Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: 4 months of frozen hell
I Ride: 86,000+ mile '07 ZZR600
Was a huge turnout, in the 80's, sunny most of the day.
Even after the chilly 52* start where I had on some extra layers to stay warmer, the first 100 mile jaunt to the starting point was chilly, not cold- but certainly not as woram as I would have liked.
the first 75 miles form there was just about perfect, but then I needed to shed the long sleeve shirt and then the T-shirt over the under armour too- open up all the vents on the jacket and I was back to feeling the right temp.
Was looking like some severe rain storms may hit, but I got home about an hour before they rolled through and didn't get a drop of rain.
A few participants got some performance awards heading to the starting point (for most of us that was about 80-100 miles form home)
but on the actual ride no recognition for outstanding performance, although we sure saw plenty of people getting such awards. Must have been a huge fund raiser for WI yesterday, I saw no less than 8 small groups of bikes pulled over getting awards for their outstanding performance. funny- never saw a single 4 wheeled vehicle getting any such award........
Things that make you go hmmmmmm
There were a few people on the ride that should have stayed home (and shouldn't be riding or driving anything at all IMO), some of them had the mentality of one pass we all pass- without looking to make sure there was actual room for all- I watched one guy almost plow the side of a grain truck turning left--the first 4 riders passed him (same direction of travel) and I saw he had his left signal on, but the next 4 blazed by anyways, I could see where the turn was so I just lugged along in top gear about 40 waiting, when one of the assholes behind me decided to go--that truck was already committed to turning (as he had the right to) and that idiot locks up his rear tire and slides his bikes slideways and just misses the rear bumper of the truck-- I would say there was less than 6 inches between him and that truck.
HE departed the ride shortly after that- probably had to re-think his immortality, his stupidity, his lack of skills, clean out his drawers and consider himself damn lucky he lived to ride another day.
Some of the others played jockey for position all damn day, making stupid passes between each other because each thought they needed to be in front of the other- a few of those passes were damn near fatal, seeing a car and pick up truck with two wheels down in the ditch and the other two only in the gravel shoulder to keep from collecting these fucking retards head on, well not exactly the kind of riding I enjoy or condone
Some other fucktard decided to (8 miles in) stop right in the middle of the road and remove his helmet cuz he forgot to put in his earbuds, then proceeded to weave through everyone passing recklessly to get back to his #2 position---that was when I went near the back of the pack to ride where it was much more spaced out (you know proper following distances of something in the realm of 3 seconds), that same guy about 40 miles later stops on the road again and did something with his earbuds as the group went by (atleast this time at the edge of the road) then proceedes to once again make stupid passes, close passes and force his way back to that #2 spot- one time making 4 bikes slam on their brakes when he dived in to keep from eating a truck head on....
He and a few others road within a bike length or two all day---fucking dumbasses.... traveling at lets just say a spirited pace well above what posted suggests.... there would have been zero time for any avoidance maneuvers had a deer or any of the gagillion turkeys we saw forced rider 1 into even getting off the gas let alone actually jumping on his brakes
Just a friendly reminder of how stupid people ride stupidly and why I am so selective in who rides with me...... I forgot the 3 "big" rides each year which draw idiots out to join in and this was one of them....... I would rather have the small well established riders who went last fall in 20's and 30's with it snowing part of the day than the 82* and mostly sunny and all the asshats---the fall ride was far more enjoyable!
Stupid people say stupid things on the internet, so be wary of who those people are. If you solicit advice on the internet, just keep in mind 99% of what you'll receive is not based on fact or science-and likely atleast 95% of it is based on bullshit and bravado regurgitated from some other schlub who also did not experience any of what they claim and are also full of shit. If you don't like my bluntness- too bad. I am not here to please you, so move along, your approval is not desired nor is it needed. So before opening your pie hole and adding more stupidity, perhaps sit back, listen, absorb and learn something. You know that saying, it is better to remain silent and thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt!