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post #1 of 17 Old Mar 27th, 2006, 8:25 pm Thread Starter
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Sometimes, they really are trying to kill you

I know sometimes I let my temper get the better of me, and yell at other motorist. I know, its a really bad idea, but it shouldn't get you killed like happened this weekend in Tucson. I'll take this as a reminder that there are some really crazy assholes out there.

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post #2 of 17 Old Mar 27th, 2006, 10:11 pm
 
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this same type of thing has happened twice in the san fran bay area during the 18 years that i've lived here.
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post #3 of 17 Old Mar 27th, 2006, 10:19 pm
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I can honestly say I have never yelled at someone for stupid driving. I simply just shake my head and continue on. My dad on the other hand was notorious for tell people exactly how he felt about them.

Point being...there are all kinds out there and I hope I don't ride on the wrong end of someones road rage.

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How many times have you heard someone say "I'm gonna teach them a lesson"? Those are the ones that scare me.

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I hope they hang the bastard high.

I don't care what problems he has, that is 1st degree murder with a weapon running over a bike with a vehicle.

Another good reason to carry and watch your back. We have plenty of them around here too but it has eased some since new road rage laws have been enacted in the state (MI).

Maybe the hell's angels will show up in that town for a bit to express their "feelings"...cheez...

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Another reason to carry?

What are you going to do whip it out and fire a couple of shots behind you? Shoot out his tires so he can't ram you?
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Another reason to carry?

What are you going to do whip it out and fire a couple of shots behind you? Shoot out his tires so he can't ram you?
i find that a sawed-off shotgun will just fit in my topbox, next to the flame thrower and the bayonet. with double-ot buck you don't have to aim so carefully, and it has great knock-down power.

when i ride my triumph i like to carry a .357 magnum "snubby" in the tank bag, along with a couple of grenades. the grenades are especially useful against tail-gaters, but your toss-timing has to be >>just<< right.
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I hope they hang the bastard high.
I vote for the "Clockwork Orange" treatment: Force him to watch videos and images of fatal highway accidents while blasting the polka music, (or whatever he regularly listens to driving his minivan).

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For the grenades on a bike you really have to go with impact initiated detonation as opposed to time initiated
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heheh...no harder than pointing your finger! I stopped a car in its tracks like that (pointing a finger that is), they hit the brakes, tires smoking and all...surely he saw me since he/she/whatever was right on my arse, not to mention the look on my face I thought for sure they were going to nail me.

I'm simply yelled "BACK OFF" while pointing.....gee, it worked!

But...I'd take the grenades if available
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heheh...no harder than pointing your finger! I stopped a car in its tracks like that (pointing a finger that is), they hit the brakes, tires smoking and all...surely he saw me since he/she/whatever was right on my arse, not to mention the look on my face I thought for sure they were going to nail me.

I'm simply yelled "BACK OFF" while pointing.....gee, it worked!

But...I'd take the grenades if available
all joking aside ... in the past, i've used the pointing thing, too. it really catches 'em off guard and makes 'em think (which they aren't inclined to do, apparently).

these days, though, i just find a safe place to ease off onto the shoulder long enuf to let tailgaters get by me. i've decided the road is populated by a large population of stark, raving lunatics and the last thing i want to do is confront one of them.

one day commuting home from work i witnessed what could be best described as a "dog fight" between two pickup trucks, with weaving, attempted ramming, and just pure craziness. and this in the middle of rush-hour! i backed WAY off and let 'em have at it.
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I agree K, I do the same really...I don't use the horn, I don't usually yell at people unless I feel they really ARE out to kill me, etc...and all of that is very seldom.

matter of fact, the first time I hit the LT horn (by accident) I almost fell off the bike and did wet my pants...glad I had a leather seat on. I'm half deaf and that still hurt!!

One thing I did notice is how many less people screw with you on the road when your riding the LT versus the Yamaha FZ1 I had a couple yrs back. I like that part of the LT the best.

ya'll be careful out there...geo
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I get thoroughly pissed when Dumb Butts flick lit cigarettes out the window when me following them. I usually glide up beside the driver side door and kindly ask them to use the ashtray... mirror 2 inches from their window... looking straight down into the car... towering over the driver side. Usually it works. (ever look up at a short fat mean looking ugly guy on a BIG BIG motorcycle who says "I don't like eating cigarettes"???)

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i find that a sawed-off shotgun will just fit in my topbox, next to the flame thrower and the bayonet. with double-ot buck you don't have to aim so carefully, and it has great knock-down power.

when i ride my triumph i like to carry a .357 magnum "snubby" in the tank bag, along with a couple of grenades. the grenades are especially useful against tail-gaters, but your toss-timing has to be >>just<< right.

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I use my horn anytime a car starts to enroach into my comfort zone. I will alter my position to reestablish my my comfort zone, but I will not hestitae to let them know they are endangering my life with what ever it was they did.
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There is nothing that will instigate road rage quicker than the use of the HORN
I use my speed and maneuverability to distance my self from the "idiot" and since they're usually in a hurry, sometimes I just move over and slow down a little.


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Then I should count myself lucky. The reaction I get most is that wild eyed look of 'Oh my god! I didn't see you!'

I think the secret to using the horn is to not lean on it for 15 or 20 seconds
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