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    Requiem to a biker.

    It is prose, not poetry, but the message comes across loud and clear.

    Ken.





    I saw you roll up your window and shake your head when I drove by.
    But you didn't see me driving 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 time 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 of Love.

    I saw you roll your eyes at our leather coats and gloves.
    But you didn't see me and my brothers donate our old
    coats and gloves 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 and in my heart.

    I saw you change lanes while rushing off to go somewhere.
    But you didn't see me going home to be with my family.
    I saw you complain about how loud and noisy 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 child's
    hands, 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 the 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 trying to do the same.
    Because I died that day you cut me off. I was just a biker.
    A person with a family?a Wife and 2 small children, with friends.
    They were my world just as yours are too. But, you didn't see me.



    Repost this around in hopes that people will understand the biker community.
    Die dulci fruimini!
    Ken.
    Wolds Bikers, Lincolnshire, England.

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    Re: Requiem to a biker.

    I wish more cagers had a better understanding of motorcycles; some who never ride have no idea how vulnerable we feel (because we are!) when a car drifts too close, runs a red, tailgates, etc. As a rider, I am always conscious of (and courteous toward) riders when I am driving. But I routinely see drivers who cut bikes off, don't leave adequate following distance - and so on.


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    Re: Requiem to a biker.

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric
    I wish more cagers had a better understanding of motorcycles; some who never ride have no idea how vulnerable we feel (because we are!) when a car drifts too close, runs a red, tailgates, etc. As a rider, I am always conscious of (and courteous toward) riders when I am driving. But I routinely see drivers who cut bikes off, don't leave adequate following distance - and so on.

    I don't know if you have what we call 'Mini-Roundabouts' in the US. They are not built up but are just large white circles painted on the road, with arrows indicating the traffic flow direction. Legally they must be treated as normal built up roundabouts and the circle must be circumnavigated. On Wednesday I went out for a ride on the CBR. Just about four hundreds yards down the road is a 'Mini-RA' at which I was going straight on. It always pays to treat them with respect (luckily), as I got to the RA my entrance was clear, ten feet across the lane a white van** shot up to the RA and drove straight across the white circle to cross my path from right to left. Luckily I was covering the front brake and was able to stop - the van didn't and, had I not stopped, would have ploughed straight into me.

    **Over here 'White Van Man' is a highly derogatory term applied to many of the commercial drivers who use small to medium sized white vans and believe the road belongs to them and normal traffic laws do not apply.

    Ken.
    Die dulci fruimini!
    Ken.
    Wolds Bikers, Lincolnshire, England.

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    Re: Requiem to a biker.

    I almost took out a biker last Sunday.

    I changed lanes to the left, just as he was changing four lanes to the left, toward the same lane, and accelerating.

    I hadn't signaled, because there was no one behind me in my lane or in the lane to either side.

    He just appeared in my mirrors, suddenly, and quite large, and his fairing dipped _way_ down as he braked and I gassed it. I expected to find a tire scar on my bumper, but he missed it by >that< much.

    Then he flicked it left another lane and did a gratuitous wheelstand as he accelerated past.

    Goldwing, bright yellow fairings, riding stupid or aggressive, depending on your perspective.

    It wouldn't have been my fault entirely, but I'd have felt bad anyway.




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    Re: Requiem to a biker.

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeHalloran
    I almost took out a biker last Sunday.

    I changed lanes to the left, just as he was changing four lanes to the left, toward the same lane, and accelerating.

    I hadn't signaled, because there was no one behind me in my lane or in the lane to either side.

    He just appeared in my mirrors, suddenly, and quite large, and his fairing dipped _way_ down as he braked and I gassed it. I expected to find a tire scar on my bumper, but he missed it by >that< much.

    Then he flicked it left another lane and did a gratuitous wheelstand as he accelerated past.

    Goldwing, bright yellow fairings, riding stupid or aggressive, depending on your perspective.

    It wouldn't have been my fault entirely, but I'd have felt bad anyway.

    My initial guess would be both. A four lane switch bringing him that close to a vehicle in front shows lack of forward planning and thinking, even if you hadn't changed lanes he should have been at least four seconds behind you as he crossed your vehicle and two seconds behind you if you changed lanes - something he obviously hadn't considered. The 'wheelie' just shows an immature reaction to a potentially dangerous situation brought about by his own poor riding. Tha's my opinion, for what it is worth.

    Ken.
    Die dulci fruimini!
    Ken.
    Wolds Bikers, Lincolnshire, England.

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