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    Partial answer to some of the OP's insights.

    bandanna's vs helmets. The battle cry was let those who ride decide. Most of the people who don't wear helmets don't like being told what to wear and how to wear it by the oversized and bloated government. Same with seatbelts.
    Assless chaps. I still wear em since I've had em for many many years riding full dressers. Better than blue jeans, warmer and I don't know but it seems you are concentrating your attention to the 10 percent of the area where there isn't leather. What about the other 90 percent?
    Loud pipes. Most of the older riders I know regret them now and don't run em very loud anymore. Lost too much hearing.
    Clip on earrings? Mine was pierced about 50 years ago and how do you know they're clipons?
    Forward controls, ape hangers and tassels were never my thing anyway.

    Just my thoughts.

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    No matter what the hobby is, it's up to the individual to be friendly, perhaps engaging and reaching out to a stranger.

    If not, there is always a group practicing their mantra-



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    Ladies and gentleman I submit Army Specialist Jeremy Riffle. A medic stationed at Fort Rucker Lyster Army Medical Clinic where I met him during my flight physical. He is one of our newest MOA members, (as of two days ago) he rides a Harley Davidson.

    He joined because, after I explained to him what our club has to offer all riders, and how inclusive and non-judgmental we are, he immediately felt welcomed and excited to be a part of a National Club like ours. He hopes to ride a BMW one day. Hes a bright young man with a future, I suspect he will be riding high end BMWs soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rangerreece View Post
    He joined... after I explained to him how inclusive and non-judgmental we are....
    What do you think his reaction will be when he finds out you lied to him?

    Kidding! Welcome, Mr. Riffle!

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    A lot of people forget where Harley "image" came from. Much of it has to do with men returning from the front lines from WWII and after dealing the military and risking there lives they were a bit rebellious. Riding gear was nonexistent so what ever leather was available got used. Harley has hung on to that image for years and has marketed the hell out of it.

    On the other hand BMW. has promoted Birkenstocks and coffee shops and proper riding gear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoorUB View Post
    A lot of people forget where Harley "image" came from. Much of it has to do with men returning from the front lines from WWII and after dealing the military and risking there lives they were a bit rebellious. Riding gear was nonexistent so what ever leather was available got used. Harley has hung on to that image for years and has marketed the hell out of it.

    On the other hand BMW. has promoted Birkenstocks and coffee shops and proper riding gear.
    But "you meet the NICEST people on a Honda"

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    First, welcome to Specialist Riffle

    Second, I can't remember who the quote was from, but it is appropriate to riders of all makes or marques, "we should all hang together, for if we do not we shall surely all hang separately". I think that's close.

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    Benjamin Franklin, 1776, but not confirmed that he actually said it.

    I ran across another quote, while reading Savage Son by Jack Carr, this from Robert E. Howard (of Conan fame):
    "Civilized men are more discourteous than savages because they know they can be impolite without having their skulls split, as a general thing."

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    Quote Originally Posted by BC1100S View Post
    The latter. And then they get worse.

    Having said that, it only applies to about 97% of them.
    Sounds like an identity crisis to me! My daughter has a /5 and a Harley but I think that she knows who she is..
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    Ok, i suffered through reading this entire thread and being in a position to speak with some authority on the subject, i have something to say relating to BMW's, Harley's and 1%er's. Technically speaking i suppose i qualify as a real bonafide "badass", whatever the definition of that might be, since i am a member of one of the largest 1%er clubs in the world. First of all i'm not a criminal in the least. Anyone who thinks 1% clubs are all criminal enterprises with thugs and uneducated Neanderthals for members has been brainwashed by the media. It just ain't true. All clubs are not created equal though. A small number of them even i care nothing about being around and yes, they are criminals. Those types of clubs are in the extreme minority though. 'Nuff said. I also own a BMW and three Harleys. Several club brothers also own BMW's because we just simply love motorcycles. You just have to own a Harley, you don't have to ride it all the time. Bet some of ya'll didn't know that. All my Harley's are modified for much more power, better handling, better braking and better lighting. Almost everyone in my club wears full face helmets too. As for riding, there is nothing like getting on a big 120HP Harley touring bike and covering some ground in comfort. Harleys are repairable by a mechanically inclined owner unless you get into major engine work. Not so much for my BMW K1300GT. I love it but i will freely acknowledge parts are ridiculously high and maintenance requires some exorbitantly priced special tools. I knew that when i bought it. None of my HD's are loud as i don't like excessive noise. The most obnoxious Harley riders i have seen is the "bike night" crowd with their straight pipes, skull bucket helmets and accent lighting. Those guys provide us "professional bikers" with a constant source of amusement with their antics. These guys would be arrogant *******s if they were driving a minivan. I believe truthfully speaking, the same theory regarding arrogant *******s would apply to some BMW riders as well. What i'm saying is the same as some others pointed out. All riders are not cut from the same mold and there are *******s everywhere, no matter what they ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by truckerdave View Post
    Ok, i suffered through reading this entire thread and being in a position to speak with some authority on the subject, i have something to say relating to BMW's, Harley's and 1%er's. Technically speaking i suppose i qualify as a real bonafide "badass", whatever the definition of that might be, since i am a member of one of the largest 1%er clubs in the world. First of all i'm not a criminal in the least. Anyone who thinks 1% clubs are all criminal enterprises with thugs and uneducated Neanderthals for members has been brainwashed by the media. It just ain't true. All clubs are not created equal though. A small number of them even i care nothing about being around and yes, they are criminals. Those types of clubs are in the extreme minority though. 'Nuff said. I also own a BMW and three Harleys. Several club brothers also own BMW's because we just simply love motorcycles. You just have to own a Harley, you don't have to ride it all the time. Bet some of ya'll didn't know that. All my Harley's are modified for much more power, better handling, better braking and better lighting. Almost everyone in my club wears full face helmets too. As for riding, there is nothing like getting on a big 120HP Harley touring bike and covering some ground in comfort. Harleys are repairable by a mechanically inclined owner unless you get into major engine work. Not so much for my BMW K1300GT. I love it but i will freely acknowledge parts are ridiculously high and maintenance requires some exorbitantly priced special tools. I knew that when i bought it. None of my HD's are loud as i don't like excessive noise. The most obnoxious Harley riders i have seen is the "bike night" crowd with their straight pipes, skull bucket helmets and accent lighting. Those guys provide us "professional bikers" with a constant source of amusement with their antics. These guys would be arrogant *******s if they were driving a minivan. I believe truthfully speaking, the same theory regarding arrogant *******s would apply to some BMW riders as well. What i'm saying is the same as some others pointed out. All riders are not cut from the same mold and there are *******s everywhere, no matter what they ride.
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    Harley owners: Born or Made?


    Both. I've seen a few that might have been hatched.

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    Quote Originally Posted by easy View Post
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    Both. I've seen a few that might have been hatched.

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    I don't get it?? They're chicken? Or like a "plan" as in hatch a plan? Or a kind of door pun?? (I opened the hatch and there was a Harley rider below deck??) I mean, when a properly dressed, super-intelligent, civilized, BMW rider says something ...

    The usual advice to someone who is annoyed by a thread is "don't go there...don't read it; no one is making you". But this thread is like a train wreck- i just can't turn away!!! OK, I'll try again.

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