That despising thing is what troubles me.
I understand how we can develop a fondness to our machines that's deeper than say, a toaster. I don't really get how people can be so devoted to a product that they mold it into every part of their life and personality.
Oh, that's very easy to understand for me, and I believe that it happens to some people more that others. Take me, for example - I'm a HUGE Steelers fan. It's a huge part of who I am, and it is part of what defines me. I mean, where I come from in PA, that's only natural! But, some people couldn't care less about sports. And, many of those people would also say, "I don't really get how people can be so devoted to a product that they mold it into every part of their life and personality".
But, it's the same concept, and maybe even easier with motorcycles. I mean, yes, you're emotionally invested in your favorite sports team. But with your motorcycle, you're also financially invested. You're also touching it, feeling it, and trusting your life with it. You're trusting that the wheel bearings won't fail when you're doing 65 in a curve on the freeway. You're trusting that the charging system won't leave you stranded 300 miles from home on a Sunday afternoon. You're trusting that the engine isn't going start leaking oil halfway to Nevada somewhere when you're on vacation.
Every time you successfully complete a ride (whether it's down the block to the store, or down the coast to Daytona), your trust in that machine is reaffirmed. And, over time, you begin to become devoted to it!
But to despise someone for enjoying a different product doesn't seem very "evolved". Oh hell; I hope I didn't just stir the pot.
LMFAO - well, of course you did! LOL!!!
Listen, motorcycle "enthusiasts" come in a lot of different forms. Some of them are very loyal to ONE brand. Some love a few brands. Still others aren't loyal to any brand, but hate some more than others.
Now, there's one brand that's often "targeted" - especially on this forum. Harley has a lot of REALLY die-hard fans. And, I have no problem with that. Some people really DO have a problem with that, though. Do you remember Big Worm? The guy that hated Lloyd, Me, Harley Davidson, and I'm pretty sure sunshine and America? LOL! That guy DESPISED anything and anybody even remotely related to HD.
Now, if you had a Harley Davidson once and had a bad experience, then I can understand you not liking it. But simply to hate it because it's the cool thing to do . . . well . . . that makes somebody silly. LOL!! Yet, it happens daily around here!
"Hey, man! I got a new air filter! Think I can outrun my friend's Harley now?"
"I need to paint 'KAWASAKI' all over my bike so nobody gets me confused with a Harley Rider!".
And, those zealots are on both sides of the fence, no doubt! And they're just as stupid, no matter what side they're on!