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Old 02-22-2009, 03:02 AM   #1
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your not almighty, give it a rest.....

im talking to all those that call out a "squid " that r wearing some gear. like they have on a jacket and a helmet but because they have a rip in their jeans and not wearing a full piece leather suit than they r a squid.

GIVE IT A REST

they ride the way they feel good at. who are you to call those guys out???

you never went out without full gear on????

if you say no, i call bs,

maybe if the only time is on the track but seriously, if they have a helmet or more on, quit trying to call that person a squid..... especially when you were riding like that this past week.

just tired of seeing someone call someone else out when they were posted on "the wall of shame" just the other day for riding without a helmet.
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Old 02-22-2009, 03:12 AM   #2
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so what? i can think of worse things to be called
i do not consider myself to be a squid, but i never wear motorcycling pants. i dont even have them. i have some a* knee/shin guards that i wear for anything more than my dull commute. i'll likely never need a leather track suit.
i see people all the time with no gear at all on, but so what? it does no good to call them squids. if they want to wind up as a glistening streak on the pavement, instead of bumped up and dizzy, thats their call.
i have co workers who shun the need of anything beyond the wrap around oakleys. jeebus. wtf ever.

if i had a point, i dont remember what it was.
im going to bed. take it easy, squid.
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Old 02-22-2009, 04:29 AM   #3
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Yup, its there own choice. I dont have riding pants either, just the basic helmet and mesh riding jacket. I have also went down twice one time with no helmet and didnt get hurt just rash on my elbow but it opened my eyes to how quickly things can go wrong and i was a block away from getting home. Now I wear full gear all the time and it saved me the second time. My friends talk sometimes because i wear my riding jacket when its 95 degreez outside but i dont care cause i know it will save my
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Old 02-22-2009, 09:15 AM   #5
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The antagonizing(likely mispelled) comes from our community usually after we reference threads that are familiar to this group. We have had multiple threads on 'what is a squid' and 'curb monkeys' etc. But newer peeps coming in will likely not read these threads and see harsher comments level out to more subtle, understanding remarks.

So often times our comments can be a little harsh in their general nature to newer peeps. Valid point addressed, but the concern still remains for the individual safety of riders in the hobby we share even though it is their individual choice as to what they wear.

Prepare for the crash, not the ride. Gear up and ride safe peeps.
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Old 02-22-2009, 09:49 AM   #6
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dude you're totally being a squid in your avatar
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Old 02-22-2009, 09:56 AM   #7
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eh I ride with holes in ,my jeans, THOSE are my favotite pants I am by no means a squid...

on the track I am fully geared, on the street I have helmet, jacket, gloves and boots.

ALL I can say is ride safe... geared or not. It is your life, you live it or you give it...
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Old 02-22-2009, 09:59 AM   #8
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i ride on the street with boots. gloves, jacket, helmet and riding pants. It is VERY rare that I ride in regular jeans, and when I do I make sure they are intact.

I do not call people squids at all. If I see them in less than what I wear I call them idiots, fools, morons, ****tards, tardmuffins or whatever else comes to mind, though usually I just feel sorry for them since going down is not something you can plan on....
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Old 02-22-2009, 10:04 AM   #9
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We're supposed to wear pants? Man...I've been doing this all wrong...
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Most of us on here are over 18 and by definition are adults. If we wanna ride nekkid, then we can.
We all know that jeans offer almost no protection at all, but a little is better than none.
On the other hand, if you choose to ride in shorts or wear jeans with holes in them, you gotta expect to have people point out that it isn't safe. They do that not because they think they are smarter/better/more perfect, but because they are concerned for your safety/the appearance of the sport.

The point I'm trying to make is, wear what you want, choose wisely, at the same time if you are gonna comment on what someone else chooses, have some respect, they are a grownup too.
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Defination of a SQUID

Squid is a slang term used to describe an irresponsible motorcyclist. The term is common among motorcyclists in North America.

The term is generally used to describe a motorcyclist who rides aggressively, erratically or beyond their capabilities. Squids are perceived as overconfident and often ride without appropriate safety equipment, such as a helmet, gloves, leather jacket, riding pants, or boots.

The origin of the term squid is ambiguous. It is commonly said to be a contraction of squirrely and kid, or less commonly, squished and kid. a female rider who exhibits these characteristics is typically called a squirrel, for squirrely girl.

Squid is also described occasionally as an acronym, although these are likely backronyms.

