Stupid questions people ask you when stopped

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

  1. viajero

    viajero Too old to be a nOOb

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    Of the questions I get asked most frequently two stand out. How fast does it go? To which I answer "plenty fast enough for this old man".

    What kind of mileage do you get on that thing? To which I answer "about 50mpg if I don't get into the throttle too much".

    2000 VFR 800 with about 112,000 miles on it.
  2. oldgrizz

    oldgrizz Long timer Supporter

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    I was asked how long can it go on a tank of gas
    My answer was.
    Right until it hits empty....
    That was after the questions of.
    How fast can it go?
    Do you park it when it rains?
    How much did it cost?
    Can I take it for a ride?
  3. David4

    David4 Been here awhile

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    Was recently approached at a gas station, the guys questions might be considered naive by many but I patiently and respectfully answered them all. We owe that to each other here on earth!
    Have a nice day!
  4. Barron

    Barron M0DAH0LIC Supporter

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    Standing next to a GS the guy asked, is that a Harley? Then, how fast does it go, what kind of oil do you use, what's the best tire for that bike, have you ever jumped it...
    This went on for a few minutes in friendly conversation until I (the guy) couldn't keep a straight face anymore. lol We talked about bikes for a while, it was a lot of fun and we both left laughing about it. Ya gotta have fun out there people!

    -Barron
  5. Karlfitt

    Karlfitt Long timer Supporter

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    So basically one of the questions was "Have you ever taken it off any sweet jumps?"

    nice
  6. thechief86

    thechief86 jack of all daniels

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    My gs has been airborne more than once....
    I usually get the "Why do you ride a dirtbike to work" when I ride my KLR on knobbies.
    I just reply that all bikes are dirtbikes, some just better than others. I don't really get into why the klr is a sucky dirtbike, lol.
  7. YBDRTY

    YBDRTY Adventurer Supporter

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    While going through the buffet line at the restaurant in Prudhoe Bay, I was asked by an elderly patron how many gallons there are in a barrel of oil. I told her that I didn't know just as I came to realize that she figured that I was an oil-field worker due to the hi-viz Darien jacket I was wearing. BTW - it's 42 gallons.
  8. LopezXC

    LopezXC Been here awhile

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    Maybe he thought you were ridin' a BMW, so you need to carry an oil barrel with you :D
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  9. Twin headlight Ernie

    Twin headlight Ernie Custom fabricated dual sport accessories

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    I had a Harley rider comment about my KLR. "that's not a Harley". I replied. "I know, that's one of it's best quality's"
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  10. Scubawerx

    Scubawerx Scubawerx

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    Yesterday, while filling my Ducati at a station, helmet on, riding gear on...

    "Nice bike, is it yours?
    "Yes, and thanks."
    "Do you ride in this cold weather?
    "Yes, sure do."
    "You must wear the right clothes for riding in the winter."
    "Yes, I do."

    Under my helmet she couldn't see that I was smiling, knowing that she was soon to be quoted on this very thread.
  11. Edoz

    Edoz n00b sauce

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    Telling you motorcycling is "suicide" and wanting you to stop makes them feel better than admitting that they might be killing you through their carelessness.
    They're not trying to prevent your death, they're trying to absolve themselves of the responsibility of paying attention.
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  12. Riteris

    Riteris Dessert Runner

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    If you were really on the ball, you would have thought to take a photo to post here.
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  13. mitchxout

    mitchxout Long timer Supporter

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    I've found it helps to be bilingual when it comes to talking motorcycles with the public.
  14. baldman1

    baldman1 Long timer

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    If your BIL didn't know what a sport bike was then he wasn't a rider but rather a poser.
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  15. HuntWhenever

    HuntWhenever Motorcicle Commuter

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    I'll re-post one of my earlier comments...
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  16. Riteris

    Riteris Dessert Runner

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    And your point on this thread is?
  17. HuntWhenever

    HuntWhenever Motorcicle Commuter

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    That a lot of "stupid questions people ask" are just strangers trying to be polite or engaging in idle chit-chat.

    I thought that point was pretty obvious in my previous post.
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  18. Riteris

    Riteris Dessert Runner

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    The tread is:
    Stupid questions people ask you when stopped


    Not:

    strangers trying to be polite or engaging in idle chit-chat.


    You seem to have missed the point.


  19. CaptCapsize

    CaptCapsize Long timer

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    In my opinion, I think a stranger asking if it is your bike, while you are gassing and while wearing full gear, counts as a stupid question.

    I think he missed the point too, but.
    What I think the point rider may have missed, is she was probably hitting on him. He should have offer her a ride ... or to ride her.:viking

    You will never lose your mind, if you keep you it in the gutter. You'll know right were you left it.
    I keep mine there for safety sake! :lol3
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  20. Daboo

    Daboo Been here awhile

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    My answers that I would think of, but never say in blue...

    I had a similar conversation from someone at the Costco gas station yesterday. I enjoy them, though with earplugs in and the helmet on, it is sometimes hard to hear them.

    Chris
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