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We need more motorcyclists out there(9 posts)

We need more motorcyclists out theretxcross
May 31, 2003 8:08 AM
Went on a short 45 mile club ride this morning and just thought I would share some observations. We were riding on some rural Texas roads, two lanes with no shoulders to speak of. Ran into the standard rednecks in pickups and punk kids in their 4 cylinder "rockets". What suprised me was when we were passed by a couple of large groups of motorcyclists. These guys did not appear to be your well off folks on nice shiny Harleys, they were on chopped out bikes with their "old lady" on the back. Looked like quite the rough croud. To my surprise they pleasantly honked and gave a curtious waves as they went by. Why can't more motorists be like these guys?
I find they're a generally good-natured lot ...Humma Hah
May 31, 2003 10:25 AM
... with a sense of kinship with anybody on two wheels. We may not be their brothers, but we're at least distant cousins.

'Course, I used to BE a motorcyclist.

I would be willing to bet most motorcyclists rode bicycles at some point in their lives. They have to contend with extra hazards and inconsiderate drivers, and believe they are invisible to cars, just as we do. And they sense themselves as belonging to a fringe group ... they'll distain the general public and automobiles, but may respect someone else they view as being on the fringe.
Every motorcyclist in America is in Austin, TX right now.El Guapo
May 31, 2003 10:57 AM
Some motorcycle convention going on here this week. Must be 10's of 1000's of motorcycles on the country roads surrounding Austin. I've seen every kind of rider and every kind of bike. One thing I've noticed ... they are friendlier than any car drivers I've EVER met. They don't "buzz" you and they all wave as they pass (no single finger waving at all). A couple of them have actually stopped and asked me about cycling and my bike. Some seem more amazed about my rather simple Univega with Chorus than I am about their truly amazing motorcycles. I talked with a few guys (and gals), and it seems we share very similar dangers and concerns. My hat goes off to all motorcyclists, burly and cleanshaven, across the land.
They were all here last weekend ...Humma Hah
May 31, 2003 11:07 AM
... in DC, for "Rolling Thunder". 'Bout 30,000 of 'em, mostly on Harleys. I noticed one bicyclist on a fixie stopped to admire the Harleys, and the motorcyclists were chatting with him about his bike.
They were all here last weekend ...MD80
May 31, 2003 3:49 PM
I hope you are right about them being nice. They all be ending up here in Wisconsin end of August.
You gotta figure, if they're there for a good cause ...Humma Hah
May 31, 2003 3:59 PM
... in the case of "Rolling Thunder", it is a Memorial Day event to honor our soldiers and promote POW/MIA issues ... we're dealing with folks with some conscience. You'll also find the motorcycling community doing toy drives at Christmas, etc. (remember, these are really big kids with really expensive toys).

Wisconsin at the end of August? Sounds like a lot of guys who think the only safe way to ride is wearing full leathers, but it's HOT down south and their bikes ain't got no air conditioning. Plus, they tend not to look as good as we do in skin-tight shorts.

Is there some charitable theme to the Wisconsin event?

Now, Daytona Motorcycle Speed Week ... I dunno about THAT particular party.
they'll be up here next week.rufus
Jun 1, 2003 6:37 AM
bike week in laconia, nh starts june 8. there'll be huge groups of bikers out on day trips throughout the white mountains all week.
No we don'tmohair_chair
May 31, 2003 5:11 PM
I agree, Harley guys are usually great, but too damned loud. But tThe rice burners with their full body racing leathers are out to kill us all, and themselves, too. I don't know how many times they've nearly taken me or my friends out. Too many. As far as I'm concerned, the faster they run themselves into trees, the better.

On Hwy 35 in the Bay Area, they run at speeds up to 100 mph, and the cops don't care, probably because some of them are cops. Want to find a CHP officer? Try down at Alice's, busting Harley guys. Talking to a fireman up there, he pointed to a telephone pole just up the road and said they had to move it, because these idiots kept running into it.
Bikers verses the Cyclist.Juanmoretime
Jun 1, 2003 3:00 AM
From past threads I know that many of the people on this site are motorcyclist. I myself am a Harley rider of many years. Yes, it's kind of loud, is'nt a Harley supposed to be? I guess the friendliness comes from the fact that some of them may be cyclists themselves. I enjoy the time I run, bike, mountain bike and motorcycle ride. Leaving your home on either a bicycle or motorcycle can and does occasionally turn into an adventure, where the car seldom does. That guy riding past you decked out head to toe in leather giving you a wave could have been riding a 50 miler that morning on his Litespeed. Enjoy the fact that it's one more group friendly to cyclist. Share the road.