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Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by DAKEZ, Jun 8, 2011.
I wish i could adopt that mentality, but alass I cannot control the PHONE RAGEEEEEEEEEEEE
have you knocked on windows yet to get people to hang up their phones in traffic? It's amazing how many times I've been fingered for asking people to follow the law.
I agree with everything 100%, but you left out one major group... the people attached to the diplomatic missions and other third world nationals. Though, I give these people some slack, since they are driving in a "foreign country."
I can report that here in the metro Boston area the phone and I'm-too-important-to-wait mentality is in full force as well. Unfortunately it is mixed with some sort of next-level aggression. No gaps amongst the left-lane lemmings here. And using your signal to try to change lanes is a sign of utter weakness. Any gap will immediately be closed off as everyone brings their 3 ton SUVs within 3' of each other at 70 MPH.
Oh, and remember kids, making eye contact tells everyone you give up and are a looooooseeeehaaa!
Dakez, I've always loved that pic. I wish we had some signs like that around here. Of course they would have to be in Spanish too LOL!
Wish it was only commuting.
Left the campground Sunday morning 9am. There is not a great deal of traffic in Ascutney, Vermont at 9am on a Sunday. Pull up to a light and there's a mid-sized SUV in front of me at the light. The light changes to green and the SUV doesn't move. I start counting ("one one thousand, two one thousand") and get up to five before I decide to ride around her.
As soon as I do, she wakes up from texting or whatever the hell she was doing and lays on the horn as she starts moving. :huh I just pulled over and waved her past, and gave her a wide berth.
I give them 2 or 3 seconds then I'm giving the horn a short tap to get them moving.
I have wanted to add a Stebel Nautilus for a while now.
It would be ideal to wire it in so that my OEM goes off first,
and is then joined by the SN after a 1/4 second delay.
That way I can honk politely, or aggressively, depending on how long I honk.
Plus, it would sound like two vehicles.
I wonder if it's feasible?
The Nautilus actually takes a split-second to come up to full volume; you can 'chirp' it at only slightly louder than a standard horn, or you can lay on it to make people's ears bleed.
Saw this while getting gas a couple of weeks ago. I now see it around town almost every day.
Anything with a Dept. of State-issued tag (diplomats or their staff) I stay *far* away from. As a rule, most actually drive better than the locals -- the real issue is that they know that 99.9999% of the time the cops won't even light them up, let alone stop them. I go to extremes to avoid any potential for confrontation, as the worse thing that will happen to them is that they get sent home.
That settles that then.
Can't wait to try it out!
Well, I had fun on my commute this morning. Normally my commute is relatively uneventful but today there was an accident that had all three lanes of I-30 at a relative standstill. I normally don't even go this route but decided to try it today. Anyway, I just got on the freeway and proceeded to lane split, which you just don't see done here. The other drivers were either fine with it or too surprised to try to block me, except for the truckers who succeeded in blocking me. Why do people do that? By then, one lane was flowing so I hopped over there and passed him too.
Didn't you see the 'road patrol' sign on that truck? Or them trucks 'cause they were on the cb talking about you for a while before one of em had enough room to block you.
Your experience pretty well mirrors mine sharing here in the DC area. *Most* people could care less, but every once in a while you run across someone that just HAS to try something.
The best part is the fact that they're stopped (or pretty close to it) and all it takes is a little break in another lane to go around em. I've even gone around one yahoo on the driver's side as he was darn near straddling the line between lanes 1 and 2. Zipped around him and kept going. Waved at him as I went past. ...and that's on a GS-Adv! NOT the narrowest bike out there.
At least we usually get the last laugh on those dudes.
That's why I like traffic lights: they allow to move up to the front and leave the bogeys behind.
It has to be red though.
I wasn't commuting at the time but the other guy probably was. I was in Boston and figured I'd go have a look at Harvard. I'll be damned if I didn't find myself at an intersection with 5 roads meeting up with each other and 5 sets of street lights all sort of hanging from slightly different angles. I couldn't figure out what set of lights to look at and the guy in front of me made it through so I decided to proceed through the intersection at a slow creep. I almost made it through but some guy in a Jeep Cherokee came flying from road X at 100 mph which just happened to be one of the 4 roads in my blind spot. He locked up the brakes and stopped directly in front of me. His reaction was hilarious, he was screaming at his windshield and he nearly tore his steering wheel off during his fit but he would not look in my direction! I mean really, a local would have to be nuts to go through that intersection at any rate of speed knowing how us tourists would behave at it.
Not really a commute story but...
In Oregon, if you get caught riding over a 100mph it is:
Automatic Impound of your bike
Automatic 6 month suspension of your license
I just took a little ride to Montana last weekend and got pulled over doing 106 MPH.
I was riding with a friend. Him on a Vulcan 1500, Me on my Triumph Sprint 955. We were cruising along at the speed limit (75 MPH) because that is where my friend feels comfortable cruising...
We Stopped for gas and I forgot to put my ear-plugs in so I rolled past my friend and took the next exit. Ear-plugs now in place he rolled on up the on-ramp to I-90 and I followed... When I realised I had forgotten to zip up my pocket and stopped on the on-ramp to take a moment to fix my over-sight.
I then accelerated hard up the on ramp to re-join my friend 1ST.... 2ND... 3RD.. DOH!!! I spied the Highway Patrol Officer and quickly got off the throttle... TOO LATE... LIGHTS ON!!!
I pulled over, turned off the bike, removed my helmet and waited.
LEO: "Welcome to Montana"
ME: "Thanks, Sorry for my speed I was just catching back up to my friend after stopping to zip up my pocket. We have been cruising at 75"
LEO: Yup, I clocked him at 75... You got up to 106 in short order... There were 7 fatalities last year from riders hitting animals on this stretch of road so you need to be careful. I am going to give you a ticket but I'll cut you some slack because I believe you... How does $40 sound?"
Me: Sounds great!
WOOT!!! I LOVE Montana!!!
No, condescending judgemental crap...
No Excessive unnecessarily over exorbitant revenue generating fine... Just a straight forward Welcome and a heart-felt concern for safety.
AS IT SHOULD BE!!!
Keeping it real in Montana