Commuting…The strange. The Odd… And the FUN

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

  1. ggrjr

    ggrjr Been here awhile

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    I was riding my Strom from my parents to my new home, following my wife and girls in our lifted Expedition. This is on Hwy 40 at night. We come up behind a BMW 325 riding along in the left lane. We start to pass, wife gets by no problem, I start to pass and he speeds up. I slow down to pull in behind, as I am coming up on delivery truck in the rt lane. He slows down. This happens several times, finally my wife sees what is going on and slows down to let me catch up. I start to slow again, down shifting, as soon as the BMW starts to slow I grab about three gears and a handful of throttle, and pas him and the wife. He proceeds to change lanes and follow, however my wife has sped up to get alongside teh truck in teh rt lane. The idiot then acted like he was going to move over into my wifes lane. He held her lane and I guess he figured he would end up on the losing end and gave up. Never tried to repass teh wife once traffic opened and she moved to teh rt lane.
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  2. IheartmyNx

    IheartmyNx Ihave2draft

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    IDK... I think they come standard in the US with the "my shit don't stink" button.

    An option I've heard in other country's...

    Technology obviously stolen from Jaguar and Range Rover...
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  3. lemieuxmc

    lemieuxmc Banned

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    "Slowly walk up to her car and ask if she honked the horn"

    Witnesses stated that the woman then pulled out a small handgun and fired once, the motorcyclist fell backwards onto the pavement and she accelerated away, smashing past his motorcycle and fleeing the scene. Police later took her into custody at the Wal-Mart parking lot after a 90 minute standoff.

    Yeah... it COULD have ended like that!

    Discretion and judgement are your friends young Jedi, use The Force wisely to flow through traffic and avoid confrontations with Asshats. Don't go to The Dark Side... unless you happen to have a badge and a gun (and maybe a GoPro on your helmet)!
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  4. Mistress of the dual

    Mistress of the dual Some say....

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    I go to work at about 5:00am when there’s not a lot of traffic on the road so it’s very easy to keep track of the few vehicles that I am sharing the road with. A couple of weeks ago I was on my F650GS making a right turn from a multi-lane road onto a 2-lane road. Halfway through my turn a guy on a sportbike passes me on the inside. I make a habit of checking my mirrors frequently but my first thought was “Ahhhhhh! Where the Hell did you come from?” My second thought was “Jeez dude, save it for the track”.
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  5. stubmw

    stubmw some what aloof

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    No doubt moving day for one of our Senators or Congressperson......Maybe just one of their Aides...........:lol3
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  6. IheartmyNx

    IheartmyNx Ihave2draft

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    ok, another...


    I have a short commute but traffic bunches up in a few places, oddy just before a traffic light that prolly changed so one car could proceed... Well after about a million times of passing an empty parking lot that runs ajacent to part of this section, one day it dawned on me and I whipped in the private property and ran up to the next light where I made a legal right-on-red...


    So flash fwd to another morning, I come up to the entrance but am too far. So to see, I position my bike to the right and rear to see around the large people mover/ homemaker-mobile.

    The driver sees me and thinking I'm going to pass, proceeds to block me...

    So with a little "it's on now" laugh instantly and pryor too, I already had my plan... Traffic was too tight for him/her to move up so I not-so-politely went around the now widened left and with traffic at a stand-still, I stop in front of the now overtook Toyota minnivan.


    :lol3
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  7. Some Mook

    Some Mook Goin' Down Slow

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    You might want to double check your specific traffic codes. In many places, cutting across private property to avoid a traffic control device can result in a ticket for failing to obey a traffic control device = points and fine.

    This observation comes from personal experience - I had a route where I was traveling West and needed to transition to a Southbound road. To access this road required a right turn North, then a left turn-around lane to go South. I took to proceeding West through the traffic light, then made a left turn into a parking lot, circling around the building that the parking lot serviced and making a right turn onto the southbound lane. Great plan until I, (along with several others) was ticketed for failing to obey a traffic control device - even though I had actually obeyed and ridden legally through the traffic light I was accused of disobeying.

    The judge didn't want to listen to why I used private property in my travel route or that the traffic device I was accused of disobeying was actually in my rear-view mirrors after proceeding through it while the light was green, and offered to find me guilty of the original charge - 3 points and $125.00 fine, or allow me to plead guilty to 'obstructing traffic' for a no-points but $125.00 fine.

    I tried to argue (with pictures) that since the parking lot in question had United States Post Office boxes situated within it, the lot by default was open to the public but it was pointed out to me (indirectly) that as a dumb-ass auto mechanic I had no training or business in trying to make any legal issues out of the situation.

    A few months later the entrance to the parking lot was posted to indicate 'No Left Turn' by those traveling West-bound.

    Just be careful.
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  8. khager

    khager Long timer

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    If you want to intimidate an Expedition, you might want to be in an Excursion or F350.:lol3
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  9. lemieuxmc

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    "The judge didn't want to listen to why I used private property in my travel route or that the traffic device I was accused of disobeying was actually in my rear-view mirrors after proceeding through it while the light was green, and offered to find me guilty of the original charge - 3 points and $125.00 fine, or allow me to plead guilty to 'obstructing traffic' for a no-points but $125.00 fine."

    And people wonder why respect for traffic LEO's and the courts are sinking like the Titanic.

    A racket is a racket, whether it's the local mobster or the State running it!
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  10. Some Mook

    Some Mook Goin' Down Slow

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    I had a friend (since deceased) who was a Deputy Sheriff for the county in question, who called the arresting officer to discuss the bullshitness of the charge. The arresting officer refused to shit-can the ticket, but told my friend to tell me to just show up in court and he would recommend a no-point offense.

