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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 05-01-2010, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
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am interesting day on the streets today

Went out on my friends fz1 today to run a few errands and ended up going cruising up north towards the barrington area around 2 today.

while running around here i ran into 4 seperate cars trying to race from every stop light... pointless... but the guy in the g35 was the best when he noticed me a car or 2 back in traffic apparently that was enough to let him know I wanted to race 2 lights before getting off of the EoE and onto 53n he lights em up off at the green light and botches his second gear shift. hes in the left lane and im in the right as we come to the last light before the exit im taking and the light goes green and the guy takes off shifting really roughly into second and barking the tires as he dumps the clutch and floors it to get around me and onto 53 all i do is watch and chuckle.

fast forward to heading home from Island lake (not sure how i ended up there but whatever) on rand road stopped at lake cook road where the shell is. There were a few harleys parked there with riders and passengers standing around and 2 of the guys dancing with each other, im talking chest to chest ballroom style the bigger of the 2 guys(probably 300lbs) notices myself and my friend sitting at the red light in the left lane and screams something at us that at the time i didnt hear well enough to understand and ignored right then my friend asks if they were yelling at us and im like i dunno i didnt hear em and dont care. the big guy comes stomping over yelling at us to get our attention so i look over and flip the visor up and he yells buy american I point to my helmet where my ear would be and make like i cant hear him so he walks out into the traffic and stops about 3 feet away and screams at me buy american not this jap shit... im literally speechless cause this guy is obviously crazy enough to walk into traffic to tell me that... all i can thing to say is ummmmmm ok... have a nice day with a nice wave to the rest of em, not flipping em off or anything, and end it with a nice yelled jackass as hes walking away and the traffic infront is pulling away and the car in the right lane lurches forward adn almost hits the guy as he sort of scrambles to get out of now moving traffic. we pull away normally and im thinkin about this guy as we pass suburban HD in palatine, and get a few waves from the group of about a dozen bikes in the lot there... all I can do is laugh that just our mere appearance was enough to get this guy that worked up

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I had a guy yell, "Jap bikes suck!" at me while I was riding my Ducati.
ya i have heard this before, i think for some reason they think sport bikes only come from Japan

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I had a guy in a bar(no we weren't drinking) tell Me and my Wife that the GSXR and SV we were riding sucked and in the same breath complimented the "Harley" my buddy was riding even though it was a 109. My buddy asked the guy if He owned a bike. The guy said no. My buddy then tells him his bike is also a Suzuki just like the bikes He insulted and should apologize for being ignorant.

Why do people who don't own a bike feel the need to express there opinion on something they don't know anything about??

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Why do people who don't own a bike feel the need to express there opinion on something they don't know anything about??
and there you go. i think its a mix of a personal interpretation of patriotism (pearl harbor was real but a few years ago and then many years of better products being made there) and some deep insecurity that creates an insatiable need to insult/exclude others that are not in their crowd e.g. kkk as a minor example. wheres the love man?

edit: in all fairness, virtually every hd rider i have met have "accepted" me for just being a fellow rider. its that one stupid popcorn kernel in a handful of popcorn that messes everything up.
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I had someone tell me to buy American on the bike and my reply was i did all my gear is from a American company.

His reply Im talking about the bike.

My reply oh yeah well when Americans learn to build quality products that dont break down all the time i might think about it then

his reply good point

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edit: in all fairness, virtually every hd rider i have met have "accepted" me for just being a fellow rider. its that one stupid popcorn kernel in a handful of popcorn that messes everything up.
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Do you work on Harleys?

Ya sure I tell them.

Wow that twin over head cam 16 valve jap bike has a lot of parts they say.

I reply this is modern stuff buddy and your wondering if I can handle working on a Harley.

How can something so stone age and low tech be such an ego boost.

Truth is many Hondas are built in the states.

I'm sorry but some (many) of the band wagon Harley riders are the most ignorant motorcyclists I've ever known.

I know a thing or two about bikes and they hold my skills in no regard because I'm not building Harleys.Which are in general much simpler.

