Stupid questions people ask you when stopped

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

  1. kerhonky

    kerhonky Adventure Poser

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    Had a fella stop me on the way out of the building at the end of the day once, asking me if the blu Wee in the parking lot was mine, which it was. From the rest of the conversation I deduced that he had been doing a lot of research about buying one. At the end of our little chat he said "I've owned a few BMWs. That bike should be a BMW." I wasn't exactly sure what he meant by that, but I think he was complimenting Suzuki on making a reliable adventure touring bike.
  2. MikeyT

    MikeyT Krusty Olde Pharteâ„¢

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    I had a 75 Wing set up much like that. Maybe 100. Maybe. 35mpg would be about right.
  3. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    One more tidbit on these: on the original "mopeds", the pedals were used to start the motor, but not really intended to propel the vehicle for any distance due to the resistance. My 6 foot 6 inch tall father-in-law had one before I knew him, which was quite comical to watch from what I hear...:rofl
  4. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone The Lejund!

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    Growing up in the 70s, I knew some neighbor kids who had a moped. I don't think I heard the term "scooter" until a few years ago. Then again, I tend to live in blissful ignorance.
  5. ChadHahn

    ChadHahn Been here awhile

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    Yeah, a friend had a Moped back in the 70s. A scooter back then is what we'd call a razor today.

    Chad
  6. KeithinSC

    KeithinSC Long timer

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    I'm getting old:gerg
    The youngest generation thinks a Razor is something made by Polaris!
  7. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z Long timer

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    Polaris? You mean Motorola?

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  8. Stray Dog

    Stray Dog Been here awhile

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    On last years trip I was loaded up to the eyeballs, looked like I'd been dragged through a hedge backwards.
    Someone came up to me and asked "Are you local, coz I'm lost"
    Doh....:cromag


    BTW, love the smiles on this forum:ostrich


    Dog
  9. ChadHahn

    ChadHahn Been here awhile

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    I'm thinking of the push scooter.

    Chad
  10. Reduxalicious

    Reduxalicious Been here awhile

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    Oh man do I got a few, Mostly from the kids in my Generation.


    "I've never seen this Kawasaki before, What are those things behind the engine?"

    Well, those things would be Carburetors.

    "FOUR CARBS?!"

    "Can you do a wheelie?!"

    "That bike was built in 77?! Is it safe for the freeways?!

    And from the older folks it's usually along the lines of

    "WOAH MAN, A KZ1000, Rode one of those back in the day scared the hell out of me because of how fast it was"

    "A KZ? What do you have a death wish?! Those things were monsters!"

    :huh Either these people have been under a rock about motorcycles since the 70's..or have had a very bad experience with this type of bike, I would never call my bike -Fast- and or -Quick- by modern standards. :rofl
  11. Contevita

    Contevita Cigar Adventurer

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    I make a stop at the post office to pick up a package and as I exit the building I see a local cop; I notice his rank, a Lieutenant, but I didn't get his name. I proceed to ask his opinion on lane splitting then wander off to the no-chase policy, We finish our chat and I move on to my bike a few spaces over.

    Keep in mind I'm ATGATT and heading out to Pensacola once I leave the post office. Anyhow, as I walk to my bike a few parking spots over an older woman is on the phone walking to her car parked next to me. I hear her conversation on the phone and she says, "Hole up, I don't know if dat man is da po-lice or a regular man". I proceed to smile at her and say I'm just a regular man and that the cops are over here, as I point to a few spots over.

    English, do you speak it?
  12. Casey.

    Casey. Nerd on a bike

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    I've only been riding for a few days (and only around my neighborhood), and I've already heard "Can I ride it?"

    This thread has been cracking me up - I hope I can come up with witty responses when the time comes.
  13. Krono

    Krono Speed Junkie

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    I have one ! :D

    Where i live, the smallest enduro bike being now at last a 1050 Tiger, other riders keep asking me what kind of moped i'm driving (see y sig)

    So rewarding ... :flug

    L
  14. Jaredt89

    Jaredt89 I bleed orange juice

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    I had the garage door up one day working on my KTM - orange bits everywhere. Guy walks past we chat a little and he eventually asks"What type of bike is that?"
  15. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone The Lejund!

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    Answer: Disassembled.
  16. DarthJ

    DarthJ Been here awhile

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    Answer: mine.
  17. DarthJ

    DarthJ Been here awhile

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    My usual response: "For $15,000 cash in hand, yes, you can. If you drop it, you bought it." (Hey, maybe someone will be rich and/or stupid enough!)
  18. mcftw

    mcftw hxc n33b

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    A common one from people I know,

    "Oh, I thought you meant you rode bicycles. I was wondering why you had a fancy helmet."
  19. drclaypool

    drclaypool Adventurer

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    I was in a resturant wearing a new pair of Tourmaster pants a few years back. A couple at an adjacent table, after some discussion between them, asked, "What kind of pants are those?". I started to explain that I was a professional dancer and the pants were part of the stage dress. Their expressions were priceless but I had to let them in on the ruse...

    It was funny at the time.:norton
  20. rebake

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    Girl at the coffee shop asked why i was dressed like that.Told her i was on my way to the circus to get shot out of a cannon.Her eyes got big.Really?