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Posted on Sun, Feb 26, 2006 09:49

Horseman,
Ain't this a great country we live in? I think riding is one of those things we get to do and there seems to be a place for everyone and a bike to ride to fit there riding comfort. This is a way of life for me and I ride harley's, so you can direct your stuff toward me if you want. Could you imagine not having a choice of what you wanted to ride, God, I love this country.
Spyder



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Posted on Sun, Feb 26, 2006 09:22

Hmmmmmm. I really have never judged anyone by what they ride(Ok,maybe just a little).
I prefer the rumble of the Harley myself.And true,I haven't taken my shower yet today,but I do plan on it before the day is over with.



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Posted on Sun, Feb 26, 2006 09:11

Wow I wonder where that stereotype comes from? You may not have started it but with your words and actions you definately perpetuate it....shame on you...now park the bike and get back in your Saab or Lexus and enjoy your day and let the judgement fall to someone else today....



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Posted on Sun, Feb 26, 2006 08:30

Sir, just look at yourself in your pic..... Need I say more about the image problem???????



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Posted on Sun, Feb 26, 2006 07:21

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We bikers still have an image problem with the society at large. When people hear the word biker, they immediately think of blue collar, low class, bad hygiene, tatoo, long hair, beard, gang, fights..... all that stuff epitomized by most of the Harley riders. I must say I am ashamed of the image.... I am a professional and I love motorcycles but I hate to be viewed as a stereotype. I will never in my life buy a Harley, my current bike, a Beamer. At least people look at me differently.


Horseman, first of all, welcome to the group. i must say when i first read your post that i was going to bite your head off in my reply to you. but i realize that this is a deeper issue for you. i am a consultant myself and work with very large retailers and understand the pressures of promoting an air of success about oneself in the business world. i also happen to be a lover of motorcycles...not just one type or brand but all of them. i have 5 in my garage now with only one of them being a v-twin. i also have two great kids and consider myself to be a great father. with that being said, if look a little to the left you will see a pic of me. i probably look like a million other bikers that you described in your "biker image" above. do i fit that image...no. but more importantly do i care if people perceive me that way...no, i do not. if you remove the bike in my pic, that is the way i look at home, at my kids soccer games, at my meetings, or with friends. i am always me, take it or leave it. from your post and the fact that you are "ashamed of the biker image", it is obvious that you buy into these stereotypes. i don't know if you really want a harley or not, but to not buy one because of what others might think shows a clear lack of self-confidence. confidence comes from how you view yourself, not from how others view you. bikes, cars, money, houses, clothes, hair ..etc do not define a man. a man defines himself. i hope at some point you find your center and the courage to be your own man.



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Posted on Sun, Feb 26, 2006 05:35

Horseman

there are white collar, blue collar and pink collar riders--i happen to be a newer rider--always had been on the back--and my 1st bike is a harley--i don't look down on you for what you ride please don't look down on me for my choice

we as a society need to stop prejudging ppl---WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT YOU ARE DOING

  


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Posted on Sun, Feb 26, 2006 05:25

Horseman88 write:
We bikers still have an image problem with the society at large. When people hear the word biker, they immediately think of blue collar, low class, bad hygiene, tatoo, long hair, beard, gang, fights..... all that stuff epitomized by most of the Harley riders. I must say I am ashamed of the image.... I am a professional and I love motorcycles but I hate to be viewed as a stereotype. I will never in my life buy a Harley, my current bike, a Beamer. At least people look at me differently.


LMAO, well my advise is for you to put on your prissy little suit, pack up your laptop and briefcase on the back of your beemer and shove that elitist little attitude staight up your a$$ partner. Just my humble opinion though.



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Posted on Sat, Feb 25, 2006 23:50

Not only is there the image problem but why is that when someone finds out that you ride a bike they assume it's a Harley? I get that quite a bit. I end having to explain that I ride a BMW. Then they never know what to say. It seems that the only brand non riders know is Harley. Maybe they have heard too many going down the highway. Too bad it's hard to hear a beemer coming.