Commuting: The strange. The Odd. And the FUN

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by DAKEZ, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. aldend123

    aldend123 Long timer

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    This morning, on a perfect day, I rode by an F150 with a Harley hitch receiver plug and thought, I sure see a lot of HD hitch covers. And they're the only brand I ever see.
  2. Conedodger

    Conedodger Wanna Ride

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    I see Harley stickers in the back windows of F150s every day on my commute to work on my VFR800.
  3. pinocono

    pinocono Fucking Pirate

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    Goody! We're gonna turn another thread into a Harley bash fest!

    Assholes.
  4. aldend123

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    I didn't think that could evolve in to a bandwagon hate parade, but fine lemme even it out: The other day I saw some supersports barely being leaned over in the turns, with the operator counter leaning. Yet they were showing everyone how great they were at wheelies, even demanding their attention before performing.
  5. sdmichael

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    Jumping to conclusions? How is it "bashing" when someone reports they saw HD items on trucks? I see a lot of them too. It is rarer to see a Kawasaki, Suzuki, or Yamaha sticker/hitch cover on a vehicle. I just think it shows how pervasive advertising is in our culture, for better or worse.
  6. RidingDonkeys

    RidingDonkeys Purveyor of Awesome

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    I work with a guy with a giant HD sticker on his back windshield of his minivan. Come to find out, he hasn't owned a motorcycle since 1998. :lol3

    I just want to know why I can buy a HD edition Ford, but not a Triumph edition Dodge. Car companies are missing a huge market share by limiting their branding.
  7. sdmichael

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    I saw some guy doing jackass things on his sport bike a while back on the 52 Freeway in Santee, CA. He damn near killed himself by not paying attention and drifting quite close to the edge of the roadway. He was going slow enough that I managed to pass. I gave him a big thumbs DOWN and a head shake. Thumbs up/waving/attention is what they seek.
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    catweasel67 RD04

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    You realise guys like that crave any attention - good, bad, it's all the same to them. Far better to ignore them, No headshake, no thumbs down. Just ignore them.
  9. sdmichael

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    Yeah, that is a better option. Either way, it was at least disapproval. The way he was doing it, it looks like he was trying to show off to my friend and I (both on Ninja 500's and in leathers).
  10. aldend123

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    More power to ya if the highway's clear and you've got the space. Have at it. But pulling along side cars, waiting for them to look over, and then doing it is not cool, especially when it's a full grid.

    As for the branding, I'm surprised another truck company hasn't tried to partner up with a big name dirt bike company. A lot of HD owners seem to own trucks, and so do a lot of dirt bike guys.
  11. henshao

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    Dodge, Ford, HD have very deep American roots, Triumph would probably have to pay a pretty penny to get their brand on an American car whereas with HD it's probably profit for both manufacturers.
  12. sdmichael

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    I just don't understand why someone would want an HD branded truck? I mean... it is a truck, not a motorcycle. If you really wanted something HD branded... get a motorcycle!
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    In this case, traffic was light and there were two lanes available. Dumbass was in the right lane. When the freeway split at the 67, he went one way, I went another. So no, I didn't pull along side any cars to do it, I simply kept the same pace I was at before and did so while passing the now slower idiot (who kept looking behind himself, I guess hoping for an audience).
  14. aldend123

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    Ha, I didn't mean your own actions. I meant stunting, wheelie'ing etc. If it's all clear, I don't really care. Have fun, and best of luck. Just keep it away from the traffic.
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    I should have used my sarcastic font. I was really pointing to the stupidity of buying a brand of vehicle branded with the markings of another brand of vehicle. Think of the possibilities:

    Sherco trials edition Honda Odyssey for all those trials-moms

    BMW Motorrad edition Mercedes GL350, with enough towing power to haul your GS to Starbucks so you won't have to ride there.

    Triumph vintage edition Mini Cooper

    Honda Repsol edition Toyota Tundra

    The possibilities are endless.
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    Are we ever allowed to mention the motor company in a post without people getting all butt hurt about it? :deal
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    HD has done a remarkable job at brand recognition. The faithful will by a lump of Dog Shit with the HD logo on it. How many people do you see have Dealership T-shirts on, other than HD riders?? Other Dealerships have to give their T-shirts away. HD riders make it a point to buy one from the local dealer when they travel. To each his own....

    Jeep use to be like that but since Daimler bought and sold Chrysler it lost its edge IMO.

    Now how about a Jeep edition Yamaha Super Tenere ::D:rofl
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    SloMo228 World Class Cheapass

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    Hell, you can't even get a BMW Motorrad edition BMW. They're really missing the boat there! :lol3
  20. pinocono

    pinocono Fucking Pirate

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    Sure, but what was strange, odd, or FUN about either of those posts? Neither had anything interesting to add to the thread. I can take good natured ribbing, my skin actually is fairly thick (thank gawd I don't ride a KLR though), but there are already seems like there's 637 threads on this site ripping on Harley riders.