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Commuting: The strange. The Odd. And the FUN

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by DAKEZ, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. tlub

    tlub Long timer Supporter

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    Leaving a half brick on the road. Just the thing to do. Effing A-hole. Reminds me again why I never want to go there, or even close to there.
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  2. Gone in 60

    Gone in 60 Been here awhile

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    On that trip, I was labelled "Dat snowflake what came from California." As such, I figured it was in my best interest not to question the local driving customs.
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  3. Tall Man

    Tall Man Govern yourself accordingly.

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    @Gone in 60
    You're getting your 9 annual posts out of the way all at once, aren't you? :D
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  4. Gone in 60

    Gone in 60 Been here awhile

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    Ha! Ya know, the internet can be a funny thing when you think about it. This is way off topic for the thread but...

    I’ve typically been quite active on the forums for my two bikes, Triumphrat and the CB1100 forum. I also hung out on the Orange County rider forum but it has petered out. I’ve mainly been a lurker here but I’ve been looking for more contact with riders online lately. Maybe because I haven’t been able to hang out with any real riders with the current lockdowns.

    I’m just lonely y’all!
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  5. Gone in 60

    Gone in 60 Been here awhile

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    Well, it has happened.

    When everything started locking down, my friends and I were having a "virtual cocktail party". We started ruminating about how long the pandemic would last, and each of us stated what we felt would be our own indication that things were starting to get back to normal.

    I thought about how the freeways were nearly empty and running wide open, and said that the day traffic on my commute came back to normal stop-and-go, and I had to split lanes again, it was getting back to normal.

    My shop opened back up two weeks ago, and during that time, getting on the freeway in the morning, if I wasn't going 70 at the end of the ramp I'd get smacked from behind. This morning, it changed. The ramp was backed up like normal, the freeway was crawling like normal, and I had to creep over to the car pool lane and thread my way past traffic like normal. At first, I figured maybe there was an accident up ahead, but no, it was just people with places to go again, now that a lot of businesses and stores are opening back up.
  6. CaptCapsize

    CaptCapsize Long timer

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    Yesterdays commute, I saw an interesting view of risk assessment.
    Pretty young lady on a little red Honda in busy traffic. She was wearing a tank top, shorts, tennis shoes, no gloves, no helmet, not even the only state required safety gear, eye protection, no glasses or goggles.
    But she was sporting a paper type surgical mask.

    I guess she figured the risk you can't see, was greater than the risks you can see.

    I am trying not to be judgmental, but her choice of safety gear just seems strange.
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  7. HuntWhenever

    HuntWhenever Motorcicle Commuter

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    I'm sure a statistician would agree with you.
  8. Gone in 60

    Gone in 60 Been here awhile

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    But Captain, if she were wearing a bunch of gear, how would you know that she was pretty?

    Sort of reminds me of a girl I helped in traffic about a year ago. She dropped her Fury chopper after a panic stop in traffic. She was wearing matching pink sweat pants and sweat shirt, with no gloves. She cut up her hands, knees and elbows.

    I was thinking of how much more her recovery was going to be because she was more concerned about how she looked than how to protect herself.
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  9. JaySwear

    JaySwear Been here awhile

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    I remember seeing a YouTube video of something similar! A girl all dressed up for Instagram crashed into the back of a car while splitting lanes on the HOV some place in California on her Sportster. She got all kinds of messed up in the video.
  10. DR Donk

    DR Donk Been here awhile

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    At work today, heard and then saw the rolling thunder of 35 Harleys passing by. Big group, cool sight. What was not so cool was that they all rolled thru the red light so as to not get separated. What, are they gonna get lost if they don't all stay together? :baby
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  11. oldgrizz

    oldgrizz Long timer Supporter

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    There are some lady riders up here in the frozen north.
    I have seen 5 of them riding together.
    They are on sport bikes, Ninja's and 1 Ducati.
    They are in full gear.
    One in pink leather.
    And darn they sure look nice.
  12. 1911fan

    1911fan Master of the Obvious Supporter

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    Bought a Road King from the local dealer, and kept getting emails and phone calls about planned group rides. I've asked them to stop, because I'm never going. Finally went in person and told the gal, nicely, that I have no intention of being associated with asshats group riding. Blowing stop signs/lights, blocking traffic, riding ten under the speed limit, wobbling through curves at 40mph in a 60mph zone.... Don't want to be anywhere near that shit.
    Why is it so many HD riders feel compelled to ride below the posted limit, heedless of the parade behind them? I've ridden for 50 years, owned a lot of motorcycles and loved them all. But I HATE Harley riders in groups.
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  13. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus Supporter

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    I was out today in the car, and a Harley group grope coming the other way at 40 mph was wobbling around a fairly tight turn. Some of them damn near went across the center line in front of me. It's probably good that they don't go faster because they are so ignorant and incompetent.
  14. Mister D

    Mister D Violating community standards

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    I was out riding scenic highway 7 a couple of years ago, with three friends on 1000cc bikes. I was on my SR400 and bringing up the rear. We didn't ride in a pack but rather stopped at turns, etc, so everyone could ride their own ride. So I was a little surprised when I caught up to them. They were stuck behind a line of cars, which were stuck behind a pack of Harleys. This went on for a while until the Harleys all pulled off at a wide shoulder in the road. As I passed them, I extended my hand and gave them a thumbs down gesture. I guess this enraged one of them because he quickly got rolling again and gave chase, leaving his pack behind. I was kinda worried for a few seconds. I watched him in my mirrors as we went through several curves and he kept fading back farther and farther until he finally disappeared. I found this to be pretty funny because the whole time he had been chasing me/us, we had still been stuck behind the pack of cars ahead, which may have been doing about 50mph. Maybe 50.
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  15. 250senuf

    250senuf Long timer

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    Could it be that none of his buddies joined in the chase and his bravado was thus lacking the reinforcement needed to deal with your "gang"?
  16. 1911fan

    1911fan Master of the Obvious Supporter

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    The marque attracts new riders, who typically don't have the skillset of more experienced riders. They'll learn, or not. One thing about riding in groups is that you're stuck with the speed of the least experienced. I think they reinforce each other's lack of skills since 'everybody else does it too'.
    Can't tell you how many bikes I've owned, around three dozen? and this is my first Harley. I love it! Not enough to parade around in do-rags and fingerless gloves, but all-day comfortable, the batwing fairing directs wind nicely, the saddlebags don't leak in the rain, and there's plenty of torque.
    I just wish the DPO hadn't switched the exhaust for, of course, noisier ones.

    EDIT: And I'm surprised how well it handles. I'm not anywhere near scraping pegs, but the published lean angles are in the mid-30's. I have this subconscious perception that it's a wallowing boat, but it's not. I'm working on being better at flogging it in corners. The huge torque makes in fun to early apex and then power out.
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  17. Bt10

    Bt10 Long timer

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    Have business in the city and have to park in the attached ramp. Could drive a citycar thru the gap in the gate and I park in not-a-spot. The thing uses 2 pieces of paper to actuate when leaving, paid by company. I would gladly drive around the gate, but I’m not sure if the business actually owns and operates the ramp. Decisions, decisions...
  18. Rider2

    Rider2 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Sounds like the Harley guys pulled over to let traffic pass and you took the opportunity to act like a dick.
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  19. Mister D

    Mister D Violating community standards

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    By giving them a thumbs down sign? OK. LOL
  20. kiwiwannafly

    kiwiwannafly Adventurer

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    Similar in northern Australia - big thunderstorms (lightning bolts to the ground) all around me. Very cool, flashy brilliance, yahooing like a cowboy...followed by rational thought: hmm...absolutely flat land, no obvious earthing points, ahh...except this metal motorbike that I'm sitting on.