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09-20-2010 06:37 PM
Knifemaker
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Originally Posted by LibertyPilot View Post
Do you guys ever get rudeness when you're out and about?

I was filling the tank the other day and a guy goes, "nice bike," I thanked him and he asked me how fast it goes. I said it would do a buck fifty. He asked if I ever had it up that high and I said no. He asked what I have had it up to and I said, "bout a buck ten." So he says, "Well I guess it doesn't matter either way, a buck 50 or a buck 10. You're dead either way." I just stared at the guy as he got back in his minivan thinking 'WTF dude?'

Then I'm in the work parking lot last week and these 2 dudes get out of their car. The one guy says, "Yeah we were just talking about that, how you don't need a helmet in PA." I told him he was right, that it's not mandatory. The other guy says, "Ah you like to take risks." So I said, "Well it's a calculated risk." So the other dude says, "Pshsh yeah right" all cocky. Again I was like 'WTF dude!?'

You guys ever rudeness when you're out?
Not really sure if I'd call the first instance rude....as the logic of what the guy was thinking does make sence...you F up at 110 you will likely die just as fast as you would going 150....(or 70 for that matter)
Just pass it off to folks being stupid...and saying stupid stuff.

As for the helmet comment, Rude? yeah, just uncalled for really. Not sure why everyone who is NOT riding a motorcycle has to make some idiotic comment about the activity to someone who is. Lost count of how many times I have had to hear some horror story from some clerk or waitress about some one they knew , or someone that some one else they know knew that got messed up or died on a bike ........just because they see me walk in holding my helmet.

Just let it roll off you and go on. They don't get it so there is no point in trying to make them understand...


KM
09-20-2010 02:59 PM
LibertyPilot The source is us. We can choose. There's a level of anonymity on this website too but you don't find too many hot heads. I guess VN750 riders are just naturally cool. We have to be right? Look at the bikes we ride. Then again, nobody's threadin' the needle here and cutting people off. Or doing 28 in a 45.
09-20-2010 12:01 PM
flitecontrol
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Originally Posted by LibertyPilot View Post
why, when people have freedom to act however they want, do they automatically turn angry and violent?
Because that is man's nature, and it takes something extremely powerful to change it. Hopefully, everyone will discover this power and its source.
09-20-2010 11:10 AM
denny6006
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I don't know if people just don't what they're saying or if the rudeness is deliberate. Maybe both.

On the flip side of that though, a guy struck up a conversation with me at a red light on Friday (oddly enough, just after posting this here). "Great weather for a ride," he says. "Sure is," I answer. "Looks like its getting a little cloudy though." "Yeah, the weather didn't say anything. I certainly wasn't expecting this." "Well I hope it holds out for you. Enjoy the ride." "Thanks man, have a good one." "You too." What a nice dude right? I guess it just depends on the day.

And yes, road rage is rampant around here. I think the anonymity of the road lends to people justifying terrible behavior. Which begs a bigger and far less inspiring question: why, when people have freedom to act however they want, do they automatically turn angry and violent? People should just relax. Why not slow down a little and let the person into your lane? Is getting home 4 seconds earlier really that important?
There are good people out there that just show up randomly when you need them to restore ones faith in mankind,one of yours just showed up when you were about to give up on us.



09-20-2010 10:54 AM
LibertyPilot I don't know if people just don't what they're saying or if the rudeness is deliberate. Maybe both.

On the flip side of that though, a guy struck up a conversation with me at a red light on Friday (oddly enough, just after posting this here). "Great weather for a ride," he says. "Sure is," I answer. "Looks like its getting a little cloudy though." "Yeah, the weather didn't say anything. I certainly wasn't expecting this." "Well I hope it holds out for you. Enjoy the ride." "Thanks man, have a good one." "You too." What a nice dude right? I guess it just depends on the day.

And yes, road rage is rampant around here. I think the anonymity of the road lends to people justifying terrible behavior. Which begs a bigger and far less inspiring question: why, when people have freedom to act however they want, do they automatically turn angry and violent? People should just relax. Why not slow down a little and let the person into your lane? Is getting home 4 seconds earlier really that important?
09-18-2010 12:52 AM
shark88 Now I drive to work at night, and several times in a week I'll get the cigarette buts flying at me from the car in front of me. Very noticeable at night! Probably happens more than I know during the daytime too. The other morning I had a tailgaiter (woman) and as much as I would slow down she didn't grasp the concept to lay back a little further. I finally did the hand wave to back down and it seemed to get her attention. The other night I passed a car doing 45 in a 50 zone and when he caught up to me in traffic he was on my A$$. Don't know if I pissed him off or what, but next passing zone I blasted by 2 cars & and tractor trailer in no time, had to get as far away as possible from him.
09-17-2010 11:16 PM
vulcanjoe people like me are the reason I do not drop the kickstand like I used to. One time I rode side by side with a lexus through the Fort McHenry tollbooths. Just because i wouldnt give up the lane. Another time the wife and I were on the 1500 in a gravel parking lot with quite an incline when the truck in front of us stopped and put it in reverse he hit my front tire and amazingly enough didn't hear the horn or the engine. when he finally saw us he stopped and pulled off to the side and got out I had her get off the bike looked it over and proceeded to smash his windshield with my helmet .
09-17-2010 11:02 PM
AJCruzin Yes, people who do not ride, and worse still, cannot relate to those who do, are generally not the nicest people.

On the way home from work the other day, I was at a red light, and this being CA, I split my way to the front of the line. There was already one bike in the right hand lane and I took the front spot in the left. I turned to the guy and said "nice bike." Before he had a chance to reply, the light turns green (my head was still turned). He nods to the light and goes, I face front, drop my baby in gear, but before I can move, the guy behind me bumps my back tire.

Oh no he didn't! is my very first thought. Followed by me not thinking, and next thing you know, kickstand is down, and I'm off the bike heading for the driver's door. Window goes up.... With my helmet still on but visor up I yell at him to roll it back down or I'll drag him out, etc. etc. He rolls it down and I explain to him that he could get killed doing s**t like that. I walk around to the front, pull my pen and paper from my pocket and write his plate down. Back to the window I explain that within 10 minutes of getting home I'll know everything about him, and that he should think about that every time he has the urge to try and run a biker over.

Meanwhile, cars are honking and pulling around us, but I'm in a rage, and it's all I can do to be outwardly calm and not kick the living snot out of this guy.

Back to my bike, I sadlle up, get her ready, and in a last (pretty childish, I admit) act, wait until JUST before the light changes and gun it through the intersection, leaving him stuck again.

I think rude is too nice a term to describe it. Stupid, asinine, dangerous, deadly. All are probably more apt.
09-17-2010 10:59 PM
denny6006
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Originally Posted by flitecontrol View Post
Now that you've put it in words I can understand, it makes perfect sense! BTW, I never knew you were a physicist!
It ain't Rocket surgery ,you know Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.If others don't believe in it, Then show them the error of their ways.I won't be wronged,I wont be laid a hand on and I won't be talked down to.These things I don't do and I require the same of others. Not a direct quote, but pretty close to what John Wayne said in The Shootist.



09-17-2010 10:48 PM
vulcanjoe I was almost ran off the road b the same car twice this morning tailgating and changing lanes erratically. but bikes are nimble and quick and a pocket full of ball bearings over the shoulder does a number for a tailgater.
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