Text Riding

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by DAKEZ, Feb 11, 2010.

  1. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    Now that the weather is warming up a bit I am going through my gear getting ready for the change over. There I found my left glove with the end of the thumb cut off.

    Perfect for texting while riding.

    Good thing I still have one of the old fashion flip phones with a lanyard and not one of those Blackberry Iphone things.
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  2. debueller

    debueller Has a thing 4Fungirl

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    :rofl :rofl :rofl :rofl
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  3. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    But I'm good I tell ya. Don't even need to look at the phone. :deal

    It took me a while to train my left thumb... But its all good now. :D
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  4. rdwalker

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    it only works when you are left-handed.

    You guys give up clutch when texting while riding - the right-hand guys have to give up throttle.

    But wait! My LT has cruise control! I better hurry and get the Light Truck back on the road! :roflNow I can text, too!
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  5. DAKEZ

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    With an LT and cruise control you should be able to use a Blackberry or i-phone.

    I have a Boulder. It works well for the DR...Very durable and waterproof. It even has a compass so I don't need to mount up the GPS unit. I wouldn't want to get too distracted. :1drink
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  6. rdwalker

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    Actually, seriously, I have my regular cell phone tied into the audio system of the bike - simply because I cannot resist adding electronic farkles. The idea was to be in touch on the long rides I do - but once I got it all sorted out and running, I never plugged it in again; I really do not want to be bothered.

    But - your device sounds like another great farkle. Boulder? What is it?
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  7. DAKEZ

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    It is just a VERY tough little waterproof phone with a lot of nice features.

    http://www.casiogzone.com/boulder/

    It has a navigation option that I have never used as I seem to always be going to “No Place in Particular” and I have never been able to find it on any GPS unit. (or map for that matter but they do a better job)

    Perhaps when technology advances GPS units will one day be able to guide us there.
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  8. brumbie13

    brumbie13 Born to be Mild

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    The other day my best friend was discussing buying a car.

    He was going to get a manual transmission because he wanted to be cool. I was proud of him for choosing the "man pedal."

    Then he got to thinking (yeah, you didn't see that coming, right?) and he told me, "actually, I think I'll stick with an automatic. Since I'm usually using my right hand to eat or use the phone or stuff like that, I'd to have a free hand for that."

    ... :eek1


    Alright, just don't let your driving get in the way too much while eating and talking on your phone. :bluduh
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  9. moymurfs

    moymurfs Play stupid games, win stupid prizes!

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    When I ride, I ride. Music-yes . Phone - yes, somewhere in one of my cases to be checked at the end of the day.
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  10. rob feature

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  11. ehatcher

    ehatcher Hello? Is this thing on?

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    The best thing about texting while riding is that you don't pay too much attention to things. I find I am more relaxed. If you watch too carefully you may see a deer jumping out or a cage turning left in front of you: things like that can startle you and cause you to crash. Best to play it safe and not watch too closely.


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  12. DAKEZ

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    I do feel that ABS brakes could come in handy for Text Riding.

    Like the times when you lose count of how many times you hit the one button... 9 times for an apostrophe, 4 times for the Exclamation mark, 7 times for the & sign....

    It is inevitable that from time to time you will lose count (at least I do) by trying to multi-task and it is those times when you need to glance down at the phone that those ABS brakes could come in handy. :1drink
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    I better be a tough phone just in case you have to lay 'er down. The upside is that you don't need your hands for that really, so you can protect the phone during the maneuver.
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  14. ehatcher

    ehatcher Hello? Is this thing on?

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    Seriously though, safety while riding should come first. I always look up after punching in two or three words. If I am in town with traffic, I look up after after every word. I realize I look like an idiot with my head bobbing up and down all the time, but I believe "safe" should come before "cool." People who rely on peripheral vision when texting are really putting themselves at risk.

    DAKEZ - you should LOOK at what you are texting - do you really want to send Brittany/Megan/Cindi a message that says "u wanna ###p : ltt" when you meant to type "u wanna hook up ltr?" You are so not getting anything if you look like you are too stupid to type. Get real dude.

    I also would not text without an ABS equiped bike. Safety features like ABS were designed to allow a margin of error while riding.


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  15. DAKEZ

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    Well Brittany Is just stupid enough to figure it out... Meagn and Cindy :raabia :toney :sweeti :feelgood :viking

    But it does not matter as I have gotten good I tell ya. I don't need to look.

    I think I will write a book. Texting for Dummies.
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  16. MathRocks

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    I saw this thread a couple of days ago, and found it funny, but then this morning riding to work - I saw someone on a scooter texting. WTF!!! No shit, some asshole was texting on their scooter. :asshat
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    Why not cars do it all the time. Hit a car on a scooter while texting your fucked, not the car.
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  18. DAKEZ

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    Was he/she a proficient Texter?

    Or did he/she look overly distracted?

    One must be careful when riding.
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  19. MathRocks

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    I think it is probably harder to be proficient with the full face helmet, but, for having limited vision they seemed to be doing okay. Seriously though, when you text while riding, you make all motorcyclists look bad to non-riders.:gerg
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  20. ehatcher

    ehatcher Hello? Is this thing on?

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    Good point! Wearing a helmet while texting and riding is a hazard. The chin bar makes you have to move your head more in order to see the keys. Plus, what do you do if someone calls....you gotta yell: "HOLD ON, I CAN"T HEAR YOU, I GOTTA PULL OVER AND TAKE MY $#%@ing HELMET OFF. Not Cool.

    IMHO I suspect DAKEZ is trolling with the whole "I don't look at the keys" bit. Sure, a few guys who spend a LOT of time practicing the technique MIGHT be good enough to really do it that way, but 99.9% of the riders out there are looking at the keys.

    Eric
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