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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #600 on: March 08, 2017, 02:35:00 PM »
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #601 on: March 08, 2017, 02:44:10 PM »
Fueling my Griso in a small town in west Texas.

Doo rag Harley rider on the other side of the pump says: 'Nike bike.  What is it?'
Me: 'It's a Moto Guzzi'.
Doo Ragger: 'Moto Guzzi, who makes it?'
Me: 'Moto Guzzi does', and on that note I fired her up and rode off.
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #602 on: March 08, 2017, 03:06:54 PM »
Doo Ragger: 'Moto Guzzi, who makes it?'

Last time I was asked that, I answered "Some nice men in Italy."
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #603 on: March 08, 2017, 04:41:29 PM »
"No but really.....who makes it??"   :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin:
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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 #604 on: March 08, 2017, 06:21:28 PM »
Fueling my Griso in a small town in west Texas.

Doo rag Harley rider on the other side of the pump says: 'Nike bike.  What is it?'
Me: 'It's a Moto Guzzi'.
Doo Ragger: 'Moto Guzzi, who makes it?'
Me: 'Moto Guzzi does', and on that note I fired her up and rode off.

Yeah I don't know how many times I have hear that from that same bunch of people.
Still get the deer in head lights look after telling them the abbreviated Guzzi Story.
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #605 on: March 08, 2017, 09:48:58 PM »
Carefully coiffed and styled trophy wife in her BMW SUV electrically rolled down her window at a stoplight and proceeded to berate me for having the gall to steal the emblem off a BMW automobile and past it on my motorcycle (Annie, R1200CLC) thus, presumably, diminishing the eclat of her marque. I don't remember her exact verbiage, except that it began with: "What makes you think..."

That incident prompted me to order one of these:





off the innerwebz and paste it on Biffy, my KLR.

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #606 on: March 08, 2017, 10:02:12 PM »
Webmost, I like those!! LMAO

On the BMW thing. There was a WW2 Harley? I think?? that had the BMW style engine. Please correct me if I'm wrong and let me know what the bike was. If I remember that engine right, that would really mess with the BMW lady!!

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« Reply #607 on: March 08, 2017, 10:06:49 PM »
Webmost, I like those!! LMAO

On the BMW thing. There was a WW2 Harley? I think?? that had the BMW style engine. Please correct me if I'm wrong and let me know what the bike was. If I remember that engine right, that would really mess with the BMW lady!!

Tom

 Tom , that would be the HD XA . Indian experimented with a military model that had the engine turned sideways like a Guzzi called the 841.
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #608 on: March 09, 2017, 12:56:17 AM »
Thanks Dusty, thought it was HD, sometimes I suffer from CRS. Didn't know Indian did a Guzzi style V.

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #609 on: March 09, 2017, 02:41:06 AM »
- Looking at my fully original, 2-owners from new BMW K75: "why don't you turn it into a cafe racer?"
- Looking at my fully original, police-specs V75: "why don't you paint flames on it?"

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #610 on: March 09, 2017, 09:31:41 AM »
Webmost, I like those!! LMAO

On the BMW thing. There was a WW2 Harley? I think?? that had the BMW style engine. Please correct me if I'm wrong and let me know what the bike was. If I remember that engine right, that would really mess with the BMW lady!!

Tom

Yepper. Dale's got one down at Wheels Thru Time in Maggie Valley. Four of us rode in on chromehead beemers, he brought it out for us to ride. Fine old rattletrap. Had to keep gunning it and required double clutching, but a fun day. Great guy, great place. I still have the fine long sleeve Henley I bought from the gift shop. HD de-constructed and re-engineered a captured beemer side valve flathead R71. Called it the XA. Same bike was copied by Ural, hence the Chinese version whose name escapes me.

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #611 on: March 09, 2017, 09:53:33 AM »
Chang Jiang


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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #612 on: March 09, 2017, 09:58:52 AM »
Chang Jiang


Sent from my shoe phone!

Chang = long
Jiang = river

Long River, literally  :laugh:
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« Reply #613 on: March 09, 2017, 10:17:56 AM »
Chang = long
Jiang = river

Long River, literally  :laugh:

 One of our members has a CJ flathead with the sidecar , I have spent time both operating it and riding in the chair , and worked on it a bit . Like travelling back to 1939 .

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« Reply #614 on: March 09, 2017, 10:26:20 AM »
One of our members has a CJ flathead with the sidecar , I have spent time both operating it and riding in the chair , and worked on it a bit . Like travelling back to 1939 .

 Dusty

I was told by a friend of mine in Taiwan who worked on one before, the parts and components are rough and low quality, way below the nuovo Royal Enfield, is that true?
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« Reply #615 on: March 09, 2017, 10:38:34 AM »
I was told by a friend of mine in Taiwan who worked on one before, the parts and components are rough and low quality, way below the nuovo Royal Enfield, is that true?

