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Molto Verboso
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I was working the election for Obama, Election Day, with fliers and reminders, with a list of supporters, to get out the vote, going door to door, with my nice Typhoon, has a windscreen, a nice Chrome Laser Pro-X exhaust, me dressed with a nice Corduroy Jacket.....
When I noticed a guy in a Harley following me....I stopped at the next address on the List, and asked him what's up, when he parked next to me...
He thought I was checking out the recycle bins to steal what's in them!
I told him I was getting out the vote for Obama, and showed him my fliers, and supporter list....
He said there were a lot of bums around the neighborhood stealing from the bins!
I told him no, I lived down the street and been an home owner there for over 20 years!
Now, if Harley guys thought us Scooter riders were all bums, is that the image that we have?
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My scooter has about 1.4 hogshead of respect.

Still, though ...consider that 1.4 hogshead [UK] = 27 116.488 558 Tablespoon [US]

That's a lot of fucking tablespoons worth of respect, my friend. I bet your kitchenaid mixer can't hold all that respect. No sir.
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With mine being moded out, I get people calling it a Who scooter or yelling Quadrophenia.

Never heard bum or nerd. Except maybe my sister calling me a nerd.

Manny

Besides who cares if you were, it all gets recycled the same anyways. hell we dont have a recycling system here, I just leave the recyclables in a box in front of the house and people walk by and take them.
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My current GTS gets zero respect except from Vespa riders.
Maybe the Giallo Lime (yellow) just screams TOY.

My old '65 Sprint rat-bike got tons of respect - Harley and most cycle riders just thought it was hilarious. I bought it as a non-runner. New tires, new plug, new coil, rode it over 3000 miles.

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Molto Verboso
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Eric, got to make it over someday to Deriot, and check out all your vintage rides....
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Sounds good.


I find it laughable someone would eyeball you for being near their recyclables.

Things are bad enough here in detroit that the normal guys that come around my street once a week to look at everyone's trash - you know, to find the metal objects to throw in their truck to sell as scrap..... i watched one get out of his truck the other day to cut a 4 foot power cord away from a tv set that was on someone's treelawn.

4 feet of power cable off a tv set? What can that be worth, sold as scrap copper? 1 cent? The TV set probably had more materials in it of value than the cable.
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1 half of los angeles makes a living going through recycling bins, and garbage cans looking for bottles etc....
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Told my non-Scooterist friends, I got a new job...

Picking up Cans along the side of the road!

I feel like Rodney Daingerfield....

I get no respect!
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Ditto.....

Mine also looks "mean".......Bitubo front shocks and I ditched the front shock piece to "show it off".

Waiting to add the PM pipe to round it off and have the dogs running down the block. lol!

"long live the mods"....
snapshot05 wrote:
With mine being moded out, I get people calling it a Who scooter or yelling Quadrophenia.

Never heard bum or nerd. Except maybe my sister calling me a nerd.

Manny

Besides who cares if you were, it all gets recycled the same anyways. hell we dont have a recycling system here, I just leave the recyclables in a box in front of the house and people walk by and take them.
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So true Danny...

Within the last year..6 months, it's organized!

Take one beat up mini van and drop in 5-6 people, who descend upon a neighborhood on foot with either a trash bag or a separate garbage can (with wheels) to extract recyclables from the bins.

And off they go.

Organized recyclable gang!
dannyw wrote:
1 half of los angeles makes a living going through recycling bins, and garbage cans looking for bottles etc....
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who gives a shit about people taking your trash or recyclables? Its not like you wanted it anyway. People are weird.
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Rover Eric wrote:
Sounds good.


I find it laughable someone would eyeball you for being near their recyclables.

Things are bad enough here in detroit that the normal guys that come around my street once a week to look at everyone's trash - you know, to find the metal objects to throw in their truck to sell as scrap..... i watched one get out of his truck the other day to cut a 4 foot power cord away from a tv set that was on someone's treelawn.

4 feet of power cable off a tv set? What can that be worth, sold as scrap copper? 1 cent? The TV set probably had more materials in it of value than the cable.
Perhaps it was to hang himself
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You should have told him you had six, only two more to ride for a week!
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I don't GAFF what people on the street think of my LX, but going solely off the compliments I've received during my ownership, I'd say it gets Mad ReSpEcT, YO!
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My scooter gets mad props from my scooter scene...in my garage.
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Maybe it wasn't the scooter........ Laughing emoticon
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CAPO wrote:
Maybe it wasn't the scooter........ Laughing emoticon
Ditto...since you identified your political party, maybe the HD was identifying his.
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All the scooters I've ever had generally get a good deal of respect... the second someone asks what kind of gas mileage I get. And with the Vespa, it gets even more respect for A) being able to go more than 30mph and B) being a Vespa.
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One day, you will be older. You will have done things, been things and seen things. You will realize that you don't actually give a rat's ass about the opinions of strangers.

If somebody wants to talk scooters, I'm willing. If somebody wants to tell me about scooters I walk away.

If somebody treats me a certain way because of their perception of me or them, or our place or position, it's just background noise.

Paul, who makes JimC look like Santa Claus.
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i dont mind getting poked at by HD riders - actually they are fun to share jabs with. more times than not the HD guys are curious about the modern scooters, shake their head at you, tell you to enjoy your ride and continue.

the folks that really get under my skin are the ones whose last time on a bike was 3rd grade to their friends house after school and they insist on giving you the wimpy speech. go screw.

the crouch rocket kids dont even give you the time of day.
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Hi All,

Don't know about the BV getting respect.......BUT......24 degrees F yesterday, most people gave me a wide berth. Guess they figure anybody that would deliberately go 55 mph in 24 degrees on scooter can't be playing with a full deck and they really didn't want to find out which cards are missing.

Ride safe, Ride long.
In the peace of the LORD,
preachp
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Mines been Keyed; Kicked; Moved; Sat On; Covered in postlet notes (i found that one funny) and had water-paint signes (gay pride ones) written all over it.

My scooter gets no respect.
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preachp wrote:
Hi All,

Don't know about the BV getting respect.......BUT......24 degrees F yesterday, most people gave me a wide berth. Guess they figure anybody that would deliberately go 55 mph in 24 degrees on scooter can't be playing with a full deck and they really didn't want to find out which cards are missing.

Ride safe, Ride long.
In the peace of the LORD,
preachp
Were you riding with heated gear or just well bundled?
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Since we have a DSL connection and a printer, we provided "get out the vote" assistance for any Yanks who hadn't received their absentee ballots. No party supporters helping here, as the two major parties don't give a crap about some 20 Yanks on a quiet Greek island, which ain't bad when you are an independent.

There's a great web site, put up by a not-for profit created by some American expats in Munich, where you can fill in your US voting address and receive a generic federal mail in ballot, complete with full instructions, to include mail, fax and telephone info!

So, we provided computer access to six folks, who's voting preferences probably varied, all of whom expressed their admiration for the scoots parked out front.

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So, to answer your question, our scooters got respect from people of all political persuasions when we were doing our civic duty.

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Hey A&A, I love your scooter parking only sign! Did you find it somewhere or have it made special?
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