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Old 03-22-2008, 06:25 PM   #1
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a few hours ago...

I was leaving my friend's house to head home to play some video games. I noticed 2 Harleys rumbling around the cul-de-sac where my friend lives. It's not unusual, as the neighbor and his buddy ride Harleys. I see them parked outside all the time. On this day, both gentlemen were wearing jeans, t-shirts, and some shoes. I think 2 thin leather vests and bandanas might have completed the ensemble.

I pulled out to the end of the driveway when I had to stop to answer my phone. I killed the bike, removed my lid, but I missed the call. Well, the Harley gentleman's kids were outside as well, and one of them commented to his dad, "wow, dad, that bike is faster than yours!" (i ride a red Ninja 650R). The kids were about 10 years old, if that.

The dad looked my way and replied, "I wouldn't say it's faster." I noticed a hint of smugness in his tone. I thought nothing of it and proceeded to put my lid back on. I noticed both of the youngsters headed my way and they started asking me all sorts of questions. So the resulting conversation goes something like this:

Kid 1: "How fast is your bike? Like 140 or more?"
Me: "Nah, not really, maybe 125-130, but I don't ride that fast."
Kid 1: "Oh, my dad has a bike."
Me: "I noticed."
Kid 1: "Why do you wear your helmet and jacket? It's really hot outside."

At this point I realize this kid has NO idea about safety gear, and I'm sure his bandana wearing dad is to blame.

Me: "Well, it may be hot, but I wear this to protect myself from the concrete if I fall off. Scraping all my skin off would hurt I think."

Kid 1: "Oh."
Kid 2 (rolling up on his 'lectric scooter with shorts and t-shirt on): "I ride a dirt bike!" (and an electric scooter apparently)
Me: "That's cool. Be careful, the size of the bike doesn't mean anything. They all work the same way. You fall; it's bad. Just be safe and wear some gear, ok? See you kids later."

Scary stuff out there.

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Old 03-22-2008, 06:34 PM   #2
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love the way you handled that. total respect for you for not dissing their dad in front of them. I bet they remember what you say and try and talk dad into some gear.
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Old 03-22-2008, 06:40 PM   #6
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I can't believe I forgot the most classic part of the entire conversation!!!

Right after asking me if my bike could do 140+, he said "my dad calls those bikes 'suicide machines'."

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love the way you handled that. total respect for you for not dissing their dad in front of them. I bet they remember what you say and try and talk dad into some gear.
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Old 03-22-2008, 07:46 PM   #11
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And then you wheelied off into the sunset, right?


J/K, you couldn't have handled that situation better.
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You did it right. And cool that the kids wanted to "Ask" you questions and the dad didn't stop them!
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Old 03-22-2008, 11:55 PM   #17
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haha... refer back to the thread a few days ago where the dude on the chopper got decapitated......
Bro thats wrong on any level and no I aint taking a shot on u but that makes me sooooooo sad to hear no matter what u ride.....whoever it was has family that didn't get to see them before they got buried.........Had a funeral for a friend last yr that I didn't get to see at his wake cause he was dressed in all leathers and helmet.......still has me up. My heart still goes out to him and his family and every other fallen brother or comrade or whatever u want to call them no matter if I know them or not. We are all 1 !!!!! bless and Speed
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