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Now, I am not posting this question to incriminate anyone, I just want some honest answers....(you can always say you were lying later ;) )

I am curious to know how many of you have EVER ridden your bike while under the influence of alcohol or drugs? No, I am not a drunk or "druggie", just ran into a few riders who literally scared the shit out of me!!!
I was at a local "drag strip" a while back, and there were at least 40-50 guys racing. This is not a track, but just a public road that "seems" ideal for drag racing late Sunday nights. Well, the mojority of the riders out there were on Hayabusa's, GSXR1000's, and ZX-12's, a few 750's, and even fewer 600's. I know the size of the bikes are somewhat irrelevant, but the bigger bikes are less forgiving if the rider makes a mistake.
The majority of the riders are locals who attend this weekly event religiously. They arrive followed by their "groupie" girlfriends in cages, and some of these cars are stocked with every alcoholic beverage you can think of. The scary thing about the situation is, THE RIDERS WILL ACTUALLY GET DRUNK IN BETWEEN RACING!! :eek But, it doesn't stop there. I have witnessed people roll up joints and blunts, and smoke WHILE they are drinking. Now, even if I wouldn't have taken the MSF course, I would still have the common sense to know that these things and riding motorcycles don't mix! Especially if you are out there Racing, and exceeding 100+ miles-per-hour.

So, that leads me to my question. Has any one of you ever ridden your motorcycles while under the influence of drugs or alcohol? Intentionally or not? Have you ever been at a bar and had too many drinks, but your only way to get home was on your bike?

Again, not trying to incriminate anyone, just curious to know how many of you has had a similar experience.

I will start this by saying that I have NEVER ridden my bike while under the influence of anything! Why, not because I am trying to "follow the rules", but because the thought of crashing scares the shit out of me. ;) When I was 17, I was at a party where everyone was drinking and smoking pot ALL NIGHT LONG! I don't remember too much of what happened that night, but when I woke up, I was IN MY CAR, parked in front of the KC Royals baseball stadium. How I got there, beats the hell out of me. The funny thing is, the stadium was about 40 minutes from where the party was? :eek: After that night, I never smoked another "funny cigarrette, tweed, reefer, gonja, chronic" or whatever else it's called LMAO, and I even quit drinking alcohol for about 2 years. after that! Why, because it scared the hell out of me. Now I am 25, (not old, just a little wiser), and I can't figure out why some people would think that it is "cool" to do these things and ride a motorcycle??? :confused In my opinion, riding sportbikes takes a lot of concentration. It's bad enough that many people sometimes "daydream" while riding, but to daydream while you are DRUNK and RIDING??????????? Man, that's scary....
 

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Ya in my younger days in my cage (well about three years ago) i went too a party at my friends cabin and i was piss ass drunk and thought ok i wated an hour and i said i can make the 30 minute drive home. So as i was leaving there was a train and i stoped at the light and put on my parking brake and waited..needless to say i fell asleep and woke up to a local sheriff knocking on my window. Lucky for me he knew my friends parents and gave me a lift back too the party and called everyones parents. I lucked out that time and i have never been drunk since. On the other side we allways have poker runs around here and they can be fun and are mostly for charitys(sp) i have gone on a couple and they were fun till every one started drinking. MY dad and i dont drink and ended up going home after the first couple stops. A couple weeks ago a woman and a man were killed on one of these runs. The lady was riding with a friend at the time and they were following the group and decided they wanted too be at the front of the group (wich is about 50-100 bikes). so they get into the other lane wich the street they were on was a two way highway. they were doing about 90mph at the time and came up over a hill in a no passing zone and slammed into the front of a truck doing 50mph. Needless to say she and the guy riding were killed. the lady left two kids and a husband. I think people who drink and drive are morons me included a couple years ago Bikes are dangerous enough as it is but too race at 100mph+ and being drunk is beyond stupid. IM torn between letting darwin do his work and hoping these kids live to see another day.
 

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I've driven drunk. Never passed out at the wheel after drinking. But one time i feel asleep at a red light, not sure for how long but i was really tired that night. Never ridin my bike drunk, but then agian ive never had the chance, but id like to think i wouldnt, seems even more stupid than in a car....
 

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Well I had a doozy about 20years ago when I first got my licence. Here in Aussie you could get your licence, and go to a pub, on your 18th birthday. I did both :(

Long story short I clipped a kerb and threw my near new Suzuki RG250 under a taxi. No damage to the cab but I cracked my left shoulderblade and banged up my knee, elbow etc. Picked up the bike and gingerly rode home. Due to drink driving laws I would have been mandatory tested if I went to hospital so I sat out an agonising 24hrs on the couch and went next day for x-rays and treatment. Did the standard..."I walked into a door"....claim to some very unconvinced doctors/nurses.

These days, much older and wiser, I might meet my riding buddies in the city ( 10km away ) for one, maybe two light ( really lo-alcohol ) beers on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Very careful not just to stay under the limit but to not even feel affected before the ride home.

