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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-04-2011, 04:40 AM Thread Starter
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I love your Harley...

Today I washed and polished the Tbird and headed out for my regular bi-monthly blood donation. For some reason I always feel great after losing a pint.

The place is always full of young nurses who have lots of time to chat everyone up, so its a regular destination for me.

Being that its 'winter' around these parts, there aren't a lot of bikes on the road. When I walked in with my bike gear on I could tell that people were eyeballing me.

This 20 something blonde nurse comes up to me and says "I love your Harley. I saw it parked by the door."

I said "Its not a Harley. Its a Triumph."

She said "Really?"

I said "Yeah, really."

She said "Its beautiful."

I said "I'm married."

She laughed. And then smiled at me the whole time I was there.

Good times.

What if there were no hypothetical questions?

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Today I washed and polished the Tbird and headed out for my regular bi-monthly blood donation. For some reason I always feel great after losing a pint.

The place is always full of young nurses who have lots of time to chat everyone up, so its a regular destination for me.

Being that its 'winter' around these parts, there aren't a lot of bikes on the road. When I walked in with my bike gear on I could tell that people were eyeballing me.

This 20 something blonde nurse comes up to me and says "I love your Harley. I saw it parked by the door."

I said "Its not a Harley. Its a Triumph."

She said "Really?"

I said "Yeah, really."

She said "Its beautiful."

I said "I'm married."

She laughed. And then smiled and stared at me the whole time I was there.

Good times.
Dude: You need help...I can't believe you told her you were married..... I mean couldn't you just let it go for a few minutes instead of flying in and dropping the bomb on her.....

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LOL, your such a realist, I would just say thank you and let her enjoy the moment. It makes people feel good to compliment others. Gee blood and nurses, what could be more fun?

"It was like that when I got here..."
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She just wanted your bike, you know that right?
Seriously....I have noticed this since i first got my speedmaster 6 years ago. People that don't even ride or know much of anything about bikes automatically think 1)-anything that isn't a sport bike is a harley, and 2)-it's simple fact that a harley is the best motorcycle on the road and if yours isn't a harley it's because you just couldn't afford one. Thats the attitude i see from non riders all the time. A non riding security guard where i work one day mentioned how harelys are the best when i was talking about my bird and i corrected him by telling him the harley myth is just that and that they are overpriced and dated mediocre technology to some degree. i went on to tell him the triumph is technologically superior and superior in all ways except finish quality. He was shocked but he believed me because like all non bikers he came by his opinion based on nothing but what he's heard over the years and the harley's big presence as numbers go. People just assume. But basically most all non bikers think harleys are the pinnacle of motorcycles.
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My compliments on giving blood! You are saving many lives.

Unfortunately I can't give blood - I have too much iron, so much that I need to have a venesection quite often. However, my blood has so much iron it could kill a recipient.

And compliments on the bike too!
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LOL, your such a realist, I would just say thank you and let her enjoy the moment.
Most of the time this is what I do as well, but if the person starts asking me questions about my bike I will point out that it is not a Harley. To the truly uneducated though I simply smile, and say thanks.
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2)-it's simple fact that a harley is the best motorcycle on the road and if yours isn't a harley it's because you just couldn't afford one. Thats the attitude i see from non riders all the time. A non riding security guard where i work one day mentioned how harelys are the best when i was talking about my bird and i corrected him by telling him the harley myth is just that and that they are overpriced and dated mediocre technology to some degree. i went on to tell him the triumph is technologically superior and superior in all ways except finish quality. He was shocked but he believed me because like all non bikers he came by his opinion based on nothing but what he's heard over the years and the harley's big presence as numbers go. People just assume. But basically most all non bikers think harleys are the pinnacle of motorcycles.
From an horological standpoint, one could say the same thing about Rolex. Sure, they are big, fancy, expensive and have a vetted history. However, they are not on the cutting edge these days and, IMO, most people buy them for the name recognition. That might help some non-riding people understand, (unless they also think Rolex is the best watch ever. In which case, my analogy is completely ruined.)

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From an horological standpoint, one could say the same thing about Rolex. Sure, they are big, fancy, expensive and have a vetted history. However, they are not on the cutting edge these days and, IMO, most people buy them for the name recognition. That might help some non-riding people understand, (unless they also think Rolex is the best watch ever. In which case, my analogy is completely ruined.)
I have a Rolex Submariner (stainless) that my wife gave to me for our 10th Anniversary. We kind of did a "Gift of the Maji" thing and unbeknownst to each other bought each other Rolex watches at a time when we couldn't afford it. I got her a solid gold Lady Presidential with the diamond face & bezel and since I wrench on everything and am a 30 year boater I got the Submariner which is really indestructible (I have tried to destroy it). Both watches cost us about $17,500 total at the time. Today they are worth about $45,000 mostly because hers is Gold. They have gone back for service once for a synthetic oil change and both keep excellent time.

But a Rolex is not the best watch ever...it is however one of the most classic watch brands ever made...kind of like a vintage Porsche 911 or Triumph Bonneville. Really never goes out of style. And of course you can always send it back to Rolex and get any amount of parts upgrade you want....as long as you have the $$$. So, when we hit our 25th anniversary in 2 years...I'll send her's back for some more diamonds.

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The Rolex analogy is an interesting one. Maybe if they could gold plate a Thunderbird, it too would increase in value after a few decades!

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