People doing stuff on your bike

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Andyvh1959, Jul 16, 2013.

  1. jordan325ic

    jordan325ic Been here awhile

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    I don't ride bikes shiny enough to care about. I've never known it to happen but I wouldn't care if it did.
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  2. justafurnaceman

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    Going off on a tangent since it didn't happen to my bike, while at FT Irwin as a training observer for NTC I came out of the barracks one morning to find a drunk Soldier sleeping in the front seat of my rental car. I hadn't bothered to lock it since I didn't have anything in it and it was directly in front of our open bay barracks. I did a double take and made sure it was mine and then asked him if he wouldn't mind sleeping somewhere else. He stumbled off and apparently went through a couple of the other open bay barracks room until he finally found his bunk. He must have had one heck of a night. Luckily he didn't puke in the car.
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  3. Qwik

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    I used to park my 950Adventure about ten feet from where I stood at the entrance to the bar Where I was a bouncer. I'm standing there one night and have two couples walk by me and one of the guys points at My bike and says "its mine" the girl (very drunk and o shit very ugly) starts to climb on it. I yelled at her to "Get off it" and she started yelling at me "it's his so fuck you" I walked over and told her to please get off. Then The dumbass guy grabbed my shoulder. It ended with him cuffed and her crying to the PD. she was so drunk she couldn't get it through her head that it wasn't his bike.
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  4. NorCalslowpoke

    NorCalslowpoke Long timer

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    I'd be way more worried about a kid getting hurt or killed if a 500+lb bike fell on him/her than any cosmetic damage.

    It could be a real, real bad deal if a big bike pinned a 40-70lb kid.

    I've had neighbor/family kids want to sit on the Guzzi. No problem, but only if I'm nearby. Hell, I'll fire it up and let them turn the throttle.

    Not really cool or mature for an adult to touch a strangers bike without asking...but not a huge deal worthy of flipping out over.

    I did find a homeless guy sleeping in my POS 67 caddy 'vert one time...just had to tell him to move on, no big deal.

    Cheers
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  5. jsalman93

    jsalman93 Been here awhile

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    I've worked as a sports coach for a youth basketball team and it wouldn't be uncommon for kids to run over and touch my bike. Never bothered me or anything, I was one of those kids who gawked at bikes once, but I never ran over and got my greasy hands all over them. It was the parents who had no respect for personal property though.

    One time I was walking to my bike after work to see one of the parents from another team (big fat Mexican guy with his fat wife standing there) sitting on my bike twisting the throttle and showing off. He got off by the time I reached my bike and was trying to act all cool about it saying, "Cool bike, ehhh. I bet it's real fast, ya know?":huh I didn't really have a response for that, just a polite, "Yup." and left. God, I'm glad I left that job (but that's another story entirely):lol3
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  6. Sidecar Jockey

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    At my old apartment building (in downtown Baltimore, but a good part of town) the parking lot for residents was also 'public' and was often full of tourists.

    I had my Ural parked there, and on several occasions came outside to find people sitting in the sidecar. It didn't really bother me, until the little grab rail attached to the windshield got bent, which probably happened when someone put all of their weight on it climbing in or out.

    To try to solve the problem of random people getting in my sidecar, I got a cover. That did not work, people would just take off the cover and sit in it anyway.

    Then, I started strapping (and locking) my 20L jerry can to the 'step' on the sidecar, thus blocking both the step and entrance cut-away to the sidecar. Solved, right? NO. People started using my sidecar fender as a step to climb into the car. A real fatty must have tried it one day, because I came outside to find a big dent in the top of my fender.

    My next idea was to take the Ural off road and get it nice and muddy. I mean totally covered in mud, I purposefully got the sidecar seat dirty too. I then parked it in the lot, and no one seemed to touch it. I guess the stupid tourists don't want to get their nice clothes all dirty! (it was a covered lot, so the rain didn't wash it off)
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  7. CallMeBoog

    CallMeBoog hi functioning idiom

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    in 2010, I went to the bank - it's in a mall, so I parked my 2009 Super Sherpa in a normal spot, about 3 spots from the mall. I leave my helmet on my mirror, and turn the handlebars to the locked position (all the way to the left). I come out of the bank, and these two idiots are messing with my bike. The girl is sitting on the bike, wearing my helmet. and hanging on to the handlebars. The guy is in front of the bike, hands on the bars, straddling the tire, and trying with al his might to straighten the bars. back a little, then WHAM against the lock. back and forth. as I get nearer they both look at me, and immediately look embarassed.

