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Old 12-14-2008, 09:09 AM   #1
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Helping Stranded Bikes?

So I was headed down to the rally yesterday with the Bourget on the trailer. On 45 south perhaps as far at the 518 exit, I notice a couple of guys in the median. I saw that a guy on a metric metric cruiser had a flat rear tire. As I drove by, I was thinking with all the bike traffic somebody would stop pretty quickly. I drove past one exit and then decided to turn back... bro code / sport bike code rules, right?

As I'm north bound, I didn't see the bikes in the median but notice a couple of bikes on the frontage road. I see that the metric bike has got a sport bike behind him. I'm thinking all is well, a sportbike guy had stopped and I wasn't surprised. I did the turn around up the road and was coming back on 45 south when I came up on the two bikes. I decided to stop to just ensure all was ok, despite having to drive across the grass median to the frontage road with a showbike on the trailer.

So I talked to these guys and it turned out they were both the same bikes I had seen originally. There was a break in the traffic so they moved both bikes. I only had one set of straps, so I had the sportbike guy run to the walmart down the street and get straps so we could haul the bike to a more convenient location for them to solve their flat tire problem. As we waited for him to return I was shocked and dismayed to learn that these guys were in the median for TWENTY FIVE MINUTES without anybody stopping to help.

In the time I was standing there at least a couple of hundred bikes went by. Mix of harleys, metric cruisers, and sport bikes. I can only imagine how many went by in 25 minutes. Given the size of motohouston, superbikemoto, and the other large motorcycle communities in Houston, I figured the riders in this area would be pretty sensitive to other motorcyclists.

As luck would have it, as I'm heading back home putting along in the traffic on 45 just north of galveston I see a big metric cruiser on the side of the road with a flat front tire. Both the rider and his lady friend have their cell phones lit up. I was going all of 15 mph, so I went ahead and pulled over. This time he hadn't been stopped long. Anyway, we put his fat tub of a bike on the trailer and I took the guy to his place in kingwood.

All this has me thinking about our community. How many of y'all will regularly stop to assist a bike on the side of the road? If not, why?? He waited 25 minutes in the median on a heavily trafficked road rich with motorcycles. That's just crazy.

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Old 12-14-2008, 09:19 AM   #2
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Old 12-14-2008, 09:23 AM   #3
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I do all the time, good on ya
Now why am I not surprised that you help folks.

Seems that there are a big chuck of people who don't.
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Thanks, Verry cool of U to stop your day of fun to help not once but twice, Still got the B. huh? I get alot of satisfaction out of helping people out in anyway I can
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Old 12-14-2008, 09:46 AM   #5
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I saw some people stop on the side of the freeway, when I stoped they said, they were waiting for a friend to catch up.

I felt kind of stupid
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wow all the way to kingwood. thats very cool. what a nice guy.
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Old 12-14-2008, 09:52 AM   #7
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I help out if I see someone on the side of the road or if they need help
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Old 12-14-2008, 10:14 AM   #9
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Old 12-14-2008, 10:18 AM   #10
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That was pretty good of you to stop on your way to have fun. It would have been easy to think they probably have cell phones and don't need help.
We left a trackday at MSRH one afternoon and there was a guy a GSXR 1000 that had his backpack come unstrapped from the rear seat and jam down between the tire and swingarm. He said he was going about 75mph, it left a heavy black stripe about 100yds long.
That's how far an almost new rear tire lasts when it stops turning. It wore a hole.
Anyway we had room on the trailer so we gave him a ride home. It was a little way out of the way, but he was very grateful.

Carry the means to fix a simple flat, ALWAYS.
Stop and help people in need.
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Old 12-14-2008, 10:22 AM   #11
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I stop most of the time. Several times on my way home from trackdays I have caught stranded bikes/riders on backroads. Lucky for them, I still had some fuel left from my trackday.
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Old 12-14-2008, 10:25 AM   #12
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I saw some people stop on the side of the freeway, when I stoped they said, they were waiting for a friend to catch up.

I felt kind of stupid
Definitely not stupid. Always good to stop.
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I always, at the very least, slow to a snails pace, chuck the thumbs up and wait for one in return. If I do not get one, I stop.

And yes, I have personally witnessed Curt, trailer bikes, WAY out of his way, on several occassions. Including a couple of hundred miles, round trip, just last week. And thanks again for that, I know your football sunday kinda got screwed up on that one.

I dont think you are the only one Curt, but certainly one of the more selfless ones.

