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While riding through town yesterday, i stopped at a red light beside a construction site. On the opposite side heading the other way was a V-ROD.
A worker came out,, looked at both bikes,, yelled out so Harley rider could hear,,,,

"NOW THATS WHAT I CALL A REAL BIKE"
(pointing at my bike)

I had a quick 20 sec conservation with him & he said he had owed 3 bonnies in his time & wished he had never sold them.
Said he was going home after work to talk to his missus & see if he was allowed to buy one.
I told him, good luck. Light turned green & off i took with stares from V-ROD man, with a smile on my face!

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I know where your comming from bear, had a similar experience at the Toowoomba bike swap yesterday. When I arrived I parked my bike with the rest of the Hondas, yams, suzies, kawas, harleys, etc, etc. I was the only Bonnie there, left my lid & gloves on the bike 'cause I didn't want to carry them and took off to see what I could buy. However always keeping my bike and gear in sight because there was also alot of people walking up and down the line checking out the different rides and guess what! a hell of alot would stop, take a step back and drink in the lines of my baby. Now they could have been saying "Its not a real Bonnie", or "Cheap imitation", but who cares what other people think, I love my bike. Some old blokes from the vintage club did say to me "Thats a good looking Bonnie" as I was gearing up to go home my response was a very proud " Thanks mate"and that Triumph grin I've had on my face for the last 22 months just got a bit bigger :-D :-D

[ This message was edited by: ozbon on 2006-02-12 01:09 ]
 

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Roadglide posted: The opinion of a construction worker who needs his wife's permission to get a bike is important

Hey, Roadglide.....excellent post. I don't think too many on this list will truely understand.
 

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Hahaha! I get so many stop-and-stares, it's almost annoying...almost. I had one guy scream out his car window as we were rolling down the road: "Did you restore that yourself?!"

The only negative comment I got was about as funny as any I've heard...

I pull up to the local used record shop. As I'm taking off my gear, this guy rolls up on his mountain bike. He looks about 40 and no stranger to crystal meth.

Him: "You wanna buy some DVDs?"
Me: "No thanks."
Him: "They're pornos."
Me: "No thanks."
Him: "I'm in 3 of them."
Me: "No dude."
Him: "I wouldn't put you in one."
Me: "Thanks."
Him (riding off on his bike): "New Triumphs are pieces of s#!it."

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I couldn't stop laughing at him. Awesome!
 

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Harley Rods...... they're "real bikes" too.

As was my Honda CB100, CL175, CL360, 400F, 550 Sport, 750 Sport, Yamaha 550, 750, 920, Guzzi V-50, Duc' GT900, Harley XL1200'S', BMW R1150RA, Triumph Sprint RS, and Bonneville.

I've always wanted a 'fake bike' though, something like a Boss Hoss, Dodge V-10, or bright Orange Big Wheel......

Back to the REAL point being made though, I have never owned a bike that attracts more attention than that simple BonnieBlack of mine. I've never seen so many people get distracted and detour just to look on and study "Triumph" on the gas tank (they frequently think they're mistaken). I can't just put my helmet on fire up the bike either. There is almost always somebody waiting in the shadows to catch me before I can ride off. The majority of whom are folk my age and older, but increasingly more younger folk are now stopping to ask about it. It IS indeed a "real bike", but too often it is met with initial disbelief..... as if it was a 'fake'.......
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I just found out a friend of mine has a V ROD and he said I could try it.Can't wait,I bet it's great.I wish he had a Speed Triple too :-D
 

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I own a W650 and just bought a T100 (Lucifer Orange - love it). Since I haven't had the Triumph on the road this riding season, I haven't experienced people 'circling the wagon' looking at it. But it has happened several times with the W; I've been riding her since 2000. Best experience I can remember was walking out of the "Heavenly Hash" in Marshallville, Ohio last summer only to find 4-5 riders looking the little W over carefully. They were all riding Big Twins. All were in their late 50's maybe into their 60s. A couple of them had owned Triumphs in the past. They were totally in awe over the little Kawasaki. The iceing on the cake was me being able to extend the footpeg on the kick starter, and boot her to life without the starter motor. I think although they were on some mighty nice bikes, they might have traded rides with me for the day, just to help bring back some memories of days past.

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I get these types of responses all the time when I'm out on my vintage T100.
There aren't a lot of new Triumphs around here, but getting to be more and more all the time. When I take delivery of my new black/red T100 in about another six weeks I'm sure it will attract attention too.

Rocky
 
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