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Friday, May 13, 2005 :::

I hate motorcycles.

With apologies to my one motorcycle owning friend Eric: I hate motorcycles. I guess I just don't understand the allure of owning a loud vibrating metal deathtrap with a low storage capacity that in Minneapolis can only really be driven three or four months out of the year. Why do jocks look at motorcyclists and think "Gee, I wish I were that guy," especially when the typical motorcycle owner is either a hirsute grampa in a dirty bandana, a white-trash meth addict on a crotch-rocket, or a 45-year-old NASCAR dad with the prerequisite leather fetish?

But I have reasons for hating motorcycles beyond the aforementioned prejudices and stereotypes. For instance, they sneakily hide in parking spots at the mall where you can't see them until it's too late and you've already begun your turn into the space, so you try to quickly back out while you still have room to maneuver. But it's too late, some old lady has already pulled too far up behind you in the parking lot and blocked you in, and so has the person behind her, and so has the person behind that person and so on, so you have to get out of your car and gesture wildly for all the cars to back up so that you can pull out. Most of whom aren't paying attention so much honking ensues. Then all of the affected drivers give you dirty looks, as if backing up is the most exhaustingly strenuous task on the planet. And finally, all the pissed-off drivers have to drive past your abandoned spot and see the hidden motorcycle and secretly laugh at your idiocy. Which is of course what happened to me today.

Plus motorcycles aren't even that cool looking, mechanically. Take this one for instance, which makes it look like the rider is doing it doggie-style with a headless, armless lady robot:



Okay, admittedly that is pretty cool, but still. Motorcycles are pointless.


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i hate motorcycles, too. my fiance had a scooter for a very short while (it was stolen, th' bastahds!) and i was a nervous wreck every time i knew he was riding it. i'm not happy it was stolen, but i am happy he's not riding it any more.

By Blogger Honey Bunny, at 8:24 AM  




So basically your hatred of motorcycles is all about a parking spot at the mall? The mall is far more populated with nascar dorks, hoochies, and trash then the population of people who ride motorcycles. I will agree that the motorcycle sub-culture is a little scary but what about star trek conventions? Golfers? Scrap booking? It's whatever people are in too. Don't knock it until you try it.
I love my new motorcycle, it kicks ass. And for honey bunny, "scooters" are not motorcycles.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:56 PM  




I hate them for the friggin' noise. Seriously, you'd have to some kind of arrogant jerk to think it's acceptable behavior to ride an unmuffled hog through a residential neighborhood at night, repeatedly. Or ever, really. There is no f'n excuse for all that noise.

Big loud hog, teeeeeny little penis.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:35 PM  




Ummm...I have a motorcycle endorcement, and I used to have a bike. Rode it til it died. I loved that bike, I'd love to have another one. John has a b-mer, we drive along the St. Croix in the summer time, it's fantastic ('cept what it does to my hair and the idiot drivers on the road).

By Blogger Colleen, at 3:42 PM  




I have a pink Harley Davidson shirt that I got at a thrift store. It even has authentic pit stains. Whenever I wear it, someone always asks me if I ride. Which is funny because I feel the same way about motorcycles as Dan.

By Blogger molly, at 5:16 PM  




why do i find that particular motorcycle disturbingly erotic?? I don't mind 'em though. To each his own. I'd have one myself if my dad didn't threaten to show me the police videos of accidents whenever I mentioned getting licensed..hehehe

By Blogger Monkey, at 11:37 PM  




my mom, who is a charge nurse in the ER, always has horror stories about motorcycle accidents involving brains, eyeballs and bones. I grew up around these stories Thanks to her, I have a fear of motorcycles.

By Blogger Robert, at 3:28 AM  




hey anonymous-

a "scooter" (read:Vespa) is the poor mans motorcycle. it uses gas and travels at high speeds. perfect for a 30something living in a city such as boston who doesn't want a car and a bicycle is too slow. they are still as dangerous as motorcycles, yet not as loud and obnoxious. oh, and the other difference is that educated peeps ride scooters, white trash ride motorcycles.

and i agree with the other anonymous person. loud, obnoxious motorcycles are for those with a teeny tiny penis. it's indisputable.

By Blogger Honey Bunny, at 12:59 PM  




Wow, I think you just won the prize for Most Ignorant thing I've heard all day.

