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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #120 on: July 27, 2013, 06:57:03 PM »
Well...... the 1st Kawasaki 650 had a BSA A10 motor.
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #121 on: August 07, 2013, 09:03:58 PM »
Is that a flat tire?

No, the other one just swelled up!!

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #122 on: August 07, 2013, 09:20:18 PM »
Last week I stopped at the local Cycle Gear to shop mesh jackets. A guy sitting out front yelled "Great old school Honda Dude!". He was a beemer rider and thought my old Cali III was a Honda Silver Wing! ::)
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #123 on: August 08, 2013, 12:03:34 AM »
Your friend might not be entirely off the mark.  I can't tell you specifically which went where, but british patents were given to the japanese automotive and motorcycle industries as part of the post-war reconstruction.  The big 4 were happy to crank out obsolete clone designs through the 50s and 60s to learn the business and fund in-house development.  Then Honda busted it loose with their inline CB/4 series and the yamakawazukis joined in to sink the brits who made them possible.


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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 #124 on: August 08, 2013, 12:30:09 AM »
  The W1 Kawasaki 650 was an improved version of the A-10 engine.
  It had roller bearings and ball bearings in places the A-10 had plain bearings.
 It did not have Lucas electrics.
  The BSA was for the most part faster right off the showroom floor but the Kwacker was easier to live with.
 The following year the W2SS re wrote the book.
  At about the same time, Yamaha had developed their 650 twin from a design obtained from Horex of Germany
  and flat ran away with the 650 twin market for the next 14 years.
  The water pump Silverwings were an innovative step but they were not the game changer Honda had hoped for.
   They did evolve into the turbo 650 version but not many were sold.  Those few were collectors items but the 500cc versions were
  just bread and butter.
  The power wars among the 4 cylinder inlines was going full tilt by then and the water pump CX 500s were forgotten.
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #125 on: August 08, 2013, 04:34:48 AM »
Boy you last two guys know how to suck the fun out of everything . ;D Actually I sometimes am embarrassed by the ignorance of other beemer guys  , at least he liked your Guzzi nutz . ???
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #126 on: August 08, 2013, 09:48:30 PM »
Marc Marquez was forced to "lay her down" at approx. 340 kph a couple weeks ago to avoid contact with a wall.

And that's the crux of the matter isn't it. If the only options left are a going for a slither along the road or impacting a solid object, I'll take the slither every time. Been in that situation and been saved by opting to go for the slither three times so far. Another time I tried for another option but failed. Hospital time. Should have got off.

Back to our regular program,

When discussing the possibility of buying the Guzzi.
She; "You could buy a good car for that!"
Me; (stunned pause) "But I don't want a car!"
She; (stunned pause)
End of relationship.

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I slap my forehead and think "How am I going to explain this?" I decide not to.
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #127 on: August 08, 2013, 10:06:14 PM »
JohnR , in my 'sperience , women are much more dangerous than motorbikes .  ;D
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #128 on: August 09, 2013, 12:13:43 PM »
JohnR , in my 'sperience , women are much more dangerous than motorbikes .  ;D
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #129 on: September 03, 2013, 06:41:34 PM »
Recently a friend encountered a young couple riding a 1976 CB 550 that had a Harley bitch bar adapted to fit . He jokingly asked if the Honda was trying to reject the HD piece which got a laugh from the distaff partner . As the brief conversation developed she asked my friend what his bike was , well young lady, it is a 1965 Sears 106 , to which she replied , "didn't know they made MCs that long ago."
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #130 on: September 03, 2013, 07:43:24 PM »
Checking into the Wright Patterson AFB Inn wearing full gear and caring my helmet, I was asked by the receptionist  "you riding a motorcycle?"
No, I'm stationed on the International Space Station and we ran out of beer so they beamed me down to pick up a 6 pack.
"Oh! You aren't riding a motorcycle?"
No.
True story.  :BEER:
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #131 on: September 03, 2013, 07:52:50 PM »
30 years ago (!) my wife on her LeMans CX100 and I on my Laverda triple (with 1000 displayed on the side cover)-

We were approached by a nice fellow who said "Hey, that's cool, you have a 1000 and she has a 100!"

39 years ago (!!) a co-worker at the Ray-O-Vac plant asked me about my new Guzzi-and let me know he too had a motorcycle.

"What kind?"

"A Pazuki 250."

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #132 on: September 03, 2013, 08:06:03 PM »
In a cafe parking lot, as I was getting ready to leave, a Gold Wing rider walked over and said, "What kind of a BMW is that?"  I pointed to the logo on the tank, "It's a Moto Guzzi."  He said, "Well, guess everybody's gotta ride something if they can't get a Gold Wing."  He turned and walked off to his other Gold Wing riders- guess his idea was to impress them.

