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Old 10-21-2009, 12:19 PM   #841
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I gotta get a bigger tailight
Here's the closeup.



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Old 10-21-2009, 08:54 PM   #842
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C'mon now. That kind of lighting graffiti isn't very .... nice.
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Old 10-21-2009, 09:29 PM   #843
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Hey, ColinDoyle: where can I get a set of those "army brown"-wall tires?
Might want to wash that muffler before the mud bakes on. Wait...does that make it a "custom ceramic coating" if it does?
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Old 10-22-2009, 06:37 AM   #844
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Posted for Jamie Z:

C'mon now. That kind of lighting graffiti isn't very .... nice.
Tedious little bitch, aintcha?
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Old 10-22-2009, 07:13 AM   #845
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My nephew and I had just ridden down off the Cherohalla Skyway into Tellico Plains. It was cold, foggy, lots of lightning and thunder, and horizontal, wind driven rain. We've just gassed up and are standing under the overhang of the convenience store, helmets on, making huge puddles as the water runs off our rain suits. Two deputy sherriffs come out of the store and look at us . . . "You guys riding in this shit?" Nephew's answer was classic. "Nah, we just dress like this to get the chicks."
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Old 10-22-2009, 10:58 AM   #846
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Might want to wash that muffler before the mud bakes on.
So what if it does?

My Ruckus has been known to get a bit dirty, too.






Nobody asks any stupid questions when I ride that.
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Old 10-22-2009, 02:50 PM   #847
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So what if it does?

My Ruckus has been known to get a bit dirty, too.






Nobody asks any stupid questions when I ride that.
No, I suppose mot. Most folks what have no idea where to even start asking questions.
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Old 10-22-2009, 05:37 PM   #848
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I'm sensing a theme to your bikes...besides the mud.
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Old 10-22-2009, 07:42 PM   #849
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I call that look, "User-Friendly!!!"...and I LOVE IT!!
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Old 10-22-2009, 10:47 PM   #850
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I'm sensing a theme to your bikes...besides the mud.
The Ninja cost half as much as the Ruckus, so I used it as a testbed for the Krylon Ultra-Flat.

I'm going to stop derailing this thread now.
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Old 10-22-2009, 11:00 PM   #851
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You guys need to get over yourselves...
I often get approached by people, and yeah, normally they open with kinda' dumb or redundant questions. BUT, I have heard some really cool motorcycling stories from old timers, learned about new places to ride (on and off road), been invited to go riding (going on a group ride in two weeks), rode a couple or really nice looking gals around the block on separate occasions (one of which calls me occasionally for another ride), found a couple of really good deals on "barn bikes", gotten job offers, etc...
Sometimes the people I meet aren't worth fooling with, but for the most part I get a big kick out of the gas station conversations. I like reading their faces too, the young guy drooling over my dirty bike or the old man who, in his mind, gets sent back many years to his days riding his BSA through the fields (and all the hell raising of his youth!). It's all cool, I'll talk to everyone of 'em.
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Old 10-23-2009, 08:21 AM   #852
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Like some have said already, I just make some polite response or if it's worth it engage in conversation to either teach or learn something myself. However, this one that happened the other day did kinda leave me scratching my head.

I ride up to the local grocery store in full ATGATT with layers and liners for the cold. It has been unseasonably cold here of late even for Vermont. temps are usually in the upper 50s at least but we've been having days in the 30s for quite a stretch. Still I'm dressed for it.

As I hop off my ride and start taking my helmet off this guy in his late 20s or early 30s coming out with a 12 pack stops to gawk at me and says "Boy you must be wicked cold out riding this time of year! That's crazy!". I point to my outfit and say, "That's why you dress for it.". What was HE wearing besides a beatup baseball cap? A t-shirt, shorts, and sneakers with no socks. So who was crazy?
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Old 10-23-2009, 08:47 AM   #853
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As I hop off my ride and start taking my helmet off this guy in his late 20s or early 30s coming out with a 12 pack stops to gawk at me and says "Boy you must be wicked cold out riding this time of year! That's crazy!". I point to my outfit and say, "That's why you dress for it.". What was HE wearing besides a beatup baseball cap? A t-shirt, shorts, and sneakers with no socks. So who was crazy?
I got something similar (early 20s gal, walking out of the grocery store) and I realized that the question she was really asking was "is there some reason you're torturing yourself?" I think this question is behind most of the probing queries one receives when riding in what appears to be unideal weather.

In my case I didn't bother mentioning dressing warmly, or counter with why she was walking home in the same weather rather than driving. I just grinned and said "yea, but I'm still having fun!"

People are curious and want to hear whatever the crazy story is that compelled you to venture out unprotected in the elements. That you might be doing it for fun doesn't occur to them.
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Old 10-23-2009, 10:28 AM   #854
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I rode to work today for the first time. I was told 3 times by the same person "it sure is a cold day for a ride!"

I simply said "not if you have the right gear. It's beautiful out!"
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Old 10-23-2009, 10:32 AM   #855
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I rode to work today for the first time. I was told 3 times by the same person "it sure is a cold day for a ride!"

I simply said "not if you have the right gear. It's beautiful out!"

These are the same people who will wear shorts and flip-flops for a road trip in the winter, thinking their car cannot possibly break down.
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