Thursday, November 20, 2014

Dr. Frazier’s Old BMW Pig in a Poke

The 1981 R80G/S was a pig in a poke. To sell it using the Internet screamed caveat emptor but seemed the easiest way to find it a new home. 

The Internet ad displayed photographs and described the bike as being “a runner,” and selling “as is.” The seller tried to market the BMW honorably, using the old business saying of “when you proffer the pig, open the poke,” meaning show the buyer what they were getting. This adage dated back to when cats and dogs were often substituted for the more expensive pork by sellers trying to trick buyers, and thus later followed the saying “letting the cat (or dog) out of the bag.” In the case of the vintage BMW R80G/S the seller was trying to prove to the buyer the motorcycle was no dog, but really a quality Bavarian pork, albeit old pork with a questionable 50,000 miles on the odometer. 

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