One thing that always makes me laugh is how some of the Harley riders label all people who ride any kind sport bike as crazy crotch rocket riders. They get all confused when I try to explain my Tuono to them. Seems the Harley marketing machine has turned them into a bunch of lemmings that follow each other around and don't think there is any motorcycle worth owning except a Harley.
I was walking around a Harley shop one time and there was a short glossary of biker terms on the bulletin board. Pretty standard stuff but there was this definition for squid... for some reason it specified a bike with yellow fairings and a rider wearing yellow leathers... and there I was with my yellow Aprilia and yellow jacket reading it.
'02 RSVR '07 S4Rs '08 FXSTB '75 GT550 *now with chambers*
The thing that gets me is i get dirty looks, like i am breaking laws and being an immature hooligan.....but i am in leathers, gauntlet gloves, helmet, boots and following the rules of the road....meanwhile the guy on a harley next to me has no helmet and a sleeveless shirt on, is weaving through traffic, and taking off at lights with straight pipe blairing, and yet i'm the one who gets the dirty look.
2003 Aprilia RSV Mille R
1999 Aprilia RS50
2001 Honda RC51 SP1
2012 Triumph Daytona 675R
2005 Yamaha R6 (Sold)
2010 BMW S1000RR (Sold)
I talked to a BMW ridder last week who had been ridding for 15 years and he never heard of an Aprilia either.
Current bikes; 09 Shiver, 2011 RSV4F SE, NC30
Ill add in my experiences of being a Harley rider. First of all ,i would like to say ,I read every post and found them to be mostly right on ,Most Harley riders are so happy with their bikes and AKA lifestyle, that there is no need to know anything else .Most are just ornery old men that have been weakened by natural ageing and need to feel better about it ,So they dress up like pirates,go to some poker run and walk tall and bad.If that is what works for them, then let it be, as long as it not pushed on me ,But stereotype do happen , Even though a mostly i ride alone and sometimes take a day ride with these three old school bikers that hate most Harley riders right along with me,I still get asked what biker gang i belong to,Im just glad to read that there have been some positive experiences with Harley riders and everyone knows you can find a douche bag on every make and model of bike ,Funny thing about this thread is i found it ,because i came in here after my life long love of the Ducati lead me into a even greater lust for a Aprilia and im in the market for one after getting feed up with Harley riders and riding old school.I cant believe how gorgeous the Aprilia bikes are and the sound is amazing!
So I'm going down the road on my Ape with a friend who happens to ride a pretty trick Street Glide.
He's doing about 70 and I'm doing about 65 down a 45. Law breaking, but we dont really care.
Suddenly we see a cop sitting near a side street point the radar gun at....
THE BIKE GOING SLOWER. Fag even blurps the siren at me to tell me to slow down as I'm braking. All I was thinking was, "Dood, the young guy on the Harley is going faster than me, why are you such a faggot?"
in summation, Harley faggotry is also perpetuated by non-riders.
Hold on, now ... how could the cop be a fag if he wasn't riding a Harley?
I ride most Saturdays with a multi-brand club that I just happened to join. There's one guy with a VMax and one with a Ninja 10R (they rarely show), but the rest are Goldwings and Harleys and other cruisers. Have very rarely heard anything derogatory from the club members; usually it is smart ass stuff like "you can keep up on that thing right?" (for both the VFR and the Mille). It's an older group with a bit more wisdom and a little less arrogance.
As to the rest of the Harley community, I have had the sterotypical response probably 75% of the time. Had one guy in Lynchburg, TN pull up next to me when I had the Arrow shotguns on it on his drag piped FHDLZXRKKwhatever; revved it and and gave me the smart ass "my bike is loud so it must be great" look and then the disapproving look at mine. Well, he bent over to put something in his saddlebad on my exhaust side. Couldn't resist; hit the starter and put about 3000 RPM on it. Dumb ass damn near fell over his chrome couch trying to get out of the line of fire. I gave him the "my bike is loud too, but it is a tuned V twin, and will blow you piece of shit off the face of the planet" look. Pretty sure he had figured that out already.
I've also been told "if it ain't a Harley it ain't shit"; so doesn't that mean Harleys are shit then?
this thread is full of win.
i knew what an aprilia was before i got mine, but i had only seen a few in person. (still hoping to see futura before i die LoL)...... not even my insurance company has ever heard of one. they said im the only aprilia in there books lol
damn near every rider in my family (aunts uncles cousins grandpa etc) ride either a HD full dresser or a big suzuki boulevard. me and my wife are the only ones who ride sport bikes (my step dad still has street fighter YZF1000 but doesnt ride it anymore). my one aunt made a reference about me riding a crotch rocket, so i explained to her that its a derogatory term and that it would be polite of her to refer to my bike as either "an italian beauty" or a "sport bike". i said i dont call your ultra glide a "transportation device for ass holes"...... she got the hint and now she is even talking about planning a family bike trip!!! i thought my uncle was gonna fall out of his chair when i said that. in my 30+ years on the planet ive never seen my uncle own anything but an HD.
i will eventually own an ultra glide screaming eagle. why.... because you can buy one, ride it for 5 years and if its still shiny, sell it for damn near what you paid. the resale plateau on those bikes is way higher then any other common bike on the road. i have spent the last few months researching what cruiser im going to buy and after looking at a lot, the HD ultra seems to be the best bang for the buck used and for resale.
My friend who started riding on a harley about two months ago got himself a duc monster. he bought the monster within 3 weeks of owning the harley.
He has not ridden the harley ever since, which is a shame, because I think it does look quite interesting.