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post #1 of 19 Old 08-15-2014, 12:57 PM Thread Starter
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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?

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post #2 of 19 Old 08-15-2014, 02:57 PM
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[QUOTE=Mastery;2510282] "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. "

That's awesome! LOL
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My answer would have been "mostly your Mom"....

Your answer is far more creative and original though...

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You're a cruel and crafty fellow. I like that.
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That's awesome! LOL
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You're a cruel and crafty fellow. I like that.
What strikes me is that it came rolling out of my mouth so easily. Usually I think of the dingers two seconds after they leave or the situation no longer warrants it. :biggrinjester:

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My first bike was a KLR 250. Went on a ride with a buddy that had a Bandit 600 (which I later owned). We stayed in a very Harley-esque hotel... The next morning I came out and a guy was polishing his Indian from stem to stern especially the chrome. I asked if I could borrow some chrome polish and a rag and proceeded to polish the ignition bezel on my bike which was the ONLY chrome on the whole bike. He started laughing and asked me in a decidedly sarcastic tone, "well what can you do on that thing?!?" I jumped on, kick started it then rode between the buildings, jumped off the landing onto a picnic table, across the picnic table and down the gravel road behind the hotel ripping a rooster tail of gravel while popping a wheelie... Got back and told him it was his turn. He just smiled and said dinner was on him. Best cheap steak I've ever had.
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Well played, sir. Well played indeed. I never think of anything like that until later.


My favorite is the classic we've all heard: "Uhhhh... buh, whut kinda Harley is THAT?"

I usually tell them it's a top secret project from Harley's Japanese division. Or I just sort of stare at them and leave as quickly as I can so I don't get any stupid germs on me.


Whenever I ride my '83 GS850G in certain urban areas, there's always someone who comes up, circles around the bike gawking appreciatively, and then asks "How much you want for dat?".

It took me an embarrassing amount of time to realize they don't actually want to buy it -- they're basically just saying "That's a lovely vintage motorbike, old chap."

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Well done. Almost gentleman like. Why result in this ..... see the link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0phlkhi-Ef8

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What kinda bike is that?

A red one. :biggrinjester:

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Similar story, feller gave me a flock of plastic Flamingos in Colorado a few years ago. I shared them with my friends and we all rode off to Ohio with flamingos strapped to our bikes. Some folks asked about our odd pets, We told them we were taking them up stream to spawn because they didn't have the metal legs.
Some feller on a Harley chased us for a couple miles in Muncie In. When caught up he stated he carried a lot of things on his scoot before but never a pink bird. He asked what was up and I said nuthin'. He replied, Oh, OK and rode off.
There are so real lame folks populating America and they are interesting to meet.
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