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Some people can really wheel those big bikes, and they lean them way over!
This guy is way bigger than his bike! He isn't fat, just really tall and lanky. When he sits on it, he looks like he needs to move up to a size larger. The bike is stock with Metzeler tires with many miles on it and he does all of his own maintenance. Even though it looks like a Garage Queen, it isn't. He has ridden it all over the country several times with no problems at all. He doesn't brag and he has respect for all brands of motorcycles because he's owned most of them. The worst bike was a Norton (fun but horrible quality), the fastest was a Kawasaki and his most fun bike is the one he owns now and he bought it new, 20 years ago.
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One of my riding buddies has a '99 Road King and he never, ever compares his bike to mine. As a matter of fact, he gets sentimental when he talks about his old Sportster which he wishes he still had. As far as handling is concerned, his fat old bagger is fantastic in the mountain twisties....sure surprised me! I compliment his bike and he compliments mine. As far as we're concerned, they're both, "just Harley's".


I ride with people like that. Some of these guys I used to raced dirt bikes with. But when we hit the 2nd/3rd gear twisties none of them can stick with my sportster. They just don’t have the lean angles to accommodate the speed required. So that’s my ammunition when the banter starts being slung in my direction about my sportster, it’s all in good fun though.
But occasionally someone comes along that doesn’t get it, who honestly believes my bike is a girls bike, and that’s how I deal with it.
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Can't say I've heard much negativity like that since leaving the "civilized" state of Maryland and moved to Georgia 20 years ago.

For fun though I occasionally make a preemptive strike saying I'd like to add something like a Road King to the stable some day, but it's hard to get one down a dirt 2-track road and the XLH does just fine -- I'd hate to be limited to only riding smooth paved roads. Gets some odd looks.
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Fortunately my area seems to be improving. There was a time that the Harley guys wouldn't return a wave to me on my metric bikes. Then there would be Poker Runs with all brands from all countries who would ride together and have a good time. I don't know if that's what made the difference but not only do I receive waves from every type of rider now, I see more and more mixed groups of brands and styles on a regular basis in the mountain twisties and on the interstate, and they all return waves.
Strangely enough, it's the bicyclists who snub me on my motorcycle now --- and I am also one of them, just on other days! Cheez Louise, talk about snobbery!!! I guess they think I'm cheating because I'm not pedaling.
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Fortunately my area seems to be improving. There was a time that the Harley guys wouldn't return a wave to me on my metric bikes. Then there would be Poker Runs with all brands from all countries who would ride together and have a good time. I don't know if that's what made the difference but not only do I receive waves from every type of rider now, I see more and more mixed groups of brands and styles on a regular basis in the mountain twisties and on the interstate, and they all return waves.
Strangely enough, it's the bicyclists who snub me on my motorcycle now --- and I am also one of them, just on other days! Cheez Louise, talk about snobbery!!! I guess they think I'm cheating because I'm not pedaling.
I always wave. And you're right, in the earlier days not much Harley riders waved back. You now see a difference here in Holland: The only types that do not wave back are the stereotype penopauze men with a brand new Softail and there old lady on a brand new Sportster driving behind them. New Harley clothes, new Harley boots, too red lipstick (Harley?) on the old lady. First we had the yuppies, now we have these jokers. Go away, go back to your Audi convertable.
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I couldn’t care less what bike someone rides, what clothes they wear, or what lipstick they use (!). I can’t understand why anyone would care about any of that. You don’t like red lipstick? Then don’t wear it!
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I always wave. And you're right, in the earlier days not much Harley riders waved back. You now see a difference here in Holland: The only types that do not wave back are the stereotype penopauze men with a brand new Softail and there old lady on a brand new Sportster driving behind them. New Harley clothes, new Harley boots, too red lipstick (Harley?) on the old lady. First we had the yuppies, now we have these jokers. Go away, go back to your Audi convertable.
Don't you just love it when the new wave of Yuppies "discover" something that they used to ridicule? Either way, they were and are stereotyping. Those of us who ride really don't care. My vehicle has never been my identity whether it is my car, truck, motorcycle or bicycle. I certainly didn't need to wear a "uniform" covered with logos to reinforce any of them.
At least half of my motorcycle riding clothes are good, used ones from eBay, yard sales or swap-meets. My motorcycle boots came from Tractor Supply. My priority has always been safety and comfort. Even on the hottest days, I still wear my new-to-me mesh jacket with armor.
One of my riding friends has been called a "homeless person on a Harley" and this is in friendly jest, not ridicule. There are no snobs in my group. We like to laugh at ourselves and we don't care if you're on a Gold Wing or a moped, just as long as you have fun.
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Neither do I, but I was talking about the stereotype of 'Harley' people who don't greet you back and how to recognize them.
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Don't you just love it when the new wave of Yuppies "discover" something that they used to ridicule? Either way, they were and are stereotyping. Those of us who ride really don't care. My vehicle has never been my identity whether it is my car, truck, motorcycle or bicycle. I certainly didn't need to wear a "uniform" covered with logos to reinforce any of them.
At least half of my motorcycle riding clothes are good, used ones from eBay, yard sales or swap-meets. My motorcycle boots came from Tractor Supply. My priority has always been safety and comfort. Even on the hottest days, I still wear my new-to-me mesh jacket with armor.
One of my riding friends has been called a "homeless person on a Harley" and this is in friendly jest, not ridicule. There are no snobs in my group. We like to laugh at ourselves and we don't care if you're on a Gold Wing or a moped, just as long as you have fun.
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