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[ST] And Harley riders wonder why...

...most other bike riders disdain them.

Today I was at my son's wrestling tournament and I went outside with the 
wife for a break. It was beautiful out. The sun was shining and it was 
above 40F. A fellow wrestling father starts talking about how nice it 
was out. I agreed and said that yesterday was even better. He stated 
that it was nice enough to go riding. I said that I was kicking myself 
for not having ridden to work yesterday and then asked him what he rode.

"A '52 panhead."

"Oh, wow," I replied. He then began to give me a history of the bike. It 
was his grandfather's and he is the second owner. He keeps it in his 
living room under a tarp and the one day that he rides it come rain or 
shine or snow or sleet is on his grandfather's birthday which is also 
his. He tells us that the bike has 17,000 miles on it.

I just smiled and waited for him to finish his tale so I could tell him 
that I have a bike that's only four years old with almost 29,000 miles 
on it and I'm the original owner.** And I waited and waited and waited 
but he just kept going on and on and on. Ad infinitum.

Now I don't know about anyone else but I always figured that when 
someone asks you what you ride you give them the year make and model and 
  a one sentence summary, at the most. I guess that guy was brought up a 
different way. He never bothered to ask me what I ride.

As my wife and I walked back inside I mumbled to her, "What an ass." She 
agreed. I'm not so sure if she agreed because of the way he went on and 
on or if she was dumbfounded by a guy that keeps a 54 year old bike in 
his living room.

*He was the #3 seed in a field of 17 and took first place at the 215# class.

**I'm sure that pales in comparison to the mileage that some of the 
other liSTers have.

Steve Lawler
Verona, NJ, USA

2001 Sprint ST "Blue Devil"

"I wish people who have trouble communicating would just shut up."
             -- Tom Lehrer
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