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post #1 of 9 Old 07-16-2012, 08:57 AM Thread Starter
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I Owe All Adventure Riders An Apology

Okay, so yesterday I had some bills that I needed to mail out and the wife wanted a capuccino from the local convenience store. It being hot out and all, I opted to ride the wife's 50cc scooter uptown to run these errands.

The town was deserted except for a couple of folks at the gas station as I rode around town on the scooter with bib overalls and no shirt, work boots and also wearing this creation that I made and have owned for almost 40 years after being inspired by one in the Clint Eastwood movie, "Every Which Way But Loose:"



Back in the day, it was my "party helmet." Now it does duty as my preferred headgear when I buzz around town on the scooter.

So, after I leave the gas station, I'm buzzing back through town when I see a white adventure bike being pushed down the street by its rider near the town square. I turn around and go back to check on him, thinking maybe he was having mechanical problems. I don't think he saw me pass by the first time as his head was down pushing the bike, which turned out to be a really nice white BMW.

I come up behind him and he looks up and sees me as I say, "Do you need any help?" I could tell by the look on his face that he interpreted my question as "What the f** are you doing in my town?" I'm guessing instead of seeing me, he probably saw this:



I've gotta admit, I felt bad about it, but it was pretty hilarious. He began speaking in an accent that I couldn't identify as Australian, British or what, explaining that he'd just stopped to take a picture in front of what we here call a "meat locker," (which is basically a butcher shop), didn't have any problems and was simply pushing the bike to some shade. I thought the meat locker was kind of a strange photo opportunity, but perhaps they don't exist where he's from.

As I idled along beside him, I was faced with a choice:

#1 I could either attempt to explain to him that I was actually somewhat normal, admired his BMW and the trip he was on, I rode a KLR and would like to do the same thing, etc. etc.....

#2. I could just wish him well and ride off, leaving him wondering and hopefully giving him a good tale for his account of his passage through Northwest Missouri, where hulking, inbred hillbillies wearing horned Nazi helmets and riding red and white Roketa scooters roam the streets hoping a lone adventure rider will pass through.....

I chose the latter. I think he was scrambling to get his camera back out before I rode out of sight.......



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post #2 of 9 Old 07-16-2012, 09:10 AM
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You'll see him on ADVRider with pics of you in that helmet!

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lol That is all I can think to say.

You are also the fellow who puts roman-style Mohawks on your helmets, right?

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You are also the fellow who puts roman-style Mohawks on your helmets, right?
Yeah, I have one on my off-road helmet.



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post #6 of 9 Old 07-16-2012, 03:03 PM Thread Starter
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Hmmm, the exact opposite of the advice I often get from my wife. Hey, now I can tell her a psychologist told me I'm fine the way I am, no matter how much I embarrass her!



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A dear departed friend of mine had a helmet exactly like that one. He drove his sportster into school wearing that a few times....at age 15.
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Thanks planalp for a good laugh at the end of the day....needed that...

just don't pass any fields with a bull is all I can say, you may get more than you bargained for.
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