Stupid questions people ask you when stopped

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by cold_fire, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. CopaMundial

    CopaMundial Wow, that broke easy

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    In the US (at least around here) the only paid Firefighters are in very large cities. Most other places have volunteer firefighters.
    Now that's a guy who gets his Chili for free in my book.
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  2. chtucker

    chtucker Been here awhile

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    You need to get out of PA a bit:evil

    Small rural towns do to... resort towns do...

    Ours covers 400 sq miles with only 8000 residents.
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  3. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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  4. hellfire76

    hellfire76 haphazard adventurer

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    Riding my friends Ducati 996, stopped at a light with the clutch pulled in.


    Punk kid in Mustang pulls up and yells out the window "Man, your bike
    sounds like shit, is something wrong with it" with a cocky tone than laughs toward other kid in passanger seat.

    I'm pretty sure he stopped laughing when the light turned green, as I heard him reving the crap out of his engine as I walked away from him. :D
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  5. ROKSTAR

    ROKSTAR Whoring it up

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    I had that happen to me on the first warm day we had in Cincy.

    Just leaving lunch with a buddy on my vintage bike, after a fresh detail, and this guy says "hey that's a nice bike man." I'm putting the key in the ignition and turning the choke on. "Thanks man." Then it starts...."Hey big man, you got 35 cents so I can catch a bus?" "NO!" and I sped of.

    Dude was wearing a work badge for a local company....
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  6. JRP

    JRP Old guy

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    Stopped at a rest area in Texas, R 1150GS Adventure with all three factory aluminum cases and dribags strapped across the seat. Guy comes up to me and says "Nice bike" Then looking at my TKC 80's said "I didn't know they made motocross bikes that big" :lol3
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  7. jonesy54

    jonesy54 the road less traveled

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    shoulda told they guy "They dont, I had this one custom-made"
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  8. manfromthestix

    manfromthestix Lost in Space

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    :lol3

    It's not just the non-bikers that ask stooopid questions...

    "Man you take that thing off road?"

    Sitting at a gas station earlier this year on my 1150GS, covered with mud and slime, dripping slush and gooop on the ground as I gassed up... I was also doing the arm waving dancing thing trying to warm up after a long ride on the still-snowy and muddy roads over the mountains from our farm near Lexington to Douthat State Park in west central Virginia when that question was asked by a group of wildly colored, tight fitting leather-clad gentlemen riding their Aprilias, GSXRs, and Ducatis. Hmmmm.... how to respond to this?

    Me: "Yes. Do you ride those on the highways?" End of conversation.

    :lol3

    Doug
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  9. Qwik

    Qwik Adrenaline Addict

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    I live in a town of 1800 with a paid FD
    Aspen (The next town over) has 8000 people and is an all volunteer team (Damned good one as well)

    :huh :rofl
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  10. Rev Tiny

    Rev Tiny Twisted Archer

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    in my area i am only 1 of 4 paid we have 1600 volunteers that i work with and train as a training officer
    in my spare time i am a volunteer for fire and rescue

    i also hate the what sort of bike is that when there are realy large kawasaki klr stickers right in front of them
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  11. Rick G

    Rick G Ranger Rick

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    I can't count how many times I have been asked, especially during the warm weather months, "Aren't you hot in all that gear?"

    I was just asked that last week during a break on a 55 degree sunny day by a well meaning older couple who I am sure were just being friendly. I explained to them that the air was still quite cold at 60 MPH and yes I was a bit too warm, but that was due to my 3 layers including a heated jacket liner and that I would turn the thermostat down when I got moving again. They seemed to be really intriqued about my electric liner. They did not know that such a thing existed.

    Rick G
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  12. Matt the Wanderer

    Matt the Wanderer Supremely Not Lost

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    My R100GS has very stylized graphics on the tank and side covers, sort of a swooshy flung-paint look with "R100" mixed in as only the German stylists think is cool.

    The "100" is visible and almost readable, but most people only see the huge engine sitting below. Nevertheless, when they get to looking at the graphics they will ask if it is a "Hundred".

    (?)


    I just smile and tell that it is a five-hundred..... on each side.
    One old dude shook his head at that and replied that it must shake pretty bad. Lol.

    Actually, I love people asking any questions at all because it gives me a chance to interact. As for the "can I ride it?" question, I always say "No, I don't think you could ride it." and leave it at that. And smile, smile, smile!:lol3
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  13. kerhonky

    kerhonky Adventure Poser

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    A co-worker of mine asks me about once every six months "What kind of bike do you have?" because he can't remember what the answer was the last time he asked me. When I respond that it's a Suzuki DL 650 he sucks in his breath and says "Oooh, that must be a fast one." Whatever. Makes him feel like he's talkin' bikes with his bud, I guess.
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  14. SychoSly

    SychoSly Scoot the World!

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    I have been asked:

    "Can I take it for a ride?"

    It gets a little scary being asked that by many random people. I wonder if they ask people in cars if they could drive their car around the block.
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  15. ChuckS

    ChuckS Adventurer Wannabe

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    You take that off road?

    Do you ever wash it?

    Those questions I get on either bike.

    A Ural specific one:

    Is that real? :rofl
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  16. Dirt Sampler

    Dirt Sampler Adventurer

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    As i was pulling my helmet on a dude walked up and asked 'What kind of bike is that?' I looked down at the tank on my Commando that has large gold letters saying 'Norton' and said, 'it's a Norton'. He looked it over once again and asked 'Is that made by Harley or Honda?'
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  17. Gimme 2

    Gimme 2 wheels , with nobs

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    WELL BLOW ME DOWN BOYS AND GIRLS,

    I just gotta say i love it when anyone comes up to me and starts asking sillys about the bike i happen to be riding or where i've just come from or where i'm heading, it can really go anywhere a bit like that trail you decidced to actually go down instead of not go down, there might be some thing down there you never imagined. Beats listening to the predictable shit on tv plus you can add to it or even better yourself. FUCK ME thats one of the reasons i love bikes , because its a freedom that some people instantly recognise.

    Open mind for those that share that passion!

    From the other angle, i have approached some real nobs on bikes hoping for a small chat, that act as if they are royalty:lol3.

    Maybe some of you should work a little harder to get out of the city[​IMG] where there are a shit load of people who can all blur into one hidious figmant.
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  18. chuzy2

    chuzy2 Adventurer

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    I always get the, "I didn't know BMW made motorcycles!"

    Most of the questions I get pertain to ATGATT.

    One day when leaving work I met up with a group going out to the parking lot. One gal said, "oh Ken I didn't know you rode a motorcycle." Which I responded, "actually I don't, but I save five dollars a year on my car insurance by wearing all this equipment." Everyone busted out laughing. Of course, she slapped me, knowing the smart aleck that I am.:D
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  19. Motorrad Steve

    Motorrad Steve Adventurer

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    I can't believe that someone would ask to ride your bike. What are they insane?
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  20. Motorrad Steve

    Motorrad Steve Adventurer

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    One time after I got done eating lunch at Carl's Jr and I was getting set to ride. A guy walked up to me and asked if my BMW XCountry was a Buell. I told him it was a BMW. He asked a few questions about the bike and I answered them. He just kept talking and had no clue that I was trying to leave. Even after I was fully dressed, mounted, and the engine was running. I finally told him, that I have to go and if he wanted more information about BMW Motorcycles then he should visit a dealer. Visor down and I was gone.
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