Stupid questions people ask you when stopped

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

  1. eepeqez

    eepeqez Long timer

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    Some years ago my sister had twins (yikes, they're 15 now!).

    Now everyone knows that you're supposed to have a conversation with the new mum about her babies.

    And everyone knows that the first question you ask is:
    "boy or girl?"

    And my sister would answer, "one of each".

    And then because they're twins, they know they're supposed to ask:
    "Are they identical?"

    My sister developed a range of entertaining answers to this one. My favourite was "all except he's got a ...".

    She even had one guy try to insist identical twins could be of different genders.

    One of my friends actually followed "Are they identical?" with "I can't believe I just said that" before my sister managed to answer. These people, who are smart enough to feel stupid, are actually the smart ones!



    Basically dumb formula questions aren't about a desire to know something but not thinking about it first; they're a conversation starter, said without much thought to their content. That's why so many people asked my sister if her twin son and daughter were identical, and its why some many people ask the same simple but not very bright questions at the petrol station when they just want to admire your bike (everyone used to ride once) / boat (they all know boats are for fishing) / Morris Minor (everyone's grandmother had one).

    What other formula situation/dumb questions have we all experienced?

    When I went to Ohio and met suburban suicide deer I finally understood why Americans ask... - No, we do not have kangaroos hopping down the streets in suburban Australia. :cool:
  2. Eso Teric

    Eso Teric Been here awhile

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    Never actually thought of it that way, nice "outside the box" thinking. You are absolutely smack on, I think back a little now on some 'dumb' questions i must have asked, non-bike related, like talking to a neighbour: "mowing the lawn huh" when it's quite obvious (he's on a tractor cause it's a few acres haha), or getting pulled up by the police "driving to work today huh" (usually they pull me up on the bike :rofl , i live in a rural area so i know them well), it is purely a convo starter.

    I feel a little abashed now, when i used to groan at people from work asking whether i rode to work today ... whilst carrying a helmet etc!

    Nice way of putting some stupid questions into perspective :thumb

    Cheers
    Eso
  3. Jasper ST4

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    For me, the most asked question... "How fast does that thing go?" no matter which bike I've ever been on. As if I'm going to lay down on the tank and do a full Bonneville speed run to test her out.

    On the airhead people used to say "Wow, I didn't know BMW made motorcycles".

    One guy at a stop light..."Hey, what's that big thing down by your foot?"

    "Uhm, a cylinder."

    "Oh. Is there one on the other side?"

    "Uhm, no. This is a five hundred. The one thousands have one on each side."
  4. Pantah

    Pantah Red Sox Nation

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    Sitting on my KTM:

    "Hey is that a Kawasaki?"


    "Yep"....:lol3
  5. Rwells

    Rwells Adventurer

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    I had a guy on a Goldwing pull up beside me and start chit chatting, he said the same thing (he had so many lights on that thing I thought it was a christmas tree) I told him "no it's the "BMW" of motorcycles". Light turned, I was gone.
  6. kerhonky

    kerhonky Adventure Poser

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    This one wasn't stupid, but I'm too lazy to start a Funny Questions People Ask You thread.

    Security guy at the front desk as I walked in wearing my two-piece RoadCrafter: "That thing bullet-proof?"

    Me, with a chuckle: "Just about."
  7. revrandy

    revrandy The Riding Rev.

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    I pull into a parking lot recently in Yorba Linda (I'm lost but that's another story) and a guy with 2 kids pulls in next to me.

    My bike is a flat black DL650 with all the stickers removed, black topcase and black sidecases.

    Kid #1 - Cool bike
    Me - Thanks
    Kid #2 - Cook bike
    Me - Thanks
    Dad - It's a batbike kids, cool huh?
    Me: :confused
  8. David R

    David R I been called a Nut Job..

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    My dad bought a new CX500 when they came out in 1978. An other bike pulled along side him and said "How do you like that V8?"

    David
  9. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades...

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  10. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades...

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    Want some deer?

