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post #11 of 36 (permalink) Old 08-20-2011, 05:33 AM
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I guess that's why they call it LaLa Land. (I was born in Orange County and have lived in Bell Gardens, Whittier, San Diego, and San Francisco.) Here in Texas, I've never seen someone not interested in other peoples motorcycles. I belong to a BMW riders club because that's what I used to ride, but they were just as interested in my Tbird as they would have been if I'd rolled up on the new BMW K1600 GTL. We all just love bikes.
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when i ride i hardly wear a jacket because i feel like im in a car if i have a jacket on, an the most fairing i have is a little plastic thingy above my headlight that barley keeps rainwater off my gauges

i'll probably never own a full fairing bike an if i did i'd most defiantly convert it
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dazco here are my observations. I get a lot of great comments about my bike from pedestrians, and people who ride Japanese bikes. I have noticed though that Harley Davidson riders tend to ignore me. They look briefly at the bike, and then look away. Even if they talk to me they don't mention the bike. Sometimes you can tell by the look on their faces that they are interested, but it is almost like they can't mentally admit that to themselves, so they have to look away. It is actually quite amusing to watch. lol
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dazco here are my observations. I get a lot of great comments about my bike from pedestrians, and people who ride Japanese bikes. I have noticed though that Harley Davidson riders tend to ignore me. They look briefly at the bike, and then look away. Even if they talk to me they don't mention the bike. Sometimes you can tell by the look on their faces that they are interested, but it is almost like they can't mentally admit that to themselves, so they have to look away. It is actually quite amusing to watch. lol
I have noticed that with a lot of harley riders. You catch them trying to check out your bike without anyone of thier die hard harley buddies noticing. It is amusing to say the least!
I wonder what the reaction will be when I start riding the thunderbird and retire my 85 zl9 eliminator?
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Thats exactly what i'm talking about guys, except here it seems to happen with all riders. But the harleys guys especially. The funny thing is among HD riders they seem to be at one extreme or the other. I find most are as you say, but a few are very nice about it and come and talk to me about the bike and are very interested and complimentary. But theres no in between....they are either very interested and nice, or they are desperate to show you how infinitely uninterested thy are in your non american machine.

On a side note, i also find triumph riders to be almost as "nose in the air" about my bike as the HD guys ! They couldn't care less i'm on a triumph, especially the non cruiser guys IE: bonnies, sporties. Meridan riders....forget it ! I think they HATE anyone on a hinckley triumph i swear. A R3 or speedmaster guy might have a look but i really don't know because i've seen about 2 of them since '05 when i got my speedy !
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By the way, to show you how crazy this is in L.A., one of the biggest biker hangouts is the rock store. Any sat or sun there are probably a good 300 bikes there. And i kid you not, on the rare occasion i stop there i seem to be the only one there walking around looking at all the bikes. Everyone else just stands there near thier ride probably waiting for someone to comment on how nice it is. Sadly, if I don't commet on thier bike i'm afraid they are SOL cuz surely theres no one else there that will !

It's really like a meeting of the most pretentious primadonnas in Los Angeles there !
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I used to go to La La Land and San Francisco 5 or 6 times a year for two weeks or so. I've been to 105 countries. LA and SFO are the only cities in the world where I laughed at the culture. I'm sure there are some "regular" people in both places but I think they hide from the others. You're not riding the right bike of the month, wearing the current jeans, shirt, shoes of the month? Then you don't exist. Personally I don't want to associate with those clowns.
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Personally I don't want to associate with those clowns.
Trust me, I don't. If i stop at places like that, and i rarely do, it's only to see the bikes and i generally leave w/o having spoken a single word. There are a lot of amazing bikes there tho, and it's always very entertaining in that respect otherwise i would never stop there. Some of the custom bikes i've seen there are incredible.
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...I get a lot of great comments about my bike from pedestrians, and people who ride Japanese bikes. I have noticed though that Harley Davidson riders tend to ignore me. They look briefly at the bike, and then look away. Even if they talk to me they don't mention the bike. Sometimes you can tell by the look on their faces that they are interested, but it is almost like they can't mentally admit that to themselves, so they have to look away. It is actually quite amusing to watch. lol
That's funny...I get a lot of compliments/comments from Harley riders for the TB. I rode the TBird to Deals Gap last year and had many compliments from HD riders. What was funny is they ALL had a story (virtually the same one) from their past about a Bonnie they used to have and were more than happy to share it. I'll admit there have been the ones (but only a few) that just bestow "tolerance" for the Triumph. As one guy put it, "I can tolerate Triumph...at least GB was an ally." I will, however, say that even though I get a lot of compliments on my Kawasaki C14 also, it's never from the Harley crowd.

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That's funny...I get a lot of compliments/comments from Harley riders for the TB. I rode the TBird to Deals Gap last year and had many compliments from HD riders. What was funny is they ALL had a story (virtually the same one) from their past about a Bonnie they used to have and were more than happy to share it. I'll admit there have been the ones (but only a few) that just bestow "tolerance" for the Triumph. As one guy put it, "I can tolerate Triumph...at least GB was an ally." I will, however, say that even though I get a lot of compliments on my Kawasaki C14 also, it's never from the Harley crowd.
Older Harley guys that remember Triumph from the 50's through the 70's are more likely to pay their complements. It is the younger Harley riders that typically snub me.
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