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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-26-2016, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
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Proper Attitude.

I rode my d 1200i to the dealership today to grab some parts I'd ordered.

I parked in the back of the shop as usual near the repair Bay doors. And as I was taking off my helmet I saw a man taking possession and getting good a walkabout of his new GW. It looked to be loaded for bear. And so was the man with a new GW logo jacket and a new brain bucket with the stickers still on it.

I went and grabbed my parts and came out about 20 minutes later after window shopping. The new owner was on his bike with the engine running and the showroom guy and I'm guessing his son standing by.

As I watched he let out the clutch, went forward and then into a turn to begin heading out of the lot and ended up laying the bike down.

We all went over and helped him and the bike up. The showroom guy was assuring they could clean up the scratches and the boy was tending his father.

What caught me was the new owner laughing and saying he doesn't have to worry about the first scratch anymore and proceeded to get back in the saddle in order to head out.

That's a good attitude. Even if the chrome did get scuffed. It's only a bike.
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Would have been a good opportunity for him to learn how to pick it up.
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Good attitude indeed. In my case the embarrassment would hurt more then the scratch on the bike.Then again the scratch would be a constant reminder so I prefer not to drop it .lol

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Probably was laughing out of the other side of his mouth in the privacy of his own home latter.
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It's only a bike.
I can't believe you said that!

Never talk to me again.


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Well I DON'T like laying my bike down BUT, (like Forrest Gump says) it happens.

I've done it enough times that I refuse to get embarrassed about it anymore. If somebody asks "what happened?" I look them straight in the eye and ask them to go dance with a 900 lb gorilla and tell me how many times they wind up on the floor. I HATE that I have to tippytoe my bike but in my state the transportation dept. built the roads further away from my seat than they do in other states. So I just grin and bear it and move on. Ain't no big thing.
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Embarrassment would definitely be the problem, I'm still getting used to my wing and have driven to the bar I own every night where it is definitely the center of attention, My biggest fear as I pull it under the awning with everyone watching is that I'll drop it. I would probably have to sell the bar and leave town
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Originally Posted by Bike...and Dennis View Post
Originally Posted by BugMagnet View Post
It's only a bike.
I can't believe you said that!

Never talk to me again.

OK granted it was a very nice 25k (or more ) bike that mine couldn't compare to. Lol

But I kinda got the impression that he was like "we'll it's got its first accident/flub/scratch so let's stop ***** footing around and ride it"

Myself, we'll I think I'd invent a self arsekicking machine and let it go a few rounds. It was bad enough watching my old wing slowly fall off the side stand when a pal brought it back from a spin only to park it on a wet dirt drive rather than the concrete. I can't imagine a bike with all of 20 feet ridden on it.
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When I was younger I would ride my dirt bike with zero fear of anything. ( young and stupid) it just takes that one time laying it down hard to make you realize you are not bullet proof.
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