Can't let all of this fly. My responses below.
Skunk Adam Wrote:
> Dude, seriously? You have to portray this like
> Local dude (OP) is invited on a ride with us every
> month. He's not part of our gang, though he talks
> like he is.
Nobody's ever told me how one becomes an official "member"; has seemed casual enough that if you show up on rides, get along with everyone and hang out, then you're part of the gang. How does one became an "official member"? Actually, maybe I don't care any more.
> We invite him along because he's
> generally nice and friendly, very enthusiastic. A
> few times he has asked if he could come on his
> electric bicycle or motorcycle, when his moped was
> working just fine. We asked that if he comes, he
> come on his moped, since it's a moped ride.
The few times I asked about bringing my electric bike or motorcycle were ONLY times when either I did not own a moped yet or my moped was NOT working right. The "motorcycle" I asked about bringing a couple times is a 1975 Honda CT90, and I let that be known. I've seen other CT90's on at least 2-3 group rides, and they seem to fit right in.
> He bought a bright yellow helmet mohawk "to match
> his yellow moped". We're not down with those. It's
> not like we're trying to tell people how to
> express themselves or how not to, we're simply
> saying "not on our ride". It would simply lead to
> people mocking him behind his back (it's a helmet
> mohawk, hard to resist) and other types of
> negativity. Not cool. Things that would be nice to
Isn't the problem more with the people mocking someone wearing a harmless helmet mohawk, rather than with the person wearing the helmet mohawk?
> The only dudes in San Diego who have helmet
> mohawks are douchey crotch rocket riders who have
> no friends (probably because they don't want to
> ride with the dude wearing a helmet mohawk) who
> show off to try to impress everybody else. We'd
> rather steer away from that.
I saw several dudes on awesome tricked out, lowered, stretched Honda Ruckuses with helmet mohawks at the annual Scooter Toy Run in December at Motorsports Scooters. They had friends. And lots of admirers. Their bikes were awesome and so were their mohawks.
> He has the option to ride with us, he has the
> option to not ride with us. It's super simple.
> Again, never once did we tell him that he can't
> express himself. If anybody is going to express
> themselves, Steven is that guy. But if we're
> hosting the ride, and we ask that you not wear a
> helmet mohawk on our ride, it's not time to go try
> to get the internet behind you on a crusade to
> "prove us wrong". It's our ride, man. We reserve
> the right to ask that you don't bring that.
> Aside from that, go rock the shit out of the
> thing. Let us know how it goes when you pull up
> next to one of those crotch rocket douchenozzles.
To each his own I guess, but I'm with Pepe le Pew, the original skunk with a mohawk: http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/lists/2010/05/11/pepe_le_pew.jpg