By Anonymous Jan, at 2:04 PM  




Dan, I thought you were too cool for the mall. Seriously, while i have never been to the midwest, I have to suspect its malls are even scarier people-wise than those here in San Francisco. I would have to lean towards agreeing with anonymous' comments about the mall denizens potential higher ratio of scariness to motorcycle riders (though that sure does run the gamut itsself.) You make the idea of midwest livin' seem kinda cool, until you start talkin' bout the mall.

By Blogger tcarole, at 2:43 PM  




You make a valid point Dan. The person who parked their bike in a car parking spot is obviously low class, but....

Don't you think that the real people you have the beef with are those behind you in their cars who won't back up so you can get out of the half used parking space?

And if you really think about it, there are more dickheads in cars than there are on motorcycles. I could count the number of times that I personally have seen a motorcyclist do something incredibly stupid on public roads on one hand.

The number of times that a person in a car has done something stupid to me or around me is a number so large that NASA couldn't even calculate it. There are more idiot loser dropkicks in cars than there will ever be on motorcycles.

Plus, did you ever stop to think that mostly, motorcyclists make better drivers? They are constantly having to scan ahead for obsticals and things which could potentially kill them. When was the last time a motorcylcist almost ran you off the road.

Maybe things are different here in New Zealand, I don't know. All I know is that like any group of people, motorcyclists have some losers in their midst. It doesn't even begin to compare to the number of losers that drive cars though.

Plus, motorcycles are just plain cool. Not sure if I'd ride one on the road though, with all those arrogant car drivers though.

By Anonymous Angryjack, at 3:53 PM  




I didn't think "educated peeps" needed to stoop down to a white trash, tiny dink motorcycle rider to make themselves feel better. If scooters are smaller and cheaper then motorcycles, how tiny is your fiance's penis? Just wondering since you brought it up.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:34 PM  




Well, for the record, it wasn't really a mall, it was just the local Best Buy store. But we do have a lot of malls around Minneapolis. We are the home of the largest mall in American as a matter of fact, which I live 5 minutes from and never visit.

There are definitely more bad drivers in cars than on motorcycles, but that's because there are way more cars than motorcycles on the road. The only real problem I have with motorcycles is that they are dangerous, no matter how safe you try to drive them (which is why insurance rates for motorcyclists are astronomical), plus they have no point other than being loud and fast. They are functionally pointless. They can get one person, maybe two, from here to there if it's not too far, but not so safely, and only on warm sunny days, and you better not have to haul anything larger than a sack lunch. So what's the point?

By Blogger dan, at 6:31 PM  




Saving a bit on gas, finding a place to park, less polution. Personally I'd rather see someone riding a motorcycle than driving an SUV.
And so what if they're dangerous... No one's forcing you to ride, or pay thier insurance, are they?
Fine, you don't like motorcyles... great, don't buy one. But to start making assumtions about the people who do enjoy and ride them is petty and ignorant.

By Anonymous Joe, at 2:17 AM  




scooters are NOT motorcycles. nor the poor-man's motorcycle. they are not in the same category. period. scooters make me think of Pee Wee Herman in that biker-bar scene. scooters are for college campuses.
I'm disputing ! My well-endowed husband has a Harley, which I enjoy riding. It's fun to ride! what more of a point do you need ? we have enough room to take stuff for overnight, and it saves gas, and oh, did I mention the FUN ? and we're not obsessed with it like scrapbookers, or white-trash, either!
Don't knock it til you've tried it!

By Anonymous Lola, at 8:36 AM  




LIAR!!!! You and Kris go to the MOA all the time. I think my birthday gift came from the Linens & Things on the third level by the food court. You should never make such bold statments like that.

AND I thought I hated motorcycles, but I have to stick up for Eric on this one because his new Victory bike is kick ass. I totally want to ride it, alone. (Nothing weirder than having to put your arms around your brother or father while riding on the back of a motorcycle.) I would wear a helmet with a design on it, a leather suit and a cape with a giant "B" on it. Oh my god, I want a motorcycle so bad right now.

By Blogger brent, at 9:23 AM  




Brent~ your half way there.You already have the leather pants don't you?

By Blogger Stacy, at 10:31 AM  




Dan is tooooooo coooooooool for the mall.He shops in little boutiques for sandals to wear with his jeans...oh wait that is not cool anymore...well,whatever the new "cool" thing is to buy.I wouldin't know we like the mall.Camp Snoopy is awesome dude.

By Blogger Stacy, at 10:34 AM  




Maybe next time you can bring up the subject of abortion. I think you will have less controversy.

