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Old 07-23-2013, 06:52 PM   #18061
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So, I was thinking how shitty it would be to break down on a bridge (or tunnel) with no shoulder.
I ran out of gas about 1/4 of the way through the Holland tunnel on Christmas eve this past year. I was in the left lane and started to push the bike to the point where it starts going uphill. Then it was hard work- pushing the bike uphill. There was definitely a dangerous situation because the people in the other lane could not see me and had no idea why the cars in my lane where cutting over.

I made it about 3/4 of the way through and just before the tow truck made it to me, a few guys in a bread truck stopped and helped me lift the bike into the back of the truck. They dropped me off outside of the tunnel at the first gas station and wouldn't take the money I stuffed in their pockets.

nice guys!

However - in the future if that were to happen, I would just park the bike and sit on the walkway on the side. What I did was too dangerous- people die like this.

http://gothamist.com/2009/08/25/fata...idge_crash.php
http://blogs.villagevoice.com/music/...ew_york_dj.php

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Old 07-23-2013, 07:42 PM   #18062
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Someone here go get the current Empire State tag of the Freedom tower. It has been 3 days and I'm hoping someone gets it before it gets passed back upstate.
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Old 07-23-2013, 07:49 PM   #18063
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However - in the future if that were to happen, I would just park the bike and sit on the walkway on the side. What I did was too dangerous- people die like this.

http://gothamist.com/2009/08/25/fata...idge_crash.php
http://blogs.villagevoice.com/music/...ew_york_dj.php
That's awful.

If I were ever to get stuck in a tunnel again I would do what I should have done the last time... flag down a commuter bus for a ride.
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Old 07-23-2013, 08:33 PM   #18064
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I ran out of gas about 1/4 of the way through the Holland tunnel on Christmas eve this past year. I was in the left lane and started to push the ....
http://blogs.villagevoice.com/music/...ew_york_dj.php
I had similar experience. My scooter belt broke half way up on Manhattan bridge. Also had to push it up hill, you may think scooter is light, but it took so much effort! Eventually, the construction guys on the bridge came with a pick up truck and gave us a ride to the other side. this was last winter during rush hour. Irony is that I had a new belt at home, was waiting for the weekend to do the work.

go check your belt if they are due for service.
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Old 07-23-2013, 09:14 PM   #18065
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I lost my GS output shaft splines in the middle of the Pulaski Skyway.

That was a puckersome experience. It was also probably the least popular I've been in my life.
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Old 07-24-2013, 05:03 AM   #18066
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so i took the ezpass out of my car for now until i get around to ordering one for my bike (i know its cheaper when i get the motorcycle one but ive been busy!)

anyway, i didnt know where to put it yet this morning so i stuck it in my "trunk" of my GS 650 and ... that didnt work. surprise surprise. got to the lane and had to get it out. luckily everyone was quick about it.

on the way home from the city i wedged it nicely in my windshield ... and again the bar doesnt go up. it was in plain view. is there anything im missing on that one or is that just bad luck?

i know that once in a while in my car the bar doesnt go up either.
(by bar i mean the battery tunnel toll bar).
There are infrared sensors on the side of the lane. A cop told me to roll up slow, put my leg or bike to break the sensor signal. Also I find getting the sensor positioned in the middle of the lane best.

I also try to approximate the angle of a car windshield with the tag facing the correct direction. Make sure nothing is blocking its signal.
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Old 07-24-2013, 05:06 AM   #18067
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Hobson's choice, of sorts. Either your tires are in the oil or your feet are.

As for motorcycles and tunnels, one of the reasons I quit my last job was getting stuck in a couple of jams in the Lincoln Tunnel on my VFR, which ended up overheating even with oil and water cooling. Although I have to point out that in my case (from Queens), it took the same amount of time to detour all the way up to the the George Washington Bridge and come back down as it did to slice and dice my way through midtown traffic. And it was easier on my nerves too.

I used to shutdown the engine and pray it would restart mid tunnel. My ahole got good exercise those days.

