Making Friends, Meeting People: Royal Enfield Edition

On Sunday I popped in to town to meet  friends for coffee. It was a beautiful afternoon so there were lots of riders around enjoying the sunshine. I pulled in to the parking lot, backed in to a spot and got off the bike.

Another motorcyclist of about 70 shuffled over as I begin unstrapping my helmet and taking it off.

“Nice. Zat da real cuhluh?”

::blink:blink:: “Yep, it’s the real color.”

“How many hawspowuh?”

“Not sure, maybe 30?”



“Uh hundrit fitty?”

“No, thirty. Thirty. Three zero. It’s a 500 single.”

“Yeah, dats whut I was askin’, a 500, huh? Nice.”

It’s me, isn’t it? I’m a dingbat magnet.

royal enfield on long island


Rachael is the whimsical writer behind the 20+ year old Girlie Motorcycle Blog. As a freelance blogger, she is on a mission to inspire laughter, self-examination, curiosity, and human connection. Girlie Motorcycle Blog can be found on several Best Motorcycle Blog lists.

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8 Responses

  1. canuk_guy says:

    Funny thing is, I’d have said the same thing the first time I heard the specs…but I was reading it, so I read it again. And then I laughed. Then smiled. And said to myself, “now *that’s* old school.”

  2. RichardM says:

    “It’s me, isn’t it? I’m a dingbat magnet.”

    Yep, that’s why I’m here… 😉

  3. Kathy says:

    Dingbat magnet? LOL!

  4. Trobairitz says:

    Well, it was either you or the Enfield. Take your pick. 🙂

  5. StL_303 says:

    Don’t worry, it’s not you.. I once owned a Ural and as I was leaving work one day, a co-worker came up, read *out loud* the sticker on my sidecar windshield “URAL – Russian made in Russia”.. then looked at me and asked in all sincerity.. “Is that German”?
    ::facepalm:: yes, yes it is. And here’s your sign.

  6. Matt Law says:

    I’ve had the same experience…”Royal Enfield,huh?Who makes that?Triumph?It looks like a Triumph.”Morons have clearly reproduced to the point that eradication is no longer an option…

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