What the %*&# are you riding???
I'm sure we all have stories about those in the population that stop us and ask us what the heck you are riding. I've had my 07 DL650 for about 4 months now, and need to move to my toes to count how many people have asked about it. Some people I chat with, some I answer quickly, and like today, some people I mess with depending on how I perceive their questioning or what mood they put me in.
I ride to Qdoba today to carry out some lunch, and about get ran over in the parking lot by a idiot driving a pickup way too big for them. As I walk back into the restaurant, I see him circle the parking lot and pull up next to my bike. Of course, I'm wondering if he's going to do something...but I have insurance, so I just went in and ordered. I'm not the type that worries about physical altercations either.
I come out ready for a confrontation, and he he's leaning out his window studying my Strom. I walked up to the bike, he sees me, and he almost "reads" the decal on the side of my bike as I throw my lunch in the side case.
The quick conversation:
HIM: "V-Storm. VEEEEE-STORM. What the &#*# is a VEEEEEEEEEE-Storm???"
ME: "It stands for Video Storm. I'm a storm chaser, and a number of us use our bikes to be more mobile chasing dangerous thunderstorms and tornadoes, we video tape it, and send it to the authorities and TV stations. That's where most of the footage comes from is us VEEEEE-Storm chasers. "
HIM: "You don't say! I had no idea that could be done on a motorcycle. How many storms have you gone after?"
At this time, I mount the bike, put key in, and start it up.
ME: "Too many to count. In the future, if you see any Veeee-Storm riders out there, make sure to stop and talk to them for a second, we appreciate knowing we help everybody out."
HIM: " You can bet your damn ass I'll let everyone of them know what a fine job they are doing!"
I left laughing hysterically. If anybody in a blue Silverado stops you and asks you about your storm chasing, I don't know anything about it.
So...what your favorite story about being asked about what the &*(^ you are riding?
Lighten up, Francis. If you can't take some sarcasm, an Internet forum is the last place you should be.
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Last edited by Mastery; 08-15-2014 at 01:03 PM.