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Interesting Observation Today

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Today was our first day ride with the new VFRs and we discovered some very interesting facts. When we were on the Wings, everyone would laugh, point and wave when they saw the tiger ears and tail attached to my helmet. I know that a lot of people saw me on the bike because of that accessory. We always wave at every person on a bike that we see, no matter the brand and style of bike that they rode.

Today was very different. I know have a black and white cat ears and tail on my white helmeet. While some people still made eye contact with me, and smiled, it was very subdued. Since we continue to wave at every biker we see, the responses were very limited. I guess it goes to prove there are stereotypes for all types of bikes. Since there is a lot of Harley bashing on the board, I thought I would share my observations on what it is like to ride a sport-touring bike, that is more toward sport than touring.

Bottom line is that we are all bike enthusiasts who are out to enjoy our sport. You don't know who I am just by the type of bike I ride, just like I don't know you because of what you ride. Be careful of stereotypes because it just may come back and haunt you. JMHO
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2 years ago we were coming home thru Arkansas on Hwy 71 in June and the Christian Motorcycle Assc. were having a big rally at their headquarters. Now those are some people that just won't wave, not one of them and when we stopped for gas they would not talk or even smile, of course we didn't have the vest on.
Sweety said that was one of the scariest bunch of bikers we have ever encountered in our travels. later we saw some at a stop in the Quachita national forest and a couple of them talked but all they could talk was religion.
It was a real strange feeling, just like they felt we shoud not have been in their area. Now I am not putting them down as I'm sure they are as nice a bunch of people as any other motorcycle group, but that was just our feeling after we had passed through the area. This is just our take on these people and we might have just meet the wrong ones I don't know?
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