Have you noticed if you ask a sober rider/driver if its ok to ride/drive drunk they alwasy go noooo way. Ask them 2 hours later when they're pissed and its like...hey I'm ok really, just give me my keys.... :eek:


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Never have, never would. I don't drink, smoke, or do drugs...well other than prescription ones following surgeries. These are so strong that I couldn't even find my bike if I were sitting on it, much less pilot the thing out of the garage:D I think the people that do not have the discipline or self control to not drink/use drugs on a motorcycle should check themselves into rehab:(
I mean just RIDING is more than enough of a HIGH for me;)
 

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i have done it in cars, so was curious about a bike. tried it and after a 1/4 mile of riding, turned around and came home. these bikes are scary enough without having FULL physical and psychological abilities at hand. i party alot and friends no i ride and they seem to put the two together: WRONG. i am extremely adamant about NEVER being under the influence while riding. i enjoy life, friends, girlfriend, and laughing too much to give it up to 'look cool'.

that's a shame those guys were dragging and getting fu&ked up. can't even imagine going 160 mph on a busa and seeing three roads in front of me.......stupid.
 

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I used to drink and drive in high school all the time. what an idiot i am. got a dui and that was it. I never drank and drove anymore. I'm kinda glad i got caught at least I didn't kill anybody. my life would have bin over! It never even crossed my mind to get on my bike after drinking. you'd be really asking for it. drinking and driving is just stupid. take it form me. lay off the booze if your gonna drive.
 

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I must confess to being guilty on all counts. In my younger days I drank and smoked ALOT. Back then I rode my bike on many occasions when I was definately in an altered state. I can think of at least 3 times that I dropped my bikes due to being wasted. One of them, my 550 Yamaha, was totaled. There must truly be a patron Saint of fools and drunks because I survived till today. Fortunately I saw the light about 12 years ago and have been clean and sober ever since. For years I wouldn't even take cold medicine that had alcohol in it! Having seen both sides up close I have to say, Drinking (and or Drugging) and riding has to be about the most foolhardy thing one can do on a bike.
 

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I have at the racetrack in the evenings. Not when I was racing but just when I was spectating and camping. Get drunk and ride to the showers, etc. instead of walking. The most I have ever had to drink and then ride on the public roads was about 3-4 beers over a 4-5 hour period. For fatasses like me that isn't alot of alcohol. That also is with me not drinking any alcohol for that last hour to hour and a half. I haven't done this in quite some time. I seldom ride the bike if I'm going to be drinking at all.
 

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A week after I got my bike, I went to a bar and had 2 beers. I don't drink to get drunk, I drink good beer, cause I like it. I am a big guy, and 2 beers is not enough for me to even feel it when driving a car, and still well under the legal limit. Well, I got on my bike, and that was the scariest ride home I've ever had. I could definately feel those 2 beers. I got pulled over on the way home that night, for weaving inside my lane (it was cold, and I was bored, so I thought, hey, why don't I heat up my tires?). The cop gave me a written warning for unsafe lane usage. I never took my helmet off, afraid that he might smell my breath. :)

Freshman year of college, I went to a party and got plowed. At that level, I was unable to make the decision to NOT drive home. The only problem was, I couldn't get the key into the lock on the door of my truck. That should have stopped me. Instead, someone came by, took the keys outta my hand, opened the door, put them in the ignition, and said "There ya go, dude!" I made it home, but I remember very little of the drive. That never happened again after that night.
 

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On my bike? Never had never will... even with "only" one beer and two hours later. Too much coordination and attention required when on a bike and alcohol can mess those two up immensely.

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Long story, has a point though!

Not too long after I got my licence I did a very very stupid thing. My mate had a bike and we rode to the local watering hole. The deal was, the last person to finish the first beer was designated rider for the trip home, and they had to stop drinking there.
We thought it was a great idea at the time. :(

It was a close race, but someone had to lose ;)

So on the way home we were coming up to a set of lights, and about 100m before the lights is a pedestrian crossing, but it's quite hard to pick out from a distance. So when the car infront of me started braking, I (stupidly :mad: ) assumed that they were braking for the red light ahead. I was (stupidly :mad: ) speeding. We were still 150m short of the lights, so I wasn't about to slow down yet. 2 seconds later, I happened to notice that this car ahead of me, wasn't just slowing down, it was pretty much stopped. :eek: And I'm still going about 80kph in a 50 zone.

I slammed on the anchors. Locked up the back tire (which I'd never done before), managed to slide my was past one side of this car (luckily:eek:) and right through the pedestrian crossing. Again, luckily, the pedestrians were crossing from the other side of the road, and I didn't hit them.

It was very close though, and it scared the crap out of me. :(

Just for the record, yes I was breaking nearly every restriction on my licence that night:
-Faster than 70kph
-With a pillion
-After 10pm at night
-Most probably exceeding the 'youth' alcohol limit (I was 18)
-The only only one I wasn't breaking was the helmet law.
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The decisions I made leading up to this incident could not have been more stupid or dangerous. I am very lucky that no-one was hurt.

