Even worse than Harley owners…
June 26, 2009 at 1:27 pm #3080WeaponZeroParticipant
Harley owners have earned a reputation for being the rude @$$holes of the motorcycle community. Whether or not this reputation is warranted I won’t say, but I will say that they generally don’t wave to me while others do. Recently, however, I have discovered another segment of motorcycle owners even more rude than Harley owners supposedly are: Ducati owners! These people don’t wave and look at you with disdain for riding anything other than a Ducati. It’s like a Ducati comes with a snobby “better than you” attitude adjustment or something. Seriously, whats the deal?June 26, 2009 at 2:23 pm #20250
Well, you know, you can always gloat in the superior knowledge that you’ll be riding while they’re coping with the unique features of Italian engineeringJune 26, 2009 at 2:24 pm #20249AParticipant
Ducatis are known to have aggressive riding positions. When you have lots of weight being supported by your arms, it is difficult to control the bike and wave at low speed at the same time.
The dry/stiff clutch action probably doesn’t help neither, combined with torquey engine output at lower rpm during city traffic, they do require somewhat more attention to operate.
I don’t think Ducati riders are generally rude or snobby but probably just inexperienced, having a hard time to control their vehicle and wave at the same time, Harley riders could be dealing with similar inconveniences.June 26, 2009 at 2:25 pm #20251
Are listening to their bike trying to figure out which part is going to fall off next.
For the record, I always try to wave to them from the gas station, where I’m refilling my minuscule tank.June 26, 2009 at 3:00 pm #20253ranetteParticipant
Well if responding to your thread is the equivalent of a wave, I guess I shouldn’t be typing this. Since I am, consider yourself one of the lucky few. That’s about as humble as we get.
Now time for an attitude adjustment, ah there it is. Yes I am better than you.June 26, 2009 at 3:02 pm #20254WeaponZeroParticipant
LOL.June 26, 2009 at 3:20 pm #20255ranetteParticipant
Glad you took that in the spirit in which it was written.
RandyJune 26, 2009 at 3:50 pm #20256CandiceParticipant
There were some Ducati guys at the Triumph Demo I went to in May and the Ducati guys kept to themselves whereas the Triumph and other type of bike owners were all very friendly. Just something I noticed but I wasn’t offended. It’s their loss afterall not to get out there and meet COOL people. Hee hee.June 26, 2009 at 4:33 pm #20263bigguybbrParticipant
Does everyone really get hung up on the waving not waving thing??? First I’m in trouble for not waving at scooters, and now every Ducati owner is an unsociable aristocrat, looking down their nose at you for waving at them?
If you guys can’t be adult about it I’m just not going to wave to anyone anymore. Then you can talk about how all FZ6R riders are giant evil men who eat whole baskets of puppies in one bite and kick over old ladies as they zoom wildly out of control on their way past.
So lets all drop this whole “a person who rides this bike is friendly and sweet and good to their mother but a person who rides this bike is a douch who skips out on their restraunt bill and pokes fun at cripples orphans…” It’s just silly and childish.
Harley Guys can be fine people. Just Look at Elwood. He’s the bomb.
Ducatti guys can be cool too. Like the 80 year old guy on my street that rides a 696 (thats right he’s 80 and on a Ducatti, friggin cool in my book)
Now where did I put my Ducati catalog…June 26, 2009 at 6:03 pm #20272davidmdahlParticipant
I can’t speak for anyone but myself, but while I enjoy the camaraderie of the wave with other bikers, it does not make or break my day. All riders are of course free to wave or not for whatever reasons they have. I don’t think I can tell from the bike if the rider is a mensch or a jerk, so I tend to give everyone the benefit of the doubt. Sometimes a jerk is a mensch having a bad day. There are really all sorts of people riding these days, on every kind of bike.
Mr. Big, I do find it ironic that you apparently consider all scooter riders effeminate pudnockers riding glorified skateboards, while you object to those of us who find the attitude mildly annoying.
DavidJune 26, 2009 at 6:58 pm #20276bigguybbrParticipant
Oh man I’m gonna call someone that today!
I’ll ride by a fruit-scoot brandishing my fist at them yelling effeminate pudnockers!June 26, 2009 at 7:02 pm #20277
That skateboard has rubber wheels and a gasoline engine, so it’s really cool.
A buddy picked up an electric dirt bike for his kid on the cheap, on account of it needed some pretty simple repair work that he knew how to do. We have tons of fun on that thing running it around his yard. Of course, dragging me up a hill hurts the charge a lot.June 26, 2009 at 8:23 pm #20279megaspazParticipant
i ride a ducati and i wave to everyone, or nod if i’m in a tricky section. my other friends that have ducatis are the same. if you see us at *$, you can come talk to us… it’s not like we raise our noses in the air.June 26, 2009 at 9:54 pm #20280davidmdahlParticipant
LOL! That should be entertaining.
DavidJune 27, 2009 at 6:14 pm #20287owlieParticipant
Kittens taste better.
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