Don't ride like idiots...


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Jan 11, 2008
Mount Vernon, Ohio, USA
I was in the Carlsbad/Oceanside area of southern CA over the weekend. Had a great time, but saw two Motorized bicycle riders Saturday evening (actually, they may have been the same rider...) The first was weaving in and out of traffic, causing at least three people, me included, to slam their brakes to avoid wearing the guy on their hood. Then, about 15 minutes later, another guy buzzes through a stop sign at 25 MPH, causing me to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting HIM.:mad:

I was pretty PO'd, and I ride these things. If we're going to get MBs accepted by those who make the laws, we can't be behaving like morons when riding. :???:
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I totally agree!!

I try set a good example since thats the only one I can control!! lol
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They're probably not people who are members here. You can't stop people from being idiots/jerks and hopefully our legislature recognizes this before they make a decision like banning MB's. If that were the case they would definitely ban cars and motorcycles for people doing idiotic things on them given the staggering amount of people who are injured and killed annually by those vehicles. The fact that so many of us live in states that already allow us to ride these machines and have legal definitions for them is a pretty good indication that they will stay legal. Most likely they'll just up enforcement on people who ride like morons. And they should if it becomes a problem. I just hope they won't see us all as punk arse *******s and dog us like they do to the people in rice burners.
It's unfortunate, but people remember the bad can see 100 MBc riders doing everything right, then 1 a-hole running stop signs, and guess what will stick in your mind?

I believe in Darwin...which means these guys' days are numbered...but hopefully they won't cause too much damage to our hobby between now and then.

I try to follow all Florida driving laws, and stop at stop signs and lights, even if there's no traffic. I think if I break the habit when there's little or no traffic, it may cause me to "slip" one unfortunate time. I do ride on the sidewalks though, if I'm on the road during rush our, just because I know people are not concentrating on their task at hand - driving.
my concern re "darwin's theory" is the legislative-overreaction when some kid dies, no matter if it's his or her fault.
Earlier today I saw a roadie crossing a street right in front of an SUV. The roadie had a red light. The SUV's light was green. The roadie was on the sidewalk yet.
chase them down & beat them with a big stick & them point them to mbc! lol! i try so hard to be a good ambasador for motoredbikes in my town, & guys like that set our movement back everytime they get on the bike! so iratateing, take the speed & shenanagans to the track!
Yes Lou -- it's our responsibility to ride in a safe manner -- so as to not have anyone get hurt or _issed off because of motorized bicycles -- that will give us all a bad name !!! Happy Riding from Mountainman
Unfortunately, it is only going to take a few idiots to cause local governments to have a knee jerk reaction and regulate motorized bikes out of existence.

Back in the mid seventies and early eighties, mopeds were a common sight where I lived. I was in high school, and I saved my pennies and purchased one - as did many other teens. They were a great way for kids to get around for the few years before they got their drivers licenses. Well, a few kids died in accidents and then the government started to raise the age, limit speed/power output, etc. Next thing you know, they were extinct. Bike engines may suffer the same fate. Slap an engine on a bicycle and all of a sudden it is considered a "motor vehicle" and is subject to all the wonderful rules and regs the tax collector can think of. Imagine the looks when you call State Farm to get an insurance quote on your Huffy........