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11/10/2010 9:31:28 AM Why do motorcycle riders point at the ground when they pass?  
single_man_45
Englewood, CO
51, joined Oct. 2010


My feeling is they are saying watch & respect the road, by doing this they will have a safe ride. So what they are really saying is have a safe ride. Tell me what you think.



[Edited 11/10/2010 9:32:13 AM ]




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11/10/2010 9:33:16 AM Why do motorcycle riders point at the ground when they pass?  

horace_schitt
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Wausau, WI
49, joined Oct. 2009


It's basically a greeting to their biking brethren, sort of a low wave.

11/10/2010 10:19:56 AM Why do motorcycle riders point at the ground when they pass?  
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11/10/2010 10:29:25 AM Why do motorcycle riders point at the ground when they pass?  

maggiemay4you
Springdale, AR
58, joined Oct. 2010


Single_man_45.

When they point to the ground, it is debris in road. If they wave at someone, it is more to the side. Also, there are hand singles for turning, and other things.

Mostly you see all the hand single and pointing down, if there is a group riding together. Also, they ride right and left so the head rider can see all the bikes in his group.

margaret



[Edited 11/10/2010 10:29:57 AM ]

11/10/2010 10:35:42 AM Why do motorcycle riders point at the ground when they pass?  

chatte09
Over 1,000 Posts (1,662)
Linden, NJ
56, joined Feb. 2009


Quote from horace_schitt:
It's basically a greeting to their biking brethren, sort of a low wave.


What he said. And if you see them "patting" the air, it means there's a cop on the road ahead.

11/10/2010 10:39:15 AM Why do motorcycle riders point at the ground when they pass?  
icuddle
Over 10,000 Posts!!! (17,624)
Salem, OR
63, joined Dec. 2009


They are threatening to kill you, and plant you under the road. My advice is take them out first. Gun your engine, and run over the bastards.

11/10/2010 11:45:53 AM Why do motorcycle riders point at the ground when they pass?  

goatherding
Dunnellon, FL
67, joined Mar. 2009


I always pointed like that to show which way I intented to go.I also flipped off cemetaries when I passed them.

11/10/2010 12:47:20 PM Why do motorcycle riders point at the ground when they pass?  
lkocher
Over 1,000 Posts (1,705)
Salt Lake City, UT
38, joined Dec. 2009


Debris or loose gravel in the road.

Cyclists riding in tandem use the same gesture.

11/10/2010 12:59:02 PM Why do motorcycle riders point at the ground when they pass?  

pdforone
Over 10,000 Posts!!! (27,076)
Litchfield, OH
64, joined Jul. 2010


almost all of them I have known have ended up there at some point. dig the hole here?

11/11/2010 3:05:16 AM Why do motorcycle riders point at the ground when they pass?  

ladyog
Over 10,000 Posts!!! (10,904)
Erlanger, KY
60, joined Feb. 2009


They are showing you where "OG's" boobs hang....

11/11/2010 7:16:10 AM Why do motorcycle riders point at the ground when they pass?  

lloydfromutah
Over 2,000 Posts (2,888)
Clearfield, UT
60, joined Jan. 2010


I don't know about all that pointing at the road stuff but if their self-esteem is so low that they must violate noise ordinances simply to get people to acknowledge their existence so they can feel better about themselves, they should seek professional help. I mean, how expensive could an effective muffler system be? If any vehicle drowns out the stereo system in the big truck that I’m using to drown out the noise of the big truck, as many of those excessively noisy vehicles do, aren’t they going deaf while they’re seeking that negative attention?



[Edited 11/11/2010 7:17:07 AM ]

11/11/2010 9:38:09 AM Why do motorcycle riders point at the ground when they pass?  

nothereyoudont
Over 4,000 Posts! (4,661)
Albuquerque, NM
51, joined Jul. 2010


They are flapping their non-existent wings in an effort to keep balance.

