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Old 04-01-2013, 10:22 AM   #9631
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You going to the game?
Yep. Annual tradition for the GF and her work peeps.

Thinking a nice lunch of pho and gin before hand. Almost above freezing here in the city. Not sure where the seats are, but if it is windy, it will be cold.
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Old 04-01-2013, 10:32 AM   #9632
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... I might just wait until it's above 30 in the mornings.
I'm planning on riding on Thursday and Friday if the a.m. temps are at/above freezing.
Really don't want any icy surprises to take me out of the game for the summer.

Driving in to work this morning and you can sense that most motorists are NOT in the "motorcycles are out and on the road" mode as they were driving like crap... per usual.

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Old 04-01-2013, 10:45 AM   #9633
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I had a few close calls Saturday. Idiots either don't care or didn't care to look but they were in the right lane parallel with me and wanted to get into the left lane where I was. Ended up with the bike @10k RPMs 30 yards ahead of them really quick before I got ran off the road.
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Old 04-01-2013, 11:03 AM   #9634
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most motorists are NOT in the "motorcycles are out and on the road" mode
They never really are, but they are even worse at the moment.
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Old 04-01-2013, 11:07 AM   #9635
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I had a few close calls Saturday. Idiots either don't care or didn't care to look but they were in the right lane parallel with me and wanted to get into the left lane where I was. Ended up with the bike @10k RPMs 30 yards ahead of them really quick before I got ran off the road.
Watch for their blind spot, look at their door mirror, if you can't see the dudes eyes, they sure as shit can't see you. In any case, do yer best never to be alongside another vehicle for very long, which is obviously difficult at times, but I basically make a point of never hanging out next to another vehicle. Pass or drop back or something - as you have seen they inevitably drift over. If yer following someone else, let them get clear so that you can pass quickly rather than hang out alongside. This is especially important for passing semis. Don't start passing until you can pass quickly.

Last year at this time, I was tooling along somewhere, passing a guy and he did exactly that - started drifting over. I gave him a parp on the horn, and he swerved so violently (away luckily) that he went off the road into shoulder. He could just as easily have swerved towards me so you have to watch out for that too.



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Old 04-01-2013, 11:19 AM   #9636
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Thanks for a great pointers!

I usually like going 3-5mph faster then the flow of traffic if there is not a strong presence of police in the area or I just fall back with a nice 3sec. space cushion.

I need to learn to use that horn to my advantage, never seem to remember it as a preventive measure just reactive if I even have the chance to use the horn in a reactive situation. Hand signals seem to work faster and more instinctively after getting out of hells way.

Things to learn this weekend in class and from everyone on here!
Thanks again for the life saving tips!!!
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Old 04-01-2013, 11:33 AM   #9637
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I've found that the best hand gesture to use is a friendly wave of the hand to let someone by. Middle finger isn't a good idea unless saying "hello" to you guys. I have at times pointed to my eyes when a driver knows they got caught looking at their phone.

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Old 04-01-2013, 12:47 PM   #9638
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Yeah yer best off taking the "high road". Tough to do, very often. Last year while queued in traffic I asked a guy in a car to put his phone away (he was texting, not yacking on it). He started swearing at me and threatened to run me off the road.

Real nice.

I wanted to but decided just to bugger off and get on with my day.

We all have stories like this, unfortunately, and usually quite a few stories each.

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Old 04-01-2013, 12:55 PM   #9639
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I usually preferre questionable or confrontational people to present their case on the right side of me, with my belt line showing preferably. They tend to not be so confrontational anymore...
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Old 04-01-2013, 12:58 PM   #9640
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Old 04-01-2013, 01:06 PM   #9641
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That's a good movie.
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Old 04-01-2013, 01:17 PM   #9642
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You gonna do something about it, or stand there and bleed?

It is a damn fine movie
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Old 04-01-2013, 01:32 PM   #9643
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It is indeed. It's right up there with Silverado and Unforgiven as good westerns.

Plus it has Dana Delaney in it.
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Old 04-01-2013, 03:28 PM   #9644
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Yes! Western movie talk is my fave.
Some recently made good ones are Appaloosa, Seraphim Falls, The Proposition, Red Hill, and Django Unchained was great.
And I don't care what anyone says, I enjoyed Cowboys and Aliens.

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Old 04-01-2013, 03:39 PM   #9645
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I haven't seen any of those. I will add them to the movie list. Are any on Netflix? I know that Djangology one is a new one.

Oh wait - I did see Apaloosa, that was a good one.

I'm not a fan of Krevin Kostner, but I enjoyed that "Open Range". Not as good as Silverado though, but quite good. Kostner didn't have to say much in it, which really helped.
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