Stereotyping the Rider Isn’t Going to Get the Job Done

//Stereotyping the Rider Isn’t Going to Get the Job Done

Stereotyping the Rider Isn’t Going to Get the Job Done

They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, and by the same token, you certainly can’t judge a biker by his ride. And since our primary goal here at J&P Cycles is to help ALL our customers, that ability to define what people want and need is a real challenge. It requires a unique skill set.

Fortunately, we’re staffed with experts in everything motorcycle and, considering the mix of customers that rely on us for service and advice, we do a damned good job. And part of the reason for that is we try to avoid stereotyping our customers based on the bikes they ride — not an easy task in this industry. There are tons of labels out there, and if we revert to putting our customers into specific sterotypes, we do a disservice to those customers and our brand.

That being said, I have to admit that on occasion I have been guilty of labeling someone by the bike they ride. This is silly, of course, because I certainly don’t think I fit in any particular mold, so why should you? But the question remains: Why do these thoughts persist?

Many of the stereotypes you hear in the motorcycle community are based upon absolutely nothing, but they still exist. For instance: I’ve heard it said that Harley-Davidson customers are far more mechanically inclined than metric customers, and metric customers don’t work on their own bikes. I’ve heard people say Harley customers don’t own other brands, while metric customers do. I’ve heard all sport bike riders are young and reckless. And Goldwing customers are old and slow. Street bike guys don’t like dirt bikes, and dirt bike guys don’t ride on the street. What about snowmobiles and ATVs? Anyone have one of those?

There are so many stereotypes out there, and to list them all would just be a waste of time. As I said earlier, I don’t fit the mold at all. I’m a dirt bike guy, but I also ride on the street. I have a sport bike, and I’m old in comparison to most. I can be reckless at times, but usually I’m not. I like Goldwings and Harleys, and if I had a ton of cash, I’d own both.

There’s a real simple way to dispel a stereotype, and that’s by adding some knowledge. Understanding the thought process of another human being isn’t a walk in the park, but gaining some insight into what they ride can determine why they ride, and what they need. Here at J&P, we know our customers cover the spectrum. Some of our customers have been riding one brand for 50 years or more, while others have just started riding. Some ride two different bikes, while others ride all kinds of machines. Some people only do one style of riding while others are more adventurous and try out different styles.

So instead of going to some magazine resource or some self-proclaimed expert, we thought it would make sense to ask you — our customers — one simple question to set the record straight and help us better understand their needs. And that question is this: What’s in your garage?

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  1. Dusty One February 13, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    There are three bikes in my stable. Two metrics and one old shovel. Doesn’t matter what you ride. Owned many bikes over the years, loved them all. Basically an old Harley guy but like technology the Japanese brought to the motorcycle industry, not to mention reliability. Ride on..

  2. One-Eyed Jack August 16, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    My little one-car garage currently has 3 bikes shoe-horned into it.

    1.) 2002 Honda Shadow Spirit 750.
    2.) 2003 No-name custom rigid w/ 100ci RevTech
    3.) 2011 Harley-Davidson Cross Bones

    Plus there’s a 1982 Honda CM450C sitting in the back yard, badly in need of some TLC. So I guess I’m a bit of a cruiser chauvinist.

    Nothing against rockets, sport touring, touring, etc. It’s just that when cupid strikes, it’s usually when I’m ogling something fat and loud. Which explains one ex.

  3. James August 16, 2011 at 9:46 am

    What is in my garage? A 78 BMW R-100/7, and 05 Suzuki DL-650 and an 09 H-D XR 1200. I ride what I ride because I like it and hope you ride what you like. I ride with anyone on any brand. If someone has a problem with what I ride it is their problem. Motorcyclists are a brotherhood.

  4. JC August 3, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    To the guy that said metric bikes are trying too hard to look like a Harley. This guy is obviously clueless to the fact that Harley stole its look too.

    In addition, Harley started copying Japanese production techniques and quality control to put an end to oil leaks and other quality issues.

