Commuting…The strange. The Odd… And the FUN

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by DAKEZ, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. khager

    khager Long timer

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    Ok so here's mine. Going to work in morning rush hour traffic, 4 lane divided interstate, Im in the left lane going 40-50 mph (fast as traffic allows), older bubba truck gets on the Fwy from my right, only he doesn't stop at the right lane and he keeps coming over into my lane, obviously he doesn't see me, so I hit my horn, as I am simultaneously rolling on the throttle, and moving to the left shoulder, he realizes I am there, and jerks it back into his lane. So after I go by, he gets over into the left lane behind me, and starts tailgating me, (I think he is pissed because I blew my horn and startled him) so I tap my rear brake to try to get him to back off, he moves up closer, I tap it again, then he turns on his brights, and is now what seems like three feet off my rear tire,:eek1 we are probably doing 30-40 mph now as traffic is slowing, up ahead traffic is stopped, I shot right up the middle without hitting my brakes until I was 3 or 4 cars up. I heard screeching tires, looked in my mirrors to see Bubba 90 degrees to the car in front of him, lifted up my face shield as the smoke drifted by, ahhhh love the smell of fresh rubber in the morning.:lol3
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  2. dbuzz

    dbuzz Citizen of the world

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    It was a lovely day as I headed home from the salt mine along with 3/4 of the population. Friday afternoons are like that. Traffic was heavy but flowing well along 4 lanes. The sun was shining and the birds were singing and I was in a tralalalala mood just mooching along at the speed limit. Then ... splosh .... some liquid hits the ground just in front of me after issuing out the passenger window of the trayback ute in front ...

    WTF :eek1 and I prepared to evade the container that would be sailing out the window next.... Hmmm no container ... thinks 'nobnut' and went back to tralalala mode.

    Splosh ...splosh .... out the window of the ute ... splosh .....

    OMFG .... thats vomit :eek1

    did it get me:(: ... oh yuk, oh kak ... oh eeeeeuw :eek1:puke1:puke1

    The benefits of a decent following gap are now clear to me :lol2
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  3. Some Mook

    Some Mook Goin' Down Slow

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    Traveling southbound on I-77 south of Beckley, WV.

    Speed limit is 70mph.

    Grade at the I-64 interchange forces big rigs to slow to 55 or less.

    Michigan plated SUV (Ford Expedition) towing a trailer is in left lane riding next to a big rig, and matching it's slowing speed - backing up left lane traffic behind it. I-64 west merges into I-77 south and adds a far left lane for a thousand yards, so I pulled into that lane and when parallel to the driver of the SUV, I looked over, he looked at me and I made a repetative jerking motion with my left hand in the vicinity of my crotch.

    I then proceeded at the speed limit and distanced him by about a 1/4 mile after moving into the right lane.

    He finally passed the big truck and merged into the right lane behind me.

    Saw him gaining speed in my mirrors, then he whipped left and passed me at a high rate of speed, cut in front of me and then almost lost control with his trailer swaying all over the place when he had to hit the brakes to make a curve.

    He was being pushed by his trailer back and forth across the two lanes for about half a mile before he finally got it slowed back down and steady in one lane.

    After he slowed, I passed him again at the speed limit and he disappeared behind me.

    Guess he didn't like being called (pantomined) a jerk-off for obliviously obstructing the 'passing' lane, but he obviously scared himself pretty good when he couldn't control his rig on the road in question.
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  4. WVhillbilly

    WVhillbilly Long timer

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    He probably forgot he had the trailer back there:D bet he remembered in a hurry when it started yanking him around.
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  5. King_Panther13

    King_Panther13 Been here awhile

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    Today I had one that got me worked up for a little while..which hasn't happened in a long time.

    Coming down a two lane road in a residential/somewhat commercial area and some asswipe in a white SUV decides that he needs to turn left and go through me to get onto his road. I lay on my horn, and he stops, though I never slowed down (slowing down would have guaranteed hitting him, maintaining speed or speeding up would have squeezed me by).

    So I'm already a bit stirred up, amazed at how you can have such a huge field of vision, but be so stupid to not see something as easy to see as a motorcycle. Then at the next damn intersection/light, not even ten seconds had passed, and some WHALE of a woman in a tiny little sports car came skidding in the right turn lane, and just barely stopped before turning in front of me. Now I was a bit pissed, as I had to use my horn twice in the time frame of a minute -.-.

    So coming up to the light after that, I turn into the left turning lane, and see the Whale cut out of the line of traffic and come up behind me at breakneck speed...just to do the classic "stop really fast an inch from someone's rear" that most Florida drivers practice. So I tried a "trick" that I've read on these forums....I started backing up. Not enough to touch her car, but enough to tell her "back off, fatass."