Speaking of flat tires and Glaveston. I have a property down there that I maintain the landscape on. We went in the day after the public was allowed to enter. Leaving galvestion, I must have saw, no less that 5 cars, stranded along 45 with flat tires from all the debris in the road.
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Old 12-14-2008, 10:35 AM   #14
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I helped a fellow rider who's TL was broke down in my neighborhood. He had developed a fuel leak as it was pouring all down his hot motor. I ran home and got every rag I could gather and we contained the spill. I then helped him push his bike a few blocks down the road back to his house. I offered to help him find/ fix the leak, but he said that he would handle it.
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Old 12-14-2008, 10:43 AM   #15
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I know there are quite a few who look out for fellow riders. It would be nice to see virtually every motorcycle rider to stop or slow to check on fellow riders. One day it could be one of us.

BTW, thinking back to one of my personal experiences. A long time ago I had a ZX-11 and was riding southbound on 290 up to my usual antics. I slowed to a somewhat reasonable speed as approaching the crest of a hill, looking for PoPo. As I came over the top the rear tire blew; there was a little drama as I got it to the side of the road. I was there probably two or three minutes and a lady pulled over to see if I needed any help. Imagine that, little lady stopping to help a monster of a guy in black leathers and what not. She told me.... my son rides a sportbike, so I try to look out for them. Great lady. She drove me to my house so I could pick up my truck.

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So I was headed down to the rally yesterday with the Bourget on the trailer. On 45 south perhaps as far at the 518 exit, I notice a couple of guys in the median. I saw that a guy on a metric metric cruiser had a flat rear tire. As I drove by, I was thinking with all the bike traffic somebody would stop pretty quickly. I drove past one exit and then decided to turn back... bro code / sport bike code rules, right?

As I'm north bound, I didn't see the bikes in the median but notice a couple of bikes on the frontage road. I see that the metric bike has got a sport bike behind him. I'm thinking all is well, a sportbike guy had stopped and I wasn't surprised. I did the turn around up the road and was coming back on 45 south when I came up on the two bikes. I decided to stop to just ensure all was ok, despite having to drive across the grass median to the frontage road with a showbike on the trailer.

So I talked to these guys and it turned out they were both the same bikes I had seen originally. There was a break in the traffic so they moved both bikes. I only had one set of straps, so I had the sportbike guy run to the walmart down the street and get straps so we could haul the bike to a more convenient location for them to solve their flat tire problem. As we waited for him to return I was shocked and dismayed to learn that these guys were in the median for TWENTY FIVE MINUTES without anybody stopping to help.

In the time I was standing there at least a couple of hundred bikes went by. Mix of harleys, metric cruisers, and sport bikes. I can only imagine how many went by in 25 minutes. Given the size of motohouston, superbikemoto, and the other large motorcycle communities in Houston, I figured the riders in this area would be pretty sensitive to other motorcyclists.

As luck would have it, as I'm heading back home putting along in the traffic on 45 just north of galveston I see a big metric cruiser on the side of the road with a flat front tire. Both the rider and his lady friend have their cell phones lit up. I was going all of 15 mph, so I went ahead and pulled over. This time he hadn't been stopped long. Anyway, we put his fat tub of a bike on the trailer and I took the guy to his place in kingwood.

All this has me thinking about our community. How many of y'all will regularly stop to assist a bike on the side of the road? If not, why?? He waited 25 minutes in the median on a heavily trafficked road rich with motorcycles. That's just crazy.

-Curt
curt i would expect no less from you, i know thats the way u roll. ur just good peeps. but i would also help i always carry tools for a flat a set of levers, gear shifter, jb weld and ties. i sure miss you on .... well u know
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Old 12-14-2008, 10:56 AM   #19
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In this day and time it is great to find someone willing to help others out when in a situation like that, If I was in a situation like that I would appreciate a kind person willing to help me out, you not only helped these people out but there is a good chance that you may have made new friends. Bless You and Merry Christmas
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Old 12-14-2008, 10:59 AM   #20
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I'll usually stop and see if they need any assistance especially if it is someone riding solo who doesn't have anyone to go for help or parts. I keep a plug kit on the bike for flats. I have a 3 rail trailer and if I'm going to the track or something I always have every tie-down strap I own with me just in case someone needs a lift. I've even offered to go home and get my trailer to haul people home if need be but no one has accepted that.

Being stranded sucks. I've only been stranded once on a bike when I got a flat with a tube tire. Fortunately I was only a couple of miles from home so I ran home and got my trailer.
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