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Old 09-21-2010, 10:13 AM   #1
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Awareness ride?

I know this is not in the correct section on the board and there is a reason for my madness and general lacking in the ability to follow directions.

I just want to toss something out there for general discussion for everyone on the forum to discuss.

In light of the recent motorcycle fatalities and acciedents, it appears as if the general population that does not ride motorcycles are oblivious to those of us that do.

Knowing that cagers do not look out for motorcycles, who would be interested in a group ride around the city of Houston to raise awareness and convey to everyone that motorcycles are verywhere?

A large group ride to include everyone, sportbikes, cruisers, vespa scooters, we can even let the harley guys in on this.

We all have an underlying commonality that draws us together and it's motorcycles, it doesn't matter if your white, black, brown, yellow, green, rich, poor, skinny or fat.

We all come together because we are intersted in the same thing, and we all share the same feelings when one of our own are hurt or even worse killed, by a cager not paying attention.

If we could get 100-200 bikes of any and all kind, to take a stroll around 610 at a moderate pace, 55 MPH, it would probibly get some media attention and make everyone a little more aware of those of us out here on two wheels.
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whoa whoa whoa....there's green people in houston? wtf?

I'm in, i think it's a great idea
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...to be blunt, you'd probably be better served by trying to find some other way to raise awareness than trying to run a large group of bikes around within Houston.
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...to be blunt, you'd probably be better served by trying to find some other way to raise awareness than trying to run a large group of bikes around within Houston.
seriously.. people will be aware at that moment but it's business as usual after that.
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seriously.. people will be aware at that moment but it's business as usual after that.
I agree it may only work for one day, but if it only hits home on 10% of the people that get word they may be a little more aware of their surrounds and it could possibly save someone's life.
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...to be blunt, you'd probably be better served by trying to find some other way to raise awareness than trying to run a large group of bikes around within Houston.
I agree with this, I think the Houston public is plenty aware of sportbikes, they have given themselves a horrible name via constant jack-assery.
Gathering up a huge group of bikes isnt going to gain anybodys sympathy/attention/ or a blink of awareness, yes, they will get noticed but really, a huge crowd will definitely more people off and help boost an already bad image in this town.

before the hits, I didnt say every sport bike rider is responsible, it only takes a few bad apples to ruin the barrel.
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what about awareness for several things, encourages cars to look out for bikes, riders to wear helmets, etc.

or have 100 bikes on 610 texting and riding lol
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i dont think it would really do any good, everyone will notice 100+ bikes, the problem is no one notices the one buzzing them in traffic before they change lanes and mow them over.

i think the bug's comment is closer to reality.
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I wear my jacket and helmet every day and never wear shorts, and I commute 35 miles one way. I'm constantly being overlooked, people take my lane without so much as a blinker, and then get mad when I pull up next to them and shrug like "what the are you doing?". The only way I make it to work alive is by going 85 on 59 and that's gonna get me a ticket. I've actually had to smack a ladys window to get her attention because she was pushing me into a lane with a truck as she was on the phone and doing makeup. Somethings gotta give
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sorry buddy... But a pretty good number (NOT ALL) of the fatality accidents are either rider error or operating outside of their means and ability. Or they are just being a fuktard!
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Id be in! even one person is better then none. Sounds like it would be a h00t too! Saturday night I had literally 3 VERY CLOSE calls. and yes, I do practice throttle control and jacket, gloves, boot...etc
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good idea in concept. but maybe some sign on the back of your jacket saying something like

" please don't hit me. hit the 10% of jackasses doing wheelies on sportbikes"

yeah . that's a winner right there
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Now I may be speaking from my ....but it sounds like you tend to pace cars. I ride a lot on te freeways and I seem to hardly ever have issues. Not bashing, but maybe you should change your riding style on the freeway.

I try to change lanes often, cruise about 10 mph faster then traffic, and refuse to pace a car even in heavy traffic.
I think you're right, and I was going to ask how some of you more experienced riders handle that, as I've only been on the street two years. It seems like a double edged sword. When I go a little faster than traffic and flow through the gaps I spend less time next to cars so they don't really have a chance to take my lane. On the other hand I'm always worried that's going to get me pulled over. I suppose there's a balance.
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I'll work on that, I certainly don't want to end up dead just because I'm trying not to get a ticket
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