    They want your money, plain and simple. Plus the pay for "court time".
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  11. Super Sherpa

    Super Sherpa The Burning Man

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    Elton John :dunno. As for the police escort the few months ago, I have no idea. Maybe Elton John again :lol3.
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  12. IheartmyNx

    IheartmyNx Ihave2draft

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    Personal experience! HA!

    One, if not THEE 1st time out on my bike I got rear ended, and have the pics to prove it! The asshat then proceeds to the parking lot behind AppleBees where I block him in waiting for the cops, but get this...

    They say b/c he was on PRIVATE PROPERTY and didnt witness it, it's a civil problem and they could only document what he said I did to him for a later CIVIL court date...

    The guy was on a phone and almost side swiped me when he realized he was at or passing his turn, I laid on the horn b/c I wanted the person he was on the phone to hear, then he jerks the wheel 3x like he's coming and I stand my ground. I get in front and stop and he wedges my wheel under his bumper.

    I get off to get pics and stand behind him to block him. I get pics of his plate and he backs into me. I wish to god I'da broke his back glass out b/c I tried so ther cops would see he intentionally backed into me...

    He backs up, goes around my bike (thank god, cause I'da killed him) and pulls onto PRIVATE PROPERTY behind Applebees and I call 911 for a hit and run...

    Cops do: Nothing!

    The "law"? Don't count on them helping you when YOU need it, but you/we can say "illegal" when you watch a crotch rocket pass a truck going 30 then it try to kill the motorcyclist... If it makes you fell any better...
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  13. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Love those blue pipes

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    I really don't give a fuck if it amuses YOU! Deliberately altering your speed/lane position to annoy or "get back at" other road users is really, really, really STUPID and Will result in you or somebody else getting hurt one day.
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  14. King_Panther13

    King_Panther13 Been here awhile

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    I used to have a lot of respect in cops. And I've told the following story a million times, but I'll tell it a million more.

    I lost respect for the majority of cops (I still understand that there are some good ones, and still give them respect) when some asshat in a minivan was coming up on me trying to turn left at a busy intersection with no arrow. I was in my cage, with a baby in the back. Light turned yellow, and he pretty much forced me into the intersection, so I went. Baby just fell asleep, so I was in no hurry. He blew the red and tailgated me all the way to my home, two blocks away. Banged on my windows, threatened to kill me. Apparently I was trying to kill him by "slowing him down as he ran the red." I was nice to him until finally I was all "look motherfucker, if that baby wakes up and hears you screaming, he will start crying...and then I will stab you. Get the fuck over it and go away. Nobody threatens my fucking child." That's of course paraphrased (and embellished a bit, I'll admit.)

    It was some overweight middle aged man. As he noticed that I wasn't kidding around, he hopped in his Town and Country and drove off. I got his tag number and called the cops. They went to his house, came back and said "Oh, well he didn't know that you had a baby in your car. He also said that you were laughing at him, so he had a right to follow you. You should have pulled over sooner, he was just teaching you a lesson! You're lucky he didn't hurt you."

    I was beyond pissed. Between that light and my house there is nowhere to pull over, other than maybe the restaurant across the street from my house.

    That's when I lost respect for the majority of cops. I was a bit more naive then and kept my mouth shut and told the cop to have a nice day. Now I would demand a badge number, and escalate it as far as I could. What that man did was uncalled for. But the cops just don't care. If I would have followed him to his home and banged on his windows, I would have gone to jail.
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  15. IheartmyNx

    IheartmyNx Ihave2draft

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    Just how will it hurt, "somebody else"? :huh

    I'm the one on a glorified 10speed with 26hp... (that also pays for tags and insurance)

    Do you have the statistical data that proves yer point? Have you done all the traffic studies? Are you yerself a traffic engineer?

    (PS, IT'S THE SAME THING THEY DO, only it's them on the receiving end)
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  16. randyo

    randyo Long timer

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    for the past 3 years, I haven't had a commute except for a 75ft walk out to the barn where my office is, I used to commute about 17miles each way to my office, but 90% back roads half of which was gravel, and the mile and a half of state highway I was going in the opposite direction of 90% of the traffic

    but, I do use my bike as a company vehicle to run errands, research,courrier and visit jobsites in rural northern new england, I stick to town roads as much as possible, most of the time I'm on the road mid day mid week, rarely see another vehicle, occasional delivery truck, or tradsman going to a job just like me, I know the roads well, know what to expect, where etc so rarely do I have a surprise, common to have a flock of wild turkeys wander into the road, I usually know where to expect it, same with deer, etc, I know which neighbors are prone to pulling out of their driveway without looking, I know where blind driveways are, corners that are prone to loose gravel and most importantly, I know the routes with the fewest driveways & lowest traffic

    sounds boring doesn't it ?

    typical ride except that its a Saturday morning when traffic is heaviest
    http://youtu.be/BiYzgO4fRds
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  17. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Love those blue pipes

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    Every time you do something like that, you up the stakes for the rest of that encounter or the offending driver's next one. Eventually, someone on a bike is going to get hurt. Simple!
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  18. IheartmyNx

    IheartmyNx Ihave2draft

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    No it's not that simple... I'm the one on a motorcycle with nothing more to protect myself than leather pants...


    The cars trucks whatever are already going slow in the left lane and I do NOTHING different than make them go a little slower...

    OBLIVIOUS to the systematic, LHD North American driving position, more of a blind-spot on the right, that makes "slow traffic keep right" for a reason, it's not as simple as that.


    But if that kind of "I say it, so it must be so" logic makes you feel better, I'm sure there's some video of a truck trying to kill a motorcyclist you can go heckle.

    ...B/c it's that simple!
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  19. Long Gone

    Long Gone Objectivist

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  20. xcgates

    xcgates Whaaa?

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