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Interesting observation...not?
« on: May 16, 2008, 08:43:28 am »
I noticed it over a period of time that riders from the same brand like to stick, ride, drink and chat together. Not the norm or fixed in stone but its easy to see. Its not a bad thing or brand thing but I find it interesting as it seems to me like mini brand apartheid.

Why is it like this? Can anybody explain? ;)
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Re: Interesting observation...not?
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2008, 08:58:48 am »
There is an old saying : " Birds of the same feathers flock together"  ....or something like that.   It is a normal phenomenon in nature.
 

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Re: Interesting observation...not?
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2008, 08:59:53 am »
Don't cry cos only the BMW guys want to ride with you AMA !    ;)
 

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Re: Interesting observation...not?
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2008, 09:10:29 am »
I think perhaps that's a bit of a generalisation. On a regular basis, I ride with owners of:
KTM's, BMW's, Hondas, and Kawasakis!
Makes for much more intersesting riding ;D
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Re: Interesting observation...not?
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2008, 09:11:41 am »
I think if a guy truely have a bike for a certain purpose, the guy's would have a similar riding style and then enjoy riding together.

KTM 950 fishtailers will start to stick together, you'd get couples that like touring and sight seeing together group with their big GS', long distance tourers (people that ride from here to Nelspruit to go explore) will probably use GS' also...

I think if a bunch of people truely understand the strong and weekpoints of a bike and considered those before buying, their 'biking personalities' would have chosen not only the type of bike they ride, but also the style of riding and then ultimately similar/likeminded people with similar bikes...

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Re: Interesting observation...not?
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2008, 09:19:27 am »
I think perhaps that's a bit of a generalisation. On a regular basis, I ride with owners of:
KTM's, BMW's, Hondas, and Kawasakis!
Makes for much more intersesting riding ;D

This goes with my theory as well - your biking personallity (like mine as well) is more for enjoying the scenery, exploring roads and getting off the beaten track in a way (and at a pace) that enable you to take a photo or three and not see anything in a blur going past. That doesn't mean that we don't enjoy higher speed at times, it just means that our mindsets are much more the same and to be honest, all bikes can do scenic roads at a leisurely pace. You want to do scenic rides and use your bike for things like the 'Moordkuil Extreme', where I'm sure it excels. I want to do scenic rides and use the bike to have Rogue and our luggage on the back to go and see roads far away from where we live. It does that well...



Our needs are general enough to not have to buy a specific 'tool' that's designed for a segment of what we do. For the times where you go outside of the 'general needs riding', the bike you chose fits what you like to do with it.
I wouldn't have liked going on Moordkuil for instance with the GS and Trailrider wouldn't have enjoyed half of our Rhodes holiday last year.

« Last Edit: May 16, 2008, 09:22:45 am by Eisbein »
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Re: Interesting observation...not?
« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2008, 09:22:41 am »
I tend to disagree !!!  ;D
(Btw - I actually do enjoy your company  >:D  )

What is closer to the truth I think - is that similar cc's stick together
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Re: Interesting observation...not?
« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2008, 09:26:47 am »
Don't cry cos only the BMW guys want to ride with you AMA !    ;)


S'true and its usually only the guys on pink bikes that does not want to ride with me. Bet it got something to do with the designer dust my roadbike kicks up.
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Re: Interesting observation...not?
« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2008, 09:27:54 am »
I tend to disagree !!!  ;D
(Btw - I actually do enjoy your company  >:D  )

What is closer to the truth I think - is that similar cc's stick together

until you hit sand then the smaller cc's love hanging around the big bikes, make for a very entertaining show  :P
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Re: Interesting observation...not?
« Reply #9 on: May 16, 2008, 09:28:30 am »
I tend to disagree !!!  ;D
(Btw - I actually do enjoy your company  >:D  )

What is closer to the truth I think - is that similar cc's stick together

That makes sense to me.
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Re: Interesting observation...not?
« Reply #10 on: May 16, 2008, 09:32:39 am »
I tend to disagree !!!  ;D
(Btw - I actually do enjoy your company  >:D  )

What is closer to the truth I think - is that similar cc's stick together

+1

Some of the biggest chops I have ever ridding with, rode the same boney as me. That was a factor when thinking of moving on from my GS.