    Light turns green, I took off, and get in line for the next light (these lights are spaced way too closely -.-). I see her come around slowly, and I position myself to split lanes just in case. She of course speeds up when she gets on the straight road...that leads to the LINE OF STOPPED CARS AT THE RED LIGHT. And then performs her "stop an inch from the rear" trick again. I was furious. I figured at this point, either she just didn't get it, or she was SO fat that her car was unable to stop her fat carcass in a decent amount of time.

    This time I backed up enough to rest on her bumper, looked back and did a "WTF IS WRONG WITH YOU?! CHOKING ON A BIG MAC OR SOMETHING?!" gesture. So of course after the light turns green, she's tailgating me. This is one of the worst roads in existence that I'm on....everybody will line up bumper to bumper in the left lane doing five under, and the right lane will contain either people trying to pass the idiots in the left at breakneck speeds, or the people doing about fifteen under.

    I wanted to get away from who was obviously a danger to me, so I got in behind a "breakneck passer" who then turned into a "15 under cruiser" ended up getting back into the left lane....tried passing again, but AGAIN stuck behind a "15 under cruiser" and then thought "forget this" and split (there was plenty of space...and no, I don't have that bad perception of my own speed, I was glancing at my speedo the whole time. The left lane truly was going five under at most). I had to turn right anyhow at the light that was approaching, so it worked out.

    Saw Shamu in my mirrors, but was able to make it through a yellow thus ending the madness of just another Florida driver.

    After this whole ordeal I felt mad for the first time in a while after a ride. It took me a bit to calm down, but ugh...the ignorance of some people really gets on my nerves. I understand that I was being a nuisance when I had to speed+split to get away from Shamu, but I honestly did not feel safe around her for both of our sakes...as if I would have had her next to me at a light, it would have been really hard to resist the urge to give her a nice dent in her door. She was an obvious danger after witnessing her stop late, and after the incessant tailgating. Some people just don't get it.

    Yeah I could've pulled over and let her pass, keyboard warriors. But I didn't want one overweight ignoramus make me late for class.

    Lessons learned: Hurry up and install my damn stebel. Filtering is good. Even though it's illegal, just use it to get away from the morons and the unsafe. Oh, and don't get worked up so much anymore. I should be used to this by now >,>. My anger didn't do much to help the situation. It's just been a while that I've had one *this* bad.
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  6. stubmw

    stubmw some what aloof

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    About 15 years ago was, heading to work down the interstate about 4:30 in the morning and still dark. Minimal traffic, but suddenly up ahead I see the few vehicals on the road brake lights and swerving. Concerned, I slowed way down and when I get up ahead there is some Rastafarian dude (dread locks), running around naked on the interstate. :lol3
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  7. khager

    khager Long timer

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    :thumb I think everybody should filter at least once, so they are not afraid to do it in an emergency. Just another tool Motorcyclist's can use. I've used it more than once to get away from a road rager, or somebody not paying attention. Of course with the traffic here that is almost always an option, maybe not for most people.
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  8. CoolHand Luke

    CoolHand Luke Can it core a apple?

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    Typical :asshat - when its their own technique in question its never acting like a dick :D .
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  9. DAKEZ

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    Fair enough asshat, so now that you have made it clear that you have a reading comprehension problem do you have any "strange. The Odd… And the FUN" Stories you would like to share?

    Of coarse it could be that in my attempt to make the thread opener short and readable I left enough room for misinterpretation for trolling dicks. Or maybe you were visiting Oregon driving a Black Mercedes. :lol3
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  10. Offcamber

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    Today I almost took out a pedestrian. She bolted out into the road no where near a cross walk or cross street. Luckily I saw her just in time....got to practice my quick stop. Didn't even have time to blow the horn. she saw me at the last moment so tragedy averted....She new she almost bought it and was in the wrong as she stopped half way across and waived me by....

