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Old 07-18-2013, 05:24 AM   #6661
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I park my 2012 red R1200R on the sidewalk at my girl friends house. It was garbage day so her can was on the sidewalk too. I pulled right up to the can and went inside. Two reasonably well dressed men were looking at the bike. Girl friend asked if she could help them. They asked what she was doing with the motorcycle like it was out to the curb with the garbage. We both got a good laugh.
I actually got my very first bike this way - a neighbor down the street had put an '86 Yamaha Radian out on his curb with the rest of his trash. I saw it riding my bicycle home from school one day, and almost kept riding past because I figured who'd throw out a motorcycle? But I decided to see what the deal was, and the guy was out in his garage cleaning another bike, so I went up and asked him if he was really throwing out the Radian. He said yes, it had been sitting forever and he'd just bought a new Harley (the new bike he was cleaning) and his wife was making him get rid of it. So I pushed it down the street on flat tires, ran back and forth from my parent's house to his a few times grabbing all the parts, and after about 40 minutes of effort and $0 spent, I had a motorcycle!
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Old 07-18-2013, 06:44 AM   #6662
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That doesn't sound stupid. That sounds like a future bike rider looking for a BMW :)


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Yeah, I got a great question from a young kid once, I think all kids are smart up to a certain age. My dad had a shop he kept out in front of a trailer park, and I used to work on my bike there. A young kid, maybe 9 or so, was looking at my SuperTrapps with the end caps and asked how the smoke gets out. It was a good question based on observational skills and thinking for himself. I felt sad that all his older friends he was hanging out with were already well on their way to full-fledged mouth breather status. I hope that kid somehow avoided their fate.

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Old 07-18-2013, 07:32 AM   #6663
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I actually got my very first bike this way - a neighbor down the street had put an '86 Yamaha Radian out on his curb with the rest of his trash. I saw it riding my bicycle home from school one day, and almost kept riding past because I figured who'd throw out a motorcycle? But I decided to see what the deal was, and the guy was out in his garage cleaning another bike, so I went up and asked him if he was really throwing out the Radian. He said yes, it had been sitting forever and he'd just bought a new Harley (the new bike he was cleaning) and his wife was making him get rid of it. So I pushed it down the street on flat tires, ran back and forth from my parent's house to his a few times grabbing all the parts, and after about 40 minutes of effort and $0 spent, I had a motorcycle!



Hot Damn SloMo, you really do live up to the tag line under your screen name!!!

Cool story.
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Old 07-18-2013, 10:06 AM   #6664
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I think all kids are smart up to a certain age.
That would be a great quoted sig line!
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Old 07-18-2013, 01:09 PM   #6665
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A young kid, maybe 9 or so, was looking at my SuperTrapps with the end caps and asked how the smoke gets out. It was a good question based on observational skills and thinking for himself.
My daughter asked me once "how come gravity doesn't work on birds?"
I know I'm biased, but I thought that was a pretty cool question.
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Old 07-18-2013, 01:16 PM   #6666
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My daughter asked me once "how come gravity doesn't work on birds?"
I know I'm biased, but I thought that was a pretty cool question.
Hope she wasn't 21 when she asked it, though.
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:01 PM   #6667
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Hope she wasn't 21 when she asked it, though.
Haha, no she was in 1st or second grade. They must have talked about gravity in class that day.
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Old 07-18-2013, 10:08 PM   #6668
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A guy in a parking lot asked me what type of bike I was riding and when I replied, "A Honda XL600R," he said it looked small for a 600.

Not a stupid question, but I guessed he did'nt know much about enduros and I just shrugged.

He has probably never wrestled a 300lb machine off road or had to kick start one on side of a hill.
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Old 07-19-2013, 09:14 AM   #6669
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My daughter asked me once "how come gravity doesn't work on birds?"
I know I'm biased, but I thought that was a pretty cool question.
I once had someone ask me what kept me from flying off the bike if I hit a bump. I guess that's not a really stupid question, but if you hit a bump in the average car while not wearing a seatbelt you don't hit your head on the roof.

I didn't really feel like getting into all that though, so I just said "Gravity."
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Old 07-19-2013, 10:11 AM   #6670
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but if you hit a bump in the average car while not wearing a seatbelt you don't hit your head on the roof.

I do. I do in most cars if I am wearing a seatbelt. Cars are terrible.
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Old 07-24-2013, 04:32 AM   #6671
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I'm down at Fort Gordon, GA for work right now. The place is crawling with Privates in training.

I brought the Husky down, and am ATGATT at usual, despite the heat. I walk into a chow hall, 'stich on, and am waiting in line, surrounded by Privates.

I hear some low-volume banter behind me. Then it gets quiet. All of a sudden, this kid snaps to parade rest and says "Excuse me, sir, do you fly fighter jets?"

Fort Gordon is the home of the US Army Signal Corps. Nothing but communications guys here, and not a runway to be found.
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Old 07-24-2013, 04:56 AM   #6672
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That is extra awesome. Should told him you were part of a new team defending the Pacific Rim from alien monster attacks .

Sorry, being bombarded by commercials this morning .
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Old 07-24-2013, 06:50 AM   #6673
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Or, told them you are part of the drone program.
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Old 07-24-2013, 12:05 PM   #6674
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I'm sure RD came up with something good


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Old 07-24-2013, 12:15 PM   #6675
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I just told him that I fly a Husqvarna. He looked really confused.
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