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Old 08-09-2011, 08:52 PM   #196
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it has nothing to do with wanting to be in front of the guy. Being a little weirded out by it has everything to do (for me) with the fact that I have no idea WTF this guy is going to do when the light changes and I want to get the hell out of there. As mentioned already I have no idea what his skill level is, why he is next to me, if he's going to wobble and crash into me, etc.
What he said.

Anywhere else in the world, I'd have some degree of comfort in the other rider's skill level... but this is 'merika.
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Old 08-09-2011, 09:06 PM   #197
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What he said.

Anywhere else in the world, I'd have some degree of comfort in the other rider's skill level... but this is 'merika.
Hey D, I got your card... When are you going to stop back by the store? I hope everything is working out wit the issue you are going through.
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Old 08-09-2011, 09:29 PM   #198
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Came to a stop at a red light, with traffic all around me. Three lanes each direction. I stopped in the far right track of the center lane. I was keeping tabs on the cars behind me via my mirrors when I noticed something a little out of place. The car behind me was trying to pull up alongside me and lane-share with me. Mind you there are cars already stopped to both sides. She was actually edging her car into the left lane and getting CRAZY close to the other cars in order to pull up alongside me.

She kept creeping up and I kept watching. Slowly, slowly she crept up. Her front bumper passed my rear wheel, and she oh-so-slowly kept creeping forward. I turned around and gave her a "WTF?" expression. She stopped the car just as her front bumper lined up about with my front axle. A moment later she honked her horn. I figured she was just being a bitch so I ignored her. She honked again, rolled down her passenger-side window, and shouted something at me.

I flipped up my visor, turned around, and said, "What?"

She shouted it again but I still didn't catch it.

I said, "WHAT?"

She yelled with a heavy foreign accent, "WHERE IS THE FREEWAY!?"

Maybe you had to be there but I thought it was pretty damn funny how the foreigner felt more comfortable maneuvering forth and asking the motorcyclist instead of just getting the attention of an adjacent car driver.
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Old 08-09-2011, 09:53 PM   #199
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Last week I was riding the DR650 into LaCrosse Wisconsin. It was one of those absolutely perfect days to ride. I was doing about 50 in the right lane, caught behind some slower traffic. Off to my left, I noticed an SUV pull along side. They were doing maybe 55+.

The window on that SUV happened to be about face level with me. Hanging out the window was a dog, his ears and face flopping in the breeze. Lol! It was kind of hard to tell but I think he was smiling too. I know I certainly was.

He slowly turned his head, never once taking his eyes off me, as the SUV slowly passed by. I now fully understand the expression; "Only the motorcyclist knows why dogs stick their heads out the window". I know we were both thinking the same thing. I have no idea what that was though. All-in-all, one of the coolest experiances I had on the cycle.
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Old 08-10-2011, 04:15 AM   #200
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The road this happened on is 3 lanes each way, center turn lane, with businesses on each side, and schools not to far down the way. You get a bit of jaywalkers, but not very often.

But as I take off from a light (usually with a fairly agressive application of throttle) I notice two dudes in the classic "I can see your boxers, pull your damn short up" clothing jaywalking right to left. Whatever, they are pretty far away,just roll off the throttle until they are in the center turn lane, and go back again.

Which is fine except as I roll past them one of them thought it was a good idea to fake-lunge back at me as I go past. Real genious, it may hurt me, but something tells me he would be worse off in the "Armored up M/C rider in this corner VS. baggy shorts and untied sneakers dude in this corner." faceoff.

At least when people flash gang-signs I know what their deal is.
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Old 08-10-2011, 05:22 AM   #201
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The road this happened on is 3 lanes each way, center turn lane, with businesses on each side, and schools not to far down the way. You get a bit of jaywalkers, but not very often.

But as I take off from a light (usually with a fairly agressive application of throttle) I notice two dudes in the classic "I can see your boxers, pull your damn short up" clothing jaywalking right to left. Whatever, they are pretty far away,just roll off the throttle until they are in the center turn lane, and go back again.

Which is fine except as I roll past them one of them thought it was a good idea to fake-lunge back at me as I go past. Real genious, it may hurt me, but something tells me he would be worse off in the "Armored up M/C rider in this corner VS. baggy shorts and untied sneakers dude in this corner." faceoff.

At least when people flash gang-signs I know what their deal is.
I've even had idiots do that to me when I am driving my cage.
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Old 08-10-2011, 09:44 AM   #202
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A few months ago I was commuting to work on a four lane road with just one truck up ahead of me about 500 feet around dusk. I see a flash up ahead and see a deer running across the road and right into the side of the truck. After it hit the side of the truck, it bounced off and then spun about 10 times in the middle of the road. The guy in the truck pulled over and I pulled over to check the damage. The truck had major damage to the driver side of the bed. After the deer had stopped spinning, it got up and took off the way it came.
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Old 08-10-2011, 11:16 AM   #203
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WORST PAVEMENT CONDITIONS EVER!!