Agree about bridges....
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Old 07-24-2013, 05:48 AM   #18068
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There are infrared sensors on the side of the lane. A cop told me to roll up slow, put my leg or bike to break the sensor signal. Also I find getting the sensor positioned in the middle of the lane best.
The only cops who have any prayer of answering technical questions are working in 1 Police Plaza and only put on their uniforms for parades. Most of them still have VCRs flashing "12:00:00". And yes, VCRs!!!

I'm trying to figure out how we can get our bikes to levitate not to trigger a sensor.

There are sensors at roadway level but they're only used to figure out the size and number of wheels of larger vehicles. The most important thing with the E-Z Pass is to make sure the radio signal path is not blocked and that the tag is aimed in a useful fashion. Deviation will reduce performance and may result in failure.

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I also try to approximate the angle of a car windshield with the tag facing the correct direction. Make sure nothing is blocking its signal.
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Old 07-24-2013, 06:10 AM   #18069
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I'm at the point, based on recommendations from the toll collectors on the Bear Mt. Bridge., where I approach the toll booth holding the EZ-Pass in my hand, up in the air.

Makes for some interesting maneuvers going as slow as possible hoping the gate goes up before you reach it.

I think my battery in the pass is dead since nothing I do anymore with it seems to raise the gate. Luckily, every lane at the Bear Mt. has a human who can take the pass and make it work.

It would be nice if they fixed the issues so bike passes actually work all the time.
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Old 07-24-2013, 06:16 AM   #18070
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I'm at the point, based on recommendations from the toll collectors on the Bear Mt. Bridge., where I approach the toll booth holding the EZ-Pass in my hand, up in the air.

Makes for some interesting maneuvers going as slow as possible hoping the gate goes up before you reach it.
I think the simple solution is to get EZ Pass to remove all the gates from public roadways.
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Old 07-24-2013, 06:33 AM   #18071
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I think the simple solution is to get EZ Pass to remove all the gates from public roadways.
Yes. The pilot project on the Henry Hudson Bridge where they've done that is quite nice. I'm curious though what their collection rate is for the people without EZ Pass who are billed by mail when they roll through.
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Old 07-24-2013, 07:44 AM   #18072
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EZ Pass annoyance

(I know we've done this before)

Last weekend, I was trying to cross Marine Pkwy Bridge, and my EZPass didn't work (big surprise). Usually, a worker (or cop) will grab it and bang it down on the top of the reader/machine. No one was around, so got off the bike and did it myself... it worked, but I'm sure the cars behind me were none too pleased.
The one in my truck has never failed (so far), and the ones for my bikes work about 30% of the time.
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Old 07-24-2013, 07:54 AM   #18073
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(I know we've done this before)

Last weekend, I was trying to cross Marine Pkwy Bridge, and my EZPass didn't work (big surprise). Usually, a worker (or cop) will grab it and bang it down on the top of the reader/machine. No one was around, so got off the bike and did it myself... it worked, but I'm sure the cars behind me were none too pleased.
The one in my truck has never failed (so far), and the ones for my bikes work about 30% of the time.
What's the mechanism that 'resets' the gate? I'm guessing it's an electronic eye that counts wheels going by past the gate, but I'm always weary that if I don't go quick enough, it will come down on me. Having to re-mount and get moving again after opening the gate would be nerve-wracking...
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Old 07-24-2013, 01:05 PM   #18074
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notary assist

hey folks

so it's my understanding that one can sometimes find places that will notarize documents, and that sometimes those places don't really care all that much what the document says or whether the person whose name is on the document is actually there. these are just things that i hear. maybe i hear that a place like this exists somewhere in a mysterious land called brooke-lynn, or da broncks. maybe it moves from burrow to burrough, i don't know. again, one hears things.


hythopopically spoken, imagine that i bought a really old, like 35 years old bike, and imagine that the pile of papers the PO gave me, while authentic, were completely useless due to the bike changing hands multiple times without getting reregistered.

imagine further that the only thing i need to get the bike titled and registered to me is a notarized bill of sale.

just imagine.

anyway, maybe drop me a PM if this hyperthoptical scenario somehow tugs at your heartstrings. maybe you hear things too.
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Old 07-24-2013, 02:16 PM   #18075
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