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Old 04-03-2010, 01:01 AM   #1501
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There is one worse: Unsolicited/stupid advice from another rider. I speak of the know-it-alls we thought we left behind in grade school. Riders, but complete strangers whose statements almost always begin with "You should..." run a type of oil, add this or that farkle, rearrange your packing, etc.

The sad part of the usually one-way conversation is how they sincerely believe they're sharing a great insight that would otherwise remain a secret, and that you are actually interested in hearing it.

By my experience they're almost always riding BMWs.
Just sayin'.
Well, you should...

It's the tone that makes the conversation...

Coercion takes practice...
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Old 04-03-2010, 01:03 AM   #1502
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Pulled up at servo in a very back woods country town, (thats a fuel filling station for the seppo's), a young two header came up and said.
"hey mista, can ya go buy some Beer for me"
me-> "why do you ask me that.

Two heads ->" cos ya must be 18 too be ridin a bike, aintcha "

Jesus, I could hear the banjo's kickin in.
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Old 04-03-2010, 05:56 AM   #1503
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"I resemble that remark"
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I assume, pun was intended?


Just could not resist... sorry.
This usage caught me out first time I read it (on another thread, some time ago). It is, however, a useful neologism/malapropism (benapropism?)
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Old 04-03-2010, 10:10 AM   #1504
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Wazzat smokin for?

I get that a lot.. Or "Why does it sound like that?" I guess a 2 stroke motorcycle like the ole RD 400 is pretty rare now...


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Old 04-03-2010, 11:36 AM   #1505
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Have a RZ 350, people tell me all time time that somethings wrong, "it's smoking".
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Old 04-03-2010, 12:18 PM   #1506
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Used to have an RZ350 yes people like to point out to you it is smoking, I always said "Good, for a couple minutes there I thought I was out of oil.

Had a newer Harley dresser rider pull up to me on my Triumph and ask me why I ride that Jap Crap? I asked why he rides an outdated vibrator?

Was at Honda dealers several times getting parts for my CB-1, got told by several honda never made a CB-1 and others after saying CB400F, Is that a 1000?

And last, some guys pulled up to me on my 400 and asked if I would pull a wheelie to which I said no, when egged on with the usual come on, I said do I look like a circus monkey to you?
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Old 04-03-2010, 12:22 PM   #1507
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Have a RZ 350, people tell me all time time that somethings wrong, "it's smoking".
Used to get same reaction with my IT490, must be something wrong with it smoking like that.
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Old 04-03-2010, 06:53 PM   #1508
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a useful neologism/malapropism (benapropism?)
Could you pleaee use smaller words, the rest of us are only simple colonials and these big words make my brain cell hurt.












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Old 04-04-2010, 04:40 AM   #1509
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Had a newer Harley dresser rider pull up to me on my Triumph and ask me why I ride that Jap Crap?
See, in that case I would have heartily approved of you saying, "It's a Triumph. It's British, you fucking idiot."
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Old 04-04-2010, 04:45 AM   #1510
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I get that a lot.. Or "Why does it sound like that?" I guess a 2 stroke motorcycle like the ole RD 400 is pretty rare now...



My brother had that very bike. POWER BAND!!!!
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Old 04-04-2010, 04:59 AM   #1511
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Interestingly, sometimes the conversations that arise and the people I meet at my stops contribute to the pleasure of the whole riding experience. I am a stop and smell the roses kind of rider, so it's rare that I am in a hurry. I treat all contacts while stopped as opportunities. In doing so I have met ministers from Fairbanks AK, distant relatives and parents of my kids classmates, all hundreds if not thousands of miles from home.

I was riding the Burgman 650 down US 90 in Biloxi MS when I scooted past a few Harley riders who happened to have quiet pipes. Burgmans have a strange "Jetson's" kind of sound to them and no discernable exhaust note. I gaught caught by the next light. The Harley riders pulled up on the side of the bike that the very conspicuous garbage can size muffler runs down.

"Hey is that thing electric?"

I simply pointed to the muffler. I'm not sure they understood.

At a stop in Alabama enroute BYOB last year I made a few friends who would have loved as much of my company as I was willing to give them. I told them I had a few hundred more miles to go. They invited me to come back when I had more time to kill.
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Old 04-04-2010, 05:47 AM   #1512
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Used to get same reaction with my IT490, must be something wrong with it smoking like that.

YOU SHOULD... tell them it is a diesel.
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Old 04-04-2010, 07:01 AM   #1513
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Used to have an RZ350 yes people like to point out to you it is smoking, I always said "Good, for a couple minutes there I thought I was out of oil.
Good reply. It will only be taken as a sarcastic (and rude) reply if the respondent was trying to score points by asking. Conversely, if it was asked in all innocence, it will not offend. This is the standard to aim for.
Edit: I like Riteris's diesel reply too.

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Had a newer Harley dresser rider pull up to me on my Triumph and ask me why I ride that Jap Crap? I asked why he rides an outdated vibrator?
Yes, the dresser boy deserved what he got. I'd guess he probably knew it was a British bike, but was being deliberately ignorant. Twat.

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Old 04-04-2010, 07:09 AM   #1514
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I haven't read all the pages so this may have been covered, but on the Ducati the dry clutch gets quite a few concerned comments. I've had people in a near panic tell me there's something wrong with my motorcycle.

Some just ask "Is your bike OK?"

Some standard answers:

It's a diesel.
I guess I should maybe check the oil.
I think I mighta put the wrong kinda olive oil in it.
What? Huh? I can't hear you.
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Old 04-04-2010, 10:32 AM   #1515
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Tell them you're running it without "clutch oil" in order to test its reliability.

If they're trying to score points over you, encourage them to try the same test with their engine oil.
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