Posted 10 October 2006 - 07:14 AM
2000 Patrol "Lovanta"
Posted 10 October 2006 - 07:36 AM
I am in the process of teaching my wife how to drive. Don't laugh, she is 27 and recently came to this country from Russia so she didn't get her license at 16. As I expected, this process is a true test of my patience and I am trying my best. So far I am holding up pretty good. What I didn't expect is to be learning WITH her. Sitting on that passenger seat (haven't been in that seat for years) I realized how much slack I allow myself, esp on what appears to be small but important details like stoping before the white line. I also notice that even though I consider the other drivers to be total idiots (it's a safety measure) I also catch myself bashing them for not being up to my expectations of good drivers knowing that it is impossible, as most drivers have very little understanding of car control and don't have good understanding of the situation around them. So I better keep quiet with my "smart" remarks when on the road and show better example of an attentive and patient driver to my wife...So we are both learning...
It's been over 2 months for our learning sessions and now it is the parallel parking time for Anna. She is doing well. I think she is going to be a one good driver as she is now beginning to really SEE the road and not just a rear bumper of the car in front of her.
Posted 10 October 2006 - 07:58 AM
Paul St. John, on Oct 10 2006, 07:14 AM, said:
Posted 10 October 2006 - 08:27 AM
2005 Patrol Sold.
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Posted 10 October 2006 - 08:46 AM
As to safety equipment. No one is an "idiot" for not wearing a helmet, seatbelt, etc. It's a choice and a risk like any other made throughout each and every day. How many of you chastising us that don't wear helmets puff on lung torpedos? Drink more than one alcoholic beverage a day. Over eat? Don't excersise? How many NEVER drive over the speed limit (on rain slick roads)? Speed through yellow signals? Clearing the mower chute while the blade is turning? Come on, tell the truth. We all do bone head shiit every day and get away with it. In my world, if you want to smoke, ride without a helmet, blah, blah, blah...you should have the medical insurance to pay for your decision if the worst happens. If you get lung cancer/head injury and can't pay for the treatment...you should get shoved in the corner with the minimal care needed to make you comfortable until whatever happens...happens. It's call being responsible for yourself. But like having everyone comply with wearing protective gear...I know the above will never happen as the world we live in does not believe in personal responsiblity and accountability anymore.
Life is just like combat. You can go through it with the view that everyone and everything is trying to kill you. You can being wearing all your protective gear; flak vest, land mine resistant boots, kevlar Fritz, knee & elbow pads...be cock & locked, wide awake and bushy tailed...one lapse in judgement...the bad guy or booby trap you don't see...that's what's gonna take you out. Maybe all the way...or just an eye or an appendage or two. You signed up for it...so you gotta assume the risk.
To Ken U. Accident review is always a good thing. I fly will a small cloister of fellas. After any aviation accident we hear of...we stand down and discuss it at length. We determine what, if anything we can learn from the other guys misfortune. And we modify our Ops as needed. Sometimes it may seem a bit morbid, especially if death was involved...but it is good to stop every now and then and perform a self acessment in anything (or everything) we do.
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Posted 10 October 2006 - 09:03 AM
2000 Patrol "Lovanta"
Posted 10 October 2006 - 10:03 AM
ChicagoRandy, on Oct 10 2006, 08:35 AM, said:
It is more correct to call them an ignoranus (which would be someone who was both ignorant AND an ahole).
My late Uncle always taught me to never try to teach a pig to sing, it wastes your time and annoys the pig. He also always said "You can't reason with an idiot" for the very same reason.
Too often I hear the squawks of the intellectually challenged, who object to me caring about them. I heard such an argument, in South Dakota, one time. The tough guy on the hog, shouted at the caring person, who suggested a helmet.. The tough guy roared into the street, and that evening, long after the argument was over, killed himself at a stop light, when he failed to see the red, slewed the bike, dropped it, and died on the spot, at less than 30mph. His injuries would have been prevented, even with the ridiculous quarter helmets some tough guys wear. If a rider does not care about his own life, presumably he does not care about the folk he leaves at home, when he mounts his rig, and roars away unprotected. How are they going to feel, when the possible occurs, and the unprotected rider leaves his flesh on the roadway, and dies from 0 blood pressure. Remove enough area of flesh, and you CANNOT stop the bleeding.