By Blogger Kristy, at 11:19 AM  




Well, Dan, you've made comments about what you obviously know little about. Cycles get great gas mileage, you can store lots of stuff in the saddlbags, and cycle insurance is really cheap, not "astronomically high" as you said. Also, we make them loud so cell phone talking losers in their cars will hear us before moving over into our lane without signaling or looking first.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:13 PM  




So....you hate motorcycles:

1. because of your predjudices
2. because of your stereotypes
3. because of your inability to park a cage.

Don't worry Dan - nobody is secretly laughing at your idiocy....they are doing it openly.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:45 PM  




How about 40 mpg vs the typical SUV of 15? Bikes can be utile, but they are also just plain fun. the 1%ers and their wannabees give every rider a bad name. I plan to keep mine for a long time and I'm quiet enough that the neighbors still talk to me. Try one, maybe yould like it!!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:53 PM  




I am in agreement with Dan, motorcycles are dangerous. Encouraging a friend or loved one to ride one would be like encouraging them to smoke, sure itís fun and can often times make you look cool but in the long run will probably kill you.

By Blogger Kristina, at 1:05 PM  




I haven't heard so much unsubstantiated "Dribble" since Clinton left Office (or John Kerry got knocked off his "Soap Box")... People who speak on subjects they know nothing about, only show their ignorance!!!
Your points about motocycle riders (Crusier/Harley Types) are without base, and incorrect. Numerous comments were made about "White Trash" Bikers. Get out of the 70's!!! The majority of the current Biker culture are "White Collar" professionals who prefer to "Live", rather than merely "Exist". If you have never ridden a Motorcycle, you have no idea of the freedom and exhilaration of riding. If you prefer to attempt to justify your insecurity by degrading the Motorcycle Rider in General, just be prepared admit you are wrong, and get back to your Game Boy... If not I suggest you throw your leg over a Crusier and learn how to LIVE!!!

Randy D. Billman, Dallas, TX

By Anonymous Randy, at 1:21 PM  




Wow, all these opinions and grouping every bike&biker into one category. As they say "Opinions are like azzholes, they gather together to flame things they don't understand"
1. All bikes are not loud, most bikes have the stock exhaust and don't bother anyone.
2. All bikers are not drug crazed, white trash, or leather fetishists. Most bikers, especially the ones on newer Harleys, are white collar workers because HD are so fricken expensive.
3. As said, most bikes get over 40mpg, a hell of a lot better than your average car/truck/SUV
4. Insurance is not high
5. They are less dangerous than a car, if you look at NHTSB statistics. More people are killed in car crashes every year than on all other forms of vehicles combined.
So yeah, we are all laughing at your hangups for being beaten up as a child, and you now try to validate your life by picking on something that you know little about.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:22 PM  




Jeesh people, mellow out. Doesn't anyone think "the rider is doing it doggie-style with a headless, armless lady robot" is funny?

Actually, what I think is really funny is all the bruised pro-cyclist egos that felt the need to lash out at someones opinion posted anonymously.

By Blogger Colleen, at 1:47 PM  




OUCH! That last one must have stung!

In defense of Dan, I don't think he was fully up to speed about how much the motorcycle community has grown in the past few years. The custom bikes and reality shows have really pushed it into the "mainstream." Which is why a bunch of middle-aged, white, professional men feel the need to drive one now. I would argue that the motorcycle is the equivelant of the age old red sportscar/mid-life crisis syndrome for a lot of men trying to rediscover their lives after being sodomized by corporate america.

And Stacy, I might just have the cape too!

By Blogger brent, at 1:47 PM  




motorcycles are for l-o-s-e-r-s
sorry Dan I couldin't resist...I wanted to see if you could get another 27 comments.

By Blogger Stacy, at 3:16 PM  




Dan, I have been a fan of yours since the whole high school pics debacle and while I wasn't thrilled to read the ignorant bashers on this post, most bikers don't get too offended at said ignorance. I myself am a litigation paralegal in a prominent Milwaukee law firm and i also ride a Harley. I also belong to an MC. I understand the angst of non-bikers and the injury fear-factor. Unfortuneately, most bike accidents are caused by "cagers" -- auto drivers with too little consiciousness of their surroundings so I will only ask this: hate motorcycles or love motorcycles, just remember, we are on the roads too so please check your mirrors and your blindspots. Thanks from a non-trash (white or otherwise) biker.

By Blogger annie, at 3:54 PM  




Dan, I like you, you like me. We should live in harmony.

