Commuting: The strange. The Odd. And the FUN

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

  1. davidbeinct

    davidbeinct Been here awhile

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    Not a commute (although I do), but, on the way home from the shop, taking some nice twisties (through Devil's Hopyard State Park in CT, if you know it) to start scrubbing the new tires. Saw a fire truck, and ambulance and several volunteers going the other way. This can't be good. Slowed it down, several miles later came across three state cops around the remains of a WRX, wadded up into a tree. Almost certainly a one vehicle accident.

    Spring has hit New England, lots of young boys and their fast toys back out on the roads, stay safe everyone.

    David B.
  2. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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    Um, he was on a two lane road. That's ONE LANE EACH WAY.

    WTF was he going to move over to, the dirt shoulder?
  3. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone Innocent culprit

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    Spring has hit down here in northern Arkansas and the Ozarks, also. I commute all year, and I didn't see another bike on the road from December to February (which is not to say there weren't other riders out there; I just didn't see them).

    Now I'm seeing bikers on my daily commute, and lots of bikers riding each weekend. Soon the cruiser and Gold Wing crowd will begin to descend on my little slice of paradise, undoubtedly drawn by fantastic lakes and good twisties.

    A couple years ago, we averaged one death per week on Push Mountain Road for most of the summer, and it was always someone on a Gold Wing or a cruiser/standard bike who "failed to negotiate a turn." Last year we only had a handful of deaths, which is still too many. Fatal collisions with logging trucks were a frequent occurrence, too. And it was rarely a kid on a sportsbike. It was riders who were old enough to know better.

    Hopefully this year everyone will ride within their abilities and stay safe.
  4. HairBear

    HairBear I'm a Grandpa

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    I assumed he was joking, but you maybe right. He didn't understand the situation.
  5. martel

    martel ADV noobin' it up

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    This reminded me of one.

    I was heading home after work on a 4 lane divided highway, cruising in the right lane. Coming up on a clover leaf merge lane from another highway I notice a slow moving car and a tricked out M3 riding his tale. I move over to the left lane since I can see this all unfolding. Car 1 merges normally, M3 guy merges right behind him and immediately into my lane without a signal or pause to look. I'm right at the B pillar so I know he can't see me, window down so I give him a nice horn blast, grab some brake, and move as far over to the shoulder. No break down lane, just a guard rail here.

    After he goes around car 1 he moves back into left lane and I pass him a couple hundred yards further up. He then proceeds to chase me, weaving through traffic behind me all the way to my exit and pulls up next to me at the next double light.

    At this point I'm looking for quick exits in case this guy is mental. Four guys in the car, not good. Guy rolls up... and apologizes profusely. :huhSlightly dumbfounded I nod and say something like "be careful out there" and take off as the light changes.

    :eek1:clap
  6. khager

    khager Long timer

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    OK so I am riding to work the other day and some Asshole is cruising in the far left lane of a 6 lane divided freeway at 50 mph in a 60 zone,, and everybody is having to pass on his right. Well a Cop pulls up on his ass and rides it like forever. Yeah, finally a Cop when you need one. I am in the middle lane, and move over to the right lane, and slow down because I am waiting for the Cop to light him up, and I want to see this jerk off get pulled over. Finally the Cop gets an opening in the middle lane jumps over there and floors it past this jerk off and cuts back in front of him and takes off. WTF! I would have lit his ass up and rode him to the shoulder like the Youtube video floating around here. To top it off when I passed him in the far right and looked at him two lanes over the fucking jerk was on his cellphone which is why he was cruising 50 in the #1 lane while everyone else had to go around to his right. I wanted to pull the damn Cop over and chew his ass out. And yes he was a marked County Sheriff's Deputy in his jurisdiction. WTF!
  7. EKinOR

    EKinOR Been here awhile

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    He might have been on his way to a higher priority call. Just food for thought...
  8. 8lives

    8lives Dharma Bum

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    I may not ever get to do a Alaska etc kinda trip,so my ADV rides are commuting,it's been a year of motorcycle riding only using a cage when no other option exist.I think I'm ready for whatever because I've seen snow,rain,and heat.Kinda getting to the point where I feel funny in a car.
  9. DOGSROOT

    DOGSROOT OUTSIDE

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    Don't give up hope yet, dude.