    Not to mention that so many Harleys have Japanese suspensions, electrical parts, carburetors, etc. Go to a Harley Factory and look at all those huge crates that came off overseas ships. Yep you guessed it…Made In Japan

  5. Randy February 21, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Stereotypes are usually wrong. When I ride my Ducati and I don’t stop at the same places I would if I was on one of my other bikes. (The business is the one who suffers here as they don’t get any of my money…) Its usually some waanna be that doesn’t know the difference between a Knucklehead or a blockhead that gives you crap and I just don’t feel like telling the ignorant fool that my stable of bikes includes a 47 HD, 98 custom HD (I built myself), 99HD Sportster, 2000 SE Roadglide, 46 Indian, 73 Triumph, and 2000 Ducati. I like ALL motorcycles, I don’t currently have any “jap” bikes only because I don’t have room for anymore bikes right now… and no I am not some rich boy, I work hard, buy what I like and wrench on my own stuff.
    I love to ride my wifes “sleeper” 1200 sportster still badged as an 883 so I can suck all the “Men” on their stocker HDs into the tail pipe of my “girls bike”… EAT MY DUST!!!
    Oh yeah I don’t want any tattoos since I started seeing all the yuppie chicks with Koala bear tattoos, my statement is to NOT have any…

  6. Bruce February 19, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    If I had a garage… my barn…….
    Started riding at 16 on a Yamaha 175 Enduro, then a 350 Yamaha, then a 650 Triumph, then a Yamaha 650 special, then a Honda CBR 600, and now I have a Sportster 1200 Custom. Not in to brands or branding or the social mystique
    Been riding 40 years, Used to motocross, also toured, never cared what anyone else rides, never cared what others thought of my ride. I figure if you are riding then we share a common bond.
    Just get out and enjoy the ride!

  7. Steve February 16, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Started out stealing my friend’s Honda CB160 while we were at work. (He didn’t mind) Since then I have owned a Honda CX500C, Yamaha Virago 1000, Honda 750 AERO, Kaw 1500 Classic, and I now ride a HD Ultra Classic. Many shapes – one goal. Wind in my hair and face, which is the best stress reliever I know (unless some ass pulls in front of me). Have friends who own sport bikes and could care less what they ride. We all go out, ride, and have a great time together. Now that’s what it’s all about!

  8. Michele February 15, 2011 at 10:25 am

    I have been riding since I was 17. Started with a Honda and moved to a Yamaha thru the years to a 1500 Kawasaki. Getting a little older I moved in to a comfortable 800 Suzuki which I love. I’m 57 now and my mom still gets upset when I dont wear my helmet. God love her.

  9. Doug J February 14, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Started out riding Pop’s ’49 Panhead with the rebuilt police side hack. )Training wheels, he called them. Our dog loved that rig. Still have the Yamaha DT175 I got new in ’74. I ride a Fattie Bobber we saved from a garage fire. Talk about minimalist! My daughter rides with me on her custom Sporty 883 drug confiscation bike. It’s the only thing she seems proud to do with the old man… Now what could be healthier than that?

  10. Buzz Kanter February 14, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    I have short hair and no tattoos so when people find out I publish American Iron Magazine and other motorcycle magazines many assume I am not a motorcycle rider.
    Boy are they wrong.

  11. Tony C. February 13, 2011 at 5:13 am

    I have a 1973 AMF Sportster, which by some is not a real Harley, an 04 AW V-Rod, also not a real Harley and an old AMF snowmobile………..also not a Harley?

    But I do have a few Harley shirts made in China. How’s that for stereotyping?

  12. Dan Rodemsky February 10, 2011 at 10:32 am

    I started on a mini-trail 70 when I was 12. I have owned 7 Harleys, all the main Japanese brands, a BMW, a Triumph, 2 Ducatis, scooters from mainland China, Taiwan and Italy. Right now I have a KLR650, 2 GS450s, a Yamaha DT125 and a Honda Spree. Now that Royal Enfields are being sold in California, I will be getting one soon. So which stereotype am I?

    Oh yeah, life member of HOG and AMA. If it has 2 wheels and a motor, I love it! never met a bike I didn’t like.

