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post #1 of 10 Old 02-11-2017, 02:41 PM Thread Starter
 
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Bike Nights, how were you treated?

Not sure if this may seem like a weird question to some of you, but what has been your experience as far as going to bike nights on your Rebels, or to be honest any non harley motorcycle?
I have gone to a few bike nights around me just because I enjoy seeing other peoples bikes. And while I can't say anyone has ever been rude to me, the events seem to be rather "Clicky".
Group one is normally harley riders and Indian riders.
Group 2 Seems to be any other Large cruisers.
Group 3 is kinds split sport bikes
A. Bikes over 600cc
B. 600cc and 500cc bikes.
Group 4 tends to be all the smaller bikes that the other groups don't show interest in.
Any small or "starter" bike. Anything chinese at all.
Group 5 is normally the people with customized bikes or trikes.

It seems like for most there they don't care to show any interest outside of their clicks. I on the other hand actually enjoy seeing and learning about all the bikes. I don't discriminate lol. But I feel like the people even seem to be less likely to talk to you about their bikes if you don't fit what they expect from a rider.
Like I said I have never had anyone actually be mean in anyway just my experiences have been mixed.

Anyone else have the similar type experiences?
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I don't partake in bike nights. I almost went once, until I saw all the trucks and trailers parked near the event that transported said bikes for the night. Ever since then, bike night has not had a second chance at that first impression.
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I live just one block away from where my town holds a Bike Night once a month. . I've only bothered to go twice in the last couple years.
It's mostly all Harleys. . Some larger V-Twins are next. . Other than that, almost nothing.
And like Shadow has said, many are trailered in, not even ridden.

It looks pretty much like Halloween ( or a gay parade ) with all these *older rich yuppies* prancing around acting like bikers. . They've sat behind desks all their lives without EVER owning a bike, but now... they're *bad ass bikers*.

I'm in Florida... and when their mid-life crisis hits, it's a Harley that they buy instead of the *little red sports car* that they used to buy in the past. . All they do is ride them to the bars and park them in the front and try to look cool. . And then they go back home.
SOME biker!

I started riding motorcycles in 1968. . My first 5 bikes were Harleys, so I have nothing against Harleys as a bike. . But when I see some *pretend biker* looking down on me for owning a Rebel... it just pisses me off plenty.

The last time I went to Bike Night, the only bike there that wasn't a large V-Twin, was a really cool 1967 Triumph 650 Bonneville. . Now THAT I liked!

But it's not worth going to see only ONE cool bike and then have to put up with their *better than you* attitudes.

Hey! . You asked...

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I don't partake in bike nights. I almost went once, until I saw all the trucks and trailers parked near the event that transported said bikes for the night. Ever since then, bike night has not had a second chance at that first impression.
They seem to be quite a bit different around me. The only trailers are normally by Sponsors who bring 1 or 2 bikes to show off. All the other bikes are rode there. But I also presume where you are located has a huge play in this. Since I am in PA most of the shows are quite small around here so you wouldn't get a ton of people traveling from far away so no one really trailers their bike and brings it.

I do find it a little weird that people on gigantic cruisers kind of disregard other bikers some times.
I think all bikes have their place even if they aren't a style I would get myself.

For example touring motorcycles are not my style. I like to ride a bike to kind of feel free and those bikes are just so large they just don't give me the same feel when riding them. But I still respect them and still think anything on two wheels is amazing.
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Let me put it this way, Las Vegas is literally a 30x30 mile bowl formed by the surrounding mountains. It's NOT that big of a city, it's congested, but in terms of area it is small. So a bike night hosted in the downtown area is no more than 15 miles from any extreme border. While it may take 45+ minutes to traverse those 15 miles, its still not far enough to justify long distance trailering.

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Let me put it this way, Las Vegas is literally a 30x30 mile bowl formed by the surrounding mountains. It's NOT that big of a city, it's congested, but in terms of area it is small. So a bike night hosted in the downtown area is no more than 15 miles from any extreme border. While it may take 45+ minutes to traverse those 15 miles, its still not far enough to justify long distance trailering.
I agree with you.
I was thinking they were coming from much further. But at that distance I don't understand why people wouldn't ride.
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I stopped going to the Laughlin River Run for the same reason. At 90 miles from my driveway, it's a little further so...you guessed it: everyone from here trailers to there. Me, riding my small bikes there passing touring bike after touring bike after touring bike...all being trailered with LV HD dealer plate frames on them.

The inherent problem there is once at the destination, they ride those monstrosities in the worst possible environment: the congested main street of Laughlin where crawling speed is as fast as you can go. One clown fell over right next to me one time and nearly took me out in the process, then that same clown fell down on the other side next to my buddy nearly taking him out as well.