    I said "What the fuck are you doing to my bike? Get off my bike, give me my helmet, NOW"

    Woman never said anything the whole time.

    guy "oh, uhh, my GF is looking for a small bike, and I wanted her to sit on it."

    (she's still on the bike) I'm yelling now "Get off my bike, NOW"

    "chill out man, we didn't hurt nothing, I just wanted her to sit on it. What's wrong with your steering, anyway?"

    "The handlebars are locked. it's an anti-theft measure, You might have broken something trying to straighten them. Get her off my bike now."

    "Geez maan, take it easy". she gets off the bike, and drops it because they had put the sidestand up.

    I called the police. I had this bike for a month at this point. brand new. Guy starts to try to pick it up. I holler at him to leave it. He looks at me like I'm retarded. I told him I wanted the cops to see how they had vandalized my personal property without permission.

    Long story short, they leave. I followed them to their car, all the while they are swearing at me, telling me It's no big deal because it's a dirt bike, etc etc. I get their plate number. Cops come, I tell them everything, a little old lady comes over, points to her car, says she saw the whole thing and backs me up. That night I get a call from mr & mrs. idiot. "uhh, Hi. I was wondering if there is any damage to your bike?" I told them that the bars were bent, clutch lever broken, the front & rear turn signal lenses broke, and the passenger peg they had flipped down broke. I told them that i was looking at about $300 in repairs for their little escapade. The guy asked where he could bring me $300 to cover it. I told him that Officer Friendly at the police station would hold it for me and that I didn't want him to know where I live, because one day I might find him and his GF inside using my shower, or my stove, or watching my TV, just "to see what it's like".

    I got the money.
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  8. stoke

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    Especially the Ural sidecar and Sherpa stories-what the fuck is wrong with people!? It is not OK, ever, to mess with people's personal property.

    Regarding the Sherpa story, this was my suv, but I walked out of my office one time to find a pack of drunk people trying to pull the spare wheel cover off...a girl was doing that while another one was pulling on the mirror. I threatened to beat the shit out of everyone involved on the spot and pulled the girls off the vehicle, and immediately everyone started to yell at me to "calm down" and "it's no big deal". Yeah, vandalizing my car was no big deal. They walked away, waited until they were half a block away and started giving me the finger and yelling at me.

    Why is considered ok if a girl does it, and why are people such pussies that they waited until they were out of striking distance to yell back at me?
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  9. Andyvh1959

    Andyvh1959 Cheesehead Klompen Supporter

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    Well, if I yelled that people would most likely be wondering if I wanted mole sauce or flour tortillas.

    Two words of this I DO know; Jesucruisto and la moto.

    But y'know, saying "Jesucristo what a ride!" doesn't have quite the same effect.

    Good to know this thread sticks with a lot of people. I simply don't understand why people think they can just help themselves to our personal property. If I ever find someone messing with my bike, even my old 94 BMW, if nothing has happened I'll ask where their car is, have them point it out to me. "Why?" will likely come up. I'd respond, "go ahead, take your time, while I go digging around in your car, see what I can find."
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  10. XRCA

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    Sorry to resurrect, but I was wondering how often this happens to others. I parked my S1000XR at a grocery store not that long ago, and I ALWAYS turn my bars to the left. When I came out, the bars were turned to the right, and part of me felt violated, that someone had taken it upon themselves to mess with my personal property, probably for a photo op. When I think about that they could have possibly dropped my bike, it incenses me even more. Anyone else have any stories, especially where you caught the douche (douchette) that was overstepping?
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  11. Nataraj85

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    Did you see the person?
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    Stopped at a McDonalds many years ago during schoolies (spring break) and came out to see a youth about 17 years old sitting on my bike.

    In front of his mates I told him that the playground was over there and to fuck off.

    He was lucky.