    Don’t forget racing! The first race I saw was the Sacramento Mile. Harleys being flung sideways at 120mph on dirt! MotoGP is my favorite now. Seeing Kevin Schwantz “Win or Crash” style on those 2-stroke 500s got me hooked. Now Rossi s my favorite! Or maybe Ben Spies..

  13. Sasko February 10, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Don’t advertise your stereotype.I rode harleys since 1976 to date.No Tatoos, no decals on my pick-up, no motorcycle clothing when I’m at work or places of non motorcycle public attending. Went to all the “Big Rallies”.Not embaresed to be a motorcycle enthuisist,just didn’t care to advertise or explain anything to anybody about my interests.What I hate the most from the general public when they know I ride is; hey did you read about that guy that was killed on a bike yesterday? My repley is :Yeah it was after the story about a family getting killed on the interstate in the mini-van.

  14. Marc Livell February 10, 2011 at 5:51 am

    Started off on a mini bike when I was 12. Bought my first dirt bike (Hodaka) at the age of 14. Since then, I rode a 450 Honda chopper through the late 70`s and early 80`s. Spent a few years on a Honda 900 custom full dresser. Quit riding until my new born daughter turned 14 (couldn`t take being off the bike any longer) and rode a VSTAR Classic 1100 (sweet bike). And now my garage holds an 2006 Yamaha Roadliner 1900 (awesome cruiser).
    I absolutely love to ride and will ride with anyone on any bike. I really love meeting new people and hearing their story. My father taught me at a very young age to live and think out of the box. He was right…I have met so many interesting people with a simple “Hi, how are ya”. I encourage all bikers (no matter what you ride) to cross those barrier lines and greet someone that rides a bike different than yours. You can never have too many friends…right? Be safe and Happy Riding!

  15. Eric February 9, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Its not about any legend, its about how far your willing to ride. Its just are second chanse to freedom!

  16. Steve Debold February 9, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    I have owned all street bikes. Started out with Kawasaki then a Honda, now own a Harley. Would enjoy dirt bikes but no where to ride around here.

  17. Tom February 9, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    I started riding when I was fifteen, I’m now seventy. Started out on a 47 Indian Chief, wish I still had it. I have had several Harleys, a Yamaha DT-1 dirt bike, A 750 Moto Guzzi Ambassador and several others in between. I currently own a 1200 sportster and a Goldwing Interstate. The point is “Just get out there and enjoy the ride, wherever on whatever.”

  18. Jonny-O February 9, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    1982 Sturgis – 80 cubic inch, 4-speed, cast iron shovelhead, solid – mount beauty

    1999 Suzuki DR350ES – great for the fire roads

    2005 Honda ST1300 – when I feel the need for extreme speed and comfort

    2009 Electra Glide Ultra Classic- the perfect mount for two-up touring (the wife’s favorite!)

    As for the stereotypes, you are exactly right. Our pre-conditioned responses are so ingrained in us that we immediately assume we know what folks are about based on their mount and fellow riders. I actually am amazed at the different reactions I get from people based on my bike of choice for that ride. And the reason I have these radically different rides? Simple. Motorcycles are, at one level, specially-designed tools and each bike does a different job. As Dad used to tell me-“The right tool for the right job.” Thank goodness my wife agrees!

  19. Art Miller February 9, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    I have been riding for over 30 years on over a dozen different machines. In my stable currently are a 2001 S.E. Road Glide, 1990 Heritage (which I am original owner of both) 1986 CanAm competion enduro , Honda mini’s 50cc and 70cc ,1974 Harley 90xc and 2 snowmachines. You should see peoples reaction when they see all the machines together, they don’t know what to think. It is just as you say STEREOTYPING, yet all we want is the wind in our hair and sometimes the excitment and thrill of the challenge

  20. Earl February 9, 2011 at 9:48 am

    My garage has a VT1100 Honda Shadow Spirit and a 425Hp 71 Chevelle SS. There more american made parts in the Honda than a HD.

  21. Allen February 9, 2011 at 9:30 am

    I’ just started riding last year & I’m old. I just had my 60th birthday. I started out on a 1986 Yamaha QT50 and I put over 1200 miles on it from June 1st til winter. I just bought a 1977 Yahama 360 that I’m trying to get the title for soIpaiup I can keep up with 55 mph traffic. I love riding and I’m having a ball. Can’t wait til spring!

