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    Being in SoCal and being allowed to lane split, you get exposed to a lot of different attitudes towards riders. You get the people who move over for you, the ones who do nothing, and the ones that do their best to try and block you. There's also a group of people who move over but do it so recklessly they almost crash in the process. Fast lane of the freeway and they swerve hard left thinking I'm going to hit them and nearly run themselves into the wall. Sad. But htat's not what this thread is about.

    Being in SoCal, we are also blessed with riding weather probably 80% of the year depending on how much "cold" you can stand. Personally, I'll commute on the bike down to 40 degrees. I know, you folks in states like Minnesota are saying "THem's rookie numbers son, we barely have jackets out when it's that warm!" OK, so "California cold" then.

    Aside from all the people doing "things" to themselves in their cars, I'll share three of the most random / amusing things that I've had happen in my 12 years of riding.

    1. Stopped next to a car between lanes at a red light. Saw movement to the right out of the corner of my eye. Turned my head and got a visor full of doggy mouth. Dog in the back seat of the car tried to eat my head. Thank God he didn't go for the arm/shoulder. Scary when it happened, funny looking back. I'd love to see some dash cam of that one.

    2. Same area, again splitting lanes at a red light approaching a school bus. Right as I get to the rear bumper, BAM! The stop sign pops out and smacks me in the face (full face helmet). Fortunately I was going slow enough to stop and not get knocked off the bike.

    3. Just the other day, I'm splitting in the carpool lane on the freeway coming up on a big Ford F350. You know, the ones with those mirrors that are on 3 posts and stick waaay off the side of the truck? Anyway, I'm approaching and as I do, I see the mirror moving. The driver apparently hit the button to fold in his mirror in case I needed more clearance. There was plenty of room before, but that was pretty cool of him to do. In my early riding days, I got should checked by those same mirrors plenty of times due to my inexperience. Gave the guy a thumbs up when I went by.

    OK, someone else take a turn. This forum's seemed kinda slow lately. With the combined mileage of all the members out here there have to be some good ones. Post your best. Or your worst.

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    Family friend was driving home on the highway wearing an open face helmet. He happened to yawn at the wrong time and a junebug hit him in the back of the throat. He said he could feel it's spiny legs sliding all the way down his throat. Left a bruise too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Obo View Post
    Family friend was driving home on the highway wearing an open face helmet. He happened to yawn at the wrong time and a junebug hit him in the back of the throat. He said he could feel it's spiny legs sliding all the way down his throat. Left a bruise too!
    I F-ing HATE June bugs!!! This is why I could never go with less than a full face. I asked on a couple of forums how people can do it with the bugs, but it always devolved into a full face / 3/4 / skull cap / no helmet argument. Every time I clean my helmet after a ride in the spring and summer, I thank my stars for a FF.



    OK, here's a funny and unintentionally mean one.

    On a major street, 2 lanes each way, raised concrete island in the middle I'm in the left lane (completely in the lane, not lane splitting). Lady in the next lane is on her phone, phone in her left hand, chatting away when she starts drifting into my lane. I have plenty of outs, but I hit the air horn to wake her up. Scared her so bad she flinched and threw her phone out of the car.

    HAHAHAHAHAHA! I don't care, she should focus on driving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustAJ View Post
    On a major street, 2 lanes each way, raised concrete island in the middle I'm in the left lane (completely in the lane, not lane splitting). Lady in the next lane is on her phone, phone in her left hand, chatting away when she starts drifting into my lane. I have plenty of outs, but I hit the air horn to wake her up. Scared her so bad she flinched and threw her phone out of the car.

    HAHAHAHAHAHA! I don't care, she should focus on driving.
    Almost the same thing happened to me. It was two lanes each direction, reducing to one in each direction. I was already in the lane that continued. A mommyvan driver was to my right--if she'd had the window down (and if I had a throttle lock) we could have shaken hands. She seemed to be engrossed in talking to the kids in the back seat. Without looking where she was driving, she moved from her closing lane into my continuing lane. I honked and she reacted as if I was a Romulan Dreadnaught decloaking.

    I just continued on my merry way without doing anything that was stupid or rude. I figure she'd probably learn from this to be more attentive from now on. But not a cool move on her part.
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    A long winter ago, I broke open a spare garage door clicker and wired a push button to my Little Red Ninja's dash. https://www.riderforums.com/ninja-65...cker-idea.html

    The next summer I stopped for gas on a group ride and when I came out of the building there was another rider looking closely at my Little Red Ninja. He had noticed my IBA plates, and remarked that he hadn't ever done an IBA ride even though he rides a big touring BMW. He asked about some of the equipment on the bike, and guessed correctly about the button for the heated grips. He then asked about the push button for my garage door clicker, and seemed amazed by it. I just responded by saying, "What, you mean that your Beemer didn't come with a garage door clicker?"

    There had already been some (light-hearted) trash talking between the BMW and Harley riders, so this fit right in.
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    Once upon a time I was at a gas station in full Power Ranger gear, when an elderly woman approached and proceeded to tell me about everyone she had ever known who was injured or died within 500 feet of a motorcycle. I was raised to be respectful of the elderly, and couldn't seem to break the conversation despite pointing out my helmet and armor, and my own grey hair, as indicia of my safety. Finally, her elderly husband came over and hustled her to their car.

    Not funny, just weird.

    Another once upon a time, I was riding on the Blue Ridge Parkway and stopped at a rest area. A gent and his friend were waiting for more friends for a group ride. One of the guys rode a mid to early 70s BMW which he had from new. We talked a bit about old bikes, and I took off my helmet to let the breeze through my greying hair. I don't know what triggered it, but despite the fact that I was clearly not a teenager, was wearing full Power Ranger gear, and was riding a bike packed high with luggage, he proceeded to lambast me as if I had been squidding and stunting instead of just touring. While I was trying to change the subject and arguing that I wasn't a squid, his buddy spotted my IBA tags and hold the guy to knock it off and that I knew what I was doing.

    Again, not funny, just weird.
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