North Georgia Forest - Truck Warning!

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by mikem9, Jan 31, 2009.

  1. mikem9

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    Riding with 5 buddies today on FS roads. Coming down 28 via 77 just a few miles from Nimblewil Church. We had a crazy incident with a truck we passed. The first few riders passed him slowly and courteously and he went crazy, trying to knock them off the road and then speeding up trying to ram them. He made one guy drive into a ditch and it broke his blinker on the embankment, but he kept from crashing and sped off. The truck driver looked like he was driving in a rally as our buddies sped up to try and get away from him - he was flying! trying to ram them! Finally he slammed on the brakes and slid the truck sideways to try and block the last couple of us. He then slammed it in reverse as if he was trying to turn around and come back and run over us (the last two). When he hit reverse we sped by and he tried to hit us again, barely missing us. He chased after us, but we created some distance. I'm very thankful I was with a group of very experienced riders, and not some of our sons or other less experienced riders, we take up there sometimes. The situation is currently under investigation.

    Description: Older, squared off style, Ford Ranger. (early 90's?). Mid-sized truck. Faded dark red, with tool box in truck bed. Driver - Guess - 50's Graying hair - scruffy, medium length and glasses. Overweight. If you want the tag number PM me. Edit: Faded red, almost maroon color.



    Just wanted to warn everyone that rides in the North Ga. Forest to be careful.
    This guy definately has has it out for motorcyclists. Has anyone else had a run in with a vehicle of this description lately?
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  2. RichardU

    RichardU Let's Ride

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    That's serious. Sorry it happened to you, but glad you came out okay. Thanks for the warning.
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  3. flux_capacitor

    flux_capacitor I know a shortcut!

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    Shit Mike, hate to hear things like this. Thanks for the warning. Sounds like he may have had one too many run-ins with non courteous motorcyclists out there. Still, no excuse for his behavior. When you say it is under investigation... I hope that means you filed a police report. What he did is nothing short of attempted murder.
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  4. NC HILLBILLY

    NC HILLBILLY Long timer

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    That definately an felonious assault with a deadly weapon. Too bad no body had a concealled carry permit and was carrying :gun2 during the ride.........Mark
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  5. stretchmark

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    Some crazy shit there, Mike!
    That's definitely aggravated assault.
    Let us know what happens with the investigation.

    Not condoning what he did at all, but tell us a bit more about how he was passed. I see you said slowly and courteously, but did you guys give him any chance at all to pull over and let you by?
    If he didn't see you guys coming and was startled when you passed, I can see how his feathers might have been ruffled. Still absolutely no excuse for his retaliation.
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  6. mikem9

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    Yes, we filed including his tag, but I don't have it myself, or would post here. On the concealed carry - some, but back at the truck - bummer!

    The Sheriff, who we found out later is a streetbiker himself, told us that the general feeling around there, based on typical behavior from dirt bikers is that a lot of them are driving crazy on the forest rds. and without courtesy. I think what he was trying to tell us is that there are some of these locals out there with a chip on their shoulder towards dirt bikers.

    If anyone has had a similar run in with a similar Truck or person, PM me or call Lumpkin County Sheriff and report it if you don't mind. I think it might come down to his word vs. ours and sad to say that just by the fact we were on motorcycles is a strike against us. We are more concerned that this guy might try this kind of stunt again and really hurt or kill someone. Just the fact that he knows he has been reported, might help keep him from doing it again up there - we hope.
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  7. olebiker

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    Could you hear the banjos in the background?
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  8. nevermind

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    I've heard it from other motorists/wacko's that because a bike rode past them, or "startled" them during a pass, it's fair to intimidate bikers. I've heard some say, wait until they come by and open your door.

