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What is a Cage?
A cage is a car.
What can I do about tailgaters?
On a multilane freeway, let them pass and tailgate someone else.
On a single-lane road, pull over at a safe opportunity and let them pass. They may be looking for a tree to hit.
If none of these things can work, drop your left hand as in the "braking" hand signal. As long as you're riding at a reasonable speed for traffic conditions and you're not tailgating anyone either, they usually get the idea and back off.
How can I tell I’m following at the right distance?
Use the two-second rule. When the vehicle ahead of you passes an object on the side of the road, count “One one throusand, two one thousand.” If you don't pass the object until after you're finished counting, your following distance is fine. With practice, you get good at judging proper following distance at any speed. In the rain or with a passenger or at night, you might want to increase it to the three-second rule. In the absence of another vehicle, you can use the Vanishing Point to start counting.
Why don’t Harley riders wave?
Perhaps because they think you got the wrong kind of motorcycle. The ones who know aren’t talking.
What is it with Harley-Davidson motorcycles?
I don't know. Maybe if you took a test ride. (Requires Shockwave.)
When should I wave?
When it’s safe. For instance, not in a turn and not when you’re concentrating on traffic. Some people don't wave at anyone (For some reason this essay gets reposted on rec.motorcycles a lot. Perhaps people think it's never been seen before.)
What is a Squid?
Someone who assumes more risk when riding than the person calling the name thinks is reasonable.—saddlebag at aol.com
squid (skwid) n. 1. a motorcyclist who exaggerates his riding ability by attempting dangerous tricks. 2. a motorcyclist who wears grossly inadequate safety gear, typically shorts, T-shirt, and flip-flops. [Naval term for young sailor; typically one on leave with money to spend on a motorcycle. Believed to be an acronym for Stupid, Quick, and Inevitably Dead. Or Super QUick, Inadequately Dressed. Which is why I don't mkut much faith in acronyms as sources of words.]
Yes, “squid” is a pejorative term, whether in its original usage for referring to members of the Navy by other members of the armed forces, or in its current usage of referring to those riders of sportbikes of limited talent and overarching recklessness. Should you be concerned that he’ll bust you in the chops? No. He’s wearing sandals, shorts, a T-shirt and baseball cap on backwards: if he tries to punch you, grab the hem of his shirt and pull it over his head. While he’s blinded, stomp on his unprotected feet with your own engineer boot-clad real-motorcyclist feet. Now that he’s hopping around on one foot with his shirt over his head, knock him over, pants him, take his bike for a spin and dump it in a ditch. You’re saving him the trouble of running it into the ditch himself, and a lot of road-rash besides, and you get a ride on a nice bike out of it for your trouble!
Take the Squid Self Assessment Test. Or take The Official, Sanctioned DoD Squid Purity Test
How can I communicate with other motorcyclists?
There are several hand signals you can use.
  • To oncoming bikers: Hand palm down, fingers undulating below: squid alert!
  • To bikers with you: Pointing frantically down at something on own bike: there’s something wrong on your bike, pull over and take a look!
  • Hand slicing across neck: shut your engine off so we can talk.
  • Arm straight down, palm facing backwards: stop: I need to pee.
  • Point to mouth: I’m hungry; let’s eat.
  • Point to gas tank: I need to get gas.
  • Hand on helmet: Cops ahead.
How can I maintain my right of way?
Here lies the grave of Mike O’Day.
He died maintaining his right of way.
His right was clear,
His will was strong,
But he's as dead as if he’d been wrong.
—Bowman
Why the heck are some people so inclined as to take exits at the very last moment?
A bird sings, Grasshopper, and a dog barks.—Bozo
What are traffic conditions on California freeways?
Check SigAlert.Com (San Francisco - Los Angeles - San Diego)
Know any more pages like these? Let me know!
 
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