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #133 on: September 03, 2013, 08:20:43 PM »

"A Pazuki 250."


Well, you know, he had to get a "motorcycle commit" to ride it legally.   And his wife was taking "birth patrol" pills ....
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #134 on: September 03, 2013, 08:30:07 PM »
....  "Oh! You aren't riding a motorcycle?"
No.
True story.  :BEER:
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #135 on: September 03, 2013, 09:22:19 PM »
Checking into the Wright Patterson AFB Inn wearing full gear and caring my helmet, I was asked by the receptionist  "you riding a motorcycle?"
No, I'm stationed on the International Space Station and we ran out of beer so they beamed me down to pick up a 6 pack.
"Oh! You aren't riding a motorcycle?"
No.
True story.  :BEER:
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #136 on: September 04, 2013, 02:18:27 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.

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #137 on: September 04, 2013, 05:26:17 PM »
because skiing is so safe

Sonny Bono died in a skiing accident.
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #138 on: September 04, 2013, 05:53:01 PM »
Sonny Bono died in a skiing accident.


I do believe that was his point.  The doctors non sequiter.
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #139 on: September 04, 2013, 06:21:21 PM »
Cave diving in scuba gear is also dangerous , but no one ever talks about it .
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #140 on: September 04, 2013, 06:36:22 PM »
^^^^  You don't have to reach nearly that far.  Playing tackle football is dangerous.  And we hear about it.  And that's not going to stop people from doing it, watching it, worshiping it...
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #141 on: September 04, 2013, 06:46:58 PM »
I do believe that was his point.  The doctors non sequiter.

right. sorry, I left out the sarcasm tags ;-)
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #142 on: September 05, 2013, 01:49:54 PM »
A friend of mine and I were having coffee at a McDonald's. Some guy in scrubs walks past and says, "You know what we call you guys in the ER? Organ donors!"

My friend said, "What do you call people who don't mind their own business?"

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #143 on: September 05, 2013, 02:31:14 PM »
A friend of mine and I were having coffee at a McDonald's. Some guy in scrubs walks past and says, "You know what we call you guys in the ER? Organ donors!"

My friend said, "What do you call people who don't mind their own business?"

that's fantastic!!!!!  ;D
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #144 on: September 05, 2013, 02:33:57 PM »
I used to wear an Aerostich one piece with my BMW. I'm 6'3", and walking around in the 'Stich, size 14 boots, and carrying a helmet with gloves in it was a conversation starter, usually "are you riding a motorcycle?" One time I answered, "no, I took the bus, I just like to be absolutely safe."
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #145 on: September 05, 2013, 02:53:38 PM »
that's fantastic!!!!!  ;D
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #146 on: September 05, 2013, 03:21:13 PM »
A friend of mine and I were having coffee at a McDonald's. Some guy in scrubs walks past and says, "You know what we call you guys in the ER? Organ donors!"

My friend said, "What do you call people who don't mind their own business?"

If he was eating at McDonalds, you could have asked him what he call people that do that.  Cardiac Patients???  Hypoctrites???

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #147 on: September 11, 2013, 09:01:15 AM »
In the last few days, I rode to two different motorcycle riding friends' houses on my recently acquired Mille.  The Hyosung Avitar owner looked at the Mille and said "You painted your bike", referring to the fact that my dark blue Kawasaki H2 was now a white Mille.  The Suzuki Boulevard owner was more attentive, and walked around the Mille looking for a manufacturer name.  When he got to a cylinder head, he said "Maserati."

I now have a better understanding of the type of customer the mass manufacturers are building bikes for.

Cwiseman, good to see you here.   ;D
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #148 on: September 11, 2013, 10:17:22 AM »
Lady in a car pulls up next to me at a stop light and asks, what do you do when it rains?  I looked over and said, get wet. 


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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #149 on: September 11, 2013, 10:53:42 AM »
In the last few days, I rode to two different motorcycle riding friends' houses on my recently acquired Mille.  The Hyosung Avitar owner looked at the Mille and said "You painted your bike", referring to the fact that my dark blue Kawasaki H2 was now a white Mille.  The Suzuki Boulevard owner was more attentive, and walked around the Mille looking for a manufacturer name.  When he got to a cylinder head, he said "Maserati."

I now have a better understanding of the type of customer the mass manufacturers are building bikes for.

Cwiseman, good to see you here.   ;D
I've had friends and family members who sold bikes . Most customers say " Give me the blue one " or " I like lots of chrome " .
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