F'ing idiots!!

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by 390beretta, Oct 7, 2013.

  1. 390beretta

    390beretta Long timer

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    I don't know why, but it's happened to me FOUR times this week:

    I pull up to a stop light, I'm two or three cars back from the red light. Inevitably someone, this week all women, becomes comatose or starts playing with their "stupid phone" in front of me. The light changes and they don't notice. Result is that twice I've had to sit thru another left turn red light. Most recently, yesterday on my way home from work, I was going straight and the woman in front of me did the same thing; since I was right behind her, I blew my anemic horn. She jumped like I'd shot her and took off. Why the hell can't cagers sit thru a light without falling asleep or amusing themselves with some damned electronic device??
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  2. trc.rhubarb

    trc.rhubarb ZoomSplat!

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    Its because they aren't allowed to play with their phones while driving... sitting at a light doesn't count to them as driving. Why not stop further back and just go around if they don't move?
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  3. nwpa

    nwpa Generally amused

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    Disaster waiting to happen since they also don't use turn signals. Once you start by they wake up and hit the gas and potentially turn (right into you), or you open up a potential road-rage situation when they get pissed that you passed.

    If you're passing in an intersection and get hit, it's your fault. The turn signal question becomes their word against yours.
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  4. ZEmann

    ZEmann want to be riding

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    I have a train horn on my truck that usually gets their attention
    even though I just blip it so as not to cause a heart attack

    on my bike I changed that horn also to a much louder one

    I know exactly what your dealing with I see it constantly

    between missing turn opportunities or catching red lights because of people driving 5 under the limit and taking 1/2 a mile to get to that speed :huh

    I will totally leap frog a left turn comatose driver when I am in my truck not so much on the bike
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  5. Robert_W

    Robert_W Does your dog bite? Yup!

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    Where might I purchase one?
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  6. Yossarian™

    Yossarian™ Deputy Cultural Attaché

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    I'd rather sit through another light cycle than risk the car driver reacting as I'm going around, and running into me.
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  7. MotoTex

    MotoTex Miles of Smiles

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    I see this all the time, and always leave room to easily pull around at every stop in traffic.

    Just last week the light turns green and I count to five and the driver hasn't moved in front of me. This time I pulled around them and made the protected left turn.

    When I was about a block away I see this driver and the procession after her begin to negotiate the turn.

    Unfuckingbelievable that people have become so lax in their driving habits, taking simple observation and safety skills for granted and placing priorities on phone and text messages.

    It is probably going to get worse before it gets better.
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  8. GoUglyEarly

    GoUglyEarly Boots Still Clean

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    This happens to me several times a day in New Jersey.

    I interpret it as a musical ray of light, come down from heaven, of holy permission and justification for liberal interpretation of traffic laws on my terms when the tables are turned.

    Which is really useful when passing slower traffic on a motorcycle. It helps me to know that God loves me and protects me from the concentrated hate I receive from all the Philistine drivers around me. :D
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  9. Andyvh1959

    Andyvh1959 Cheesehead Klompen

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    Big difference is: we as motorcyclists are involved and connected deeply to our activity of riding, and most car drivers perceive operating a vehicle little differently than walking. It is just something they have to do to get to what they want to do.

    For us, we WANT to do what we do. For most other road users, they HAVE to do it, and want little involvement in it. Until something bad happens.
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  10. scottrnelson

    scottrnelson Team Orange

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    What is this "two or three cars back from the red light" that you speak of? :D


    I know that many of you don't like California and the way that we ride here, but it's really nice to be able to legally squeeze up to the front at red lights and not be stuck behind anybody when the light goes green. :ricky

    I don't care if the guys behind me are still asleep.
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  11. Yossarian™

    Yossarian™ Deputy Cultural Attaché

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    I firmly believe that if the car drivers were operating manual transmission vehicles, that the issue of inattentiveness would be far smaller.

    Having to be engaged in the act of driving would reduce the number of people for whom it has become a "passive" activity.
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  12. Deanowade

    Deanowade Chronic Dumbass

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    Stebel. Anticipate driver distraction and give them a blast. It's cathartic.
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  13. Schnickelfritz

    Schnickelfritz pick, grin, repeat

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    I firmly believe that if drivers were frequently, routinely and consistently issued $500 citations when they are observed playing with one of their toys instead of driving while in the driver's seat, the issue of self-important douchebags blocking the progress of everyone else and endangering their fellow road users would be far smaller. Alas, the "right" to do these things has become as ingrained as the "right" to operate a motor vehicle at all.
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  14. kerhonky

    kerhonky Adventure Poser

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    It's not going to get better.
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  15. Bleemus

    Bleemus Long timer

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    Wolo Bad Boy Horn. Works for me.
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  16. trumpet

    trumpet Group W Bench

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    +1 ..........Until Automated cars arrive
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  17. majorhavoc

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    Man, you totally beat me to it. And cathartic is right. There's something about the sound these things make that isn't so much a driver alert as it is a very forceful editorial statement.
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  18. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    I firmly believe that the fine could be twice that and wouldn't make a difference, because using the devices is already illegal in many places, yet the police can't/won't inforce the laws that are in place...
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  19. scottrnelson

    scottrnelson Team Orange

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    I talked to a Folsom motorcycle cop last week and asked about cell phone tickets. He indicated that they write a lot of them every day and it's easy, because it only takes a few minutes to find another one deserving of a ticket. Much faster than writing speeding tickets, which they also apparently write a lot of.

    So at least where I live, they are enforcing the cell phone law. But apparently it will take thousands of tickets before it makes a real difference.
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  20. TrashCan

    TrashCan Scary Jerry

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    Another case for the loud pipe throttle jockeys.



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