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Old 05-22-2012, 07:06 AM   #856
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Whole thing was retarded. Is that standard operating procedure nowadays?
I've seen some crazy stuff these days. I normally hold our NH state troopers in very high regard. My experience has been that they are usually a notch (or more!) better trained and more professional than the local yokals. Yet in recent years they have started doing things that makes me question that.

One of the more interesting stunts is that they will stand outside their cruisers in the middle of a multi-lane, divided highway zoned at 65 MPH where the prevailing traffic is doing well over 70. I have seen them walk 2 lanes out into a busy, 4 lane interchange to flag down a driver in the left lane.

In this day-in-age of texting, phone bound, distracted drivers, that kind of behavior seems retarded indeed. Does not seem like an "if", but rather a "when" will they will get hit.

There is a MA state trooper that haunts my commute. I've not had any personal run-ins with him-knock on wood. But I know others that have. Word has it he has some sort of Rambo complex and is quite intense. He dresses in all black utilities. He mostly seems to bother commercial traffic, but I've seen him with a passenger car stopped nose in, in front, like you describe. Maybe the maneuver was called for, but somehow I doubt it.
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Old 05-22-2012, 08:10 AM   #857
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Last week, while riding the r65 home from work, I pull up next to a local moto-cop on his Harley. As traffic moves, I end up slightly ahead of him and in the middle lane, while he is in the left lane. Because I don't have a speedometer or tach, I just kept the moto-cop in my rear-view and pace him.

The far right lane merges into my lane and as it does so some young guy on a sport bike, in proper squid attire (shorts, t-shirt, flip-flops and a full-faced helmet) screams by me on the right and cuts off a couple cars ahead of me, weaving in and out between lanes/cars. I immediately glance in my left rear-view and see the moto-cop flip on his lights, so I move over to the right side of my lane and the cop takes that opening and roars by me, in full pursuit. I would estimate 50mph or so (in a 30mph zone).

I watch as they weave in and out of traffic. At one point, a car started to change lanes when the driver saw the moto-cop and when the cop started to change lanes to go around, the car jerked BACK. The cop had to do some quick maneuvering so it didn't end up through the back windshield of the car. I was pretty impressed how the cop tossed that big Harley around.

It ended without drama as the squid eventually saw the moto-cop and pulled over.
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Old 05-22-2012, 11:49 AM   #858
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I counted 14 motorcycles and 2 scooters on the first floor of my building's parking ramp today. The bikes range from a little wr250 and nighthawk 250 all the way to a cbr1000rr and dl1000. The ramp is free for all two wheeled vehicles with designated parking slots, security cameras and an old security guard who patrols the ramp on a little yellow 50cc scooter.
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Old 05-22-2012, 12:06 PM   #859
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Any Michiganders, watch that interchange. I'm aware of the State cops, who are all over that area, but this was Romulus. Had no idea where he came from.
The stretch of 94 between Willow Run and 275 is the worst, absolute worst stretch for cops. The Romulus PD patrols in innocuous-looking Chargers and Magnums (yes, the wagons). They're ruthless, and that stretch is so wide open and easy to speed on. Watch out indeed!
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Old 05-23-2012, 04:29 AM   #860
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I was pretty impressed how the cop tossed that big Harley around.
They are impressive, aren't they? Spent hours watching yootoobe of them doing those parking lot cone course drills and competitions.
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Old 05-24-2012, 05:43 AM   #861
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Headed home going down High St. in Portsmouth (4 lanes). Some dude in an old Caddy rolls through a stop sign from a side street on my right, and pulls right out in front of me. I dodge to the left to avoid him and continue on my merry way 'til we come to the next light. He's stopped right beside me, so I ask him, "Did you even see me at all when you pulled out in front of me?" He replied, "Yeah, but you should've been in the other lane anyway."
Seriously?! Light turned green, so with a sincere FYYFF, I continued on my merry way. Oh the joy of commuting in Hampton Roads.
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Old 05-24-2012, 06:02 AM   #862
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Word has it he has some sort of Rambo complex and is quite intense.
That narrows it down to about 98.7% of the entire Mass Statie force
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Old 05-24-2012, 06:31 AM   #863
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I was in a work truck coming home down I-81 yesterday and saw part of Rolling Thunder go by. What a complete and utter cluster. There were parts where bikes were stopped dead in both lanes. Traffic was backed up for miles and miles.

It truly was one of the most screwed up group rides I have ever seen. Of course it was huge, but damn what a mess. I have never been happier to be headed the other way even if I wasn't on a bike.

Good on them for doing the ride and their reasons, but wow.
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Old 05-24-2012, 06:42 AM   #864
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Headed home going down High St. in Portsmouth (4 lanes). Some dude in an old Caddy rolls through a stop sign from a side street on my right, and pulls right out in front of me. I dodge to the left to avoid him and continue on my merry way 'til we come to the next light. He's stopped right beside me, so I ask him, "Did you even see me at all when you pulled out in front of me?" He replied, "Yeah, but you should've been in the other lane anyway."

Not that he was right but he did have a point. Not only is it true but it is also courteous to change lanes to allow other road users to use the curb lane to enter the roadway when traffic allows.

Were you not being a little selfish/obstinate by holding onto a lane another wanted to use? Just a little?

I hope you learned from this.
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Old 05-24-2012, 07:00 AM   #865
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Not that he was right but he did have a point. Not only is it true but it is also courteous to change lanes to allow other road users to use the curb lane to enter the roadway when traffic allows.

Why were you being so selfish/obstinate with your lane choice?

I hope you learned from this.
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Old 05-24-2012, 07:01 AM   #866
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Please share with the class just what it is that you feel is so "Dumb"

A rider should be assertiive. If there is something a rider can do to not impede the progress of another road user then it should be done IMO.

Also the lane change should have been done to help the Caddy driver see the rider. This was a non-issue made into an issue unnecessarily IMO
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Old 05-24-2012, 07:17 AM   #867
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Headed home going down High St. in Portsmouth (4 lanes). Some dude in an old Caddy rolls through a stop sign from a side street on my right, and pulls right out in front of me. I dodge to the left to avoid him and continue on my merry way 'til we come to the next light. He's stopped right beside me, so I ask him, "Did you even see me at all when you pulled out in front of me?" He replied, "Yeah, but you should've been in the other lane anyway."
Seriously?! Light turned green, so with a sincere FYYFF, I continued on my merry way. Oh the joy of commuting in Hampton Roads.
Guy sounds old enough to know to pull into the left lane instead of pulling out in front of someone.

There's stuff that's fallen by the wayside that makes life better for all involved: Don't pull out in front of someone and go slow being one of the biggest.

So while the rider in this instance *could/should* have pulled over to the other lane, he shouldn't *have* to.

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Old 05-24-2012, 07:18 AM   #868
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Why were you being so selfish/obstinate with your lane choice?

I hope you learned from this.
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Old 05-24-2012, 07:32 AM   #869
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On a 4 laner, I stay out of the curb lane as much as possible. Almost all of the 4 lane roads around here have a center left turn lane, so left turners never hold up traffic.
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Maybe it's not WHAT you say, but HOW you say it Dakez

You are probably right. Pre coffee knee-jerk acknowledged. (and edited)
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