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Wuss! Shoulda toasted that guy! 6 12.50%
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post #1 of 18 Old 07-24-2006, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
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OT: Wuss or Wise Choice?

So I'm stopped at a red light on a four lane divided highway. Past the lights, the road narrows to a two lane undivided highway. I'm in the left lane and the right lane ends roughly 500ft past the stop lights.
Some kid in a lowered, fartcan equipped Honda Civic pulls up next to me in the right lane, glances my way and revs his engine several times, obviously wanting to drag race. I wanted so bad to toast this goofball, but I didn't. I got off the line slower than normal and purposely accelerated very slowly to let him go first. Well, he tore off, fartcan exhaust blatting away, proud grin in his face. Judging by how slow his car accelerated, I could have easily, easily owned this punk. What do you think? Did I do the right thing, or should I have taught this fool a lesson?
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post #2 of 18 Old 07-24-2006, 12:37 PM
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Smart move. Its easier to watch and avoid him if you are behind. If you'd passed him he would have ridden your rear fender until the first opportunity to pass and then we would have made the move to show you he was king, whether it was safe or not. You and I know you are faster than him and that's all that matters.

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You had nothing to prove. Even if the match was not so one sided in your favor, drag racing on the street is dangerous and carries a hefty legal penalty. Some idiot in the Toyota Matrix owners group posted that he beat a motorcycle out of a stop light. Six replies came back from car people that the motorcyclist was not racing.

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post #4 of 18 Old 07-24-2006, 02:35 PM
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My testosterone says "WUSS!" My middle-aged brain says "Smart Move".

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post #5 of 18 Old 07-24-2006, 03:22 PM
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My normal "response" to asshats like that is to accelerate "quickly" (Not a revs up starting grid launch mind you) in first (just enough. . . ), shift to 2nd and slow down as the "asshat" screams past me and up the road inviting a ticket.

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post #6 of 18 Old 07-24-2006, 03:35 PM
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compare the 0 to 60mph times for the stroms compared to that of cars, now unless they are sitting in a zonda or bugatti or one of the faster ferraris, they aint goin to win. so whats the point in wasting your life or your fuel

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post #7 of 18 Old 07-24-2006, 03:47 PM
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He obviously doesn't ride, so who cares what he thinks. 8)

Let him build confidence, then loose his pink slip to a Goldwing... :lol:
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Goldwing...Hehe...Awesome response...
(Doesn't the Goldwing have a 4.5 second 0-60?)


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Seven responses to this post and nobody said waste em real good. That makes me feel good about the members here and their attitude towards riding well/safe and their level of maturity. Thank you very much folks.

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I wouldn't have said "better safe than sorry" but you didn't leave many choices in the poll

No serious car guy tries to race a motorcycle from a stop and you've got nothing to prove to a poozer, but...

Too bad the local leo wasn't somewhere where you could see him and he couldn't :twisted:

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