Angel: He was probably trying to cover his wounded male ego with that comment about "get a real bike." There are those that need a bike to validate who they are and when they see a woman riding alone and not needing a man, it kinda un nerves them in a primal sort of way. Or maybe he realized that the bike you are riding is a much better value dollar for dollar then his Harley. Let's face it: those of us who ride HD and actualy work on our own stuff have all, at some point, wanted to fling a wrench in disgust and muttered "Hucking Farley!"
Eye m..I experienced the "HD attitude" in a biker bar here in Brandon just Friday night..my sister told a friend of hers...I'm new over here...that I was a rider...he asked me what I had and when I told him an Intruder 800 he smirked and told me when I got a real bike to give him a call..needless to say, it was he and not I that walked away with his tail tucked! I AM A BIKER!!! I ride..not an HD...but dammit! I ride! I love the wind and catch as much as time allows...sorry..Angel gets a bit pissed off over the better than thou art attitude..about anything! :) Ride safely all!
Eye_M, I agree with Nodey, you said it all and how right you are about all of those things. But I am a woman... and an aquarian woman at that, so you know I just have to put my two cents in here.
Those of us who ride have a deep respect for our fellow Brothers and Sisters. Those of us that ride grieve for our fallen commadres. Those of us that ride have this unmistakable, slightly wild, crazy, or as I say "little bit of fire" side within us. Those of us that ride love to feel the rush while doing 80+ MPH. Those of us that ride have a tendency to live on the edge at times... and those of us that ride have this love for a sense of freedom. The list goes on and on. It does NOT make us better people, just very unique individuals with different things that make us tick.
Truthfullone: I didn't know that's what you were adressing but that's kinda what I thought it was, and as I said, I agree, and I liked your point. My thoughts then kinda ran along the lines that I have seen a lot of riders that look down on others because they don't ride. Or even look down on other riders because of what kind of bike they ride, or don't ride. I've even seen some chest puffing and smirks because "my-harley-has-more-chrome/bigger engine/badder paint-then-yours-does." Screw that, you know? I've made the mistake of looking down on people that, had I taken the time to realy know and understand them, I should have been looking up to.
So anyway, that's the direction my skewed thoughts shot off in.
I agree with you! Those that have never ridden cannot know the emotions and experiences of those that do ride. But in case we think we are special or somehow above anyone else consider this: If you've never blasted out the door of a C-130 from 700 feet at night in the middle of a thunderstorm, if you've never been first in the door on a search warrant and had a desperate suspect fire a round at you, if you've never held the hand of a friend as he died, if you've never run into a building that was on fire and falling about your ears to try to save a life that you know is not worth saving...if you've never known what it is like to write something, or sing something, or create something which is beautifull, if you've never known the joy to be found in a child's eyes, if you've never written a computer program, or taken pride in a flower that you planted, or paid your bills ahead of time, if you've never....
Nope, those that do not ride don't know what it's like for those of us that do, and I think they are poorer for that lack. But there's a lot of things that all of us will never know what it's like to do as well, and maybe we are poorer for that lack. I don't think riding makes us any different from anyone else in any significant way, but it does give us a common ground, as you said.