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?”
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.
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?” 🙂