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Title: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: growweblaar on August 24, 2009, 06:20:36 pm
Don't you agree that filtering through traffic on a South African highway during rush-hour should be considered an Extreme Sport? On par with, say, glacier climbing, wingsuit flying, big wave surfing or off-piste snowboarding?

It sure provides the same thrills!

The N2 out of Cape Town is a good place to practice this sport. Roadworks have narrowed a large part of it to barely-two lanes, meaning that a small slip of judgement could land you between a bus and 2 speeding Quantums. This is where you find out exactly (to the millimeter) how wide your bike is. And how tight your sphincter :o

This fantastic course has everything - even enthusiastic spectators. Most book their seats on the back of Hyundai bakkies (although it seems the organizers like to over-book), but some even line the side of the road for a closer look. Hell, there are even some streakers! Hang on, no, those guys aren't streaking - they're busy with their own extreme sport: dodging highway traffic to get to the other side of the road. In the dark. Looks like our disciplines overlap: he's an obstacle for me, and vice versa.

Quick-quick, slow-slow, balance-balance. I'm working up a sweat here (no, really!). Clutch-clutch. Damn, this bike needs an auto-shift mode. Hm, I wonder if IR Sinclair is watching... I could ride in the construction zone...

Concentrate. Focus. Is that gap opening up... yiiieeeeaaah, here we go!
3rd gear: result!  :ricky:


Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: Mark Hardy on August 24, 2009, 06:26:44 pm
I miss the lane splitting in CT.

Here the traffic is not heavy enough or there are no dual carrage ways and the drives in zululand dive like donkeys (asses) and are soooooo slow so flittering through traffic is a breeze. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: Marnus on August 24, 2009, 06:34:00 pm
Ya... I think the bike insurance companies also believe it's an extreme sport...
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: JustBendIt on August 24, 2009, 06:38:16 pm
I use my bike during the day at work to run errands and get places in a hurry

If I'm feeling particularly happy and at peace with the world I make sure I ride in rush hour traffic - this quickly puts me back into my grumpy old stressful self

nothing like a few close shaves, near misses and near death experiences in the morning ...

I make sure I ride like a total nutter and rev the kak out of my bike at every chance I get to really make everyone skrik lekker

nothing better than pulling a few wheelies in between cars - that really makes people kak themselves
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: Stev0 on August 24, 2009, 07:06:50 pm
I use my bike during the day at work to run errands and get places in a hurry

If I'm feeling particularly happy and at peace with the world I make sure I ride in rush hour traffic - this quickly puts me back into my grumpy old stressful self

nothing like a few close shaves, near misses and near death experiences in the morning ...

I make sure I ride like a total nutter and rev the kak out of my bike at every chance I get to really make everyone skrik lekker

nothing better than pulling a few wheelies in between cars - that really makes people kak themselves

f650 wheelie?  Hey ?
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: Kobus on August 24, 2009, 08:18:29 pm
Well written GBlaar.

Like the part of the overlaping sports.


PS: Imagine the joys of a taxi driver.

Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: Martin-DR650 on August 24, 2009, 08:57:55 pm
Last time I got stuck in trafic on the N1, I got so angry and bedonerd,
that when I finaly came to the gap leading out of the sh!t hole, I pulled away in 1st gear and the front wheel popped in the air -

Stuck in traffic realy gets my adrenalin pumping,and makes me very angry..... :dousing:

But the loud pipe dose help ! :mwink:

I'll say it's an extreme sport!
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: SACK on August 24, 2009, 09:10:05 pm
This morning was a bit too extreme.

(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_LFIT0LLBnP4/SpLi900m1nI/AAAAAAAAAnk/pEoCxUYGNtM/s800/IMG_1519.JPG)

(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_LFIT0LLBnP4/SpLjMoKXH8I/AAAAAAAAAnw/YvoabIhDI6E/s800/IMG_1523.JPG)

(http://lh3.ggpht.com/_LFIT0LLBnP4/SpLjHocinMI/AAAAAAAAAns/A0Dn45H4bSk/s800/IMG_1520.JPG)


Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: Etienne2T on August 24, 2009, 09:19:07 pm
Aaaah NEE Steven!
What happened? vertel :(
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: DirtRebell on August 24, 2009, 09:23:30 pm
Janee, wat de hel het nou weer daar gebeur!


