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    Quote Originally Posted by eddie21 View Post
    I still feel resentment and disappointment that a lot of men don't give women the respect they have earned and deserve.
    Men are kind of good at shooting themselves in the foot. Our local Lordco have a few women working behind the parts counter and they're my go to people when I go there. They're polite, they know their stuff and are efficient and accurate in what they do. They don't just grunt at you like most of the guys do. I work IT and more and more women are working support roles at many major help desks. I find the same thing there too and without the know-it-all attitude and ego. And get this, a recent survey I saw in a biz mag pitted women department heads and CEOs again men and women were more likely to get better funding and budget increases than their male counterparts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GSXR7ED View Post
    Tamara, I'm curious...were these big galoops (over 6ft tall) or dudes less than 5' 10"? I'm not gonna ask if they had pot bellies but you can elaborate.

    One should avoid judging a book by its cover but it seems a difficult task for both sexes.

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    They were probably between 5' 10" and 6' and no pot bellies. I swear a prerequisite to work at this Triumph/Kawi/etc shop is to be male models of varying ages. By comparison, I'm a smidge over 5' tall and barely tip the scale at 100# but I wear a snazzy armored jacket .

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    Quote Originally Posted by trtsmb View Post
    They were probably between 5' 10" and 6' and no pot bellies. I swear a prerequisite to work at this Triumph/Kawi/etc shop is to be male models of varying ages. By comparison, I'm a smidge over 5' tall and barely tip the scale at 100# but I wear a snazzy armored jacket .
    So, we're talking high visibility dealerships...and here in Florida? (I just noticed your location)

    I hit up a motorcycle shop in Las Cruces, NM looking for the spring that goes in the oil filter and was kindly directed to a local hardware store.

    They really size you up (generalized term) when you walk into any specialized establishment. I would hope it's to determine their approach in a professional manner.

    Some customers may make it easy to poke fun at; the catch is for the representative not to come across condescending.

    Meeting a petite woman as yourself would initially prompt curiosity that would allow easy conversation. I'm amazed at the degree of confidence and presentation just by listening.

    No matter what, my guess is that you're a breath of fresh air to those that appreciate mechanical aptitude.


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    The fact that you infer my non-acceptance is what I'm talking about. (31Jan2021)
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    I will admit to a bit of that bias here to.We walked up to the parts department of the local dealer,the was a man and woman there.I was somehow surprised when the woman knew exactly what I was asking for.Yes I should know better

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    Quote Originally Posted by GSXR7ED View Post
    So, we're talking high visibility dealerships...and here in Florida? (I just noticed your location)

    They really size you up (generalized term) when you walk into any specialized establishment. I would hope it's to determine their approach in a professional manner.

    Some customers may make it easy to poke fun at; the catch is for the representative not to come across condescending.

    Meeting a petite woman as yourself would initially prompt curiosity that would allow easy conversation. I'm amazed at the degree of confidence and presentation just by listening.

    No matter what, my guess is that you're a breath of fresh air to those that appreciate mechanical aptitude.


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    This one did a massive build out a couple years ago and I think their egos have become a tad large. Admittedly, I don't see a lot of women ride in our area and that might have some bearing on the way I get treated when I walk in especially if I'm with my friend (6' 5").

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    Quote Originally Posted by SVSooke View Post
    I will admit to a bit of that bias here to.We walked up to the parts department of the local dealer,the was a man and woman there.I was somehow surprised when the woman knew exactly what I was asking for.Yes I should know better
    When I go to the parts department, I wait to see who acknowledges me. The parts area seems to be the general congregation area at our shop so I never know who actually is a parts person.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trtsmb View Post
    This one did a massive build out a couple years ago and I think their egos have become a tad large. Admittedly, I don't see a lot of women ride in our area and that might have some bearing on the way I get treated when I walk in especially if I'm with my friend (6' 5").
    It's good to hear you venture out with a buddy; especially one so obvious. Good chat...seeya!


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    The fact that you infer my non-acceptance is what I'm talking about. (31Jan2021)
    Quote Originally Posted by GSXR7ED
    Forums are pretty much unrecognizable conversations; simply because it's a smorgasbord of feedback...from people we don't know. It's not too difficult to ignore the things that need to be bypassed.

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    Oh, they definitely size you up right away (and categorize you if they're idiots)

    My buddy Joe made a bunch of money in the tech boom, but, he works from home and his typical attire is Birkenstocks, sweat pants, T shirt and flannel shirt. He puts on jeans when he goes out in public.

    He had a friend who was down on his luck and needed a new car, so Joe went into the Dodge dealer looking for a used Caravan. He found one and being a savvy negotiator, he was in the office for a while. His wife got bored and wandered the lot. She comes back in and says "honey, come with me" , so they go look at a Jaguar XK8 on the lot. He test drives it and starts to negotiate the deal for both cars.

    The salesman balks at this, saying Joe can't afford the Jag. Joe threatens to go elsewhere and they hammer out a price for both cars. His wife then writes a check for both cars and the salesman is floored by the cash payment.

    The additional irony here is that Joe is 6'6" and used to be Mr. Goodwrench.

    So, gender or looks, there's lots of people in sales who are not up on the modern world
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    Couldn't come up with a one liner when I posted the other day, but it came to me at the crack of dawn this morning. It all hinges on the delivery, and you would have to look the presumptuous offender in the eye and say something like this. " You know, if you were about three hat sizes smaller, I would let you ride pillion on mine!

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