  22. Jim Pratt February 9, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Well right now in my garage is a 2009 HD FXD,1999 Suzuki, RM125 Honda rancher and a Yamaha warrior350 in the past I’ve had 3Harleys a Yamaha 650 and a Honda cb650 I’ve rode just about everything and all I got to say is gotta love the wind in your face no matter what your on JUST RIDE BABY

  23. Clay February 9, 2011 at 8:46 am

    I have a unique mix with a dirt bent in the garage. Sportster/Liberty sidecar, KTM 640 Adventure, BMW 650 Dakar, Suzuki DRZ 400 Supermoto, Honda NX250.

    The Sportster is my first Harley and I never would have bought it without being drawn to the sidecar combo. I have caught more grief from riding the Harley where Harleys shouldn’t be ridden than anything else, but that mostly comes from the chrome crowd.

    As to acceptance, riding up to a group of hard core Harley riders on an adventure bike loaded with gear and covered with mud does give you a bit more of a hall pass. Where the hell have you been is always a good icebreaker. For me the bike is a tool to get me where I want to go and the journey is just as important as the destination. I have never understood the bling crowd, whether it be bikes or cars. Sitting in a parking lot, polishing rag in hand just doesn’t appeal to me.

  24. rob February 9, 2011 at 8:30 am

    05 goldwing, 05 custom roadstar 1700, 06 custom old school s&s chopper, 02 honda elite 80 scooter.

  25. Anthony February 9, 2011 at 6:43 am

    The HD riders started this. I remember going into HD shops during the 70s. Some of them had signs on the door reading “For service on your Jap bike, take it to the Chinese restaurant.” How many of us have seen the “Jap bike suck” sticker on a HD rider’s helmet?

  26. Cruisingonavstar February 9, 2011 at 2:10 am

    I have owned several different brands of metrics over the past 25 years. My last two have been a 1981 maxim 650 that rode for 17 years and put over 50k on it and a 2000 vstar 1100 classic with about 30k on it. I have become yamaha loyal due to how they have held up for me on the open road but if I hit the lottery, I would have a whole stable full of different brands. Some are works of art and some would just be a blast to ride (like a boss hoss). I have always worked on my own and some others. I enjoy resurrecting the old ones and reselling them. At this time my wife is very happy that I have not found some that I want to keep. LOL. I just finished a 1981 suzuki gs450l for my daughter this past summer. She can’t wait for riding season. I haven’t aquired a passion for harleys yet. My brother in law will probably keep me from buying one. He bashes my vstar when I am not around. I do like indians. I think they are artistic. I too think that the only importance is that you ride and have stories to tell about your rides. I met a guy from europe with lots of stories and a desire to take pictures of my dirty vstar when I was in glacier park. Interesting dude. What’s in my garage? My wife’s car right now. But March is coming and then there will be a vstar 1100 classic, gs450, and my wifes honda 250 reflex parked in there. She loves that thing. Can’t keep her home in the summer but you can’t complain at 65 miles to the gallon. Keep it vertical.

  27. Bob February 9, 2011 at 2:06 am

    Currently have a 2006 Road King Police. Started on a mini-bike, have had several of each of the big 4 Japanese and this ones my third Harley. As many commentators have said, and the article writer states……JUST RIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  28. Ron February 8, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    I ride a 2008 Vulcan 1500, my son rides a Kawasaki R600 crotch rocket. I ride with Harleys, Goldwings, Kawasaki, Suzukis, Triumphs and even a Ducati. I ride to live and when riding I do experience life as it should be free, relaxed and in the company of some of the best friends anyone could ask for or have.

  29. chris February 8, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    gee my dtr says i have to many 96 suzuki intruder,96 honda shadow 1100, and the baby a suzuki ls650 (thumper) Can’t seem to put enough miles on all three guess she is right hd aren’t my thing but my friend rides a sportster and took me to a hog rally I had the only bike not a hd And everyone was nice they didn’t care just invited us on the ride

  30. Ajax February 8, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    I have both a Kawasaki Nomad and an UltraClassic in my garage. It’s the love of the ride that counts. You enjoy what you enjoy period. That’s what almost 40 years of riding has taught me.

