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Most memorable interaction when on the bike? - January 20, 2016, 08:37 PM

Interacting with another rider, driver, anyone!

My favorite is from last summer when I was crawling in highway traffic on the way home.

Bored out of my mind, curiosity had me observe the surroundings when I suddenly noticed a small girl staring intently at me from the prius next lane over. She was so short that her nose barely poked at the base of her window. Looking at her through my smoked visor, I sent a playful hand wave and her face immediately glowed with excitement. She waved back energetically and caught the attention of her driver who laughed and gave me a thumbs up.

Overwhelmed with joy and laughter I gave her one last wave and redlined off as traffic alleviated. It was adorable and felt awesome to make her day.

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January 21, 2016, 03:08 AM

Similar story. I was headed west on 50 towards DC after riding out to Annapolis one Saturday morning. It was around noon and a late 90s Taurus had been pacing me for a mile or so, doing around 80 in the left lane. I'm thinking this guy's nuts and wants to race. I look over and see the rear passenger window roll down. A kid, probably between 8 and 10 years old looks back at me with this big toothy grin and then reaches his arms out of the window. He starts doing the Soulja Boy like he wants me to wheelie. I'd been riding for less than a year at that point so I don't know how to wheelie (ok, I still don't) but I do know how to downshift. I drop 3 gears and pin it. My FZ6 is a standard, but it does sound like an R6 with its Scorpion pipes. After putting a couple bus lengths between us, I slow down to let the Taurus catch up. At this point the kid is rolling like it's the coolest thing he's ever seen. I give him the thumbs up and slow to let them get ahead.
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January 21, 2016, 07:05 AM

What is it about kids? I was at a stop light behind a school bus and a kid in the back was looking pretty hard. As we pull off he gives me the yank on the bars motions. Being on the Speed Triple I had to oblige. The back four rows on that bus just erupted. Kids jumping up and down, high fiving each other and everything. I got a good chuckle out of it so I rode one out as I passed them.
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January 21, 2016, 08:05 AM

Clutch cable snapped on me outside of Harrisonburg when riding with a few friends to 33. Parked the bike on the shoulder and jumped on the back of Hoa's bike with him. It was magical.



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January 21, 2016, 09:02 AM

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Clutch cable snapped on me outside of Harrisonburg when riding with a few friends to 33. Parked the bike on the shoulder and jumped on the back of Hoa's bike with him. It was magical.

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January 21, 2016, 09:24 AM

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Clutch cable snapped on me outside of Harrisonburg when riding with a few friends to 33. Parked the bike on the shoulder and jumped on the back of Hoa's bike with him. It was magical.
You slut

This summer I was at a red light on a major three lane road out her in IL. Slowly came out of the whole when the light turned green. All of a sudden I notice a middle aged guy in a silver new model Acura TL trying match speeds w me. Usually I wouldn't think much of it and blast him but I noticed there was a kid in a child's seat in the back seat with his fists up in the air laughing and egging his dad on. So I played along dropped a couple of gears and got in a tucked position and just coasted next to them and made a lot of noise for a few seconds. Then took off. He probably didn't break 70mph but all parties had fun.


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January 21, 2016, 10:04 AM

Kids in cars story here too: I was riding to Geneva from Italy on my Ducati 888 with a big soft suitcase strapped to the passenger seat. It's a long ride and I was schlabbing it on the highway to reach the Lake of Geneva when I had to pull over in a rest area and stretch and make sure the luggage was ok. When I merged back into the highway I did so next to some car with a pre-teen kid looking at the bike with glowing eyes.

I popped a wheelie as I merged in front of them and kept it up for a good bit. Didn't see the little guy's face, but I'm pretty sure he's a rider today and maybe I helped that a little.

Takeaway: learn to wheelie guys! LOL


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Picked up SXV 550 from shipper(uShip)... went had the good stuff done. Tags, title, inspection AND decide to hit the highway entering 66 west from Centrevile just to go to Manassas and back to see how she rides and damn clutch cable snapped.


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So many. Most memorable ride?

In one day, I rode from Boston to Canada and back. In that one trip, I hit a bird with my helmet in New Hampshire, ran over a coyote (or some scraggly looking dog) on the highway in VT, and upon crossing the border to the US after lunch in Canada, the border guard was a Navy Chief of mine from when I was in boot camp!!!! Sat there and held up traffic just shooting the shit for 30 minutes.

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I did a Patriot Guard Ride (https://www.patriotguard.org/content.php?)

in NC for a fallen Marine. Seeing the spirits of the family of the fallen hero lifted when their beloved arrives to their funeral with a parade of 20+ motorcycles is a feeling that's hard to describe.
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Was sitting in stand still traffic at the beach burning up and sweating my ass off. During the boredom I started randomly talking to the cute girl next to me. 11 years later we are still together and will soon be married.


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January 21, 2016, 03:33 PM

OK, kid's story. A couple of years ago, the first day back to school for the county. A bunch of 10 yo kids at a bus stop. They're looking at me, so I accelerate from the intersection and open up my Yoshi equipped SV. They all start jumping up and down, cheering as I give them a thumbs up as I go by.


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Clutch cable snapped on me outside of Harrisonburg when riding with a few friends to 33. Parked the bike on the shoulder and jumped on the back of Hoa's bike with him. It was magical.

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Being flicked off at summit turn 10 at a good clip
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Was sitting in stand still traffic at the beach burning up and sweating my ass off. During the boredom I started randomly talking to the cute girl next to me. 11 years later we are still together and will soon be married.
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January 21, 2016, 08:09 PM

Yea anytime I am stuck behind a school bus I do wheelies for them. The kids love it. I gotta admit when I ride by some young kids and they wave cause you are on a bike it's awesome. So you gotta lift the front for them.


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