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Old 02-16-2010, 01:52 PM   #16
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I saw this thread a couple of days ago, and found it funny, but then this morning riding to work - I saw someone on a scooter texting. WTF!!! No shit, some asshole was texting on their scooter.
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Old 02-16-2010, 02:00 PM   #17
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I saw this thread a couple of days ago, and found it funny, but then this morning riding to work - I saw someone on a scooter texting. WTF!!! No shit, some asshole was texting on their scooter.
Why not cars do it all the time. Hit a car on a scooter while texting your fucked, not the car.
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Old 02-16-2010, 02:08 PM   #18
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I saw this thread a couple of days ago, and found it funny, but then this morning riding to work - I saw someone on a scooter texting. WTF!!! No shit, some asshole was texting on their scooter.
Was he/she a proficient Texter?

Or did he/she look overly distracted?

One must be careful when riding.
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Old 02-16-2010, 02:42 PM   #19
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I think it is probably harder to be proficient with the full face helmet, but, for having limited vision they seemed to be doing okay. Seriously though, when you text while riding, you make all motorcyclists look bad to non-riders.
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Old 02-16-2010, 07:59 PM   #20
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I think it is probably harder to be proficient with the full face helmet, but, for having limited vision they seemed to be doing okay. Seriously though, when you text while riding, you make all motorcyclists look bad to non-riders.
Good point! Wearing a helmet while texting and riding is a hazard. The chin bar makes you have to move your head more in order to see the keys. Plus, what do you do if someone calls....you gotta yell: "HOLD ON, I CAN"T HEAR YOU, I GOTTA PULL OVER AND TAKE MY $#%@ing HELMET OFF. Not Cool.

IMHO I suspect DAKEZ is trolling with the whole "I don't look at the keys" bit. Sure, a few guys who spend a LOT of time practicing the technique MIGHT be good enough to really do it that way, but 99.9% of the riders out there are looking at the keys.

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Old 02-17-2010, 09:18 AM   #21
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IMHO I suspect DAKEZ is trolling with the whole "I don't look at the keys" bit. Sure, a few guys who spend a LOT of time practicing the technique MIGHT be good enough to really do it that way, but 99.9% of the riders out there are looking at the keys.
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Trolling? TROLLING? Would I do that?

OK I look (glance) on average about once per text.

I don't use "text-type" I use whole words and even use caps and proper punctuation. I just want to be assured there are no typos or misspelled words.

It is a safety issue. I mean really, if someone is going to text while riding they should take the time to become a proficient texter first don’t you think?
The risks are just too great.

From reading the posts here I am beginning to think that text riding is an acquired skill to be proud of.

Do be careful through the “learning curve”

Don’t forget to LOOK THROUGH THE TURN.

TEXT TEXT TEXT RIDE RIDE RIDE
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Old 02-17-2010, 09:32 AM   #22
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One more thing

Be sure to wear All The Gear All The Time while Text Riding.

ATGATT-lt (less thumb)

I just thought of another benefit. When Text Riding one tends to weave a little. And we all know that a little lateral motion helps to make a rider more visible.

A visible rider is a safe rider.


OK, that was more than one... So shoot me.
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Old 02-17-2010, 10:59 AM   #23
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saw a guy in italy riding a scoot with his helmet balanced on top of his head and texting and smoking whilst negotiating down a steep twisty road... mad skillz yo! i wanna ride like that.
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Old 02-17-2010, 11:00 AM   #24
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I just thought of another benefit. When Text Riding one tends to weave a little. And we all know that a little lateral motion helps to make a rider more visible.
and keeps your tyres warm... therefore stickier... safer all round!
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Old 02-17-2010, 11:45 AM   #25
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IMHO I suspect DAKEZ is trolling with the whole "I don't look at the keys" bit.
I have to agree here, there is no way I can text without looking in fact I have to hold the phone in one hand and text with the other (dislocated thumb last weekend....tree & bike...ouch) as well as squint to see the screen without my glasses so I really need to concentrate.
The one problem I have had is trying to get the stopping at the lights bit correct, I can shift to neutral ok without the clutch and the braking with the rear only is coming along fine. Just a side note here, I have come to admire the Harley guys that only use the rear brake, I hadn't appreciated the level of skill required to anticipate your braking points when only using the rear, God knows how they can sense the cars pulling out on them early enough to brake...I am struggling a bit with that.
Anyway, I can stop and be in neutral and with a bit more practise will be able to maintain a stream of coherent texting through out the manouver but as the 640 is fairly tall I need to get the sidestand down so I don't "lay the bike down". It has a strong return spring and is ackward to get down and the bike resting on it successfully, I have tried removiing the spring but the noise from it dragging along the ground is distracting so am hoping to try a series of strings attached to my left foot, raise the toe and the stand goes down, raise the heel and the stand raises, something like the heel and toe shifts we used to have. Anyway I am struggling with that part so any suggestions would be gratefully received.

Must rush out & practice, it's rush hour here now so the traffic is moving slowly enough to lane split which I have found helpful, using your peripheral vision only for the cars on either sides means you don't need to be always glancing up to see what's ahead.
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Old 02-17-2010, 04:42 PM   #26
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This guy is doing a good job at it:

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Old 02-19-2010, 11:25 AM   #27
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He's good! I am not so kicked back.
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Old 02-19-2010, 06:04 PM   #29
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I'm a little confused on this whole subject.

Wouldn't Harley riders have some sort of moral obligation to mount up an IBM Selectric on the handlebars? I mean, I can see the GSXR/ Moto RZR, Goldwing/ G1, DR650/Startac combos...
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I'm a little confused on this whole subject.

Wouldn't Harley riders have some sort of moral obligation to mount up an IBM Selectric on the handlebars? ...
One of these babies?

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