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Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by G19Tony, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. G19Tony

    G19Tony Been here awhile

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    Pretty good.

    Let me stop you right there, mmmm-kay? I can tell by that little intake of breath what’s coming next. Thank you in advance, but I already know that motorcycles are “dangerous.” After nearly twenty years of riding on the streets, I am aware; telling me now will not be a revelation. It is not an insight into my lifestyle that has remained hidden from me until this, the moment of epiphany when you shine the light of outsider wisdom on my foolhardy choices.

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    There are ways I can minimize the risk — by riding defensively, riding sober, knowing my own and my machine’s capabilities, etc. — but I also know there are some risks that are simply beyond my control. But you know what? There a lots of risks that are within my control. We’ve become so pathologically risk-averse that for most people it is inconceivable to assume any additional risk no matter how much joy you might get back in return.

    You want to know what’s truly dangerous? Not taking any risks. Hanging out with like-minded middle-of-the-roaders. Absorbing the same brain-ossifying **** from media factories every day. Jogging. Putting helmets, flotation devices, and auto-deploy epi-pens on your kids every time they leave the house. Passivity. Not paying attention to where your car, or your life, or you country is going.

    If you don’t get that, that’s OK. I’m not trying to convert anybody, but here are a few tips to save us both a little aggravation:

    You don’t need to tell me the horror story about your uncle’s buddy who wiped out his chopper while drag racing at some hooligan rally. That just makes me wish I were talking to your uncle’s buddy instead of you. He sounds pretty cool.

    Do not — do NOT — tell me about the time you almost Sausage Creatured a biker because you “couldn’t see him” or he “came out of nowhere.” I have never known a bike to come out of nowhere, but I have seen plenty of cars pull a Crazy Ivan and turn into a lane occupied by a biker or make an impromptu unsignalled left turn in front of an oncoming me. If you’re expecting me to share your outrage at the temerity of bikers to be in the lane you want, you’re more deluded than a goldfish with a passport. I can’t make you see bikes. I can’t make you hang up your phone. They won’t let me mount a .50-caliber machine gun to my bike. So really, there’s not much I can do to change the outcome of your anecdote, so save it for your coreligionists who also have stick-figure families and giant softball stickers with the name “Tailyr” or “Flynn” or “Shyly” on their rear windows.

    I do wear a helmet, as a matter of fact, along with other protective gear. But, the fact that you “certainly hope” I wear a helmet is so condescending it makes me want to ride a tricycle completely naked doing doughnuts in your front yard screaming Beastie Boys lyrics at midnight. Trust me, you do not want that. My buttocks are extremely pale and unsightly, especially in moonlight.

    Please, do not complain about bikes parking in car parking spaces. Where are we supposed to park? If they let us park up on the curb like in Europe, we would totally do that, and precious few parking lots have motorcycle parking areas. Most cops already have a hard-on for bikes, so parking anywhere but in a designated spot is asking to be impounded.

    Yes, I know, some bikes have very loud exhaust. Maybe it’s obnoxious, but at least you knew they were there, didn’t you? They say loud pipes save lives. I don’t know if that’s true, because there hasn’t been a serious comprehensive study of motorcycle safety since 1981, the poetically named Hurt Report. And yes, I know, at one point you probably saw some kid riding his 600cc sport bike at 100mph doing a wheelie down the freeway. He’s a squid, and he’ll either grow up or just take care of himself. Some bikers do crazy things. Anti-social things. Unsanctioned things. I don’t represent him and he doesn’t represent me — that’s the great part of being a biker. I could be a Lowbrow Weirdo or Antoine Predock or Lyle Lovett or just whatever I want to be.

    If you’re really so all-fire concerned about my safety, don’t preach at me. Just do me this one favor: pay attention when you’re driving. Keep your greasy fingers off your touch-screen, put down your phone, use your turn signals and lay off the booze before you get on the road with me. You take care of your part and I’ll take care of mine.

