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Life is a Traffic Jam

Monday, January 26, 2009
Especially in Southern California. It doesn’t seem to matter what day of the week or even time for that matter. If you’re on the 405 freeway its going to be jam packed tighter than a ‘70s disco. Under normal circumstances, I avoid that stretch of road like a frat kid shuns sobriety, but in some cases it just has to be tackled.

This chick gets it. Now hopefully she'll take the next step and get herself some proper riding shoes and gloves.

 
If I’m alone and carrying a light gear load, I make sure that I tackle the trip on the fastest, skinniest, loudest, most flashy motorcycle I can get my hands on, thereby ensuring that I’ll slice right through traffic like the ball in a pinball machine. But then, quite often unfortunately, there’s extra stuff that needs to be transported, an extra person, or even worse sketchy weather—which means only one thing—I’ve got to drive. As I crawl pass the hoards of fellow solo drivers in their bland, generic looking four wheelers I can’t help but wonder how or why they haven’t discovered motorcycling? 
 
I mean it’s nearly impossible not to notice a motorcycle as it zooms past your side mirror almost taking it off. The noise alone is enough to startle even a motorcycle friendly driver such as myself. Don’t drivers notice how quickly motorcyclists are able to slip between them and disappear off into the distance? Or are people so distracted with whatever is going on in their lives that they don’t even recognize how much of their own precious time could be saved by trading in four wheels for two?
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Comments
uberbox -traffic January 30, 2009 09:59 AM
I think that for most the danger factor outweighs the benefits, or they view bikes as some sort of weekend novelty not suited for actual utility. Look at the kinds of bikes that are popular: Huge cruisers or sportbikes. Non of which are particularly suited to urban sprawl. As far as the danger factor, granted you can minimize the dangers with the right gear, training, and mindset but most people are not willing to put the effort into ridding or are just stuck in thinking that a car is only way to get from A to B.
David Webb -traffic jam of life January 27, 2009 08:56 AM
Because regardless if it is a man or woman, they don't have the balls to throw a leg over and step into another dimension that riding a motorcycle offers.