Originally Posted by XMagnaRider
... I wrote the following "essay" on another motorcycle list in response to a similar post. I thought of sending it in to a magazine or newspaper as an op-ed, so I saved it.
I wouldn't send it as it may give others copycat ideas.
You really have no defense on a bike other than speed and possible maneuverability. A four-wheeler can just tap you and knock you off it to make your day. Walking up to him poses other issues too as he may be packing heat and "He feared the biker had a gun" so he offs you.
I recall in one magazine where someone (Clemente Salvatore maybe?) wrote that some kids fired a 9mm round into his back cycle tire and flattened it on the way to Las Vegas on the I-15. He heard a "Pop" but never thought it was a gunshot. Only when he examined the tire later and found the slug did he realize what had happened along with the car of "kids" who passed him staring and laughing at him.
Something like that letter going public gives them too many ideas - and God knows they don't need any more. This also happened right after the Mongols shot the H-A guy off the Harley near Laughlin, NV during that River Run Rally ruckus there. Coincidence?
Then we put up with the wire-guys in Santa Cruz and who knows how many copycatted that thing. Seemed to be a whole lot of it once published, along with TV cameras chasing the bikers looking for the perps in the hills who were setting the snare lines.
The non-riding public still has a bit of "Biker fear"
in them and it's probably best for us to keep it that way. However, they are losing it slowly though and some women will "Take you out"
as one SUV driving co-worker told me with their "SUV=Tank" mentality.
A nice flashy set of carbon-fibered knuckled gloves goes a long way too, if for nothing more than intimidation sake alone. I'm still looking for a nice pair for summer. A suit with a lot of body armor goes a long way for the "F-Factor"
as well. I sort of get a kick when people dodge me when I'm in my gear.