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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #720 on: September 01, 2019, 08:30:44 AM »
Don't know if I posted this before.  I was told by a chopper guy that Harley was a 2 cylinder bike because Japan (the whole country, apparently) had a patent on 4 cylinder motorcycles.
He lost the run of himself.

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« Reply #721 on: September 01, 2019, 10:09:34 AM »
Don't know if I posted this before.  I was told by a chopper guy that Harley was a 2 cylinder bike because Japan (the whole country, apparently) had a patent on 4 cylinder motorcycles.

 Have heard that one also , it is weird what people believe at times . We were changing a rear tire on a Meriden Triumph some years ago when a guy tried to convince us that Triumphs were really built in Italy . We pointed to the *Made in England* Triumph Triangle riveted to the frame , he launched into some nonsense about how the bikes were only assembled in England , then something about them really being assembled in India which was really a part of England . The entire episode still gets us laughing , one of those shared oddities that create a touchstone .

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #722 on: September 01, 2019, 10:16:20 PM »
Have heard that one also , it is weird what people believe at times . We were changing a rear tire on a Meriden Triumph some years ago when a guy tried to convince us that Triumphs were really built in Italy . We pointed to the *Made in England* Triumph Triangle riveted to the frame , he launched into some nonsense about how the bikes were only assembled in England , then something about them really being assembled in India which was really a part of England . The entire episode still gets us laughing , one of those shared oddities that create a touchstone .

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Well, India *was* part of England until 1947....
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #723 on: September 02, 2019, 03:10:02 AM »
You Americans will keep confusing England and the United Kingdom. Mind you, there may not be a United Kingdom for much longer.

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #724 on: September 02, 2019, 03:20:05 AM »
Some of us 'Muricans know the difference between England and the British Empire.
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« Reply #725 on: September 02, 2019, 10:41:52 AM »
Some of us 'Muricans know the difference between England and the British Empire.
We'll consider your application to rejoin in due course. But first, you have to learn how to pronounce "yoghurt" and "herbs" correctly, and also spell "tyres" and "through".

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« Reply #726 on: September 02, 2019, 10:44:57 AM »
We'll consider your application to rejoin in due course. But first, you have to learn how to pronounce "yoghurt" and "herbs" correctly, and also spell "tyres" and "through".

Now that's funny, however, I believe we will stand our ground over the whole "bacon" thing...... :laugh:


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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #727 on: September 02, 2019, 11:01:48 AM »
We'll consider your application to rejoin in due course. But first, you have to learn how to pronounce "yoghurt" and "herbs" correctly, and also spell "tyres" and "through".

We MIGHT, but we're not going so far as to actually misspell and mispronounce the element represented by the symbol "Al" ....
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #728 on: September 02, 2019, 11:06:31 AM »
Oh my... motorcycles are so dangerous how many times have you crashed?
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« Reply #729 on: September 02, 2019, 11:10:38 AM »
We MIGHT, but we're not going so far as to actually misspell and mispronounce the element represented by the symbol "Al" ....
Well, that's that deal off the table.

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #730 on: September 02, 2019, 11:52:17 AM »
What's wrong with "through?"
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #731 on: September 02, 2019, 12:06:51 PM »
I overheard a guy explaining to his friend that vertical twin engines, like the triumph I was riding that day, had 2 half pistons instead of the usual round pistons.  I didn't say a thing.
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« Reply #732 on: September 02, 2019, 12:46:00 PM »
You Americans will keep confusing England and the United Kingdom. Mind you, there may not be a United Kingdom for much longer.

After Brexit there  may not be. 
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« Reply #733 on: September 02, 2019, 01:08:40 PM »
Well, that's that deal off the table.

Good one Lannis on Al! 

Second order of business will be to ensure a proper sense of humoUr!    :thumb: :thumb:   (Result of having a British father born in Poland...he had a wicked and devious sense of humor)...

Oh..and make sure that schedule is pronounced skedule rather than shedule! 

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #734 on: September 02, 2019, 02:45:57 PM »
Just yesterday afternoon I had another biker ask me if I had to lean to make the bike go straight, you know the act the torque from the longitudinal engine. A  boxer BMW rider was standing there too, he just smiled.
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #735 on: September 02, 2019, 02:46:50 PM »
Good one Lannis on Al! 

Second order of business will be to ensure a proper sense of humoUr!    :thumb: :thumb:   (Result of having a British father born in Poland...he had a wicked and devious sense of humor)...

Oh..and make sure that schedule is pronounced skedule rather than shedule! 

 :grin: :grin:

And (bless their hearts) they get the singulars and plurals mixed up too.

"Did you take French and maths in school?"

