Stupid questions people ask you when stopped

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

  1. Oilhed

    Oilhed MarkF Supporter

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    I work with a guy who has a harley. Says he rarely rides it anymore. Cuz it’s covered in chrome and takes to long to clean. A non-motorcyclist will always find a reason NOT to ride.
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  2. Rick G

    Rick G Ranger Rick Supporter

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    A non motorcyclist doesn't own a bike. What you are talking about is a poser!

    Rick G
  3. Oilhed

    Oilhed MarkF Supporter

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    I consider a motorcyclist a rider
    people who collect bikes but don't ride a non-motorcyclist
  4. HuntWhenever

    HuntWhenever Motorcicle Commuter

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    Sounds like he needs to buy a new "blacked-out" Heritage. Or one of those "Specials" that have their rear draggin' the ground.
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  5. Sasquatch2112

    Sasquatch2112 Old Angry White Guy (OAWG)

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    I consider myself a rider even though I can't ride two wheels anymore, I have to ride three. A stroke took my balance, so two wheels is no longer an option. When I see people on adventure bikes I yearn to have my balance back. LONG story, but no my balance will not come back and three wheels is as close as I can get to the feel of wind in my face!

    Guys that only ride to "bike night" are not riders!
  6. mach1mustang351

    mach1mustang351 Long timer Supporter

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    this is a common misconception. The black bikes are harder to keep clean and look worse if you don’t keep up with them. I was parts manager at a HD dealer for a few years.
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  7. goD giB

    goD giB Been here awhile

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    Or a reason to only buy bikes with minimal chrome.
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  8. goD giB

    goD giB Been here awhile

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    Personally I prefer to work with a good shellacking of dead bugs.

    The bike looks the same again after 2 weeks anyway.
    Hasn't been cleaned except for special occasions for the >130,000+ kms I've ridden her year round in all weathers. Not washed (other than lights) for > 70,000.

    But, a light rinse with the power washer, a soap down with truck wash, another power wash, towel dry, plastics restorer on the plastics, clean the chrome on my mirrors and forks and it is showroom ready in 45 minutes. 2 hours if I also clean the chain and sprockets.

    Quality shiny black paint that has been waxed properly is insanely easy to clean.
    Matt Black is often easier to remove paint and try again.

    Same with chrome. Good chrome barely needs the rinsing from a passing shower. Mediocre needs lots of Polish to get the same effect. Crap chrome... Is well... Crap.

    I ride to ride, not to be seen riding.
  9. Oilhed

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    Or just let it wear down like that primer chevelle or gto the kids had in high school. Wasn't that the idea behind HD "Denim" paint?
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    davenowherejones short old guy

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    I had the same question about my 2014 Honda Forza 300 maxi scooter with a really bad clutch bearing up in the Yukon.
  11. CharlesLathe

    CharlesLathe Been here awhile

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    Cool and raining on Monday and I was trying -- usuccessfully -- to find an a last minute Christmas gift. A woman, from her car, yelled something at me that included the word "motorcycle." I don't know for sure that what she yelled was stupid, but I pretended I didn't hear her.

    Yesterday afternoon, I rode 97 miles around home. It was sunny and and in the low sixties. I saw quite a few riders out enjoying the day and when I stopped at Tractor Supply to get a gift for a neighbor, the cashier said, "What a beautiful day for a ride. I've been in here all day, but I'm done in 27 minutes."

    After paying for my purchase, we wished each other a Merry Christmas and I said, "I hope the next 27 minutes passes quickly!" She glanced at the cash register, turned back to me, smiled, and said, "26 minutes."

    Pretty smart.
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  12. onebadscrambler

    onebadscrambler Been here awhile

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    I'm thinking that may have been an opportunity offered.
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    rodrigzj Been here awhile

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    That was a invitation.
    I would waited the 26 minutes!
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  14. Macho Man2

    Macho Man2 Long timer Supporter

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    I have a bunch of buddies who ride Harleys with all the chrome. They often make comments about me riding when it's been raining (I would not be riding when the roads are wet, it would take me half a day to clean up my bike!) I just tell them I bought my bike to ride not just to look at!
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    Stopped one day to get a bite to eat,I was wearing a yellow Aerostich jacket, lady in car next to me asked if I was a fireman. I almost laughed out loud to her.
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    maydaymike Fearless Commuter

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    You're supposed to respond to that one by offering to show her your hose.
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    Especially if you have enough that you can unreel it for maximum visual impact.
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    davenowherejones short old guy

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    I got a few free coffees when my Olympia lime green jacket was new.

    It is so dirty now they kick me out of the store.

    But it has over 100,000 km of travel on it now.
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    My son and I were on a bike trip east. Walking through a small town museum, in our riding gear, a woman asked if we were in a "Biker Gang". We were both wearing our Joe Rocket gear, so yeah...we're in a gang. The Joe Rockets! Look out! :-)
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    I was in line getting fast food lunch in my hi-viz Aerostich and the woman behind me asked me the same thing. She seemed pissed off.

    When I told he I was riding a bike and pointed to it, she calmed down and explained that her office had just been evacuated because of a fire and she was acting annoyed because thought I was a firefighter shirking my duty.