The Improbable Bulk
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Wilkes-Barre, PA
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Just curious, do Honda engineers design Kawasakis? I don't ride motorcycles, but I thought these were different companies.
Your friend doesn't think that other bikes are engineered by engineers? Of course they are...
Comparing the LBS employee to the engineers is not the right comparison... He should be comparing the LBS employees with the Walmart employees, or the bicycle engineers with the motorcycle engineers.
I wouldn't rub in that he has made a mistake, but if he gets snotty, just ask him why he thinks a motorcycle company can make a better bicycle than a bicycle company... They are totally different machines that just happen to share some technology, like spokes, two wheels and bearings... and even these are implemented differently between motorcycles and bicycles.
And again, Kawasaki is not likely to have anything to do with that bike beyond a marketing agreement to allow the manufacturer to use the name. And if they are actually manufacturing, then how come they don't have a bike in the Tour de France? I don't follow the sport, but I wonder... Are there Kawasaki bicycles in professional mountain bike races?
I do agree with an earlier comment, at least your friend has a bike. Be supportive of his riding, and also if he finds himself losing interest... if that happens, maybe you can help him find a bike he'll be excited about for longer.
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