Commuting: The strange. The Odd. And the FUN

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

  1. Tall Man

    Tall Man Priest, Temple of Syrinx

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    The engine revving may have caused situational deafness, so to speak, in the, uh, allegedly unpleasant female driver. Said differently, and by way of example: Living in Cruiser Central as I do, the pointless engine blipping/revving from the Loud Pipes brigade is ceaseless during the summer months. Consequently, I've conditioned myself to tune it out.

    The biker who uses engine revving as a proxy for a horn (where it's use would in fact be appropriate), particularly in heavy or stopped traffic, would likely get no response from me. That's the reality that they've created for themselves, and for that I make no apology.

    Perhaps the C U Next Tuesday was capriciously blocking the leading rider's line of travel. Sans the rider's ability to use his horn button, her behavior may remain a mystery.
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  2. Motorius

    Motorius Road trippin'

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    Took the R1200R out for a quick freeway spin to check out the new taller Cee Bailey I just put on it.

    Accelerating down the ramp to merge and a semi of all things races to fill the gap and keep me from merging in front of him. I know he's racing at me as I see him looking at me as he SPEEDS UP into slowing traffic -- all 18 wheels of him.

    So I drop in behind him and I can smell burning brakes. Traffic slows by the next ramp and I guess his brakes are fading because he can't stop in time and pulls right into the breakdown lane to avoid cars ahead.

    He signals to move back in as I pass him and comes in behind me, again moving WAY to fast for a truck in slow traffic with faded breaks. So fast that as traffic slows again this time I pull partly into the breakdown lane and look back to give him the stink eye. Had I stayed put I think he'd have stopped about a foot or two short of me.

    Traffic started up and I got into an exit lane happy to leave that asshole way behind. He may have been the most reckless semi driver I have ever seen.
  3. Tall Man

    Tall Man Priest, Temple of Syrinx

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    I've seen just enough boorish behavior from truckers that I refuse to refer to them as "professional drivers". To be fair, your boy's actions were comparatively extreme. It's been a while since I've smelled burning brake shoes, or tires, but it has happened.
  4. Motorius

    Motorius Road trippin'

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    One would think after he had to pull right due to faded brakes (he'd have definitely hit one car otherwise) a light would go on upstairs.

    I was "thiiiis close" to calling State Patrol on him. Just downright reckless.

    I'm gonna have to check the GoPro as it may still go to them.
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  5. allowishish

    allowishish Boof Master

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    first missed day riding in this season due to winter today :(
  6. docwyte

    docwyte Long timer

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    Gonna be 25 degrees tomorrow am. Unless the roads are bone dry I'm missing tomorrow too, perfect conditions for ice...
  7. Motorius

    Motorius Road trippin'

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    I'll trade you the near two weeks of rain forecast for my area...
  8. davenowherejones

    davenowherejones short guy

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    We have new snow on the mountains.
  9. 1911fan

    1911fan Master of the Obvious

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    Well, you live in Seattle, so...


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  10. D R

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    "What happened to the case of beer?"

    That was likely the question of someone who works in my building when they got home from work yesterday evening.

    When I arrived at work this morning and pulled into the parking garage, up against the back wall of the adjacent parking space was an unopened case of beer. If a car had backed into the spot (which most in the parking garage do), the case of beer would have been adjacent to the trunk. I imagine someone yesterday was loading things into the trunk at the end of the day and forgot their case of beer.

    (...and before anyone asks, no, I didn't take it. It was Budweiser and I go for MGD, preferably in bottles. :beer)
  11. allowishish

    allowishish Boof Master

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    25f this morning on the ride in... at first I thought that I would have to switch to my winter gloves soon or put the muffs on the handlebars.
    then the heated grips kicked in and I spent the rest of the commute switching between high and low.

    Definitely had the heated vest on though :D
  12. Rippin209

    Rippin209 Long timer

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    That is impressive, I start thinking about the car when it gets into the 30's by the low 30's I'm taking the car instead.
  13. Motorius

    Motorius Road trippin'

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    Took the dogs in to the vet today. Rainier Ave just north of I-90 in Seattle. Afternoon rush hour time.

    See that lovely fellow standing on the roof of that car doing his best imitation of Columbus? He's one of the psycho denizens of the area who frequent the local soup kitchen and (beyond using the neighborhood worse than the local dogs as well as a plethora of pharmacological substances) harass those in the area who don't have mental problems like him.

    In his case, he stopped that poor schmuck standing next to his car when traffic slowed, proceeded to climb on board,and start hollering that he needed the police to come and take him home. He was up there for probably five minutes or more, before someone convinced him to climb down, allowing the poor schmuck to get away with his ride now most definitely scratched if not dented on all the horizontal bodywork.

    Definitely the most interesting part of MY day.
  14. Tall Man

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    Seattle residents must be pretty laid back to allow such behavior. Or maybe it's something else.

    Anyway, the attitudes here are refreshingly robust. Climbing on our cars is not a long term strategy for one's well-being.
  15. TheProphet

    TheProphet Retired; Living the Dream

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    October 11th, 2017, Northern Illinois:

    Pouring rain yesterday, torrential downpour, all day. Dense clouds so it was very Dark. Couldn't help but notice that even though it's been a law for at least a decade and a half - less than 50% of the drivers had their headlights on.

    Also noted many still driving and texting, using cell phone, and roughly 1 out of 10 drivers tailgating... in the rain, on the cell phone - without headlights.

    https://www.dmv.org/il-illinois/safety-laws.php (Scroll down to "Headlights")

    Who grants driving licenses to these total morons? :fpalm
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  16. aldend123

    aldend123 Long timer

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    Or they realize anyone climbing on cars in traffic to shout about stuff aren't operating at the same wave length.
  17. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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    If that was my car, he'd get busted across his shin with the blunt end of the Estwing ax I carry. Some folks only understand pain.
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  18. Yard Sale

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    Riding home yesterday, the most congested part of the freeway, with multiple exits and on-ramps close together, the site of many collisions, it requires looking out for merging traffic and exiting traffic. Dumb bitch in the car next to me is reading a birthday card.
  19. neanderthal

    neanderthal globeriding wannabe

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    Here, but lost. Am I lost if i know i'm here?
    So what did it say?
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  20. Yard Sale

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    It had a bunch of signatures on it. Could have been an anniversary card, bon voyage card, I don't know. Must have been important to read the notes and signatures instead of watching the road and traffic.