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post #1 of 15 Old Aug 6th, 2006, 2:14 am Thread Starter
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Just from a mathematics point of view, the more time spent on the road, the more idiots you'll encounter.
Since there is no money in it, DA's don't go after killer's much at all. Even though said killers have already confessed to their guilt "I didn't see them"
They would much rather spend the time and resources of the district bringing money from the largest industry DUI check points.
So with the kid down the street getting killed this week (SUV, no signal, left turn in front of him on a 55mph rd,) My friend Tony B getting run over, same routine 1/2 block from his house this sunday.
I'm fed up, little mod to my round town bike
CAN YOU SEE ME NOW.
LT mod to come soon.
Rock
PS Had. a State Trooper at the Sheetz say to me, "wow that looks just like the material they use on the back of our units."
Really; did someone report it missing?
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post #2 of 15 Old Aug 6th, 2006, 4:25 am
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Just from a mathematics point of view, the more time spent on the road, the more idiots you'll encounter.
Since there is no money in it, DA's don't go after killer's much at all. Even though said killers have already confessed to their guilt "I didn't see them"
They would much rather spend the time and resources of the district bringing money from the largest industry DUI check points.
So with the kid down the street getting killed this week (SUV, no signal, left turn in front of him on a 55mph rd,) My friend Tony B getting run over, same routine 1/2 block from his house this sunday.
I'm fed up, little mod to my round town bike
CAN YOU SEE ME NOW.
LT mod to come soon.
Rock
PS Had. a State Trooper at the Sheetz say to me, "wow that looks just like the material they use on the back of our units."
Really; did someone report it missing?

yea I'm fed up as well. friggen people won't take any responsibility for thierself, not with anything let alone accidents! . It don't matter what you do there is always some Jackass that is going to get you.

Now you have made yourself a target of fixation, there is no win win situation. i can hear it now!

Officer, I thought it was barrier and I chose to hit it instead of the other traffic!

Officer I was trying commit suicide I thought it was a Concrete barrier!



OOPS sorry didn't mean to make you think I was saying you were uhhh Like A ROCK or something

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Had a State Trooper at the Sheetz say to me, "wow that looks just like the material they use on the back of our units."
Really! Did someone report it missing?
Putting that reflective tape on the back of your patrol veh is about as bad as being on the side of the road with your overhead lights on! The HUA/drunk drivers speed up and swerve (into you)!

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." (Some really OLD friggin' White dude who couldn't have possibly known what he was talking about!) WARNING: Official HATE speech!
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Hey, Rock,
Interesting improvement to the bike..

There isn't much we can do about the drunks... what would we do with Ted Kennedy? If our country WON'T stand up against that, what hope is there?

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What would we do with Ted Kennedy?

WOW! Now there is a question!....

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." (Some really OLD friggin' White dude who couldn't have possibly known what he was talking about!) WARNING: Official HATE speech!
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While this is a great mod for night time riding, how do make thse idiots see you in daylight?

I was about 1/2 mile from the house yesterday, on my way home from about a 400 mile, uneventful ride and had 2 incidents: Exited the highway and got in my usual left turn only lane next to a pickup in the go straight lane. As I started to turn left, so did the idiot in the pickup! Then, not 200 yds later, another pickup pulls over on the right shoulder, then proceeds to start a U-turn in front of me! Man, I love those ABS brakes!

Rewind to March. A friend from work was on his R1 in the right lane doing the speed limit (35). To his left was a SUV with 4 young adults. He was even with their right front fender when they decided to turn left into Micky D's. My buddy had no place to go. He moved as far right as he could without impacting the curb, and they hit him sending him and his R1 flying into the McDonald's parking lot. Luckily, he wears full gear and the only damage he had was a banged knee and his R1 was relatively unscathed.

Just another reason everyone should be required to ride a motorcycle before driving a car. It would sure weed out a lot of idiots.


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Just another reason everyone should be required to ride a motorcycle before driving a car. It would sure weed out a lot of idiots.
That is how I started back in France. Logged about 75 K miles on various bikes even before taking the car license test...
Funny thing is that I drive the way I ride... (and sometimes forget I am not supposed to use the HOV lane because it is just me in the car after I dropped the kids at school ). My passengers notice that I thoroughly look left and then right before taking off as the light turns green, and I have an eye peeled to my rear view mirrors. These habits kept me out of trouble more than once!!!

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Funny thing is that I drive the way I ride...
Same thing here . . . up on two wheels!