11/11/2010 9:43:19 AM Why do motorcycle riders point at the ground when they pass?  

chatte09
Over 1,000 Posts (1,662)
Linden, NJ
56, joined Feb. 2009


Quote from lloydfromutah:
I don't know about all that pointing at the road stuff but if their self-esteem is so low that they must violate noise ordinances simply to get people to acknowledge their existence so they can feel better about themselves, they should seek professional help. I mean, how expensive could an effective muffler system be? If any vehicle drowns out the stereo system in the big truck that I’m using to drown out the noise of the big truck, as many of those excessively noisy vehicles do, aren’t they going deaf while they’re seeking that negative attention?


Muffler? On a Harley? And drown out that wonderful Harley purr?!!!!

I'm no longer a passenger and I'm quite fine with that. But I confess I do still smile at that wonderful sound.

11/11/2010 9:49:46 AM Why do motorcycle riders point at the ground when they pass?  
slaffa
Over 1,000 Posts (1,278)
Tampa, FL
63, joined Oct. 2009


It is simply a greeting/show of "respect"/goodwill.

End of story.

*People [female or male] who would lump all bikers together are NOT very dateable IMO.

11/11/2010 3:39:16 PM Why do motorcycle riders point at the ground when they pass?  

lloydfromutah
Over 2,000 Posts (2,888)
Clearfield, UT
60, joined Jan. 2010


Quote from chatte09:
Muffler? On a Harley? And drown out that wonderful Harley purr?!!!!

I'm no longer a passenger and I'm quite fine with that. But I confess I do still smile at that wonderful sound.


I like the Harley sound when it's not so loud that it causes hearing damage when one of them passes an innocent pedestrian victim. More than once, when a motorcycle or four-wheeler, or some other loud vehicle, throttled up near me, the darn things made my ears ring. Military “block training” OSHA, and power equipment safety literature, will tell you that before the noise level reaches a high enough level to make ones ears ring, hearing damage is already being done.

11/11/2010 3:52:14 PM Why do motorcycle riders point at the ground when they pass?  
teaurtei
Over 2,000 Posts (3,739)
Anderson, IN
49, joined Dec. 2007


Quote from lloydfromutah:
I like the Harley sound when it's not so loud that it causes hearing damage when one of them passes an innocent pedestrian victim. More than once, when a motorcycle or four-wheeler, or some other loud vehicle, throttled up near me, the darn things made my ears ring. Military “block training” OSHA, and power equipment safety literature, will tell you that before the noise level reaches a high enough level to make ones ears ring, hearing damage is already being done.



Is there nothing you don't whine copiously about?

Your complaints make icuddle and his homicidal tendencies almost bearable.

Shame on you for making him bearable.

11/11/2010 4:25:50 PM Why do motorcycle riders point at the ground when they pass?  
lkocher
Over 1,000 Posts (1,705)
Salt Lake City, UT
38, joined Dec. 2009


Quote from slaffa:
It is simply a greeting/show of "respect"/goodwill.

End of story.

*People [female or male] who would lump all bikers together are NOT very dateable IMO.


Excuse me Slaffa. I called a friend who owns a motorcycle and that was what he told me. Now I see you're correct. My apologies.

11/11/2010 4:57:40 PM Why do motorcycle riders point at the ground when they pass?  
knightrose
Romeoville, IL
34, joined Mar. 2010


I hate fake bikers. I'm sad to say a lot of 'bikers' are indeed fake. They do it for the show or they think it's a life style. It's about riding and nothing else. It's about loving the feel of the world on the touch of your skin instead of barricaded behind glass and iron.

If you dress yourself like a turkey you're just a poser.

11/11/2010 5:21:00 PM Why do motorcycle riders point at the ground when they pass?  

here4play
Over 4,000 Posts! (4,613)
Atmore, AL
57, joined Jan. 2010


Quote from single_man_45:
My feeling is they are saying watch & respect the road, by doing this they will have a safe ride. So what they are really saying is have a safe ride. Tell me what you think.

Quote from horace_schitt:
It's basically a greeting to their biking brethren, sort of a low wave.


I always used it as a combination of the two.

