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Old 04-19-2012, 03:35 PM   #1
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Post sportbike vs cruisers/choppers

My title may seem a little misleading becuase this is not comparison between the two but rather the relationship between the two:

Today, while I was traveling on I-10, I decided to give my bike a little push, so I did. Loved it, especially when other cars would move out of my way when I came upon them. Well, I decided to move (and stay) in the far left lane and I came across a biker on a crusier/chopper. He was in the left most portion of the lane and I pulled within 15-20 yards behind him in the right most portion of the lane. And there we were, just cruising at speed for about 3-5 miles when he took his right hand pointed down and flicked his hand in a motion to suggest to go ahead and pass him. I took the opportunity to blast by him and gave him the customary two-fingered left handed (thanks bro, nice little mini session) hand gesture. Then it occurred to me that maybe he was really just getting me off his instead of (what I thought) was as a friendly gesture. Funny thing also I would like to add. Before I even got on the 610 interstate to head to I-10. I was at the westheimer insection of 610 in the left lane to get on 610 north when I big suburban tried to merge into the entrance ramp wher I was. Well, me being smaller and faster I took full adavantage of my bikes quickness and swerved in the lane then applied a little brake to open up the lane to allow him entry. He must of misread my kindness and gave me the finger and jerked his vehicle back to the right and decided not to enter the on ramp. I was like, uh, okay. So, cars vs. bikes I kinda understand. But, sportbikes vs crusiers/choppers, I'm still a little confused...
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Old 04-19-2012, 03:45 PM   #2
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Nah...doubt if he was trying to get you off his . Probably just figured you wanted to go faster than him since you'd caught up to him.
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Nah...doubt if he was trying to get you off his . Probably just figured you wanted to go faster than him since you'd caught up to him.
Well, yeah that is what I thought. In general, assuming I'm not dealing with a bandito, I always figured the realtionship was formally mutual with respect in both classes. In fact, while I have been away, I have noticed a greater presence of all genres of bikes (on wed night especially) sharing the meet spots and generally seeming to enjoy each others presence. It's pretty cool. I was just wondering what other peoples interactions may have been.
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Old 04-19-2012, 04:07 PM   #5
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You never know what's in somebody's head.
Maybe was waving you by or maybe he has the old skool mindset that he don't want anybody to think y'all were together.

You're right tho, there is a LOT more mingling and crossovers than there used to be. When I started riding in the 80's, when you waved at cruiser dudes, they would either flip you off or ignore you.
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I don't think it's a type of bike issue. Some guys just get nervous when you follow them, just like running the Memorial Park track.
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I don't think it's a type of bike issue. Some guys just get nervous when you follow them, just like running the Memorial Park track.
And, as it relates to this comment, is it just me or everytime two sportbikes meet on the same road it turns into a "who is faster than who?". Usually, I let them speed off (during the day when there are a lot of cars on the road, heehee). Reminds me of the night when I was on my Honda CBR600RR and a Kawi 10R made a fool of me on I-10. It's all good. He left me looking crazy though, LOL!
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Another thing I would like to point out is the amount of female riders that i've seen. I mean, the majority of female riders seem to ride sportbikes more than any other bike. I mean, "sportbike" using the general term that includes naked and mid fairing bikes alike. MAYBE I've seen a woman on a chopper once or twice but they seem to ride sportbikes more so than any other bike.
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Another thing I would like to point out is the amount of female riders that i've seen. I mean, the majority of female riders seem to ride sportbikes more than any other bike. I mean, "sportbike" using the general term that includes naked and mid fairing bikes alike. MAYBE I've seen a woman on a chopper once or twice but they seem to ride sportbikes more so than any other bike.
Yeah, only old fat ladies ride cruisers. From what I've seen.

I don't see any Motorrads in Houston, just the occasional bloke in ultra high-vis gear on a bmw with huuuuge ammo boxes on the sides.
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Just my thought, he was waving you by because he thought you wanted by.

Honestly, I don't think cruiser riders over-think this kind of stuff too much. Most of us don't really care.

Unless you're disrespectful.
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Just my thought, he was waving you by because he thought you wanted by.

Honestly, I don't think cruiser riders over-think this kind of stuff too much. Most of us don't really care.

Unless you're disrespectful.
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He was just letting you go by him, It's not about what you ride, as long as your in the wind. There's jackasses everywhere, Most of the guys on cruisers I've met are nice people though. It only gets frustrating when you're on a back road cruising at your speed then get stuck behind a train of three wheelers going 55.. BUT That's a story for another time.
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I ride both sports bike and cruisers. When i'm on the sports bike, i know i'm faster, and was already passing cars, but just like you, when i come across a cruiser ahead of me, i sort of give him a respect and with sence of comradery and seriority respect to a fellow rider, dont pass a cruiser easily, and wait for obvious opportunity to pass and even when i do, i dont blow by him. To the other hand, when i'm on the cruiser, in most part but not always, i get the same respect from fellow sports bike riders. In essence, the riders ethic has evolved and matured. From sectarian or tribal mind to mutuality and cooperation. I see ton of repects from fellow riders of any style. And the other thing is that, nowaway, people are more open minded, and many ride both cruisers and spports bike, or at least have had experience having both.
So, whatever the fact with ur experience with the cruiser on I-10, if you think positively, you'll continue act positively and cool, and if everyone does the same, we'll have a rider's utopia. Ride the Mahatma Ghandi way! Lol! Peace!!
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I ride both sports bike and cruisers. When i'm on the sports bike, i know i'm faster, and was already passing cars, but just like you, when i come across a cruiser ahead of me, i sort of give him a respect and with sence of comradery and seriority respect to a fellow rider, dont pass a cruiser easily, and wait for obvious opportunity to pass and even when i do, i dont blow by him. To the other hand, when i'm on the cruiser, in most part but not always, i get the same respect from fellow sports bike riders. In essence, the riders ethic has evolved and matured. From sectarian or tribal mind to mutuality and cooperation. I see ton of repects from fellow riders of any style. And the other thing is that, nowaway, people are more open minded, and many ride both cruisers and spports bike, or at least have had experience having both.
So, whatever the fact with ur experience with the cruiser on I-10, if you think positively, you'll continue act positively and cool, and if everyone does the same, we'll have a rider's utopia. Ride the Mahatma Ghandi way! Lol! Peace!!
I agree fully. I don't have the time or patience to figure out a riders thoughts out intentions other than given him mutual respect on the roads. in fact, I thought it was cool short him to allow me to pass him in the same lane. I always allow a biker that much respect and never pass in the same lane. Although, I've not been giving that same respect from other riders (sportbikes).
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