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Old 06-08-2011, 08:35 PM   #1
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Commuting…The strange. The Odd… And the FUN

Let’s share some of our more entertaining commuter stories. Here, I’ll start it off with my ride home tonight.


On my commute home tonight a Black Mercedes changes into the left lane on the interstate where traffic was flowing along nicely and I am following a truck at a safe distance. He did signal (so in my mind no harm no foul I roll off the throttle to give myslf more following distance behind my new lead car) I doubt he looked or even saw me until his lane change was completed. All is right and OK and we are all flowing along nicely…Then he looks in his rear-view sees me and slows down. I have no idea why. ??? It is not as if my DR looks a cop bike.

I slow some more to keep a safe following distance as he pokes along beside a truck in the center lane as the Left lane traffic rolls off into the distance. Slowly... Ever so slowly Mercedes dude gets past the truck...When I clear a truck, I signal… Move to the middle lane… Pass said Mercedes dude then signal (both hand and turn signal as is my standard practice) and move back to the left lane when the Mercedes dude decides he doesn’t like that so he punches it and pulls up next to me to force me back into the middle lane. I think he was a little surprised that I did not play his game and held my line. He thought he could intimidate me but was unwilling to have my foot peg scratch up his pretty Black car. I was laughing so hard I almost teared up.

Quite silly actually but I did have an escape to the right if I needed it. Once he learned I did not wish to participate in his game (about a ¼ mile) he backed off to a safe following distance and I move to the center of the lane to discourage him from doing it again and I did one of these:

This seemed to anger Mercedes dude as he sped up again flashing his headlights. buy this time I am nearing my exit so I signaled and changed lanes to the right and slowed to match the slower speed of the traffic in the right lane when Mercedes dude zooms up beside me again thinking he is scaring me. If he had known how hard I was laughing behind my Full-faced helmet I think he would have exploded.

It was the most entertaining commute in the last year!!! Damn riding is fun.





OK, your turn. Any road rage, folly, humorous stories about your daily commute? Share away.



 
 
 
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Old 06-08-2011, 08:44 PM   #2
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Don't play games with cagers.

I ride around them, put other cars between an aggressive driver and myself, or just let them go.
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Old 06-09-2011, 11:13 AM   #3
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Don't play games with cagers.
Agreed. It's just not worth the additional risk, DAKEZ. Granted, you weren't playing games so much as holding your line. Still, right of way can mean little when the other driver has right of mass.

A driver passed me on the shoulder recently, when there was no compelling reason to do so. I could have damaged his car at the stoplight and made an easy escape. Instead, I took the first right turn to put some distance between us.
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Old 06-10-2011, 07:17 AM   #4
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Ok. here's one of my most recent...


I live on the extreme west side. We have places that are uncrowded, then go to city just like that.

I pull up to a light where it is marked left turn, but straight ahead is a lane. Sprawl is just so fast, and the DOT so slow they haven't marked it with a straight AND left turn arrow yet... or I'll ASSume...


So, knowing full well where I am, I pull up to a red light behind one cager, and two Harley's are sitting there rumbling and shooting the shit with each other...
Wives/ol' ladies/bitches on pylon, not a stitch of gear between the 4.

They were at a stop since the light came into view and could have proceeded several times... IF they bothered to care or read the laws that pertain to them.

So, not wanting to possibly be crushed by a careless cager coming from behind, I split and pull up to the light to wait till I can go... And subsequently piss off a few oblivious-to-law, "bikers".

So I pull up beside, and biker A immediately looks over at me and back to biker B and with a pft! says what is this shit?

Looks at me and starts telling me how smart that move was and it was illegal and makes bikers look bad...

Me, WTF and I just look straight... Thinking the logic of explaining the physics of a 250 dirtbike sandwiched between two cars might be too much to explain.

Biker A revs the piss out of his bike about 3 times and I think great, there goes a gallon of gas right there, but at least someone got something out of the deal (the chick on pylon)

So eventually light turns, all I hear is blah blah blah from the Harly's exhaust as we both race off, and he never pulls beside me...