  31. Mark Pratt February 8, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    I ride a 2008 Harley Davidson Sportster 1200 (Roadster). I just started riding in 2009, and first bought a used 1989 Yamaha Virago before getting the Sportster.

    Great article about stereotyping. I’ve also seen the stereotype that the Sportster is a girl’s bike. I’m 6′-0″ 215 lbs and have no problems riding this bike. The guys in my motorcycle club here in Seoul, Korea don’t care either – we just like to ride and have all sorts of bikes represented.

    I’ve upgraded to V&H black short shots, Screamin Eagle Heavy Breather air cleaner, LePera seat, and Carlini black Evil Apes. It’s a pretty bad ass ride, if I don’t say so myself, and the 1200 engine has plenty of power.

    I may eventually want more power and a little bigger bike, but this has been a great bike to learn to ride on and figure out what I like, and it handles great in the twisties.

  32. Steve February 8, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    I have a 2002 XL1200C Sportster with a little extra chrome, and a 2003 Yamaha FJR 1300 with a custom flamed paint job. I didn’t start riding until my mid-life crisis when I turned 50. I agree we should all be one happy scooter-riding family, but I have learned not to go to Harley dominated events on the Yamaha, and that makes me pretty sad.

  33. Mike February 8, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    HD’s are nice and I like them a lot. But I own and would rather be on a Jap bikes. It is all about what you like and it irratates me when some looks down on me for not wanting a Harley. Then they drive off in their Toyota and watch their Sony TV.

  34. biker5 February 8, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    I have a 2007 HD-FLHX,2007 Yamaha 250cc,1996 Honda ACE, 1974 CB750 chopper, and a Chinese 300cc 3 wheel scooter. Been riding for 45 yrs. Don’t care what i ride or what anyone has to say about it. I respect all riders and there rides. Live to ride, ride to live!

  35. Stacy February 8, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    In my garage: 95 Softail Springer, 99 KTM 640, and a 06 KTM 300xcw. I ride them all.

  36. Kathleen February 8, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    2002 Triumph Bonneville America. It has a nice, low center of gravity that I find very comfortable, it takes turns like a dream and it doesn’t shake my insides like my husband’s Harley does! My only disappointment is how hard it is to find accessories for it. Wish J & P had more to offer for Triumph.
    If I had the extra cash to get a second bike it would be a cafe racer, most likely a Thruxton.

  37. Dick February 8, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Currently in my garage I have a VT1100 ACE, SV1000S, GS650(brat style), V45 Sabre (1st year) a ttr225, a ttr125, a GasGas JT25, an NC50..
    In the past I’ve owned a GL1100, ’54 triuph T110 tiger, a Suzuki X6 hustler, a 125 HD dual sport, a Gpz 305, a yamaha RD350, a Zook 650 Savage..

    I know I’m forgeting some but whatever..
    I am 3rd generation (my grandad used to race board track, back in the day) and my kids and grandkids ride too.

    You mifght say it’s in my blood.

  38. Dick February 8, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Currently in my garage I have a VT1100 ACE, SV1000S, GS650(brat style), V45 Sabre (1st year) a ttr225, a ttr125, a GasGas JT25, an NC50..
    In the past I’ve owned a GL1100, ’54 triuph T110 tiger, a Suzuki X6 hustler, a 125 HD dual sport, a Gpz 305, a yamaha RD350, a Zook 650 Savage..

    I know I’m forgeting some but whatever..
    I am 3rd generation (my grandad used to race board track, back in the day) and my kids and grandkids ride too.

    You might say it’s in my blood..

  39. Lance February 8, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    I had to laugh when I saw the pic with this article, as it almost looks like my garage.

    Triumph Bonneville,
    Honda Superhawk,
    Honda Goldwing,
    Vespa scooter.