11/11/2010 5:32:31 PM Why do motorcycle riders point at the ground when they pass?  

here4play
Over 4,000 Posts! (4,613)
Atmore, AL
57, joined Jan. 2010


Quote from lloydfromutah:
I don't know about all that pointing at the road stuff but if their self-esteem is so low that they must violate noise ordinances simply to get people to acknowledge their existence so they can feel better about themselves, they should seek professional help. I mean, how expensive could an effective muffler system be? If any vehicle drowns out the stereo system in the big truck that I’m using to drown out the noise of the big truck, as many of those excessively noisy vehicles do, aren’t they going deaf while they’re seeking that negative attention?

You are a perfect example of why I always had my bikes loud.
You admit to having your stereo so loud that you can't even hear your own vehicle, much less any others that may be around you.
Do you realize how dangerous you are being when you do that?

A cop stopped me one time and asked me why my bike was loud.
I explained to him that I was tired of people cutting me off, and then claiming they couldn't see me.
I told him that if they couldn't see me, they were at least going to be able to hear me.
The cop laughed, told me he understood, asked me to please just make sure I didn't make the pipes backfire, and told me to go on about my business and have a safe ride.

11/12/2010 1:35:26 PM Why do motorcycle riders point at the ground when they pass?  

lloydfromutah
Over 2,000 Posts (2,888)
Clearfield, UT
60, joined Jan. 2010


Quote from teaurtei:
Is there nothing you don't whine copiously about?

Your complaints make icuddle and his homicidal tendencies almost bearable.

Shame on you for making him bearable.


I didn't expect you to understand the phrase "hazardous noise", most kids your age don't. That's why the good Lord gave the rest of us the capacity to compensate for your lack of understanding and abilities.

Have a nice day.

11/12/2010 1:38:52 PM Why do motorcycle riders point at the ground when they pass?  

lloydfromutah
Over 2,000 Posts (2,888)
Clearfield, UT
60, joined Jan. 2010


Quote from here4play:
You are a perfect example of why I always had my bikes loud.
You admit to having your stereo so loud that you can't even hear your own vehicle, much less any others that may be around you.
Do you realize how dangerous you are being when you do that?

A cop stopped me one time and asked me why my bike was loud.
I explained to him that I was tired of people cutting me off, and then claiming they couldn't see me.
I told him that if they couldn't see me, they were at least going to be able to hear me.
The cop laughed, told me he understood, asked me to please just make sure I didn't make the pipes backfire, and told me to go on about my business and have a safe ride.


I respect your right to feel proud of harming people you don't know; everybody has to have something for which they can hold their head high. If you're still wondering what I'm talking about Google the phrase "hazardous noise", and read slowly so you'll have a better chance of understanding.

11/12/2010 1:42:58 PM Why do motorcycle riders point at the ground when they pass?  

horace_schitt
Over 10,000 Posts!!! (13,156)
Wausau, WI
49, joined Oct. 2009


Quote from teaurtei:
Is there nothing you don't whine copiously about?

Your complaints make icuddle and his homicidal tendencies almost bearable.

Shame on you for making him bearable.


Thank you, Tea. I've about had it with this condescending asshat, too.

11/12/2010 2:55:32 PM Why do motorcycle riders point at the ground when they pass?  

lloydfromutah
Over 2,000 Posts (2,888)
Clearfield, UT
60, joined Jan. 2010


Quote from horace_schitt:
Thank you, Tea. I've about had it with this condescending asshat, too.


Hey, I know what, why don't you block me. That way I can pretend you hurt my feelings and you can take satisfaction from having hurt my feelings even though I'd just be pretending.

11/12/2010 6:51:08 PM Why do motorcycle riders point at the ground when they pass?  

horace_schitt
Over 10,000 Posts!!! (13,156)
Wausau, WI
49, joined Oct. 2009


Quote from lloydfromutah:
Hey, I know what, why don't you block me. That way I can pretend you hurt my feelings and you can take satisfaction from having hurt my feelings even though I'd just be pretending.