We could both buy 2005 KTM Super Duke motorcycles, cool multicoloured racing leathers and a Valentino Rossi replica AGV helmets and go riding off into the sunset, to a small cafe near a beach where the truffala trees grow. We could sip hot coco and chat into the night about teddybears, candycanes and inappropriate uses of the word snuggle.

Then, just before the cafe is due to close, we could run out without paying the bill and ride off into the moonlight, side by side.

By Anonymous Angryjack, at 4:13 PM  




Woah. Truce.

Motorcycles rule.

*cough*

I guess I've been schooled.

By Blogger dan, at 8:05 PM  




What an a$$ you are dan and all of you that bash motorcycle riders but have never riden one. I bought a bike 2 years ago and I've loved every minute of it.I've never bashed motorcylist before owning one and never will now. I have a lot more respect for those that do ride and also drive my cage with alot more respect when around them.

By Anonymous PaulVTX, at 9:30 PM  




ftr, the largest mall in America is in Canada. (MOA is the largest in the US.)

typical arrogant non-bikers think the US IS America.

oh, and colleen, put the appliance down and find a man...there are some desperate ones out there.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:43 PM  




I love motorcycles as much as the next motorcycle loving person, but hey dudes, take a chill pill.

By Anonymous Angryjack, at 10:48 PM  




Hi,
I'm a 24 year-old Network Engineer. I have a BS in CIS and have recently started to grad school. I am by no means stupid, old, or trashy.

Point being, ride one (by yourself). Then, if you still don't like it, then understand that your feelings for it are solely your own, not any sort of fact.

Food for thought:
- If everyone rode a motorcycle, there would be twice as many places to park. :)

By Anonymous Sean Maher, at 12:23 AM  




I need to put my two cents in. The only thing I don't like about motorcycles is that they are loud driving down residential streets. I can get over that, though. The "Start Seeing Motorcycles" attitude bugs me too. Hey - you're the one who chose to ride one; you're just going to have to be overly-cautious of the idiot car drivers.

Oh, and Canadian angry anonymous person: America is the U.S. by perception -- and perception is reality - sorry to break it to you, but whenever people hear "America," they think of the U.S. A lot of Canadians are so angry about people not knowing anything about them! Do something interesting then.

By Blogger Kiddo78, at 8:04 PM  




Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, "WOW What a Ride!"

I ride because I can. You complain because you can't

Peace
BluDog

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:45 PM  




Sheesh people... my mom used to ride a motorcycle, which I think is hilarious because if it wasn't for the fact that my brother and I exist I'd think she was a virgin, so I am in no way a hater of motorcycles or those who ride them. However, I enjoyed the anecdote which was, by the way, an anecdote--- for entertainment. I was very entertained and appreciated it. Relax. Enjoy life. Don't get so offended over such infinitesimal things. Have a nice day.

Thank you, Dan.

--A silly little girl named Jackie

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:17 PM  




get fucked

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:10 PM  




Say it to an owners face how you feel about motorcycles.! SO what!!!! bet you're the type of dumbies that love to cut motorcycle owners off on the road! Next Time expect some BEE BEE shot cracking your windshields!!!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:47 PM  




i hate motorcycles as well. my boyfriend has a sports bike and all he ever wants to do is "ride". he doesnt even see me anymore because all he does is ride.its so annoying! they ride with like 20 or 30 bikers and just ride all over new york and he doesnt come home until like 4 in the morning! i know this mean but sometimes i wish it would rain so he could spend some time with me for a change.

By Anonymous Marina, at 2:02 PM  




Thank you for the webpage. I'm Starting a new business, targeting
Bikers, with a step up, I'm a biker and I don't want to look like a hippy(No offense), I've designed a vest with real pearls, rubies, etc. and will custom design any leather wear. My sologan is,"ride in style, look like a million dollars and we don't have to look out of place.

By Anonymous nina owens(diva boss), at 5:57 PM  




Scooters a scooter. Honey bunny how do you know bikers have t.p.s (tiny penis syndrome). Do you have enough experience as a hooker to be able to categorize folks that way accurately? You think a scooter is for "educated peeps"? Maybe so but it doesn't make other motorcyclist white trash. I have many friends who are motorcyclists, professionals, police captains, lawyers etc. Stop bein' a friggin' retard and find someone else to pick on. Or find your nearest cruiser or sportbike rider and tell em this bullcrap to their face. VMaxximus

