Stupid questions people ask you when stopped

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

  1. der_saeufer

    der_saeufer ?איפה בירה

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    We have those in Brussels, from three different companies. The kick scooters are pretty much meh, but these NIU electric "50cc" scooters are another thing altogether. They're limited to 45kph here, which is fine on city streets (speed limit 30 or 50), but oh man are there a lot of people doing stupid crap on them.

    So far I've almost taken one out on a freeway with my GS and one has almost taken me out while cycling on a bike path--neither of which is a legal place to ride one. People who own 45kph scooters know these things, but all it takes to rent one of these is a cellphone and a car license. People who own scooters also know how to filter--those things are tiny but I get stuck behind them while filtering pretty regularly.
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  2. goD giB

    goD giB Been here awhile

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    If you can't think of anything cool to say, just get them to talk about themselves.
    Generally people's perception of you is rooted in the interest you show in them .
  3. RandyButternubs

    RandyButternubs n00b

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    I once had a guy walk up to me, feel up my petrol tank, and say, "Ah good, a metal tank.". He went on for a bit about how he was a doctor and about the perils of plastic fuel tanks. The double whammy was that this was in London, where you Do Not Talk to Strangers. I can't remember what I said in return; I was pretty stunned so I think I may have just stared at him, open-mouthed, until he went away.

    Funnily, he had no opposition to the fact that I was riding a 30 year old rust bucket with clapped out suspension and bearings.

    All my bikes have had plastic tanks since. :rofl
  4. 250senuf

    250senuf Long timer

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    And what are the perils of plastic tanks according to the good doctor?
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  5. RandyButternubs

    RandyButternubs n00b

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    He was under the impression, rightly or wrongly, that they were more likely to rupture and cause a fireball in the event of a crash.
  6. adam728

    adam728 Long timer

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    I'm in a rural area and haven't dealt with the scooters first hand, but my understanding is that a lot of them are limited via gps location. Take one on a pedestrian path and they'll either shut down, or limit them to a couple mph.
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  7. Chip Seal

    Chip Seal Long timer Supporter

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    It always happens just after I put in ear plugs. Rolled the bike out of garage to begin a trip. Guy walking by detours up the driveway and says something. I tap my ear and say, ear plugs! He comes right up to my face and warns me about crazy drivers! LOL, I say, Thanks, you have a good day too! I had never seen him before.
    I guess we're buds now. Waves to me when I walk my dog.
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  8. der_saeufer

    der_saeufer ?איפה בירה

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    The kick scooters (Bird, Lime, etc.) are limited like that in some areas, mainly to keep people from flying down boardwalks and pedestrianized zones with them.

    We're talking about "real" rental scooters, which are basically a 50cc Vespa/Buddy/whatever twist-n-go but with electric power. Those have a lot more potential for people who don't know what they're doing to get flattened. The companies offering them seem to trust the renter not to ride them through shopping malls, and hopefully the fact that it feels like a vehicle rather than a toy accomplishes that most of the time.
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  9. adam728

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    I totally want to ride one of those through a shopping mall now. How do you think they handle escalators?
  10. DeepBarney

    DeepBarney International Bumbler

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    Depends...


    How are you at trials riding? :deal
  11. jredford

    jredford Ninja Racer

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    You should try going up first.
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  12. Even Madder Matt

    Even Madder Matt Been here awhile

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    I don’t know, but you better have ‘I Can’t Turn You Loose’ playing on the eight-track when you do it.
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    If the plastic tank was from a BMW, it would probably have blistered or faded paint. Good reasons to hate BMW plastic tanks.
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    Nytebreed Need more braaap

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    I may have played that game in my youth on a KX80.
    Fun game, would recommend.
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    WindBlast Sonorous and Effulgent

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    When I lived in NorCal "Doc Wong" was my chiropractor when I was having back issues. He told me that riding was terrific for my back. It is true. Get a different chiropractor!
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    Sitting under cover at a small gas station while it poured rain, with the rain gear safely tucked away at home, the local meth heads pull into the gas station and proclaim "Getting rained on, huh?"
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    MikeyT Krusty Olde Pharte

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    Sux, don't it? I learned over 50 years ago, always, always have rain gear with you.
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    Laboratory Rat böser meister geist Supporter

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    Yup, but a box of Dollar General trash bags got me home without hypothermia, so plus side acknowledged :tough
  19. Riteris

    Riteris Dessert Runner

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    Proper planning beats riding in trash bags every time.

    Btw, i was just in your neighborhood! The Mrs. and I did some hiking in Acadia. I looked for you but did not see you. In Millbridge tonight!
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  20. Laboratory Rat

    Laboratory Rat böser meister geist Supporter

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    Correctamundo!!


    I'm hard to find like that....