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Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by cold_fire, Apr 13, 2009.
does that thing run good?
My 17 year old son and I were on a three day dual sport ride and stopped at a scenic overlook in Arkansas, when a group of HD pirates rumble in, blipping their throttles and generally acting like cruiser crows.
One of them looks at my sons KLX250 and scoffs, "Why don't you get a Harley?".
My son looks over at the guys bike and says... "Nah, I like to ride.".
Loved it! That's my boy!
Summer 2008 I am in north eastern Colorado on my motorcycle...alone...headed for Park City UT from western NY. I stop at a gas station to fill up & on the other side of the pumps is a herd of motorcycles from Arkansas. A couple of them come over to chat...they look at my license plate..."New York!! wow you are a long way from home...! Where did you leave your trailer? . No trailer, I reply...."You mean you rode your bike all the way here???" Doh!!!:eek1:eek1:eek1:eek1:eek1
A few years ago a friend and I rode up to a gas pump on our bikes ('00 VFR and '99 900RR) and the attendant says "Gas or diesel?" ...umm, yeah, I think we'll fill them ourselves.
The other day I'm at the grocery store and cashier sees my helmet and asks what I ride, I say a BMW, he says "hmmm, I fucking hate BMWs". I reply, "Well I guess I better sell it". I'm not sure why complete strangers think their opinions matter :huh
I'm finding a very common theme among this thread and the other thread in Jo Momma...assclowns think "Harleys" are the only "real" motorcycles.
Count the number of times somebody is asked "why don't you get a harley?" "Why don't you get a real bike (in reference to a Harley)."
Hmmm...is chrome more corporeal? (Well it is easier to see until it blinds you and you crash into a pole) Is an ugly azzz huge front tire and fender and pig that weighs 900 lbs some how more tangible? (Well, it is when it falls on you when you lay 'er down) Is the obnoxious stupid sounding off-kilter potato exhaust more GENUINE than the noise another bike makes? (well, it's certainly easier to hear, that is until it deafens you for life) Are the forward mounted uncomfortable controls that kill your back and make you hump a football for hours absolutely more "REAL" than the sensible controls on a UJM? Well they make you look like more of an idiot while you're riding the damned thing so people will notice you more (well, until you suffer from back, kidney and shoulder problems and start riding something more comfortable (but more fake)).
Well, I guess it's true. Harleys really ARE more "Real" than other bikes.
Yesterday, while stopped on my homebound leg of commute, aboard the ZZR with full gear (boots, gloves, stich, ff helmet), I get an F150 driver in the lane to my right, leaning out his window and asking me,
"Why didn't you buy a real bike? Get yourself a Harley!"
My response to him was succinct.
"I'm not the one stuck behind a wheel, am I?"
I wouldnt sell, I'd get on my bike and GTFO before the caveman tries to fuck it
I get ( thats a little bike, what size is it? ) with a puzzled look. Followed by 800 -RED button- drowning out anything the follows muffeled from the Termi. twice pipes, rude blip of the throttel for the full asshole effect.
I know it's a yellow bike I should expect it..
If I get the can I ride your bike question I respond with "Can I ride your girlfriend? I'll just take her around the block."
Triumph riders very quickly get used to two questions:
1. What year is that? (or "Did you restore that yourself?")
2. Didn't they go out of business?
Usually followed by "I had a Triumph/knew a guy who had a Triumph/my Dad/Uncle/brother had a Triumph back in ...."
When I lived in Charlotte I had a Yamaha Virago 1100 and riding through my ghetto apartment complex one day, a kid yelled out "will that thing do a wheelie?"
My response was "not as long as I own it!"
So long as you didn't give a stupid answer...
Child Unit got his endorsement last month and has ridden to school every day since, including some real crappy days when we offered him car keys. (heh. snicker. BWA-hahahaha... my work is done here.) Anyway, he says he gets some real doozies:
(Wearing full gear, carrying his helmet.)
"Do you ride a motorcycle?" or "Did you ride your motorcycle to school?"
No, I'm a poser.
"What's a poser?"
I'm late for class.
Some of the comments he's well prepared for.
"Did you know motorcycles are dangerous?"
Life is dangerous; I want to enjoy it while I can.
We got him a "beginner" bike, a 1989 VTR250. He hears "My bike is a bigger/faster/cooler than yours" a lot. The default answer is "Swell. Why don't you ever ride it?"
One of my bikes is an Aprilia Falco. I know it was never the most popular bike, and "What's that?" is a frequent question.
It's an Aprilia.
Uh, cool who makes it?
Aprilia. It's an Italian bike.
Oh, like Ducati?
Er, sort of...
Hey, come look at this guy's Ducati Aprilia!
I occasionally get comments from people in cars next to me or pedestrians waiting to cross the street pointing out that my Ducati sounds like it is in serious need of a valve job. I just pull in the clutch lever and ask "Does that sound better? It's the way Ducatis sound with dry clutches".
At the gas station people occasionally say something like "Wow, a Ducati. That must be fast." Usually that's when I'm on the ST2 with hard bags, which isn't exactly a race bike.
A few years ago when I broke some ribs after falling off of a chair while painting a door frame in my bathroom about half of the people at the company I work for asked if I had crashed my motorcycle again. "No, it was a bathroom accident."
Most comments that I get are friendly and I've never gotten an offensive comment from the Harley crowd.
my wife and i were just outside the badlands on our rt in sd stopped for a drink and this guy and wife on a motorcycle stop. the guy asked me if i knew anything about bikes and i said no (my wife gave me a weird look). then he proceeds to tell me that riding through the badlands overheats your tires and you need to weave back and forth like the nascar guys to cool your tires. i kept a straight face and said thanks for the info. later my wife said how did you know? just lucky i guess.
Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet.... When he's tired of it, can I have it?
"How fast does it go?"
"How much did it cost?"
Aren't motorcycles dangerous?
OMG!! I HAD NO IDEA! Thank you.
Line forms behind me.
I have a colleague who insists every day on asking if I rode in to work, in spite of the fact that I ride every day and there's a helmet on my desk.
I got told by a HD rider that I should buy an American bike if I was going to live in America ... right after I told him I rode an ATK.
Riding the trials bike is always good for some dumb questions ... "It's a GasGas." "It's made in Spain" "No, it's not a kid's bike" "The seat's right there (pointing to the 'seat' sticker on the mudguard)" ... continue ad naseum