Bo’s Facts and Trivia Aug 2014

Anything that can Go Wrong, will Go Wrong

Let’s start with running out of gas. You might be thinking well it’s up to the rider to make sure that he has enough gas for the days Bo-Fact_Trviaride ahead right, you would thinks so. Well a few years back I was riding with a buddy let’s just call him Spider for the story. Spider just bought a new Softail with that newfangled fuel injection “no reserve gas valve.”  It was a perfect summer day and we rode all day without a hitch until we had to stop at the Wantagh parkway draw bridge, while sitting in traffic in an incline with cars building up behind us and Spider in my lane next to me on my left side he runs out of gas. Turns out that it’s not his fault as his gas gauge needle was stuck somewhere around half a tank, but here’s where the Murphy’s Law kicks in.  Anywhere else he would have ran out of gas that day he would have just pulled off to the side of the road. Now we have a bike out of gas, no reserve, draw bridge up, on an incline, traffic behind us, muddy road shoulders from the rain the night before, and of course no easy access to a gas station, MURPHYS LAW!


A Short List of Common Murphy’s Motorcycle Laws:

  • • There shall be a torrential down pours as you attempt to go on your ride, once you cancel the ride, the sky will turn blue, the birds are chirping and there’s a rainbow on the horizon, also washing your scooter constitutes a rain dance to the raining gods.
  • • You finally save up enough to fix your bike and you get fired.
  • • There’s always a PERFECT parking space for a motorcycle, but only when you’re in your car.
    • If you’re working in a tight space on your bike and drop something, it will always roll just out of reach, unless there is a floor drain then it will magically head that way.
    • The cleaner your windshield, the stronger the magnetism to insects.
  • • A quiet intersection never has any traffic until you are ready to cross it.
  • • If there is no traffic there will be roadwork.
    • Any cage driver in front of you, aside you, or behind you will immediately lose the ability to drive their car.
    • No matter the length of your warranty coverage, on the day that the warranty expires the bike will break down.
    • At the exact moment that your bike insurance lapses, the probability of being involved in an accident increases exponentially.


Trivia Question of the Month:


What event gave birth to Harley-Davidson’s slogan: THE EAGLE SORES ALONE.  Was it (A) when Vaughn Beals and Willie G. Davidson bought back the motor company from AMF in 1981. (B) When “Indian” the last American made motorcycle company closed its doors. Or was it (C) in 1951 when Harley starts its H-D owner’s mileage club?


Answer to last month’s trivia question:

Question: In 1970 what motorcycle company used this ad slogan: You don’t need a hibachi to cook Japanese?


Bo’s Monthly Words of Wisdom:

Any fool can Criticize, Condemn, and Complain,

And most fools do!

“Live to Ride or Step Aside”

Written by Bo
“The Hog Shoppe”