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#4423391 - 06/05/17 06:26 PM common practice for motorcycles to stop traffic?
tomcat27 Offline


Registered: 06/25/09
Posts: 3564
Loc: Chicago, IL
yesterday morning I was in a truck pulling a large trailer, two lane highway, blind curve. some clown on a Harley pulls a "Jax Teller" and is in the center of my lane heading right for me, passenger waving her arms. It's all I can do to stop the truck and trailer without hitting them - we stopped about 3-5 feet from each other. I'm expecting an accident up ahead? no, they state that there is a "motorcycle rally ahead". rally? at this point I see 4 or 5 bikes that want to pull out from a side street. then he attempts a 3 point turn and I hear his passenger yell "look out!" then I hear and feel a thud. of course, they take off right away. damaged my truck and left the scene of an accident that they caused. not to mention they risked their lives by driving head-on into my lane.

regardless, a co-worker said that their group does this a lot.
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#4423396 - 06/05/17 06:31 PM Re: common practice for motorcycles to stop traffic? [Re: tomcat27]
Mr Nice Offline


Registered: 09/12/04
Posts: 21196
Loc: Orlando, FL
I've posted about 2 years ago I saw about 80 bikers at a gas station and a few Harley riders had blocked traffic so all 80 could pull out of gas station and ride as a group.


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#4423397 - 06/05/17 06:31 PM Re: common practice for motorcycles to stop traffic? [Re: tomcat27]
Reddy45 Offline


Registered: 08/15/08
Posts: 2968
Loc: USA
Bunch of hooligans who make responsible motorcycle owners look bad. Unless they had police there to stop traffic, it was just a bunch of fools trying to own the road.

Doesn't matter if it's Harleys, ATVs, Supermotos, or Rice Rockets. It's a freaking nuisance and law enforcement needs to find a way to make it stop.

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#4423401 - 06/05/17 06:33 PM Re: common practice for motorcycles to stop traffic? [Re: tomcat27]
xshoex Offline


Registered: 06/18/15
Posts: 459
Loc: Brunswick, GA
I went up to atlanta a few years ago and we had over 200+ bikes, and one guy would do this at every red light so we could all go through.

Very common IMO, but def not my style. Id rather play catch up then hold up traffic as much as we did. Very common with sport bikes, can't say for cruisers
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#4423408 - 06/05/17 06:37 PM Re: common practice for motorcycles to stop traffic? [Re: tomcat27]
RichardS Offline


Registered: 01/14/17
Posts: 621
Loc: Melbourne, Florida
I've seen it a few times, and once watched an old lady play chicken when them when they blocked the intersection to run a red light.

I've been tempted to photograph it, but it wouldn't cause the police to ticket them, so what's the use? Cyclists did it all. the. time. in S.F. Even blocking pedestrians from using the cross walk while a few hundred disrupted traffic. I took to carrying thumb tacks in my shoulder bag. One good turn deserves another, after all.

As for the lady: She won, though I think that if they hadn't moved she wouldn't have let up on the gas anyway. It was all throttle and horn for that little old lady. She was not going to be late to bingo.
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#4423409 - 06/05/17 06:38 PM Re: common practice for motorcycles to stop traffic? [Re: tomcat27]
fdcg27 Offline


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Posts: 15699
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This kind of behavior will continue until some old boy in an old pickup kills a couple of bikers.
Sad but true.
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#4423411 - 06/05/17 06:38 PM Re: common practice for motorcycles to stop traffic? [Re: tomcat27]
Alex_V Offline


Registered: 04/10/16
Posts: 1155
Loc: Campbellsville, KY
Like bicyclists, they have an inflated idea of what they deserve relative to the rest of traffic. I've been riding for about a year and only expect the space I'd be given if I was in a car. Any maneuver I make in the bike that isn't in accordance with what everyone in traffic would expect if I was in a car, I only do if there's no one else around that could be forced to change their intended path because of it. I enjoy the conversation and friends a motorcycle can bring, but expecting your group's bike "procession" to have priority in traffic is stupid and goes along with the biker "credo" or whatever it is that I find somewhat repulsive. Like the outlaw gangs that ride into town in classic Westerns and force all the townsfolk out of the path of their hord.
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#4423415 - 06/05/17 06:40 PM Re: common practice for motorcycles to stop traffic? [Re: fdcg27]
Reddy45 Offline


Registered: 08/15/08
Posts: 2968
Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: fdcg27
This kind of behavior will continue until some old boy in an old pickup kills a couple of bikers.
Sad but true.


