So all the back and forth about who's a real rider and why folks won't extend the courtesy of an open mind or plainly answer questions has had me thinking all weekend.
It's no secret we have a few very vocal non sport bike riders on here posting and trying to bring people over to their side; so we can get their backs on issues that are affecting them and we're told will affect everyone soon.
The theme seems to be we're all the same regardless if we're on a cruiser, a chopper, a sport bike, or a motard. The idea is not gaining a lot of traction here because the average sport bike etc. rider doesn't feel like a rider on a cruiser would give them the time of day. I saw it myself when I ran of gas this spring and had custom Harley after custom Harley blast past me without a twitch never mind stopping to see if I needed a hand.
The bike of a typical member here built and refined to perform a specific task, a sport bike contains the pure essence of riding fast, a tourer will pack on the miles without breaking a sweat, a dual purpose bike will take you on an adventure. A cruiser at face value is only good to draw attention to yourself around town. Try and go fast and you'll fail. Try and tour and you'll get worn out, and going off road is unheard of. There are a few cruiser riders here or guys with look at me nakeds but they don't proselytize to the same degree.
The new folks here are the Jehovah's Witnesses of the online world. They're here banging on our door with a pamphlet in hand. "Have you heard the bad new? The government will soon be oppressing sport riders and putting them in camps. Accept us as your personal savior and you'll be raptured when the time comes!" Annoying at the best of times.
So from now till the snow flies up here I'm going to perform an experiment. I'm going to wave at riders on cruisers. Full disclosure, I do already so it's not an onerous burden.
I have awarded the cruiser riders 10 (ten) merit points. Every time a rider waves back they get a point. When they reach 25 points I'll take it as given that we're all the same under the gear, and an issues that affects them will affect me. If the rider doesn't wave back then I'll minus half a point.
So all we need here is 15 random riders to respond to the most common and probably the oldest gesture of solidarity between riders. Let's see if we are all the same.