Hey, I know what. Why don't you suck a wet fart out of my a**hole?

11/12/2010 7:07:47 PM Why do motorcycle riders point at the ground when they pass?  
proudliberal49
Over 7,500 Posts!! (9,920)
Anderson, SC
55, joined Jul. 2010


looks like auburn got some QB issues.director would not comment who starting QB would be for Saturdays game. NCAA will be next.

11/13/2010 12:51:35 AM Why do motorcycle riders point at the ground when they pass?  
teaurtei
Over 2,000 Posts (3,739)
Anderson, IN
49, joined Dec. 2007


Quote from lloydfromutah:
Hey, I know what, why don't you block me. That way I can pretend you hurt my feelings and you can take satisfaction from having hurt my feelings even though I'd just be pretending.


Is this a power trip for you? Are you such an ineffectual man at home that you just delight in coming online to abuse people? What? It must be something? Are you just naturally an a**hole? Seriously. Is there an excuse you've compiled for the way you behave?

11/13/2010 2:37:55 AM Why do motorcycle riders point at the ground when they pass?  
123jon321
Over 2,000 Posts (2,322)
Jacksonville, FL
51, joined Oct. 2010


sorry to break the ever present abuse angle on so many dh forum threads.

Some bikers i know show their outstretched hand to confirm that they have lost a little finger. It's a 'respect' road thing.
hand is often down to allow a moments blood to fill their arm.

11/13/2010 2:49:30 AM Why do motorcycle riders point at the ground when they pass?  
mercedes01
Over 10,000 Posts!!! (77,364)
New South Wales
Australia
97, joined Jan. 2010


They are signalling whether they are going right or left!

11/13/2010 4:26:28 AM Why do motorcycle riders point at the ground when they pass?  

here4play
Over 4,000 Posts! (4,613)
Atmore, AL
57, joined Jan. 2010


Quote from lloydfromutah:
I respect your right to feel proud of harming people you don't know;...

To begin with, I find it interesting to note that rather than consider how dangerous you were to other drivers by having your truck stereo so loud, you instead try to "flip the script" on me.

I never harmed anyone by my bikes being loud.
You really should have learned more about hazardous noise before deciding to post about it.

For instance; you should have bothered to learn that the possibility of hearing loss is not related simply to the decibel level of the noise, but also to the duration of exposure to the noise.
Here's a site that bears out what I say:
http://www.ehow.com/list_6520336_osha-standards-noise-levels-workplace.html
(look under the heading of Limits for the pertinent information.)
I'll admit I had an advantage over you because of the number of times I have been the safety representative on construction sites...but that's beside the point. (you still should have educated yourself better.)
If your ASSumption that the volume of the noise alone would cause hearing loss was correct, then air horns (such as found on locomotives... and yes... 18-wheelers) would be completely outlawed; as would "jake brakes".
If a motorcycle passing you causes your ears to ring; then chances are you already have damaged hearing as a result of having your stereo so loud, and the ringing is not caused by volume---but by frequency (pitch).

Now---what have you learned here?
Well, for one thing you should have learned that your attempt to belittle me was a miserable failure.
For another thing, you should have learned that you don't really want to mess with me slick. You lack the mental development necessary to do so successfully.

I doubt that you can resist trying to retaliate.
However; since I am sometimes a benevolent individual; I have no desire to make you cry.
Therefore I will simply choose not to respond to anything else you might wish to say on this subject.

Have a nice day!
And remember: "A mind is a terrible thing to waste".
Please try to educate yourself in the future.---Okay?

11/13/2010 8:06:23 AM Why do motorcycle riders point at the ground when they pass?  
exctbleboy
Over 7,500 Posts!! (9,646)
Gainesville, FL
51, joined Oct. 2009


Quote from lloydfromutah:
I don't know about all that pointing at the road stuff but if their self-esteem is so low that they must violate noise ordinances simply to get people to acknowledge their existence so they can feel better about themselves, they should seek professional help. I mean, how expensive could an effective muffler system be? If any vehicle drowns out the stereo system in the big truck that I’m using to drown out the noise of the big truck, as many of those excessively noisy vehicles do, aren’t they going deaf while they’re seeking that negative attention?


