Originally Posted by jnclem
On a recent trip across Wyoming, while I was packing up at a motel in Riverton, a young local kid, maybe 14, was eyeballing my old R100GS. He asked, "What are those things sticking out the side? Is that the engine?" I explained that it is a horizontally opposed engine, and that those were indeed the cylinders. He stared at it for a minute, and then came out with, "Have ya ever got grilled?" I stared at him for a while, and finally managed, "Grilled?" "Yeah, grilled by those things sticking out like that. You know, git yer leg against 'em and get grilled?" I chuckled, said "not yet," and kept packing. Nice kid, at least he was thinking.
That's a great story!
I started a new job a couple months ago, and the place has roughly 1000 employees. There's dedicated motorcycle parking in the lot, and I seem to be the only one who rides. Once or twice I've seen another bike parked, but almost always mine is the only one.
So... I'm already the "motorcycle guy."
So the other day a coworker comes up and asks me what kind of bike it is. He tells me he's got a VTX 1300, but he doesn't ride it to work because he doesn't have any luggage like I do. He's referring to my 45 L Givi topcase that I keep on the bike all the time. I carry my work clothes in it, and then store my riding gear in it while I'm working.
He tells me that he was over looking at my bike and commented on the topcase, "It looks like one of those bikes that you'd use to ride around the world."
And then he adds, "I don't mean that in a bad way."
Cool thing was is that he expressed some regret over buying a cruiser since he said he can't go a lot of places he likes to ride since it doesn't have any ground clearance and the tires aren't up for gravel.