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Posted 10 October 2006 - 10:30 AM
Most of my driving is urban/suburban and I don't mind staying at the speed limit or a little over. I've had idjits pass me on a 2-lane road going over a double-yellow line just to get to the traffic light first, and having a near-miss with oncoming traffic.
I don't wear full body armor, nor do I always wear leather jacket and gloves. My choice is to wear a helmet, but I have gone without it (short ride up at camp- speed limit 10mph). I do like the reflective vest for any night riding, and just added reflective stripes to the back of the helmet.
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Posted 10 October 2006 - 11:22 AM
Saved my keester a buncha times.
Then again, they've surprised me by doing something dumber than what I could think of! :o
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Posted 10 October 2006 - 11:46 AM
I've taken several safety classes, with the sidecar safety class being my most recent. Just taking a few days to review basic tactics is priceless IMO. Learning to swerve properly and practicing things like quick stops is invaluable if not just for muscle memory. Sometimes I still enjoy just going to a parking lot and running some drills.
Also, I actually like the process of gearing up. It gets my mind ready for the ride and doesn't let me forget, hey what I am about to do is dangerous and I should be prepared for that. I've also found that taking the safety class has made me a better auto driver. Even in my SUV cage, I am still scanning the road and trying to "predict" what's going to happen. SIPDE all the way. ; )
Posted 10 October 2006 - 12:00 PM
Should it be mandatory? I don't know. I live in NY state, where it is. But even when riding in NH, where it is not, I can't bring myself to take the helmet off. "Live Free and Die" I guess. I usually don't think that the government should get into regulating personal choices, but I kind of view this like seatbelts. There is such a preponderance of data in support of the increased survivability of accidents with helmet use, that they probably should be mandatory. The consequences of not having one on in an accident are so wide as to be breathtaking, including insurance rates, lost work productivity to employers, ER costs, longterm care, rehabilitation costs, emergency response costs, pharmaceuticals, the list is endless. Not counting the loss felt by spouses, children, and parents... I feel, in my humble (ever sooo humble) opinion that the argument that "the level of risk is up to you" is pure bull and always will be. "You" are not shouldering the "risk" of your shortsightedness, the ENTIRE SOCIETY is, on some level or another. And yes, I also "get it" again IMHO - Chris
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Posted 10 October 2006 - 12:01 PM
Paul St. John, on Oct 10 2006, 07:14 AM, said:
As the newest of the newbies around here, I've got the LEAST experience to speak from... but here goes anyway.
I've done two rather contradictory things; in the last 2 weeks I've completed a Safe Rider course, and I've joined ABATE.
To me, wearing a helmet (even if it ISN'T DOT or Snelll Foundation approved) is just plain COMMON SENSE. On the other hand, having some State legislator who has never been on a bike in his life trying to pass laws that MANDATE that I wear a helmet is a lot of BS.
When politicians get into the mix, sanity usually loses out to what's politically expedient for thier reelection... thus, the ABATE membership. The politicians in Wisconsin made a fatal blunder... they figured that bikers were a small, politically impotent bunch, and a helmet bill would be a slam dunk, and would look good in the press. Wrong, guys...
I well remember the biker response... imagine literally THOUSANDS of motorcycles from all over the state coming up the East Washington Avenue hill to the State Capital square! The bikes got parked all over the place, and burley guys in leather and beat up boots and cut off denim then descended in the capital to eyeball thier representatives! The Madison police were SO far out of thier element on this one that they called in the local biker's club (the C. C. Riders) to help out with crowd control!
