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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #30 on: June 18, 2013, 10:52:02 AM »
Geez... seems to me that tons of "those" folks refer to the rides as "scooters". A confusing lot.

Many years ago, when I worked with a few seriously hard core HD riders, it was explained to me that naked Sportsters and such were referred to as "scooters" and that the bagged out touring Harleys were "sleds".  The rest of the non-Harley bikes (especially Japanese Harley clones) were just referred to as, well there are rules against obscenities here.   ;D  That was in the early 80's when I was a kid riding Japanese standards, CB's and KZ's.

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #31 on: June 18, 2013, 11:00:41 AM »
Ok here's one:
me and my mates,16 years old sitting on our 50cc mopeds in a friends garage. He wants to see how much petrol he has in his tank and chimes up with:

"I know this sounds stupid, but has anyone got a match so I can see how much fuel is in the tank"

Well of course it sounded very stupid but my mate has always always been a very sandwiches short of a picnic and who were we to question his wisdom? So a box of matches was duly passed across...
Yes he lit it and tried to look inside the tank, cue explosion and much hilarity, no long term injuries...
Unlike another friend who tried to fire breath with petrol, but that's another story.
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #32 on: June 18, 2013, 12:34:41 PM »
I was in a gas station on my Royal Enfield when a guy in a Pick'm'Up truck pulled up and asked me if it was a Triumph. "Royal Enfield" was nicely emblazened on the tank well within his view.
Me: No, it's a Royal Enfield
Him: Does Triumph make them?
Me: No, they're built by Royal Enfield.
Him: Never heard of them.
Me: Well, now you've seen one!
He left.
I had a Triumph jacket on, must've confused the boy!

But the worst are the people who find out I ride and the first thing they ask is, "Do you have a Harley?"
I just tell them, "No, why would I want one?"

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #33 on: June 18, 2013, 01:25:56 PM »
Last year (March) I took my new 36yo GF to the Motorcycle races in the country. 
In the evening, after diner in a Chinese Restaurant, it went like this:
Me: "May I kiss you?"
Her: "NO!"
ME: "Why?"
Her: "I don't want to get pregnant!"  :o

Today, she still lives at home with Mum and Dad, although now rides an Aprilia!

It was probably the gigantic codpiece we keep hearing about that had her worried about your "abilities" .... !

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #34 on: June 18, 2013, 02:09:41 PM »
"Loud pipes..."   ~; :beat_horse
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #35 on: June 18, 2013, 02:31:25 PM »
"Where's Italy?"  No lie. 
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« Reply #36 on: June 18, 2013, 02:39:25 PM »
"Where's Italy?"  No lie. 
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 ??? ::)  Were you in Oklahoma at the time ?
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #37 on: June 18, 2013, 03:25:18 PM »
I was flat on my back in hospital, with broken femur after crashing a borrowed dirt bike on the street.

Age 17 or so; barely knew how to ride.  The ancient charge nurse in the Ortho Ward says:
"Do me a favor, next time you decide to ride a murdercycle (yep, she used that word) go
a hundred miles an hour."

"Why?"

"So you'll get killed, and I won't have to take care of you again!"

I never forgot this unpleasant sentiment; (though she's long dead by now) I beat her at her own
game.  I've gone the "ton" many times in near-perfect safety, on bikes like Hayabusas, etc.
Don't make a practice of it, but been done and then some.  And I'm still alive, to chortle at the old mean nurse!
Most nurses are great, compassionate people, but not this old bat...

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #38 on: June 18, 2013, 03:36:37 PM »
Did the term  "murdercycle originate in a SoCal newspaper after the incident at Hoillister ?

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #39 on: June 18, 2013, 04:16:16 PM »
I was flat on my back in hospital, with broken femur after crashing a borrowed dirt bike on the street.

Age 17 or so; barely knew how to ride.  The ancient charge nurse in the Ortho Ward says:
"Do me a favor, next time you decide to ride a murdercycle (yep, she used that word) go
a hundred miles an hour."

"Why?"

"So you'll get killed, and I won't have to take care of you again!"