I think the biggest mistake I made that night was the alcohol. It impaired my depth perception, and I did not notice until too late how quickly I was closing on the vehicle infront of me. Make no mistake here, it only takes a very small amount of alcohol to begin to adversely affect you. I was by no means drunk, or 'merry', I felt fine to ride that night. I would have been under the legal alcohol limit for an adult that night.

From that night on, I have never had ridden with a drop of alcohol in system. Like many have said, a bike is a performance vehicle, and it can get you into trouble at the best of times. You need as much going for you as you can, and by dulling your senses you are drastically increasing you chances of not making it home, and/or some other innocent party not making it home either.
 

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Never ever again. Way back in high school and college I'd drink when I was in my Mustang, but never ever on my Gsxr. If the party was gonna get 'good' I'd usually run my bike home and get the car or just crash there the night.

But.... I did try to get home before the effect took place one night after some shrooms. Had a buddy following me to bring me back to the party..... kicked in too quick. Had to stop and let him get my bike home and his buddy drove the car. Talk about a horrible feeling!!

Now... I don't get behind anything with a motor after even one beer. And I don't do anything else anymore. Okay.... you caught me.... maybe I DO have a beer or two while on the ol' riding lawn mower. :D
 

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LoveMyR6 said:
Have you ever been at a bar and had too many drinks, but your only way to get home was on your bike?

another way always exits... and for anyone who doesn't believe so -- plan ahead you freaking idiot.

I for one always know if I'm going to be drinking somewhere, and if I'm drinking no riding - ever.
 

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I love a GOOD beer!!

Sometimes there's nothing more refreshing than the taste of a GOOD beer. I don't necessarily have a FAVORITE beer. I like many. Sort of depends on what kind of mood I'm in. Sometimes it's a Gordon Biersch Red Trolley Ale, sometimes it's a Guiness, sometimes it's a New Castle. Mmm...Mmm...Mmm!!! I'm savoring the wonderful flavor right now!!:p

Sometimes I'll meet my buddies down near the beach. Ahh the beach...sunshine, beautiful women, and lots of places to get a nice cold beer. So, naturally it's an excellent place to cruise down to on a fine piece of machinery such as my beautiful 954. ;) I won't even drink ONE beer. Nope. Nah. Nuttin'. Nada. Zilch. Uh, just a water for me, thanx.

I can definietly handle more than one or two beers. But not when I'm ridin' my bike. A little coordination loss here, or there, can set you up for a SERIOUS disaster. I'm a RESPONSIBLE drinker. IMO anyone who drinks and rides is NOT A RESPONSIBLE drinker.

My $.02...........JB
 

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Driving a cage under the influence seems to be part of the license test here in New Orleans. I mean, places with drive thru Daquiri shops?? Cmon!! "No, ossifer, its not an open container cuz I didn't put the straw in it." Not smart, but happens more often than not.


However, when it comes to the bike- Never. As previous posts state: Never have, never will.
 

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I agree...

My buddies and I like to go out and have a good time. I've had my share of stupid driving incidents in a car but I'm thru with that. On my bike, I had one experience. My main riding buddy and I walked back (tells you something) from a close bar and we saw my bike sitting in the parking lot of my apartment. We thougt it would be a great idea to start it up and ride it around the development (no helmets, of course). Well, nothing happened but the next morning we both realized that was about as stupid as we could be. Since then, I've sworn off even a sip before riding. Hell, I don't like to ride first thing in the morning after a night of drinking.
 

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No, Not Ever.
As said above, ESPECIALLY on a bike, this is beyond stupidity!
I'm a firefighter/EMT and all too often (several times EVERY weekend and I would guess an average of once every weekday shift :( ) I see the effects of DUI. The results are always the same. Even if nobody dies, there stands several people with their lives, bodies, relations, licences, as well as their vehicles, all screwed up. Anyone who has ever been involed in or even witnessed a fatal accident knows that EVERYONES life who's involved will NEVER be the same. I hate to preach, but if you do drink and drive, please think about this. Alot of people say their not afraid to die, MAYBE not, but what if YOU don't die, what about the family you just destroyed, the kids you just left parentless, can YOU LIVE with that ? I couldn't, so I eliminated it from the equation a long time ago.....
Sorry for the sermon.....
Now, if I'm not driving!!!! :D :D
 

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Ttiana said:
Driving a cage under the influence seems to be part of the license test here in New Orleans. I mean, places with drive thru Daquiri shops?? Cmon!! "No, ossifer, its not an open container cuz I didn't put the straw in it." Not smart, but happens more often than not.


However, when it comes to the bike- Never. As previous posts state: Never have, never will.
LMAO!!!! I go to New Orleans about six times a year, and that is something I never understood. "No drinking and driving," but you can get alcohol from a Daquiri Shop like you can get a hamburger from McDonalds??? DRIVE THROUGH!!!
For people who have never been, New Orleans, in my opinion, is like a city in it's own little world. The true SPORTSMANS PARADISE ;)

Whats the name of the place in the French Quarters that sells a Daquiri called the "Hand Grenade?" I don't remember :O I drank one of those a few years ago, and haven't been the same since :twofinger
 
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