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The Motorcycle Shop


A bucket of water. (Isn’t that standard for all scout skits?:)




The motorcycle dealer introduces himself and his shop. He stocks many types of motorcycles, and theyare all in excellent condition. In fact, he will demonstrate how good the are by making a sale to the next customer who walks in the door. First, he needs some volunteers from the audience.

Three are selected, and each is briefed quickly as he comes to the front. (Choose scapegoats who have similar characteristics to the motorcycle they will represent.) The first is to go slowly when started. The second will go very fast, almost losing its rider. The third should not go anywhere. The are lined up on their hands and knees facing the audience.

Now, says the dealer, you can see what fine motorcycles I have. A Scout walks in and asks if he has any motorcycles for sale. Of course, the dealer is eager to show his stock. This is a Smith (use the person’s name.) It’s only 200 cc’s, but a fine little machine. The dealer makes his sales pitch and invites the buyer to go for a ride.

The buyer straddles the Smith, raises himself up and mimics using the kick starter. The buyer makes motorcycle noises, not very energetically. He is “test driving” (straddles and walks) the Smith around in a slow circle, returning to the starting point. That’s too slow, says the buyer. Do you have something a little more powerful?

The next motorcycle is a 1000cc Yablonski. Again the buyer climbs on and operates the kick starter. The Yablonski roars to life and races around in a circle. The buyer can barely hold on. That’s way too fast! I could kill myself riding that hawg!

The dealer says he thinks he has just the right thing, a Jones he recently received on a trade-in. It’s in good condition and has about the right power. The buyer climbs on and tries to start it. He makes sputtering noises after each kick, but it won’t start. After several tries, he complains that something just isn’t right because the Jones won’t start. He gets off and stand looking at the motorcycle.

The dealer yells angrily to Joe, who is offstage. I thought I told you to put gas in the Jones! Joe replies, Sorry boss! I’ll do it right now! Joe runs in before Jones figures out what is going on, and pours a bucket of water or a gas can of water on Jones’ rear end.

Mike Harmer

I created this website back in 1996, and have slowly added content to it over the years. Some resources have been contributed by viewers and other people who love the outdoors.

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