I understand your frustration but suggest that there's really nothing you can do outside of politely making strong suggestions for the use of gear and discouraging the stunting and antics in traffic or in clusters of other bikes. You may not feel you're getting through but avoiding being too judgemental or high and mighty, yet consistant in your message, you may help some of them to see it, especially as they hang long enough to witness other's problems caused by their squidliness.
I cringe when I see the exposed skin, no helmet, especially on a passenger, and very high speed stunts on the interstates. It hasn't a THING to do with jealousy but EVERYTHING to do with knowing what happens when the shit hits the fan which it inevitably does. The statistics on the life expectancy of a sportbike, underscored by the insurance rates on them or lists of companies who flat out refuse to even write them, are bleak and the squids are the biggest contributors to those statistics.
One thing you can do is choose not to ride with them, a good choice BTW, and take consolation in knowing that they don't often last on the scene for more than a few years. Between wrecked bikes, suspended licenses, and no insurance available, they often are out of it in a few years. They can also become bored out of it, scared out of it after witnessing or being involved in a few of the gorey mishaps, quit when they discover that most women aren't impressed with their childishness, forming lines to have their "bebes", or they grow out of it and either quit from the lack of interest in just riding OR, a very few will settle down and become very good riders for a lifetime. Unfortunately, it's a cycle that has to run its course for some. If you do ride with them, keep BIG.... and I mean BIG as in HUGE distance, as parts, bikes, and bodies can go everywhere when the shit hits the fan and it's surprisingly easy to become entangled in their mess.
These are observations from years of observing the scene. Every season there is a whole new crop of "magazine jockeys", full of the statistics that are written in every bike magazine that espouse the wonderfullness of the latest crop of rockets, using hyperbole that the article's own data will argue away, and these guys buy it, then the bike, and don't have even a HINT that it will take years of practice to get even close to the performance that ANY good rider can get out of a 500cc bike made in the last 10 years, and many bikes older than that..... unless it's wheelies. The really good riders can get that out of the older bikes too but often choose not to as it tends to prove nothing, at least in their eyes. They have long ago lost any real desire to do wheelies as they realize that they're not really hard to do or as interesting as riding the bike to handle well, the real long term challenge and long term source of enjoyment that sportbikes offer. While that's JMO, it's also an opinion resulting from decades of observing the sport and not just conjecture.
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Last edited by Dad; 05-19-2004 at 06:43 AM.