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Old 03-18-2011, 12:47 PM   #1
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I read this on and thought it was awesome. Not spam, just saw this on a bikers site I'm part of .

I saw you, hug your purse closer to you in the grocery store line. But, you
didnt see me, put an extra $10.00 in the collection outside the store as I
walked in. I saw you, pull your child closer when we passed each other on the
side walk, But you didn't see me playing Santa at the local Mall. I saw you,
change your mind going into the restaurant. But, you didnt see me, attending a
meeting to raise money for the hurricane relife. I saw you, roll up your window
and shake your head when I rode by. But, you didnt see me, riding behind you
when you flicked your cigarette butt out the car window. I saw you, frown at me
when I smiled at your children. But, you didn't see me when I took off
from work to run toys to the homeless. I saw you, stare at my long hair. But,
you didn't see me, and my friends cut Ten inches off for, Locks For Love. I saw
you, roll your eyes at our leather jackets and gloves. But, you didn't see me,
and my brothers donate our old ones to those that had none. I saw you, look in
fright at my tattoos. But, you didn't see me, cry as my children were born and
have their name written over my Heart. I saw you, Change lanes while rushing to
go somewhere. But, you didn't see me, going home to be with my Family. I saw
you, complain about how loud and nosiy our bikes can be. But, you didn't see
me, when you were changing the CD and drifted into my lane. I saw you, yelling
at your kids in the car. But, you didn't see me, pat my childs hand's, knowing
he was safe behind me. I saw you, reading the newspaper or map as you drove
down the road. But, you didn't see me, squeeze my wife's leg when she told me
to take the next turn. I saw you, race down the road in rain. But, you didn't
see me, get soaked to the skin so my son could have the car to go on his date.
I saw you, run the yellow light just to save a few minutes of time. But, you
didn't see me, trying to turn right. I saw you, cut me off because you needed
to be in the lane I was in. But, you didn't see me leave the road. I saw you,
waiting impatiently for my friends to pass. But, you didn't see me I wasn't
there. I saw you, go home to your family. But, you didn't see me. Because, I
died that day you cut me off. I was just a biker. A person with friends and a
family. But you didn't see me. Re-send this around in hopes that people will
understand the Biker Community. If you don't re-send this, all I can say is it
sucks to be you. I hope you never loose someone that rides.

EVEN IF YOU DON'T LIKE US, RESPECT OUR RIGHTS TO RIDE
WHAT WE CHOOSE AND TAKE A FEW EXTRA SECONDS
TO BE SURE WE'RE NOT IN YOUR WAY!
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Old 03-18-2011, 06:46 PM   #2
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Just remember to ride like you are invisible.
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Old 03-21-2011, 02:03 PM   #3
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Old 03-22-2011, 07:41 AM   #5
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My son and friends are bikers. Many people have motorcycle blindness and riders need to be aware of that. They don't see bicycles either. I will go on their rides often bringing up the rear in my convertible which keeps cars from tailgating the group. Many car drivers don't realize that a bike can stop much faster than a car. I don't know what the answer is to solve the blindness issue other than trying to be as lit up as possible and be loud.
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Old 03-22-2011, 07:53 AM   #6
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EVEN IF YOU DON'T LIKE US, RESPECT OUR RIGHTS TO RIDE
WHAT WE CHOOSE AND TAKE A FEW EXTRA SECONDS
TO BE SURE WE'RE NOT IN YOUR WAY!
I used to have a bike, so I understand the safety aspects of riding. Motorcycles are harder to see, and drivers need to be aware of that.

But, the other stuff about the looks and reactions from people, sorry but you won't get a lot of sympathy from me. If you want to be a wannabe Hell's Angel with the long hair, tatoos, leather and do-rag; riding bikes with straight pipes that rattle the windows for a mile in all directions, all just to show people that "I'm a bad-a$$ biker, so stay outta my way"......to complain about normal people's reactions to you is a bit baffling to me. If you want to look like a Hell's Angel, then you'll have to live with their legacy.

Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against bikers or their choice of lifestyle, but I just don't "feel their pain" on this issue. I also think that in time, if they keep trying, they can change peoples negative image of bikers. It won't happen overnight.

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The problem of motorcycle blindness has gotten 1000x worse IMHO as cell phone usage and "distracted driving" has increased. I grew up with off-road dirt bikes and then rode streetr bikes in college and the military. After 3 of my friends were nearly hit (1 had to drive off the road into a field to avoid getting run over) I gave up riding on public streets a few years back. Having a child has made me give up several activities due to risk factor not being worth it to me.
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^ Shortly I will be installing a Bad Boy Air Horn on my bike, I found them shortly after I found my 12volt TV for the camper . Its a 12volt air horn with built in compressor, it just needs power. People don't see me when I have my head lights on? ok I can fix that with 180db of noise coming your way.

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My son and friends are bikers. Many people have motorcycle blindness and riders need to be aware of that. They don't see bicycles either. I will go on their rides often bringing up the rear in my convertible which keeps cars from tailgating the group. Many car drivers don't realize that a bike can stop much faster than a car. I don't know what the answer is to solve the blindness issue other than trying to be as lit up as possible and be loud.
Due to this lack of being able to see a bike I have a slip on muffler, loud and freed up the engine a bit.

I have been tailgated several times, a quick brake check usually gets people off my ass, run me over that's fine someone will get your plate and I will own your house .

The tail car is a good idea, I never thought about that.
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I have been tailgated several times, a quick brake check usually gets people off my ass, run me over that's fine someone will get your plate and I will own your house .
Nothing like being DEAD RIGHT!!
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Nothing like being DEAD RIGHT!!
Yeah, nothing like getting squished. BUT it does wake the person up and they back off, sometimes they pass me and flip me off, which I in turn flip them off and shake my head in disgust.

Some people are so retarded they don't even realize they are the retarded ones.
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My best friend wiped out 4yrs ago this month on his R1 and died. I still ride, but I've got two kids so I pretty much take it easy and only hop on the highway for a few miles to get to work.
I don't do the biker look, though. Just a normal dude in my slacks, shirt, and buzzcut/fade :LOL:
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My best friend wiped out 4yrs ago this month on his R1 and died. I still ride, but I've got two kids so I pretty much take it easy and only hop on the highway for a few miles to get to work.
I don't do the biker look, though. Just a normal dude in my slacks, shirt, and buzzcut/fade :LOL:
I was considering picking up a 600 this fall, still am. Probably wont unless I get a killer deal on one used, to me starting with a 250 was the best idea as I have never been on 2 wheels prior to this. Its got an exhaust and jet kit, rides better but still isn't a 600 . People when I say its a 250 but it will still smoke anything on the roads in the area, 600 is stupid fast, R1 is just retarded fast..... I want a liter bike .

Sorry to hear about your friend but at least you are taking it easy with a family and all.
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Yeah, nothing like getting squished. BUT it does wake the person up and they back off, sometimes they pass me and flip me off, which I in turn flip them off and shake my head in disgust.
4000 lbs >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>800 lbs

What you are doing is so far wrong, I wouldn't know where to start to fix it.
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4000 lbs >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>800 lbs

What you are doing is so far wrong, I wouldn't know where to start to fix it.
One day I'll brake check a person who isn't paying attention and I'll pay but so will they, until then Ride on.
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One day I'll brake check a person who isn't paying attention and I'll pay but so will they, until then Ride on.
No, one day you will do a brake check for a person that doesn't give a shit about you and he will kill your ass.

You should not be on a bike with an attitude like yours.

Sorry, but I take motorcycling deadly serious.
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