I hold up my hand a gesture; Two, five and a zero as he backs off.
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Old 06-17-2011, 06:05 PM   #5
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Old 06-17-2011, 06:29 PM   #6
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Riding home at 2330 the other night and the lady ahead of me screaches to a stop and starts honking on a semi-rural double carriage road. So I give her a second to do something (turn, scream, explode) before I pull up along side her drivers side to see whats wrong.
To my suprise I see a family of migrants crossing the road illegally right in front of her cage. A female mallard and eight adorable little ducklings.
It was cool how the moment went from a WTF to "damn I am glad I was the one to shoo them off the road".
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Old 06-17-2011, 07:28 PM   #7
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I could go on for days. Everyday i leave for work, and when i'm gearing up i feel like i'm preparing for battle. Combination of aggressive drivers that want to scare you, and the usual brain dead steering wheel holders. I almost prefer the brain dead.

I had a guy ram me with his truck a month or so ago, Merging on from one interstate to another, was doing about 15 mph faster than the traffic in the slow lane, merged, hit some traffic, and this asshole gets right off my fender. I looked back at him and gave him the stink eye. He pulls up next to me and tries to force me onto the shoulder. I loosened up on the bars and threw my shoulder into his door as he cut into my lane. Removed his mirror, and pulled ahead.

As i was digging through my pockets looking for my extra spark plug to chuck through this guys window, an F250 pulls up in the next lane and was yelling, GO GO GO! and pointing ahead. I downshifted and had her wide open, and when there was about 6 feet between me and the asshole, My new friend parked that big ass ford right into his fender. Ran him all the way into the grass. I owe that guy a beer.

Good times indeed. Wouldn't trade my bike for a cage even on the worst days of commuting.
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Old 06-17-2011, 09:08 PM   #8
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I could go on for days. Everyday i leave for work, and when i'm gearing up i feel like i'm preparing for battle. Combination of aggressive drivers that want to scare you, and the usual brain dead steering wheel holders. I almost prefer the brain dead.

I had a guy ram me with his truck a month or so ago, Merging on from one interstate to another, was doing about 15 mph faster than the traffic in the slow lane, merged, hit some traffic, and this asshole gets right off my fender. I looked back at him and gave him the stink eye. He pulls up next to me and tries to force me onto the shoulder. I loosened up on the bars and threw my shoulder into his door as he cut into my lane. Removed his mirror, and pulled ahead.

As i was digging through my pockets looking for my extra spark plug to chuck through this guys window, an F250 pulls up in the next lane and was yelling, GO GO GO! and pointing ahead. I downshifted and had her wide open, and when there was about 6 feet between me and the asshole, My new friend parked that big ass ford right into his fender. Ran him all the way into the grass. I owe that guy a beer.

Good times indeed. Wouldn't trade my bike for a cage even on the worst days of commuting.

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Old 06-17-2011, 07:29 PM   #9
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Minivans

Going to work this morning (in the truck) and see a minivan shoot up the on ramp.
That on ramp becomes a third lane here for a couple miles.
The van jumps lanes a couple times and then settles about 3-4 feet (really) behind a guy on a Suzuki.
He has nowhere to go, following a line of traffic in the left lane and now this dumb bitch on his rear tire.
I was in the center lane and felt like crowding her off the road.

These idiots don't even think that if you stop they are not going to bump you, they are going to run over and kill you.
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Old 06-17-2011, 07:39 PM   #10
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I was in the center lane and felt like crowding her off the road.
You should have. On the rare occasion i'm in my truck, anytime i see a car crowding a bike, I let them have it. Tailgate a bike, I'll cut you off and slow down to 45 on the interstate, and you won't get by. I'll make that fucker 3 lanes wide. I'm feeling invincible when i'm rolling with 4500 pounds of steel instead of 400.
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Old 03-29-2013, 01:20 AM   #11
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I commuted on Hwy 50 in Colorado from Cotopaxi to Salida, and then north to Buena Vista. A 75 mile commute one way. Did it for 6 months and on the KLR as often as possible. A truly relaxing beautiful and fun drive. A bit chilly driving home before sunup though.

Summer brought afternoon thunderstorms. I'd very often just look at the clouds and decide if I could thread my way between them on the way to work or be stuck in the cage. One afternoon I chanced it and just outside of Coaldale I found myself approaching a storm. The gust front hit so hard it shifted me completely from the center track to the right shoulder on a two lane road. That's about the worst I've experienced while commuting on a bike. If you haven't made that drive, you should

That KLR was a SLAVE to any crosswind.
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Old 06-08-2011, 08:48 PM   #12
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Car or m/c, I like "laying eggs" but my GF trips out so that's out when she's on-board... (in the car)

Apperantly in Middle TN, the left lane, no matter where it is, is for the blocking and cutting off others when their right turn nears...