I have seen someone using the term canoeing/rowing(?) through traffic. What does that mean?

Oh yes, back to the sport - I am aiming for 1st team!
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: SACK on August 24, 2009, 09:27:33 pm
The short version is... I hit a polo that turned in front of me while I was lane splitting. I honestly have no idea if he indicated or not. I never saw it coming.

This shit happens fast.

Somehow I walked away without a scratch.

How's the hand Ettienne?
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: Martin-DR650 on August 24, 2009, 09:31:33 pm

I  ALWAY'S  RIDE  -  THINKING  THAT SOMETHING  CAN  HAPPEN  ANY  MOMENT!!!! :patch:

KEEP YOURE EYES OPEN GUYS,AND BE CAREFULL!!!!!

RIDE SAFE!
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: Etienne2T on August 24, 2009, 09:32:08 pm
It's still here ;D , Nah its healing good, about 4 weeks left in a cast, then about 5 months rehab! :o
Got a fright when you just posted those pics, daai GS het bad luck die afgelope ruk!    


Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: DirtRebell on August 24, 2009, 09:33:42 pm
The short version is... I hit a polo that turned in front of me while I was lane splitting. I honestly have no idea if he indicated or not. I never saw it coming.

This shit happens fast.

Somehow I walked away without a scratch.

How's the hand Ettienne?

How fast were you going? Just asking to find out if I'm generally safe ;D
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: SACK on August 24, 2009, 09:39:18 pm
Definately less than 60.

I propbably hit the car at about 30 or 40 km/h and traffic was just barely moving.

Really hard to say.

The problem is that there is nowhere to go. If you swerve you just hit someone else.

I like to think I'm super alert, but it seems that shit DOES happen.

Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: SACK on August 24, 2009, 09:41:06 pm
...daai GS het bad luck die afgelope ruk!    




Tell me about it.

Dink dis tyd vir daai 800. ;D
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: Tuareg on August 24, 2009, 09:43:27 pm
...daai GS het bad luck die afgelope ruk!    




Tell me about it.

Dink dis tyd vir daai 800. ;D


.... of daai 990      :mwink:
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: Etienne2T on August 24, 2009, 09:45:54 pm
...daai GS het bad luck die afgelope ruk!    




Tell me about it.

Dink dis tyd vir daai 800. ;D

HP2 8)  Jy sal nog meer unstopable wees op so bike! Jy en Leftless sal dan 'n mean team maak!
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: DirtRebell on August 24, 2009, 09:46:09 pm
Okay, so I'm definitely not generally safe.

Just proof that experience makes you mak:)
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: SACK on August 24, 2009, 09:49:56 pm
....proof that experience makes you mak.

Exactly what I've been thinking the whole day. Scary stuff.
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: Mark Hardy on August 24, 2009, 09:50:49 pm
...daai GS het bad luck die afgelope ruk!    




Tell me about it.

Dink dis tyd vir daai 800. ;D


.... of daai 990      :mwink:

+1  >:D

sorry to hear about the accident, glad you are ok  :thumleft:

Yip lane splitting is and can be dangerous

and it inducers a good Adrenalin Rush which starts the day well
I remember getting to the office and feeling invigorated, ready for the day  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: SACK on August 24, 2009, 09:58:02 pm
HP2...

.... of daai 990      :mwink:

No more fat chicks for me thanks...

Looking for something a bit (but not much) lighter.

Having said that I'll propbably end up fixing and keeping the yellow pig... for a bit at least.
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: SACK on August 24, 2009, 10:00:01 pm
Sorry for hijacking your thread Growweblaar.
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: tankgirl on August 24, 2009, 10:00:32 pm
lol @ growweblaar

Quote from: Miepels
experience makes you mak
interesting perspective!

i have a thing about pedestrians now... having learned the hard way :-\
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: Woestersous on August 24, 2009, 10:22:04 pm
Cool Growweblaar!

Have to be in "Town" at least twice a week, what freaks me out are the Vuka's filtering at full tilt (80km/h) while traffic is not moving, daai ou sal sy gat so hard sien, hy sal of dood of in 6-maande traksie wees >:D  Can't wait for summer, xr's lights suck, not cool on N-1 from Worcester in pitch black.
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: growweblaar on August 24, 2009, 10:31:44 pm
Sorry for hijacking your thread Growweblaar.

