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Ah yes, riding. Now I remember!

Discussion in 'General Motorcycling Discussion' started by MattyB, Nov 21, 2006.

  1. Having my bike at Loz's and in the shop for quite a while, I forgot how dangerous riding can be.

    I was estatic to get my bike back and couldn't wait to get out there and have a care free ride :D


    Well, I got it back last friday, and so far -

    I've almost been rear ended once
    Almost been side swiped 3 times
    Cut off once
    Had a bug deck me in the eyeball and setup camp until i got home and found it under my eye lid (pulled the bastard out with my own fingers)
    Had a car drag me off the lights, car noticed my lane was ending and I had already commited to getting infront of him, then still tries to box me in, causing me to JUST get in front of him and give him the finger.

    Ofcourse, then theres -

    Riding to and from work,
    Actually being excited at the end of a shit because I get to ride home,
    Going to the beach last night and riding beach road with a slightly cool breeze,
    listening to my baby scream through gears
    slowly get back into the knack of cornering and loving it more and more each time my confidence level etchs a bit higher.

    I suppose they weigh up pretty evenly, seeing as cars have none of the above listed joys and pains.

    It's just frustrating when I'm having a glorious ride through town or at the beach, enjoying every moment, starting to worry less about crashing and severly injurying myself, just having a blast in the moment - then plow, something or someone will pull me back down to earth with a "could've stacked it then.. was a chance you could've died, could've.. could've.."

    I wish cars were made more aware of bikes..

    It seems when cars do head checks, they're programed to look for cars, and expect to see a car, not a bike.
    they do their quick glance and if there isn't 2 tonnes of shiny metal next to them, they assume it's all clear.
    then you'll either get the SIDSY or they attempt to put the blame on you.

    Anyway, just thought I'd rant.

    Also, I might be heading down to elwood beach tonight after VSS's mini meet.
    All depends if the weather holds out.
    I'll be bringing a friend who's new to the bike scene on his CB250.
    Come say gidday if you see us :)
  2. you go for a ride every time you take a dump???
  3. I prefer to go before I start riding....and a pee as well nothing worse than riding when your full. :p
  4. In Sydney, the traffic usually makes me shit!!!!!
  5. He rides the dump, rodeo-style. Very impressive to watch, especially if it's an angry one.
  6. using that "care free" riding attitude makes me worried about you kid ... :( . think about it ...
  7. [​IMG]
    I find your lack of visor... disturbing.
  8. Soooo, everything is back to normal then. This is a normal day for us isn't it.
  9. They're bloody aware of me. Maybe you need to get fat and grow a mo.
  10. LMAO

    and the wheelies as you pass them probably help them notice you too mate!
  11. Interesting point - since replacing the Across (smallish and metallic blue-green) with the GSXF (big and black), I've had less crap from car drivers despite the 750 being a dark colour and (you'd imagine) harder to see.

    I guess it registers as a bit more of a threat. If I get fat and grow a mo, I'll be invincible! :LOL:
  12. Does your GSXF have it's lights on permanently? could be the difference.
  13. IF drivers do head-checks, or check mirrors or indicate.

    The thing that annoys me is that cagers drive like they've seen everything when quite often the miss the bike. The whole point of headchecking and indicating is for giving a bit extra safety margin for the time you do miss something.

    Now I know we've all done this from time to time, that's just life. It's when people are in the habit of not doing it that it p:$3s me off. I find it incredible you can follow a driver across town and watch them changing lanes the entire way without indicating or head-checking once. Damn pathetic.
  14. Both the Across and the GSXF came with permanent lights-on.

  15. Hmmm, you know, I find if I expect cars to cause me troube whilst riding in traffic, I never have any trouble...
    Plan for the worst, hope for the best.

    Regards, Andrew.
  16. I do think looking like a bit more of a threat does get you given more space on the road. The Spada is not that loud or scary, but it's small and makes me look like even more of a beefy mofo than I already am (think gorilla on bicycle), and I get a fair bit of space...
  17. LOL, I meant shift :oops:

    If I ride with expectations that i'm going to get in trouble with cars, I don't enjoy the ride.
    It ends up being a paranoid ride and I'm always thinking about the worst possible situation.

    I'd prefer to ride like nothing else matters and enjoy it :D

    But that doesn't happen.

    I'll find a happy medium eventually :p