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Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by DADODIRT, Sep 22, 2017.
I thought about starting it down there to begin with.
It's been nice and mellow up here, though.
I live in NJ, and I NEVER let the attendant fill my bike.
It seems that most of them just expect this.
They just hand me the nozzle before I can even say anything.
Most bikers that I know do the same, so I guess that the
attendants understand that bikers don't want them
touching their bikes.
9 above, 10 right here...
Truthfully, I've only filled up in Jersey on my bike twice. Apparently I wasn't menacing enough!
There's a you-tube video of changing a sidecar tire while underway. I'd post it if I could remember where it is.
Rode Bultacos, never could start them very well that way. I did best straddling the bike and kicking the left side lever with my left foot. Probably just habit, but that worked for me. Friends did it standing on the left facing forward with right foot.
Same way we did it with any bike and especially the chopper riders when working in a station in 1972-73. If someone's gonna screw up the paint, let it be them. Same way with Corvettes.
For those old enough to remember, when the "Self Service" gas station concept began, it was touted as a way to pass on the "$aving$" to the Customer.
At any rate, I worked at a gas station as a teenager in the mid to late 60's. It wasn't uncommon for guys who pampered their cars to either do it themselves as you stood by, or they would watch you like a hawk as you filled it up. I remember one older gent who had a special thick cloth that he would drape over the chrome bumper of his immaculate Chrysler, and he would always ask if I minded if he did it himself. I respected the care he bestowed on that beautiful car. Memory says it was like a '57 or so Chrysler 300, nice. There weren't that many motorcycles back then (certainly nowhere near as many as you see today) and as I recall, they usually filled up themselves as you stood by.
To add some pain to the Thread, gas back then was $0.32 cents a gallon!
It's a strange concept as here in the UK it is very unusual to have an attendant fill your bike /car, not unheard of but all the same unusual, the few times its happened to me it's been a older gentleman who I end up having a good conversation with about bikes,old cars with.
Go to South Africa....the Petrol Attendant will happily fill your car....I didn't have a bike there so I don't know if they let you fill it yourself or not?
Didn't ride allot there, but the attendants let me fill the KLR I rented for a few days. Don't forget to always tip them.
Why? Are they being paid servers' wages?
Because they don't make much money, are generally helpful/nice people and it the accepted custom there.
In reality a bit less than servers wages.
Where I live, and also in NJ, servers' wages are $2.13 an hour. So you're telling me that the fuel pumpers make less than that as their base pay?
I believe he is talking about s Africa.... so, if that assumption is correct, yes. yes they make less than $2.13/hr
plus the part where he stated that it was the accepted custom there.
Copyright James Holme
Gas station in Ghana
Mods, time to boot.
Yeah, I think there's a small chance that the guy pumping gas in South Africa may be earning less than US 2$ an hour.
Even if they did earn that I'd probably still tip them as a) it's still fuck all as far as wages go, and b) filling up with petrol in SA generally gets your windscreen cleaned, your oil checked and your water topped up
Should've dismounted before fueling.