Hells Angels

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Frank Sosa, Sep 19, 2008.

  1. Frank Sosa

    Frank Sosa Been here awhile

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    I was riding down the 101 the first week I got my new 1200 GSA Adv and I came up on a pack of Harleys with guys wearing Hells Angels jackets. The 101 is 2 lanes here and there was a car with them in the left lane and they were taking the right lane. I suspected the car was with them, a lady was driving it. It was difficult to pass them because of how they were hogging the lanes. When I finally got an opportunity to pass them I put a little distance between myself and them and then they put on the gas, passed me and cut me off and they again began their manuever with the car making it difficult to pass. When the opportunity to pass came again I put the speed of my bike to the test for the first time and I put a couple of miles between them and I for safety's sake.

    Is there an unwritten rule as to etiquette when it comes to passing a harley or a hells angel?
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  2. trumpet

    trumpet Group W Bench

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    HA?? yes;

    Don't FUCK with the pack, even if you got numbers on your side.

    Unless, a) You have good insurance
    or
    b) a good burial plan

    Pass them and keep going, far away and ahead like you did the second time. The first time is like you were challenging them. Or pull over have a soda, smoke and hope in 10 minutes they'll be gone.
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  3. crazybrit

    crazybrit Long timer

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  4. ragtoplvr

    ragtoplvr Long timer

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    They are smart, they can use the internet, They can find you from your tag. Best to hang way back and respect the pack, you can always spend a nice 30 minutes somewhere, have a snack, take a nap or something. They do not generally mess with the public it brings attention. If anything you do seems a challenge to them, they may decide to respond, that you will not like. If you must pass, do not digitally indicate that they are #1, do not look at them and WFO until they are long out of sight. That is not very safe. Never underestimate how fast a built Harley can go. You can always ride tomorrow. If they take in interest in you, that may not
    be the case. Discretion is the better point of valor.

    Rod
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  5. DevDel

    DevDel Been here awhile

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    The advice is smart...but it angers me. That's percisely what they want! Ooooooo fear me! Thank god we can pack hear in AZ...i might get dead, but I'll have fookin company.
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  6. crooked roads

    crooked roads I'm back

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    When they stop traffic with green lite so whole bunch stays together:huh WTF.
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  7. Monty_Burns

    Monty_Burns Excellent.

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    Perhaps you need some larger ADV stickers? :amazon
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  8. GXXRDRVR

    GXXRDRVR I am a meat popsicle.

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    The President of the Frisco Chapter was murdered a couple weeks ago in San Francisco. There were thousands of them here in the city over the weekend and early last week to attend the services and say goodbye to Papa Guardado. They are pissed...and out for blood. Give them thier space. It isnt worth the trouble to try to prove they do not own the road. Hopefully they catch the suspect soon.
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  9. nskitts

    nskitts Long timer

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    Shouldn't this go downstairs for the kids to have fun with???
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  10. Adrenalin1

    Adrenalin1 Adventurer

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    I don't know about you guys but i useually have somewhere to be and i don't give a ..... who you are, if your going slow your going to be behind me.check ya later dude!:ricky
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  11. Bocephous

    Bocephous Bitter Clinger

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    Not a Hells Angel, but I had a fun little race with an Outlaw this spring. I was tooling on down a somewhat busy 4 lane road in the area and came to a red light. A Victory pulled up alongside me, and the rider commented on how he had been trying to catch up to me for a little while, my bike must be quick. Bear in mind I had no idea he was behind me, and I was not driving that fast. The light turned green and he dropped the hammer and took off. It was at this point that I saw the "Outlaws" patch on his vest. Something inside of me (stupidity, testosterone, etc) couldn't let this happen, so I feathered the clutch through first to keep the front wheel within a few inches of the road and hit second. At this point I went past him like he was standing still. I let off on the gas so he could catch up. He went by me while giving me a big thumbs up. I've never run into a Hells Angel, but I've run into a few Outlaws (even had one at a prison I worked in at the time) and never had a problem.
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  12. dillon

    dillon Low Speed, High Drag

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    most biker outlaws/gangers are just dudes who think they have something prove. More can be more dangerous as they think they have to prove alpha maleisim or something. Treat them accordingly...
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  13. jackpiner57

    jackpiner57 Moto-Racks.com

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    My younger brother was at one of those bonehead Harley bike meets in VA last year and about six or seven Outlaws made him take his shirt off. The shirt apparently supported the Hell's Angels according to them. My brother had no idea. I just wish I had been there with an Uzi.

    I stopped at a gas station in Lincoln, NH last year and got the usual "fuckin Jap crap" Etc. comments from a group/gang of Harley riding assholes. I told one guy I did the Harley thing when I was younger and it was fuckin boring. More of their insults followed. They left before me and when I caught up with them they were just approaching a construction area that was course gravel. They slowed way down and I blasted past them sliding and spraying them with dirt and gravel. Fuck them. Same for the Hell's Angels.
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  14. eskimo

    eskimo gunga-galunga

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    Etiquette requires a wave as you pass.


    Extra points for homecoming queen wave.
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  15. Reverand Roadblock

    Reverand Roadblock nobody

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    Alot of large talk round here!

    Just stay away from them. They don't want to be bothered by you and you don't want to be bothered by them. They have their own world. Probably a whole lot easier to stay out of it.
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  16. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    Don't fear them. Don't disrespect them. Just pass them and move on.
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  17. Wout67

    Wout67 Long timer

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    Sounds like the advice my momma gave me when I was messing around with hornets and bees, etc.

    O' course, I still got stung by one a couple weeks ago.

    Yep, I was messing with 'em.
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  18. bostonsr

    bostonsr Just weight

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    doesn't look like you acknowledged them as you went by...typical BMW/Harley rider:puke1 ...i passed a BMW rider today, in traffic, and didn't get so much as a wave/nod/foot-off. the guy treated me like i was just another cage...which is kind of "fuck off" imo. not overtly...but implicit.


    a little disarming friendliness goes a long way...they probably took your lack of a leader-wave as a "fuck you" signal...sometimes it can be.

    next time as you pass the lead, give a YES nod or a wave and see how well it is taken. HA guys aren't gonna go out of their way to fuck with you...their reputation precedes them and if you show them you're a friendly, you should be fine.

    oh and going WFO for a few seconds once past is a smarter move than allowing some cage to catch up with you...but, you're on a GSA...i understand the low speed.

    abe
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  19. WaywardSon

    WaywardSon Long timer

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    Had a couple hundred Hells Angels in town two weekends ago. They took over a local motel & had support vehicles with BBQ smokers, tents etc. Looked like a convention. The cops messed with them endlessly. Don't know if they had a reason or just wanted to make sure that they did not feel welcome. If that was the case, I'm sure they succeeded. At one point there were five state troopers with a roadblock setup near the entrance to the motel. They stopped everyone who came through.

    My only personal contact with them was at a liquor store. One of them held the door open for me to enter & said, "How are you today sir?" & told me to have a nice day. Very polite...didn't know he was a Hell's Angel until I had passed him & noticed the patch on his vest. Rarely see those guys around here.
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  20. Uncle Ernie

    Uncle Ernie Long timer

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    So you meet a couple of ass-bites and now everyone on a Harley is trouble.

    Grow up and get over it.
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