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I got the, "You don't look like a motorcycle rider" comment. My response was, "Well what does a motorcycle rider look like?" They replied, "I don't know. Mean." Ugh.

Another time I was asked by two women if I rode the motorcycle and how I did it. They seemed blown away that I was riding. The following discussion showed they had been riding on the back of their husbands' bikes for years.

Celeste Renoewick
Yulee, FL
Saturday, July 28, 2018
There will always be stupid people in the world, ignorant of motorcycles and riding. Normally, I ignore those that come off with really dumb comments. But sometimes you just have to reply to them. Motorcycles are just that—bikes—not dangerous. It's the rider that can cause the accidents, injuries to themselves and others. Just like driving a vehicle of any kind, it's the person behind the wheel that may cause the accident. Not the vehicle. Unless the vehicle has something wrong with it, not normal.

Those that ask about "laying the bike down," there can be many reasons one might do that. I personally have been riding my own bike since 2002 and never laid any of them down. It's called being a good, careful rider. I don't cause accidents, although I have been in a few caused by others—both motorcycle and vehicles. I did take a motorcycle class when I first bought my first bike. Then signed up at DMV for its course and passed with a gold star. My instructor wrote, "never had a woman with this size bike pass this test." My bike: a 2003 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200.

I will always hear dumb/stupid statements made by ignorant people. I used to hear the same ignorant people make stupid statements about my riding bicycles on the road—my sport for more than 30 years and commuting vehicle for 20 miles a day.

Let them make their ignorant statements and consider the source. But being a good, careful driver of any vehicle, especially motorcycles, you will be the better person.

Sharon Cruise
Upland, CA
Friday, June 22, 2018
I pulled into a downtown parking lot surrounded by outdoor restaurants and cafes. As I was parking my bike, a women rushed towards me and asked, “Wow, did you ride that all by yourself?”

Since I was there all by myself, I responded with, “No. Actually I had the cruise control on so it would park itself!"




Natasha Messingale
Yuma, AZ
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Thanks for all the great responses! Can't wait to use them. Since I just bought a Harley-Davidson Softail Slim with a 103 inch engine, I know I am going to get "Isn't that big to big for you?"


Frances Henry
Gibbstown, NJ
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
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