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There it was, staring me dead in the face. The report of a buddie of mine hanging on for dear life after a bike wreck. Not just an ordinary one, a tumble under a moving tractor/trailer on the highway. Not only was he not wearing a helmet, but the report suggests that he is guilty of the most haneous crime known to cycling, SUI [Squidding Under the Influence]. He has broken all of his ribs, fractured his eye socket in 3 places, punctured both lungs and collapsed one, bruised his heart and is having valve trouble, and has broken one ankle and one wrist. The real tradegedy is this buddy of mine is in the military and given the conditions of the wreck, he would not be covered for medical and had he died [he was originally goven a 25% chance to survive] his family would NOT receive any insurance money, no retirement, and all the hospital bills, currently totaling over $210'000. This man is a combat vet and has 14 years in the military. All in all, not a "Bad" guy, but a word of advice to all govt. employees. Be well versed on the rules and regs governing your term of service. Here it is legal to ride without a helmet, but the military insists that you wear one while riding at all times, regardless of the situation.
Be safe brothers and sisters, I used to think the "Road Squid" concept was amusing, but now it has a face. Peace...

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Sorry to hear about your friend, I hope he pulls through to ride again. I hate to say this but if he has a full recovery you better kick his ass! I have no respect for anyone who rides under the influence of any substance. Bad ju ju. I'm in the military and the regulations are there for your own safty and I have to agree with them all except that darn motorcycle safty vest. You wont get a dime for not wearing all the safty gear, that includes the safty vest which I think is bogus.

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Ouch...just reading that reports makes me not want to speed anymore...(or ride).

Hope your buddy makes it out OK.

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John, I hope your friend pulls through. But riding when you are not 100% sharp is not cool. He is lucky he is alive at all. And even though you can ride without gear...well, I think now you know why I always have my Shoei on, even when I ride where I don't have to.



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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Aril, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by rponiarski:
John, I hope your friend pulls through. But riding when you are not 100% sharp is not cool. He is lucky he is alive at all. And even though you can ride without gear...well, I think now you know why I always have my Shoei on, even when I ride where I don't have to. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

THAT'S NOT ME!, I WOULDN'T/DON'T RIDE WITH ANYONE WHO IN UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ANY SUBSTANCE, JUST PLAIN SUISIDE IN MY BOOK.

I had to make myself clear on that one, I might be crazy but I'm not stupid :D


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Prometheus, sorry to hear about your bud, how he makes a full recovery(and you kick his ass). John, those motorcycle safety vests are pretty sorry aren't they. That's probably the reason I never had a bike while I was in the service. Makes you look like you just got off a construction site or something.

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rugburn, they are. It comes off at the first gas station out the gate :) Then you have those retards that try and crack down on your ass for not wearing one.

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John, I always saw guys taking it off right outside the gate at the first stop light. I pictured them in a wreck trying to get that damn thing on before they passed out from their injuries.

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Yeah, out of the bunch of military people that hang with the locals only one will wear his vest all the time. I don't know if it has anything to do with the fact that he is in the military police. He doesn't rag on us for not wearing them though.

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I'm very sorry to hear about your buddy. I hope for him and his family that he makes a full recovery. I'm Active Duty Air Force, and here in San Antonio, you have to wear "a reflective vest or other light reflecting garment" while on base, in the pre dawn or after dark hours. During the day, you only have to wear "a light colored long sleeve garment". As far as the construction man vest goes; lots of riders wear that sash-looking thing. It' about 3 inches wide and just drapes over one shoulder. It provides just about 3" of visibility as well! You MUST wear a helmet at all times whether on base or off if you are military (Guard and Reserve as well, because it's a DoD regulation and not just an Air Force reg) However, per the reg, you don't have to wear the reflective vest when off-base, just the helmet. When i ride on base (not often either) i wear the super-bright-runs-on-4-D-batteries ugly orange construction man vest. Looks geeky, but them's the rules. The gate guards will not let you on base w/o one. They have nothing better todo you know.

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The jobs not that bad, as you can see I can sit on the computer all day :) It's there rules and regulations that suck
I'm getting out after eight years. Four years of aircraft carriers and foreign countries and soon to be four years here.

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Cosmo, I know it's a DOD reg but do you thinks the rules vary from base to base or is there just one basic standard? Cause we have to wear the vest day or night and are required to wear it out in town.

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According to the motorcycle safety office, where you take your MSF course to get your base sticker, they said that during the dark hours you have to be reflective in one way or another. I have a Tourmaster jacket with reflective triangles and I also have the red reflective belt that is worn on the flightline. I do not like to wear the vest, especially since I usually wear my backpack on over my jacket. I bought a yellow backpack with a reflective hem in it, just for that purpose. If any of you want a belt, I have about 25, of the red ones. I think that Cosmo like to also carry his lightsaber with him when he rides on base, too. ;p Road guards out!

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Aril, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by jk6672:
...You wont get a dime for not wearing all the safty gear...<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yeah, that's how they get you to wear your seatbelt, too. It's just a scare tactic. I've been in eight years and never seen anyone get screwed by that rule. All you'd have to do is call your congressman. That usually gets everyone's attention.


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Well I've got almost 8 years in the Army and have seen the benifits go both ways due to neglagence. As for the road gaurd vest and the safty belt/sash over the shoulder the vest is a cant go wrong if dark out. You must wear a bright colored long sleve shirt in the daytime, no reflective neccessary. At night you must have bright colored long sleve shirt on with reflective material on it. So if the MP's SP's and what ever other patrols you have want to give you a ticket for BDU's/flight coverals ect and the saftey sash the can even in the daytime because you dont have on a bright shirt. As for off post you must have as a minumum, Helmet securely fastened under the chin, goggles or face shield in the down position (sun glasses/saftey glasses are a no-no because they can fall off), long sleve shirt, full length trousers/pants, over the ankle boots or shoes made of leather or other sturdy material (jungle boots are a no-no also), and full fingered gloves. I learned these reg's for DOD because I have to do the saftey inspections on the motorcycles in my unit. (funny thing is the bikes all are in good shape its the cages that need to straighten up and get repairs)

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NEWS FLASH!!!!

The Squid is probablt going to live. A buddy is organizing a Poker Run with the benifits going to the victimd family to help pay med bills and so forth. The only prob I can see is, I don't think this will raise so much money. We are in the middle of Kansas in Po-Dunk-Ville. I wish there was a better way of fund raising for this kinda thing, they are a really nice family, Mike {AKA Squid-Boy} just pulled a really stupid stunt. Any suggestions, aside from kicking his butt when he gets out?

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Aril, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by scotty:
Yeah, that's how they get you to wear your seatbelt, too. It's just a scare tactic. I've been in eight years and never seen anyone get screwed by that rule. All you'd have to do is call your congressman. That usually gets everyone's attention.

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I was in the Navy from '85 to '94 and never saw these rules enforced either. When the Navy tried to enforce it, a threat of a phone call to the Congressman was all it took to change their minds. I did however, see a couple of guys get written up and receive NJP(Non-Judicial Punishment for the non-veterans).



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