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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #510 on: December 30, 2015, 04:47:06 PM »
I pulled into the library just after a Buell . We parked next to each other. conversation;
  me- wow, nice bike
  young kid-thanks (looks at my bike) Nice bike too. Moto guzzi, who makes that?
  me-moto guzzi
  him-what state they made in?
  me-europe
  him- oh yeah? what country

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #511 on: December 30, 2015, 09:58:27 PM »
The stupidest thing I hear is motorcyclists (there are a lot of them, including on YouTube, where they have influence) telling me to go into neutral at a stop light.

A close second is motorcyclists who use the word cager or ped.

The first is both ignorant and dangerous. The second reflects the language (and maturity) of a 14 year old.
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #512 on: December 31, 2015, 06:41:31 AM »
Pulled up to a cafe and a person on the front porch said something like "Nice bike, but they put the engine in sideways".  Of course he was just kidding but when you think about it, Motto Guzzi has it right, just about everybody else has the engine in sideways.
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #513 on: December 31, 2015, 10:17:49 AM »
The stupidest thing I hear is motorcyclists (there are a lot of them, including on YouTube, where they have influence) telling me to go into neutral at a stop light.

A close second is motorcyclists who use the word cager or ped.

The first is both ignorant and dangerous. The second reflects the language (and maturity) of a 14 year old.

Why is "cager" ignorant and dangerous ?
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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 #514 on: December 31, 2015, 10:33:07 AM »
Back in the late 1980's, I had a little Suzuki Savage - a 650 single thumper.  It was a good bike, very smallish and cruiser'esque.  Pulling up to the park beside a tree that I always parked next to at work, a coworker commented,
"Nice bike... is'nt that a Harley?"
For a moment, I thought she was being fascitiuos.  Seeing her smile made me realize she was serious. 
"No, its a Suzuki", I replied.
"Oh.  Does Harley make Suzukis too?"

I just smiled and nodded my head.  :wink:

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #515 on: December 31, 2015, 01:54:19 PM »
In just one word 'WHY?'

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #516 on: December 31, 2015, 07:37:43 PM »
I pulled into the library just after a Buell . We parked next to each other. conversation;
  me- wow, nice bike
  young kid-thanks (looks at my bike) Nice bike too. Moto guzzi, who makes that?
  me-moto guzzi
  him-what state they made in?
  me-europe
  him- oh yeah? what country

Italy

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #517 on: December 31, 2015, 07:38:32 PM »
Why is "cager" ignorant and dangerous ?

He didn`t say that

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #518 on: December 31, 2015, 07:44:18 PM »
The stupidest thing I hear is motorcyclists (there are a lot of them, including on YouTube, where they have influence) telling me to go into neutral at a stop light.

A close second is motorcyclists who use the word cager or ped.

The first is both ignorant and dangerous. The second reflects the language (and maturity) of a 14 year old.

 OK, why so why is the use of cage or ped (guessing pedesestrian) immature ? Many motorcyclists feel that a car is cage like .

 
He didn`t say that




 You are correct Ben , although I had to read his comment a couple of times to sort that out .

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #519 on: December 31, 2015, 08:09:04 PM »
I did take it as a compliment Lannis! I left her my typical dollar tip hell,
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
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"Hey, one of your mufflers fell off"
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #521 on: January 16, 2016, 08:20:17 PM »
The stupidest thing I hear is motorcyclists (there are a lot of them, including on YouTube, where they have influence) telling me to go into neutral at a stop light.

A close second is motorcyclists who use the word cager or ped.

The first is both ignorant and dangerous. The second reflects the language (and maturity) of a 14 year old.

And yet the owners manual for my 1973 Eldorado solemnly instructed all who read there to shift into neutral if stopping for more than a few seconds.  The clutch (throwout, it seems), bearing was not designed to handle the stress of idling with the clutch pulled.  Happily, we lived in Alaska then, and there was no cause to stop and idle very often!
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #522 on: January 16, 2016, 10:00:09 PM »
I've been in Phoenix AZ for two weeks now as a practicing snow bird.  My Wing is my "daily tourer" as my wife uses the minivan to commute to work as a "working snow bird".  Daily I'm approached as to why I should not be riding.  I thank them and tell them I'm a lucky one.  Nice to have others worry about you!   :wink:
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #523 on: January 16, 2016, 10:23:59 PM »
I pulled into the library just after a Buell . We parked next to each other. conversation;
  me- wow, nice bike
  young kid-thanks (looks at my bike) Nice bike too. Moto guzzi, who makes that?
  me-moto guzzi
  him-what state they made in?
  me-europe
  him- oh yeah? what country

Kid wasn't stupid, Europe isn't a country.

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #524 on: January 17, 2016, 04:41:13 AM »
Kid wasn't stupid, Europe isn't a country.

Some would point out Italy does not have sovereign control of it's fiscal policy, borders, laws,defence etc...and it is actually a State within a federal Europe

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #525 on: January 17, 2016, 04:48:16 AM »
The stupidest thing I hear is motorcyclists (there are a lot of them, including on YouTube, where they have influence) telling me to go into neutral at a stop light.

In the UK we are taught to put it in neutral and hold the back brake in case you are rear ended, having been rear ended by a bus I can confirm the rear brake has little effect.

Most people stop doing it .

The police still do so you can see them at lights doing the right foot down into neutral, left  foot down brake on, right foot down etc.

This is known as the "Hendon Shuffle" after the training college at Hendon.

