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I took the FJR on a short trip over to the Robbinsville NC area and four times over the last two days, I have had displayed to me that some people on bikes are idiots.
I stayed in Tellico Plains and after dinner Wednesday, I went up 68 South just to see what was there. Turned out to be a nice winding road up the mountain but due to it being nearly dark I didn't go very far. As I was headed back down, I saw a headlight fast approaching from behind. It was a guy on a HD and he was must have been going 90 mph or more. Unlike me, I suppose he's immune to animals on the road.
On my return trip, I ran the BRP to Ashville then got on I40 East. On three separate occasions on I40 in different towns, I had a HD rider pass me. Traffic was bumper to bumper in both lanes through the towns in each case and running 70-75 MPH. I saw no option but to keep my distance from the cars and wait it out but that wasn't acceptable to the HD riders because they all passed me wide open, went between the cars ahead of us then took an offramp up ahead.
I suppose all of them are now boasting to their friends about smoking the dude on the crotch rocket.
It's no wonder accident statistics are so high for motorcycles.
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Glad you got that off your chest.
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yeah, and not only on motorcycles, we can all definitely witness the increase in road rages, crime and rude and angry people venting their personal frustrations, especially in the last few Covid triggered economic downturn months, and it's not going to get any better soon, unfortunately.
Just watching the news this morning and the local police reported a 11% increase in speeding fines...everybody is in one damned rush to get places ... the good story in all this is that the "fast and furious" are helping the local municipal budget $$$
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I took the FJR on a short trip over to the Robbinsville NC area and four times over the last two days, I have had displayed to me that some people on bikes are idiots.
I stayed in Tellico Plains and after dinner Wednesday, I went up 68 South just to see what was there. Turned out to be a nice winding road up the mountain but due to it being nearly dark I didn't go very far. As I was headed back down, I saw a headlight fast approaching from behind. It was a guy on a HD and he was must have been going 90 mph or more. Unlike me, I suppose he's immune to animals on the road.
On my return trip, I ran the BRP to Ashville then got on I40 East. On three separate occasions on I40 in different towns, I had a HD rider pass me. Traffic was bumper to bumper in both lanes through the towns in each case and running 70-75 MPH. I saw no option but to keep my distance from the cars and wait it out but that wasn't acceptable to the HD riders because they all passed me wide open, went between the cars ahead of us then took an offramp up ahead.
I suppose all of them are now boasting to their friends about smoking the dude on the crotch rocket.
It's no wonder accident statistics are so high for motorcycles.
I sympathize with your frustration my friend. I live in a very low population density area of Canada. I moved from a much higher density area. The difference in stress-levels is palpable. Deer and sometimes cattle are my only concerns - being extra-vigilant towards sundown is a must. I go on many rides nearby (loops between 1 and 5 hours) and usually only see at most 10 other vehicles in any given hour!

I have perused many different motorcycle BooTube channels and some videos are completely populated with (usually) younger bikers taking EXTREME umbrage at cager's behaviours. If it wasn't such a close-to-home issue and have potential for serious heartache - they would be fine black-comedy stuff! The anger is crazy - do everyone a favor and leave that s*** at home! Directed at all drivers no matter what your ride...

Of course I'm preaching to the choir here - I'm sure there aren't any hotheads reading this

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Interesting about people's behavior these days. People at least around these parts (Oregon Coast) seem incapable or unwilling to follow simple instructions whether it be while driving or wearing a mask to name but a few things. It seems as if some folks are just going nuts and I've heard many other people make similar observations. Had to go to the hospital for an EKG test yesterday and listened to the lab tech go on about people and their weird behavior as of late.

I really wonder what is going to happen this November 3rd, could really get super scary out there for sure. I've just never seen anything like what is going on at least in these parts.

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I really wonder what is going to happen this November 3rd, could really get super scary out there for sure. I've just never seen anything like what is going on at least in these parts.
The world is watching. Some scary stuff happening NOW down there.
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Not to disagree with you that there are asshats on motorcycles everywhere...

but I'm sure that a high percentage of people that see me go through a curvy Ozark road without slowing down for the turns are cussing me and screaming 'he's going to kill somebody."

and... in their defense... I've seen guys doing a twisty road from the seat of my truck... probably running about the safe but quick pace I ride... and it does look pretty crazy from a 4-wheeled vehicle. I try to wave and be friendly. We don't want to scare people.

Now, I'm not talking about riding fast after dark or going outside of your lane... there's no excuse for leaving your lane.
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there's no excuse for leaving your lane.
Unless of course you happen to encounter the other type of ass hat. You know, the ones who think they've mastered the art of texting and driving.
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Uh, yes. I was referencing the robby-racer types using both sides of the road to set their best public road lap time. I was not talking about leaving your lane for a pass or avoidance maneuver.
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Uh, yes. I was referencing the robby-racer types using both sides of the road to set their best public road lap time. I was not talking about leaving your lane for a pass or avoidance maneuver.
I figured that. It was my futile attempt at humor.
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