    I like variety, and I love all my bikes. Just wish I could quit working and ride more! BTW it’s ironic J&P used this pic, since they don’t sell much for Triumph, but hopefully that will change one day. I was told they wanna wait to see if Triumph sticks around first…ummm, they’ve been around since 1902 with about a year off for ownership change and new factory tooling. I think they’ll be around guys.

  40. John B February 8, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Currently in Garage:
    2000 Cagiva Gran Canyon
    80 Yamaha XS650
    89 Honda GB500
    99 Suzuki DR350
    I’m forever buying and selling bikes- exploring all makes and models. I’ve been guilty of stereotyping, but get offended when someone stereotypes me. Guess that makes me . . . human ; )

  41. AC February 8, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    I’m 25 years old I ride a 2005 road glide. Young wreckless. Not what someone who you would stereotype riding a road glide. But its awesome
    Had a shadow and never took it to the shop I don’t know where or who these stereotypes come from.

  42. OBtech February 8, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    It’s been my experience that some of the newer, richer riders who just bought their first bike so they bought a brand new Harley ElectrGlide for the status, are the worst about being brand snobs. Heck, a lot of those guys look at a Harley Sportster like an annoying little brother they would rather be shed of. Now the old timers who have been riding a Harley since before Peter Fonda could ride a bicycle, those are the good guys. They don’t mind what your riding, just that your riding.

  43. OBtech February 8, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    I used to ride Japanese dirt bikes as a teen but after the wife and kids came along, life got in the way and I lost interest. Last year, I bought a used HD Sportster to get back into bikes but more on the street side of things and I have been having a ball. Maybe it’s dues to my dirt riding past, but I get along with the metric guys and the Harley guys. Heck, I wouldn’t even mind picking up an old metric bike like a Honda CB500 and make Cafe Racer out of it just for kicks. I still have a fondness to the old Japanese iron from the ’70s.

  44. Jamie February 8, 2011 at 11:47 am

    I started out on a mini-bike when I was a kid, stepped up to a Sachs Moped and currently own and ride(as often as practical) a Moto Guzzi California. Just Ride!

  45. Erik in SC February 8, 2011 at 11:35 am

    I just put an ’02 HD Road King in the garage. I have had an American Iron Horse LSC (rigid…), an HD1200Custom Sporty, and even a Yamaha 250 Enduro…..

    People will (almost) always stereotype each other. Maybe they feel like “why not label someone else before they do me…..”

    Sorry, Judge not least ye be judged….

  46. brian February 8, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Hey larry I ride only 200 miles a year, been riding for 25 years. Time has taken a toll on my body, blown disk in my back carpal tunnel in my arms. I miss ridin like I used to. Zero respect here also? I’ve owned 6 harleys and 3 metrics currently a 03 dyna. I don’t care what u ride. JUST RIDE!!

  47. Colin Walker February 8, 2011 at 11:10 am

    I wave to all bikes on the road not ust the brand I ride!!

  48. mike rose February 8, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Hey Mr. Kimmel, I ride dirt, street, sport, touring,Quads, snowmobiles and anything else I can get my hands on. 45 years of riding gives me perspective….they are all fun!!!However, your comments re;”mustangs” leave me puzzled. If the gov’t doesnt look after the feral-horse problem, and you won’t pay to look after them, who else will? Do the poor ranchers who are struggling to produce the food you eat have to bear the burden? Thats just dumb!

  49. Kirk February 8, 2011 at 10:30 am

    What’s in MY garage?
    ’99 Buell M2 Cyclone
    ’85 Honda Nighthawk “S”
    ’81 Yamaha Seca 550
    ’74 Honda CB550 Four (project)
    ’78 Suzuki GS1000 (project)
    ’83 Honda VF750F Interceptor (project)
    and anything else I happen to stumble upon and drag back to the homeless shelter for motorcycles.

  50. Freeracer February 8, 2011 at 10:25 am

    I consider myself a motorcyclist, I have a street glide, ZRX1100, I ride 120 miles a day round trip to work. I restore vintage motorcycles, I have 1975 125 elsinore, a 2006 crf250 and a assorted amount of other bikes. I you ride to ride, then there is no bad bike, just different ones for different modes. My favorite times a playing on our 70’s XR-75’s and banging bars. It’s all good

  51. Larry February 8, 2011 at 9:23 am

    I have a 2010 Victory Cross Country in my garage and love the bike. Came off of a 06 Suzuki Boulevard C50 that I also loved and actually miss a little bit it was a great bike. IMHO if you ride and not just own the bike you get my respect. The guys that bug me are the ones that bought a bike to look cool and say that they are a biker when the truth is they ride an average of 200 miles a year, zero respect to them.
    Ride or Die!

  52. Ed February 8, 2011 at 9:22 am

    I have been knees in the breeze for 45 years. (Get off my lawn….) I have owned and Hondas, Harleys, Yamahas and Polaris. Currently I ride a Triumph.

    They all gave me bugs in my teeth.

    Respect in , respect out.

  53. Brian Davidge February 8, 2011 at 8:36 am

    I’m 67 & have ridden since I was 12 (old cushman scooter). Over the years I’ve had a forties Ariel, a beat up old HD 74 flathead, an HD 45, a number of old triumphs, a couple of Suzukis, Hondas, four sportsters, and currently an ’08 Bonneville. I’ll ride with anyone that doesn’t have “branditis”, and stop for anyone in trouble…2, 3 or 4 wheels. It doesn’t matter.

  54. Jerry February 8, 2011 at 8:12 am

    2003 VMAX, Honda XR600. There will always be stereotypes, and some are true. Oh well. I say ride what you want and can afford, and keep the brotherhood of bikers going. My bikes have the best combination of what I want in a motorcycle. And sure, if I had the money I would have at least a dozen, of different types.

  55. Jodie February 8, 2011 at 7:41 am

    What a great article, and something that has been discussed within our diverse circle of riding friends. When we are out riding you will see everything from Hondas, to Harleys, to Ducatis. You will see street bikes, cruisers, and trikes – not to mention both male and female riders! My husband and I own Yamahas, Hondas, Harleys, and Ducatis – we have street bikes, cruisers and a dirt bike. I don’t just like one flavor of ice cream – so why should I like just one type of bike??

  56. Ron a.k.a. VT February 8, 2011 at 7:28 am

    What’s in my garage? Good question. During the Vermont winter, Momma gets the garage. I have it the rest of the year when I pull my bikes out of hibernation in the man hut. First is the heavy cruiser, a 2003 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Classic with about 65,000 miles on the clock and the next is a 2005 Yamaha FZ1 (bought new in ’07), last of the Gen 1’s with around 20,000 on the clock. Where’s a mold for those two? Old guy? OK, I confess, I’m retired.

  57. Lloyd February 8, 2011 at 6:17 am

    Been riding dirt bikes for 30 yrs. Picked up an ’02 Kawasaki Mean Steak last year & love it. To me, it’s about being out there & riding. I can not get enough of it!! Riding a metric cruiser, I am definetly in the minority wherever I go, that’s for sure. c’mon summer!

  58. John January 28, 2011 at 6:32 am

    We are all brothers,no matter what we ride.When i was young i road sports bikes and dirt bikes,When i got older i road a goldwing,now i ride harley FXR.If i see someone broke down on the side of the road im going to stop and help them no matter what there riding.Live to ride.

  59. Ron January 27, 2011 at 1:03 am

    Personally, I don’t care what you ride, or even IF you ride! I don’t care if you’re black, white, or green with yellow dots! All I care about is that you treat me with …a bit of compassion & respect, and I will do the same for you… no matter how many wheels you have under your ass.

    And for the record, I rode a Honda, a Yamaha, and I currently ride a 2009 Softail Custom… and I love it! But, that’s MY personal preference.

  60. Chuck January 26, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    ’94 Wide Glide. I like HD’s, always have. Metrics are ok if that’s what you want but to me they are trying too hard to look like HD while all the time denying it yet also missing the mark.

  61. Chris (Cornerbanger) January 26, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Triumph Thunderbird because it is a well performing cruiser and I dont like being on a bandwagon.