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #526 on: January 17, 2016, 07:09:46 AM »
I put my right foot down and hold the front brake with the bike in neutral so I don't have to do a shuffle.  I guess I'm stupid.
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #527 on: January 17, 2016, 08:03:11 AM »
The stupidest thing I hear is motorcyclists (there are a lot of them, including on YouTube, where they have influence) telling me to go into neutral at a stop light.


Could you explain why this is stupid?

I do it most of the time with front brake on right foot down.
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #528 on: January 17, 2016, 08:10:28 AM »
Some would point out Italy does not have sovereign control of it's fiscal policy, borders, laws,defence etc...and it is actually a State within a federal Europe

Oh Boy! I'm so not going there.
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #529 on: January 17, 2016, 08:28:30 AM »
Could you explain why this is stupid?

I do it most of the time with front brake on right foot down.

He's probably saying he stays in gear so if a car approaches from behind and looks like it's going to rear end him, he can quickly get out of the way.  It's a personal thing though.  The time it takes me to shift into gear if needed is very little, since my left foot is in position.  I can be in gear by the time I get the throttle open and start moving my left hand to release the clutch lever.  In my opinion the hard and most important part is thinking of my path out of the way without running into cross traffic, remembering to leave some distance between my bike and the car bumper in front of me if there is one, concentrating on what's going on in my mirrors, listening for screeching tires, etc..  Simply letting out the clutch and going could easily lead to a worse situation than the one you're trying to escape.
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #530 on: January 17, 2016, 09:28:10 AM »
I sit holding the clutch, rear brake on preferably just to the left of the car in front, if someone isn't paying attention at least the bike has somewhere to go.
I will shift into neutral sometimes but only if I have several cars behind to absorb some of the impact.
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #531 on: January 17, 2016, 09:39:03 AM »
I guess there is pro's and con's to both ways of doing it.

One guy from here told about an accident where he was rearended with the bike in gear. As he was hit his hand slipped of the clutch and the bike lunched itself into a bus crossing the intersection. I believe he fell of the bike as it lunched itself. So it isn't always safe. (I can't remember which member it was who wrote about the accident.)

What might have happened if the bike was in neutral is also a good question.



But yes, probably a personal thing. I'm not saying that it is stupid to hold the clutch and wait in gear. I was just curious on why it was/is stupid to but the bike in neutral. 
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« Reply #532 on: January 17, 2016, 03:10:59 PM »
Seems that if you get hit from the rear, kinda doesn't matter, a bike in gear probably doesn't go very far nor does one in neutral. I'd be more worried about how far I got shoved, to heck with the bike, I can get another one.

As for sitting at a light with clutch lever in, tranny in gear, if the light is that long or it happens that frequently that it might wear things out, maybe some route planning is in order because an air cooled engine idling for that long that frequently means the clutch is probably the least of my concern.

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #533 on: January 17, 2016, 06:38:00 PM »
Kid wasn't stupid, Europe isn't a country.
You`re right N Pilot ,- kid wasn`t stupid.

Italy is a nation,- a state,- a republic- and a country.

And Italy is a member of the EU,- the European Union, consisting of some (most) of the european countries, but not all.

The EU is a union, - but it is not a federation (!! dibble), - even if it`s showing signs of wanting to be moving towards one.

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #534 on: January 18, 2016, 04:49:37 AM »
My California 1400 Custom was parked amongst a number of bikes as young guy with a group of his friends were passing by.  They stopped by the Guzzi & one of them asked him what type of bike it was.  He told them ď thatís a racing BMW, you can tell as the cylinders are tilted up so they donít drag in the corners.Ē 
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« Reply #535 on: January 18, 2016, 07:19:53 AM »
Quote from LuftWolf:
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My California 1400 Custom was parked amongst a number of bikes as young guy with a group of his friends were passing by.  They stopped by the Guzzi & one of them asked him what type of bike it was.  He told them � that�s a racing BMW, you can tell as the cylinders are tilted up so they don�t drag in the corners.�

Did you tell them it was capable of 200mph+. :grin:
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #536 on: January 18, 2016, 02:24:41 PM »
You`re right N Pilot ,- kid wasn`t stupid.

Italy is a nation,- a state,- a republic- and a country.

And Italy is a member of the EU,- the European Union, consisting of some (most) of the european countries, but not all.

The EU is a union, - but it is not a federation (!! dibble), - even if it`s showing signs of wanting to be moving towards one.

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #537 on: January 18, 2016, 03:12:13 PM »
Why do you need more than one motorcycle?

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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #538 on: January 18, 2016, 03:26:54 PM »
Why do you need more than one motorcycle?

Since you mentioned that, a neighbor who lives partway between my house and the public road 3/4 mile away asked how many motorcycle riders there are in the old subdivision of seven houses I live in.  He mentioned another couple that he sometimes sees riding by his house, as well as other riders that go by.  I chuckled a little, and explained that they're all my daughter and me, on various bikes.  He's a decent guy, but I guess the different gear we wear, depending on temperature, and different motorcycles we ride must really give the impression of more riders than there are.  Sort of like marching the same men past McClellan multiple times to make him think he was outnumbered.
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Re: The stupidest thing anyone ever said to you regarding motorcycles
« Reply #539 on: January 19, 2016, 07:47:56 AM »
I  didn't even get that "Why do you need more than one motorcycle?" was listed as a stupid thing. I was thinking it was a good topic for a new thread.
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