Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Travel tips and common sense....
Just taking a step away from how wonderful the Deuce looks for a minute (he says still grinning ear to ear), I'm getting everything together for the trip up to Daytona.
Looks like I'll be leaving Fort Lauderdale no later than 10am on Thursday getting in around 3ish by the time I stop for gas and the other 'human needs' along the way. Hopefully it'll be in time to see some of the attractions for that day, but if not at least I'll have a fresh start to Friday morning! It was nice that the current edition of HogTales has a special about touring with some great tips. One I didn't know was to pack your clothes by grouping them in one gallon kitchen ziplock storage bags which makes it easier to get them out of the saddlebags as well as keeping them dry and clean! Something that wasn't mentioned but is just as useful, using the bags coming back to store all the smelly clothes! Had to smile when the article recommended taking the old natty, holey underwear you were planning on throwing out and wearing them only to trash them when 'done' with them. Didn't our mothers always warn us about getting in an accident with this kind of undergarments?
Counterpoint with commonsense
A few days ago I mentioned the tragic motorcycle fatality that turned into a anti-motorcycle story by the time the funeral made the papers on February 26th. Finally a motorcycle rider has written to the Sun-Sentinel with a response to some of the comments and general feel of the article.
He makes such great points, here it is in it's entirety;
I am sorry but I just had to write this letter.
I am sending you this in regard to your Feb. 26 article, "Mourners hope death sends a message; motorcycling's 'a dangerous hobby,' sister says."
I just want to know who that is directed to. I am a motorcycle rider who has been riding dirt bikes since I was 8 years old and I have had my motorcycle license for over 15 years now. Guess how many speeding tickets I have from riding my bike. Zero! Wanna know why? I am not an idiot who rides reckless. How fast was the dead rider going again? 120 mph?! I can't lie, I have had a bike up to 100 mph a couple of times, but it was on open interstate highways with excellent weather conditions -- and luckily I am still around to talk about it.
Let me tell you something, 80 mph alone on a bike is a lot faster than in a car. Even to experienced riders, high speeds can be intimidating at times. I am so sick of people saying how dangerous riding motorcycles is when in fact a little bit of common sense goes a long way.
I am sorry that this man died but the blame should not be on motorcycles. What was the total number of violations he had? Oh that's right, 11 including racing and reckless driving.
Motorcycles are not dangerous, people are. Speaking of people, it's not only idiot riders but other drivers who pull out in front of riders thinking we can stop on a dime, the people who drive too close to us (beside us or behind us) and the ones who fail to see us in their mirrors.
Oh, not to mention the drivers who are afraid to use their turn signals.
And how can I forget the people who pull out onto roadways to assume riders can easily accelerate and maneuver around their ignorance. In regard to statistics, of the 70 people who died in Broward County, how many were single-bike and speed-related accidents? To experienced riders, cars are our biggest fears. I am more afraid of inattentive drivers than myself on a bike or other riders.
And on a final note, there are motorcycle safety classes held in a variety of places such as Hollywood Dog Track on Sunday mornings. Motorcycling is not a dangerous hobby as long as one uses common sense and good judgment.
There you have it.....it'll be interesting to see if there are any responses back, bearing in mind this is the same community that want's to ban the Toy Run which raises $400,000 simply because it ties up the freeway for three hours on a Sunday morning.
Posted by Aimless Wanderer at 12:38 AM