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o "Stupidly Quick, Underdressed, Ignorant and Dangerous"
o "Stupidly Quick, Underdressed and Imminently Dead"
o "Super Quick Until I Die"
o "Speeding Quickly Until I Die"

Another possibility is that the term originally referred to newly-inducted sailors based in San Diego in the 1960s, who sometimes used inexpensive two-stroke motorcycles for transportation. The term could have originally referred to these unprotected, inexperienced "marine life" moving through traffic rapidly and leaving a trail of black "ink" (the characteristic dark colored two-stroke exhaust) behind. Squid was also a more general derogatory term for sailors of this time.

Motorcyclists will often note similarities between how a squid rides and the manner in which a squid swims. Squids may appear unable to change direction while swimming without first coming to a near stop, but then accelerate very rapidly. Beginning motorcyclists may often experience difficulty negotiating turns at normal rates of speed, but have a tendency to ride very fast on straight sections of road.

Actions that may cause a motorcyclist to be identified as a squid are those that are seen as reckless or excessive, such as speeding or performing wheelies or stoppies, especially in the midst of other traffic. A rider may also be labeled a squid by their lack of appropriate attire, such as by riding while wearing shorts, ball caps, flip flops, and so-called wifebeater shirts, or no shirt at all. The wearing of tank tops by "squids" was satirized by Ian Johnston who wrote an article that was widely distributed on the internet claiming that a Corona tank top was safer than wearing motorcycle racing leathers.

Because a squid eschews all or many of the social and legal norms of riding behavior, they are usually looked upon with derision by experienced motorcyclists, who may also refer to them as "organ donors", "zip-splats", "skin crayons", or "soon-to-be ex-motorcyclists".

It is important to note that a lack of safety equipment is not normative of squidly behavior. Many squids wear safety equipment, although this is often alleged to be for aesthetic purposes. The term is most often applied as an insult to a rider's behavior or skill.
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I'm glad everyone is keeping it civil.

Like any other word, it only becomes hurtful if the person it was hurled towards deems it as such.
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Personally, I feel naked if I dont ride with full gear on. I hate the way it feels to ride without a jacket, even if its scorching hot outside. You never know whats going to happen once you throw that leg over your bike. End of story.
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Ya know....I never flame anyone for riding at insane speeds, weaving in and out of traffic, riding wheelies, draggin knee on back roads, etc etc etc.

But lemme catch you doing that, with little or no gear, and you gets flamed. Maybe not flamed, but I get to at least call you a dumbass. At least, right?

I got no problem with a dude rolling 65mph in helmet only. I dont do it, but to each thier own. But hauling underprotected is just plain ignorant.
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Old 02-22-2009, 12:43 PM   #15
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so what? i can think of worse things to be called
i do not consider myself to be a squid, but i never wear motorcycling pants. i dont even have them. i have some a* knee/shin guards that i wear for anything more than my dull commute. i'll likely never need a leather track suit.
i see people all the time with no gear at all on, but so what? it does no good to call them squids. if they want to wind up as a glistening streak on the pavement, instead of bumped up and dizzy, thats their call.
i have co workers who shun the need of anything beyond the wrap around oakleys. jeebus. wtf ever.

if i had a point, i dont remember what it was.
im going to bed. take it easy, squid.

im not really sure here..... but i think you agreed with me
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Old 02-22-2009, 12:48 PM   #16
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Bahaha, I saw Bumblebee squidding in Pearland a while back! But, I didn't say anything Like said, most of us are adults and we can do as we please.

BTW didn't Curt call out homegirl for the jeans? Yet he rides, or used to ride his chopper squidded out. . . .
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Old 02-22-2009, 12:54 PM   #17
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It may be an insult, though other riders are looking out for you.. I hate seeing friends die each week..
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to each there on.....but when i went down on 3090 gear was the difference of picking up my bike and countinued the ride.....if i hadnt of had gear i would have most definitly been fuked up......i swear by full gear but if someone doesnt thats there choice.....some things have to be learn't the hard way
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Meh. I always wear my gear, head to toe. We are all adults and ride as you wish. BUT, if you go down, and are covered in rash or worse cuz you weren't wearing your gear, don't expect me to give you any sympathy. That is your own fault.
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Natural order of the world. It will always happen. Noobs will try to look cool and eventually get better or hurt themselves at the least..and there will always be the " I told you so" types.
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