Stereotype busted at the pump!!

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After tooling around with a biker buddy last Sunday, I was seeing the blinking bar near 'E' for the first time, and I was wow, how cool? It works!! So we stopped at the gas station. As I'm filling up, a guy hops out of his SUV, and says, "how's it going man?" I look up and see he's talking to me, so I respond "I'm doing fine, how about you?" He was taken aback, and then all apologetic for assuming I was a guy, and saying he has to rethink his approach! So then we started chatting about biking (he rode a little many ago) and what not, and then he commented about the bike looking so clean and asked how long have I had it. When I said yesterday, he was like "Wow. I mean just, wow. That's a sweet ride..." Well, in that last sentence I had to forgive him, didn't I? Lol.

What have your experiences been, ladies?
 

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I know Sue has been called mate or even sir many times. Now when she takes her helmet off they are shocked not only to see that it a female but (how can I put this politely?) one of a certain age
 

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LoL.....in my postbox, I often get "Fr XXX" in my letters because one of my name sounds like a woman's.
Well, it is not new, but it certainly brings a smile to me often.

Did he see where you were filling up the petrol? I mean under the seat?
:p
 

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Nah, he was still in shock about the assumption he made. With such a small tank, I think I was done with the refueling part before he could process that ;-)
 

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I have been guilty of making the same assumption. I am always happy to see female riders on the road or at fuel stops. I made the mistake of saying "yes sir" after a lady asked me if I liked my RT while on a trip this summer. It turned out that this "sir" was a 65 year old lady that had been on the road for three months with no plans to stop riding any time soon. I would have loved to buy her a cup of coffee and continue our conversation longer, but we both wanted to get down the road.

So to all female riders that I assume are male, I do apologize.
Mike
 

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Well, they always know I'm a girl since I painted the bike, so my usual responses are "cool bike". And yes, some guys wander by and talk to me while filling up, it's usually something like how they like to see female riders, but I would not take it personally if they assumed that most riders are male, as they are! It's just good to remind them all that we girls are out there too.
I get a lot of head shakes of approval at stop lights so I know they recognize that it's not a male. And the girls are quick to say, "I love your bike".
 

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This spring in my rush to Colorado I left my helmet on for a bathroom break. There was a little boy being herded out as I was going in and he says 'hey look, it's the motorcycle guy'. His mom quickly corrected him with 'motorcycle lady', and you could kinda see him trying to process it. The next best was a woman pulling up next to me at a gas station and repeatedly asking if I was really, truly, riding my own motorcycle, myself, and really my husband wasn't going to come out so I could mount up behind him.
 

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LOL My son, when he was young, waved to a person on a motorcycle as it passed by our house. I asked him if he knew who that was. His response was he didn't know, but it was a guy. I asked him how he knew it was a guy, "Well mom, girls don't ride motorcycles." was his reply, but he got a lecture after that! I could not believe this was my son. (Yes, I gave up riding a street bike when i got married and my husband had no desire to ride. But I had always rode a quad.)
I do have to say that my son and I both ride now, together at times, it was the fact that he got a bike that made me want one again. Kids are grown and I don't have that responsibility any more, now I can join him.
 

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not uncommon thing in my home country, Indonesia, to see ladies riding scooter or cub. my own sister commutes with her scooter. but a lady on a bigger bike? props!
 

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There are quite a few women riders out here on Vancouver Island. The local motorcycle training program frequently has women's only courses as the demand is so great. Even though I am a woman rider I am guilty of stereotyping too. :(
I went to one of the smaller islands for a meeting at a school, out of the 6 women (school staff) it turned out that two of the more senior ladies were previous motorcycle riders. I would never have guessed it! Would have loved to talk to them more.
It's great to see that most of the kids aren't even phased when I show up at a preschool on the bike. :)

On a side note I've recently switched from a black jacket (on my black NC) to a high vis yellow one, and while I can't say for sure, but it seems like I've had more people stop and talk with me when I've stopped and am getting off of the bike! Maybe I look friendlier!
 

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The assumptions don't always go the same way. One time I was riding with my former boyfriend, and we had stopped for gas and a break. He had wandered off somewhere and I was sitting next to the bikes. A car stopped and the driver rolled down the window and said "Oh wow, you are one of the ladies on the matching motorcycles! You passed us a while back! You go girls..."
 
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The assumptions don't always go the same way. One time I was riding with my former boyfriend, and we had stopped for gas and a break. He had wondered off somewhere and I was sitting next to the bikes. A car stopped and the driver rolled down the window and said "Oh wow, you are one of the ladies on the matching motorcycles! You passed us a while back! You go girls..."
I bet you rubbed it too, didn't you? :D
 

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I bet you rubbed it too, didn't you? :D
He thought it was funny too. At the time we both had waist length hair so we not only had matching bikes, we had matching braids hanging out the backs of our full face helmets. And ATGATT had us pretty well covered up.

I used to run a CB setup, on my old V-Strom. I'd sometimes hear comments like "Look at the braid on that thar motorcycle. Is that a girl or a Navajo Indian? And what kind of BMW is that anyway?"
 

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Female mechanics are few and far between unfortunately. At least I've never met one around my area. Most women don't like grease monkeys, I myself being one of em.
 

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Female mechanics are few and far between unfortunately. At least I've never met one around my area. Most women don't like grease monkeys, I myself being one of em.
Women need to earn a living just like anyone else. You have to take a job where someone will hire you.
 
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