So I steer clear of non-biker biker events ever since.

"Ride Safe, Chop Safer" Motorcycles are not unsafe. However; they are extremely unforgiving of inattention, incompetence, ignorance, and stupidity.
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I guess I am lucky. In SW Michigan it seems no one really cares what you ride. If you ride on 2 wheels, regardless of how you got there, you are considered a fellow motorcyclist. It has been my experience that your own personality and comfort with yourself is more important than what you ride. Old friends will hang out with each other regardless if it is a boat club, golf club, church club or any other group setting...just human nature. Takes a little effort to meet new folks but feeling self conscious about your bike will only make you less likely to succeed....take it from the old guys....just go, look at all the other bikes and strike up a conversation when the opportunity presents itself....ps...the older guys have been around the block and are not enamored with themselves and their bikes and can be easier to start a conversation with......
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Don't get me wrong, I'll attend an actual biker event. They're just so few and far between out here.

"Ride Safe, Chop Safer" Motorcycles are not unsafe. However; they are extremely unforgiving of inattention, incompetence, ignorance, and stupidity.
Dismantling, sawzalling, and rattle canning does not make a bobber.
Those are STEPS toward customizing, not customizing unto itself.

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I guess I am lucky. In SW Michigan it seems no one really cares what you ride. If you ride on 2 wheels, regardless of how you got there, you are considered a fellow motorcyclist. It has been my experience that your own personality and comfort with yourself is more important than what you ride. Old friends will hang out with each other regardless if it is a boat club, golf club, church club or any other group setting...just human nature. Takes a little effort to meet new folks but feeling self conscious about your bike will only make you less likely to succeed....take it from the old guys....just go, look at all the other bikes and strike up a conversation when the opportunity presents itself....ps...the older guys have been around the block and are not enamored with themselves and their bikes and can be easier to start a conversation with......
I agree Sawbonz. I never had a problem at any biker gathering, regardless of what bike I rode in on, or even if I showed up in a cage. It is usually more about you than it is about them.

I have attended bike rallies from Sturgis to Daytona and everywhere in between, HOG nights, HOG State Rallies, HOG Tours, Christian motorcycle rallies and bike nights, Harley dealership bike nights, Honda dealership bike nights, weekly bike nights at local restaurants, bar crawl bike nights, toy runs, poker runs, charity rides, bike races, dirt bike races, motocross, trail rides, and a bunch that I can't even remember in 40 years of riding. Each was an adventure, and people of all walks responded to me according to how I responded to and treated them. I have made friends at every event that I have attended, and made enemies at quite a few of them.

I have ridden to most events, on all different kinds of bikes. I have trailered my, and my wife's bike to some long distance events when weather or time was a factor. I have shipped my bike to Sturgis and flew in. I have flew to distant locations both domestic and International, and rented bikes for rallies, rides, and tours. Regardless of how I arrived, I was treated how people perceived me personally, not how they perceived my ride. People are people, regardless of what bike they ride, or whether they ride a bike at all.

The only place that I ever felt unwelcome was on Kyle Petty's Charity Ride Across America for his foundation. I was unwelcome because I was a biker, and they were all wannabees. They were all corporate CEOs, and other rich people wanting to rub shoulders with the NASCAR Royalty. I never saw so many brand new Ultra Glides and Goldwings in one ride, either loaned by a dealership, rented, or bought just for the ride, or so many bad riders who looked like they were about to wreck at any moment. How you were treated was dependent on your position in NASCAR, or the value of your portfolio, and how big a check you intended to sign, depending on which side of the aisle you were on. Since I was a nobody with no money, I was ignored, until I began to have fun with them by playing their game. I had some interesting conversations after I made up a persona that fit the crowd, and had fun laughing at them rather than with them. They didn't seem to know the difference. Only place that I've ever been where the police escorts were used to keep local bikers away from the celebrity riders, and out of the ride.

If you are extroverted and can talk to anyone, like myself, you will find a way to fit in, make new friends, and be a part of the event. If you are introverted, shy, and tend to be a wallflower, like my wife, grandson, and best friend, you will have more difficulty. I have to introduce them, and get them involved in the conversation, and then they fit in fine. If not, they stand off to the side, and wait on some extrovert to come to them. Sometimes it happens, and sometimes not. Their level of fun or enjoyment of an event usually depends on how well I, or some other extrovert, got them involved, not really dependent on the event itself. This is true whether at a biker event or any other function, and obviously has nothing to do with a bike.

Sorry for the novella, but my experience is that your personality is way more important than the bike you rode in on. The bike, whether yours or theirs, is just a conversation starter or topic of conversation. Where you go from there is up to you, not the bike. Just have fun.
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