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This thing is related to something I’ve wondered about, ever since I was a kid. I never could figure out why the Japanese didn’t get someone who actually spoke English to review their owner’s manuals that they sent out with their motorcycles in the 1960s and 70s. So for years we were treated to hard-to-read manuals that did nothing to change Japanese wartime “stereotypes” of silly guys with thick glasses and buck teeth, and so we still read the old warnings about “evil skid demons” lurking in mud puddles that a Honda Benly might run through.I mean, ONE GUY (and it could have been any of us in the 60s) could have hired himself out to review every new owner’s manual from Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, and Suzuki each new year, and re-cast them in idiomatic English before final printing that didn’t make them sound like the dubbing from a bad war movie; it’s not like it would have cost the companies any real money.The DMV and insurance companies have the same problem. They make up lists of motorcycles that they know absolutely nothing about. They apparently don’t know that a Motosacoche and a Motobecane and a Motobi and a Moto Morini and a Moto Guzzi are not all made by a company called “Moto” and are actually different bikes. And so they pass out these lists to the clueless clerks in their offices and branches, and end up screwing up registrations and insurance policies and making themselves look like idiots.Again, ONE GUY (maybe it’ll be KevM, he’s already sort of in that business) could review these lists and classifications, and correct the OBVIOUS mistakes (and especially the ASSumptions!!) and square them up before they’re inflicted on the world and used to confuse people and cops and insurance agents everywhere.But no, I don’t suppose it will ever happen. I’m sure they’ve learned from their buddies at the Highway Department, the ones that “groove” the asphalt, and patch roads using “tar snakes”, and leave 3” steps between lanes when they’re paving roads … that motorcycles don’t matter at all and who gives a **** anyway, they’re just idiots on motorcycles, if they have a problem, they can get a car …..Lannis
I still remember one page in one of those Japanese manuals that read, " Tootle the horn melodiously when a big festive dog obstructs your way." Sound advice that except a Japanese horn did not tootle melodiously or loud enough. It just sort of peeped.
About 12 years ago I had a street accident where a gal on a cell phone pulled out in front of me. Anyway, she was insured with Am. Family. Am. Family's adjuster had no Guzzi data base so he could not establish the amount of damage. He asked that I get pricing of needed parts and they would cut me a check. Gave them the list of new parts and cost, they cut me a check and I went shopping on the used market. Came out good on that one! ;-TGliderJohn
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