  62. charlie henry January 26, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    oohh come on boys….not so Quick now. I love my ” jap crap ” . You will in time learn to love your Haryana Hog…..say it with me ..har…har.. haryana, see it sounds nice with ..har…har..harley.

  63. Bill Noe January 26, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Love of riding is a mental thing. It’s the enjoyment of the freedom we experience. WHAT we ride matters not. I ride a GoldWing. I have two of them. My older bike I’ve done any and all mechanical work, tires, brakes, stator and carbs. I’ve ridden BSA, HD, Suzuki, Kaw and lust for a Beemer dual purpose.. I’ve been involved in organized motorcycling for 30 years. I taught MSF curriculum for 14 years. The only concern we should have about other riders is that we do if safely. An old rider once told me, “It doesn’t matter what you ride, it matters THAT you ride”.

  64. Hippie January 26, 2011 at 11:23 am

    I have Harley’s. Mostly because I work on them for others, being one of the “mechanically inclined” Harley owners 🙂 Been riding them for about 60 years now. I don’t “hate on the others”, I just prefer mine. Most of what I work on, are the older bikes, because so many shops don’t want to fool with any more. I will help anyone who is having trouble, but I don’t have manuals, or a lot of metric tools for the others. I do stop for ANY brand on the side of the road though, and try to instill the “True Brotherhood” of riding in all new riders, as well as the older one’s with the B.S. attitude. “Let those who ride decide”….

  65. RICK KIMMEL ~ LowRiderGhost January 26, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Jim Huffman: Hey, I had a ‘Water Buffalo’ (76′ GT750A) at one time as well. 😀 I love Harleys BUT I sure miss the simplicity of that old Ring-Dinger! Just sayin’…. 😉

  66. Ric January 26, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Ride on! Currently a 2006 HD FXDi and a 1998 Sportster torn down and moving to a rigid frame. For fun. Two bicycles too. If I had a billion dollars, I’d have as many two-wheeled vehicles as I could get. European, Asian, American, Brazilian, home made…don’t care.

  67. Jim Huffman January 26, 2011 at 10:07 am

    I’ve been riding 46 years and I’ll ride anything! I’ve had metrics and HD’s, ‘water buffaloes’ and dirt bikes, fast bikes and cruisers…even now I don’t fit the mold since my primary ride for daily, get-around-town is a customized HD1200 – and I’m an old man, 6’5″ 310 lbs, and a preacher. Havin’ a great time on 2 wheels…

  68. Tiny January 26, 2011 at 9:58 am

    In short its called THE BROTHERHOOD OF MOTORCYCLING, to me that inclides domestic,metric,and atv’s.

  69. Robbie January 26, 2011 at 9:57 am

    I ride a Honda VTX 1300. Love the power and styling of the bike. I go everywhere my Harley friends go and on less fuel!

  70. James January 26, 2011 at 9:56 am

    I have a 2002 Indian scout and a 1982 FXRS

  71. larry January 26, 2011 at 9:55 am

    To each his own….nuf said

  72. RICK KIMMEL January 26, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Oh MAN do I friggin’ Agree with this 100%!!! I mean I’ve been riding for almost 40 years now ~ I’ve owned at one time or another all of the Big Four including GoldWings, a BMW, Norton, Victory and some 12 Harleys. The amount of pure unadulterated BS that comes out of so many so-called ‘Bikers’ mouths about OTHERS is just unbelievable!! These days the majority of the heat is on folks who have Harleys ~ but yeah I remember a time when the lions share of BS but directed at Metric riders ~ paybacks remain a beatch.

    We didn’t hang together so now we are hanging separately. California’s mandatory Helmet law was the writing on the wall ~ any f’n Government that can blatantly get away with slaughtering our Native Wild Mustangs right in front of our faces will surely have NO problem eventually getting rid of us just as easily. The consequences of our just not getting along!! Nuff’ said.

  73. Colleen January 26, 2011 at 9:39 am

    I ride a Metric cruiser, and choose to do so, due to mechanical reliability, and initial purchase price. No, I don’t really want a HD…even if I could afford one.

    Most stereotypes are perpetuated by the owner’s themselves. What’s that they say about stereotypes??….if they weren’t true, no one would think that way?

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