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  11. IRideASlowBike

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    A couple days ago, in a parking lot in New Paltz NY, a man and his wife came up to me and complimented me on my bike. The man then said, "is that a Triumph?"

    Don't see how you can confuse my Jap Harley clone for a Triumph... :lol3

    He then said, "is it really old, or is it meant to look old?" I told him it was just meant to look old, but that it was a '99 :lol3
  12. eepeqez

    eepeqez Long timer

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    When my friend from Ohio was out here in Aus we did a fair bit of sightseeing. Now we actually have feral Sambar deer in the mountains east of Melbourne, but I'd certainly never seen one. My mental concept of a deer was pretty much what you've got eating your gardens and trying to take down motorcyclists in Ohio.

    So when we came around a corner on a winding dirt road near Gembrook and found ourselves face to face with a Sambar deer the size of a horse standing at the edge of the road, I was stunned - and she was "meh, it's a deer, where are the kangaroos?".

    Graham

    Sambar deer in Australia.
  13. Eso Teric

    Eso Teric Been here awhile

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    Nice, just checked out the link, now i only have to worry about roo's .. rock wallabys, (least they're not as big as the ones in WA), rabbits, foxes, wombats and koalas (when i get some more time i will post a pic of that one), now Sambars, as well as cars, i love the challenge :evil
  14. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    Triumph makes some cruisers that I confuse with Jap/HD cruisers at a glance. The Triumph America is one that comes to mind. Obviously once I see the engine the confusion is gone, but from an obtuse angle or from the front/back sometimes it's hard to tell.
  15. mi500

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    i was eating some wings and the girl seeing my helmet and jacket asked me "what do you ride" and before i could answer she said "like a motorcycle or a crotch rocket?"

    i just said "its in-between a cruiser and a crotch rocket" the puzzled look on her face was great.
  16. fancyindigo

    fancyindigo schmancy...fancy

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    +1:clap Yep, been there!
  17. SpitfireTriple

    SpitfireTriple Seek Truth

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    I keep reading here about this "crotch-rocket" thing. I don't hear it in Britain, but maybe that's because I don't know any Harley-DavidsonTM owners. It seems to be a derogatory name. Rather than acquiesce to it, then, would it not be better to turn it round? Why not respond, "I don't know, what's a crotch-rocket?" The questioner will then be required to say something along the lines of..." Good handling, good brakes, good suspension, fast, reliable". That's just taken the wind out of his sails then.
  18. Eso Teric

    Eso Teric Been here awhile

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    I think, although not 100% on this, that a "crotch rocket" is a "rice burner" what you and i would normally hear as a term, and yes i guess it could be derogatory, if you owned a Hayabusa though you could then turn around and mention that it does over 300km/h (186 mp/h), has approximately 172HP at the rear wheel, weighs in at about 260kg or 573lbs, redlines at 11,000 RPM has a rear wheel bigger than most off roaders and that the acceleration feels like you have "rockets attached to your crotch" and is certainly not for boys.



    It may look something like this ....


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    Of course i could be wrong on what a "crotch rocket" is :ear



    After all it might look like this ...



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  19. ScottDill

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    Different biking culture over here. A "crotch rocket" is just a cute name for a sport bike, though as you see here, it is often used by the uninformed for ll non-crusier type bikes. It's not derogatory at all. just overused and starting to sound stupid to the ears of most riders. Its been used so long that, i think some of the people described think it really is a type of bike.

    Sometimes it is said with derision, but only because they only consider cruisers to be real bikes......its what a bike looks like in their mind when they imagine it and the cruiser is central to American riding culture....no big deal really.


    "Rice Burner" is meant to be derogatory, though it has been taken back somewhat. Afterall Japanese is no longer synonomous with cheap, it has been accepted as high quality even if resented by certain flag waiving types.
  20. ggrjr

    ggrjr Been here awhile

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    Most people in my area refer to just about anything not a cruiser or dirt bike as a crotch rocket. They even call my Strom a crotch rocket.