What are they thinking?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by 390beretta, Jul 11, 2012.

  1. 390beretta

    390beretta Long timer

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    Took a ride on my 88 K75 today to get my hair cut, what there is of it. I'm on Cave Creek Rd. heading south for those of you who know the phoenix area. I'm doing 50 or so in a 45, watching my mirrors and getting ready to turn West on Thunderbird. Suddenly, a guy screams by me doing at least 80. (I saw him coming). He was in his lane, the one left of me, wearing helmet, shorts and T shirt. As I'm watching him, I'm startled by his buddy, I assume, because his exhaust is a lot louder. He's doing maybe 85-90. As I continue on, thinking WTF, I see them both pull into a strip mall type area and park their bikes...walking into a store.

    Now this stretch of road is very busy, lots of shops, side streets, stop lights, etc. Not a place to be doing that kind of speed. Don't get me wrong, I like speed. I love sitting at 90-100 mph. in the right circumstances but I just don't get what these guys are thinking.....or not thinking. They were young, I'm guessing teens to mid 20s. Where the hell did they get the idea that it's OK to do that and where did they get the idea that they can't die? Even in my wildest days around that age, I never did anything that stupid.
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  2. ray h

    ray h Been here awhile

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    It's ok, we've done this a hundred times so whats the problem, mind your own business you old fart.

    Thats what they are thinking.......
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  3. 390beretta

    390beretta Long timer

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    Ouch! Man that hurts.
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    '05Train Mind is not for rent

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    Anyone who's going faster than you is an maniac.

    Anyone who's going slower than you is a moron.


    Congratulations, you're old.
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  5. Benesesso

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    Is a 390 a bored-out 380 Beretta? :huh
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  6. Chromer

    Chromer Not going gentle

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    They aren't. The mental internalization of "consequence" doesn't really develop in the human brain until the mid- to late-20's.
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  7. crofrog

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    word.
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  8. PrtclMn001

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    Yep. I'm there too...
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  9. 5punksdad

    5punksdad Tag-Master-Flash

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    they were trying to impress you.......it apparently didnt work.
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  10. AZbiker

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    I can remember riding down Shea on my HawkGT at around 100 indicated.

    At that speed, the difference in speed is so great that traffic appears to be moving backwards.

    My Hawk was my performance award generator.
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  11. 390beretta

    390beretta Long timer

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    Well, screw this! Some of you have made derogatory ref. to my age, not sure I understand that but guess you do. I still think 80-90 mph. in a 45 is irresponsible, stupid and disrespectful of the safety of others. Not to mention their own safety, especially dressed as they were. I guess I'll be posting a lot less here in the future.
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  12. DAKEZ

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    :roflNate... Is that you?
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  13. Benesesso

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    Gad zooks! Please clear up the how you have a 390 Beretta before you bail. :1drink
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  14. CeleryFarmer

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    Pretty sure the 390 Beretta is a semiauto shotgun.
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    Whose fake n00b are you?
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  16. ray h

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    It occurs to me that you may have taken what I wrote as MY thoughts and not what I would imagine these young guns were thinking (you did ask "what are THEY thinking"). As someone who is rapidly approaching "old fart" status, I certainly can't call anyone else out for aging.
    Sorry if you took me wrong, you know, it's hard to tell over the net.
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  17. 390beretta

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    Well, the 390 beretta handle was chosen because I won the AZ sporting clays championship twice; in 93 and again in 2005 shooting a 390 beretta shotgun. Simple. I'm not bailing totally, just tired of some of the "shallow and asinine" thinking that some on this forum exhibit. No disrespect to those who don't. And I don't classify "shallow and asinine" to those who don't agree with me. I might reference the member who suggested "tossing coins into the air to stop tailgaiting" as an example, in response to another of my posts.
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  18. Ugly

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    Ah yea. I remember when I was still immortal. Those were the days. :freaky
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  19. bwalsh

    bwalsh UUU, UUU!!!

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    Just ignore the white noise. Some moderators call the perfect line, "the perfect dumping ground". Fits doesn't it? :deal

    Personally, I could care less about someones safety that does stupid crap like that. If they kill themselves, TFB. Just don't take an innocent victim with them. I've almost been taken out by pricks like that.
    For all you "stay out of my business" types, it's stupid people like that that put a bad light on motorcycles to the non cycling world. Oh yeah, it's all about freedom, or is it freedumb?
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  20. Benesesso

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    Wow, congratulations! Was it at the Ben Avery range?

    Got a serious question for you. I never was able to hit diddly at 16 yd. trap. After a few years and a few different barrels, my best was a crummy 21--usually ~14. Read books, tried 7 1/2 and 8 shot, no good.

    But I noticed something. Sometimes I'd get lucky and a single pellet would knock a tiny chip off the clay. Others I hit would just disappear in smoke. But the guys who could do 25, 50, and 100 straight always seemed to have their clays break into many pieces, but not smoke them. They would break into a nice pattern almost like an aerial firework-every time.

    Why the big difference?
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