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post #1 of 14 Old 10-20-2006, 08:54 PM Thread Starter
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And I thought I was bad...

So, today, I run up 'the hill' into Los Alamos to go get a burger to go at Rotten Ronnies (aka, McDonalds). I took the truck route up, which starts off pretty straight, but ends up with about 8-10 fairly tight turns, with 2 lanes going up, and you gain about 1000 foot of elevation over the 10 miles. Of course, being the moron I am, I had some fun on them at about 80mph. Man, that is sure a rush.

Anyway, I don't speed in town. Too many cops, and the motto in Los Alamos is 'no crime too small', and let me tell ya, yeah. Go get my burger (they look at you odd when you take the drive-thru on a bike), and head back out of town. (oh, I live in a suburb off the hill)

I came down the 'main hill' route, and took the hard right that joins back up to State 4. As I come rushing onto the main road there at about 70, I see someone coming up behind me from the merge lane, which looks to be a sport bike. There is about a 6 turn biiiig hill that goes down into the valley which is 3 lanes coming up with a solid wall divider between the two going down, so it is a lot of fun to come up at speed, which is what I'm sure homeboy on the bike just did. Anyway, I add some speed, I'm doing 80, and he passes me going a good clip faster. I jump on his tail at the light to the truck route turn off as he came to a red light stop, about 2 cars back from the front. He waves at me, and I nod back.

Homeboy is in full gear, textile jacket with back protector, silver helmet with tinted visor, can't tell about his pants, riding a CBR or some other sport bike with a throaty 4 cylinder on it.

Light drops, we take off. Come up over the first hill on the highway here, round the corner, and we get a passing lane. We're doing about 55-60 in a 50mph zone, and there is oncoming traffic. If I would have been in his place, I would have just sat up, slowed back, and rode it out (it is only about 4 miles from the light to the turn off to where I live). But, homeboy wanted to get gone. So, he drops two gears, and leans into it. :roll:

As he comes up on the second car, the driver is already sticking his hand out flipping our homeboy off here, as the oncoming car is less than 2 car lengths away from disaster by now. :shock: He yanks in another gear and flies though the gap. I watching him pull almost the same stunt on the car up ahead about a 1/8 mile.

I had no intentions on following this guy. If there had not been oncoming traffic, sure, I might have, but that was just cutting it too close for me. Anyway, the moral of the story is two fold:

1) I learned today that you can pass a couple of cars with oncoming traffic if you have enough horsepower and balls. This was not a good thing to learn, and I am actively trying to forget it.

2) Now I know I'm not the kind of rider the cagers get pissed at :lol:

Sorry if this was a long tale of nothing, but hey, it made for an exciting day for me.
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It wasn't me. this time :wink:
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post #3 of 14 Old 10-21-2006, 01:11 AM
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Yep! The temptation to hang-in with a show boat is always a constant.

There's two kinds of street driving motorcyclists in this world: those who have crashed bad enough to know, and those who have not.

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Yeah... I find I enjoy corners, but top speed not so much. But it sure is tempting to hop on the wheel of someone fast just to see where it takes you. Better to ride with folks you know who are not speed freaks in this case, hah.

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Yep! The temptation to hang-in with a show boat is always a constant.

There's two kinds of street driving motorcyclists in this world: those who have crashed bad enough to know, and those who have not.
make that three: those who have "donated" enough to the police to know when to back off.
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I never understand those guys...

...we have swaths of them in New York - groups that pull wheelies on the west side drive during the evening rush, little chrome german helmets and GSXR1000s etc. Up the middle, gal on the back, front wheel up, rev rev.

Last summer I was riding up the FDR and one of them had wedged himself under the car in front of him at the 23rd street downhill. I don't wish that on anyone -- but speaking as someone who HAS fallen off at speed I don't choose to mess around. As John Milner said in American Graffiti -- driving is serious business (with some fun curves thrown in if your on two wheels!)

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post #8 of 14 Old 10-27-2006, 08:46 PM
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Here's a little equation that helps me keep it in check F=MA or
Force=Mass x Acceleration. Faster you go... harder you hit.
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Talked to a fellow today who went over backwards at 100 kms/hr doing a wheelie. Lots of road rash. That was 2 yrs ago. Last year he broke his back very seriously and is lucky to be walking after 6 months in hospital. He was on a sport bike both times. Don't blame the bike, I blame the rider and his lack of maturity.

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I've got a buddy that started his biking life as a early 20's guy on a RR something or other with the race this and that. The kind of bike that doesn't blink at 150.

Anyway, he's a strange guy, able to fall asleep anywhere. You see where this is going...

Got off work after a double shift, visited a friend, got on the bike, got on the interstate, fell asleep, slumped down on the tank. Rearended a pickup at an estimated 150mph. Remembers nothing. Woke up in the hospital, shoulder and pelvis reconstructed, pins in wrist, plastic surgery on chin (was wearing a full face helmet, but apparently it popped completely off). Took 6 months to walk again. :shock:

He rides a 80-something Goldwing now. Loves it. Doesn't go for the fast stuff anymore. Also, thinks I am certifiable for taking my DL1000 offroad.

Hehe..
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