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Broken down cruiser on 66 - August 4, 2008, 03:18 PM

So I just walked in from my commute home. It was an interesting one today. Traffic was moving really nice on 66 west all the way from the district so I was in a good mood on this hot day. Anyway, I'm coming around the swooping left hander passing through the falls church area (see attached pic) when I see a guy standing near his (broken down) HD cruiser. No one was following me close so I slow down and pull off to the left just past him. He starts walking over to me, and I ask if everything was alright. He said his battery was dead and needed to try and get his bike accross traffic to the right shoulder so he could try and push start it. I hop off my bike and walk over to his, looking at traffic coming around the corner. Not a good place to break down. He takes the bars and i get behind the bike ready to push like a jamaican bobsledder at the first sign of a break in traffic. Few patches come through but its too risky. Finally we see what looks to be our shot AND WE'RE OFF! I'm pushing as hard and as fast as I can to get this 700 lb bike across 66 in the middle of oncoming traffic. We make it to the other side...safely thank God.

He runs back across to get his brain bucket helmet (not sure why he took it off to begin with) and darts back over. Now we're on the right shoulder and I'm getting redy to push him back down an on ramp for him to pop it. He says he's ready so i start pushing, get him up to probably 8 mph down the on ramp and he's able to pop it, keep it running and pull a u-turn to head the right direction back onto 66 west. I give him a thumbs up as he rides off.

Now I get to wait for traffic again to dart back across to my bike. And i'm sure since I was now alone that everyone thought I was in need of help. Anyway make it back to my bike, saddle up, and watch the right mirror for my chance to crack it wide open. AND I'M OFF!! Safely merge from the 1.5 foot wide shoulder back into speeding traffic and make my way home.

Hopefully dude made it to his destination, and hopefully sportbike riders just went up a few notches in his book.

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August 4, 2008, 03:26 PM

Good on you for stopping and doing so much to help!


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August 4, 2008, 03:28 PM

Good on ya Rob for doing your good deed of the day!

How'd that compare to pushing bikes out of the gravel trap in T1 @ Summit?


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August 4, 2008, 03:28 PM

Good on ya Rob! Regardless of the bike type, he's still a rider, and now he may be inclined to pay it forward if he hasn't already.


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August 4, 2008, 03:38 PM

As a cruiser rider who had this sort of break down in a bad spot on 234, I say you get a gold star! I was lucky to have a Harley rider stop to help me. He pushed my bike all the way to a gas station. It's people like you (and the Harley guy) that make me love the fellowship of riding.

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August 4, 2008, 03:42 PM

yea...good stuff...i ran outta gas on 495..coasted to a stop on some side road...walked the 495 section that leads into VA...then someone pulled over and took me to get gas and a can...dude turned out to be a good friend of the creator of a forum i was on...small world.

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August 4, 2008, 03:45 PM

Good on you man. I wish more people would take the time to help others.
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I don't ride a cruiser but I'll probably need your push one day.
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Aces...hope the guy pays it forward!



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August 4, 2008, 07:22 PM

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Good on ya Rob for doing your good deed of the day!

How'd that compare to pushing bikes out of the gravel trap in T1 @ Summit?
uhhhh much much more terifying!!!




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August 4, 2008, 08:05 PM

for you. i would do the same but my luck, i get back to my bike and the thing won't start and now i'm stranded.




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August 4, 2008, 08:21 PM

I think I saw this guy on the ride back on the metro. Was it a kind of orange color?? Either way good job man. We need more people willing to help others.
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I think I saw this guy on the ride back on the metro. Was it a kind of orange color?? Either way good job man. We need more people willing to help others.
Yep it was a mosltly orange-ish and black color, slightly older model, with a wind screen. The rider had a brain bucket with stickers all over it. I'd say I stopped around 3:20ish give or take 5 minutes.




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