Agreed. We also need that law that lets people who are going to drive cars on the road with bikes see the mangled corpses of car drivers who were.. wait.. hmm.. how about we just kill the car drivers that run over bikers. Or something.
Anyway, clearly motorcycle riders are the reason there is so much danger on the road, so we should make more laws agin'st those f*ckers and make the world safe for SUV's.
I generally can't stand your opinions, but this time you're right on. The only way we're going to get away with doing something fun and dangerous to OURSELVES is if nobody notices us doing it. Sportbikes are a new *problem* unlike bikers so it's a new fear. Loud cans on us power rangers just make bigdx bring out a shotgun and his minivan neighbor call the sheriff. I can handle bigdx, but not the sheriff.
Next time I'm in Georgia, I'm going to steal a literbike. I will then promptly remove the exhaust altogether, resulting in flames shooting directly out of the cylider head. Next is my recklessness demonstration: I will pass a news van over the double yellow lines wearing a backwards baseball cap, shorts and flipflops. For the Grand Finale, I will play chicken will a school bus at 160 MPH. Only instead of swerving I will deploy a parachute to minimize my injuries. Hopefully the bike will cut at least 14 feet into the bus, killing many Georgian spawn.
You think that'll give them something to talk about?
I wrote this on another board, but I'll repeat it here. I quit riding in the Georgia mountains on weekends years ago. Idiot squids with no respect for the locals, ticket-happy cops and scenery gawking drivers made it unbearable for me. I'm sure it's only gotten worse in the last few years. By the way, the Fox Five news piece was not fair and balanced. It made a pretense at it, but it was deceptive as hell.
During the week the traffic is light, cops are scarce and squids are nearly nonexistent.
I've thought about this, I ride a sportbike, but I'm almost to the point where I refuse to ride my motorcycle with anyone else, because it is starting to seem like anytime 2 or more sportbikes get together on the road someone is going to start riding like an idiot.
The only thing I can really think of that can realistically solve this problem without tremendous cost is to start putting up speed bumps in the most "dangerous" areas.
I like to enjoy the twisties like everyone else, but I keep it in control. If an area gets out of control like the area in the story (I've been there) I end up just staying away.
As a bicyclist, hiker, etc.. I think speed bumps are the solution. They are not going to ruin the experience for anyone who is going down these roads for the purpose of getting from point A->B, driving down the road to see the scenery, etc..
But if the speed bumps are at the right distance they will heavily discourage any sportbiker who wants to engage the warp drive. You can blast in between them but as long as they're in the right places no one will be able to go staggeringly fast. Since many of the areas already have 15-25mph marked curves it wouldn't be that big of a hardship on sane road users.
And speedbumps would be far more effective and less expensive then massive law enforcement, speed cameras, helicopter patrols, etc.. The crowd of motorcyclists who come just to abuse the roads & locals would disappear pretty quickly.
Being an ATL native, life long regular visitor to N GA mts and now having had a place up there for 6 yrs:
Forget that Channel 5 is Fox. Not important. Doesn't tell you squat. What is important is that Channel 5 has always been "B-Team" around here. Always the most lurid stories. Always the most low rent...And they were that way when they were CBS, too. And they were CBS for 3 or 4 times as long as they have been Fox.
Too crowded here. Too many Atlanta people, too many elderly Floridians, too many hikers, too many leaf peepers, too many tourists and yes - too many motorcyclists.
NOW some of you might understand why I keep saying (mostly about the Dragon and Cherohala) as the great Yogi said: "nobody goes there anymore, too crowded".
My wife and I would sell and move, but to where? The Floridians and Northerners have discovered just about every single nice spot here in the South. Heck fire, they even know about the Fall Creek Falls area up on "The Plateau" in TN. People are even moving there, for goodness sakes.
Maybe we should move to the Flint Hills of SE Kansas.
I can see your point, here in AZ we have the same problem, many people from the snow belt and California have discovered the great riding roads, along with the natural beauty of the area around here. That has increased the population tenfold in the last 15 years, and what used to be a laid back and relaxed place has become a pain in the a$$, that is why I do not ride on the weekends anymore, I work Sat and Sun and take my days off during the week, I am lucky I can do that. Less traffic and police out there.