Stupid questions people ask you when stopped

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

  1. RidingDonkeys

    RidingDonkeys Purveyor of Awesome

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    Boot that recovers gas vapors? Where do I sign? I ate cabbage last night, and MrsDonkeys would certainly appreciate me buying these boots.

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  2. Drunk_Uncle

    Drunk_Uncle Long timer

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  3. pretbek

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    It's pouring rain today, and I'm waiting under the awning at the door for my colleague who also just arrived at the office.

    "What is THAT!?" he yells when he is barely halfway the parking lot. "Is that a car?? Are you feeling OK?" :lol3
    My 6 year old daughter won't fit in the top box, so I had to take the car today to drive her to school. It seems my colleagues are slowly getting used to me riding well beyond the more prevalent "sunny and at least 65 degrees" riding cut-off point. That was confirmed by another colleage who had previously explained how it had gotten too cold for him to ride (below 55), asking me as soon as he saw me: "Did you ride today?".

    I have worked here for 4 1/2 years now. I ride except when there is ice or snow on the road (or kids to be shuttled). We're slowly getting there with changing the presumptions and expectations on motorcycle riding.
  4. KX50002

    KX50002 NooB, my ass

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    Raining here today, I got the " You rode your motorcycle today? DON'T YOU KNOW IT'S RAINING???"
    It's water, BFD! I work outside most of the day, it isn't like I have a chance of being dry today anyway.
  5. Marylander

    Marylander Been here awhile

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    I have a security guard who, after seeing me come to work in everything but snow/ice for years, still asks me, "what are you gonna do if it rains?" I always answer the same, "er, I'll rode home like usual". Somehow, I think he believes my bike self destructs each time I ride in the rain and I just replace it with a new one after.
  6. xymotic

    xymotic Long timer

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    That's not quite accurate either - there are vapor recovery pumps that don't use the boot (and work a lot better!) but stations just don't wanna spring the extra few bucks for them
  7. racergirl479

    racergirl479 Flying Merkel

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    my favorite...

    "Hey you've got a KTM! Who makes that again?"

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  8. sdmichael

    sdmichael Been here awhile

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    If I am actually stuck on the side of the road, you can be damned sure I will do my best to flag someone down. I've also been stopped alongside the roadway, with a CAMERA VISIBLY IN HAND, and been asked if I'm ok. Those are the times others should just move along. I've also had others "wave" another car out in front of me... so perhaps a "kind" move isn't always kind.
  9. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Love those blue pipes

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    I will frequently stop and check on a bike I see on the shoulder. If this is a problem for you, then I'm not quite sure what to say. I would hope others would do the same if it were me on the shoulder... "Everything ok?" doesn't take much effort and shows good camaraderie.
  10. fallingoff

    fallingoff Banned

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    I thought that was a rule.
    that's what separates
    us from the rest
    merry xmas
  11. David R

    David R I been called a Nut Job..

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  12. kojack06

    kojack06 Been here awhile

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    Same!! The people that you meet in and around the recreation/sport of motorcycling make it even more interesting.
  13. KG6BWS

    KG6BWS Been here awhile

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    Agreed. On my trip last month I got to talking to this old man while I was stopped taking pictures in Eureka, Ca. His name was Claude Kerr. Really cool old guy who I ended up spending an hour and a half or so talking to, listening to his stories of being a county surveyor and his sailing travels around the world for a few years with his wife. He was 87 years old and still had the wanderlust. Was a helluva story teller. Was a pleasure to meet him.
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  14. SilkMoneyLove

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    Good deal. I chat with people but I am terrible with names. I do enjoy the time I chat with fellow riders.

    Met an interesting guy in Alaska and we kept meeting up at gas stations and such through the Yukon. Guy could really pilot a big GS on the marbles they call a road while I poked along on the 800GS.
    He was riding to Seattle to visit friends then down to Tierra del Fuego.
    I hope his trip went well.
  15. bwalsh

    bwalsh UUU, UUU!!!

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    Two days ago I was riding the GS and stopped at a music store to buy some strings. Walk in the one of the employee's was looking at my bike and said, "now that's the Cadillac of bikes!". I said,'Yeah, thanks, I just bought it last month." Turns out he rides too.

    Yesterday, while riding, I was thinking of what the guy said and pulled a George Costanza, "man, I should have said, "No, its the BMW of motorcycles!".

    Not 15 minutes later I stopped by a friends house. He hadn't seen the bike yet. I'll be damned if the first thing out of his mouth was..."That's the Cadillac of motorcycles!". :huh Then I got to use my line, "No, its the BMW of motorcycles. :lol3
  16. GI_JO_NATHAN

    GI_JO_NATHAN Long timer

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    Nice!
  17. Wastedavid

    Wastedavid Adventurer

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    Hi friends! I guess this is not a very "weird" question, maybe it's more an expression but in almost all the places I've been in Colombia people says: "ohhh, what a beast!! How much is it???" I say "around 20.000 USD" and people always say "oh my God, with that money I would buy a car!!"

    People in many cases believe that a motorcycle is only for poor people, for fried chicken and pizza delivery and that... I always explain them the adventages, freedom sensation and that's it!!
  18. schnutzy

    schnutzy Been here awhile

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    Upon finding out that I ride, one of my wife's coworkers asked the dreaded "isn't that dangerous?" question... My wife just rolled her eyes, as last time this happened I got up on my little soap box and went on about this and that, why i ride blah blah blah. This time I simply replied with "it's a hell of a lot less dangerous than cocaine" now I did not think it to be a funny, witty response, but apparently my wife's coworkers did...
  19. Chad_NC

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    It's cheaper than drugs to. Much more of a rush!


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  20. wyobohunter

    wyobohunter Been here awhile

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    I call bullshit on the second point. Depends on the drug... Though I no longer partake as I'd lose my job, wife etc etc