    Be careful out there.....
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  11. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    :thumb Good heads up riding there Offcamber!
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  12. DAKEZ

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    :nod
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  13. roswellj

    roswellj ARGHventurer

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    On the way home from work last week. I pull onto the freeway that I ride every day. It has a limit of 110(kmph) so I'm travelling at right on the speed limit. Come up behind a black audi doing about 10 under so I move to overtake. As I'm passing he speeds up. I'm ending up sitting on 120 and he is not letting me pass so I slow back down and pull back in behind him. He then slows back down to about 10 under the limit. So I think stuff this and decide to nail him quickly, pull out and try to pass him and get in front. Look in my mirrors and he is coming up behind me really quick and starts overtaking me back.
    At this point I decide im going to try to ruin his day. Coming up in about 2km is a crest of a hill where just over the crest nearly every friday evening is a cop with a speed gun. I start getting the speed up, getting him up to about 135 then just before the crest of the hill I slow right down to the speed limit.
    He goes over the crest going between 130-140 i reckon and as I follow him over I see the welcome sight of those blue and red flashing lights. I slow right down as I pass him pulled over on the side of the road and give him a nice friendly wave before taking off up the freeway on my own again.
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  14. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    :lol3 What is it with peeps in Black German cars? :dunno
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  15. MotoTex

    MotoTex Miles of Smiles

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    One little trick that can leave an impression on folks that stop close behind is to wait until the light changes, then put the sidestand down climb off and pretend to be monkeying with something on the bike.

    Shamu would have been stuck, probably sounding her horn and might re-think the concept of not leaving herself an out by stopping a little farther back next time.

    If she were to honk, you could do what a friend of mine once did. Slowly walk up to her car and ask if she honked the horn. Once she acknowledges this tell her, "The horn is designed as an attention-getting device and I just wanted you to know that you have my full and undivided attention."

    No matter what, her behavior of "pushing" traffic will have backfired and she will be held up in a big way.

    Have a little fun with it next time. Even if you are late, you'll be laughing all the way to class. :lol3
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  16. IheartmyNx

    IheartmyNx Ihave2draft

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    Ok. here's one of my most recent...


    I live on the extreme west side. We have places that are uncrowded, then go to city just like that.

    I pull up to a light where it is marked left turn, but straight ahead is a lane. Sprawl is just so fast, and the DOT so slow they haven't marked it with a straight AND left turn arrow yet... or I'll ASSume...


    So, knowing full well where I am, I pull up to a red light behind one cager, and two Harley's are sitting there rumbling and shooting the shit with each other...
    Wives/ol' ladies/bitches on pylon, not a stitch of gear between the 4.

    They were at a stop since the light came into view and could have proceeded several times... IF they bothered to care or read the laws that pertain to them.

    So, not wanting to possibly be crushed by a careless cager coming from behind, I split and pull up to the light to wait till I can go... And subsequently piss off a few oblivious-to-law, "bikers".

    So I pull up beside, and biker A immediately looks over at me and back to biker B and with a pft! says what is this shit?

    Looks at me and starts telling me how smart that move was and it was illegal and makes bikers look bad...

    Me, WTF and I just look straight... Thinking the logic of explaining the physics of a 250 dirtbike sandwiched between two cars might be too much to explain.

    Biker A revs the piss out of his bike about 3 times and I think great, there goes a gallon of gas right there, but at least someone got something out of the deal (the chick on pylon:lol3)

    So eventually light turns, all I hear is blah blah blah from the Harly's exhaust as we both race off, and he never pulls beside me...

    I hold up my hand a gesture; Two, five and a zero:lol3 as he backs off.
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  17. roswellj

    roswellj ARGHventurer

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    Dunno, We have a BMW 3 series that is mainly the wifes car but when I get the chance to drive it its easy to see why people who drive these cars pay little attention. The car does alot of the work for you, all you really have to do is steer. You get very little feedback from the road and if your using all the 'driver aids' so long as the wheels are pointed in the right direction you could just doze off. No wonder they seem so innatentive... don't know whats makes them such asshats though, might ask the wife on that one.
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  18. Censport

    Censport Vendor

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    Nice! Justice was served! :thumb
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  19. Schmeds

    Schmeds scarce

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    I've been having to play chicken with...turkeys. Almost creamed a whole feathered family yesterday on the way in. Mom with about 8 chicks.
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  20. Grreatdog

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    So far one of my weirdest was the Route 32 expressway in Columbia, MD and getting behind a delivery van with the rear roll up door open and a guy in there playing a huge blue concert piano. I mean I can see riding down the highway playing a piano in the back of a delivery truck. But it was blue for God's sake. Who owns a blue piano? That one had me thinking flashback until other drivers started getting behind the truck for a look.

    A couple of months ago I was taking my brother and sister-in-law to National Airport when we got flagged over by MPD motor cops on the Anacostia Freeway. My brother was like WTF. I told him it was just a motorcade coming. Wrong. It was a huge convoy of every type and company of moving van. Dozens of them with a huge police escort stopping freeway traffic for them. We lost count at 50 something trucks. A moving van convoy with a police escort? I still haven't puzzled that one out.
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