That was awkward. . .

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by r60man, Nov 5, 2013.

  1. r60man

    r60man Been here awhile

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    Something happened to me on Saturday that I am still wondering about. I was getting gas in my BMW K1100RS when I noticed a guy staring at me. I looked away, but then he say, "You need to get a Harley."
    I said, "No thanks, I like what I have."
    "Piece of German shit." he replies.

    I was almost done filling so I chose to ignore him. I was securing the tank bag when he starts to approach. I did not want to be sitting on the bike in case I needed to defend myself and he had a buddy with him, a peacemaker it turned out. I was wearing full gear so I really wasn't scared of him, I just didn't want to deal with any crap. The bike was on the center stand and he sort of kicked at it, like he wanted to knock it over. He missed and I get the impression that he is either drunk or under the influence of something. I said something like "WTF is your problem." and his buddy comes over and grabs him and walks him to their truck. I got on and made a hasty retreat. This is a first for me and I am still wondering what his deal was. I understand brand pride, but that seemed a little extreme to me.

    Anyone else ever have to deal with something like this? How did you handle it?
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  2. GB

    GB . Administrator

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    A hasty retreat is the most prudent course of action, especially when you're on a bike.. even when you're in the right, you could end up getting hurt.

    Moved to the Riding forum.
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  3. Velociraptor

    Velociraptor TrackBum

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    Good decision. You never know when some nut might pull a gun.
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  4. ozmoses

    ozmoses Ride On

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    I blame it on the human penchant to breed incessantly & indiscriminately...

    Also, while a hasty retreat may have seemed (& probably was) the prudent choice, it is why he'll do this again-under the influence or not.

    A lot of people are on this tough guy trip mostly because they've never been called on it.
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  5. Yosemite

    Yosemite Banned

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    There are a lot of weirdos in the world. You handled it well. I had to physically push a very drunk man away from me and ride away once. He insisted that I give him a ride and was getting beligerant about it.
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  6. windmill

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    I've experienced it now and then over the years, mostly the "real bike" crowd but , a few others too.

    Some folks think ignorance and arrogance is a badge of honor.

    Years ago I almost got my ass kicked because of the "real bike" crowd when I owned a Harley FLT.
    I was following a group of wannabees to get on a Washington state ferry, bikes go to the front of the line and load first. There was already another group on a mix of UJM's waiting for the ferry to arrive. We pulled up to park, as soon as the pirate group finished with their blipping and got off their bikes, they started in harassing, the other group by making the usual wise cracks.

    Tempers were starting to flair, but the ferry arrived and the loading process took over everyone's attention. Once parked, the UJM group headed inside the passenger area and the pirates stayed outside to pose for the tourists.
    I found their adolescent behavior embarrassing and headed inside to get a coffee.

    Several of the UJM group were in line at the cafe and when I walked up they started shooting me some dirty looks, but I just ignored them looking out the windows. Finally one turned and said "awfully quiet when you don't have your buddies to back you up".
    I explained I wasn't with them and found their comments offensive too, but the damage was done and they considered me guilty by association. They made their comments, and I just let it slide, only replying most people who ride Harleys are not like that group.

    Reason finally won over and nothing happened. Sure glad it was daytime and no alcohol was involved, otherwise it may have turned ugly.
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  7. SgtDuster

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    This.

    Don't overthink it.
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  8. SkiFastBadly

    SkiFastBadly A beer? Yes, please

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    How close to York were you? Could be a guy who got laid off from HD.
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  9. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    Each one of us has the asshole gene coursing through our veins. Society dictates that we keep it under control if we care to have a modicum of success in our lives.

    A small segment of society have simply given up trying to suppress it or are straight up sociopaths that never catered to even trying except when they do so to manipulate their victims.

    Add a substance impairment to the mix and you have an Instant Asshole.

    Never turn your back on them and never let them strike first. :deal
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  10. khager

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    In my experience it's always Harley riders that start this shit. While most 90+% of Harley riders are not like that, the riders that are, are exlusively HD. I've never seen or heard riders of Euro, or Jap bikes treat other bikers this way .
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  11. MacNoob

    MacNoob piney fresh

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    I will let my signature speak
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  12. SkiFastBadly

    SkiFastBadly A beer? Yes, please

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    A guy on a VStrom told me that my Uly wasn't leaking, it was menstruating. I thought that was very mean.
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  13. DAKEZ

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    :nono Gold Wingers and BMW Riders are the worst. :deal

    They are just less aggresive because they don't want to get their ass kicked. :lol3
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  14. EricD10563

    EricD10563 Been here awhile

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    This happened to me in the late 80's early 90's I pulled into a big box store parking lot in Vermont needed some warm shirts. Anyway was riding a Honda and these Yahoo's in a pickup three in the back and two in the cab ride around me and my gal and start yelling some crap about the brand of bike I'm riding. I just looked at them and sent my gal in the store to get what we needed no way I was going to leave my bike. They didn't come back but I just had this feeling they were waiting for me to leave.
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  15. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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    And one day they will be. If they're lucky, it'll only be an ass whipping.
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  16. Stan_R80/7

    Stan_R80/7 Beastly Gnarly

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    My R80/7 has a kotex pad on the shelf below the transmission. The pad lasts a long time before needing to be changed. She has needed that pad for the last 20+ years. Eventually, I plan to 'rebuild' the gearbox and replace the rear seal, which will likely stop the leak. The bike will remain female, however.

    It has gotten worse at gas stations in the last few years. After dark, anyone approaching while I am getting gas is ignored as much as possible. Most times, they want cash. I found spotting the weirdos before they spot you is a useful skill.
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  17. scootrboi

    scootrboi Long timer

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    Attitudes from bikers can be puzzling. You can imagine that riding an obscure scooter for many years, I have had to deal with some now and then. But I think the strangest experience I ever had was when I rode my friend's old black MotoGuzzi up the Barre Montpelier Road (Rt. 302) and for miles, everyone on or beside a large motorcycle gave me a big smile and a wave. Like we were pals. But that is how many bikers are. They could care less about the rider, it's the bike they are waving at.
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  18. Brian Keith

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    My brother-in-law and I participated in Emily's Parade in Denver a few years ago. It's mostly Harleys but there are several other types of bikes as well. We were walking back to our bikes (an FZ1 and Aprilia RSV4) through the parking lot and this older woman on the back of a Harley qued up to go sneered and called us assholes. I have no idea why to this day. I just ignored her and kept going. The whole day was a pretty good experience all the way around otherwise.

    The "I Love You Guys" Foundation & Emily's Parade.
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  19. Red9

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    Bottom line is if you weren't riding a "piece of German shit" it wouldn't have happened.:D (that's sarcasm in case your wondering).
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  20. DougFromKentucky

    DougFromKentucky Just a good 'ole boy

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    I usually don't get too much attitude from other bikers. Main reason is probably because I have a USMC sticker on the bike that is very visible. :evil I am also pretty big and don't intimidate worth a damn either. I tell my wife it is because predators leave other predators alone. There is easier game out there.
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