forgot to add the last part of the sentence... 'waste of energy'... because the harley guys almost never wave when I'm on the RC51 and the sport bike guys are so astonished that I'm waving from an FLHT that it takes them a mile or so for it to sink in..
I have never run across an unfriendly rider on sport bike or curiser so I can only guess you get what you give? Mabey you are not a cutious as you say? Also come blowing by at twice the speed limit is not responsible or cutious, I would let you by and not try and impeed you so I do not excuse it being done by others but I don't excuse you putting others at risk if you lost control either.
Sounds so typical of so many of the so called faithful. It's annoying as hell. It's not their place to impede anyone, merely because they think they're riding gods gift to motorycling. There are plenty of guys who have the live and let live attitude, and are simply guys who enjoy riding, no matter what they're sitting on. Then there's the real a$$holes (Some on both sides of the fence, but seemingly a lot more on the cruiser side.) who want to give the sport bike guy a hard time. Which is just BS.
Riding in the Hills during the "Rally" is much the same. Yes, I ride a cruiser, but at least my Magna has balls, and the Concours I ride with love to pass the HDs that won't let us by. I think it is programmed into their ECUs to not let them be passed by Jap bikes. Sounds like my kind of church there Martin. It's funny, I ride wherever I go, while, alas, my parents are *****'s with their HD.
I go to Sturgis every year and don't see any problem with sport bikes being there. Nobody gives a rats petuty what you ride up there. Oh sure, us Harley guys may raz you now and then but really don't mean a thing by it. Anyway, you sport bike guys think you are God's gift also, so where is the difference. Just have a good time and don't become part of a pine tree on a blind curve. One of the real fun things about Sturgis are the demo rides of all bikes except Suzuki. And I notice that most manufacturers won't let you ride their liter bikes. But for the most part you can test ride most of the bikes that you see in magazines. Unfortuneately you probably won't see any Aprilias, but if you want you can probably test ride a Boss Hoss.
Anyway, Sturgis is a safe place to visit no matter what you ride in on or trailer in if you are a *****.
You sound as if you believe this guy's story verbatim. Sounds as if this sport's bike guy was racing and the Harley guys just wanted to win the race anyway they knew how. When you watch bike racing on TV don't the leaders try to cut off any advancers by getting in the way. Well there you go. And as for his fear of being accosted by the gang of ruffians, it was more in his mind than reality. Chances are most of these vikings were middle aged doctors and dentists and cpa's. Sounds more like this crotch rocketeer has an over active imagination and a penchant for blowing every situation way out of proportion.
I've been riding for about 15 years, and it has never ceased to amaze me how few Harley riders ever waive or stop to offer assistance if you are on the side of the road. I ride for the love of the sport, what is their motivation? I suspect for many it's all about posing. They plunk down oodles of money for a bike just so they can show the world that they ride a Harley. Don't get me wrong, I've met decent dedicated riders on that marque, but they are the exception rather than the rule. Hopped-up sport bike riders can be a royal pain too, but usually you can attribute that to youth. I had someone recently ask me for advice concerning the purchase of a new motorcycle. My response was that today they are all so darn good, just buy what you like and don't concern yourself with what other riders will think of you or what camp you fall in to - do it for the love of the sport. Like I said, that's why I ride.
This pisses me off so bad. Cant we all just get along? I mean there are all kinds of cagers out there just itching to slide their hoods in front of us as they make their oblivious left turns while talking on their cells and sipping their soy lattes.
We need unity people. In France, (if the French can do it anybody can) their motorcycle association is one of the strongest lobbies in the country. This is an all -volunteer organization of concerned citizens rallying together on issues that directly affect them. Why dont we have that here? Because of crap like this.
As paid-up and dedicated MoFo's, we all oughtta dedicate ourselves to bringing back the "wave." Think of it as a freebie: just give to everyone--if they don't want it, fine. It doesn't cost you anything, and who knows? You might just get someone else started.
I pulled up on an old-school 1%er at a stoplight yesterday who was riding a very clean 1953 HD. Turns out he had no problem with my ride (of course, I led with a compliment on his), or, as far as I can tell, with me. My point is, you never can tell. I used to get pissed off at people who wouldn't dish it back--squids and cruisers. Now I just give it out equal-opportunity fashion.
That said, there is certainly a large minority of folks who seem to think that by buying a certain brand, they've bought their way into a club that need not deign to acknowledge fellow riders. Sad to say this goes as much for the over-refined beemer pilot as it does for the over-financed RUB and the under-IQ'd Dyna-glide-as-investment and GSXYZFTTSBK 19-35 set.
Anyway, the idea is that if you do it often enough, maybe they'll get the hint. Even if they don't, you can feel good about doing your part to create some solidarity among the brotherhood, and knowing something they don't: we're in this together.
See you on the street: I'll be the guy on a caffeinated '96 Sportster, waving at your a$$.
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