Number 1, you do not get on someones' bike without express permission.
That is like going to someones car/truck and getting in and seeing if you like the way it feels, or taking it for a drive to see if you are comfy............NOT.............
I am not for violence. HOWever, having said that, if she had gotten on mine, she would have gotten an unpleasant surprise........mine is equipped with sirens and also, were I leaving my bike, I would have locked it up, which means she couldn't turn the handlebars.....and the sirens are loud enough everyone in the neighborhood can hear them.
Myself, I would have told her that the BIKERS CODE is you never get on someone elses' bike without asking, EVEN IF they are a personal friend.....because that is a violation..... Then I would have told her to get off my bike, and for her own well being, to ask next time...
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Yes, I am all for sharing the love. I love to share my excitement for riding and have encouraged people to sit on my bike. But, like Nell, I am right there. It's kind of like petting a stranger's dog. Or touching a pregnant lady's belly. Always ask if it is okay first. Personal boundaries. There is such a wide array of tolerance. I'm sure there is a way to "educate" without being derogatory.
Edited by: PENNYLOU7 at: 6/5/2012 (12:56)
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I would have been angry, but as long as the bike wasn't damaged I would just ask her to get off and either go to the dealer or wait for the owner to return. I have allowed people to sit on my bike many times, but I was there to supervise. You never even TOUCH someone else's bike unless the owner is present. That woman must not have been a rider if she didn't know that.
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I am on several motorcycle riding groups on Facebook, a couple of them women only. I love the advice (most of the time) and the information. Today, however, there was a subject that I felt people take things out of hand. Maybe I am wrong.
Here is the what someone wrote: "My husband and I spent last week at Myrtle Beach Bike Rally. As we returned from walking around Barefoot Landing, we come back to the bikes and I find a woman sitting on my bike- with it UP OFF THE KICKSTAND !! I was beyond furious and ask what the hell she thought she was doing. She tells me she loves the Deluxes, and wants to buy one, and needed to see how it sat, felt, and seat height was for her. OMG!!! ... I told her- again- get off of it, and go to a dealer and waller on one of their's. Her comment to me-- oh my gosh, what happened to biker brotherly love?
Was I wrong to over re-act? I'm still fuming, and keep thinking the worse case scenario... OMG... She's lucky to be breathing..."
The responses on here actually concerned me greatly. Most that were posting stated they would have kicked her butt (actually more derogatory than that) and are surprised this lady was so nice to the person on her bike. It was like a total rage fest and frankly, scared me.
I realize people are clueless and I see it more and more, but to be so violent about something, makes me wary. What about you? How would you handle this situation?
I probably would have been upset, but also would have explained to her what the biker code or common sense actually is - you don't dit or touch someone's bike unless you are given permission by them. At least that is how I see it. What about you?
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