Squids on Scooters
July 24, 2008 at 3:14 pm #9206
I’m in IL a LOT (live right on the boarder, work puts me in both states every day…) and it’s very nearly as bad as wisconsin. neck and neck so to speak. I think, though, that I’ve got to give WI the edge in squiddy, but it’s by no measure a sure thing. I don’t believe that WI has a helmet law, I can’t remember if IL does either. I know seattle has a law requiring bicyclists must wear a helmet, so I can only imagine that motorcylists must also wear one..hey megaspaz, how’s the bay area Police in general on enforcing helmets?July 24, 2008 at 3:19 pm #9208megaspazParticipant
You don’t wear a helmet in california, you get ticketed and your bike gets towed to the impound.
If there’s anything more important than my ego
around, I want it caught and shot now…July 24, 2008 at 3:42 pm #9213
No helmet law in IL.
AndrewJuly 24, 2008 at 4:13 pm #9216
but how much does that really slow down the determained squid?July 24, 2008 at 4:16 pm #9217
So does that mean a CA squid wears a helmet but nothing else. i.e. helmet, t-shirt, shorts and flip flops
AndrewJuly 24, 2008 at 4:20 pm #9220
oddly enough I’m pro helmet laws, but anti seatbelt laws. well I should say against adult seatbelt laws, I think you should be required to buckle anyone under 18. but beyond that, I’m opposed to laws that would keep someone stupid from engaging in an activity that it’s logical conclusion results in only their death. an idiot who hits another car, or a building, mountain, sputnik, etc…without his seatbelt is likely to die. he might live wearing a seatbelt, but the lack of seatbelt will only kill him. oppositely, lack of a helmet can cause fatigue, can cause hearing problems, and something hard or nasty can fly into your soft unprotected face. all of these could lead to a motorcyclist losing control and crashing into another rider, or a driver, or even pedestrians if he’s in the wrong place at the wrong time.July 24, 2008 at 4:25 pm #9222
A helmet and nothing else is an interesting visual. Wouldn’t you have to worry about insect bites?July 24, 2008 at 4:29 pm #9224JirikiParticipant
that is actually one of the definitions of squid…
after a crash, there is a nice little ball (head in helmet) followed by a bunch of red streamers…. makes it look a bit like a squidJuly 24, 2008 at 4:47 pm #9227megaspazParticipant
The only thing required by california law is a DOT approved helmet. And yes, I’ve seen riders in nothing but a helmet, shorts, short shirt, no armor, no socks, and low cut canvas sneakers. I still wave to them though.
If there’s anything more important than my ego
around, I want it caught and shot now…July 24, 2008 at 5:40 pm #9231
Up here the standard outfit for July/August is short sleeved shirt, shorts, flip flops and helmet. And watch them bobble it at the stop light!July 24, 2008 at 8:01 pm #9240JimParticipant
He forgot to mention not waving at the scootersJuly 24, 2008 at 8:25 pm #9246WeaponZeroParticipant
I wear an HJC CL-15 Helmet, Joe Rocket Atomic 3.0 Jacket, River Road riding gloves, and Tourmaster Solution Waterproof boots whenever im on my bike, even if it’s just to go to the Wendy’s down the road to grab something to eat. I don’t yet own a pair of suitable riding pants, but that’s because I’ve been on a diet recently and my pants size has been . . . well, fluctuating, so I’m not going to invest $150+ in a pair of pants that’ll be way too big for me in a month or so. Once I get to a pants size that I’m going to be hovering at for a good while, I’ll start buying pairs of Draggin’ Jeans (kevlar reinforced riding jeans that go for roughly $100 per pair-www.dragginjeans.com)
And yes, it does bug me when I see people who look like they’re barely old enough to have a drivers’ license riding around on GSXRs with less protective clothing than me. It bugs me a lot. Yesterday I passed a guy who was wearing shorts, sneakers, a t-shirt, and a button-up shirt unbuttoned on top, wearing sunglasses with his HELMET on the BACK of his blue/whiteGSXR600. I repeat, he was riding with his helmet not on his head but on the BACK of his bike. WTF?July 24, 2008 at 8:49 pm #9248
Maybe they were kevlar sunglasses?July 24, 2008 at 8:57 pm #9249
I did see an older lady on a Harley the other day with a Helmet secured on the back of her bike but not her head. Maybe it’s just for the grandkids.
AndrewJuly 25, 2008 at 1:23 am #9256123missjParticipant
OMG, so funny I laughed out loud!! So glad you didn’t say you don’t wave at chics. I love the wave or the head nod, the acknowledgement that I’m one of the tribe. However, some guys don’t get lady riders. Oh well too bad for them.
Thanks for the laugh!
PS. I ride a Suzuki AND I’d be happy to wave to you on your puny little honda.
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