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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-15-2003, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
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buell knee pucks did ya get em yet

I just got a letter thanking me for test riding the buell's. Did any of you that went with us get there pucks yet?

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Re: buell knee pucks did ya get em yet

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I just got a letter thanking me for test riding the buell's. Did any of you that went with us get there pucks yet?
You got your letter and stuff from that dealership? Man, I was just about to call them and see if they ever even sent out our stuff.
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I got a letter I didn't get the pucks yet.

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The letter has the information you need in to sign up online to have them send out the knee pucks though right?
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Nope the post card says
Hope you enjoyed your test ride. If you have any questions please call. BLA BLA BLA

That's it nothing else

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you only get the pucks if you actually by a buel! ahahahahahhaaha

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you only get the pucks if you actually by a buel! ahahahahahhaaha
No way, Grover got some damn it! I want my pucks!!
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As posted on the Hawklist:

I had some time to kill yesterday, and my errands brought me past the local Harley Davidson dealer. Being on the Hawk, I had all my riding gear on, so I figured it would be fun to take a test drive on a Firebolt.

I walk in to the showroom and oggle the nice blue XB9R Firebolt there. It has a little sign on the tank (er, airbox cover) saying "Demo ride this bike today and get a free set of knee sliders". Perfect, I'm doing a track day at the end of the month and I need some anyway.

I stand there for about 10 minutes, ignored. Finally I go over to the cashier, who is a young hot blonde in a tank top with her entire left shoulder/upper arm covered in an ornate tattoo, and tell her that I'd like to take a test drive, helmet in hand. She cheerfully rings the back room and tells me a salesperson would be right out.

Enter a tall, fairly attractive blonde amazon woman with a southern accent (this is Maine). I tell her what I want and she summons the cashier to page the guy in charge of demo rides. While we wait, I start the small talk.

"So, where are you from?"

"Florida, I actually work for HD Corporate," she says, proudly. "You should see the showroom they just built in Orlando, it's got a coffe shop and everything. I'm Christina by the way."

(yeah, I'll put that on my list)

"I'm Jack, so did you move here recently?"

"Yep, so you like the Buells eh?"

"Yeah, I've read good things about these new bikes"

"You know these were the original Harley Davidsons."

"Huh? The Buells?"

"Yeah, Mr. Harley and Mr. Buell were friends, and Mr. Buell had designed these bikes (gesturing towards a Fat Boy) and Mr. Harley liked them so much he bought the designs."

"You mean, like a hundred years ago?"

"Yup, so these bikes (pointing at a Firebolt) are the original Harley Davidsons."

(dumbfounded) "But Erik Buell is only like 40 or something."

"Well, that's what I've been told about these bikes"

"You might want to double check that, that's not how I've read it."

"Where would you read about this?"

"I have subscriptions to two motorcycle magazines. Erik Buell wanted to build American sportbikes, so he used a sportster engine and built a sportbike around it. That was like 20 years ago."

"Well, maybe someone's pulling a fast one on me because I'm a woman selling motorcycles."

"Yeah, that's possible. So I see I get a free set of knee sliders for taking a demo?"

"Actually that promotion is over."

"That's not what that sign says."

"Those are only there because they're stuck there, and we can't get them off. You know, they have that white sticky backing on them. Hold on, let me go see where Tom is at."

She disappears to the back. Meanwhile, I pull the stuck sign off the bike without making a mark. I stick it back on again.

Christina reenters with Tom, the salesman in charge of demo rides, roughly a 350 pound Harley dude with red hair and a red beard, equal in length and curliness.

"Tom what's the story on these Buells, aren't they the original Harley?" Christina asks.

"No," turning to me, "you know what Shelby did to the Ford Mustang? Well, that's what Buell did to the Harley Sportster. That was about 20 years ago."

Fast forward to me about to mount the Firebolt, Tom giving me the rundown and telling me where to go. He maps out a test route consisting of a near perfect quadrilateral.

"Are there any corners on this route?" (knowing there aren't)

"Oh sure, just don't kill yourself!"

I take the bike for the test ride, and am actually impressed. Not rip-your-arms-off powerful, but quite fun. I bring the bike back and park it next to Tom, who is waiting for me outside.

"That's a great bike, she pulls right into the rev limiter!"

"Yeah, that's nearly a thousand cc's of v-twin power for ya! Did you get a good feel for it?"

"Yeah, it felt real nice. I didn't wheelie it or anything though."

"Why not?"

"Well, I didn't want to risk it. I've heard of these bikes getting totaled even in parking lot tip-overs because the frame sticks out like that."

"I don't think so, that's pretty thick steel."

"I thought it was aluminum?"

"Uhhh..." (scrutinizing frame) "yeah, I guess that is aluminum."

"I'm pretty sure it is. Say, how 'bout that set of knee sliders?"

"Sure, come on in." We go back inside. Tom takes one knee slider off the display on the bike in the showroom. "Here you go."

"Don't I get two?"

"No, this is how we've been giving them away, one at a time."

"But the sign says a 'set'."

"Well, this is how we've been doing it. I only have 3 left."

"Fine, do you sell knee sliders here?"

"Check back there with the parts department"

I walk back to the parts desk.

"Do you guys sell these?"

"No, you're supposed to get a free set when you take a test ride."

"That's what I did, and Tom says I only get one."

(laughing at me) "Well, maybe you could reach down and switch knees between turns! I dunno, I thought you were supposed to get two."

I go back to Tom in the showroom.

"The parts guy says I should get two."

"No, that's not how we've been doing it."

"Well what am I going to do with one knee slider?"

"I'll give you the other one if you buy the bike."

"Okay, well let me talk it over with my wife. Thanks for the ride."

The story you have just read is true. The names have not been changed to protect the stupid.

Anybody got an extra knee slider?

-Jack
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Wow, some winners over at the Harley dealership. I think they should stick to selling slow, overpriced motorcycles.
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