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Making Friends: File Under Kawasaki

Making Friends: File Under Kawasaki

When I am out riding my motorcycle I must have the kind of face that says, “Please talk to me!”

On Sunday while I was standing outside next to my Tiger drinking juice in a rest stop, a man walked over to talk to say Hi.

“Wow, nice bike. Looks really good.”

I proudly smiled big and said, “Thanks very much!”

“Yeah, alright. Looks like a Concours by Kawasaki. Do you know what that is?”

Survey Says…

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Ooooh. That’s too bad. Thanks for playing, mister. 

If he knew the bike model “Kawasaki Concours” enough to throw it around in conversation, I’m a little surprised that he’d see the Tiger 1050 and the Connie to be of the same ilk.

I suppose that if by “looks like a Concours” he meant that they both have wheels, a seat and a windscreen, then I guess I can see it.

Exhibit A

Exhibit B

Kawasaki Concourse Triumph Tiger 1050

I can only imagine that most people don’t know what to say to start a conversation blindly. The awkwardness is often compounded when they want to let the rider know that they too might know something about bikes. “Nice bike,” is pretty all purpose and a good opener. Don’t stray far from there if you aren’t confident with the subject!

I wonder if he got back in his car mumbling, “A Concours? What the hell was I thinking?” 🙂

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