No problem! It won't be an extreme sport without the occasional "incident" - glad you're OK, though! :)

I watch the cars' front wheels - you see them turn before the car as a whole.

But yes: familiarity breeds contempt :-\
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: fixit on August 25, 2009, 07:33:23 am
Extreme sport for sure! …and we have a winner in EL. There’s this oke on a Deputy or sorts that works the same shift as me.  Never have, and never will beat this guy to work or home. He’s farking nuts! Filters at full tilt!
Every day I spot him, the dice is on until I loose my nerve and then it's” cheers dude” next time…… :mwink:
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: Gulp on August 25, 2009, 08:23:13 am
Yip! PedestrianS!!! >:(
on the 18 August.
On the way to work , 06h45 [ its bucketing down ] the intersection as you come over Wynberg Hill down into Bishops[M3}, the light s are green for me, traffic is across the intersection, I am crawling along very slowly.[10km+] A school girl in dark blue uniform steps out from in front of a car. I did not see her!

Impact! Scream[her]  violent shake of the handle bars. I don’t drop the bike J . Park and assist her to some cover. [Big noise she makes] . No cars stop that saw it. .Security guard from the consulate assist and we contact her mom, 10111, etc. I charm her down.

Mom arrives and request that she not be moved. Manages to wave down a Traffic Cop and he gets things in motion. 1h10 later we have the Fire Response team, two ambulances, +20 tow trucks. [ I would have put her in a car and got her to hospital , but yer not me ]

Bike damage – my head light was pushed off it clips and my left indicator was rip of but still work able.[fixed]

Pedestrian – Saw right leg, saw right shoulder.

Me – arm a touch stiff from the whip lash of the handle bars and an hour late to work…..

 

Be careful out the!

[My motto: i an't going to kill myself going to or coming from work!]  :ricky:
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: Bus on August 25, 2009, 09:41:07 am
But the loud pipe dose...

Ek is ook een van hulle... :laughing7:
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: Fugly on August 25, 2009, 09:47:23 am

Pedestrian – Saw right leg, saw right shoulder.


So you amputated on the roadside! Shame poor girl! What you do that for :imaposer:
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: Mother on August 25, 2009, 09:57:22 am
i once hada close call coming into an intersection and turning right into the double lane...an indigenous chap was walking half way across intersection and i was passin around the outside of him...he saw me and hit a panic and ran back across the friggin rd...i just clipped him it was a close call.....animals and pedestrians....totally unpredictable
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: Gulp on August 25, 2009, 09:59:20 am

Pedestrian – Saw right leg, saw right shoulder.


So you amputated on the roadside! Shame poor girl! What you do that for :imaposer:

Hey Fugly! thats Goose, graft too chck my spling :imaposer:
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: growweblaar on August 25, 2009, 09:59:47 am
A school girl in dark blue uniform steps out from in front of a car. I did not see her!

Jeez, Gulp, that's bad luck :(. Must have shaken you up for a day or two.

Don't know if it would have helped in your case, but I always slow down when passing a 'high' vehicle, i.e. where you can't see what's on the other side. Pedestrians seem to pop out from behind buses, taxis, lorries and 4x4s at the drop of a helmet.

Also, when passing a high vehicle that has come to a stop, and there's a gap in front of it, it may indicate that it has stopped to let another car in from a side-street: don't go charging blindly into the gap, only to T-bone an old tannie in a Fiesta ;D
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: dieterf on August 25, 2009, 10:08:18 am
re the original opening statemants, as a regular commuter in 40kay heavy traffic, i often notice good and bad days.

this morning was a bad one, had 7 (yes 7) near misses.

some days it's a doodle. Not sure if it is them or me!!!

bottom line, every day is an adventure!!!!
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: Oppad on August 25, 2009, 10:31:14 am
Growweblaar that N2 out of CT is a bliksem, rather you than me as, other than the N1, you also have the taxis to contend with.

One can learn to live with the traffic on the N1 but if you don't keep your hand in with regular trips, you have to start all over again before you get smooth again. When taxis get thrown into the mix...it really becomes an xtreme sport.
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: Gulp on August 25, 2009, 10:37:14 am
i was crawling along when it happened, hence i did not drop the bike when the collision took place.