So I just give them back what they so graciously give to others.

I just get up front and slow right on down, to parade speed. Getting a WTF hand flip for my troubles.

Seems you have to be retarded to a certain point to drive around here.


Commuting follies? only every time I ride... Welcome to the 3rd circle of mc riding hell where only the billy bad asses on Harley's get the ok to sit at lights they can legally go through, and ride how ever and where ever they want, cause they might beat yer ass!

The guy on the mopedcrotchrocketdirtbike?

fawk him!

They blow rant rave and cuss when you filter or split here too, but not so much when you tuck in behind the asshole that doesn't obey ANY traffic laws, pays no wheel or road taxes and doesn't have a tag or even insurance... The bicyclist...
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Old 06-08-2011, 08:56 PM   #13
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Lightning

I don't ride in a lot of rain. Tonight I had to get home from work in northern Illinois. Light rain, strong winds, but wow. The lightning was AWESOME! Got to be one of the greatest ways to see lightning!
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Old 06-08-2011, 09:17 PM   #14
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The lightning was AWESOME! Got to be one of the greatest ways to see lightning!
I love lightening. Growing up in Central Alberta I used to watch truly amazing lightening storms, that to which nothing that I have witnessed in my current area (Bitterroot) can compare. Man do I miss that .

Anyways.... Lightening is fun when you know its going to be there. But, while blasting down a local fire road in what seems to be just a cloudy day to have lightening strike virtually right beside you, well that is another story. That scared me worse than possibly anything that I have ever experienced. The light was blinding, the sound was so loud that I did a sort-of fetal position while still on the bike . It was a check your pants moment for sure. What got me the most was it was completely out of nowhere, no warning BANG! Rain followed, as always does for the ill-prepared .
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Old 06-08-2011, 09:37 PM   #15
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These are always fun. Caution, I'm very long winded.

I was coming home from the Orlando area a week or two ago on I-4 (my job has me all over the place, and I-4 is commuter hell in this area) and traffic was moving at a decent clip. Well I was passing most of everybody in the left lane, with a few cars following me. Of course I come up on a left lane hog in a pickup truck...the cars in the middle were doing 75, I was probably doing 80 until reaching this guy...going slower than the guys in the right. UGH.

But the traffic was so condensed in the right that it wasn't very wise to try and squeeze in to pass him...especially since he just sped up. And then slowed down again. And then sped up again. UGH. Well, this whole time there was some jackass in a Toyota tailgating me. I passed him using the middle lane earlier, and he tried to get on my tail until I did my little blast off routine, and he realized that I was going a bit faster than he was willing to. But of course, in Florida, if you tailgate the person in front of you, the people in front of him will speed up!!

So anyhow the traffic in the middle lane loosened up a bit, but I decided to try and hold my line in the left as the truck *may* wise up and move over (very very unlikely). Around this time, someone from the middle gets in front of the truck, going about the same speed. Then we caught up with another driver, effectively forming a line of fail in the left lane. The Toyota then suddenly changes into the middle lane (another reason I decided to stay in the left) and then gets up right next to me in time for traffic in the middle to slow...he tailgates the hell out of the guy in front of him, then forces his way in front of me.

So the next few miles he's stuck behind the truck, and I'm stuck behind him...he gained absolutely no time. All of that effort just to get one car ahead....ah, Florida drivers. As I realized I was only 3-5 miles from my exit, I pulled into the slower middle lane and saw him get pretty far ahead. Then I realized that nobody was in the right lane, so I changed, and rocketed forward....as I passed him, he switches into the middle lane, and then into the right to get behind me, just as we're approaching a little old lady in a Buick doing the minimum of 60.

I changed into the middle lane just in time for the inevitable chain of people in the left lane trying to pass the earlier moron in the truck were changing...making Toyota man stuck in the right lane. I waved as I accelerated into a nice cushion in front of the clusterfuck I was just stuck in, and then pulled off onto my exit.

Eh, just usual Florida drivers. I've had worse happen to me, but this is the most recent that gave a reaction.
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