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Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by cold_fire, Apr 13, 2009.
Wouldn't Venus be "up" there???
Not on my bike but.. A guy pulls up next to me on a 49cc scooter at a light. Since I was in the truck I had my window down. He takes a puff on his cigarette and asks "hey, you wanna race?" I knew he was kidding. I answered yep and I'll even keep it in first gear! He had leathers on and the whole biker attire. He looked like he rode a bigger bike most of the time. I was nice and let him drive away like he was winning a race
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Full ride report(s) by end of week. I'm done with day 0/1 and day 2. Still have photos and video to process. FSMdamn do I talk a lot in my helmet...
Here's a teaser...
we had elections yesterday in austria. i went there on the ducati, full leather. i was asked at least 3 times when waiting in the line if i was riding my motorcycle today because its cold outisde. finished my buisness there, got outside in the parking lot, seeing at least 5 people admiring my beautiful Ducati 916. and again. yes, i´m riding today, even if its cold....
I went into Sam's Club this weekend (warehouse version of Wal-Mart).
The greeter asked if my AFX helmet (has extra 1/2 height tinted visor) was a space helmet. She had a valid point and I was rendered speechless.
Not really STUPID per say, But I pulled into the gas station, and some older guy was staring at my bike, and kept staring at it---He finally walked up and realized it was a Moto-Guzzi and I got the "I didn't know they were still in Business" speal, It's funny he walked up and goes "OH! That's a Moto-Guzzi! Your engine was confusing me there for a second." Nice guy.
Then I get the usual---People glance at the bike, don't notice the Engine just think "meh, I4" Then it starts and they take a double look and have to ask what kind of Motorcycle it is.
Over the weekend I rode the VStrom out to the Vegas area for some training.
Although I was staying around Pahrump (about 40 min west of Vegas) I ran into town to stop at Bass Pro and grab a bite.
While stopped at the IN and OUT burger (damn hot philly working the counter too) had a guy ask "Are you heading to Rushmore or Brazil?"
Not really sure where the connection in his brain was, maybe Rushmore he was thinking Sturgis, but how does he get that I'm going to Brazil (not a bad idea) when I'm eating a double-double at a burger joint in Vegas?
I was on the 1150 today paying registration at the court house here.
As I'm storing my helmet an older lady (maybe 55) comes up behind me saying, "Oh nice bike! And it's a BMW!" As she proceeds to trace the roundel on the tank with her finger. Then the question, "Is it hard to handle?"
I reply, very matter of factly, "No, it's one of the easiest to handle bikes out there."
I have no clue what kind of handling she was talking about.
Maybe he recognized that you could go just about anywhere on your bike? He probably thought you were riding a BMW ,and was shocked that you were not at a starbucks
Now that I bought my Tiger 8XC I get all kinds of stupid questions. But when I had the XRL they ignored me like I was riding a KLR or something.
Who makes Triumph?
Is that a dirt bike?
Why does it sound like that?
OR my personal favorite. Guy on a Boat Glide tries to share a lane with me in the rain. Come up to a puddle, I stand and power the bike up threw the puddle. Follows me to the station, pulls up next to me and turns his stereo down and tells me. "I thought you were gonna go down back there, why'd you stand up?"
Pardon me... Do you have any Grey Poupon?
That's actually a great opportunity to teach another rider something that may improve his ability to enjoy riding. He saw something that did not fit his schema of how motorcycles work. Instead of remaining clueless, or attributing the event to "blind luck", he asked someone in the know (you) about what he saw.
I ride a Victory Vision. Stuck in traffic the other day and the fella in the cage to my right says 'what model Harley is that'? I reply Victory Vision, made in Iowa. Him: Victory Vision is a Harley, never heard of that one :huh
While riding a Vrod Muscle a kid in his Dads Porsche pulls up and asked if it was the new Honda Shadow. I just pointed to the huge HD badging on the side of the tank. Then I asked if he knew who designed the motor for the bike, he just shook his head. I tell him same company that made your dads car, Porsche. Then left him for dead when the light turned green.
I've been asked if it was cold out (riding in the winter here).
Asked if I would do a wheelie for the kids (in his back seat).
Or course I will, you a cop??
Lot's of people ask, because they don't know what it is or who makes it, lot's have a friend who rides and they want to tell them what they saw, so they want the model and make etc.... One lady wanted to know why it said G0!!!!!!!!!!!!!! with so many exclamation points down the side of it. Spent 5 min explaining advertisement laws and how cigarettes are not allowed to be displayed on bikes, or tv now blah blah.....
Rolled up to a back woods gas station. Cause I knew how far the next or was and didn't know if I could make it.
Hopped off and noticed it wasn't pay at the pump. All I had was my card. Walked in and told her I need to prepay but I'm paying with my card. She goes ok how much you need. I replied about 2 and a half gallons. She smirked and said ill just turn it on, come back in when your done. Took 2.2 gallons, I was close. Wasn't really stupid just thought it was kinda funny.
I still think I win with "Is that a motorcycle?". "No, it's actually an electric kangaroo fuckhead".
When I'm dress up and carring my helmet. They ask u riding a motorcycle. I usually reply no miata.
I usually say "Snowmobile".
I let them know this is a space helmet
I stopped in Tuskegee Alabama today to take a picture for a tag game. I'm in my Aerostich with a hi-viz helmet, shield down. I pull up, hop off the bike to take the photo, and just as I'm about to snap the pic, I hear "Yo dawg, can you do a wheelie for us?"
I flip up the shield and say "Nope, I don't think that cop right there would appreciate it."
The two guys, early 20's, now see my face, look at each other confused, and one quickly says "Yo, why is a white dude from Cackalacky in Tuskegee?"
I reply "To take this picture."
They looked even more confused and just walked off.
Sent from the voices in my head and transcribed by their drinking buddy... now Free