Sunday, October 28, 2012
Motorcyclist need to watch for Motorcycles
I see this sign and/or sticker around all the time these days, what with the popularity of motorcycles. I agree with the basic sentiment, but allow me one diversion: as a percentage of total population, I think there are more idiot motorcycle drivers than there are idiot car drivers. We will keep the truckers out of this argument.
So many times as I find myself traveling either for business or personal reasons I inevitably am passed by some motorcyclist going something 90+ miles per hour on the highway. Occasionally I will also witness the "wheelie", while also going something like 90+ miles per hour. The worst? That would be the idiot going 90+ miles per hour, doing a "wheelie", sans a helmet. These folks prove that Darwin was right.
Also, I'm going to comment on the motorcyclist revving his/her big-assed Harley, at 2am. These things should be banned from residential neighborhoods after about 11pm. Sorry, but they are loud by design, and while I have no desire to interfere with anyone's freedom, I conversely ask that no one interfere with my right to sleep at a reasonable hour and not be woken up by a "rhummmmmmmmmmmmmmmm pahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh" at a audio level high enough to deafen any healthy human being.
Where is all of this going? I don't really know. I just feel like this is an long-overdue rant. If you ride a motorcycle, then good for you. I just want you to GIVE the same level of respect and courtesy that you ASK for from others. If you see one of your peers acting like an idiot, then call them out on it.
Oh, and for God's sake wear a f&^%king helmet! Nothing amazes me more than listening to someone defend the "right" to go highway speeds with nothing between their skulls and asphalt. Want to not wear a helmet and drive your motorcycle? Fine, then in my universe you would:
1) Be forced to pay far more for health insurance
2) Be forbidden from receiving any and all government assistance for your health care bills in the event that your skull becomes road pate and you end up being a veggie for the rest of your life (if you are lucky that is).
Choices matter, and sacrificing the wind in your hair and bugs in your teeth in exchange for preventing a cracked cranium seems like a pretty damn reasonable trade-off to me.