" Maybe if they got all the old geezers like you off the road they wouldnt need loud exhaust ? Or the loud stereos ? Or the a** holes texting and yapping on their cellphones ? "

" How many times do I have to hear about some old fart mistaking the gas for the break ? And running over a crowd of people ? Bet a motorcycle rider hasn't done that .And isnt cocooned driving a 3000 lb weapon of mass destruction LOL .If your riding I for one respect you and am watching out for you "

" truckers for bikers check your mirrors twice "

11/13/2010 8:50:54 AM Why do motorcycle riders point at the ground when they pass?  
knightrose
Romeoville, IL
34, joined Mar. 2010


Quote from exctbleboy:
" Maybe if they got all the old geezers like you off the road they wouldnt need loud exhaust ? Or the loud stereos ? Or the a** holes texting and yapping on their cellphones ? "

" How many times do I have to hear about some old fart mistaking the gas for the break ? And running over a crowd of people ? Bet a motorcycle rider hasn't done that .And isnt cocooned driving a 3000 lb weapon of mass destruction LOL .If your riding I for one respect you and am watching out for you "

" truckers for bikers check your mirrors twice "


Man that's really good to hear.

11/13/2010 9:34:47 PM Why do motorcycle riders point at the ground when they pass?  

didi2011
Las Vegas, NV
47, joined Oct. 2010


Were they changing lanes?

11/14/2010 3:12:33 AM Why do motorcycle riders point at the ground when they pass?  

lloydfromutah
Over 2,000 Posts (2,888)
Clearfield, UT
60, joined Jan. 2010


Quote from horace_schitt:
Hey, I know what. Why don't you suck a wet fart out of my a**hole?


I rather thought you were a homosexual when I saw that prissy picture you use for your main profile picture. Then answer is no my gay friend, I'm seriously not interested with doing anything like that with you. You need to find someone like you if you want to have that kind of fun.

11/14/2010 3:20:16 AM Why do motorcycle riders point at the ground when they pass?  
mercedes01
Over 10,000 Posts!!! (77,364)
New South Wales
Australia
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Their changing bloody lanes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

11/14/2010 3:39:20 AM Why do motorcycle riders point at the ground when they pass?  

lloydfromutah
Over 2,000 Posts (2,888)
Clearfield, UT
60, joined Jan. 2010


Quote from teaurtei:
Is this a power trip for you? Are you such an ineffectual man at home that you just delight in coming online to abuse people? What? It must be something? Are you just naturally an a**hole? Seriously. Is there an excuse you've compiled for the way you behave?


In some places this type of exchange is called "Doing the dozens". Wikipedia says it's an African American tradition, but it's made its way to other parts of our culture as well. The link to that article is here: The dozens. This tradition requires that if one does not want to play, he or she should not. Questions?

I’ve been online since the late 80’s and my advice is never, ever, take any of this so seriously that you’d say something silly like “Hey, I know what. Why don't you suck a wet fart out of my axxxxxe?”, that’s just silly. Never, when one is "on forum", should one take himself or herself so seriously that they become incensed, it’s just not worth it.

11/14/2010 3:42:27 AM Why do motorcycle riders point at the ground when they pass?  

riccogee
Blue Island, IL
37, joined Nov. 2009


Quote from exctbleboy:
" Maybe if they got all the old geezers like you off the road they wouldnt need loud exhaust ? Or the loud stereos ? Or the a** holes texting and yapping on their cellphones ? "

" How many times do I have to hear about some old fart mistaking the gas for the break ? And running over a crowd of people ? Bet a motorcycle rider hasn't done that .And isnt cocooned driving a 3000 lb weapon of mass destruction LOL .If your riding I for one respect you and am watching out for you "

" truckers for bikers check your mirrors twice "
man I totally agree with you & why do people always say it's a self esteem problem on things like that sum people just like certain things I h8 people that criticize because they don't agree just don't do it or partake in it but you don't have to down a person that's y we have diffrences so we can apreciate not hate

11/14/2010 4:09:06 AM Why do motorcycle riders point at the ground when they pass?  

lloydfromutah
Over 2,000 Posts (2,888)
Clearfield, UT
60, joined Jan. 2010


Quote from here4play:
To begin with, I find it interesting to note that rather than consider how dangerous you were to other drivers by having your truck stereo so loud, you instead try to "flip the script" on me.

