Commuting…The strange. The Odd… And the FUN

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

  1. Conedodger

    Conedodger Wanna Ride

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    Around here, it is the opposite. Cars pull up beyond the stop line.

    I wonder if today's lower aerodynamic roof lines force drivers to stop short so they can see the traffic light. I know I have to do it in my S2000 if the top is up. Otherwise, I look over the windshield.
  2. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    That has got to be a regional thing. I do not see it in my region of the country. If anything, people crowd into the crosswalks here because they're set so far back from the intersections.
  3. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    Perhaps these have something to do with it.

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  4. True, Dakez, those might have something to do with it. People here are from so many places.
  5. southwade

    southwade ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    You're a madman.
  6. southwade

    southwade ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    That is a lot if slippery paint!
  7. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    The Green part is grippy the White... Not so much. And it rains here A LOT.
  8. RussellH

    RussellH Been here awhile

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    Still on page 35...BUT

    From the pic you posted, it's raining, in San Diego, SUV and what looks to be the older BMW- don't tell me... http://www.pashnit.com/forum/showthread.php?t=28949
  9. dbuzz

    dbuzz Citizen of the world

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    I sooooo want to go around painting little motors inside the frame outline of those little graphics :evil

    :rofl
  10. gunut75

    gunut75 Adventurer

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    I was riding through Waterford, WI, and pulled out into traffic from a gas station. The road was clear ahead of me for 100 yards or so. I got up to 25-30 mph, and had just let off the throttle to make my way lazily through town. I looked to the left side of the road at something going on there, and failed to see the big red van that had been waaay ahead of me had decided to stop and let a couple cross in the crosswalk. At this point, I'm about 30 feet from the van, still doing 25-30 mph, and I have not applied the brakes yet. Parallel parked cars to the right, and oncoming traffic to the left. No escape route.
    At this point all I can think is "Might as well scrub off as much speed as possible, cuz this is gonna hurt". Squeezed the front brake: Waited for the initial bite of the brakes to pass and started squeezing harder. The front tire let out a little squeel, and I started to release pressure so the front doesn't lock up. Regained traction, then the ass end came up. Kept releasing pressure till the back of the bike came back down. When it did slam back to earth, I had completely stopped, and was still a foot off of the van's bumper. The couple ran around the van to see if I had collided with it. The guy in the diner was looking out the window with a fork full of waffles about an inch from his mouth. He was completely frozen, staring at me. I could see the guy driving in the van looking in the rear view at me. No touch, no foul.
    At the intersection, he motioned to me that he was sorry for stopping (he didn't have to). I was more frustrated at myself for not paying attention for that few seconds. Gave him a shoulder shrug, and went on my merry way. True pucker moment.
    Practicing quick stops really helps, but I have NEVER practiced a stoppie. That was my lucky day.
  11. lemieuxmc

    lemieuxmc Banned

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    There was a discussion in Faceplant about this incident "Lost an MSF instructor this morning"

    Not everyone agrees with me about the 98% factor.
  12. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    Nice job modulating the brakes. Also nice job deciding to just scrub as much speed as possible. At worst, you hit it slowly. At best, you stop successfully!! :clap Glad we didn't have to read another "I knew I couldn't stop in time so I laid it down" BS story. :rofl
  13. lemieuxmc

    lemieuxmc Banned

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    So here's a hand grenade right at ya... what would have been the outcome if he had ABS? :amazon
  14. steve3b3

    steve3b3 Been here awhile

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    I think the answer to that is "No one knows".
  15. Aerocycle

    Aerocycle Been here awhile

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    Shoot, was this in PDX? I took my DR650 down Hawthorne and through downtown and nearly took out a few bicyclists! I cant stand what they've done to that town and all of the wasted money/effort Sam Adams:topes poured into those bike paths.... but whatever! That's why you wont catch me living in that city...:2guns :shoot
  16. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    I do. :D
  17. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    The couple would have helped him pick up the bike, the guy in the van would have a smudge to wash off his bumper and the guy in the diner would have dropped his waffle.

    What do I win? :1drink
  18. lemieuxmc

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    Breakfast on me at The Waterfront, San Diego's oldest tavern.

    Of course you have to get there first...
  19. Olratbastard

    Olratbastard Valens Peregrinus

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    I have wondered about this situation. If you threaten a police officer with your automobile you will be charged. When does the assault warrant a reply with force? I do carry and respect your decision not to. (With a firearm you generally have to be right every time and can not expect the slack given to incompetent and homicidal motorists.) There is no question an assault was committed, and a car is definitely a deadly weapon. A sworn officer could absolutely reply with deadly force.... in theory that option should be available to a citizen with a legal weapon. The only situation I can imagine where I would consider using my weapon would be if the assault was repeated and / or continuing. I advise you to take the class and once qualified to carry make the decision at that point. Armed citizens tend to be very polite and squared away. The percentage of licensed concealed carry holders who abuse the privilege is miniscule; a tiny fraction of one percent.
  20. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    I'll come down this Fall. :beer