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Somebody said it first. "Ride your own ride". It's as simple as that. Enjoy! ..and, if it's not enjoyable anymore, find something else to make you happy.

There was a guy on here a while back - huge contributor - a Good Guy. He sold his Honda for a Harley, specifically for the lifestyle. There's real value in that for many people. They go-to the meets, they ride together, and then the BBQ's and the whatnots - They're into that kinda stuff. No harm in it. It's their thing, and good for them.

I met a guy while out riding my Tiger Adv bike one time. I just finished riding the Rim Trail. That was one mucky bike! and there I was covered in dirt. .. Anyways, we got to talking, and he says he always wanted to ride an Adv bike, so, I tossed him my keys and said "enjoy".. I later rode his Harley (though I was worried about making it less shiny! :0),. ...It was a nice bike. Nice Guy! We went for a burger. Had a chat... Anyways, this guy, he was telling me that this soft bagger of his isn't considered a "real bike" by some of the people he hangs out with? ...He was legitimately embarrassed about that! ... There's a real hierarchy in that community it seems!! :0)

There was nothing wrong with that Harley. It was a Really Nice soft bagger. Rode smoother and had softer suspension than does my Vic' ..but ..There's a price to pay for membership to any club I guess. :0) ...Told him not to worry about what others thought, and to enjoy the hell out of That Great Bike.

There are always those who like a certain crowd - who like to fit in, like to socialize, or make a loud statement about who they are through what they do etc. And as long as it doesn't entail quite-literally pissing in my cornflakes, that's okay. Where the problems seem to start (especially on this forum), is when those in some club express their opinions regarding some exclusivity to others...Especially negative opinions. :0)

It's okay if a person is into their clique (or whatnot), but it's not that important to others that they feel part of it. Those opinions about what, or how a person rides - doled out by somebody with strictly limited views on a subject? Well, that's their thing too. And you don't have to take those opinions too seriously.

In regards to that elusive "Real Biker"? ...Honestly? ..F'ked if I know what one of those are? Somebody who rides a motorcycle maybe? The rest? ..wanting to belong to a group? ..Declare themselves socially with some attire or another? It's their thing and it's of little importance to people on the outside.

Been all kinds of people pass through this forum. But Nobody turned into a Real Biker who didn't self-identify as one due to what they wore, or what they rode. A person simply doesn't go from "Motorcycle Enthusiast", to "Real Biker" in the time it takes to secure financing on a two-wheeled vehicle, or a new leather jacket, or some ?? f'kin patch, or whatever). There are people who ride every-single day, and those who just ride for the social life on all brands of bikes. Nobody could be called an expert on judging another because of what a person rides. Anybody who would, are saying more about themselves I figure.

This whole "Motorcyclin'" thing? ..Like has been said. Each to their own. Just have some fun with it.
 

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And this is my pet peeve. People that think you can have more than one. It’s your pet peeve because it’s the biggest peeve you have. You can only have one.
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If a person can have 4 pet cats, 3 pet dogs, a couple of pet birds, they can have more than one pet peeve.
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Lol. No…slightly different.
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How so? Some pets are more prominent than others.
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I don’t have a pet cat. I have a cat. It’s a family member. And it’s a grammar thing, not associated with pets.
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People can have peeves, but their biggest peeve is their pet peeve. “My biggest pet peeve” is an oxymoron.
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From Oxford Language

pet peeve

noun
INFORMAL

  1. something that a particular person finds especially annoying.
    "one of my biggest pet peeves is poor customer service"
My grammar is amazing, or at least she was before she passed away.
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