Family escapes forest fire; Inmate rides into it

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Mambo Dave, Mar 29, 2012.

  1. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave Backyard Adventurer

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    Which could be said about anything - like us joking about very expensive BMW motorcycles that break far too early for the people conned into being beta testers on their dime or, worse, joking about death on the highways. "On average in 2009, 93 people were killed on the roadways of the U.S. each day." -- Wiki on highway deaths in the USA

    That's more people dying than if a 747-400 airliner went down with all aboard once a week. Yet we joke about air travel, we joke about idiots that cut us off ... where shall we draw this line? If that highway death number is acceptable (which it is - no-one is shutting down the US Highway system until repairs are made), then 747's crashing once a week must be acceptable (thank God they don't), and all the dark humor we use to get through a life trying to kill us must, therefore, be acceptable.

    ,,,

    and we weren't even joking about anything but a motorcyclist riding into a fire that a group of people who lived were astonished they'd made it out of.
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  2. VxZeroKnots

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    Dude I don't care what you joke about, I'm just saying his reaction could potentially be because he has close ties to those events and it maybe isn't random behavior. :deal

    I personally don't care that some wooden boxes burned down, that is what insurance is for; but if someone comes into a thread about BMW final drive failures or 747 crashes and seemingly randomly flies off the handle and I know that they lost their BMW final drive which took out a 747 in the ensuing starburst of metal fragments which crashed into a highway I'll probably tell you why I think their behavior isn't random.
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  3. lemieuxmc

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    So does that mean that we can't laugh at the "Hitler get's a new GS" video anymore?

    What's the difference between Whitney Houston and a KLR?

    A KLR can make it past 50! :cry
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  4. lethe

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    barely :rofl
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  5. VxZeroKnots

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    It's okay to joke about Whitney, she and her career are finally together again at last.


    :hide
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  6. car94

    car94 What's this Box for?

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    You and the rainbow guy should get together and discuss your feelings about feelings.
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  7. Goran69

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    IT was a simple question in first post

    Which one of you FF's was it?
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  8. Ceri JC

    Ceri JC UK GSer

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    Have never done it on a bike, but I've hiked through the fire line. A couple of my mates were dubious, till I pointed out, "All the flammable stuff is on this side; it's just smoking embers over there, we'll be safer that side."
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  9. No False Enthusiasm

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    In the fire service the phrase is, "Fight from the black." In wildland fires, we use brush trucks to attack the fire. These are often one ton trucks that carry 300 gallons of water with a foam injection system. We manouver the truck from the burned side... the visibility is better as the grass and brush is burnt, and the chance of injury is much reduced. The fuel is, for the most part, gone.

    However, crossing over from the unburned side to the burned side can be dangerous... smoke can hide stumps and holes.
    This is not a place to be high centered... I have scared myself and my crew when crossing through the line.

    NFE
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  10. bwalsh

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    This reminds me of a story I heard on Paul Harvey back in 1978-79...

    There was a huge farmers field on fire and three big fire engine companies had gone out to fight it and were having no luck at extinguishing the flames.
    All of a sudden this little one truck company comes on the scene, drives past the other fire trucks, down into the field and right into the fire! The men jump out of the truck and furiously ran around fighting the fire...and put it out!
    The farmer donated $1000 to the small company. The local media was there to record the whole thing. When the Chief was asked what they would use the money for his reply was..."well, first thing we're going to do is get the brakes fixed on the truck!" :rofl
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    I just had the Local fire company come out when the fields I was burning got away from me and thats all they brought was a 1 ton, some kid was driving it with the hose nozzle in his left hand, he pulled up in the burnt section, fired up the hose, drove down the fire line across about 5 acres, and had it out in about 45 seconds.:clap
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  12. Krasniewski

    Krasniewski I don't ride much.

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    Wow - (EDIT: WE) really flatter ourselves... maybe he's the kind of guy that rides, instead of sitting on the internet and talking about it all day. (EDIT: Unlike me.)
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  13. vecchio Lupo

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    I noticed you've been reading rather than riding. Of course I realize there is not mucg riding in Bahrain, you are kinda stuck. I spent a great deal of time in Saudi, Kuwait, and Qutar, there is not much riding for me anyway. Hats off to you for logging miles in that region.
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  14. mrt10x

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    because all BMW GS's have an ADV kill switch. The computer monitors your ADV activity and if you have not made a post in the last 48 hours the EWS wont let you start the bike... I thought everyone knew that. :evil
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  15. Krasniewski

    Krasniewski I don't ride much.

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    :rofl


    I love irony... and hypocrisy...

    Tragically - no riding for me until I go home - no bike miles logged here. :cry
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  16. vecchio Lupo

    vecchio Lupo Diplomatico Di Moto

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    I'll have you know that when I'm posting on ADV, I am also defrauding my employer. :lol3

    Since 2007 and only 361 posts, I need to get in the game or I'll be left for ADV dead.:D

    I suppose this will wind up like "The Sunken Sidecar of Doom" thread in hacks...lots of participation but no movement.:rofl
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  17. Krasniewski

    Krasniewski I don't ride much.

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    Gotta stick it to the man - any way you can. :norton
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    Don't be concerned with your boss. Being a Guzzi man is something permanent, employment is always temporary...

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  19. vecchio Lupo

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    Yes, Moto Guzzi is very much like good Scotch. They are both acquired tastes, and it is difficult to explain what it is you like about them. You just know that living without would be boring. Well, that, and they are both fun at parties.
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