The best compliment I ever had was very simple, a young child rolled down the window of his fathers truck and with a huge smile he gave me two thumbs up.
There is nothing better than seeing children smile.
Agreed. I've had three great moments including one just like that: a kid in the backseat of a two door car pushing his way to poke out the front windon with both thumbs up yelling "cooooooool." I gave him a grin and gunned it :-)
Another was a woman, maybe in her 60s, who works at the local Bunnings (a bit like a Lowes in the US or a B&Q in the UK). I parked next to her old Spada and when she saw my bike, stopped for a chat. She wanted to know particularly whether I've ever popped a wheelie. I haven't. Yet. And she confessed that her greatest dream is to do one, but wasn't sure the Spada would be up to it. I said when I learned I'd be happy to teach her. I just love the idea of a woman old enough to be my mother popping a wheelie.
The other was a municipal ranger who came striding up to me (in full uniform) the very first time I was refueling the bike. I thought "**ck! What can I have done wrong? I'm only putting petrol in it..." and he said. "Wow! That's such a beautiful machine." And we started to chat a bit, I said the bike was "only a 250, and that I'm a freshie" and he said "So what? I don't know of a better looking ride."
I can't help but compare that last encounter to the kinds of conversations I seem to have with the big boys when they get off their litre supersport bikes (like the squid riding an R1--wearing just shorts and a tee--on Saturday when I was checking my tyre pressures). The conversations invariably go along the lines of "Welcome to riding, buddy, how much longer on your Ps?" and "What sort of bike are you going to get" on the assumption that I couldn't possibly want to keep the Ceeb beyond being legally allowed to get a bigger one. Sure, I'm probably going to get a bigger bike in the future, but they don't know that. And the Ceeb is far better than just adequate, it's a little ripper, and who are they to imply otherwise? That kind of subtle disparagement pisses me off.
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I don't think I had my new CBR250R more than an hour before I got my first compliment. After riding it home from the dealership I stopped to fill the tank at a service station near my home. I barely got the hose into the tank when a guy in his 30s walked up and said "That's a beautiful bike. What is it?" When I told him it was the new Honda CBR250R he continued with "Where did you get it?" and before I had the tank full my local Honda dealer gained a new customer.
You did'nt get a tank of fuel with the bike? Jeez.....
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I don't know what it is about this bike, but I get compliments literally all the time. I get the parking lot/gas station thing where people approaches me and just admire the bike as well as ask tons of questions about it. This happens at gas stations, supermarkets, coffee shop, etc.
Some of the other unusual compliments that I got:
While stopped at a stop light, a guy in a late model civic pulls his car to the edge of the lane, so I can squeeze to his side. Once I was next to his passenger side, the guy opens his window and start asking me questions about the bike.
I've had several instances where guys on a 600cc or larger SS bike pull over next to me, just so they can ask me questions about the bike. The common theme is they want a city bike where they can run the crap out of, and be practical and efficient at the same time.
While I was at a parking lot of a coffee shop getting ready to leave, a little kid who's with his father notices my bike, and tells his father "Look, a Motorcycle." Well, the father and son stays put until I pull away, the son being all excited.
Over the last few weeks my CBR has been attracting more and more compliments from people. Whilst in the basement car park at work last week an R6 rider only had great things to say about the bike and he totally got its broad appeal. Stopping at intersections also has car drivers winding their windows down firing a quick burst of questions at me e.g. cost, fuel economy, insurance, enjoyment factor.
Even though I think its the warmer weather in the run up to summer here, maybe Honda should be paying sales commissions to existing customers when generating sales leads eh?