I never forgot this unpleasant sentiment; (though she's long dead by now) I beat her at her own
game.  I've gone the "ton" many times in near-perfect safety, on bikes like Hayabusas, etc.
Don't make a practice of it, but been done and then some.  And I'm still alive, to chortle at the old mean nurse!
Most nurses are great, compassionate people, but not this old bat...

While out skiing I rode up the lift with a doctor.  I said something about my motorcycle and he went on a 15 min rant about motorcycles and how stupid they are.  He then suggested riding without a helmet to make sure I killed myself in the next crash rather than end up with a broken body that he would have to treat.
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« Reply #40 on: June 18, 2013, 05:21:47 PM »
While out skiing I rode up the lift with a doctor.  I said something about my motorcycle and he went on a 15 min rant about motorcycles and how stupid they are.  He then suggested riding without a helmet to make sure I killed myself in the next crash rather than end up with a broken body that he would have to treat.

Did you ask him if he was a Sonny Bono fan?

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« Reply #41 on: June 18, 2013, 06:36:44 PM »
Probably, he was an Army doctor.  ;)
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #42 on: June 18, 2013, 06:53:28 PM »
 The HD riding retard who loudly told all his bro's that " them Guzzi's couldnt pull the slack out of their chain. He knew, because he used to work on them"
This was after a group of us went around them like they were backing up while dog paddling around the hill country  racer road that is 337. 
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #43 on: June 18, 2013, 11:10:49 PM »
While out skiing I rode up the lift with a doctor.  I said something about my motorcycle and he went on a 15 min rant about motorcycles and how stupid they are.  He then suggested riding without a helmet to make sure I killed myself in the next crash rather than end up with a broken body that he would have to treat.

Wow.   That doctor had everything - adherence to his Hippocratic oath, sympathy, empathy, and love for his fellow man.  

Probably a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon.  Or (more likely) he's badly PW and his wife "won't let him have one ...."

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #44 on: June 19, 2013, 10:09:30 AM »
See above.

He worked at Walter Reed.  Not plastic surgeon in that sense.  Prosthetics.
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #45 on: June 19, 2013, 10:22:56 AM »
While out skiing I rode up the lift with a doctor.  I said something about my motorcycle and he went on a 15 min rant about motorcycles and how stupid they are....


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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #46 on: June 19, 2013, 10:25:37 AM »
While out skiing I rode up the lift with a doctor.  I said something about my motorcycle and he went on a 15 min rant about motorcycles and how stupid they are.  He then suggested riding without a helmet to make sure I killed myself in the next crash rather than end up with a broken body that he would have to treat.
I heard that weekly for the 16 years I worked at Duke University Hospital.
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #47 on: June 19, 2013, 03:26:34 PM »
Interesting, I was in the Plastic Surgery Clinic at Walter Reed Army Medical Center from 1993 until 2001, and was the Chief there from 1998 to 2001.  You don't remember a name do you?  I would love to know.  FWIW, I've been a plastic surgeon since 1991 and have been on bikes since age 18.  More often than not, when someone is seriously injured it usually involves alcohol and/or pure stupidity. 

Reminds me of the incredibly drunk biker who was brought in with multiple orthopedic injuries.  The ambulance driver brought in his helmet.  It had a huge split in it running from front to back.  On each side there was a sticker that proudly proclaimed: "I DON'T WEAR THIS BY CHOICE".  Darwin award material?

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #48 on: June 19, 2013, 05:08:53 PM »
Interesting, I was in the Plastic Surgery Clinic at Walter Reed Army Medical Center from 1993 until 2001, and was the Chief there from 1998 to 2001. 

Whew!   Glad I had modified my guess with "Beverly Hills"!
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« Reply #49 on: June 19, 2013, 06:03:29 PM »
Not the worst thing said to me but one that always gets a harump!

"You coulda bought a car for that much money!"

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« Reply #50 on: June 19, 2013, 06:11:13 PM »
See above.
He worked at Walter Reed.  Not plastic surgeon in that sense.  Prosthetics.
Does he have a spare Testicle?

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #51 on: June 19, 2013, 06:37:25 PM »
Just the other day walking in from the parking lot at work.  I'd ridden the LeMans a few days but was back in the car.  Lady co-worker; "I'm so glad you're not on that motorcycle again.  What if you hit a rock?"

