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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #480 on: August 13, 2015, 07:19:42 AM »
I'll have to think about the stupidest thing EVER.... but for now, this conversation is happening so much recently that I need a snappy comeback.

Me: by my V11 Scura at parking lot, gas station, etc.
Stranger: "Nice bike. What is it?"
Me: "A Moto Guzzi" - (pointing to logo on tank)
Stranger: "Oh, who makes it?"
Me:  loss for words.....

  I have gotten this more than once.  I think a good comeback would be "Ferrari".   
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #481 on: August 13, 2015, 10:17:38 AM »
I think I'll start saying Alfa Romeo.  That'll get another blank stare since no one knows what they are either.  :D
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #482 on: August 13, 2015, 10:57:06 AM »
  I have gotten this more than once.  I think a good comeback would be "Ferrari".

I like this answer - everybody knows who Ferrari is.

Another option would be to explain that it's a division of Harley based in Italy, that used to belong to BMW.
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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
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #484 on: August 13, 2015, 12:05:20 PM »
 A fat guy smoking a cigarette telling me bikes are dangerous.....

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #485 on: August 13, 2015, 12:08:47 PM »
Stranger: "Oh, who makes it?"
Me:  loss for words.....

My response to that one was "Some nice men in Italy."
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #486 on: August 13, 2015, 12:14:51 PM »
I had someone looking at my bike which has Italian flag sticker on it. She looked at it for a while and when she turned to walk away she said, "I don't know what kind this is but it was made in Mexico!"
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #487 on: August 16, 2015, 06:15:43 PM »
At a local "WW2 Days" show today, an older gent on a Honda VTX1300(?) asked Bill Sharp and I: "do things still fall off these Goozies like they did on the old ones or do you Loctite everything?" Huh? We both told him that vibration wasn't an issue and that neither of us Loctite anything. "Oh, I guess with nylon locknuts and better hardware you don't have to. When I was in Italy, those old ones would vibrate everything loose." I don't know what "old ones" he had experience with, but I doubt it, probably just another geezer trying to make himself feel superior in his choice of motorcycle.
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #488 on: August 16, 2015, 07:36:01 PM »
While at the gas station: A very large,fleshy man approached, How do you like that BMW? Had one myself. Hey, is that three wheeled motorcycle, (Wife's CanAm Spyder) steered from the back? You build it?

All of this happened while filling up the Stelvio and my wife's Can Am. I was wearing a Moto Guzzi T shirt, cap. My wife, who is very proud of her bright yellow Can Am was left without words. My wife is not one to miss a chance to talk about her Can Am, simply walked back to the bike saying that person was not worth wasting time and breath on.

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #489 on: August 24, 2015, 07:07:20 AM »
My friend and I were coming back from a camping weekend - My V7 and his 1000G5 - when we stopped under a bridge to put waterproofs on. It was hammering down. 2 soggy sportbike riders in coordinated leathers pulled in to take shelter. While I was doing the one-leg-in-the-trouser-dance the stripey green one came and asked why we were riding those terrible old Guzzis. My friend's explanation was "it's easier than carrying them".
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #490 on: November 12, 2015, 05:28:26 PM »
 Bump , any new ones fellas ? Have heard several times recently , "Aren't you cold ?" This on a balmy 60F day :huh:

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #491 on: November 12, 2015, 05:37:42 PM »
At breakfast in Cassville the other morning the waitress told me I looked like I'd slept on the ground all night. I told her it's because I did :laugh:
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« Reply #492 on: November 12, 2015, 05:48:45 PM »
At breakfast in Cassville the other morning the waitress told me I looked like I'd slept on the ground all night. I told her it's because I did :laugh:

 Yeah , real men still sleep on the ground , or at least on a 100 buck air mattress in a 200 buck sleeping bag  :laugh:

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #493 on: November 12, 2015, 05:53:23 PM »
Bump , any new ones fellas ? Have heard several times recently , "Aren't you cold ?" This on a balmy 60F day :huh:

Yeah, if it's hot out, they ask if I'm too hot, and if it's even cool out, they ask me if I'm cold.  Non riders have a preconceived idea that motorcycling is uncomfortable, and they like to try to confirm it as often as possible, thereby validating their non-riding status.
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« Reply #494 on: November 12, 2015, 05:57:17 PM »
Yeah, if it's hot out, they ask if I'm too hot, and if it's even cool out, they ask me if I'm cold.  Non riders have a preconceived idea that motorcycling is uncomfortable, and they like to try to confirm it as often as possible, thereby validating their non-riding status.


 I do believe there is the occasional motherly type that is concerned about us being cold , but yeah .

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #495 on: November 12, 2015, 06:10:05 PM »
I especially get the too-cold question when I'm riding my bicycle.  When it's in the 50s I usually wear shorts, and non-riders don't realize how much heat riding hard generates. 
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #496 on: November 12, 2015, 06:42:01 PM »
Yeah , real men still sleep on the ground , or at least on a 100 buck air mattress in a 200 buck sleeping bag  :laugh:

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #497 on: November 12, 2015, 06:44:48 PM »
"Do you get a lot of bugs in your teeth?"

....while I am wearing a full-face helmet.
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« Reply #498 on: November 12, 2015, 06:57:43 PM »
Under a $5.00 tarp my nephew Cullen left in my Toyota truck :grin:

 Matt Dillon would have loved a $5.00 tarp , or a Toyota P.U. for that matter  :laugh:

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #499 on: November 12, 2015, 07:06:23 PM »
At breakfast in Cassville the other morning the waitress told me I looked like I'd slept on the ground all night. I told her it's because I did :laugh:

I suppose that was her way of hinting for a good tip?   :wink:

Wouldn't work for me!

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #500 on: November 12, 2015, 07:07:16 PM »
Matt Dillon would have loved a $5.00 tarp , or a Toyota P.U. for that matter  :laugh:

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #501 on: November 12, 2015, 07:09:32 PM »
I suppose that was her way of hinting for a good tip?   :wink:

Wouldn't work for me!

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #502 on: November 28, 2015, 05:47:21 PM »
Bump , any new ones fellas ? Have heard several times recently , "Aren't you cold ?" This on a balmy 60F day :huh:

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« Reply #503 on: November 28, 2015, 06:03:45 PM »
Whenever people come up to me to tell me I look hot in that suit, I tell them, "It's air conditioned"

"Oh..."

  :laugh: :laugh: Yep , have also said that , love the look of confusion it normally brings  :evil:

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #504 on: November 28, 2015, 10:00:13 PM »
Whenever people come up to me to tell me I look hot in that suit, I tell them, "It's air conditioned"

"Oh..."

Whenever people ask me "aren't you cold" when riding in cold weather, I tell them that my suit is heated, which is true.
I get the same confused look.
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« Reply #505 on: November 28, 2015, 10:06:36 PM »
 Hmm , maybe the "air conditioned suit response is why my nephew the HD salesman says several new customers have been asking to see this amazing new technology  :laugh:

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #506 on: November 28, 2015, 11:24:27 PM »
"Would you ever ride a motorcycle again if you were in an accident while riding?"

Answer:  "If you were injured in a car accident, would you refuse a ride in an ambulance?"
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« Reply #507 on: November 28, 2015, 11:27:49 PM »
 That is good Ralph  :bow:

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #508 on: December 30, 2015, 02:29:21 PM »
I finally got asked if my Mille GT, with the big Moto Guzzi logo on the tank, was made by BMW.  He was a nice enough guy though... guessed it was 1000cc, and when I told him it was Italian, he said "Like Ducati."
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #509 on: December 30, 2015, 03:24:39 PM »
Whenever people come up to me to tell me I look hot in that suit, I tell them, "It's air conditioned"

Nobody ever told me I look hot in my riding gear  :wink:
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