How Times Have Changed Since I started Riding

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How Times Have Changed Since I started Riding

Postby UK Keith » Sun Nov 17, 2013 5:15 pm

Back in the eighties when I first got my licence any guy with a Harley was either a badass, a pussy magnet or both. Definitely someone to be respected.
Today I was walking through town when a bunch from the local owners group rode through. The lead rider was wearing a dayglow orange bib carrying the words 'Ride Captain'.
I really don't know what to say.......................
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Re: How Times Have Changed Since I started Riding

Postby Bronco638 » Mon Nov 18, 2013 7:36 am

There IS nothing to say, "Ride Captain" says it all.
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Re: How Times Have Changed Since I started Riding

Postby squirrelman » Mon Nov 18, 2013 4:46 pm

That's cuz, before they're even motorcycles, Hardlys now are staus symbols among the not-so-bright, and here they're symbolic of American Patriotism. :?
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Re: How Times Have Changed Since I started Riding

Postby John Hilmer » Mon Nov 18, 2013 5:47 pm

Folks,

Do you remember the '80's Hardley embargo for 750 cc machines? Do you remember the flat track rules where 750 flat heads ran with 500 cc overheads?

The embargo started the Hardley move to sell image not bikes and it worked. No longer was a Hardley just for the Hells Angles and the unwashed.

And guess what, IT WORKED.

We now have POSERS. Executives with a want-to-be alter ego or worse!

Yeah, there are still guys that ride them that are real, but have a look at any major Hardley meeting and see what is shown. Nothing but nonsense.

These things are over weight, ill handling and over priced crap. OK this is just my opinion.

I've ripped these things on my VF 500 f through third gear and then he turned off, maybe to get louder pipes.

Yeah, I'm sour on Hardley, but I had a '39 Indian Scout that was what a V twin of the time should have been and now it has all gone sour due to Hardley.

Sorry for the rant, but as you can tell I'm a bit invested in this.

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Re: How Times Have Changed Since I started Riding

Postby YoshiHNS » Tue Nov 19, 2013 1:09 pm

We found out that a family member wants a hardley. We are trying to put an intervention together. Will he get one, probably not. But it hurts a bit when a family member wants one because they like the big engine and loud noise. A boombox would solve most of that desire.
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Re: How Times Have Changed Since I started Riding

Postby John Hilmer » Tue Nov 19, 2013 2:45 pm

Yoshi,

:lol:

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Re: How Times Have Changed Since I started Riding

Postby UK Keith » Tue Nov 19, 2013 5:34 pm

Ref John's long post. A big turning point for Hardley was getting Arnie to ride one in Terminator 2. Incidentally, in the scene where the young John Connor exits the video game arcade I spotted a VTR parked in the row of bikes outside last time that film was on TV here.
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Re: How Times Have Changed Since I started Riding

Postby rashmaster13 » Sat Nov 23, 2013 7:09 pm

http://www.southparkstudios.com/full-ep ... the-f-word
says it all.
The Harley guys hated me back in the early 80's as I had a 2 stroke 750 water buffalo with built motor and chambers, and I wasn't shy about buzzing the douche bags. Sure they hated rice burners, but especially a 2 stroke one.
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Re: How Times Have Changed Since I started Riding

Postby ranathane » Mon Nov 25, 2013 1:16 pm

rash my RD400 would cause the same. By 3rd gear I was so far ahead of them it wasn't worth looking back.
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Re: How Times Have Changed Since I started Riding

Postby YoshiHNS » Mon Nov 25, 2013 2:14 pm

I saw someone local to me post a 74 Kawi S3 for trade. Definitely a project bike. A triple 2-stroke must have been a ton of fun.
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