"I love the fact that you said in this group you don't have to prove anything to anyone, just relax, enjoy yourself and have a good time. Too many groups i have tried to ride with are so INTO THE HARLEY THING and the riding FAST THING, that is you arn't IN THE SWING thier rythm, then they kind of look down thier nose to you. And i have always driven something other than a Harley, all my life and ridden all kinds of motorcyles, dirt, race, and cruisers since i was 10 years old, love them all!"The underline is mine.
I certainly have met folks that seem to look down their nose at you, but not many. It's mostly a case of something getting lost in the translation.
I tell people that we all have an internal speed, and that the speed at which we like to ride matches that internal speed. I've tried to ride slower, but it actually feels uncomfortable. And I've tried to ride faster, and that too feels uncomfortable.
I've never looked down on anyone for whatever speed they like to ride, but yet I find it frustrating to hear that someone thinks I'm a snob, just because I refuse to slow down for them.
And then to suggest that people who ride fast, or ride a Harley, are trying to prove something.
There's no reason why I should ride faster for someone, or slower for someone. And I don't expect anyone to do so for me.
And isn't it ironic that bikers always use words like "freedom" and "independence" when describing their love for riding, but yet seemingly get angry when other riders won't slow down to their speed?
Who is exactly the snob here? The rider who does whatever he feels like doing, or the rider who wants other riders to slow down for them?