I never harmed anyone by my bikes being loud.
You really should have learned more about hazardous noise before deciding to post about it.

For instance; you should have bothered to learn that the possibility of hearing loss is not related simply to the decibel level of the noise, but also to the duration of exposure to the noise.
Here's a site that bears out what I say:
http://www.ehow.com/list_6520336_osha-standards-noise-levels-workplace.html
(look under the heading of Limits for the pertinent information.)
I'll admit I had an advantage over you because of the number of times I have been the safety representative on construction sites...but that's beside the point. (you still should have educated yourself better.)
If your ASSumption that the volume of the noise alone would cause hearing loss was correct, then air horns (such as found on locomotives... and yes... 18-wheelers) would be completely outlawed; as would "jake brakes".
If a motorcycle passing you causes your ears to ring; then chances are you already have damaged hearing as a result of having your stereo so loud, and the ringing is not caused by volume---but by frequency (pitch).

Now---what have you learned here?
Well, for one thing you should have learned that your attempt to belittle me was a miserable failure.
For another thing, you should have learned that you don't really want to mess with me slick. You lack the mental development necessary to do so successfully.

I doubt that you can resist trying to retaliate.
However; since I am sometimes a benevolent individual; I have no desire to make you cry.
Therefore I will simply choose not to respond to anything else you might wish to say on this subject.

Have a nice day!
And remember: "A mind is a terrible thing to waste".
Please try to educate yourself in the future.---Okay?


If you listen to late model trucks with brands like Freightliner, International, Peterbuilt, and the like, you'll notice that the "noise to weight" ration is much more favorable when it comes to not being an obnoxious piece of crap that causes hearing damage to be inflicted on innocent victims when used on a public roadway, so your mention of Jake Brakes, or engine retarders if you will, is rather outdated.

The situation is much worse than you thought in another aspect too; many of the truckers, to avoid hearing damage inside the trucks when our satellite radios play commercials at elevated sound levels, wear earplugs. This is necessary to avoid needing to turn down the stereo every time a commercial is played on those satellite systems, a practice that would be very distracting to the truck drivers. If it bothers you that we wear ear plugs to avoid hearing damage please feel free to contact the truck manufacturers as we have to urge them to make the inside of the trucks safe as far as the sound level goes, that’ll make things better for all of us.

Just so you'll know, if a motorcycle or other vehicle isn't making so much noise that it is harming innocent women and children on the street, they can’t be easily heard inside of most big trucks under normal conditions anyway. To be aware of other vehicles we need to see them. That brings me to the “no zone” campaign. Watch for trucks with posters or billboards painted on them, which illustrate the zones where other vehicles are less likely to be seen by the drivers of those trucks and try to avoid those zones, thank you.

11/14/2010 4:19:48 AM Why do motorcycle riders point at the ground when they pass?  

horace_schitt
Over 10,000 Posts!!! (13,156)
Wausau, WI
49, joined Oct. 2009


Quote from lloydfromutah:
I rather thought you were a homosexual when I saw that prissy picture you use for your main profile picture. Then answer is no my gay friend, I'm seriously not interested with doing anything like that with you. You need to find someone like you if you want to have that kind of fun.


How odd. I thought the same of you. You look like a bonafide skin-smoker.

11/14/2010 5:03:19 AM Why do motorcycle riders point at the ground when they pass?  

bbw47reader
Over 10,000 Posts!!! (18,074)
Frederick, MD
54, joined Jun. 2009


Quote from here4play:
To begin with, I find it interesting to note that rather than consider how dangerous you were to other drivers by having your truck stereo so loud, you instead try to "flip the script" on me.

