Drinking & Riding
Posted February 24, 2003 - 10:14 AM
Whats your take on it? Do any of you have friends that drink and ride? and what about somking weed? Maybe we can encourage some safety here.....
Posted February 24, 2003 - 10:29 AM
the first was a 12 pack and a DR250. I couldnt climb a hill if it was a green on a ski slope.
the second involved a CR500 and no helmet. Lets just say it took off the top of my shoe and leave it at theat. Could have been worse.
I have never touched another drop while riding since.
Posted February 24, 2003 - 10:36 AM
Posted February 24, 2003 - 10:39 AM
Years ago we were done for the day racing when the promoter announced he was going to have a combined expert money race. A buddy who already had a least 4 or 5 beers went out and raced and got 3rd.
Motorcycles and booze don't mix.
Posted February 24, 2003 - 10:59 AM
Actually I am amazed how often the obvious has to be reaffirmed. Have not and will not.
Posted February 24, 2003 - 11:16 AM
Posted February 24, 2003 - 12:07 PM
This goes for the dirt as well as track when I'm racing the GSXR750. More so on the track since were hitting speeds in excess of 150mph....need to be very sober when doing this.
Posted February 24, 2003 - 12:57 PM
I can't even drink the night before I head out. It kinda sucks because it puts a damper on the clubs and parties on the weekends, but my riding means alot more to me.
For smoking pot, to each his own. You'll know whats up when I fly past ya, because you can't get your act together.
In the end it means more trophies for ME!!!
So drink and smoke it up!!!
Posted February 24, 2003 - 01:44 PM
Your fifth, my fifth... it don't matter
Bless me father, for I have sinned:
After a long afternoon of turning 1 mile laps on a very hot day, I had hit that stage of "exhausted satisfaction". I had improved my lap times greatly. And my confidence. EXCEPT for one particular double: I cased that puppy every single time I tried it. I would come out of the corner with grim (tense) determination and get lock-wrist or something. It was the only negative of my day.
I sat at the trailer and guzzled 3 cold ones while holding another against my bruised 'nards and just studied that corner and jump...
The track was empty, the sun about to set, everyone is gone... Next thing I know, my evil twin has my bike's throttle pinned coming out of that corner. I'm screaming at him to let me off, but "this is the express and it don't stop, wussy boy"...
I felt embarrassed at how easy that jump really was. What can I say? A little liquid courage; a little more relaxed... I wasn't drunk, it was a private track, my day off, and I had a note from my mommy. Now I can do that double any time I want.
OK. So I am a good example of a bad example... Shame on me, but sometimes it works, 'cause I tend to ride too tense, even though I'm only racing myself.
Posted February 24, 2003 - 03:11 PM
To be honest, I will drink a few after everything is loaded and everybody is setting around bench racing but not to much because there still is the drive home.
Posted February 24, 2003 - 04:56 PM
Posted February 24, 2003 - 05:09 PM
With that said, being 95% trail rider, I'll admit to getting all the way over to Winter Park (or other towns), and having a Corona or two with my burger, so shoot me. You'll never catch me drunk on anything, 2 wheels, 4 wheels, one plank or two.
There's a reason they call it dope. Again, with that said, it's just something that's been part of our riding. But don't chastise me, because I don't expect others to understand, I'm just being honest and I make no concessions. I feel very comforable riding "relaxed" as do the rest of our large group, but it won't be that way for just anyone or everyone, so again in no way am I condoning it, it's a personal decision.
Ultimately, wait until your done, you'll thank yourself for it !!
Posted February 24, 2003 - 05:10 PM
There is a sub-culture of drinking while riding ATV's up here, and it's a bad scene. While out riding it's commonplace to come across groups of ATV riders on the trail that are literally too drunk to walk. Nature of the beast I suppose, compared to a bike it really doesn't take too much skill or co-ordination to keep an ATV rubber-side down, and I guess that it probably seems lot more exciting riding a four wheeler while hammered. These guys are ruining their sport, and ours too as off-road riders are often tarred with the same brush. When a couple of drunken a-holes on 700 Sportsmans shod with 28" Mudzillas leave a trail of beer cans and destruction behind, we all get blamed.
The same sort of attitude towards drinking and riding used to be the norm with snowmobilers as well, but that got cleaned up out of necessity. The general public viewed sledders as a bunch of drunken hooligans and it was hurting the sport. Drinking and riding a snowmobile now is almost universally frowned upon, and the sport is far, far better for it.
I know a few guys that smoke and ride, which is a bad idea too, although they usually seem to ride slower but appear to be having a great deal of fun . Personally I don't think that pot is any better or worse than alcohol, and just like booze is better left for after the ride or race.
Just my 3 1/2 cents.
Peace Eh - P.Z.
Posted February 24, 2003 - 06:18 PM
He had a wife and kids. His buddy flipped out - kept yelling "this isn't happening" over and over. I just looked at the bottles.
And not to make anyone mad or anything, but drinking to make you ride smoother? That's the dumbest thing I've heard in a long time. What makes you smoother is conditioning and practice - that's how you get confidence too - being able to ride is a wonderful thing, but people who don't work at it don't seem to last long in the sport. At least that's my experience, but hey, maybe it'll be different for you.
Posted February 24, 2003 - 06:35 PM
and a icechest mount on the rear fender?
Posted February 24, 2003 - 07:42 PM
You don't have to be drinking to be hurt or killed while riding. As far as the weed goes, well its not for me. I know people who wake and bake, burn and ride. I know a sponsered pro road racer the smokes serious crippie before every race, and a couple AA sponsered hare scramble racers that do it too. Bottom line is if your experienced and not foolish, its O.K. If you don't drink very often and go get hammered and ride something, your gonna either kill yourself or someone else.
Posted February 25, 2003 - 04:00 AM
Posted February 25, 2003 - 05:24 AM
For those pro riders having a puff before their race.. you just have to wonder how they'd be if they were straight. If it were me, without a doubt I'd be faster. Lots of times they are unsure of how they'd ride straight 'cause they just haven't done it for so long. You have to think the clearer thinking would equate to faster times.
Posted February 25, 2003 - 05:27 AM