    But hang-gliding, man, that shit is crazy.
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  2. dbg326

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    Amen.
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    +1

    I think I will keep that, and maybe translate it and send it to some people around me.
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  4. Esteen

    Esteen 990 Adv Gasgas EC300

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    GOLD !!!:clap
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    Craneguy British Hooligan

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    "more deluded than a goldfish with a passport"

    That's literary gold right there! :clap
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  6. tedder

    tedder irregular

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  7. wb57

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    Subject line indicates it was found elsewhere. I'm going to repost in on FB. Should I cite this thread, your post or the article you reference? And I enjoyed reading it. Didn't consider it being "bad form" in the least.
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  8. dwoodward

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    Awesome writing. Kind of perpetuating the myth that a rider's biggest hazard is another vehicle operator- but awesome writing.
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  9. PhilB

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    I don't see that as a myth. A rider's biggest hazard that he has little or no control over is another vehicle operator. At some times and places that may not be the case -- at dusk on open roads it might be deer instead. But for anyone who rides urban, or commutes, or is in traffic a lot for any reason, cagers are a top threat.

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  10. dwoodward

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    Sorry, myth. 75% of all motorcycle fatalities (Oregon, 2012 YTD) were rider error. All things being equal, a rider's biggest hazard is typically their own ego.

    But let's ignore the 47% that were just riders crashing by themselves.

    60% of multi-vehicle accidents involving a motorcycle were... rider error.

    Cagers may be a top threat, but they don't top what we do to ourselves.
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  11. tedder

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    Generally having the OP do 10 seconds of googling or research helps prevent wasted time by readers, indicates respect to readers and the original author, and helps prevent the stupid copy-and-paste style memes that end up on Snopes.
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  12. dbg326

    dbg326 Been here awhile

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    I don't see it like that, just emphasizing that cagers should be more aware. The post accepts the fact that there are inherent risks involved in riding, and that the rider must take responsibility for all of the risks that are under his control.
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    It seems folks here sometimes forget that the majority of motorcycle "owners" are fair weather weekend warriors who ride just to get their adrenalin fix, or as the focus of their social lifestyle.

    I didn't really care too much for the editorial, bad drivers are just another part of the riding environment along with many other potential hazards, if they bother you that much, why ride?
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  14. G19Tony

    G19Tony Been here awhile

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    Really? It doesn't matter if it's a meme or not, if it's snopes checked or not. It's good, and I thought I'd pass it along. I don't know where it came from, other than the forum I found it on. I'll quote truth, whether it's from this guy, or Snoopy, where ever I find it. If your time was wasted, I humbly apologize.

    Calm down and enjoy life dude. :freaky
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  15. aeneas

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    damn, makes me want to start hang-gliding :D
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    In another thread (or possibly another forum.... don't remeber which), the question asked was "What do you consider the greatest hazard while on the road?" A good portion said deer where the greatest hazard. I disagreed -- I see my fellow road users as the greatest hazard.

    You will encounter vehicles on the road everytime you go out. You might not encounter a deer.

    You will encounter more vehicles than deer.

    Deer are just flat out unpredictible -- we know that, except it and live with it, hopefully adjusting our riding in areas and times when a deer encounter is more likely.

    Vehicles have rules of the road they are supposed to follow, however many don't and as such they can be just as unpredictible as deer. We make our decisions based on what the rules of the road are supposed to be but when we commit to a manuver and the vehicle suddenly deviates from the rules of the road -- well the outcome can be bad.

    Deer are smaller, softer and slower than vehicles. The consequence of hitting a deer is generally less severe than a vehicle.

    I don't view it as myth the biggest hazard is the other vehicles on the road (or operaters if you will).
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    Cars are most generally on the road. Where you can see them. Anticipate that they might do something stupid.

    They are not in the habit of leaping out of the ditch in front of you. I have also hit deer, 2 different occasions.. I was not riding, I was in my truck or my van both times. I have always managed to avoid the stupid things cars do. In car or bike. Not so for deer

    I have stopped the bike to allow a herd to cross this year. I have seen a car hit a deer in front of me a few years ago. Thanks for clearing the way.

    So my perception and my experience is deer are more dangerous. It may be wrong, but I am, sticking with it.

    Rod
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    Ceri JC UK GSer

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    My new one: If you're really concerned for my safety, consider donating to my Carbon Fibre Leatt neck brace fund. It's about the one item of safety equipment I don't already own and wear.
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  19. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    I LOL'd at this :lol3
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  20. DAKEZ

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    The RIDERS are the ones that need to be "more aware." :D

    Deer are the only thing that I come upon while riding that I have not learned how to deal with well enough to lower the level of concern to a non pulse racing level.


    (any rider that rides straight down the road doing nothing to cater to how human vision works IS asking, begging, pleading for a collision) IMO.
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