:usa Is anyone going to Daytona Bike week? :usa
Nope. Not this year. Got the rallies out of my system years ago. Did have a good time in Daytona, Laconia, Sturgis, Milwaukee and Myrtle Beach over the years though. Ever since Ms. SGS started riding her own bike she's uncomfortable being in or around large crowds. I've got to say, I don't miss the lines, lack of parking and expensive hotels and restaurants that go with the territory. We do take a couple of bike trips out to Ohio every year. No more 700 mile days though. We usually do it over a couple or three days. Most of our riding is usually limited to day trips or weekends when going out together. I did take a couple of weekend trips with a neighbor last year but he's got a couple of young kids, a boat and a summer place in Laconia. Good place for a destination ride and cookout in the Summer!:usa Is anyone going to Daytona Bike week? :usa
I was just reading a story in the Wall Street journal recently where the Feds were in a near panic because there has been a "substantial increase" in motor vehicle accidents, injuries and deaths in 2014 and 2015. They were calling an "emergency meeting" to convene all of the authorities to discuss the matter.People who don't normally ride in groups and or drink beer do both in excess.
To those who ride do so like everyone is out to kill you. I do. I ride a lot and will continue to do so but man 'cagers' texting and face booking while driving is really taking the fun out of the ride.
Now that Chevy is proudly selling new vehicles with their own built in WIFI system in the car, they are encouraging the dangerous behavior, instead of doing anything to help prevent it. Chevy has a commercial where they proudly boast that for "young drivers", the radio is muted until the seat belt is fastened. Wow, such a safety feature.Off subject for one thing, yesterday going to Cumberland, Md (55-60 miles) at least 5 people passed me either with a tablet ,phone and one with a book laying on the steering wheel. Then coming home I came through Frostburg at least 3-4 kids (either college or high school ) was holding the phone at the top of the steering wheel driving toward me. NUTS
Wifes cousin and her husband are in Daytona for Bike week, been going for guessing the last 15-20 yrs maybe longer.
Planning on selling my 05 Burgman 400 ,right at 6700 or 6900 miles, too many toys .
Issac,Sulleybear, I'm trying to keep my cool. I hear you loud and clear. After 22 years of being a first responder, you are absolutely correct. There is no excuse for driving with mobile devices in use. None.
What really amazes me is why the state of Michigan, short on cash, does not respond. Drunk driving while a serious problem is a cash cow for the state. First offense could easily cost you $10,000 by time you pay everyone involved. Why not distracted driving? It it a failure of our system when a drunk driver could spend 5-10 years in prison for manslaughter plus whatever the civil suit costs them but a 18 year driver texting gets a $100 fine? That is exactly what happened to a dizzy chick who pulled out in front of a couple on their motorcycle. Killed them both. $100 bucks. That's it. For a text about nothing. If not for public safety at least cash in on it.
Everyday I see it. Often like you I have had to take action to avoid a crash while some young person is holding their phone up in front of them. Heck, I get road rage at Meijer's grocery shopping. People pushing carts while focused on their Facebook page ramming into others.
Sad state we are in when people no longer can function without their mobile device. And this is coming from a guy who loves his iPhone. I just am thankful I can easily put it down.
I can honestly say that riding a motorcycle has made me a much more aware driver as it is a matter of survival. Some motorcycle riders have added things to their bikes to cause the headlights to "flash" and "alternate" so that they are not one constant stream of light. But the lights appear much like the lights on the front of emergency vehicles and many states won't permit the "pulsating or alternating" light add on's. I did add a item to my bike years ago which causes the rear brake lights to flash brightly about a dozen times very quickly, when you first put on the brakes so that it is much more obvious and it is far easier to see, especially if you have been following a vehicle with their tail lights on all the time as is the case with motorcycles.Thought I would get in my 2 cents worth even though I am not a biker. Both my brothers are, as are (were) a lot of my friends. Back in the old days, I found out that I could not master a horse or a bike. The horse knew he was boss, and the bike always pooped out in traffic, and in the days of kick starters, I ended up with a sprained ankle while being terrorized by traffic; but I got my revenge, that old Tomahawk self destructed in a sheet of flames.
But I digress. One morning on the way to work, about 7:30, Westward bound, I stopped at a rural intersection. I looked to my right, and then to my left, and to my right again, seeing nothing I started into the intersection. Just then, a motorcycle came ripping by, coming from my right...and he had his headlight on. Kinda took the starch out of me; my mind did not register that there was a bike coming, but I was looking for cars, and I think the headlight acted more as camouflage (lights act as camouflage in some instances; they used it in WWII). Took me a couple minutes go calm down, I nearly got the guy.
I guess my point is, that folks in cars have enough problem seeing bikes any way, and if you're distracted with a phone, bikes are at a real disadvantages. I had a guy nearly run my truck off the road a couple weeks ago; I can imagine what it's like for you guys on bikes.
Well I haven't driven a road bike since 1983 so I am not going for sure but I did want to comment on a person that I have known since I was 15 years old.. He and his biker "group" usually trailer the bikes this time of year and head to Daytona, my point on why I would not go especially with them,, they are a rowdy bunch who like to tease/dare the cops and cause trouble, the man has a "Hammer" pin and colors on the back of the jacket I need to say no more. He tells us all they do is drink and smoke (weed) and drink and smoke and do drugs so they can stay awake continuously then they go burn things? I don't know what they burn and don't ask. This guy impaled a guy years ago with a pipe from a chain link fence in Sturgis and I don't know if the guy lived or not, never asked!! If I'm ever subpoenaed for a deposition I don't what to know anything! This would be one reason I would not go, if these guys get trashed and drive around causing trouble and crap forget it,, I want no part of that.. Fights, no part of it either.. This guy lives for this stuff and I just don't get it? I also do not tell him he is nuts either! I don't need to be a reason for another hammer Pin!
I understand this is probably only a very small percentage of people that cause trouble, and I suspect you can get caught up in something you may not what to be caught up in! For those of you that go for the races, scenery and shows, have a great time. I hope you stay safe, just watch out for people like I just described. I think if I were there and I saw him and his group, I would be just another obstruction in their eyes.. The have no fear at all. Not my style.
We (my wife and I) used to go to Laconia back when we were kids and we were accosted by a "group" with this one big guy stating "Nice Lady" to my wife and then started following us, my wife would not shut up to the guy telling him how F'n fat he was and he wouldn't stand a chance with her etc.!.. Ah,, Okay even though I was carrying I don't know that I would use it unless it came to that, luckily we were with others from our area so nothing happened but it could have and it would have been ugly. Damn good thing he didn't see I was driving a rice burner; 1981 Kawasaki LTD 1000!!.. I am not a little 85 pound weakling and was brought up tough, however, no match for a group or this big dude either! We never attended any more rallies, it was not worth it to me especially with my other half who thinks I can take anyone she wants to insult! I am a musician for Gods sake, Peace, love and tie-dye... I'll play in any bar and I will fight if I have to but I will avoid any trouble if at all possible.. I do miss the road bike and I just recently sold my XR 250. the last Sh*$$er I took last fall told me at 62 you cannot do this anymore! Especially getting up off the ground after doing a header over the handlebars and not hearing your friends off in the distance!!! Did I go to sleep? :dunno: Have fun biking people and please stay safe. I wont even get on a horse anymore as I have fallen off those things too! The wife always rode bareback, I never really could grasp how you hang on! That's what I get for being a Sturbridge city slicker!!!! :laugh: