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Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by cold_fire, Apr 13, 2009.
Hey - a T100 was a serious machine in it's day !
And it's super rare today.
Can't do that, what if I run into him at church and realises the minister just told him to piss off. There goes his planned giving
Just this morn,
Stopped at the Timmy's for my caffeine fix this morning before my ride to work. It was still early, and 5 degrees celcius, the sun was just up, birds singing, lovely morning for a ride! Inside the Tim Hortons 2 guys in HD t'shirts (other than mine, no bikes in lot...or in sight...) drinking coffee, as i walk by one YELLS to me:
"Hey aren't you hot in all that?"
HD dude: "Its like 5 degrees out, you sure you are not hot in all that!?"
me: getting confused... "um, no...all this gear keeps me the perfect temperature when I ride"
HD dude: Its too cold out for me to ride, its like 5 degrees out."
me: ":huhok, see you, have a good one?"
Sitting at work, i still dont even know what happened?! Meh.
After 10 years of riding Harleys, I bought a 2012 Wing a couple weeks ago.
There is an old man that frequents the mom -n- pop gas station/ convenience store I use. Each time he has seen me over the past few years, he has always asked "is that a new Harley"? A couple times he was right, as yes I was in fact on a New Harley.
So....2 weeks ago.....new bike day.....I am at the gas station, gassing up my 2010 Ultra Classic, for the last ride...heading to the Honda dealer. He sees me at the pump, and comments on my new Harley.
8 hours later, I have traded the Ultra, and returned home on the Goldwing. Guess who is at the gas station? Grampa is. Guess what he asks me?
"Is that a new Harley?"
No.....it's a Goldwing.
"oh.......is that made by Harley?"
another one : I saw Bmw with two driveshafts,..
It's July. I'm sitting at a red light, wearing my FF and Joe Rocket mesh jacket and pants, boots, and lightweight gloves.
It's about 90 degrees.
Three cougars pull up next to me on my left. They keep looking at me. Finally, the lady in the front passenger seat rolls the window down and says "Aren't you hot?"
I pretend not to hear her, and I say "What?"
She yells even louder "Aren't you hot?"
To which I replied, "Thank you, so are you."
The look on her face was priceless. Just then the light turned green and I vanished....
-- When standing next to the Boul --
Them: Is that a Harley?
Them: Oh cool. [delay] What?
-- When not standing next to the Boul --
Them: What do you ride?
Me: A Suzuki cruiser.
Them: Is that like a crotch rocket?
Me: More like a dirt bike.
-- Bonus Material --
Couple weeks ago, I did a little service trip to a small town that was hit bad by a tornado. My group got mixed in with another group of workers we had just met, replacing a roof on an uninsured home. I was running a nailer, and I had a partner that was bringing packets of shingles and cutting the ends. While standing on the edge of the roof, we had this conversation...
Him: Sure is hot up here in the sun.
Me: Yeah. Too bad, would be a great day to go on a ride too.
Him: Hey you have a motorcycle?
Me: Yep. Been riding since I was in college. You?
Him: [This is verbatim. I couldn't believe it.] Yeah, I have a Harley. I always wanted a Harley, and two years ago I finally bought my Harley. I love my Harley. When I went to get my Harley from the store, I didn't know how to stop and rode it straight off the road, down the embankment and wrecked at the bottom. I didn't get to take my Harley home that day.
Me: [stunned] Umm...whoa. That's kinda crazy. [backs away from edge of roof] Didn't you take a class? The MSF course is free in this state. [points east towards a community college that is about 5 miles away]
Him: Oh yeah. After I wrecked the salesman said I should come back and take the Harley course. Shoulda did that earlier huh! So do you ride a Harley?
Me: No. I currently have a Suzuki cruiser.
Him: Is that like a crotch rocket?
What other kind of bikes are there besides Harleys and crotch rockets?
Guy at work: "I know you ride a motorcycle what kind is it?"
Me: A BMW 1200gs
Guy: "That is a dirt bike right."
I then went into all of the different types of bikes.
What a hoot! I had an HD cruiser rider call my DL 1000 a "crotch rocket".
The ignorant manage to make us all look good, whether we deserve it or not.
I dunno, my pops can't make heads or tails of bikes like the DL1000. They didn't have adventure tourers back when he last rode, so when he started looking at the list of bikes I had given him to price on CL, he thought they were all either ugly or "crotch rockets". Some people don't sub divide like us.
LOL! I hear you, Phlemdog! Good on your Dad for taking a look at all the toys these days.
Hope you and your Dad can lay down some miles together, no matter what he feels comfortable riding. It's all good there!
I wish he could, but his health is such that riding has not been possible for the last ten years or so.
So I ride hard enough for the both of us, and he has more say then he realizes in what I buy for a bike.
Or two words: Claude Stanley!
The man can build a sidecar for ANYONE!
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Unfortunately, it's not just holding the bike up that is the issue (believe me, he would have a GW trike in a heartbeat if that was the case), it's the fact that he has no feeling in his hands and feet, and virtually no strength either.