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It's the "brand loyalty" thing carried to the extreme. A small minoity of the HD crowd take it way too seriously. I usually shut them up when I walk around their bike (or even my HD when it's available to use as an example) and point out everything on it that is made in Japan...like the suspension and the carb (if it has one) or the EFI and all the electrics and the tires,brakes etc. and point out that if we were to take everything actually made in Japan off of the bike it would only be useful as an anchor for a medium sized boat.
The classic for me was about 2 Summers ago when a kid pulled next to me at light on a clapped out late model Sportster while I was riding my '67 Triumph Bonneville and looked over and said "Triumph...never heard of that...what kind of Jap crap is that?"...I shook my head and said loudly "What an idiot" as I pulled away and smoked him on a bike that was probably older than his father!
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I like the guy I work with who was the new guy at the office starting about 2 years ago... his introduction to me once he found out I was a rider was that he hated me beause I ride a "crotch rocket"... then told me "you would never be riding with me", you and your friends are idiots and don't know how to ride.

... his bike has been broken down since then following his no gear crash from failure to pay attenton and its sitting at his mom's house waiting for a buyer.

I told him recently... "you still have that thing? do you want me to call my friends who actually ride to see if they can sell it for parts?"



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i dont want this to turn into an anti harley thread, while i have no love for those bikes its still a bike and a rider is a rider to me, this guy was just over the top and i think has some screws loose up stairs

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[QUOTE=OldTimeBiker;1716911]It's the "brand loyalty" thing carried to the extreme. A small minoity of the HD crowd take it way too seriouslyQUOTE]

I don't care when its a legitimate bike owner talkin smack and most of the time its not even smack. It's spirited discussion.The people I really can't stand are the ones that don't own a bike, have never ridden a bike and might know someone that has a bike.

I've never been disrespected by what I deem as a "real biker". That is someone that accepts you and your ride because of your common ground. The love for the open road and all the silly assed cagers trying to run ya over while riding on it.

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I still want a Harley, tho... just for chilled out go nowhere kinda rides.
You want a harley and I want a custom chopper. I have no idea why. I think its the fact that their so low to the ground I can actually touch flat foot on those bikes and feel tall.

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You want a harley and I want a custom chopper. I have no idea why. I think its the fact that their so low to the ground I can actually touch flat foot on those bikes and feel tall.

Yeah, I like feeling tall also... that's when I wear high heels.


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The classic for me was about 2 Summers ago when a kid pulled next to me at light on a clapped out late model Sportster while I was riding my '67 Triumph Bonneville and looked over and said "Triumph...never heard of that...what kind of Jap crap is that?"...I shook my head and said loudly "What an idiot" as I pulled away and smoked him on a bike that was probably older than his father!
The few harley dudes that have commented to me usually like the fact that my bike's a Triumph. It seems I've gotten the intelligent ones.

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You want a harley and I want a custom chopper. I have no idea why. I think its the fact that their so low to the ground I can actually touch flat foot on those bikes and feel tall.
I want a custom chopper more then a Harley so I can have a pimped out bling ride that encompasses my own creativity. Just need that pile of cash first. LOL

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I'm sorry but some (many) of the band wagon Harley riders are the most ignorant motorcyclists I've ever known.
I know quite a number of the bandwagon sportbike riders who fall into that category also.

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I had a guy in a bar(no we weren't drinking) tell Me and my Wife that the GSXR and SV we were riding sucked and in the same breath complimented the "Harley" my buddy was riding even though it was a 109. My buddy asked the guy if He owned a bike. The guy said no. My buddy then tells him his bike is also a Suzuki just like the bikes He insulted and should apologize for being ignorant.