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:57 PM  




BTW dan, what the heck are you talking about with the insurance rates? I'm a motorcyclist and my full coverage insurance is 31.00 per month on a darn nice Yamaha VMax. Comeon guys, get your facts straight before you start to rant on a subject. VMaxximus

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:01 PM  




Why would you say they are pointless. To get from point A to point B on a two wheeled machine with one person on it makes less sense than getting from point A to point B, one person, in say a Hummer? Dang dude thats retarded.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:03 PM  




Wow you are a fucking prick.Motorcycles are superior to cars in performance and maneuverability. Pricks like you are just too pussy to even think about getting on one. Idiot drivers like YOU are the reason why motorcycles are dangerous. Assholes like you are the reason why I carry a handgun in my riding jacket. Just remember if you see me riding and you pull some shit like speeding in front of me and jamming your breaks to try to kill me because you're mad that I passed you, you can guarantee that I will follow you wherever you are going and make you sorry you fucked with me. Suck a dick asshole.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:28 PM  




Hey buddy. I bet you're the type that likes to cut us off. I bet you see us coming and get your little panties in a twist. I hope the next motorcyclist that you fuck with has a pocket full of lug nuts ready to be thrown at your fucking windshield you nasty son of a bitch.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:36 PM  




If you like good fuel economy and ease of parking, have you tried a Honda Civic? Even my ricer buddy's fart-piped Civic (header, no cat converter, and loud muffler) with a nasty interior resonance is significantly quieter than most loud motorcycles, and has never come close to damaging my ears or rattling my windows like local motorcycles generally do. Wait, my worst aural experience with a motorcycle was one driven by an off-duty cop in Detroit. After it took off from a street corner, I was about as deaf as when I accidentally discharged a 9mm pistol with a bad safey in a small room. My Flowmaster-equipped small-block Ford (read: quite loud as full-exhaust cars go) gives me headaches at very low RPM, but it most certainly does not rattle windows or cause instant hearing damange!!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:51 PM  




That's quite the rant about the mall thing. It's really too bad that some people get 60 miles to the gallon to run the same errands you do. They have an equal right to the road and parking places as you do... dick head

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:37 PM  




How can you be mad at the "start seeing motorcycles" campaign? Your argument is that it's out decision to get on a dangerous machine, when in fact people who need to start seeing them are the ones who make motorcycling dangerous. hang up your cell phone and pay attention to the road, where it belongs. you'll see us. Sorry for putting a huge stress on your lives by asking you to pay attention... i know it's a hard task

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:45 PM  




So you looked stupid at the mall today. So sorry.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:52 PM  




Not all motorcycles are loud abnoxious Harlyes, or crotch rockets with speed demons on them. Not all bikers are whiskey chugging leather wearing Hells Angels. I ride year around. When you ride a bike the journey and the experience is much more complete. You smell the air you ride through. You feel the climate. You are freed from distractions like cell phones and radios. You more closely experience everything you travel through. Get over the "I don't get it, so, I hate it" attitude. And, pay more attention when you are driving and you won't kill me, or miss your parking spot at BestBuy.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:43 PM  




All you dumb ass low life pieces of shit who think motorcycles are fun,kool,KICK ASS and whatever else. ur all assholes you dont know anything do you no how many people die in motorcycle accidents....... um yeah that would be alot! there not safe at all and there for losers who want to show off!!! One of our friends,my moms dad and brother died in motorcycle accidents..... there the dumbest inventions ever. and they kill innocent people every f-ing day so screw all of u.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:58 PM  




screw you motorcycle loveing BITCHES!!!!!!!! honey bunny u rock!!! cuz i hate them to and a scooter iz like a motorcycle u dick fucks!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:07 PM  




Cons of a motorcycle:
Less protection in accident
Bugs
Debris
Less Visibility to driver on cell phone.

Pros of a motorcycle:
Awsome gas milage
Fresh air and get to enjoy the weather.
Cheaper than a car
More places to park
Takes up less space in garage.
Insurance is cheaper in most cases
Can hear trains/police/etc easier
ETC...

Statistically speaking cars wreck more and kill more people than motorcycles. Cars kill pedestrians more than motorcycles.

