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Old Oct 8th, 2011, 9:27 pm
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Think I witnessed a Motorcycle accident today.

I was headed north on US 421 in Indiana just on a whim running 150 miles up to lake Michigan for a picture to text my wife and make her jealous. The traffic got pretty heavy and there was a bunch of harleys in front of the car in front of me, and cars behind me coming out of a small town at about 45 mph. A car was setting in middle of road waiting to make a left turn as I went past. next thing I know, two harleys come by with horrific looks on their faces side by side as they tried to stop. I heard a boom and looked in my mirror and saw the closest bike to me with the tires smoking all locked up and did not see the other bike. As I said I was doing 45 in traffic going the other way and not even anywhere to pull over. I hope all is well, But I know they are hurting if they hit the car. The Do-rags wouldn't help much.
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Re: Think I witnessed a Motorcycle accident today.

Ironically, The next day, I was riding home from Putnam Park AMA Championships. Two riders side by side On what else coming toward me waved. I don't want to be an ars, but All I could do back at them was shake my head. I refuse from now on to wave at people who deliberately put themselves and others in danger in an obvious manner. I am sure they look back at me and think I am being all high and mighty, but lets be serious. Acknowledging people that are doing stupid things is not a good thing.
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Re: Think I witnessed a Motorcycle accident today.

I think your setting a bad precedent with not waving just because they don't choose the same safety level you feel comfortable with; next you'll have to stop waving at people on bikes with out ABS. Personally I feel anything less than a full face helmet is too much risk to my mug and does not indicate the smartest choice to me for others, but it's what my wife chose though sometimes I think I should stop waving at her.... I see people making what I consider poor decisions in riding attire all of the time but I love the fact that they can make those decisions for themselves at the level they feel comfortable. The wave is about acknowledging a shared love of two wheels and the road and the shared decision to accept the risk that it takes to enjoy the experience. It in no ways indicates you agree with everything about the other rider. I say don't judge, just enjoy the ride and wave at whoever you pass.

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It is not the attire or just being ignorant about motorcycle safety that I am against. It is was the fact that they are riding side by side on wide bikes on a two lane road and actually taking up more than the lane they are in. They are not only putting themselves in danger but their riding partners and oncoming traffic.
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Re: Think I witnessed a Motorcycle accident today.

I doubt my waving, or not waving, will elicit any meaningful thought on the part of any oncoming rider. "Oh, gee that guy didn't wave, I'd better buy some protective gear and take the MSF course."
Some of us go down due to our own negligence, some through no fault of our own. Some of us are better protected when that happens than others. I'll wave or not depending on how busy I am at that moment riding my bike. I'm not your judge, I'm your fellow rider.
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Re: Think I witnessed a Motorcycle accident today.

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It is not the attire or just being ignorant about motorcycle safety that I am against. It is was the fact that they are riding side by side on wide bikes on a two lane road and actually taking up more than the lane they are in. They are not only putting themselves in danger but their riding partners and oncoming traffic.
I have seen the Illinois State police do the same thing.
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I have seen the Illinois State police do the same thing.
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After going through extensive training...
So that makes it legal for them and illegal for me? Police are to follow the same laws they enforce.
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