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Looks like a d-bag festival.
then u should fit right in
I have seen so many on other stories comment that this crowd looks like tools, d'bags, posers, etc. I wonder what kind of "crowd" do you all follow? the buckeye necklace, red/gray jersey kinda crowd? Everyone is always so worried about what other people do or do not do. Worry about your own self and let others be. I cannot believe how much time people spend worrying about what others do. IF you do not like the "biker life or look" do NOT buy a bike. Easy as that. I personally do NOT like the buckeye necklace life, so I do NOT own one!
You're worrying what others do as you post this.....and what is the buckeye necklace life anyway? WTF? Are you high? wow.
Scranton can't afford a bike so he feels he has to rip on the biker crowd. Feel sorry for him. lol. More Internet tough guy coming out. You should really change your name to Keyboard Warrior. So tough in the cyber world.
Bike week has always been a good time for the most part. Here's an honest question. Tell me one place where you get that many people coming and going and don't run into a few real idiots. The people who don't like bike week probably hate a lot of things in life and this is just one more thing on their B List.
It's sad when anyone has to form a sense of self-identity based on the brands they patronize, be those brands a clothing label, a vehicle manufacturer, or a sports team. It says "I'm not an interesting enough person on my own merit, but I bought this stuff, so that helps, right?" It's d-bag territory when those same people have to surround themselves with others who also patronize the same corporate marketing effort as a means of justifying and reinforcing their bought-and-paid-for identity. In the instance of bike week, this can be observed as an outsider by watching countless numbers of riders that confuse the Harley Owners Group for a motorcycle gang: They will wave at one another in order to feel that they are a part of something, but many won't wave at the guy on the sport bike, or the guy on the scooter, or the guy on the Goldwing. So it's obviously not about the activity as much as it is about the consumerism.
And before you use the "so-and-so is just jealous because he can't afford a bike" line, remember that the sole purpose of H-D Finance is to get anyone that walks through the doors of a dealership financed on a bike, along with an official H-D Finance credit card to buy as many factory logo'd shirts and jackets and jeans and boots and 'upgrade' parts and stickers for the back of their SUV. At heart, the Harley Davidson Motor Company isn't about freedom, or a lifestyle, it's about a CEO and a board of directors, a stock ticker symbol, shareholders, and quarterly earnings reports. Keep that in mind the next time you think about getting a registered corporate trademark tattoo on your body.
What business isn't out to get people to buy their product and any accessory associated with it. I don't see you complaining about Apple as you respond on your ipad.
I don't use an iPad, but the same criteria applies to Apple: People who are fanatical and obsessive about Apple products to the point of adorning themselves in Apple apparel and plastering a giant Apple sticker on the back of their SUV, and seeking attention and affirmation in their purchase by deliberately drawing attention to their Apple product(s) are quite likely lacking in self-confidence and sense of identity. The notable difference is Apple products are generally regarded as being innovative and of a high build quality, whereas the only thing the rest of the motorcycle industry finds envious about Harley-Davidson is their ability to profitably market a product to geriatrics with declining testosterone levels.
Not real sure why you are against all the marketing of items. People buy things and wear outfits or become members of clubs for all sorts of reasons. I wear Nike because they are comfortable. I personally like the sound and look of Harley Davidson. I use HP computers because they have worked for me. If you like a product, team or are a coin collector why not show it? If you are so afraid to be part of something or show support for something then you must just set around in a dark room all by yourself with no human contact except on a computer or something of sorts. I wear Steelers stuff everyday. Why? Because I enjoy football and the feeling it gives me to watch it on my tv. It sounds as if you are upset that a company would be able to market items successfully and make money. Harley may market to the declining testy like you say, but I don't think so. The "crotch rockets" are marketed to "boys with no balls". I think your whole comment is nothing more than jealousy about companies and people that enjoy life the way they want to enjoy it. Maybe you should try to get out and meet these people that adorn themselves w/ Apple apparel, or Harley apparel. I think you may find a few things out about yourself. Most people don't seek the attention you think. Sounds as if you have missed a little motherly attention. You sound extremely bitter and jealous about people and company "things". Get out in the sunshine more. Vitemin D may help your mindset. My opinion
The 'Freedom™' and 'Lifestyle®' marketing, I can't really fault. That, along with a few key corporate decisions, collectively saved a failing company that had been losing customers for years. But we can all laugh at the people that fall for the marketing, just as we can laugh at the people that will spend $80 on a pair of Nikes and never do anything more athletic than run to the door when the pizza guy shows up. In the past 25 years, the only thing Nike has done better than any other Southeast-Asian sweat shop athletic shoe company is marketing.
I didn't miss out on any motherly attention; In fact, my parents taught me the value of a dollar, and to be able to make my own decisions, based on my own judgement, without the need for peer approval. They taught me that herd mentality and following a flock was ignorant at best, and dangerous at times. And most importantly, they taught me that dressing up like some Hollywood stereotype and pounding light beers down in a parking lot was a pretty ridiculous way to kill brain cells.
You really must be a very boring person. You own all plain shirts w/ no logos or anything, wear a burlap sack for pants so Wrangler jeans won't sucker you into their marketing strategy of more crotch room and you go barefoot or wear uncomfortable shoes because Nike somehow p*ssed you off. It sound as if your parents did a fine job of raising a paranoid. As for the herd mentality, etc. you speak of, that usually comes from the people that believe the gov't lied about the moon landing, bombed the WTC, and jet contrails are mind-controlling. I believe you make your judgement calls on what fears your parents have put into you. Following a flock alot of times is called a party, peer aproval will mean you made a hell of a catch playing baseball, and spending extra money on something you'd get more enjoyment from is just downright enjoyable. You should try living once. It's nice. And there is a lot of other ways to kill brain cells if that's what you wish. Yap. I would believe you would be the life of the party or crowd. If they are at a funeral and EVERYONE was dead. Good day.
I own a HD. I don't live to ride, but I do enjoy it. Your posts are ridiculous. Nobody is forcing you to buy a Harley.
Senor clowns philosophy...dont eat or buy anything that targets consumers to buy more of their product.....or at least dont buy things this person thinks are worthless.
Its called freedom to buy whatever we want. Get over it.