Stupid questions people ask you when stopped

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

  1. Patch

    Patch Long timer

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    Somehow I managed to ride 7,000 miles across country and back without any stupid conversations. Sure I had people stop by at gas stations and exclaim - wow, you rode far! but that was it. Genuine curiosity and good natured conversation.

    There was one hotel employee who told me I looked tired upon checking in. She asked if I'd been riding long and when I replied - yeah since Colorado she did a double-take and didn'tt know what to say but sure sped up the check in process. I was in Indiana.
  2. kendives

    kendives Been here awhile

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    In full atgatt checked in at a hotel in West Virginia. Getting ready to go to my room on the third floor when the clerk asked how far I had ridden. Told her left Wisconsin that morning. She asked for my key back (I'm thinking ????). Hands me a new key and says "I put you in the ground floor suite. You look like you could use it.". Made my day.
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  3. VX Rider

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    Say little and say it quietly
  4. Nytebreed

    Nytebreed Need more braaap

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    Maybe the guy with the truck had old Triumphs?
  5. oldgrizz

    oldgrizz Long timer Supporter

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    I had one fellow at a gas station walk up to me and start ranting about how unsafe those murdercycles are and how I should sell it and buy a nice car.
    He was going on and on about how sport bikes should be illegal (I was on my FJR) and that if I kept riding I was sure to get killed.
    He then asked me what I thought.
    I told him that motorcycles are a hell of a lot safer than walking up to someone who is 6 ft 5 in tall and 300 lbs and telling them how to live their life.
    He walked away still ranting and raving
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  6. jredford

    jredford Ninja Racer

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    I have always been amazed the ability some people have at sharpening their stoopid skillz.
  7. MauiCowie

    MauiCowie Long timer

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    You haven't thought this through very well. There's a lot of people who should NEVER be on a motorcycle.
  8. Wildmtn

    Wildmtn Been here awhile

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    Don't want to speak for oldgrizz but I suspect that may be the point. Those who should NEVER be on a motorcycle wouldn't be on one for very long in that scenario. However, with that sort of volume of riders and the associated injuries etc. from those who should not be riding I suspect we would see a rapid change in either the legality of two-wheeled motorized transportation or the requirement to ride them to protect the masses from the danger...
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  9. Wearyeyed

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    Totally agree, although it would be a super hard transition waiting for all the uninvested car drivers to die-off in favor of those who passed the gauntlet of having ridden motorcycles first.

    And, of course, there’s the issue of people who are physically unable to ride, but could otherwise drive. I wouldn’t want to leave them out just because “rules.”

    For people unwilling or incapable of riding a motorcycle due to attitude (like, the attitude of not wanting to learn and improve the skill or, “It’s too dangerous, so promote me straight to the vehicles that are the main danger to motorcyclists”) I say tough; you probably shouldn’t be driving, either.
  10. Riteris

    Riteris Dessert Runner

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    This week, they started renting scooters here in DC. I am afraid. Very afraid.
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  11. mountaincadre

    mountaincadre Long timer

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    Actually guys I think your right, over here you go throw multi layers to gain a full motorcycle licence with the 1st being a CBT ,(compulsory basic training) it's to make sure you can actually ride a bike and not just a case of having the money to buy one, I've often thought that if new car drivers had to do this it would give them a better idea to the dangers a motorcyclist faces when riding and hopefully make THEM better drivers.
  12. mitchapalooza

    mitchapalooza Rider is Air-cooled Supporter

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    Oh, great. It was bad enough in College Park, now it's in DC too. Oh wait, I'm in CO now...carry on!
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  13. Tool.Nerd

    Tool.Nerd An idiot that owns a bike

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    Every time I turn on the radio here in TN, I hear about folks making scooters illegal. I wonder when that's going to progress to motorized scooters (or at least be misinterpreted as such) and then on to other 2 wheeled vehicles....
  14. Rider2

    Rider2 Been here awhile Supporter

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    There was an article in the local paper here in Canadia (where Canadians come from) about people using high-powered/fast "personal mobility devices" in the traffic lanes. They are an upgrade from the electric wheelchairs we've all seen, and instead of going maybe twice walking speed, they go 4-5 times that speed. People are using them on the road where they're really too slow to be part of the traffic mix, but they're also too fast to be on the sidewalks because they can mow down pedestrians - again a massive speed differential. The police are saying to act like pedestrians on the road - ride facing (against) traffic, not with it.

    Kind of the same situation as people who ride regular scooters, which are 30 mph maximum, right next to the curb on a road where traffic is going 50+. They should find another route IMO. They could get killed on those things.
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  15. raywilson

    raywilson Been here awhile

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  16. ChopperCharles

    ChopperCharles Long timer

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    I like those scooters! I don’t understand why people have such a big problem with them. They’re fun and they make travel in a city actually exciting, instead of tedious and annoying. I don’t mind parking far away and hopping on a scooter to get downtown. But walking 20 minutes in the NC sweltering heat... not so much.

    Chrles.
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  17. Lee R

    Lee R Man in a Box

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    I’m the opposite, I’d love it if cars were banned from city centers.
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  18. jredford

    jredford Ninja Racer

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    I’m in Nashville most of the scooters here that don’t get crushed by texting obliviots end up in the Cumberland.
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  19. oldgrizz

    oldgrizz Long timer Supporter

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    Like I said.. it must have been the scotch....it was goooood
  20. Oilhed

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    When I was seventeen my girlfriend's smokin' hot older sister had a cool boyfriend who was a welder by trade, wore a leather jacket and had Billy Squire hair. He drove a camper van, which he banged her in every night and rode a GS550L Suzuki. One night they were at a concert and took her car. His bike was parked in front of the house when the skies opened up and boy did it rain. My girlfriend's father ran out to push the bike into the garage because I guess they melt in the rain or some shit. Of course he dropped it. I bet the boyfriend was really happy he did him that favor.