Ya see Rock, if you would just get those tattoos to reflect like that, EVERY ONE would see ya coming and going!
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While this is a great mod for night time riding, how do make thse idiots see you in daylight?
Here is a daytime (overcast + cloudy) shot of the bike, Still pretty bright even with the lights off.
I think a few televised executions of these murders would be a good place to start.
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nice bike, Rock!

I'm wondering now, what changes would you recommend about changing our riding outfits?

On a seperate note, a friend of mine was left turned on... he survived, although beat up pretty bad. He made a T-shirt.. it had the picture of a motorcyclist that blended with a mountain horizon... it said, quite simply, "If you look for motorcyclists you'll see motorcyclists"

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While this is a great mod for night time riding, how do we make these idiots see you in daylight?...
Good question. I'm convinced if you had a strobe light on your helmet (day or night) and banks of flashing LEDs on all sides, some of these maroons would still turn in front of you, rear-end you, etc.

I like Rock's suggestion of public/televised executions, but by the time all the appeals are done it would never happen. Somebody would get a plea bargain, complete with suspended sentence and $500 fine.

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post #13 of 15 Old Aug 6th, 2006, 6:28 pm
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I really do not think that it's a matter of how many lights that you put on you bike, how many reflectors that you past to your clothing, there is always some poor sole out there riding each and every day that is going to get ran over. I just flat believe that they do not care, and "Officer, I did not see them" is a good national excuse that has been used for years and gotten away with.
Case in point, about five years ago leaving the harley shop on clinton hwy. after getting the Ultra serviced, I was headed back to the office on a four lane divided hwy. This truck was right on me, I was in the left hand lane, young woman in the car to my right was being slowed by the car in front of her. I saw the woam to the right look into her side mirror 3 times and noticed that she saw me each and every time. I could not slow down fast enough to let her come over soon enough for her and her busy schedule. She got mad, jerked it over on me and put me in the grass. I always thought that in a situation like that it would scare the hell out of me, just made mad. I came out of the grass at a cross over and jumped about a foot in the air off of the road, but when I came down in about 3 seconds I was dead on her ass. Right behind her blowing my horn and waving her over. Scared her so bad that when she came upon the 640 ramp she made a right hand across a lane of traffic to get off and get away from me. Almost wrecked doing it.
I say again, they see you, they just don't have the time to wait on you, and they don't care. They realize that if there is a wreck more than likely there not going to get a scratch, and all they have to say when the officer comes is "I did not see them".

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I hate to say it but there is nothing you can do to protect yourself fully. These same things happen when I am in my car or on my bike. At the risk of sounding like a snob, most people are MORONS! Cellphones, big macs, and the occaisional six pack preoccupy these fools. They hit semis, bridges, and assorted fixed objects. What chance have we? We are just more vulnerable. You have to ride with that in mind, accepting the additional risk involved, and taking all the precautions we can. But at the end of the day, realize, the executioners would be working around the clock if we executed these fools.

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I could not slow down fast enough to let her come over soon enough for her and her busy schedule. She got mad, jerked it over on me and put me in the grass. I always thought that in a situation like that it would scare the hell out of me, just made mad. I came out of the grass at a cross over and jumped about a foot in the air off of the road, but when I came down in about 3 seconds I was dead on her ass. Right behind her blowing my horn and waving her over. Scared her so bad that when she came upon the 640 ramp she made a right hand across a lane of traffic to get off and get away from me. Almost wrecked doing it.
I say again, they see you, they just don't have the time to wait on you, and they don't care. They realize that if there is a wreck more than likely there not going to get a scratch, and all they have to say when the officer comes is "I did not see them".
This is definitately the case here in New England. You would not believe how many times people will cut in to a line of bikes on the highway because they have to wait the extra 30 seconds to get in the left lane with all the other lemmings. It's truly getting to the point where it's the law of the land out on the roads, and in the SUV/car drivers minds, the biggest vehicle always has the right of way. Today we went out with four bikes and at a point where two lanes compressed down to one prior to a stoplight, some ass in a Mercedes shot up the right lane to get to the front before the light and missed me and my SO by less than a foot. It took everything I have not to smash out his window and drag him into the street. And of course it would have been my fault for everything and I would have been penalized. Then after two more lights the jerk pulled into a YARD SALE presumably to look for a great deal on lawn furniture! NO WONDER he had to pass two cars, speed up to 75 in a 25 and then cut off our bike! Jeez, had I known what the emergancy was, I woulda just went into the opposite lane for him!
In a true society, it would be completely legal for me to have stopped and given him the thrashing he truly deserves!

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