    Sounds to me like you're on the right track! :thumb
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  10. 8lives

    8lives Dharma Bum

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    Thanks I am working on it:clap
  11. mitchapalooza

    mitchapalooza Rider is Air-cooled

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    +1 :clap
  12. ParrotheadJeff

    ParrotheadJeff Class A CDL

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    I know exactly how you feel :D

    These days I'm in the cage about once a day to take my daughter to daycare, but the rest of the time I'm on two wheels. Before I moved up here to Utah, I went months at a time without touching the cage. It just felt weird having so many blind spots and no helmet.

    I noticed something in some parking lots that made me laugh a while back - "Buckle Up" was painted along with a seat belt on the way out of the lot. I thought it was funny how I hadn't buckled a seat belt in ages at the time :lol3

    Have fun and keep riding :ricky
  13. 8lives

    8lives Dharma Bum

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    I drive a Peterbilt for a living so for long periods of time it's either the truck or the KLR,I commute to the truck on the bike.Neat to see so many like minded responses.
  14. HooliKen

    HooliKen Awesome is a flavor

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    :huh:huh:huh:huh

    Ummmmm? So wouldn't that justify lighting up the leftist douche-nozzle to get him out of the way??????
  15. arbutus

    arbutus Adventurer

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    neat thread, just finished reading the whole thing. some highlights from the beginning:

    I think you should. sometimes i want to stand along a particular stretch of road and do a dance holding up the speed limit sign ('hey, idiots, you can go faster!').


    ouch

    THIS^. yep.
    but you are still young, are you not, IheartmyNx?? I'm guessing 23?

    :lol3 I'll give you this one..


    because roads are for cars


    :lol3

    awesome. i love europe.

    :lol3


    can you say stereotype confirmation? all kinds of dimwits don't know how to drive, as this thread will attest to. In my experience the worst ones are the young hot shots who roll up to a right hand turn, don't even look for pedestrians trying to cross the street because they're too busy rolling through and checking for cars coming at them from the left. I've seen pedestrians hit 3 times because of that sh*t. That kind of arrogant yet unaware driving is the most dangerous thing on the road (ok, except for the people with no skills). :twitch


    I don't have any bike commuting stories yet (that's odd, isn't it?). I have been involved in some huge rage-fests in my car though, which, because I live in Canada of course, escalated into fits of laughter and acknowledgments of 'yeah, you're alright I guess'. Hm. Not really.


    Also, I don't give a sh*t if someone crosses a double yellow to pass as long as they do it safely. I really don't see why some people make such a big deal about it just because it's a double yellow and just because it's illegal and just because you can't see the sense in passing.
    All for now.
  16. k-moe

    k-moe Long timer

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  17. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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  18. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Love those blue pipes

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    Yup! There's no doubt that average cops are better than average drivers. They'd damn well better be! They've had enough extra training. The "holier than thou" attitude that they are better than everyone else is complete bullshit however. We've all followed cops cruising in the left lane, changing lanes or making turns without signaling, rolling through stop signs, yakking on their phones and playing with their computers while driving, etc. I've seen all of the above dozens of times.

    I will say that I have never seen a LEO who's driving was at the bottom of the scale but they are by no means universally at (or even near) the top of the scale either.
  19. garandman

    garandman Wandering Minstrel

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    "Would you like to borrow mine?":evil

    I'm a bad person. Usually commute in a WRX. And because I leave plenty of distance with the car in front of me, some dbag will always pass me then dive into the spot in front of me: even when there's no one behind me for a 1/4 mi.

    So sometimes I step on it, go around them, and pull back into line for the exit. Almost every single time, the guy who just swooped in front of me goes mental when I do the same thing to him.

    If that's the one I think it was, the car was cut virtually into two pieces. IIRC he was doing up around 100mph. There was an equally horrific crahs on LI - brand new STI, teenage driver and three friends, at least one of whom died. When my kids start driving I think I'll buy them a diesel Suburban and paint it school bus yellow.



    I guess we're all somewhat mellow.....

    "In Soviet Russia, traffic cut off you!"

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  20. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Love those blue pipes

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    What a total asshole. Tried to pass a car that was obviously going to have to get around parked construction equipment, on an underpowered bike that didn't have the accelleration to pull it off, then smashes and cuts the mirror off in a fit of rage. Should have been dragged off his bike and received a good beating.