Me; "I steer around rocks."  Note to self; There must be a band of marauding rocks working our section of I-40, be careful.

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #52 on: June 19, 2013, 06:51:02 PM »
Did the term  "murdercycle originate in a SoCal newspaper after the incident at Hoillister ?

I saw a 1930's talkie where a character kept calling the bike a 'murdersickle'.

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #53 on: June 19, 2013, 07:01:49 PM »
Not stupid .... but it surprised me.  I'd purchased my first BMW K bike, a 1985 K100RS.  Painted in Madison Silver, I was so taken with the bike when I saw one parked in downtown (donton) Pittsburgh, PA, I went to the dealer next day.  Within a week I owned an identical bike.

First or second ride, I'm in a local diner north of Pgh.  A fellow outside who I could see through the window was pacing back and forth, examining the bike in detail.

When he came into the diner, I asked if he rode.  "No, I sort of dislike the things ....... but if I did like 'em, that'd be the bike I'd want."
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #54 on: June 19, 2013, 10:57:53 PM »
Interesting, I was in the Plastic Surgery Clinic at Walter Reed Army Medical Center from 1993 until 2001, and was the Chief there from 1998 to 2001.  You don't remember a name do you?  I would love to know.  FWIW, I've been a plastic surgeon since 1991 and have been on bikes since age 18.  More often than not, when someone is seriously injured it usually involves alcohol and/or pure stupidity. 

Reminds me of the incredibly drunk biker who was brought in with multiple orthopedic injuries.  The ambulance driver brought in his helmet.  It had a huge split in it running from front to back.  On each side there was a sticker that proudly proclaimed: "I DON'T WEAR THIS BY CHOICE".  Darwin award material?

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Nope, no name.  This was in 1987 and we were on the slope at West Point.  I didn't get a word in edgewise or I would have told him to go hit his head on a tree.  Ironically, this was before skiers started wearing helmets.

Did you know Gagliano?  He would have been at Walter Reed about that time, eye specialist.  Last I heard he was still consulting for the Army on battlefield eye injuries.
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #55 on: June 20, 2013, 07:41:22 AM »
"I had no choice but to lay the bike down - that's the fastest way to stop a bike, ya know."

I know it's a re-run but I still can't believe anyone is dumb enough to believe this.

Marc Marquez was forced to "lay her down" at approx. 340 kph a couple weeks ago to avoid contact with a wall.

Check out the speed indicator at the bottom of the screen!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnCfmq199iw

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« Reply #56 on: June 20, 2013, 08:11:25 AM »
Squid at the gas station says of the Europeans " they'll never make a bike faster than the Japanese". As one sig line says-There are no stupid questions....

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« Reply #57 on: June 20, 2013, 06:25:08 PM »
 :) I once went to a classic bike show on my Falcone. I parked up next to a group of guys on classic Japanese bikes. One of them approached me and asked," Where's the other cylinder? Moto Guzzi only build twins, you know". As I couldn't be bothered regaling him with tales of Guzzi's glorious single cylinder past, I said that it (the other cylinder) must have fallen off on the way there. Thankfully, we don't have to endure the blinkered HD crowd on this side of the pond, our idiots are content to ride mainly Jap bikes!

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #58 on: June 20, 2013, 07:08:51 PM »
After my crash and broken leg a lot of folks asked, "You're going to stop riding, right?"
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #59 on: June 20, 2013, 07:45:54 PM »
Eons ago. Had a blowout in the rear tire of my Bridgestone 175 Dual Twin Scrambler. Using the tools from both our bikes, my buddy and I managed to get the wheel off and the tire off the rim. He left with the tube to find a place to get it patched. We barely had enough money for gas let alone a new tube. I was sitting on the rim on the shoulder of the road when a cop pulls up behind me. He walks up, eyeballs all the tools, the tire, my sweaty, filthy clothes, the one-wheeled bike on the center stand and says (I kid you not) "are you the feller with the flat tar"? It would have been funny except he stopped to tell me that my bud's BMW was also stranded with a flat  "tar" about 5 miles away. That was a really long day.
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