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post #1 of 9 Old Jun 24th, 2014, 8:04 pm Thread Starter
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I was replying to a thread in another forum and I had to laugh at another members comments about anti-social views towards motorcyclists. It got me to thinking about the years I've ridden and how much things have changed, particularly the public perception.
I'm sure I'm not alone but I remember pulling into roadside rest areas on my bike. Mothers would scoop up their children and hurry off in another direction. If you did get any acknowledgement from another it was generally a scowl and not very inviting.
Now days you are far more likely to come out of the restroom to find some idiot has placed their kid on your bike for a photo op, or they'll be way closer than they should be to your bike looking at stuff. Everyone wants to stop and chat, or tell their story about the bike they have back home.
How many of you remember those old days???

ps... one thing that has never changed is that little kids love waving and looking at bikes and their riders
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Back during the EASY RIDER days when my wife and I first started vacationing on the motorcycle I recall being told at the Motel Office that there were no rooms available on many occasions. After awhile we figured out that if we parked the bike out of sight of the Office and removed all our biker gear before walking in we always got a room. Then of course there were the camp grounds where they would reluctantly let you in but insisted on leading you to your site which was always in some obscure corner out of the sight of all other campers. AH yes, THE GOOD 'OL DAYS!!

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Yeah, on many occasions, I have found parents with their kids on my motorcycle seat. What wins the prize is the person who used my motorcycle seat as a diaper changing table. They didn't even have the courtesy to take the dirty diaper with them. Eeeew!
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A few years ago Sammie & I, along with Dan Martin & Joel (tarheelrider) were in Utah on this back road along a river. I see a great place to pull over to take a few pictures at the last minute. We all whip in as fast as we can & see there is 1 car with a Mom, Dad & Son all by them selves. As our 3 LT pull to a stop (2 pulling trailers) right next to the family I see the Dad hurry Mom & son behind him in fear. Sammie jumps off the bike & said something very loud but I could not understand what it was with my helmet still on. At that minute the family started smiling & walked toward us.
The lady began to tell us the weekend before 600 Hells Angels where there in Moab & things got out of hand, She went on to say that when they saw 3 motorcycles turn in & stop very fast they thought that trouble was coming their way. She then said she knew every thing was good when she heard Sammie yell out "Damn I broke a nail" as she was taking off her helmet.

Just goes to show you a lot of people associate motorcycle with bad people who do bad things without even getting to know the motorcyclest.

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I may be a bit young to remember those experiences
Seriously though my first bike a Kawasaki so not much eyeballing there. The '85 Goldwing was next and really an eye grabber. But bike was closely guarded by where it was and for how long it was unattended.
Now with the LT all positives.
Recently in Albany NY pull up next to trooper who was gassing up for some travel advice. Conversation went beyond that and very friendly. Which led to a couple more stories with two others at the gas oasis. At the various other stops, visits and campsites all drew pleasant interest. But no diaper changing.
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I am 67 and have been riding since I was 14 years old. So I have seen a big change in attitude towards riders (I refuse to call myself a biker). I have owned a lot of different brand names, started out with a Triumph that I think I pushed more than I rode. LOL I think the BMW bike is a plus for a lot of reasons, but I still enjoy people saying I did not know that BMW made motorcycles.
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I also refuse to call myself a BIKER.
I am a motorcyclist.

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So.. Yesterday, My Wife & I are sitting outside at the Coffee Station in Silverton, and an older Fella looks at the LT & says "that looks like a brand new bike".
Actually, it's 14 years old. (I get that a lot). The LT has a friendly look to it.
I've had dressed Biker guys come up & ask about the LT. "I've been looking at these. How do you like it"?
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Back in France when I started riding in the late 60s people would view riders a rebels and sometimes ignored us when we stopped at a restaurant or cafe. Most of us were in our teens or early 20s and dressed in black leather.
Then the public came to realize that we were consumers and that bikes weren't cheap. Things progressed to the point where people in cages would chat with me at a red light, complimenting that my bike's engine didn't interfere with their radio reception. Indeed many riders modified their bikes so they were loud and/or caused parasitic interference.

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