Stupid questions people ask you when stopped

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by cold_fire, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. Louis Wambsganss

    Louis Wambsganss Been here awhile

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    I agree. They drive as if

    Rain = Ice

    Actual Ice = Liquid helium on a glass surface

    Note: I'm from the north, so I get to criticize the winter driving of southerners. It's in the rules.
  2. Drunk_Uncle

    Drunk_Uncle Long timer

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    You see if it was snow that fell in the south, I would tolerate Carpet Baggers critism, but its ice that is usually frozen on the roads, not snow. There is skill to driving on snow because there is some traction. but for ice the only mitigation is studded tires or chains. Studs are illegal in most states and very few southerners are going to buy chains.
  3. turtlemoye

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    This was one of those rare times when we got several inches of actual snow on the ground but you can hear the sleet hitting the camera housing. It was fun until the 4x4s rutted it out. And to keep it on topic, yes, I did get a lot of questions out riding this night.

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  4. RedShark

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    I got that more than a few times too with my BMWs, VFR and Futura (all single-sided swing arms) - very concerned people asking "Are you sure that's strong enough?" - because you know what whimsical carefree guys those BWM engineers are !

    I always asked them: "So, how many sides are your car wheels attached on ?"
  5. wyobohunter

    wyobohunter Been here awhile

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    Wrong friend. I grew up driving on ice and never afforded studded tires or chains until recently. Judicious application of throttle, brake and steering input. Start to maneuver early. That is all.

    Though now that I can afford winter tires and chains I'll never go back, just sayin' that driving skill and good judgement can overcome ice.
  6. woolsocks

    woolsocks Been here awhile

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    Guy at the gym starts telling me about numerous people he "knows" who have died or been injured riding. We start talking about accident stats and I tell him that I like to take training courses, wear gear, etc and that a good portion of riders who die are inexperienced, under the influence and are not wearing helmets so if I don't do those things I'm better off.

    He proceeds to tell me that he knew of this girl who actually died from wearing her helmet! Apparently she got lodged underneath a truck head-first and the helmet crushed her skull and the paramedics couldn't pull her out...:huh
  7. Navy Chief

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    I have heard that same story more than once from more than one person, leads me to believe that either this girl had a LOT of friends all over the country, or this is an urban myth... I am leaning towards the latter...

    I have also heard a couple of other stories about how somebody's helmet killed them, usually from a rider not wearing a helmet.

    Strangely they don't want to hear about all of the helmetless riders who died bouncing their skull off the pavement.. :deal
  8. SloMo228

    SloMo228 World Class Cheapass

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    It is possible to imagine a scenario in which a rider would have survived if he/she hadn't been wearing a helmet. Maybe a case where a rider comes off and the additional bulk of the helmet results in a neck injury? Maybe from hitting an object that, had the rider been helmetless, he/she would have just barely missed?

    That said, of course, it's far easier to come up with much more likely scenarios where the helmet will provide protection. It's kind of like the argument against seatbelts. Maybe there is a one in a million chance that you could get into a crash where not wearing a seatbelt (or helmet in our case) would have been better, but for those other 999,999 crashes, I'd rather be wearing the appropriate safety gear.
  9. jules083

    jules083 Long timer

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    My neighbor rides, said he won't wear a helmet because he can't see or hear as good and he thinks it's more dangerous.

    Whatever, he's 65 and has been riding since he was a kid. If he doesn't want to wear one it's his decision.

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    Doesn't matter to them. All they know is, "Motorsycles are dangerous and will kill ya!"
  11. bwalsh

    bwalsh Long timer

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    I agree.
    I came upon on an accident scene once with a car flipped on it's roof. The gal inside couldn't get her seat belt to release because her weight was holding the release. No, she wasn't over weight. I ran back to my car and grabbed the only thing that would cut...a pair of tin snips. :lol3 Ran back and cut the belt.
    It could have been deadly if the car had caught fire but I'm sure it would have been deadly if she had not been wearing it.

    That was one of those rare cases...
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  13. Veteran Noob

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    First off, I'm a carpet baggin yank and, based on observation, do not believe my arctic bound brethren, as a whole, are particularly skilled at driving in the low friction conditions offered up by our wintery clime. That said, you are mistaken regarding the need for studs or chains. Ice does not result in zero friction and studs are not an absolute necessity. The Michigan Ice Racing Association's most popular classes are rubber to ice (no studs). In fact, although they now run several classes allowing studded tires, MIRA originally only ran two classes (engine over drive wheels and engine not over drive wheels) and studs were not allowed in either.
  14. cgourlay

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    On my way back to Vegas from Death Valley on a rented Tiger 800, I pull into Pahrump for a quick fast food meal. As I'm dismounting this guy in a pickup pulls up next to me and says "Hey, you're bike is too quiet, I didn't see you coming because your bike is too quiet." :rofl

    Good stuff asshole. Don't bother actually looking out for motorcycle riders, because you expect everyone to have some obnoxious straight pipes.
  15. Drunk_Uncle

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    I am in MSF Rider Coach cert school. Friday was the first night of student teaching an actual class. Student told me loud pipes save lives. I normally reply with loud pipes only risk rights, since I was being evaluated, I was nice. I explained to him that sound waves are directional and the only way loud exhaust will be heard in front is to point his exhaust pipes to the front. Other wise they only warn (annoy) those you have already passed.
  16. VTphoneman

    VTphoneman Been here awhile

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    One of my co-workers is a Harley rider and knows not to pull any of the loud pipes stuff around me. Even better I over heard him telling a non-riding co-worker about the loud pipes alerting people, but that he doesn't mind them being loud as they are behind him so they aren't loud to him. Then the person he's talking to go "well then how do the cars in front of you hear them then". He was like :huh. I almost died laughing.
  17. Rango

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    Then... he got a million dollar idea: turn the pipes around :rofl
  18. BK

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    Then some idiot did it:

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  19. Lolthatguy

    Lolthatguy Has a Zombie House

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    I have two of these. One with my fire brigade kit, and one in my first aid kit on the bike.

    http://www.holmatro.com/en/vehicle-rescue/producten/443-seatbelt-cutter.html?c=231

    They cut through a seatbelt like a chainsaw through butter :lol3

    2 weeks ago I was in a rush to get to the fire station (volunteer brigade, station is unmanned and we respond via SMS and paging system) and I didn't notice my Holmatro wasn't tucked into my pocket properly. It's attached via a retractable I.D holder, and when I jumped out somehow on some freak chance it has jagged my car seatbelt. Fucks me how. I've looked at tried to replicate it a few times. I felt a slight tug on my uniform and looked to find this thing has cut half way through my cars seatbelt! :eek1

    Anyway, sorry for the thread hijack.


    Has anyone said anything stupid to me lately? Nah. People have been nice and friendly here lately. A few people stare and smile at my wife and I when we jump off the bike but nothing otherwise. I'll wait till the weather gets around freezing, then go for a good ride.
  20. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Love those blue pipes

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    Ask someone why they don't do that and I bet that "It would be too loud" is one of answers. The reply to which should be... "Bingo!"