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Offline growweblaar

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Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
« 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:


 

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Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
« Reply #1 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:
 

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Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2009, 06:34:00 pm »
Ya... I think the bike insurance companies also believe it's an extreme sport...
 

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Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
« Reply #3 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
« Last Edit: August 24, 2009, 06:39:58 pm by Powerflow Justin »
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Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
« Reply #4 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

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Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
« Reply #5 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.

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Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
« Reply #6 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!
Too much of a good thing can be wonderful !
 

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Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2009, 09:10:05 pm »
This morning was a bit too extreme.








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Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2009, 09:19:07 pm »
Aaaah NEE Steven!
What happened? vertel :(
 

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Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
« Reply #9 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!
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Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
« Reply #10 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?
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Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
« Reply #11 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!
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Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
« Reply #12 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!    


 

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Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
« Reply #13 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
 

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Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
« Reply #14 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.

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Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
« Reply #15 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
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Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
« Reply #16 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


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Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
« Reply #17 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

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Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
« Reply #18 on: August 24, 2009, 09:46:09 pm »
Okay, so I'm definitely not generally safe.

Just proof that experience makes you mak:)
 

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Re: Rush-hour filtering: extreme sport?
« Reply #19 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.
Don't sweat the small stuff.