Merging into a flotilla of Harleys?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by keswind, May 13, 2012.

  1. Dolly Sod

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    Riding the interstate to get out of the city and suburbs and get into the country is much more fun than stoplight. Stoplight. Stoplight. Stoplight. Stoplight. Stoplight.

    Course instead of avoiding the interstate, if you just figured out how to ride that thing, imagine the fun you could have. :evil
  2. BeerIsGood

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    Yes. If that is the kind of area you live in, then I agree. That would suck.
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  4. DAKEZ

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    The Super Slab has its place. Often times it is the best choice. There are times when a rider just needs to get somewhere and the Interstate is the BEST option.

    I ride on the Super Slab almost every day for my normal commute. That said, I do think we agree on what you are trying to convey. I like the out of the way roads far better for riding. If time allows they are my choice as well.

    On a trip I will generally take the slab one way and the fun roads the other. Be it fun going or fun coming home depends on several variables such as weather and scheduling...

    Two Lane or Slab when I come upon a heard of cruiser riders I get through and past them as expeditiously as safely possible.
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  8. Offcamber

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    He merged with extreme prejudice...:wink:
  9. Dan-M

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    +1 I hit the slab to get away from the stop & go then hit the back roads. When touring I do the same thing if riding into or out of a larger city.
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  11. rgoers

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    I rode 70 miles of dirt roads this past weekend, and didn't see a single HD out there!!! :D Funny thing is; I did meet a guy on a brand new BMW. I stopped to talk with him for a few minutes, we rode a ways together, then went off in different directions.

    That's my kind of "motorcycle club"; where you meet a total stranger, and act like civilized responsible adults, whether you're on a 250cc KLX or a 1000cc BMW. No "colors" to be concerned over, no obnoxious "floatilla" formations, no secret Mickey Mouse handshake, and you don't have to dress like a pirate! :rofl
  12. Mat

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    It's "freedom". You know, when it isn't the elected gouvernment telling you what to do, but some hooligan with the bigger gun.

    As for the original topic, why treat traffic with bikes differently than traffic with cars, bikes, and trucks? If anything, I would rather merge into traffic consisting of bikes because generally they take up less space than a semi. It's not a centibike, it is many individual bikes that can move around individually.

    Really don't get all the fuss. I also doubt any "real 1%er" would give the slightest shit if you pass through their formation in a decent manner as long as you aren't being an asshole. They aren't all psychos just waiting for an excuse to test their new rocket launcher (unless you are in Sweden, then I'd be careful).
  13. bloodandmotoroil

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    the best way to get respect is to throw beer cans at them as you pass and give em the finger...
    they like it. ...... TRUST ME..
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  15. Goran69

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    yeah exactly what I would do...then again we do not have large flotilla of Harleys...
  16. Wuwei

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    The title of this thread should be changed to: "How do you merge into a Rolling Blunder?"

    Over the weekend I happened upon several different RBs and I must say they looked like accidents just getting choreographed. One I saw merging onto the superhighway complete with police escort blocking all other traffic, but luckily I got ahead of the mass and since they were rolling under the speed limit I left the blundering herd in my rear view mirror. That group was big enough and traveling so close and tight that it made me realize that a lot of what we all wrote in this thread doesn't do justice to the genuine problem dealing with such a mass that might be spread out over miles. I really wouldn't have wanted to have to pick my way through it. Wouldn't have been easy.
  17. troidus

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    I was just north of Kansas City on a trip one time and came upon a LARGE group of Harleys in the left lane, backing up traffic behind and beside them. The cagers were rightfully pissed, because the herd was going just about the speed limit, so it was impossible to get around them. I was on the bike and started picking off chunks of the group, and after awhile came upon a trike pulling a coffin. WTF, guys, keep funeral processions in the RIGHT lane. I almost felt bad for passing, but reminded myself that they were practicing extreme dickery. I was also reminded of a story I read a few years prior, told by someone who was proud that his group had tied up an Interstate across three states, keeping anyone from passing, and I did not want to get stuck in THAT. Anyway, just as I was approaching the head of the line, the lead riders headed down an off ramp. I have no idea how a mile and a half (at least) of bikes trapped in the left lane by their own dumbassery were supposed to all get over and get off the highway, but I was off down the road and didn't have to worry about them any more.
  18. mrphotoman

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    I do not get the whole riding in a huge group going 1/2 the speed limit. Not only does it sound boring as hell but embarrassing as well.

    I just wait until there is a clear spot then pass them all or I cuss and pull over and give the roadblock time to clear so I can actually enjoy the curves instead of going the same speed as I would if I were behind a convoy of semi's with flat tires.