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I sort of cheat on safety equipment. My helmet is a surplussed pilot's helmet from EBAY. There's a LOT of Red Chinese Air Force helmets around right now. It's a little bit short on padding, but the shell is fibreglass. I like it because it has TWO flip-down visors for eye protection, one tinted and the other clear, which can be flipped down at a moment's notice, and the visors clear my glasses nicely. Since this is NOT a mandatory helmet state (thanks to ABATE) it's a LEGAL brain bucket. On the back is a sticker bearing my blood type (A negative), and another that says LET THOSE WHO RIDE, DECIDE.
My jacket is an A2 flight jacket... protective, but goatskin isn't the best for that.
My jacket is gonna look sort of strange... on the flap of the left pocket is my patch proclaiming that I'm a MSF course graduate, and on the pocket itself will be my ABATE patch!
Right pocket is reserved for an RIMC patch! ;)
As far as safe operation is concerned... in cars, my FAVORITE idiots are CELL PHONE USERS!
My job (a broadcast engineer) used to require me to put on a few hundred miles a week on Interstate 94, usually early in the morning before rush hour, headed out to remote controlled, unmanned transmitter sites. You got a REAL eyefull of Licensed Morons when you're doing that!
After a few dozen close calls with oblivious cell phone bearing nuts, I finally saw the ULTIMATE.
Imagine a guy driving down the left lane of the interstate at 75. In his right hand is a coffee cup, and in his left is the handset of an old pack type a cell phone (he's steering with his KNEES). As a finishing touch... he has the first section of the Wisconsin State Journal draped over the steering wheel!!!
I saw THIS bird from the right lane... and IMMEDIATELY fell back. All I could do was GET THE HELL AWAY FROM THIS CLOWN, and PRAY for a State Trooper somewhere ahead (unfortunately, my prayers went unanswered).
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Posted 10 October 2006 - 12:01 PM
Posted 10 October 2006 - 12:26 PM
I couldn't care less if folks want to ride without a helmet. It's up to them. It's a free country, sometimes , in certain places on certain days.....
I DO always wear a helmet. I'm not big on " body armor " when riding a hack rig. A leather jacket seems reasonable, but in the heat of summer I usually can be seen in shirt sleeves. I do wear heavy boots, but mostly cuz they are comfy and keep me from burning the flesh from my shin whilst placing tender parts against hot stuff which happens fairly often. I wear leather gloves if it's not too hot out, mostly to keep my pinkies warm, but they also will help keep some of the flesh on my hands when I hit sumthin big and go flyin over the bars one of these days.
I ride a lot of miles. I try to stay out of the big city traffic as much as possible. I stay off the slabs most of the time. I want the guy that caused the crash to be ME, and it probably will be.
Keep yer eyes peeled. Keep yer skills sharp. Keep yer rig runnin nice without any parts ready to seize up or fall off real soon. Keep yer brakes workin nice. Brake early and brake often. Keep yer distance from everybody else no matter what they are drivin. You can't out accelerate or out turn or out brake ANYBODY.
What will get you KILLED is going into a turn and THEN getting on the brakes and letting the rig drift across the centerline or into a guard rail when the chair comes up and the front tire washes out and the pusher comes up. If you DO get caught napping then KEEP RIDIN IT, get yer butt off that seat and ride it on through. You will make it. If you " freeze " and just stay on the brakes you will not like what happens next. Do NOT go around playing with drifting the rig through them left-handers unless you are willing to pay the price when the hack tire bites and the rig does a snap roll with you on the bottom when it hits the ditch. It's takes about a second to complete this interesting maneuver...
EVERYBODY gets complacent and ends up scaring themselves now and then. This is God's way of keepin us sharp. Pay attention.
It's all part of the " classic experience " . Russian style sidecar rigs are VERY safe to ride in all weather and road conditions, but with that comes additional risk to be injured by somebody ELSE if ya don't keep some space between YOU and THEM. If other drivers infringe on your "safety space " then DO whatever it takes to immediately maintain that margin.
I don't make em I just break em and I don't even do THAT very well.
Rode around the block a couple times
and got rid of that goofy thing...
Posted 10 October 2006 - 12:44 PM
Now I only wear protective gear when I am using 50w Non detergent oil... Discuss.
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