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Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by JerryAtrick, Jul 4, 2018.
yes, I can see the difference now.
No... that’s just a few urban blight areas that get hysterical about stupid stuff.
Don’t come out to the country, you’ll be terrified. We leave dirt and leaves and rocks all over our roads. When the cows walk down them, none of us ever cleans up the cow pies. Tractor or equipment coming out of a muddy field is going to leave muddy tracks. And don’t ever follow too close to a honey wagon going down the road!
50' deep sawdust? Are you still alive?
Took this tonight for my buddy that thinks I really am riding around on an oil burning MTD.
Here is a better shot for the guys blessed to live in the country. I actually look forward to tractor time. It is therapy for me, just like riding......all your problems drift away in a small cloud of diesel smoke. The smell of fresh mowed grass disappearing 72 inches at a time.
Raised and lived in the country most of my life. Sure, some "stuff" in the road is unavoidable whenever there are agricultural activities around. If you live or ride in the country you'd better be able to accept that or you're going to be awfully upset. In the same way, when Mr. Country-life finds himself living in suburbia he should expect to live in accordance with the customs and expectations of his neighbours there - who are mostly NOT expecting to find mud, shit and other debris in the road.
So do we all support things like HOA's that ban motorcycles? Motorcycles not being in accordance with the customs and expectations of the neighbors there.
I guess so, judging by this thread.
Well, I wouldn't live in a neighborhood that is governed by a HOA (how many HOA's have actually banned bikes I wonder - not many!) but some people like having the extra structure that brings, I guess. Their choice to live there and follow the rules or live somewhere else. Probably not many motorcyclists go to live in places that would ban bikes either. Doesn't affect me one way or the other so I don't support them or otherwise. Anyhow, that's a different thread, as is the one about the obnoxious douchebags on their cruisers or 4-wheelers who piss everyone off with their racket and cause people to want to ban motorcycles.
I lived in a suburban area for several years and NEVER mowed in such a way that clippings got all over the road. Don't remember any of my neighbors doing so either. Currently, I'm in a more rural area outside city limits, with only have a small section of public road frontage. I have several acres of grass and mow it without getting cuttings on the road, my driveway, my house and cars or in the drainage ditch. This takes zero extra effort and is all about common sense and common courtesy, not because of any rules.
If you wish to show off your cool "no fucks given" attitude via an exhibition of poor mowing skill and bad manners that's your choice but if you think it impresses anyone to brag about it you are deluded.
Seems the raging is coming from folk who believe they are superior because of the way they mow.
The rest of us don't get worked up over it.
I don't get worked up about it either, I just think it shows sloppy habbits that are easily avoided, and indicative of character kind of like farting in an elevator.
As long as it's a private community with private roads I support their right to do so if they wish.
I think we have a failure to communicate. This thread was about suburbia extrapolating their value system to us country folks. I am not sure where you got the idea that us rebel flag waving, beechnut chewers all the sudden moved to your enclave and caused mowing mayhem while simultaneously dropping the property values.
What is missed (because the haters have never done it) is the amount of extra work somebody with acreage has to do, to clean off road frontage, versus a 100 foot walk to the garage to get the leaf blower and do 50 feet. You call it lazy, yet I would wager a lot of the haters responding here pay somebody to cut the grass.
I think the actual question posed by the OP poster was asking if grass on the roadway was actually a hazard. I don't recall anything regarding whether it was "the right thing to do", or suburban extrapolation, or calling out lazy people, poor character traits, blah, blah, blah...
As usual everyone seems to want to pick a fight. Calm down y'all, its only an internet forum (about motorcycle riding, btw).
If you think mowed grass is a road hazard, God forbid you even think about riding during the most beautiful and best riding season in the Northeast....
Yeah I agree, mow time can be therapeutic, sipping on a cold one, nice and cool, no dust. The houses are a little farther apart in my "country" though.
My wife can get by with a 72" deck, for the yard and around the lake, but that would be slow going on the driveway road banks and the back driveway in my neighborhood
As for the original grass hazard post: I have nearly a mile and a half of road frontage and a mower that doesn't have a directional discharge, I can still leave the road free from my clippings, by watching what I'm doing and using the mower to blow it off after I mow.
And I did have an "ass pucker" once when early one morning some ass hat was throwing a 6 inch round windrow of wet grass on a tight 90 degree corner.
Just like trash, beer cans or any other debris, leaving grass clippings on a public road is an ass hat move.
I am in a bedroom community, on the far side of the next county out from Louisville. You look like you have a nice spread. You definitely have a nice machine, is it air conditioned? You might understand (or not, really doesn't matter) but my Woods deck is a side discharge and on the chute side the blades are in about 4 or 5 inches. My frontage has a deeper swale than your picture. The only way I can clear the ditch, is to throw grass away from the valley (half to the road, half in my yard) and some of my younger neighbors treat our road like a drag strip. I try not put my tractor on the road, unless it is covered with snow. If it was flatter I would make the first pass inward.
But, as was pointed out a few posts ago, my answer to "is grass a hazard" is for me....NO. It is so far down the danger spectrum, compared to what I see in the road all the time around home that I do not even think about it.
Signed ASS HAT
I agree with this, grass is only a hazard to those over riding their line of sight and skill level.
What I don't understand is why you insist that the only folks who care, or make an effort to not discharge grass on the road are strictly tract housing inhabitants limited to 50' of frontage.
Probably a reaction to the claims of certain folk in this thread that people who let grass blow on the roadway are a lower form of humanity, don't have any sense of civic pride, ruin property values, etc.
But that's just a guess.