Dear Hog Group
Dear Hog Group,
I apologize for appearing to disrespect you. However, I must point out the following points.
Gears. Your motorcycle is equipped with them. On steep hills, it is both ineffective and rather silly to pin the throttle in 6th, dropping to 40 mph. Your bike is powerful enough to maintain it's speed up hills in the appropriate gear. It also sounds rather silly to be pinned at 1500 revs.
Passing Lanes. These are used to pass slow traffic such as yourself. It is not necessary for the group to ride in both lanes, preventing everyone from passing.
Curves. Curves aren't as scary as they appear. Motorcycles are capable of traversing curves at higher than the recommended speed. It is not necessary to slow to 30 mph on a 45 mph curve.
Passing Lanes, II. At the beginning of a passing lane it is not necessary to pin the throttle in the left lane if you have no one to pass. I have to pointed out how silly you sound pinning the throttle at low revs?
Aftermarket pipes. While your local dealer is happy to sell you aftermarket exhausts when you buy your bikes, you should ride it for a while to determine your individual needs. When pinning the throttle in 6th gear at 45 mph, a drinking straw would probably provide enough flow, making your pipes somewhat superfluous.
Tailgating. Since you didn't allow me to pass you in the passing lanes, I chose to ride close to you, hoping to pass. This was not a personal insult. The rude gesture was not called for. Trying to spitting on me isn't a terribly effective insult.
Aftermarket pipes II. Choosing to pull in your clutch and rev you engines was an odd choice. You are aware that when your clutch is pulled in, your bike slows down. This further impedes traffic and hurts their ears. Keep in mind that most people install aftermarket pipes to improve performance. At the speed you were going, this was unnecessary. Since aftermarket pipes on a Harley Davidson motorcycle are between $1000 and $3000, I hope you enjoyed the noise a lot.
Separation anxiety. When you impede traffic, cars will attempt to move past you. Sometimes, they will be briefly located between you and your buddies. This is nothing to panic about or get angry. Leave them alone and they will happily move on.
Power to weight ratio. While poor souls in small cars had to drive along in the congo line, this is unnecessary for something with the power to weight ratio of a motorcycle. You really didn't need to ride behind that truck for 6 miles. You could easily have passed him.
Passing Lanes III. I know you wanted to stay ahead of the traffic in that passing lane. Slamming on your brakes in the curve was probably a bit dangerous. You really freaked out that woman in the Cadillac. It would have been better if you weren't blocking both lanes.
Road Rage. Did you notice the nearby cars and trucks weren't treating you with respect? Did you notice most of them let the two gentlemen on BMW's by? Why do you think that was?
Waving. In the 45 minutes I spent behind you, I saw about 50 motorcyclists wave are you. You didn't respond once. Keep in mind that they are merely acknowledging the brotherhood of the motorcycle and not trying to make you gay.
Fun. You were riding $25,000 motorcycles and were miserable. You also made everyone miserable around you (except me, I was rather amused). Why ride if it's not fun?
I actually felt sorry for the group. Here they were, on their dream bikes, on the road. And it sucked. They were miserable, terrified and felt disrespected. I wish they would park their bikes for a year, buy a couple of 250 enduros, learn to ride, then get back to them.
Buying a bike gives you no cred, riding it well does.