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It is the GEICO motorcycle commercial with the man made of money. Has anybody noticed he is riding a cheap metric with some cheezy saddlebags. Almost everybody he rides past has a bigger, nicer, more expensive ride than the man who is made of money and is shedding bills.

I am not knocking or critizing metric bikes. The man that is suppose to impress everybody with his money is riding the least expensive plainest bike. I think it is crazy funny, but everybody I point it out to just does not see the humor. I guess it is just one of the benefits of me living in my special world

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Victory motorcycles are also metric cruisers,


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really?

I always associated metric bikes with those made overseas.

If what you say is tru then all bikes can be considered metric, even Harley...

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It is the GEICO motorcycle commercial with the man made of money. Has anybody noticed he is riding a cheap metric with some cheezy saddlebags. Almost everybody he rides past has a bigger, nicer, more expensive ride than the man who is made of money and is shedding bills.

I am not knocking or critizing metric bikes. The man that is suppose to impress everybody with his money is riding the least expensive plainest bike. I think it is crazy funny, but everybody I point it out to just does not see the humor. I guess it is just one of the benefits of me living in my special world

Please-- nobody take offense.
I've not seen the commercial but it's apparent somebody took notice... and isn't that what they want?

Commercials I tend to notice most are the ones that obviously have something out of place.

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Look in most parts catalogs, Vics are in the metric section.

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really?

I always associated metric bikes with those made overseas.

If what you say is tru then all bikes can be considered metric, even Harley...
I guess you have never used an Allen key on your bike, or even read the manual?


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That's apparent. Harley will be metric before long.


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Yes Vic is considered a metric, but that is not the point I am trying to make, as there is nothing wrong with a Metric cruiser. My point is that the rider in the commercial is suppose to be made of money, but the bike he rides is very vanilla. No custom paint or aftermarket add ons. Seems to make their point, somebody could find him a custom build, Big Dog, CVO, Ness or anything more flashy than a C50 or VTX. For that matter a Fury would work.

AGAIN, nothing wrong with a Metric, but how many riders do you know that -if you gave them a lot of money- would be riding a low cost bike in stock configuration?

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The metric label has to do with the tooling of the bike. The US, Burma and Liberia are listed as the only three countries that have not adopted metric as their single standard. Victory is metric due to the 1975 Metric Conversion Act. Products already being made in the US were allowed to opt out. They had to show some sort of hardship cause to avoid changing but that has not been unilaterally enforced in all sectors as some just resist change.

In some circles the "Jap" bike name was a derogatory ID by those who didn't know enough about them to tell the difference. The quality of the bikes coming to North America soon proved them to be a superior product functionally and they were going to continue to increase in numbers despite the US tariffs. The metric term came from suppliers who recognized the size of the market and didn't want to offend all the Honda/Yamaha/Kawasaki riders. Metric was a more politically correct term that groups them for some to more easily understand. Riders within that group can certainly differentiate between the manufacturers and models so it's really a non-issue to most.
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