enduro" for commuting and my Land Rover for nasty weather. I like looking like I could run back to the Cape region at the drop of a hat. But am I a poser if I rode through the winter whenever it was above freezing?

Well... I guess "dork" is the best title so far, so I'll go with that.

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Old 03-12-2013, 05:26 AM   #47
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I don't know... I love this time of year though. All the "tough guys" start riding now that the temps are flirting with 70. They come out in their tough guy leather, with tough guy scowls, and tough guy pirate gear. They are so tough that they clearly break if the ambient temperature drops below 65.

The thing is... I love that more bike are on the road now. I ride all winter and when more bikes are on the road, people notice me more and that is a good thing. I just chuckle at how "tough" the tough guys want me to think they are.

It perfectly illustrates the difference between a biker and a rider.
I don't know (or care) what people call me, I don't ride an "adventure bike" and I don't wear a 'stich...

But I'd rather be known as a "rider" than a "biker"
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Old 03-12-2013, 05:29 AM   #48
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But I'd rather be known as a "rider" than a "biker"


I like that line. You are onto something.
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Old 03-12-2013, 05:37 AM   #49
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Speaking of selling on a image... look at the new Honda NC700x. It looks like an adventure bike for sure but even to my untrained eyes I can see that bike would fall apart if somebody would try to do some actual rough sections.

I agree to one of the following posts I would rather be a "Rider" not a "Biker".
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Old 03-12-2013, 05:51 AM   #50
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Speaking of selling on a image... look at the new Honda NC700x. It looks like an adventure bike for sure but even to my untrained eyes I can see that bike would fall apart if somebody would try to do some actual rough sections.

I agree to one of the following posts I would rather be a "Rider" not a "Biker".
Yep!

I have endoed the SE, picked it up, straigtend the bars with a piece of wood, and went about my day. I can see needing a trash bag to pick up the pieces of an NC700 if I were to do the same thing.
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:18 AM   #51
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But I'd rather be known as a "rider" than a "biker"


I like that line. You are onto something.
i can subscribe to that....
if theres one image i DONT fit into at all, its the "biker image".
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:18 AM   #52
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Should be a thread of it's own..

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The answer or a clue, may be within.....

Hilarious!!
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:33 AM   #53
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I wear a dirt bike helmet

I wear a street bike jacket, steel toe leather work boots, and cortech riding jeans

I ride a ugly red 30 year old beast thats pefrorms on road and off.

I can trail ride with motocross bikes and burn your sports car at the stop light. I don;t care about your turbo either.

What am I?
the stealership: nightmare incarnate, lost cause, loser, pita

young ladies: dirrrrrrrty (grinning)

young boys: iwannabejustlikehimwhenigrowup!

the pirates: "poor"
the squids: scary
the church ladies: just like that stud in Morocco
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Old 03-12-2013, 08:11 AM   #54
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My priority: Wear what's safe and comfortable.
Other people's priorities: Who cares?!?!?!

As for BMW Pajamas: tear off the silly rubber logos and they look like any other overpriced gear . . Aerostich etc..
If it's comfy and safe, go for it.

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Old 03-12-2013, 08:28 AM   #55
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I wear a dirt bike helmet

I wear a street bike jacket, steel toe leather work boots, and cortech riding jeans

I ride a ugly red 30 year old beast thats pefrorms on road and off.

I can trail ride with motocross bikes and burn your sports car at the stop light. I don;t care about your turbo either.

What am I?
Dracus
I agree completely. My bike is an 89 xr600- plated but not quite street legal yet. I like the idea of riding any trail/road in any gear that does its job. It's not a fashion statement-It's protection.
Last weekend I followed a wanna be pirate thru my small town and into a gas station. The loudest motorcycle I have ever heard. He stopped at the next pump and we gave each other a nod of hello. As I removed my gear to pump gas and get a drink I watched him remove his ear plugs. As we headed for the store I couldn't resist asking him about his lack of mufflers. He says it's a safety issue-he wants to be heard if not seen. I think it's more of a look at me thing. It seems to me the pirates are more worried about how they look coming and going than enjoying the ride.
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Old 03-12-2013, 08:34 AM   #56
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A poseur is someone who cares what other people call them.
A crazy hermit is someone who doesn't care what anyone else thinks of them.
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:06 AM   #57
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same can be said for a crazy lookin' helmet.
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:39 AM   #58
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Old 03-12-2013, 10:07 AM   #59
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Walked into the local Ace Hardware wearing my two-piece Darien, with Schuberth in hand. As I'm walking out the guy behind the counter says "BMW? [pause] I have a Harley -- every group dresses different."

I thought I was just commuting in gear more likely to save my ass than a doo-rag if I go asphalt-surfing, but now I know was just channeling my inner BMW snob and conforming to the group stereotype to soothe my insecurities.

I do have to give the counter guy credit -- I was on a BMW.
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Old 03-12-2013, 11:42 AM   #60
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Walked into the local Ace Hardware wearing my two-piece Darien, with Schuberth in hand. As I'm walking out the guy behind the counter says "BMW? [pause] I have a Harley -- every group dresses different."

I thought I was just commuting in gear more likely to save my ass than a doo-rag if I go asphalt-surfing, but now I know was just channeling my inner BMW snob and conforming to the group stereotype to soothe my insecurities.

I do have to give the counter guy credit -- I was on a BMW.
In upper crust white bread voice, "Because anything else would be uncivilized."
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