Why do people who don't own a bike feel the need to express there opinion on something they don't know anything about??
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Ignorance of the "wannabe" and "never was" crowds is universal. It doesn't matter what camp they align their loyalty to. Real motorcycle people will poke fun and banter about what's best, but when the time comes to ride, most real MC people enjoy riding with anyone that genuinely wants to ride.
I've been a member of the Chicago HOG chapter for about 19 years. The core of that group welcomes anyone who wants to ride with them. When a new member starts spewing intolerant BS at non HD riders...they're told that isn't the chapters way...If they want to hang with the "2000 mile a year" crowd and bust on other bikes there are other chapters they can join. It's amazing how cool they all think my old and new Triumphs are!
I have run into intolerance from foreign bike riders too, but I usually just overlook it and ride away.
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I know quite a number of the bandwagon sportbike riders who fall into that category also.
I'll buy that.
The difference I notice in regards to service is prejudice towards the fact that I work on jap bikes.So this must mean I don't work on Harleys.

Which only seems mentioned by people that give me the impression they are into Harleys as a symbol not so much a bike.

I hope that helps make my point I didn't mean to bash in any other regard.

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just to reiterate a sentiment already been shared here about harley riders, just got this invite:

"I was wondering if you would like to do a motorcycle run on Sunday May 16th ? It's The Little Angels Run out of Woodstock Harley . It's ma85 -90 mile ride through Northern Il. & Southern Wi."

i say we show up with a gaggle of jap bikes
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i dont want this to turn into an anti harley thread, while i have no love for those bikes its still a bike and a rider is a rider to me, this guy was just over the top and i think has some screws loose up stairs

Re-read my thread from....'07, where the dude in the orange Avalanch literally tried to bump Brianne off her bike with his truck, and when I pulled over and confronted him face to face, the only excuse he has was something about "you kids and your jap crap bikes".

I looked him in the face and said "is that the best that you can do? You'd run over a little girl on her motorcycle because she's riding a Japanese bike!!".

That guy was an inch away from eating my helmet.

It breaks my heart to know there are people like that out there. He's probably a rider, and probably a Hardly rider, and blames "us kids" for something gone wrong in his life. Screws Loose.

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just to reiterate a sentiment already been shared here about harley riders, just got this invite:

"I was wondering if you would like to do a motorcycle run on Sunday May 16th ? It's The Little Angels Run out of Woodstock Harley . It's ma85 -90 mile ride through Northern Il. & Southern Wi."

i say we show up with a gaggle of jap bikes
They accept everyone there! I've done this run pretty often over the years, and have always been welcomed. The second anual run was my first event. Eric if your looking for a charity event to go to, this one is a great one. 100% of the proceeds goes straight to Little Angels. blkbird has a meet in So. Elgin for this ride. I'm really bummed I can't attend this years.

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Every time I meet older Harley riders, they all tell me something like "I used to have Triumph/Norton/BSA back in the days!" Yesterday at a ride, a V-rod rider asked permission to sit on my Speedy, looked it up all around than said, "Thats it - V-rod has got to go, S3 next!"

Oh, and us, eurotrash riders - we bash both hardly and yamasuzukawahonda bikes at each starbucks stop
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I had a HD guy ask me what type of Kawasaki I had ... I told him it was a Triumph, and he apologized for a few minutes lol and then told me he didn't know that Triumph made bikes like mine ... this was with the old D600.
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Re-read my thread from....'07, where the dude in the orange Avalanch literally tried to bump Brianne off her bike with his truck, and when I pulled over and confronted him face to face, the only excuse he has was something about "you kids and your jap crap bikes".

I looked him in the face and said "is that the best that you can do? You'd run over a little girl on her motorcycle because she's riding a Japanese bike!!".

That guy was an inch away from eating my helmet.

It breaks my heart to know there are people like that out there. He's probably a rider, and probably a Hardly rider, and blames "us kids" for something gone wrong in his life. Screws Loose.


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They accept everyone there! I've done this run pretty often over the years, and have always been welcomed. The second anual run was my first event. Eric if your looking for a charity event to go to, this one is a great one. 100% of the proceeds goes straight to Little Angels. blkbird has a meet in So. Elgin for this ride. I'm really bummed I can't attend this years.

Ride thread:
https://www.chicagolandsportbikes.com...ghlight=angels
hey ken - thanks so much for pm'ing me more about this. you're a good man and this is a great great cause.
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