You used to ride a bike when you were a kid, this one just goes faster and you don't have to peddle. You thought it was pretty kewl back then, it hasn't changed.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:50 PM  




OK first of all im am not old and second of all ok yeah i do get ur piont about fresh air and cheaper than a car or whatever, and i do think that most of the time is is the person in the cars fault and not on the motorcycle but i think that it is pretty stupid that you dont have to wear a helmet or any protective gear or anything like that. they made it as if it was a choice...be safe and not die most of the time if you get into an accident or dont wear anything and be even more unsafe i just hate them and nothing will change my mind about wat i think about them! and thyre still pretty unsafe anyway!!!!!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:44 AM  




SMALL PENIS = LOUD MUFFLER

SMALL PENIS = LOUD MUFFLER

SMALL PENIS = LOUD MUFFLER

SMALL PENIS = LOUD MUFFLER

SMALL PENIS = LOUD MUFFLER

SMALL PENIS = LOUD MUFFLER

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:32 AM  




Performance exhaust systems and mufflers.

I used to have: 2 Smitty's steel packs and switched to Glasspacks.
What a boom!

I like the attention, is there somethng wrong with this?

I hate the small penis loud muffler thing! Would you people stop with it!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:39 AM  




Virginia put out a book this year saying in VA, 92 percent of deaths on bikes were alcohol related!!!
I can tell you dont ride, if you tried it you would love it. But you dont understand the statistics, its not the bikes its bikes...

1998 Motorcycle Facts:
2,284 motorcyclists died and approximately 49,000 were injured in highway crashes in the United States.
Per mile traveled in 1998, a motorcyclist is approximately 16 times more likely to die in a crash than an automobile occupant. And 3x (times) as likely to be injured.
Head injury is a leading cause of death in motorcycle crashes.
In 1998, 46% of fatally injured motorcycle drivers were not wearing helmets at the time of the crash.
NHTSA estimates that motorcycle helmets reduce the likelihood of a fatality by 29% in a crash.
In 1998, 41% of all motorcycle drivers involved in fatal crashes were speeding.
Nearly one out of five motorcycle drivers (18%) involved in fatal crashes in 1998 was operating with an invalid license at the time of the collision.
Motorcycle drivers involved in fatal crashes in 1998 had higher intoxication rates than any other type of motor vehicle driver at 31%.
In 1998, 500 motorcyclists lives were saved due to helmet usage; 307 could have been saved.

By Anonymous Drew, at 9:49 AM  




Dan,
Although I avoid motorcycles, I don't hate motorcycles - I just hate automobile drivers who feel they personally own the road and should not have to share space with motorcycles. I imagine the guy who killed my father and destroyed our family felt similiar to the way you do. Thanks for showing your idiocy to the world.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:07 PM  




Actually, I feel the opposite. I feel that motorcyclists are more often the ones who feel they own the road, disobeying laws and even common courtesy, going faster than the surrounding traffic and making it difficult to notice them. I pay attention when I drive. I'm alert and focused. But I've had close calls with motorcyclists even after multiple checks to my review and over my shoulder.

I made one mistake in this post, and that was making generalizations about motorcyclists and their personalities. I did it for a humorous affect and I didn't actually mean it. But I still think that motorcycles are dangerous, deadly vehicles that can be difficult to see on the road no matter how diligent you are at trying to spot them, and they are abused by their riders just as much, if not more often, than automobiles.

Just the basic fact that it's nearly impossible to survive a motorcycle accident on a freeway should make everyone second guess riding them, but I guess it's easier to blame the safer automobiles than it is to just recognize the obvious: riding a motorcycle is dangerous. Maybe the blame for that can be shared between the drivers of the cars and the drivers of the motorcycles that share the same road, but that doesn't change the conclusion: riding a motorcycle is dangerous.

By Blogger dan, at 8:37 AM  




Well if you hate "motorcycles" i hate drivers thet dont respect 2 wheelers. I ride my scooter 20 miles round trip everyday. I get tail loving jerks running up me all the time even when the left lane is empty. Most of them are on there cellphones. Plus cars/trucks suck up to much gas ....

By Anonymous Seamus - Worcester,ma., at 9:23 AM  




I'm shocked (but not surprised) at the level of ignorance in the comments here.

Motorcycles are dangerous, but no more dangerous than a car IF YOU KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING. Getting out of bed in the morning can be dangerous. You could die from slipping in the shower or choking on your oatmeal.

Scooters are not motorcycles. They're just not. I've ridden both, and I know the difference.

Not all motorcycles are loud, not all motorcyclists are douchebags. There are many more cars on the road with loud exhausts or stereo systems.

Next time you think, "I hate people who ride motorcycles", try this: Substitute "I hate gay/black/whatever" people, see how that makes you feel.

Motorcycles have ALL the same rights to use the road as cars, get used to it.

By Blogger justinbelshe, at 6:48 PM  




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