When Did Apple’s Siri Turn into My Mother?

06/17/2014 @ 1:13 pm, by Jensen Beeler13 COMMENTS


Not too long ago I had to replace the clutch on my track bike, as I had a track day rapidly approaching that weekend. Driving around to get the parts I needed, I turned to Siri on my iPhone for help in finding a nearby Yamaha dealer, as I knew that the clutch plates would need to be ordered that day (with only a couple hours left in the work day) and overnighted to me, if I was to get my R1 ready in time.

A couple verbal commands later (along with a couple chuckles over how Siri pronounces “Yamaha”), and something funny happened. Siri decided to give me a little life advice on my two-wheeled inclinations, with a “now, you be careful on that thing” comment.

The first time it happened caught me completely off-guard, and was good for a few minutes of chuckling. But then I got worried. Had I finally lost it? Did that really just happen? It took maybe a dozen more tries before I could get Siri to repeat herself, but the below screenshot is the fruits of that labor.

I have yet to replicate the comment again, and it’s interesting that the same command produced a number of different Yamaha dealers near the A&R office. There are several long lists of interesting Siri comebacks, and it looks like motorcyclists have their own contribution to add now.


Let us know in the comments if you’ve got a motherly Siri in your pocket as well.

  • They Cynic in me finds this sort of thing pretty disturbing. Apple probably thought they were/are being cute. I see this a just another example of how the USA sees motorcycling as something dangerous that people should avoid.

  • Maybe if the fatality rate in motorcycle crashes was lower, that would be the case. I don’t see the AMA helping with that issue anytime soon though, so…

  • @Jensen -It’s true… I forget how so much of the US isn’t California… or even the Bay Area where still only 60% of riders wear protective gear. (no study, just a guess)

  • Apple could have added so many other cool comments from Siri that would have made loyal Apple customers of a lot of people.

  • Don’t worry…Siri may disappear altogether very soon. Samsung is in talks to purchase Nuance. Nuance provides the technology behind Siri. Apple and Samsung are cutthroat competitors.


  • Chris Blair

    I didn’t think it was possible for me to hate Apple even more…

  • paulus

    Harmless fun.
    Glad to see the guys at SIR/Apple have a sense of humour

  • fangio agostini

    Siri – “The GPS tells me we are going at a steady 150MpH. Should I call the police?”

  • Gutterslob

    Siri needs a new vibrator, me thinks.

  • jimmy smith JR

    @Fangio Agostini

    Siri- “Nevermind my question, I’m just f*cking calling the police.”

  • Slangbuster

    Want a good laugh ? Give Siri a compliment, swear at her for not following directions or ask her some personal questions What are you wearing? Etc…. Pretty funny.

  • proudAmerican

    “Siri–find a Yamaha motorcycle dealer near Oakland California.”

    “I’m sorry Hal. I can’t do that…”

  • proudAmerican

    @ Above–Sorry, wrong character.

    Hal @ Dave:

    “I’m sorry Dave. I can’t do that…”