I never harmed anyone by my bikes being loud.
You really should have learned more about hazardous noise before deciding to post about it.

For instance; you should have bothered to learn that the possibility of hearing loss is not related simply to the decibel level of the noise, but also to the duration of exposure to the noise.
Here's a site that bears out what I say:
http://www.ehow.com/list_6520336_osha-standards-noise-levels-workplace.html
(look under the heading of Limits for the pertinent information.)
I'll admit I had an advantage over you because of the number of times I have been the safety representative on construction sites...but that's beside the point. (you still should have educated yourself better.)
If your ASSumption that the volume of the noise alone would cause hearing loss was correct, then air horns (such as found on locomotives... and yes... 18-wheelers) would be completely outlawed; as would "jake brakes".
If a motorcycle passing you causes your ears to ring; then chances are you already have damaged hearing as a result of having your stereo so loud, and the ringing is not caused by volume---but by frequency (pitch).

Now---what have you learned here?
Well, for one thing you should have learned that your attempt to belittle me was a miserable failure.
For another thing, you should have learned that you don't really want to mess with me slick. You lack the mental development necessary to do so successfully.

I doubt that you can resist trying to retaliate.
However; since I am sometimes a benevolent individual; I have no desire to make you cry.
Therefore I will simply choose not to respond to anything else you might wish to say on this subject.

Have a nice day!
And remember: "A mind is a terrible thing to waste".
Please try to educate yourself in the future.---Okay?


Excellent.

11/14/2010 5:25:13 AM Why do motorcycle riders point at the ground when they pass?  

mercsman
Over 4,000 Posts! (4,773)
Oakhurst, CA
47, joined Jan. 2010


Quote from lloydfromutah:
....

The situation is much worse than you thought in another aspect too; many of the truckers, to avoid hearing damage inside the trucks when our satellite radios play commercials at elevated sound levels, wear earplugs. This is necessary to avoid needing to turn down the stereo every time a commercial is played on those satellite systems, a practice that would be very distracting to the truck drivers. If it bothers you that we wear ear plugs to avoid hearing damage please feel free to contact the truck manufacturers as we have to urge them to make the inside of the trucks safe as far as the sound level goes, that’ll make things better for all of us
....


You do realize that some States, such as CA, it is illegal to wear ear plugs while driving due to the hazard of not hearing emergency vehicles and other emergency sounds such as car horns etc... right?

11/14/2010 6:07:49 AM Why do motorcycle riders point at the ground when they pass?  

lloydfromutah
Over 2,000 Posts (2,888)
Clearfield, UT
60, joined Jan. 2010


Quote from mercsman:
You do realize that some States, such as CA, it is illegal to wear ear plugs while driving due to the hazard of not hearing emergency vehicles and other emergency sounds such as car horns etc... right?


Yes, I’m aware of the rules. Do you know how seldom those rules are enforced? Do you know how extremely unlikely it is that the driver of a big truck will hear any horn, siren, or obnoxiously loud and/or dangerous vehicular exhaust system under normal operating conditions, unless it's in the immediate vicinity of the cab of one of those big trucks? Do you have any idea what it's like inside one of those trucks when it's in operation? Do you have any idea how many truck drivers take steps to avoid being deafened by the time they retire? Does it surprise you that we truck drivers want to preserve our hearing?

Also, do you understand the importance of being seen when you’re near a big truck because of the drivers limited ability to see other vehicles when they are in the “No Zone”?

For each thing we truck drivers gain and or lose there are tradeoffs, and we truck drivers constantly reevaluate what we gain and lose while we’re at work.

Note: If you want the rules enforced it’s up to you to pressure your elected officials to bring about the change(s) that would result in those rules being enforced.

Note to OP: I’m sorry I took your thread so far off topic but I hate to miss the opportunity to raise awareness of safety issued concerning big trucks.