You know its Spring and Summer in Northern New England not by the birds chirping or the smell of manure being spread on fields but all the Orange cones and signs that pop up on the roadway. This year the popular work is repaving. The on ramp in White River Jct Vermont to I-91 South has been scarified....but had all these tiny ball bearing size pieces of asphalt all over the place and it was wet to boot.....pucker factor was high...there was no peg draggin on that corner...

oh and the motorcycles use caution sign was after you went through all that...gotta love Vermont DOT....morons

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Old 08-10-2011, 12:44 PM   #204
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WORST PAVEMENT CONDITIONS EVER!!
yeah, they've taken a liking to "Fresh chips and oil" lately around here.

i don't really mind the sliding around part. the covering my tires and the bottom of my bike in fresh chips and oil part is a bit annoying, though.

and, really, oil and chips on asphalt roads? i mean, yeah, they used to do that on the dirt roads where i grew up back in the 70s, but on asphalt roads?

i expect to see the "caution: road crack duct taping in progress" signs appearing shortly.
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Old 08-10-2011, 01:11 PM   #205
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Other that the idiots I see reading a book or newspaper while driving I don't have many stories

Although, I was on the feeder coming to a light, a green light. I'm getting closer to the car in front of me and getting ready to pass him on the left after the intersection. I am not very close to him and we are going 50ish.

Well, the driver had some brain fart moment and slams on the breaks to stop at the GREEN light. I almost rear ended him but swerved left and avoided the collision. Had he decided to turn left form that center lane he would have really ruined my day.

Once I was rear ended by a chick, she acted like it was a big inconvenience to her.

I rode past what I thought was a baby infant wrapped in a blanket in the middle of the road. I was almost about to cry after I stop and walked up to the baby. All I could think of is my little girl at home and how could anyone throw a baby out of a window. I had so much hope that it would be alive and that maybe I could save it. I can't explain the relief that came over me as I approached and realized it was just a doll.
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Old 08-10-2011, 05:23 PM   #206
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Last week I was riding the DR650 into LaCrosse Wisconsin. It was one of those absolutely perfect days to ride. I was doing about 50 in the right lane, caught behind some slower traffic. Off to my left, I noticed an SUV pull along side. They were doing maybe 55+.

The window on that SUV happened to be about face level with me. Hanging out the window was a dog, his ears and face flopping in the breeze. Lol! It was kind of hard to tell but I think he was smiling too. I know I certainly was.

He slowly turned his head, never once taking his eyes off me, as the SUV slowly passed by. I now fully understand the expression; "Only the motorcyclist knows why dogs stick their heads out the window". I know we were both thinking the same thing. I have no idea what that was though. All-in-all, one of the coolest experiances I had on the cycle.
Great story - always nice to see man's best friend enjoying himself. Shame he doesn't know the experience is turning him deaf - Pisses me off when I see that because the owners should know better.
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Old 08-10-2011, 05:53 PM   #207
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The access to my office recently changed, and we now have the privilege of winding around another building, through it's parking lot. As we don't do phones in our building (you have to leave them in your vehicle), we are now being introduced to the number of people who slowly stroll through a parking lot on their phone, cutting across the driving lanes at a very shallow angle, without a care in the world they are walking into traffic.

And the driving lane is between the building and the entire parking lot, so EVERYONE has to walk across it. Except it wouldn't be a problem if the walkers would walk at 90 degrees to the vehicles, walked briskly, didn't behave like their phone was up their ass, and they had some sort of medical condition requiring a constant dose of meds from the idiot box.
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Old 08-10-2011, 06:44 PM   #208
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The access to my office recently changed, and we now have the privilege of winding around another building, through it's parking lot. As we don't do phones in our building (you have to leave them in your vehicle), we are now being introduced to the number of people who slowly stroll through a parking lot on their phone, cutting across the driving lanes at a very shallow angle, without a care in the world they are walking into traffic.

And the driving lane is between the building and the entire parking lot, so EVERYONE has to walk across it. Except it wouldn't be a problem if the walkers would walk at 90 degrees to the vehicles, walked briskly, didn't behave like their phone was up their ass, and they had some sort of medical condition requiring a constant dose of meds from the idiot box.
Sounds like you could have lots of fun if you hung a Stebel airhorn on the bike.....
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Old 08-10-2011, 06:51 PM   #209
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Sounds like you could have lots of fun if you hung a Stebel airhorn on the bike.....

Been meaning to do that... anytime someone recommends you bypass the factory wiring, and hook power directly up to the battery, you know they mean business.
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Old 08-10-2011, 07:05 PM   #210
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I had a pick up pull out in front of me Friday, and a guy look me right in the eye and u turn in front of me Saturday.

Think I'm getting one of those loud ass horns soon.
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