    In retrospect I could have handled it differently, and probably would today.
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  13. rd400racer

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    Surprisingly I've never had a bike issue, mine was over a helmet. To start, I have a weird thing about my helmets. I don't let anyone wear my helmet...I have spares should the occasion ever arise. Anyway, I go to a party at my good friends house and put my helmet in his bedroom with all the coats. This was an expensive Arai and it should have been perfectly safe there, right? I come in from his backyard a little later and there is some jackass that I've never seen before wearing my helmet while walking around his house. Now I had a bit of a buzz going (which didn't help the situation) so I grab the helmet and started yanking it off his head while screaming obscenities like only an ex-sailor can. Of course he had strapped it so I'm basically pulling his head off his neck. Yeah, it caused a scene but I didn't give a shit. I would bet that's the last time he ever tried on somebodies helmet.
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  14. Barry

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    Many years ago... like 1985, my buddy has a GPZ550, and comes out of our employment to see some dick sitting on his bike. He didn't say a word, just walked up, grabbed the guy, and tossed him onto the ground. The guy was fucking speechless. He had no idea he'd done something wrong. My buddy had to mansplain that if he was sitting INSIDE the dude's car, he'd be upset right? Then the light went on a wee little bit. People are fucking idiots.

    I went to Radford College to visit same dude... rode my FZR 1000 down. PRISTINE bike. Come out after a night down there, fucking bike has scratches on BOTH SIDES. Some drunk dipshit college fuck knocked it over, then dropped it on the other side while picking it up.

    Reason 4732 why in general, I hate people.

    Barry
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  15. Barry

    Barry Just Beastly

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    In addition to what I posted above, I had a 1984 900 Ninja. For me, SPENSIVE bike at the time, and I babied it. I'm cruising around one night, stop outside a local bar. Dude I don't know starts up with "nice bike... how fast is it, etc etc".

    Then the nugget "can I ride it"? I was like "fuck no you can't ride it". All hurt he's like "why not"? I'm like "because your an idiot for asking me and I don't know who the fuck you are". He sulked away after that.

    People... you can't figure them out!

    Barry
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  16. davenowherejones

    davenowherejones short old guy

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    Many years ago I was touring Canada on a Honda CB125. I was walking around Quebec City.

    There was an American older couple who were looking at a Police Harley motorcycle. I could see the officer in the restaurant window.

    The old lady decides she want her picture taken sitting on the motorcycle. The officer came out quickly to talk friendly to the people.
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  17. XRCA

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    I didn't see the person, only that my bars were turned in a way that I never do. But it made me think that someone had to have sat on my bike and turned the bars, then set it back down after doing whatever it was they were doing.

    In another instance, I had my helmet inside my office at an old job, and this one lady looked at the helmet, looked at me, then licked her claws and ran then down the visor of my helmet. I immediately jumped up and started yelling at her about it. She seemed surprised, as I think she thought she was hot shit and could get away with anything. She never came by the office again after that :)
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  18. XRCA

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    Dude, both of those are cringe-worthy. I agree with the sentiment in both scenarios, and man I don't know what I would do if I actually caught someone sitting on my bike, since I'm not exactly big enough to toss someone to the ground. I'm fairly good at yelling, but am not an intimidating person, size-wise.
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  19. Barry

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    Well, my buddy was 101st Airborne, MP, and had seen combat. So he was not bothered by putting his hands on someone... at that time we were both making minimum wage catching shoplifters. So we were all about putting hands on whenever possible. Good times. Being older and wiser, not getting shot/sued is probably the wise choice.

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  20. Tall Man

    Tall Man Speak as you find.

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    I'd wager that "people doing stuff" that they shouldn't do is at least partly geographic in nature (thus echoing what @scottrnelson said).

    I've been out and about on my motorcycles for enough years now that if even a modest segment of the locals were prone to the poor behaviors described in this thread, I'd have witnessed them, or their after-effects, long ago already. That hasn't happened yet. Neither my patience nor my insurance has been tested, and I'm grateful. I wouldn't argue with anyone's suggestion that luck probably plays a part here.

    Ask permission first, and I'll let you sit on the Ural for as long as you're willing to listen to me wax poetic about it.

    Do so sans permission, and/or act entitled when confronted, and we'll be working from an entirely different script.
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