Post by jfischer6982 on Oct 11, 2012 9:32:24 GMT -5
As I was riding back from the dmv today, I got the meanest glares, and about 5 counts of road rage, people just honked and blew past me. They all had one thing in common, glaring at me. I was on a 35mph rd, and I was going 35. They just had to go faster than me, what is their problem? Then when I got home, the school bus was dropping off kids and I heard a parent call me a drunk. I had to "as nicely as possible" explain to them that I have the scooter for enjoyment, and I did not appreciate their slanderous statements. They just couldn't comprehend that. They need to start doing advertising or something, that will get the "DUI" reasoning out of peoples heads.
Post by quest4fire on Oct 11, 2012 14:15:23 GMT -5
I often find that my scooter is perceived by some drivers as slow because it is a scooter. Some drivers are tied up emotionally with their vehicles, and are genuinely insulted when following a scooter, regardless of speed. And 2 wheelers are easy to pass- look at all the room! I generally drive faster on my scooter than in my car. They pass the scooter. Keep an eye on the rear view mirror and move to the right. Try to not take it personally.
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I personally see the crotchrockets as the worst of the impatients on the road. Your going to go around me anyway, whats up with the *silly climbing up my ass*, to what, let me know your impaitent? To intimidate me?? Anyone, thats into that mindset, car driver, truck dirver, or motorcycle driver, your a silly numbskull. Me, I'll glady pull over to talk, fight, or discuss your impatient stupid human acts.
Now we know what it felt like to be black in the 50's and 60's. Hated by people who do not know us, for reasons they can't explain. Try not to take it personally and whatever you do let the revenge thing go, it's not worth it. We get treated like second rate citizens because our vehicles are paid for and were happy to be riding them.
I love seeing the looks on cagers faces when at a red light nobody wants to get behind me so they pile up in the other lane and I smoke em when it turns green . What I hate is when granny is going slow nobody says anything but if you are on a scooter you get cussed out . I laugh at goobers that break there neck to pass me even if I am speeding .
Post by ericrockstar on Oct 12, 2012 9:39:51 GMT -5
I mostly agree with questforfire, but I will not move out of the way for anyone. That can be very dangerous for two wheelers. Besides, I have every right to be on the road just like them. In Virginia, you still must have a driver license to ride a scooter, so it's kind of a grey area in the with regard to DUI. Maybe the cops will check, maybe they won't. I've never been pulled over on my scoot, so IDK how I would be treated. It's never gone well for me being pulled over for anything.
Wrecked up and down both sides before I got it....ghost ride off my porch once and wheely into me house once
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Interesting. I seem to get just the opposite. I ride a Majesty so I an normally keep with traffic easily. Which is what I do. My speedo is not very accurate (I think) because I need to run at least 80 indicated to keep up with most interstate traffice and I hate the wind at that speed (whatever sspeed it is) so I try to avoid the Big I's but even on crowded 2 laners with 45 MPH speed limits I find my speedo reads near 60 most of the time. But truthfully, I am really very pleased with the courtesy I seem to get. The ones I worry about are the sweet old ladies who seem to not really be here a great deal of the time. My neighbor just had to buy a new car for his wife. Making a left turn onto an I ramp and drove right out in front of an oncoming truck. Sorta blind and dumb to my way of thinking although I do know she really is a thoughful lady.
Mainly. I try like hell to get home safe every ride. It really is nice to find a deserted piecce of road that I can ride a leasurely 35-45. Glad to see familiar names are still well and safe.
Hi Ive yet to experience any inconsiderate drivers as well. We do have a large motorcycle and scooter following around here and lots of people ride You still need to watch your six as accidents do happen due to inattentive drivers just yesterday my wife's car was totaled by someone going the wrong way on a 2 lane highway, she im relieved to say is sore but safe It could have been much worse but my wife had the awareness ,skills and cool head to avoid a head on and they only swiped sides Take care and ride safely dear friends Yours Hank
It doesn't matter the size. If they can tell its a scooter, they automatically think you're gonna be slow and they have to pass. Mine is a 250cc and on most streets I can go way over the speed limit. I've had so many stupid drivers almost wreck trying to pass me. And then there's the teenagers. Enough said. But don't worry about what others think. Its not about them. Its about having fun. And the ride!
