Stupid questions people ask you when stopped

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

  1. flick

    flick Man on a mission.

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    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.
  2. MiamiMotorcyclist

    MiamiMotorcyclist used to be -MiamiUly

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    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.
  3. kkodet

    kkodet Been here awhile

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    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".
  4. flick

    flick Man on a mission.

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    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.

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  5. TrashCan

    TrashCan Scary Jerry

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    Is this yours???

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  6. flick

    flick Man on a mission.

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    Nope, mine has BMW cast in the side of the engine.
  7. Benesesso

    Benesesso Long timer

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    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
  8. NJ-GS

    NJ-GS Been here awhile

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    I stand corrected.:ken
  9. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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    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.
  10. Idle

    Idle Been here awhile

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    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.






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  11. MikeyT

    MikeyT Krusty Olde Pharte™

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    Dood! Is that a real BMW? :lol3

  12. Autocracy

    Autocracy KLR = Trials bike?

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    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?
  13. lemieuxmc

    lemieuxmc Banned

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    The correct answer would have been "No, it isn't an Airhead." :freaky
  14. Wadester

    Wadester Rides a dirty bike

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    Huh. Just looks like a K75 to me, but then I've always been a beemer guy:
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  15. kclark

    kclark 1SevenZero

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    "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)
  16. southwade

    southwade ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    Guy: Is that a 650 or 850?

    Me: 650

    Guy: Your kinda big for a 650 aren't ya?

    (I'm 6'2" 210lbs)

    Me: :huh ... have a nice day...
  17. pretbek

    pretbek Long timer

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    Hee hee.
    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.
  18. Tuna Helper

    Tuna Helper Rawrr!

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  19. NJ-GS

    NJ-GS Been here awhile

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    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.
  20. revrandy

    revrandy The Riding Rev.

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    This isn't a stupid question but it was a question stopped when asked.

    Earlier today I had an older gentleman approach me as I was getting off my Tiger. Our conversation went something like this:

    Him: Nice bike
    Me: Thanks, I love it
    Him: A Triumph? Man that was my first bike
    Me: Yeah, a Tiger - absolutely love it, which one did you have, the Bonnie
    Him: No a 1941 Tiger 100
    Me: Mine is a 955
    Him: Damn, they make them big now

    We then spent the next 10 minutes talking about his love of bikes. When we left he was seriously considering following up on his dream of picking up a Can-Am, just so he can continue to ride. My guess is he was in his 70's, but he still have energy and a sharp mind.