Unfortunately no. Riding over the biker hooligans just makes them retaliate, and sadly in one instance there were off duty PD in the crowd of bikers.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollywood_Stuntz_gang_assault

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#4423420 - 06/05/17 06:45 PM Re: common practice for motorcycles to stop traffic? [Re: tomcat27]
loneryder Offline


Registered: 04/19/14
Posts: 489
Loc: WV
Those weren't bikers. They were [censored]. I was riding with some off duty motorcycle cops on their personal bikes. They pointed to the nearest car and pulled out in front of them at a busy intersection. They weren't in uniform and the motorists had no way of knowing who they were. I was afraid to pull out until traffic cleared. Those guys were used to "owning the road" but on their personal bikes??? Jeez.
Yesterday I was at a VA hospital in WV where over 3000 bikes road down from Pa. Cops escorted them to I 81 where they were on their own until the destination exit where cops shut everything down to let them through to the hospital. Some told me they had some trouble on 81 with cars cutting into their lines etc. but I know that all riders don't maintain proper spacing on the highways.

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#4423424 - 06/05/17 06:46 PM Re: common practice for motorcycles to stop traffic? [Re: tomcat27]
umungus1122 Offline


Registered: 02/12/08
Posts: 1061
Loc: PA
They're playing with their lives. Seen it before. Keep driving.
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#4423455 - 06/05/17 07:06 PM Re: common practice for motorcycles to stop traffic? [Re: tomcat27]
64bawagon Offline


Registered: 01/10/17
Posts: 167
Loc: Michigan
Even in a legitimate emergency vehicle with the appropriate light and siren, we could only ASK for the right of way, legally we weren't allowed to take it until it was yielded. A personal vehicle with no authority or warning devices has no right to anything beyond normal traffic right of ways.
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#4423497 - 06/05/17 07:52 PM Re: common practice for motorcycles to stop traffic? [Re: tomcat27]
tomcat27 Offline


Registered: 06/25/09
Posts: 3564
Loc: Chicago, IL
as you can tell from my sig, I ride. every day when its above 45. I would never pull a stunt like that. I presume he was drunk. especially after damaging my truck and taking off. yes, I got the plate nbr. yes, I filed a police report. Yes, I will make a claim against his insurance. I hope he got ticketed for obstructing traffic and leaving the scene of an accident. although he probably did not.


Edited by tomcat27 (06/05/17 07:54 PM)
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#4423541 - 06/05/17 08:39 PM Re: common practice for motorcycles to stop traffic? [Re: tomcat27]
motor_oil_madman Offline


Registered: 11/29/09
Posts: 4857
Loc: Houston, Texas
I see motorcycle cops escorting oversized loads they come out of nowhere and stop l in the middle of the intersections so the truck can go through the red light. I think it's totally unsafe and unnecessary.
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#4423561 - 06/05/17 08:57 PM Re: common practice for motorcycles to stop traffic? [Re: tomcat27]
KernelK Offline


Registered: 12/13/06
Posts: 141
Loc: PA
Why don't the [censored] holes take a bus?

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#4423597 - 06/05/17 09:54 PM Re: common practice for motorcycles to stop traffic? [Re: tomcat27]
02SE Offline


Registered: 12/30/05
Posts: 2728
Loc: The Canyons
It might be common practice for imbeciles, but it's not for any experienced rider with common sense that I would be willing to ride with. IF they are a uniformed Officer officially directing traffic, that's one thing. If it's just some clown making all of us Motorcyclists look bad, I want no part of that group.



Edited by 02SE (06/05/17 09:55 PM)

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