 A direct comparison would indicate this particular CJ is about equal to a 2000 or so RE in casting and general build quality . The electricals are pretty iffy on the CJ . One very telling thing , the CJ , which we think was actually built in the 70's and assembled much later , has more refined castings and tin work than a late 90's Dnepr .

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #616 on: March 09, 2017, 10:47:53 AM »
A direct comparison would indicate this particular CJ is about equal to a 2000 or so RE in casting and general build quality . The electricals are pretty iffy on the CJ . One very telling thing , the CJ , which we think was actually built in the 70's and assembled much later , has more refined castings and tin work than a late 90's Dnepr .

 Dusty

Over here we have two CJ rotting away, rumours say they failed the homologation and emissions test.


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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #617 on: March 09, 2017, 11:00:13 AM »
Geez... seems to me that tons of "those" folks refer to the rides as "scooters". A confusing lot.

Scoot is the preferred term
 from when i rode with a certain element in San Antonio back in the day
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #618 on: March 09, 2017, 11:11:45 AM »
Scoot is the preferred term
 from when i rode with a certain element in San Antonio back in the day

Yes, I remember hearing the phrase "I'm gonna go kick up the scoot."  I didn't have a chopped Harley, so I said "I think I'll go ride the H2."
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« Reply #619 on: March 09, 2017, 12:35:45 PM »
I visited a guy in Beijing who was upgrading Chang Jiangs with BMW motors, Jimbo's Classic Sidecars. His opinion of the Chinese engines was very low, just splash lube system, he told me the Chinese army had over a million.
He was shipping them world wide.
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #620 on: March 09, 2017, 02:03:04 PM »
Chang Jiang
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Isn't that your phone ringing?
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #621 on: April 16, 2017, 02:07:56 PM »
Met an old dude the other night, he said, "I had one of those motor guzzis one time, If you "whack" the throttle open that thang would just fall flat on it's face" "never could get that tuned out" "sold the damn thing!"
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #622 on: April 16, 2017, 02:20:41 PM »
Bad accelerator pumps?
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« Reply #623 on: April 16, 2017, 02:37:06 PM »
Bad accelerator pumps?

 Sounds like a misfire ...






















 In that guys synapses  :laugh:

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #624 on: April 16, 2017, 04:56:49 PM »
Uh, how do you pronounce M-O-T-O  GOOOZIE, :(

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #625 on: April 17, 2017, 10:21:02 AM »
Tom , that would be the HD XA . Indian experimented with a military model that had the engine turned sideways like a Guzzi called the 841.
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #626 on: April 17, 2017, 10:42:27 AM »
I was told by a friend of mine in Taiwan who worked on one before, the parts and components are rough and low quality, way below the nuovo Royal Enfield, is that true?

Standard practise in the 80's with the Urals and Cossacks when they were available locally was to completely strip them down and run them through a machine shop and tidy everything up oh and toss the carbs, they vapour lock in the heat and the urinal nick name was supposedly earnt and not some school boy level word association. After reassembly then expect some extraordinary service life like 400 000kms plus before needing a top end rebuild.

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« Reply #627 on: April 17, 2017, 02:20:51 PM »
  The Dneprs did not have the overheating problem because of the aluminum cylinders.  The 650 Urinals had cast iron cylinders.  The soviet army preferred the Dneprs for this reason.  They could go at parade speeds or off road all day without overheating.
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #628 on: April 24, 2017, 10:35:02 PM »
We are going to make some allowances for age here - there are two neighbor boys in my apartment complex, somewhere between three and four, who have figured out that I will answer children's questions.

So today as I shut down the bike they come flying up on their Razor scooters, and get REALLY close to the bike. In Spanish and English I'm shouting cautions as I shoo them away from the pipes and engine, explaining about really bad burns.

So they ask what the saddlebags are for, why there's a bag of ice bungee-corded to the rack (sprained ankle), and yes, the bike is fast ( I consider using the 'bout like a Harley line, but decide it would be wasted ), why do I have a fairing.

Then .... They ask me if the windshield is bulletproof.
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #629 on: April 25, 2017, 07:22:46 AM »
I was in a bar in Pennsylvania with 6 of my buddies.  I am a non drinker so I ordered a coke.  It was clear that we were all on bikes.  She said to me "You can have your cokes for free if you are the designated driver."

This is not a Harley put down, but more of a new to biking issue.   A friend of mine who is new to biking bought a big Harley to ride with a few of his other friends who also bought big Harleys.  They are all in their 60s so they have lots of money to spare.  One of them, however, bought one of the new Triumph Bonnevilles.  So they all go out for a ride on the highway and they are all complaining about the Triumph because it is too small to keep up on the highway!!
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