    This just reminds me, I need to be careful out there, they ARE trying to kill us...
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  9. mb90535im

    mb90535im '05 R1200 GS

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    If you got his tag # he should be in jail already.
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  10. mikem9

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    When we first saw him he was following another vehicle - SUV. They looked like there were driving together and were going very slow. When we came up behind them, they slowed even more and the one in front started to pull over to the right side. There was already enough room on the left side of the truck, he was already further right. It appeared that they were slowing down to let us pass. That's when the first rider went to pass. As he was passing, and before he got to the lead vehicle, for some reason it changed sides of the road and pulled to a little clearing on the left - we assumed just trying to get off the road for us. As the rider was beside the truck, it veered left, not giving our buddy much room between the truck and the SUV that just pulled to the left. For the first incident, we talked later, we all gave him the benefit of the doubt and just thought he tried to avoid a rock or pothole.

    He then went back to the middle right of the road, which looked like he was saying come on and pass and the second buddy went to pass slowly. I think it was this one who got pushed into the ditch. This is when the truck started acting really crazy.

    When we pass cars, we generally try to let them acknowledge us in their mirrors or by their action and then we pass slowly and give a wave of thanks as we go by.

    We had a great day of riding, but kind of left a little deflated, thinking about there are a few ticked off and half crazy people up there that might hurt some family out for a ride etc.

    We probably should all recommit to go above and beyond and in the courtesy and kindness department to other people when we are on our motorcycles up there. As we all know, our general image is not good.
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  11. mikem9

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    Amen!
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  12. Venturer

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    Mike - glad no one was hurt. Sounds very dangerous. While we all occassionally get frustrated with motorists both on FS roads and the street, I agree that when it comes to passing, we need to be cautious, lawful and non-threatening. I now refuse to pass on double yellow on the street, and wait until it is clear that the motorist wants me to pass on FS roads.

    I am still guilty of going too fast on FS roads, and occasssionally pop a wheelie... Some things are hard to give up.

    We are all dirt bike ambassadors for our sprot.
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  13. Willy-B

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    Sounds to me y'all did just what I would normally do.:dunno Let the vehicle acknowledge you, pass with caution and give a thank you wave.:wave

    I've been on some of the forest roads in a vehicle and it's just no fun to do anything more than take it easy due to pot holes, rocks and so forth. With a dual sport it's much easier to dodge this type stuff and carry a tad quicker pace. Not to mention the dust in the dry months behind car/truck/SUV.:puke2

    Sorry to hear about all of this. Good luck with the report you filed, let us know how this goes.
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  14. stretchmark

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    Thanks for the clarification. I'll definitely watch out for this whack job.
    Hope they catch him.
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  15. Some Dude

    Some Dude what attitude problem???

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  16. manganos

    manganos Let me pontificate.

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    WOW. I would have done a couple of things different. Not to sound cocky but I do conceal carry 99.9% of the time in my backpack. You never know who you will meet while out and about. It seems this guys intent was to harm you guys. I would go to the magistrate and press charges. The magistrate will issue a warrant of arrest. It does not matter if it is your word against his. The attitude of the police is they have to see the incident in order to file charges. This however does not prevent you from filing charges yourself. Good luck and let us know the outcome.
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  17. Truckin_Thumper

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    You gotta love Tarheelians!! :clap

    Good thing I wasn't there, I woulda unloaded on his ass.
    No matter the situation, there is NEVER a reason to try and run down people "just because".
    Glad no one was hurt! :thumb
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  18. mikem9

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    Thanks for the comments guys. PS - If anyone has seen similar behavior from a similar vehicle, it would help the case. Leaving now for a street ride - see you all in the mountains!
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  19. Some Dude

    Some Dude what attitude problem???

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    Almost useless in a backpack, you could be ran over or shot just trying to get to it. Now the double zippered waterproof pocket of let's say a BMW Ralley jacket can fit quite a few different options. This combined with a helmet mounted cam www.vholdr.com makes for a sound case if a driver decides to use their vehicle as a deadly assault weapon. It's bad enough on the streets of Atlanta, let alone with some of the folks on the FS roads who think they are on their private land or something of the sort.

    I am all for being courteous and making safe passes street or dirt, but when there isn't mutual respect and a general stereo type knee jerk response from the other side it can get ugly quick unfortunately
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  20. manganos

    manganos Let me pontificate.

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    I agree. While off road it is in my backpack. On the street it is on my person.
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