Oh! Fugly she kept her arms + legs, phoned her in the afternoon , and she was all ok. Just very sore!
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: Mother on August 25, 2009, 10:40:09 am
sounds to me like every day is friggin life threatning :o :o
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: growweblaar on August 25, 2009, 10:55:09 am
Growweblaar that N2 out of CT is a bliksem, rather you than me as, other than the N1, you also have the taxis to contend with.

Fortunately I don't have to do it every day of the week :)
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: Grrrr.... on August 25, 2009, 03:55:37 pm
I "met" this fellow the other day that was walking in between the lanes towards town (CPT CBD) on the outbound N2 just before the Woodstock turnoff in rush hour.

I told him to get the @#$% off the highway which was met by an ignore and he kept on his merry way. WTF?!

So now we have to look out for pedestrians lane splitting too?!
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: buzzlightyear on August 25, 2009, 04:12:33 pm
Lane splitting on the N1 (inbound until M5) is tame compared to the N2. Anticipate is the name of the game. I actually prefer the N1 to the back roads, cause on the back roads if you try to stick to the speed limit you'll be run over by the cars.

And I normally get passed by all the scooterboys and gals when splitting. They seem to think they are invincible, they keep their 80km/h max when splitting, crazy!
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: growweblaar on August 25, 2009, 04:14:16 pm
I "met" this fellow the other day that was walking in between the lanes towards town (CPT CBD) on the outbound N2 just before the Woodstock turnoff in rush hour.

I told him to get the @#$% off the highway which was met by an ignore and he kept on his merry way. WTF?!

So now we have to look out for pedestrians lane splitting too?!

 :o

Now that is extreme!
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: Grrrr.... on August 25, 2009, 04:19:12 pm
Road rules are more of a guideline it seems.....

But that guy was something new, have to give him +1 for originality.... When I lane split it seems I always have to move over for scooter riders going 100kph wearing a piss pot helmet 'wiff' their slip-slops as protection.

Now those guys and girls are real bikers. None of this ATGATT nonsense we pussies use. Skin grafts are FUN!
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: buzzlightyear on August 25, 2009, 04:19:54 pm
There were lots of them across the N1 at Century City. Seems to be sorted after our regular sessions there.
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: Grrrr.... on August 25, 2009, 04:21:53 pm
There were lots of them across the N1 at Century City. Seems to be sorted after our regular sessions there.

Read about the 'protest'. Glad it worked but tell me, did they walk across the highway or like Mr. Legend himself between the lanes all the way to town. Against traffic no less!

Surprised I'm the only person who saw him.
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: buzzlightyear on August 25, 2009, 04:27:13 pm
They crossed 8 lanes of highway. Inbound in the morning we would encounter them while splitting slowly, in the afternoon they would dodge 100+km/h traffic  :o
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: umshiniwam on August 25, 2009, 04:30:20 pm
I almost hit a pedestrian the other day on Marlboro. The traffic was standing dead-still and this idiot was walking across the road between cars while typing an SMS on his mobile phone. Hea appeared before me from in front of a truck nogal. How the f*ck I managed to actually not hit him is beyond me.

The funniest was that he had some kind of "man bag" slung across his arm. I knocked the thing so hard that it was spinning like a hula hoop around his shoulder.
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: Tintin on August 25, 2009, 04:30:37 pm
I also had a Pedestrian incident here on the N3 in Gauteng. A real neaderthal !! I blew the horn so the idiot just steps back infront of a car....
Car hit the anchors, neaderthal oblivious to it all. Also totally blazey and didn't seem to hear the expleatives I was hurling !! ???

Anyways. I commute every day of the working year (rain, sun and cold), but you guys commuting on your BM adventures with panniers amaze me. True optomists. I do it on a Honda 250, and that is sometimes a bit tight. (esp with the road works = V narrow lanes)

Was once behind a guy on a BM1200GS with panniers - very clearly new to biking. He was wearing work pants and work shoes, not evena  jacket! He nearly lost it 3 times, I could have sworn that he was gonna bin it, so I made another plan before I ended up in his incident.

