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Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by cold_fire, Apr 13, 2009.
Just to preserve it for Linkweewee's online dating thread.
Thank you Spitfire. I do get (generally) mens' silly ways of starting a conversation - though I may not always understand them. However, why did the first line have to be semi-insultatory? I am by no means a femi-nazi, but sheez! Why not just ask if that is my bike out back, and if I am waiting for someone? I really like finesse when on a bike - not so much in a pick up line. And, I really don't bite...too hard.
I'll bet it challenges some guy's egos and they are more clutzy than usual, which may be considerable to begin with. I'm usually reluctant to say anything because I figure a gal has heard every line available and anything I say might sound like just another pick up attempt.
It is of course, I just don't want it to sound that way.
Or,,, Just make it sound obviously that way, and unless there's something wrong with her she'll laugh, and you've let her know exactly why you're approaching her in the 1st place.
Stopped at a roadside peanut stand when I rode a Ducati ST3.
Guy says, "Ducati... who makes that?" :huh
Next time say KTM.
When I got insurance on me Moto Guzzi Convert the agent I normally deal with was out for the day so the agent filling in argued with me that the title was wrong and my fancy sports car title should read Convertable.
Then theyre gonna say "Ive never heard of KTM"
"It's like the BMW of motorcycles"
I stopped off for gas at the local Stop 'n Rob last Tuesday and a guy in a stained wife-beater walks up to me. "Hey der buddy, is dat der one o 'dem Bee Ayum Dubbayuh crawtch rahkets?", he drooled out between his 'hagen and days old beard. I replied, "Yes sir, it's a BMW, but it's more of a cruiser then a crotch rocket", wondering how he could mistake a r1200r for a sportbike.
"Wayull, I juz wanded dah ask, id remindah meh of an ol my cousern used tah have" he said, as the local police came by and slowly traversed the parking lot. "Cool, well, I hope you have a good afternoon" I mumbled and shook his hand. He said thanks and went back to his brown rusted Datsun with the ruined springs.
Nice enough guy, but I couldn't figure out a) Yes, it's a bmw bike (whoopee), b) the R's don't exactly look like a sportbike. ??? Plus, he left out words in his sentences, it made it difficult to understand him. I guess he was just lonely and looking for someone to talk with.
File this one under strange encounters with people for 10.00 Alex..
Being a LEO, I would have stopped you and went with "oh man a caponord!.. always wanted to see one Can I ride it?
I took my bike to work for the first time today. I felt like I was living in this thread! All sorts of stupid questions. But I did realized that most people just wanted to have a conversation but didn't know how to start it up without saying saying stupid like "oh, look at the helmet on your desk - did you ride your bike to work?"
I even had one coworker say that, and then correct herself by saying "I guess that helmet would be overkill for driving your car." Good for her!
The best was when I was in the parking lot getting ready to go. I'm sitting on my BMW K75 and a coworker says "Look at you on on the HOG." A BMW is hog??????
I found that the motorcycle is a real conversation starter, no matter what sort of ride you are on, the more unusual the better. I often had bloke's my age, 61, look at my bike, 990 adv, and start with a well worn line, when i was younger, i used to have this or that, but when i got married, had to give up the bike. I usually say that i rather give up the wife than the bike and would have done so for the past 40 and over year's that i've been riding. I often ask what's stopping them getting a motorcycle now and you can tell some of them start thinking, why not, i reckon i've made few convert's out there, people just neeed a bit of a push sometime's!
Though for age 61, read 48. It's probably true of any age above 30.
I've been asked that one before by Bikers and I always reply the same...
Because H.D. doesn't make dirt-bikes and I'm riding to the woods not to the bar.
Believe it or not, they usually respect that kind of answer and the fact that you had backbone.:eek1
Awhile back while on the Ural, a chaps 'n' conchos type gave me the "real bike" remark at a gas station. He was smiling when he said it, so I figured it was just good-natured ribbing. I said "my bike's an underpowered, air-cooled twin with WWII technology that leaks oil and has sketchy reliability; what more do you want?"
He got a pretty good laugh out of it.
Good one. But the pleasure of being able to say it isn't enough to prompt me to go out and buy a Ural
While stopped at a red light a car pulls up next to me, the driver happily texting (as he had been for the last 6 blocks).
Him: Nice bike man (still texting).
Me: Thanks. It's almost as nice as the my last one, before it got hit by some guy screwing around with his cell phone.
Him: Uh, oh, uh, um, ya, sorry (puts down the phone).
Light turns green. I leave.
Way to raise awareness.
I was grabbing lunch on the way to class, wearing my jacket and carrying my helmet:
Cafeteria worker #1: Do you ride a crotch rocket?
Me: No, it's actually called a "standard style". It's a Honda CB750.
Cafeteria worker #2: So, a cruiser.
Me: No, very much not a cruiser.
Cafeteria worker #2: Yup, cruiser.