Good timing on this thread. I had continuing adventures yesterday with an old contact, whom I will call Mullet Boy, hereinafter referred to as MB. I have had contact with him before - punk-ass trailer trash in a rusty pickup, wearing the standard issue criminal uniform, a mullet and no shirt. My previous contact with him, last summer, involved him apparently thinking, if at all, that he should prove his manhood by harassing the fat boy on a scooter, and with no provocation from me, yelling obscenities at me, and throwing a large fast-food-joint drink at me, which I ducked, then driving away laughing. Today's contact consisted of much the same scenario on Deerfoot Parkway, with the added amusement of pulling up beside me (me on the Elite 250), and swerving at me, almost fully into my lane. I counter-steered away from him and got on the brakes. He drove on while lifting a finger at me, but for added interest, from behind me, an innocuous-looking gray Chevy Impala passed me, with blue lights strobing from every orifice, and a whoop-whoop siren going, To further demonstrate his room-temperature IQ, MB accelerated and ran from the Impala. I came over the rise in time to see MB and the Impala make a tire-smoking turn onto the ramp for I-59. When I got even with the ramp, MB's truck was on its roof part way down the ramp, with the cop from the Impala aiming a very large pistola at the wrecked truck, and coming from the other direction was a Trussville prowl car in full bloom, lights and siren, approaching FAST. I rode on. I spoke later to my daughter, a former Sheriff's Deputy, and described the event to her. She opined that Ag Assault is possible, but not without my complaint and testimony, which they would not have because I did not stop, but reckless driving is a given, felony fleeing & eluding is a given, and woe be unto MB if his license, registration and insurance is not in order. If he is DUI, start playing the violins for him, and if he resists with violence coming out of the wreckage, stick a fork in him. If he is on probation or parole for almost anything, stick another fork in him. He will apparently be a guest of the city for a while, and from the looks of the truck, he won't be driving it anymore. If I have another encounter with him someday, I will have to on my toes, but this little incident, for now, will cost him. Couldn't happen to a nicer fella. ;D
Post by feralsparky on Oct 13, 2012 9:19:51 GMT -5
I have had my fair share of idiot drivers. I remember riding home from work when I still had my Elite in Florida. I was riding on a main road, the only one that goes towards my house and I was going the speed limit easily, even a bit over. I had some guy in a van with his buddy's riding right on my rear tire honking there horn and yelling at me to get off the road because im to slow. So I waited until the road split into 2 single lanes around something in the middle of the road and killed the bike. Blocking them between me and the guy behind them. Hit my kill switch and used the electric start to make it look like my bike would not start. I waited there until I decided it was long enough then got back on and rode on.
They took the quickest turn they could so they would not be behind me again.
Post by loncindawg on Oct 14, 2012 21:22:15 GMT -5
The problem in Tecate, Mexico is that people don't see me, so I ride with my high beams on during the day. I've had no complaints about speed thus far. When I'm at the front at a red light, my scoot effortlessly leaves the cars far behind when the light turns green. On the US side, on Highway 94, I smoothly veer toward the right as soon as I spot a vehicle in my rearview mirror. I get nothing but "thank you" waves from most, including Harley riders. Most people who make comments are merely curious about mileage, scooter prices, insurance, etc. Most Mexicans and backcountry residents on the US side are pretty laid back. It's probably due to the slower pace and comparatively stress-free lifestyle. Tecate is small, and even the most aggressive drivers worry that the person they're flipping off might turn out to be an acquaintance, a neighbor, or a co-worker, so they exercise restraint for the most part. In addition, young girls comment on my "cool" helmet and goggles (though I'm 48). I was inspired by Isle of Man scooter rally vids from the late fifties to adopt my current look of white JP Pilot Series helmet, Smith OTG goggles (necessary in this dusty region), J. Peterman black leather retro Mackintosh, Double-H double-zip motorcycle boots, and Alpinestars black leather Octane gloves. No one takes me for a misfit in that getup. They think it's cool and different -- or at least eccentric. A humorous first impression of many is that I'm a cop: At four-ways, they abruptly come to complete stops and nervously muster polite gestures to motion me on my way. (Motorcycle cops themselves do a double take when they come across me.) In a worst-case scenario, that outfit will provide a measure of protection if I am forced off the road by a "cowboy" in a four-by. Some of those are cartel lackeys who are taken on precisely because they have attitudes.
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Post by sirtokesalot on Oct 15, 2012 1:38:04 GMT -5
i had someone throgh one of them gas station drink cups at me once. i locked the tires and yelled out i had his plate number and was calling the police. he stopped we had a big ole argument and well police werent called i left 60 bucks richer. was a case of whats in your wallet pass it over before i press the call button. best part was i did not see his plate number untill he stopped to yell at me.
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