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Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by cold_fire, Apr 13, 2009.
Laces are so 70's.
Since I moved to Miami I have been getting "is that a real BMW?" about 5 times a week. I just ask people "why would I put BMW on it if it wasn't one?" I just get blank looks back.
That's odd. There are a fair amount of BMW bikes around here, even though we are down to one dealership that I can think of.
Welcome to Miami.
Back in high school (late 1990's) I owned (still do) a restored turqoise and white 55 Chevy Bel Air that took me two years working 3 crappy jobs at a time to buy.
People would come up and say things like "does your dad know you are driving his car?" Or "your dads car is sweet". I always laughed and had some good comebacks, because my dad drove a rotted out Ford station wagon. Probably 50% couldn't grasp it was my car no matter how I tried to convince them. One old dude even said he should belt me for being such a liar, to which I just smiled and responded "try it".
I have done a bit of custom work to an uncommon bike. I understand that people don't recognize what it is. It's the fact that they jump to fake before custom that annoys me.
Is this yours???
Nope, mine has BMW cast in the side of the engine.
That's what I used against a steering wheel spoke during the parallel parking part of my license test, way the hell back in 1958. Took the test in my father's brand new '58 white Buick Century--with power steering, of course. I'd been driving illegally for a while before the test, so was just concentrating on backing that big c#nt-boat into the space.
As I pulled forward I realized that wasn't kosher, and snuck a look at the inspector. He wasn't amused, had a sour look. F%cker failed me on that portion, but I still passed. Cripes, it wasn't like I was using a freakin' suicide knob or something. :eek1
I stand corrected.
I took mine on pop's barge, a '57 Mercury. With manual steering. No spinning the wheel on that one. Back then, it was done at the police station, written test and all. I drove the cop around the block and parked it. Passed. Then went home and hopped into my '47 Ford club coupe that I'd had for 6 months.
I never really thought about it before, but I never had anything with power steering or brakes until I bought a new E-150 van in 1983.
Wow... A 50+ year old guy with a UCLA shirt on just walked out of the deli, came right up and asked "is that yours?" as he pointed at this red thing.
I had my feet up just like in the pic. I really wasn't in the mood to play along, normally I would have.
Once I had a woman convinced that the spare tire on a 86 Subaru was indeed the air cleaner. (she asked) The rubber was to dampen the noise from the engine, and I told here there was foam and oil in it to filter the dirt.
Dood! Is that a real BMW?
I'd ask the same thing... not thinking fake, but "Frankenbike." -- as in parts are BMW, but the whole thing might be as much any other brand. I definitely can't recognize it as a particular model. K1100LT that's lost half its weight?
The correct answer would have been "No, it isn't an Airhead."
Huh. Just looks like a K75 to me, but then I've always been a beemer guy:
"Are you going sky diving?" - Guy taking orders at KFC.
"No, I'm riding my motorcycle."
"I think sky diving would be fun."
"I'll take the number 3." (while fighting back laughter)
Guy: Is that a 650 or 850?
Guy: Your kinda big for a 650 aren't ya?
(I'm 6'2" 210lbs)
Me: :huh ... have a nice day...
I haven't heard that one yet (6'5", 220 lbs on a 650 Versys) from anyone other than my wife, who says it looks like my bike is too small for me.
Taken from Facebook
This thread should be called "Smart-ass things to say when people try to strike up a conversation."
It's still one of my favorites, though.