We've all got one of those friends...

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by MotorCade, Oct 19, 2012.

  1. Gooch

    Gooch Been here awhile

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    Naw, they pump their own there (especially if they're from the County). :wink:

    This thread has been an education. I'm not surprised to hear that people fuck with bikes, but I am surprised that for so many of them that means actually sitting on them. I'd be incredulous and angry -- even among my buddies, we ask first.
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  2. Tuna Helper

    Tuna Helper Rawrr!

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    Years ago when I had first started riding I had an 80-something KZ440. I was at a friend's house with another friend, and we were standing on the sidewalk by the driveway when friend #2 asks to ride my bike. He's one of those bullshit experts who has a story for everything, but I didn't really have a reason to not believe he knew how to ride. He gets on the bike and starts it, and proceeds to take off a bit fast. Right there where the driveway dumps out into the street was a hole in the dirt. He hit that square and went down. I remember a turn signal was broken and the headlight. Didn't ever ask again.

    I don't loan bikes out unless it's a good friend who I know can ride.
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  3. Ceri JC

    Ceri JC UK GSer

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    Best "messing with someone's bike" incident I've seen was on a pushbike way back when "quick release" was a new thing and most people didn't know what it was or how to operate it. A family friend, who was already a competitive road racer got a new bike for his 18th birthday which featured quick release wheel. He took it to school to show it off and his mates were swarming around it playing with the levers, gears, etc. and, as it transpired the front wheel's quick release. All was well and good until he popped a wheelie on the way home, the front wheel dropped out and his forks dug into the road on the way down, throwing him off the bike and putting him a coma.

    For a while, it looked like he was going to be a vegetable. Fortunately, he made a full recovery and is now a chopper pilot in the navy, so it hasn't affected him too badly.

    Nonetheless, it demonstrates there's a reason you shouldn't mess with other people's property and it's not just that they'll get angry or that you might scratch it.
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  4. Ceri JC

    Ceri JC UK GSer

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    Sounds like this guy!

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  5. Long Gone

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    I learned, twice, in college not to lend bikes to those one doesn't absolutely know can ride. One guy ran my CL350 to the end of a parking lot and dumped it. The other came back after a ride and told me the knob on the shift lever "just came off." I found dirt and grass under the engine later. No more Mr. Nice Guy.
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  6. Donkey Hotey

    Donkey Hotey De Jo Momma

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    :clap Good for that guy.
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  7. kamikazekyle

    kamikazekyle Been here awhile

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    I haven't had anything like that *yet*, but came close. I have a V7 Stone on order, and one of my coworkers asked if he could ride it. I knew he didn't have any motos, so I jokingly said "sure, if you have a class M." (Here in VA that means you're legal to ride a motorcycle). He pipes back with "oh yea, I think I do," and whips out his drivers license to check. Sure enough he has a class M but doesn't remember how he got it. I managed to save myself by pointing out I didn't think I had any helmets that would fit him (yay my small head). On a followup, he used to ride a very long time ago, and has always renewed or transfered his license with a class M without paying attention.

    If anyone has actually messed with my motos or sat on them, I haven't been privvy to it. My Ninja is alarmed and sounds if you so much as touch a tank bag, but the closest I've seen are just people looking. Most people ignore my CBR when they see it's just a 250, and the Multi hasn't seen the light of day for months (ugh I hate that thing).

    I guess it probably helps that most of my riding is during the weekdays while most people are at work, or very late at night, so I encounter very few people that have much interest. Actually, the only times I've even been approached for an actual conversation while riding a motorcycle were from older gentlemen in their 50s that weren't riding at the time, but had motorcycles at home. Ironically, they've all owned Kawaski's from the 80's or 2000s.

    That's a little creepy, when I think about it.
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  8. sloweddy

    sloweddy Tree Hugger

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    The name didn't ring a bell, so I had to look it up. What a beautiful bike. If it rides as good as it looks, it should be great bike.
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  9. 250senuf

    250senuf Long timer

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    Translation please!! I think they're speaking English but I can't be sure. :lol3
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  10. Jacl-Kampuchea

    Jacl-Kampuchea Booze Merchant

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    +1

    Unless it's my DR250 AND I'm leading him/her - as it's fairly unbreakable. But they do have to promise to pay for any big damage/fuck it up, buy it kind of deal.
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  11. Jim Moore

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    Dude. You managed to "save yourself?" Just tell him "no." No self-saving involved.
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  12. Chip Seal

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  13. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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    Some folks have balls, and others just worry about everything. :rofl

    It's lots easier for people to learn politeness and respect for others and their property if their parents taught them when they were young. Learning as an adult can be hazardous and painful, as that guy found out.
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  14. kerhonky

    kerhonky Adventure Poser

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  15. abnslr

    abnslr rides a motorcycle

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    Looks to me like it worked out pretty well all around, then.
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  16. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    ...and can afford to buy the bike from me in cash.

    In my group of riding friends, anyone can throw a leg over a buddies bike. We all own, or have owned bikes, so we are careful not to kick a turn signal or scuff the seat with a shoe. Riding them is another matter. Each of us knows the approximate cash value of the other's bikes, and consider riding it possibly buying it.

    One of my friends actually bought another friend's Yamaha Seca II after laying it down in the twisties. He fixed it up and kept it, and the other guy used the money to upgrade to a CBR600, so all was OK. The precedence was set, however, and we all knew it.

    Oddly enough, the owner of the CBR died a few years later, so he now has that bike too. We always sit around talking about how we'll take turns riding the dead friend's bike, but the caretaker is the only one who ever rides it. It is pretty much priceless at this point...

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  17. the Pheasant

    the Pheasant Been here awhile

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    Many years ago I was on a three-day off-road ride in France; road-book navigation, run by Chris Evans of TBM mag fame, great fun etc. My steed that year was a 34L Yamaha Tenere - the first model, with massive 34litre fuel tank. Naturally I only put about 10l of fuel in at a time...
    First stop on day two, one of my friends pulled in with me and filled the tiny tank of his XR600. Having done so, he offered to put some petrol in my bike to save time. I wasn't really paying attention and realised too late that he had brimmed the tank. About the only good thing about this was that I refused to pay for the excess and had a couple of weeks' worth of riding out of it. The bad thing? I lost count of how often I dropped what became known for the rest of the weekend as 'The Fuel Bowser'.
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  18. triplenickel

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    That was nice of you.
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  19. TheLandYacht

    TheLandYacht Adventurer

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    I can't understand how that could ever get old.
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  20. sloMark

    sloMark Been here awhile

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    Dude it's a rugby team. This surprises you? Aren't these the same guys that chug a beer outta a boot?


    I was a weak side wing and fullback (15) waaaaay back in the day....