As one chop put it so eloquently: "Daar is niks so lelik soos iemand wat nie staan op 'n GS nie..." - when they were struggling to keep up with us, standing like meerkats (the straight-arm, locked elbow stance) on really easy roads.

Ok, end of my rant.

I generally try and steer clear of the lifestylers - decked out in matching corporate clothing. But it seems true nowadays of the Dark side too. In marketing they speak of earley adopters - people who latch onto something new before it becomes a huge craze. I think the days of KTM's being ridden by early adopters (or hard core racers) are, alas, long gone by.

Such, however, is the nature of the brand curve. ::)
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Re: Interesting observation...not?
« Reply #11 on: May 16, 2008, 09:38:09 am »
I think if a guy truely have a bike for a certain purpose, the guy's would have a similar riding style and then enjoy riding together.




I am going to agree with you on this theory of yours, Eisbein.

I also think that people with the same kind of bikes, have a similar riding style. Ok, you will always have the odd one out, but in general I think that is the reason.

But that does not mean that we cannot kuier n hond uit n bos uit nie when we stick together ;D
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Re: Interesting observation...not?
« Reply #12 on: May 16, 2008, 09:50:14 am »
I make it a point not to ride with a group who all have the same brand of bike
in fact, I'd feel slightly embarrassed if I had to
 

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« Reply #13 on: May 16, 2008, 10:01:12 am »
I make a point of not riding with people that wear their brands T-shirts/ sweat shirts/ fleece toppies and other paraphernalia hung on them to look like their brand, ATGATT excluded.  >:D ;D

Any bike is welcome as long as it's not more than 6 or so people. ;)

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« Reply #14 on: May 16, 2008, 10:02:59 am »
Which reminds me; I might be going to the GS challenge this year. Who else is going? :D
 

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Re: Interesting observation...not?
« Reply #15 on: May 16, 2008, 10:04:46 am »
Which reminds me; I might be going to the GS challenge this year. Who else is going? :D

Rather asks who is not going ;)
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Re: Interesting observation...not?
« Reply #16 on: May 16, 2008, 10:11:50 am »
I generally try and steer clear of the lifestylers - decked out in matching corporate clothing. But it seems true nowadays of the Dark side too. In marketing they speak of earley adopters - people who latch onto something new before it becomes a huge craze. I think the days of KTM's being ridden by early adopters (or hard core racers) are, alas, long gone by.

Such, however, is the nature of the brand curve. ::)

Alas, this is true. I remember swopping over from the Bimmer to the Dark Side. Goeie grys giftige gert was that a problem for some people. I remember 3 phonecalls in a week from a certain well known BMW rider saying - WTF are you doing. Those phonecalls were 1 hour long each - must have cost a packet.

Michnus - to his credit - said it before anyone else to me that the lifestylers were going to the Dark Side.

And its true. But so what. They can do with their bikes whatever they want, and thats their right. No one made anyone the bike nazi...


Personally, I love weekends like Camp Dogpatch at the Cedarberg. It was far more about the person than his bike and thats the way its supposed to be imo. And there was everything from yellow mosquitoes to obnoxiously loud orange bikes to oil leaking R80GS's.

This doesnt take away from the pleasure though of something like the KTM Weekend where its so cool to ride with enthusiasts of the same mindset, and know that the machines are matched, and lets see who can pilot what.

Each one was perfect in its own way.

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Re: Interesting observation...not?
« Reply #17 on: May 16, 2008, 10:13:19 am »

Personally, I love weekends like Camp Dogpatch at the Cedarberg. It was far more about the person than his bike and thats the way its supposed to be imo.


Have to agree
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« Reply #18 on: May 16, 2008, 10:41:18 am »
I make a point of not riding with people that wear their brands T-shirts/ sweat shirts/ fleece toppies and other paraphernalia hung on them to look like their brand, ATGATT excluded.  >:D ;D

Any bike is welcome as long as it's not more than 6 or so people. ;)

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Re: Interesting observation...not?
« Reply #19 on: May 16, 2008, 10:49:04 am »
Which reminds me; I might be going to the GS challenge this year. Who else is going? :D

LS I was wondering when this question would come up, I would love to go, but the insurance issue has decided it for me I am not prepared to self insure my bike for this event, especially knowing there is a very good chance you are going to take a tumble.
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