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Nothing More Than A Rant

Since writing my last blog on motorbike holidays, I was discussing it with my friends, how we’d always hired out mopeds in Ibiza, and how a couple of us had come off whilst riding on the White Isle, myself included. Returning back from a day beach hopping, my 50cc mean machine threw me off, granted, it was actually my fault, but because I was on the way home from the beach all I was wearing was tiny shorts and a bikini. Needless to say, there was a lot of cialis cheap skin to tarmac contact! Ouch. Luckily that’s all it was, it could’ve been a lot worse. But it definitely put a slight dampener on the holiday, I couldn’t go in the sea, it stung, my wounded knee made it hard to walk (and dance for 12 hours) and well, it made me look a bit gross!

Looking back, I cannot believe I rode around in such little clothes, I wouldn’t dream of going out on the roads of Leicester in just my bikini 1) I would freeze death 2) I would get some really weird looks 3) WHAT IF I FELL OFF?! Why didn’t this cross my mind when riding in Ibiza or Thailand? I know it’s hot over in those foreign lands, but does all common sense evaporate in the heat too? I kind of feel invincible on holiday, which doesn’t make any sense. I also wonder why doesn’t the hire company say something about wearing some protective clothing, understandably I know that most people would ignore the advice, but I definitely think it’s something they should mention. Only a few years back, I remember they didn’t even make you take a helmet with your bike!

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Thailand on the other hand is a whole other ball game; motorbike safety is not high up on their worries. I just couldn’t believe some of the sights I saw over there. Most motorcyclists were like trained circus acts, balancing anything from farm yard animals to scaffolding on their bikes. Whole families get about on bikes, mum, dad, three kids including a baby and the family dog, all zipping along the uneven roads without a care in the world, it is incredible! I know at least three lads, my silly boyfriend included who have come off mopeds in Thailand and surroundings without helmets on and ended up in hospital, again where’s that common sense gone?

With my holiday to Croatia coming up and my search for a moped hire company continuing, I know that I will definitely be wearing more than flip-flops and a bikini, but maybe I’ll leave the full leathers at home.

Everyone seems to be the same as me on holiday, not wearing enough or the right kind of clothing for riding a bike  so I say to you in my best motherly tone “even if it 35 degrees, you’re not going out dressed like that!”

Tiniest sniff of fog and some folk seem to believe their 1.5 tonne steel box becomes invisible! In the middle of a well-lit city centre…? Honestly. Can you see the road? Can you see the car in front? Yes you can? Incredible.

So why on earth do you feel it necessary to blind me with your bloody fog light?

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I appreciate that on an A-road in the middle of nowhere fog lights are a fantastic idea. But viagra canadian pharmacy why oh why do so many idiots feel it’s necessary to switch the damn things on in the middle of the city?

The other day I was following a jeep in rush hour. We were never further than 2 metres apart and yet the idiot driver seemed to think it necessary to switch his fog lights on! Strangely enough mate, I could see you perfectly well before you switched it on. Then you decide to blind me. Nice one.

Not only that but now I can’t see your brake lights either. Aaaagh. Go read your highway code, which clearly states that you MUST NOT use front or rear fog lights unless visibility is seriously reduced as they dazzle other road users and can obscure your brake lights. You MUST switch them off when visibility improves.

Which as I’m sure you’ve all noticed is the biggest problem of all. Once they’re switched on it takes someone else to point out to these fools that they’ve forgotten to turn them off. Do us all a favour and next time you see fog forget where the bloody switch is will you?

As bikers it’s occasionally necessary for us to park up our motorcycles and make use of four wheeled transport. Arguably not such a bad thing in mid-winter when it’s raining. As we are all painfully aware, a motorcycle offers absolutely no protection from the bitterly cold British rain drops which seem to soak straight through any Gortex or similar brand clothing that’s more than about a week old and seep right into our bones. We also sacrifice our freedom to weave steadily (or recklessly) through the wallowing herds of commuter-beasts and end up jammed in amongst the throng plodding our laborious way toward the metaphorical watering hole. Well, in the evening at least. It also gives us a chance to view some spectacularly stupid driving at first hand.

Last night for instance I was driving home and heard an ambulance behind me. Now if I’m riding my bike this doesn’t generally present much of an issue as I can easily just slip out of the way should the eager paramedic succeed in catching me up.. However as I was in my van I had to give the situation a little bit more thought, so taking in my surroundings as quickly as possible  I soon realised that the volume of traffic in my lane was far less than in the inside lane. So I indicated and pulled in between a couple of accommodating cars to my left, as did the cars directly in front and behind of me. So far so good, nice big empty lane for the ambulance to travel down… Or generic cialis online this would have been the case except that one enterprising ‘hole decided it would be best if he simply pulled over an inch or two toward the central barrier and stop. Just stop. Successfully blocking the entire – otherwise empty – lane!!??

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Let me just say something straight out to avoid any confusion. If there’s an emergency vehicle with it’s blue lights on and siren wailing coming up behind you KEEP GOING!! For goodness sake! Drive until you can find somewhere that is OUT OF THE WAY of the traffic – and indeed the ambulance – which is behind you. Why oh why do these morons which I am forced to share my valuable space and time with think that blue flashing lights mean stop? They don’t you imbeciles, they mean GET OUT OF THE WAY! Yes, that includes jumping red lights, mounting the pavement, pulling across and almost blocking a side road etc etc but it certainly *doesn’t* mean you should slam your bloody brakes on and block up the entire carriageway!! Nor does it mean you should half-heartedly pull onto the verge directly in front of other vehicles leaving them no space to get around you. Honestly. You people make my blood boil.