"Do you watch sport on telly?"

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I was listening to a guy from Norfolk (UK) and a Welshman trying to have a conversation, I think in English but I'm not sure, and they could barely understand each other.   Sort of like a Cajun and a guy from Queens trying to talk to each other ....

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #736 on: September 02, 2019, 08:03:55 PM »




Way back in the '70's, the cops "raided" our party (50 miles from the closest town), we were ordered at gunpoint to stand alongside our bikes, one of my mates was standing alongside his Norton, officer Dibble asks him what brand of motorcycle it was, he replied "Triumph", we all fought back the urge to crack up, while the timing cover proudly stated "Norton"
 Good job the didn't check the back of the old Prefect van  :wink:

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #737 on: September 03, 2019, 04:16:55 AM »
Good one Lannis on Al! 

Second order of business will be to ensure a proper sense of humoUr!    :thumb: :thumb:   (Result of having a British father born in Poland...he had a wicked and devious sense of humor)...

Oh..and make sure that schedule is pronounced skedule rather than shedule! 

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #738 on: September 03, 2019, 11:32:22 AM »
Huzo...for humour, we grew up on Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, Benny Hill, Spike Milligan and the Goon club, as well as Asterix & Tintin, all were regular staples in our household, amongst other oddities.

2 1/2 men is pure drivel in my view other than the eye candy, I always thought it was just cheap with an occasional funny scene...

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #739 on: September 03, 2019, 04:38:17 PM »
Huzo...for humour, we grew up on Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, Benny Hill, Spike Milligan and the Goon club, as well as Asterix & Tintin, all were regular staples in our household, amongst other oddities.
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #740 on: September 03, 2019, 08:11:58 PM »
Huzo...for humour, we grew up on Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, Benny Hill, Spike Milligan and the Goon club, as well as Asterix & Tintin, all were regular staples in our household, amongst other oddities.

2 1/2 men is pure drivel in my view other than the eye candy, I always thought it was just cheap with an occasional funny scene...

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From your first response to my very first post, I knew you had class...!

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #741 on: September 03, 2019, 08:13:20 PM »
I approve of your most excellent taste sir! :grin:
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #742 on: September 04, 2019, 10:55:36 AM »
Gassing up my air head and the guy inside asked "what's that big thing sticking out of the motor?" The cylinder? I said, there's one on the other side too. He came out to look at the other side. "I never seen one like that." The same guy was always talking bikes and being all knowing.
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #743 on: October 08, 2019, 03:38:52 AM »
At an MC rally...
An HD dude looking to my V11 Rosso Mandello to his pal:"Moto Guzzi sure makes beautiful bikes, even if them are worth sh#t..." Note that the guy rode an old dirty softail that made a mess of the parking space dripping oil and fuel, and had problems to start the engine the next morning...

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« Reply #744 on: October 08, 2019, 06:44:55 AM »
 ^^^ :laugh: :laugh:

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #745 on: October 08, 2019, 08:27:39 PM »
      It's happened a few times where people will look at the guzzi,,, and then back at me sympathetically and say something along the lines of;

      "Yea,,, I guess Harleys must be expensive and cost a lot of money eh?"

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #746 on: October 08, 2019, 11:49:36 PM »





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 Sitting outside enjoying the weather , guy I have known for years comes riding up on one of those new motorized bicycles , and despite my attempts to avoid him he corners me . After a few minutes he starts telling me about a Harley his buddy has built that is getting 100 MPG due to the "magic" carburetor it is running . I made the mistake of attempting to explain why that can't happen , (stoiciometry , aero drag , etc) . He got kind of defensive , hem-hawed a bit , and left . Hmm , now that I think about it , maybe it wasn't a mistake  :grin:   


When I was 16 I had a Honda S65cc  , it did get over 100 miles to the US Gallon .   The thing was its  cruising speed was 40 mph with a top end at 56 mph indicated , with a 1.2 gal fuel tank.   Not exactly cross country material.  :laugh:
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« Reply #747 on: October 09, 2019, 05:55:22 AM »
 ^^^It's weird , was never much a fan of Japanese tiddlers , but the S 65 and S 90 Honda are real classics . You had reason to be proud of that little beauty  :thumb:

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #748 on: October 09, 2019, 08:27:54 AM »
You Americans will keep confusing England and the United Kingdom. Mind you, there may not be a United Kingdom for much longer.

UK = England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland. 

India was never part of England, or The UK, but a part of the British Empire, then The Commonwealth of Nations.

I have confidence that Britain will remain "Great", and "The Kingdom" will remain "United" through its current quandry.
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« Reply #749 on: October 09, 2019, 08:34:16 AM »
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