Stupid questions people ask you when stopped

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

  1. Drunk_Uncle

    Drunk_Uncle Long timer

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    Could this also be stupid things cruiser riders say at work? Case in point. A guy said that his '72 Pan at home does over 200mph. I asked if this was while being flown in an airplane. This was after his buddy is convinced his Valkerie will do well over 150mph. I love these people.
  2. pretbek

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    Those are very normal estimates. A former colleague estimated that his 883 Sportster with drag pipes (and no engine work) made at least 150 HP.
  3. HellSickle

    HellSickle Scone Rider

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    Rigggghhhhtttttt..... And those pipes have saved more lives than Mother Theresa.
  4. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone The Lejund!

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    40° is about the magic number for me, at least on longer rides. All my regular gear— pants, jacket, boots, gloves — all work great down to 40°. Below 40° I need to plug in my heated gear to be comfortable if I'm going to ride for longer than 10-15 minutes. I can sometimes suffer through, but why do it?
  5. duck

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    You obviously don't know much about straight pipes. By not baffling the exhaust you get more thrust.:deal
  6. SAPB

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    So with straight pipes, you get a discount for your insurance company?
  7. HellSickle

    HellSickle Scone Rider

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    Possibly, but you have to deal with this guy.

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  8. Jack Howitzer

    Jack Howitzer Motörhead

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    Q - "Hey, what kind of bike is that?"

    A - "Motor-Bike"

    JH
  9. tlm

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    One day I decided to ride my motorcycle to work. A surprised co-worker said " I didn't know you rode motorcycles, you don't look the type"

    Huh?
  10. Reprobate

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    A moped, called 'brommer' here, is a motorcycle with 49.9cc engines or less. Like these:
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    The main difference is in the wheels.

    A scooter can be a 'bromscooter' [49cc] or a motor scooter [50+ cc], but they have smaller wheels and a space between the seat and the handlebars where you can step through, like with Vespa:
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    So, basically, a motorcycle with a small displacement engine, less than 50 CC, is a moped.
    A Vespa, or Vespa-clone, is a scooter, and can be a moped [<50CC] or a motor scooter [>50cc].
  11. Reprobate

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    "You want to swap bikes? Where's yours?"
    "If you go to the motorcycle shop on XXX street, you can hire one. Or maybe they have a demo you can test ride."
    "Yes, you can. I just need some collateral..."

    Or just, "Why?"
  12. CallMeBoog

    CallMeBoog hi functioning idiom

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    seems a terribly complicated answer, that doesn't really define 'moped' other than being a small motorcycle with big wheels.

    I always thought a true Moped was a motor driven cycle that could also be propelled by turning a set of bicycle style pedals. Mo (motor) + Ped (Pedal)
  13. Reprobate

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    Well, in a sense you're right. There used to be a law that moped had to have pedals:

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    When the law was rescinded and the pedals were no longer mandatory, it opened the way for moped without pedals, like the aforementioned scooters.
    So, every <50cc scooter is a moped, but not every moped is a scooter.
  14. azcagiva

    azcagiva new orange flavor

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    I always thought that for something to be considered a scooter the engine had to be on/part of the rear swingarm.

    -John
  15. bwalsh

    bwalsh UUU, UUU!!!

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  16. 250senuf

    250senuf Long timer

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    From the wiki entry for moped:

    Ontario Canada rule:
    (e) that does not have sufficient power to enable the bicycle to attain a speed greater than 50 kilometres per hour (31 mph) on level ground within a distance of 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) from a standing start.

    Not exactly going to burn up the quarter mile. :lol3 :lol3
  17. slide

    slide A nation in despair

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    I recently rented a moped which is a motorized two wheel vehicle where the operator does not need a motorcycle license endorsement. AFAIK, it only needed to be under 50cc. The one I had indicated 55 kph with two up. Not sure if we were really traveling at that rate but that was the speedo's indication.

    I think that in many areas, the operator does not need any driver's license at all. The place I rented it from did not copy down my driver's license info implying to me that the demand to see it was for I.D. only.
  18. Reduxalicious

    Reduxalicious Been here awhile

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    I get that all the time my self. "You look more like a Scooter guy." :huh

    Must be my glasses.
  19. Casey.

    Casey. Nerd on a bike

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    I just don't have the personality for that, nor the build to fight off the ensuing violent response. They may be a dick, but I think my best chance of keeping my bike and my bones intact is by ignoring them / shaking my head.
  20. waffles

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    I had an odd encounter the other day

    I was at a pub for a classic bike meet and I decided to go on my (kickstart only) supermoto which doesn't always play ball when starting from cold. An older guy comes up to me and wants to chat about bike things then he becomes an expert mechanic and starts pointing out all of the things that are "wrong" with my bike. The chain is too loose, the chain is rubbing on the tyre, the tyre is too close to the swingarm, your numberplate is too small.... I decided to bail out at that point as my friends had left me alone with this guy who was starting to make me feel uncomfortable! I hop on, give it a few kicks and get nothing back. I decompress, try again, still nothing. While I am fiddling with the choke he walks back over looking very concerned and spits this gem out

    "Oh no! Has someone STOLEN YOUR SPARK PLUG?"

    I am pleased to say that nobody stole my spark plug, my chain is not too loose nor are my tyres rubbing on anything and I made it home safely!