Rick, did I miss something or did you not let us in on your handle? I am going to guess it was a toy from your youth. Or, possibly you used to work at the circus?
Work for the circus!! You're killin me here!! HAhaha!!
No, nothing so noble.
Long story, I'll try to keep it short.
I had an 11 year hiatus from riding, so my current group of coworkers had no idea I was a biker. Now admittedly, most of my riding experience before the Versys was dirt bike or dual sport. So to get back into riding again, I bought a brand spanking new DRZ 400S. I'd mentioned it to the fellas & they were shocked, not knowing I had a wild side (heh heh), so naturally they wanted me to ride it to work. And I wanted to ride it too, but you know military installations & their vehicle rules. At that time, you had to register it on base & get a sticker, which you had to display for the gate guards.
So it took a few days, but I eventually rode it to work. Now, I am a 6' 1" man, with quite a girth. I think I was around 240 or 250 at the time. It's been a few years, but that's probably about right. So I looked HUGE on that little DRZ. And wouldn't you know it, the first morning I rode it to work, quite a few of the fellas gathered out in the parking lot & were waiting for me to pull in. As I'm riding up, I see the group. "Ah looky there", I thought, "a fan club!" I'm all feeling proud of myself, and grinning like a 'possum. I pull up in front of 'em, put the kickstand down, shut the bike off & dismount. As I take my helmet off, struggling past my super wide smile, one of the group said quite loud, "You look like a bear on a bicycle!!" And the whole group busted up laughing.
Needless to say, this took the wind out of my sails at he moment, but as I thought about it, it fit. And it was pretty damned funny!! So shortly thereafter, I joined my very first internet forum, ThumperTalk, as Bear on a bicycle. And I found this bitchin avatar, so I've stayed BOAB ever since.
Oh, and a follow up, one of the guys told me shortly after I got the Versys that I didn't look like a bear on a bicycle any more. He said I finally bought a grown up bike.