Let me go ask my wife

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Teckel, Nov 1, 2017.

  1. davenowherejones

    davenowherejones short guy

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  2. Meriwether

    Meriwether Following big footprints.

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    I used to ask my wife until I received a negative reply. I respected her decision then, but I'm a quick learner, I'm a man of action now.
    Regards,
    Mark.
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  3. TrailTrauma

    TrailTrauma Radioactive

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    Actionable apologies .. :jack
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  4. dietDrThunder

    dietDrThunder Why so serious, son?

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    Hahaha...I like it.

    Seriously though (not for Meriwether, I mean in general), if you marry someone reasonable, and take your matrimonial responsibility to act in both of your best interest, problems are largely eliminated.
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  5. Jordansdad

    Jordansdad Jordansdad

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    My wife bought me my last two bikes as gifts and has been riding me to get a new pickup for the last three years. Yes she is a great wife and I am a great gift giver.
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  6. Meriwether

    Meriwether Following big footprints.

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    Hi dieDrThunder,
    To quote an infamous Australian Prime Minister, 'Life wasn't meant to be easy'. How can one explain attraction between people? For sure attraction can be enhanced by shared interests, but for me, the core of any attraction is a basic subliminal response, it's inexplicable, it just 'is'. You mention 'reasonable' and that surely is the key to any long lasting relationship.
    Back in 2010 it wasn't easy for me to ride my motorbike from Australia to Europe against the calls of 'please come back' from my wife and 'the Taliban will get you' from everyone else. I've been doing international rides every year since, and I love it, my life is enriched by it.
    My wife would prefer me to be a homebody, like her, but has come to accept my adventures. I regret the anguish I cause her and I really do try to be the best partner I can be when I'm home. But if I had waited for my wife's permission, my travels would only exist on my wish list.
    Regards,
    Mark.
  7. Teckel

    Teckel Seriously?

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    Are there any bike salesmen out there?
    I’d like to hear your take on my question.

    How often do you hear the phrase “Let me go ask my wife”?
    Do they actually wind up buying the quoted bike, or any bike?
  8. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    I'm not a moto salesman, but I do sell bicycles that don't cost much less. ...and in some cases, more. :nod

    'Be back-s' usually aren't

    M
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  9. VX Rider

    VX Rider Long timer

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    Hey now! The be back bus is just around the corner.
  10. TrailTrauma

    TrailTrauma Radioactive

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    In the world of comedic jabs, these comments are what you'd call be be back be be back be be back ribs...
  11. dietDrThunder

    dietDrThunder Why so serious, son?

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    We were talking about buying bikes, not life adventures. But what I meant still applies. What I was trying to say was that if you're lucky enough to marry the right person, you don't have to ask permission. Instead, you make decisions together, and those decisions will be the best for everyone. If going on a life adventure is essential to your emotional and/or mental health, your wife will encourage it, not forbid it. That's all I was getting at.

    Also, very cool re: those trips. I am looking forward to such adventures when my kids are grown.
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  12. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    Back in college I worked for Grand Prix Cycles in Santa Clara. My main job was working the sales floor. Our main brand was Kawasaki plus three Euro brand dirt lines. I rarely heard that excuse but did sometimes. Your customer simply used that line as a stall. He asked for a price and your guy gave it to him. Now he wants to think about it or shop you. Why does that bother you? Its part of the game.

    Lots of salesmen work really hard not to provide a quote too quickly because they know they are going to be shopped. That is pretty annoying too.

    I buy lots of motorcycles. Once I decide on one I tend to favor the dealerships that have done well by me in the past or I know somebody on their staff. I never ask what the dealer's price is. I typically select a list of accessories that I want with the vehicle purchase and then carefully work up a price that I am willing to pay for the whole thing. This often includes some installation. Usually my number is aggressive so after a day or so pricing everything out, they call me back with the number they can live with. After that it is up to me to either make the deal or not. it's clean, simple and friendly. The last one I bought was a 2017 Vespa 300 GTV. I bought it over the telephone from 2000 miles away. I was at a disadvantage because there were only a couple of that model in that particular color left in the country. And my wife was smitten with the thing... So I had to track one down, buy it, and have them hold it for me for me until I could get back to town to pick it up. That was two months later. I paid up a little for that one but don't regret it. A happy wife makes a happy life...
  13. TrashCan

    TrashCan Scary Jerry

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    ^^^^

    I've always said buying and selling is the same thing, just different sides of the desk.
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  14. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    More accurately: there's a sales transaction happening. Sometimes the salesperson is the seller, sometimes the buyer is the seller.

    Depends on whether the buyer is walking out with a new widget or not. Regardless... SOMEone's getting sold.

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  15. scrambler73

    scrambler73 Been here awhile

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    THIS^^

    I have a couple of friends that have to run absolutely every single decision by their wife. Not just "toy purchases", but I mean EVERYTHING... I'm surprised they are even able/allowed to wipe their bum without permission sometimes. My wife actually feels sorry for them.. and they are obviously NOT happy or healthy couples.
    One friend actually calls his wife "the fun meter".
    This guy is vintage bike nut, and probably owns close to 100 bikes...the majority of which are stored at other peoples houses. The saddest thing is, his wife (of 30+ years) has NO IDEA. He has maybe 10 bikes at home...most of them non-running (and never will) "future project" bikes.
    To me this is almost the same as cheating on your spouse. Obviously not as bad, but you guys get the point, right? Your hiding something that is a huge part of your life from the person that is supposed to be your better-half.

    I mean, What is the point of being married to someone you can't share your COMPLETE life with?


    As long as what I purchase does not have an adverse effect on our families financial situation and/or personal relationship (and the appearance of our yard), my wife could care less what I drag home.......


    oh, and I despise the "I have to ask my wife" line when I'm selling something. I'd appreciate that you check with her before you waste my time please.....
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  16. Eatmore Mudd

    Eatmore Mudd Mischief on wheels.

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    Not when they're staffed right.
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