Worst that has happened to me so far in 3 years commuting was an Audi drove over my toes when I was stood still, the traffic was stopped and he was creeping - I should have spotted him. Fortunately the right gear saw to it that there was no damage to the toes. I count myself lucky. Just hope there is no big incident in my future. I've already had my BIG spill...
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: Grrrr.... on August 25, 2009, 04:40:21 pm
LOL, here I will be first to say Beemer riders are the worst culprits! Why would you lane split with two panniers on?!

I'm not talking about a trip I'm talking day to day commute. If you have to log things around get a topbox. Those shinny panniers are just going to make your life more difficult.

And I swear, even though I have a bike if you scratch my cage with those 'blerrie' things trying to squeeze past I will 'moer you's wiff' a bat my oke!  ;)

I'm originally from Kempton Park.... be warned!   :P
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: Marnus on August 25, 2009, 07:46:56 pm
+1 on the pedestrians, but the plot thickens....

How about at nearly every intersection there are at least two old people that cannot find work, one limping on a crutch, another with a new born in a towel on her back shaking a blikbeker, an alarm company handing out flyers with their cars blocking the vision of some motorists at some street corner, some kids going on rugby tour, at least 2 newspaper guys, a battalion of informal businessmen selling everything from car chargers, inflatable globes and clothes hangers, and a groom-to-be in a bra and panty.

I tell you... intersections are the worst...
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: Grrrr.... on August 25, 2009, 07:57:03 pm
Gawd! Marnus that reminded me of a close one I had, two in fact.

With the fracking UCT students selling that 'Rag' magazine. Some 'poppie' just stepped out from the front of a car trying to sell one to a bunch of guys wearing just a bikini. I would have 'stamped' that girl straight out of her clothes!

Also, got the 'moer' in with Soli Philander selling Big Issue's one morning at the convention centre intersection. He was going on like his usual self and with him was a bunch of people who thought it was a big joke running in between the cars. Also nearly took one of them out. Some of them was so 'verskrik' they just stood there frozen when the traffic started moving!!

Guys who sell stuff on corners for a living tend to keep one eye open but not these clowns who think it's a 'moerse' party in between the cars. Until we hit one of them....

Then you will see those soccer moms from Newlands perform!  >:(

LOL, apologies.... didn't want to rant. But I do feel better!  :D
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: Scribble on August 25, 2009, 09:52:30 pm
Growweblaar that N2 out of CT is a bliksem, rather you than me as, other than the N1, you also have the taxis to contend with.

One can learn to live with the traffic on the N1 but if you don't keep your hand in with regular trips, you have to start all over again before you get smooth again. When taxis get thrown into the mix...it really becomes an xtreme sport.
ok I was wondering in my six month or so absence if I was just slower or If the drivers had become worse assuming that that is at all possible
 now I just need to get riding again its intimidating though
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: Moondog on August 25, 2009, 11:00:25 pm
+1 on the pedestrians, but the plot thickens....

How about at nearly every intersection there are at least two old people that cannot find work, one limping on a crutch, another with a new born in a towel on her back shaking a blikbeker, an alarm company handing out flyers with their cars blocking the vision of some motorists at some street corner, some kids going on rugby tour, at least 2 newspaper guys, a battalion of informal businessmen selling everything from car chargers, inflatable globes and clothes hangers, and a groom-to-be in a bra and panty.

I tell you... intersections are the worst...

+1 - and a Hijacker and 3 Smash-n-Grab artists (they are the one's doing pedestrian lane splitting)

Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: Gulp on August 26, 2009, 07:16:25 am
1200GS with side panniers lane splitting are nothing!
the other day M3 out - a "tak-tak" pulls up behind while i am "white lining" it - WTF!! ???
I know i go slow but this is an insult.
Pull over and let him go in front, followed him right the way to Paridise Circle on the whit Line! before he turned off! :thumleft:
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: growweblaar on August 26, 2009, 09:44:16 am
1200GS with side panniers lane splitting are nothing!
the other day M3 out - a "tak-tak" pulls up behind while i am "white lining" it - WTF!! ???
I know i go slow but this is an insult.
Pull over and let him go in front, followed him right the way to Paridise Circle on the whit Line! before he turned off! :thumleft:

Are you serious!? You mean one of these?:

(http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/42661000/jpg/_42661609_tuctuc.jpg)
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: Gulp on August 26, 2009, 09:48:16 am
Yip! just like that! but with a "delivery box on the back" [like the old butches used to use].....
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: N[]vA on August 26, 2009, 09:50:29 am
baffelless akro's on the 990 help with splitting ALLOT!
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: Grrrr.... on August 26, 2009, 10:14:32 am
1200GS with side panniers lane splitting are nothing!
the other day M3 out - a "tak-tak" pulls up behind while i am "white lining" it - WTF!! ???
I know i go slow but this is an insult.
Pull over and let him go in front, followed him right the way to Paridise Circle on the whit Line! before he turned off! :thumleft:

WHAT???!!!  :o

Well, on the N2 incoming in the mornings the highway used to become a 5 lane highway because the frieken taxi's used to lane split.... Don't know if it is any better these days.

Thank goodness I don't do the daily Stellenbosch to Cpt commute anymore. And that was before I had a bike.
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: roxenz on August 26, 2009, 03:36:50 pm
Well written GBlaar.

Like the part of the overlaping sports.

PS: Imagine the joys of a taxi driver.

Ja, yesterday at a red light this one taxi driver indicated to me that he wanted to swap vehicles.  I told to hop on as pillion - we both had a good laugh, took edge of the driving/riding for a bit.
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: growweblaar on August 26, 2009, 04:17:25 pm
Ja, yesterday at a red light this one taxi driver indicated to me that he wanted to swap vehicles.  I told to hop on as pillion - we both had a good laugh, took edge of the driving/riding for a bit.

I dig the okes on the back of a bakkie :D. It's almost like they're so glad to see you - it must get pretty boring sitting staring at the same car behind you for hours. And then this crazy dude on a big bike comes along and provides a bit of entertainment. I bet they secretly want to see you take a dive!
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: Mother on August 26, 2009, 05:10:24 pm
mmm worst drivers on my travels... . :biggrin: has to be in the neighboring countries....try riding a bike in gaborone...then my worst recently was northern namibia passing through oshakati trying to get to the kunene....they got no idea about 2 wheels ...maybe they come so close to u to get a better view...and flashing lights they got no idea that :biggrin: front light of the bike must be on.....riding through one of those towns at peak time is friggin extreme sport!!!
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: MildDog on August 27, 2009, 08:47:21 pm
I rode for an hour in peak traffic today (and I don't have a day job so I never sit in traffic anyways)... got home and was all EXCITED and AMPED. was seriously nerve-racking but shit it was fun. I get a massive sense of triumph when I lane-split and pull away first at the lights and think 'if i was in my car I'd still be back there'... My girlfriend did have to tell me to chill once I got home though  :dousing: the more I ride my bike the more I love it... and today I got proper dualie-tires and did away with those deathwings  >:D
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: Scribble on August 27, 2009, 10:51:11 pm
travelling on the n2 yesterday I almost got taken out ,by a golden arrow bus.
cruising along to overtake the bus and he decides he needs to be in my lane
I was in a double cab with my lights on wtf  blind bastard or he didnt even check his mirrors
so I slam on brakes whilst i still have tarmac although it didnt take long befor i had 2 wheels on the
dirt in the centre island .in the game of bakkie,taxi  or bus , bus always wins
so today i thought If i dont ride now im not gonna even the cage is scary
had  a cool almost non eventful day
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: MildDog on August 27, 2009, 11:04:42 pm
travelling on the n2 yesterday I almost got taken out ,by a golden arrow bus.
cruising along to overtake the bus and he decides he needs to be in my lane
I was in a double cab with my lights on wtf  blind bastard or he didnt even check his mirrors
so I slam on brakes whilst i still have tarmac although it didnt take long befor i had 2 wheels on the
dirt in the centre island .in the game of bakkie,taxi  or bus , bus always wins
so today i thought If i dont ride now im not gonna even the cage is scary
had  a cool almost non eventful day


