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I was running a country road heading home a few months ago. It starts out with about 8 miles of straight and then turns into some serious twisties with lower speed limits on those twisties. This Harley went smoking by me on the flats like I was standing still. I was on my GL1800 with the cruise control set and my feet on the highway bars listening to tunes via BlueTooth. I just kept cruising. About halfway through the twisties there's Harley Boy poking along at 25mph in a 45mph zone. I went by him, feet on the highway bars, cruise control still set at 57mph, and I waved with my outside (right hand) as I went by in the corner. He looked truly frightened with a death-grip on that Harley. Another 8 or 10 miles later the road straightens out again. Here comes Harley Boy hauling the mail again. I had to laugh. (There were more twisties coming up....lol.)
I ride with Harley's often and none of them talk smack to me. They know I have a longer range, more comfort, don't have to have a 400 watt stereo and ear plugs to drown out the pipes, and can outrun every one of them. But, "they is Harley's and they is the best." I think some of them are truly beautiful bikes, but I've never liked any I've ridden. I took my wife on a couple Harley's for test rides and she hates them too. She loves her space, comfort, and "Princess Seat." LOL
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What they don't have in quality, they make up for in quantity (of noise).
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What they don't have in quality, they make up for in quantity (of noise).
To be fair I suppose their quality is pretty decent compared to what they used to be and they don't come from the factory noisy, it's the immature owners that make them that way.
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Wow...your son did a nice job on that Ultra, Joe! Hey, if everyone only liked the same kind of tea...most of the tea companies would go out of business. We don't want that on our conscience do we? Viva la Difference!!

It does seem that everyone in this country is in a big hurry to go nowhere of any real importance. I've had people from more than one foreign land comment, in good humor, that Americans are the most impatient people in the world. Maybe they're right?
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It does seem that everyone in this country is in a big hurry to go nowhere of any real importance. I've had people from more than one foreign land comment, in good humor, that Americans are the most impatient people in the world. Maybe they're right?
If that comment is directed at me, it's not about getting somewhere in a hurry, it's about staying out of people's way. It's just the way I am, if I am holding you back, you are speeding.
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When I let another rider get into my head and I am paying more attention to their moves than my own, I take note of that. I have made it a point for a "reset" and I look for a pull over. I get out a bottle of water or what I have in the cooler and I hydrate myself with a 10 minute break. When I catch up with the HD again..... my attitude has changed.

In short. It is not them. It is my own thinking. This applies to the idiots in front of me in Walmart...... the fast food worker that forgets to put napkins in the bag, the scooter rider wearing flip flops or the small 80 year old women that drives looking through the steering wheel.

It is my judgement that is causing me pain.


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I've always thought that it's better to have a bad driver in front of me rather than behind me.

The one time I do get annoyed is following a big/powerful rig through the mountains with my Toy truck and camping trailer as they can doddle through the curves but when a passing lane comes which is usually on a steep grade it's pedal to the metal and I don't have a chance of over taking them.
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No the comment wasn't directed at you, or anyone in particular. It was an observation of my own and others about the American way of life. Each to his/her own and my motto is "Lead or follow, but most of all please stay the heck out of my way"

I've recently "unplugged". No listening to the news or talk radio; quit wearing a watch; no crowding anyone ahead of me; no sweating the small stuff. Danged if it ain't working...life is far more enjoyable now.
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