Tuesday, September 27, 2005

A moment of silence, then a rant.

This is twice the tragedy. A motorcycle pizza delivery rider was killed while doing his job.


Don't forget to tip your delivery driver. Their jobs are more perilous than you might think.

And now, let's pretend there's a graceful segue into my rant about blind loyalty to a brand and motorcycling.

As you are probably aware, there are a lot of people out there who think that a particular American brand of motorcycle is superior to all others. In fact, people are so certain of the inherent excellence of this American brand that big box stores (who import nearly everything they sell from China. Irony?) sell a variety of merchandise with this motor company's logo to people who have never ridden a motorcycle, and never would for fear of a horrible, messy death.

Now, I'm certainly not going to say that this company doesn't build a quality product. Whether I agree with their merchandising is beside the point. My problem is with people who have never ridden anything saying that they wouldn't ride anything but this particular brand. Kudos to the motor company for excellent marketing, but shame upon the morons who think wearing a shirt that's available at any Super-Colossal-Mart in the United States makes them a non-conformist.

If you were to ask one of these asshats what motorcycling is all about, I bet he/she would tell you that it's about rebellion, freedom and individuality.


Look, I don't care if the bike you ride is built with pride in India; if you buy it because that's what all the other morons with new, lighter wallets tell you is a real bike instead of because you get a huge dumb grin just thinking about it, then kindly stay away from me. You obviously side-stepped the whole rebellion/individuality thing.

Say, I haven't had any pictures up for a while. Here are some gratuitous photos of a nesting VX800.

The VX800 in its natural environment.

Behold, the unblinking eye.

I hate to break it to you, but you really probably aren't cool enough to ride this bike. It would likely throw you off, run you over and leak something on you.


Surly said...

Man, you hit the nail on the head.
As an homage- I'm just going to post a link to this post instead of a new post for mine. Couldnt have said it better myself.
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Grumpyunk said...

Nice post. I was at the gas station filling up the Kawaplastic concours last week and ran into one of those owners. He gave me the standard "Why don't you get a real Bike?" line of BS. My response? "I had one. But I wanted something that goes fast, stops fast, is comfortable, handles well and only cost 1/4 of that thing of yours."

Fortunately, most guys with HD's aren't like that. It's the ones without bikes that are like that.

Lucky said...

Very true. Most Harley owners are good folks, and I agree that it's usually a non-rider who makes a nasty comment.

The majority of HD guys I've met have been great. I've found that, in general, the scarier they look, the less likely they are to be a complete tool about non-HD bikes. The grizzled, leather-faced, bug-toothed guys always wave back.

leanangle said...

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Gymi said...

Well put, I get the same thing all the time.