yeah the busses are the often the MOST dangerous drivers... especially in places like  over Stanhope bridge (claremont side), it's amazing how fast they can get those busses to move. I guess they have all the reasons to drive kak (traffic & stress) and no reasons to be careful (risk of personal injury is zero and its not their bus).
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: Just Blip It! on August 27, 2009, 11:10:41 pm
You Gauteng Okes amaze with your lane splitting, :o I've seen some of you have a serious death wish!
Here in Hoedspruit we don't have lanes or even robots! Only have to watch for the occasional warthog crossing the road. :ricky:
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: JohnST on August 28, 2009, 04:05:25 am
On my home yesterday i had the privilege of sitting on the M1/N1 all the way from Booysens to Samrand.
At Allendale there was a crappy dust storm blowing, visability was shit.... but the bikes came flying past lane splitting! MAD speeds, all kinds of biks but for every 1 bike there were 2 GS's and they were over taking the other bikes whilst lane splitting. Must be something about feeling like a power ranger when putting on the "bmw icecream suits"

Not bashing this was my observation!!  :-\
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: Gulp on August 28, 2009, 07:19:33 am
so now i have seen a "tak-tak" lane spliting what else?
Yesterday going home M3 out of town , near Woodstock, a oke on a .......bicycle!! ???
and he was going faster than the cars :imaposer:
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: Ganjora on August 28, 2009, 07:22:59 am
i've done 3 pedestrians hard,  that took me off the bike.   nowdays,  I aim at them.   i had an idiot just stand and look at me the other day.   I stopped the battlescoot,  swore at him to fark off,  and when he didn't i wheelied into his leg.   he farked off after that.
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: roxenz on August 28, 2009, 05:12:38 pm
G-man you're too strung, boet!  Take a break, roll a zol.   ;D
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: JohanGPS on August 31, 2009, 12:57:12 pm
About 2 months ago, I was coming from Grand West to N1. Stop at trafficklight at Voortrekker and saw this dude with his KTM approaching from behind. Ok lights change and this dude zoomes past... my bike still cold and so are the tyres, anyway next traffic light catch him again and I zoom past as the lights change....Game on !
So now the sharp bend going onto the N1, KTM just here behind me...tyres cold, but manage to get speed and grip and as I exit turn, no KTM....and when i was about 100 from turn I see him comming big time, so I hit throttle and I have about 600m clear road before we join on N1, and I am pumping it, over 200, KTM again gets smaller in mirror, ok cars ahead , I slow down and behind cars....dude on KTM went between the cars at 200km/h.....I passed cars and caught up with him again at over 200 and then cars again...he just keeps splitting at around 180. Me thinks not good idea. So I won the dice, but he won the race as he was at Jip de Jager before me.
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: buzzlightyear on August 31, 2009, 01:00:34 pm
 :patch: :eek7:
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: Stephan on August 31, 2009, 02:12:27 pm
On my home yesterday i had the privilege of sitting on the M1/N1 all the way from Booysens to Samrand.
At Allendale there was a crappy dust storm blowing, visability was shit.... but the bikes came flying past lane splitting! MAD speeds, all kinds of biks but for every 1 bike there were 2 GS's and they were over taking the other bikes whilst lane splitting. Must be something about feeling like a power ranger when putting on the "bmw icecream suits"

Not bashing this was my observation!!  :-\

Gotta agree, there's some idiots out there, I don't mind them removing themselves from the gene pool but take a dim view of their efforts to include me in their efforts. :angry5:
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: Maverick on September 03, 2009, 05:20:25 pm
I dig the okes on the back of a bakkie :D.

I started laughing out loud in the office now, just imagine that scene in the UK. Somebody on the back of a bakkie - the cops here will go mental  :biggrin:  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: growweblaar on September 03, 2009, 06:08:40 pm
I dig the okes on the back of a bakkie :D.

I started laughing out loud in the office now, just imagine that scene in the UK. Somebody on the back of a bakkie - the cops here will go mental  :biggrin:  :biggrin:

Hehehe, ja  :D

Check this one from my Health and Safety collection: http://imgur.com/Yq9Si.jpg (http://imgur.com/Yq9Si.jpg)
 ;D
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: buzzlightyear on September 03, 2009, 07:26:46 pm
What a joke!
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: growweblaar on September 03, 2009, 07:28:10 pm
What a joke!

Welcome to the First World :3some:
Title: Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
Post by: Biker boy on September 04, 2009, 07:58:27 am
I think some race car drive can take a few notes!!!

Hope your baby is restored to her former glory!