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Who was at Deal's Gap, NC last Friday (April 10) ?

Discussion in '24-7 Lounge' started by Muley, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. Muley

    Muley Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    My almost 60, vertically challenged, mentally unbalanced, sister-in-law, who rides a lowered HD Fatboy (as if it wasn't low enough already), also drives a red Miata. She and her husband (who rides a HD trike), were at Deal's Gap either last Thursday or Friday in the Miata coming back to Georgia ahead of severe thunderstorms, hail and general mayhem. She has, ad nauseum, told me several times over the weekend that two Guzzi riders pulled off on the side of the road to let her by, with the implication that they couldn't stay ahead of her. I suppose it's possible, but I have left her in the dust with my arthritic EV while hauling my not-too-happy wife on some really nice twisties, so it's hard to believe that she actually overtook two Guzzistas against their will. :angry:

    If any of you were there and can clarify her BS story, then please tell the rest of us it just ain't so. I imagine she simply annoyed someone with her idiotic driving, and they decided to let her go by and crash somewhere other than into their rear fender.

    Incidentally, the BIL trikester bragged that his Electrolux now handles like a sports car. I didn't have the heart to tell him, yes, but it used to handle more like a motorcycle:laugh:
     
  2. Bill Hagan

    Bill Hagan GT Reference GT Famiglia

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    Wasn't there, but don't believe that for a minute. :S

    Seriously, I am not Ricky Racer in reality or even my own mind (well, OK, sometime in the latter ;) ) on Norge or EV, but I think I could pass a polygraph that no one on a HD has ever passed me on the road. Not saying that one couldn't, but that I don't recall it ever happening.

    Moreover, if that did happen as alleged to your s-i-l, it shows the courtesy of the Guzisti, which is sharp contrast to the mode of HD'ers who rarely wave one by. I came upon two HD's and some sort of trike heading up US 276 in S.C. short of Ceasar's Head on road to Brevard weekend before last (just after picking up relay baton on Pickens). They would not move over or wave me by. That aroused my competive instincts :evil:, so I inserted myself in their slow-moving convoy. As I passed the leader -- a woman on a ape-hangered HD, I actually did an unintentional (and not-especially-appreciated-by-Kathi) wheelie. The trio was VERY unhappy, and Kathi thought the woman in the front said "hi" as we passed. Uhm ... no. Wasn't nice. :p

    Not intentionally bashing HD riders, and I'm sure many are fine folks, but this group and many others are slow and discourteous. Hmmmmmmm. That wasn't your s-i-l, was it?!?! :laugh:

    In Charlottesville this week, and looking forward to my ride back to Atlanta this weekend.

    Bill
     
  3. Muley

    Muley Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    Bill, the in-laws were not on the HDs last week; they were in the Mazda Miata. Like many "bikers" they refuse to ride their motorcycles if there's any chance of bad weather, and I am most certainly not referring to you in any way - that's for Wayne to do :laugh:

    My sister-in-law is probably the worst person in the world to group ride with on a motorcycle. If she's in front she changes speeds constantly, roaring around cars when the rest of us have no chance to pass, and if she's in the rear, she constantly passes and changes positions getting way too close and usually not "staggering" behind someone for safety. It's a real chore to enjoy riding with her under those conditions. Like many of us on the bad side of 50, our reaction time and skill level is less than we think it is - certainly diminished from, say, twenty or thirty years ago:(

    If she's driving the Miata, which she thinks of as a Formula One car, she tailgates and generally aggravates those in front of her who might just be trying to enjoy a leisurely ride with some sightseeing. Ever since I got plastered from behind by a drunk driver over twenty years ago, I have a rule which is basically "either lead, follow, or get the hell off my donkey". I no longer tolerate tail gaters and normally challenge them to catch me (stupid sometimes I know), much to the chagrin of my better half passenger. When my female in-law tried that up in the NC twisties last fall, I just picked up the pace and started dragging my center stand in left hand curves which opened up the gap between me and the Miata. Of course, it almost caused a family crisis since my wife is not amused at such fun:blush:

    I believe you are correct though, that is, the Guzzi riders probably just pulled over out of courtesy. It's, happily, the rule amongst our fellow Guzzistas which is in sharp contast with some of the others.

    On a happy note, my better half commented/complimented recently on "how different" the appearance is of the Guzzi riders compared to the ones she's used to seeing on Brand HD. I suppose some people just want to pretend they're pirates:p
     

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