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yeah ... bikers get what they deserve

So if law enforcement officers acknowledge that cars are cutting off bikers why don't we have public awareness campaigns or procecution of drivers who cause accidents ? Because John Q. Public still thinks that we shouldn't be on the streets in the first place.
 

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Re: yeah ... bikers get what they deserve

While I agree with you, more and more of the cops that I know ride moto and are sympathetic to the cause. So, we just need a way to get more people out of there excursions and onto the seat of a fine motoscoot....hmmm....

I know! Higher gas prices!
 

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"tap your horn or your brights if you have too.."



Horn, yes. Brights, no. I don't know about out West, but in the Northeast, flicking your brights means "go ahead."
 

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I see Illinois is at the cutting edge of Motorcycle Safety: "wear a helmet and have a working headlight"......sound advice from you're local law enforcment officials !



He's of course right though, I'm done with the black leather/dark clothes thing. I wear bright riding gear w/reflective surfaces on for my commute, it's just not worth the risk anymore to look cool. I'd rather be shade your eyes bright that everyone in the car sees.

 

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And Now, For Something Completely Different

Here's an article that appeared in this Sunday's Orlando Sentinel:

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/orl-motorcycles2907apr29,0,5450882.story

This was the Sunday front-page article, with a banner headline. The salient points seem to be:

"And contrary to the notion that careless automobile drivers cause most accidents involving motorcycles, last year's deadly crashes were caused by the bikers themselves more than two-thirds of the time."

64 of the dead were sport-bike riders; 55 rode some other form of motorcycle.

Eight in 10 riders who died did not have insurance.

70 percent were at fault.

41 percent were not wearing helmets; Florida has no mandatory helmet law for riders older than 21.

A quarter of them did not have a license to drive a motorcycle in Florida.

At least one in five was drunk or under the influence of drugs, according to autopsy reports after the crashes.

So much for "situational awareness," beeping horns, and making eye contact. Sure, the cagers kill or maim a lot of us, but the Sentinel says we're doing a fine job of killing ourselves. I have no way of knowing how valid their statistics are, but my anecdotal knowledge from decades of riding bears out the conclusion.
 

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And Now, For Something Completely Different

Here's an article that appeared in this Sunday's Orlando Sentinel:

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/orl-motorcycles2907apr29,0,5450882.story

This was the Sunday front-page article, with a banner headline. The salient points seem to be:

"And contrary to the notion that careless automobile drivers cause most accidents involving motorcycles, last year's deadly crashes were caused by the bikers themselves more than two-thirds of the time."

64 of the dead were sport-bike riders; 55 rode some other form of motorcycle.

Eight in 10 riders who died did not have insurance.

70 percent were at fault.

41 percent were not wearing helmets; Florida has no mandatory helmet law for riders older than 21.

A quarter of them did not have a license to drive a motorcycle in Florida.

At least one in five was drunk or under the influence of drugs, according to autopsy reports after the crashes.

So much for "situational awareness," beeping horns, and making eye contact. Sure, the cagers kill or maim a lot of us, but the Sentinel says we're doing a fine job of killing ourselves. I have no way of knowing how valid their statistics are, but my anecdotal knowledge from decades of riding bears out the conclusion.
 

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I don't know for sure, but I'm guess that stats probably vary dramatically from state to state, based on enforcement practices (including helmet vs. non-helmet laws), types of riding done (i.e., commuting, touring, cruising, knee dragging, stunting, etc.), bike types, and weather, etc. Scary that such a large percentage were uninsured... suggests Florida bike culture ain't so "with it."
 

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That was a typo, he meant to type 1000 pound Harleys.



Had to do it.
 

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Good catch...(seriously)
 

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For no plaintive bleats through the tinseled horn

Did the black beast even give pause to yield.

Nor did the eyes of our rider forlorn

Make the beast give up an inch of the field.

Is it our lot that we be held so low;

Each intersection a challenge of wills?

So what if they did laugh-stomp-turn and go…

The "news": A Motorcyclist Dies For Cheap Thrills.

Respect is a two-way street I’ve heard say.

This tells us the REAL rules of the road.

Mass is what matters-not the right of way.

Good luck finding solace in the legal code.

Cut off? Let it be. A fool pushes his luck-

And maybe next time they kiss a cement truck!

 

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I just read the Highwayman.



I don't own a rapier. If I did I would carve a "C" on on every surface of my work area.



Right now we are doing inventory. I am supposedly managing it. I am managing nothing. Instead I am writing crappy sonnets and dreaming of large breasted women.



Western Civilization is doomed, you know.



 
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