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Ok fellow riders/jockies/pilots. I layed awake last night for a few hours just imagining what kinds of things I can do to the real pain in the rear ignorant tailgaters, you know the types, up my tail so far, I could almost see the peachfuzz on their lips if it was daytime, blinded by the light takes on a whole new meaning here folks.
I do get them once in awhile, most back off with my new light show and me thumbing behind me, works for most, but I got one Thursday evening on my way home from work around 7:30 that just fired me up, I did several wave off attempts, brake lights on for a half mile, slowing down until I have a quarter mile open road in front of me, then waving her off, Yes it was a small women, then launching away at a high rate, twice, she still don't get it, single lane Maryland crappy roads, with the new triple yellow lines Highway 32, in Sykesville area. (wow I'm not impressed) anyway, she's back on my ass again, so close I was getting very uptight, now, 900 pound touring rig, my big ass 295, all leather, boots included, black helmet, all of my lights working perfect, this women is up on me tight again, now about the forth time, so I say *&^( It and just pull over, she blasts past me right up to a cage bumper in front of me, So it's confirmed, it's not just bikes, but anyone in front of her !
So now I got a wide center turn lane, I pull back out behind her and check the vehicle out, I was so fuming at this time, all I got was the last three and vehicle type, I'm looking for this women, back to the turning median, I pull up on her drivers side and ride formation for a few hundred yards, she's pretending she don't see or hear me, I got a good look this time, I'm watching for this one. As now that I remembered her tag, I have seen her before, I think were both on the same type of work schedule. As it's been in the am and pm.
Ok folks, I did the only sane thing at the time, and pulled over, the few motorists behind her watched what was going on, they couldn't have missed it, I was so close to just stopping the flow and going back for some yelling. But I know I would have lost it and started doing some damage to her vehicle. So I didn't stop.
Ok for the fun part of this topic, besides me either blasting away from the idiot, or pulling over, yes I sometimes do the old salute, this works most of the time. But I'm trying to be decent here.
What are some of the things you fellow riders have done to these very persistant ignoramouses, or (BDI) brain dead individuals. I'm going to wait for some fun answers and see if anyone comes up with some of my old tricks, old stuff learned from my biker dad back in the day. Note I do enjoy my freedom and don't want anyone hurt but holly crap batman, do I need load up with a Bat or Fireaxe ? lol.
Oh and I'm a former LEO (20 years ago). So I do know what can happen out there. You know we former LEO's have feelings too !. And can get hurt the same as anyone.

Ok let em fly boys and girls.
 

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I had always thought about putting a few golf balls in my left jacket pocket and start ejecting them one at a time when somebody follows too closely. I have a different strategy when driving the F350 on the highway while in either the slow lane or in the fast lane which is to just drift over far enough to start kicking up road debris resting on the sides of the road.
 

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Yep, I also drive a full sized truck !

A 98 Silverado with a real steel bumper, and I can just let off on the gas and it will get there attention, but I never have that much of a problem with TG'rs when driving the 24' 3 ton truck lol. Just the half ton bike. I'm laughing about what a very ripe tomato would do to someones nerves going splat on the windshield. But I'd go nuts trying to keep semi rotten tomato's with me lol !. Plus the word would get out pretty fast, and we may have a tomato war going on lol !. I can just see the news caster doinks explaining that situation. Oh they'd screw it up also l lol.
But 14mpg versus 40mpg is a hard decision lol.

Keep em coming, I'm waiting to see some really funny stuff.
 

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Is it not possible in your state to call the State Police and report a Tailgaiter? They are just as dangerous as a drunk or the person driving erraticly. Or like the father on the news lately that had his 9 year old daughter drive him home becasue he was drunk. These people can be reported easily and annonymously.too. HaVE A GOOD REVENGE and let the cops do their jobs.
 

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In a perfect world this would help but !

In Maryland, people do call in allot of things, and the responding officer is advised to find the target of the complaint and observe and take the required action, now this means an officer has to be close, have accurate info for locations, speed, vehicle discription. And also has to witness related actions from the reported vehicle/driver. If nothing is found or noticed, then nothing will happen. It's not the Leo's fault that they can't be everywere all the time, it's just life. Now a few other things to remember here, I can't call on my cell, while riding, even though I'm wearing a blutooth headset, I couldn't hear them and I doubt they'd hear me, also it's been my prior experience as a LEO, that a large number of the people calling are quite often the root of the problem, or the real culprit and either to ignorant to realize what their lack of driving skills are doing to the flow of traffic. Or just too dumb to know anything but call and complain to the over worked LEO's. You don't know how many Field interviews I had to take (basic complaint form) from total idiots with no feet to stand on, and we would be so tempted to tell them off, but being a pro, we can't call it like we see it. Stupid things like, he was speeding, oh how fast, we can't even do that, although we do get a pretty good idea after running radar for so many years and watching traffic on a daily basis.
Oh he/she was driving fast and dangerous, oh actually you had your head up your ass, driving around texting, and someone passed your dumb ass ricky tick, so who's the actual bad driver here. So in Maryland, the state with the lowest driving skill sets I have ever seen in my 50 plus years all over the states and world. The Leo's can't take the word of a typical 911 calling motorist, all by it self, it would be a mess and half to get these callers into court, it's tough enough getting the Leo's into court for their own witnessed violations. And the typical public don't want to get involved. heard it a million times myself from complainants
does this make sense ?
 

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i don't really have a problem with tailgaters when i'm on my bike here. if someone does get too close, i can usually just shift lanes and dart up ahead a few cars and so forth. if i don't have room to switch lanes, i'll turn my head around and look directly at them for a moment and they seem to get the hint when i do that. just gotta make sure i've got room between the car in front of me and i don't look back too long
 

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I hate tailgaters also.When it happens I flash by brake light a couple of times.If they don't get the picture I will look at them and if they still don't get the picture then I slow down,way down.If they are really stupid I just pull over and let them pass.I have always wanted to carry a pocket full of steel balls or marbles.I think that would be most awsome to drop a couple.Just my thoughts don't act on them.
 

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Hasn't been a big problem for me (yet). First thing I do, whether in my car or on the bike, is slow down and increase the following distance to the car in front of me. As my instructor told me, "You don't want to be the ham in the ham sandwich".

As for giving them the bird or equivalent, the other piece of advice I got was a motorcycle will always lose against a car in a case of road rage. There are a lot of high strung people out there. Be safe.
 

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It isn't a big problem here but when it happens I just pull over and let them by. I'm not going to ruin my day over it nor am I going to put myself in the dangerous situation of them hitting me in the rear.


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You guys hit on most of the idea's I was thinking about.

OK fellow riders, good topics and methods, first of all, this is Maryland the land of zillions of miles of single lane roads, with very few passing area's, so your stuck with the heavy flow of traffic on roads designed for 1/20 of this volume, no way to pass legally.
I'm kind of thinking of a mini gun mounted on my King tourpack trunk, with a lcd sighting system in my fairing, I could just shoot paint balls, cover the windshield, lol, kidding here !, no it's a rare day when a tailgator don't get the idea to back off, I have slowed way down, and shook my gloved big hands at a few, it works 98% of the time, this one I got recently was just brain dead and in one hell of a hurry, and I'm still watching for her, again.
Like I said, I value my freedom, and safety, so I won't toss a brick over my shoulder or anything like that, but if I see her again, I'm going to follow her, and call our local LEO's for some paper work. I'll gladly go to court for something like this.

Ride safe out there.
 

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When i was younger i would do such things as....

If you have a cup holder on your bike try a cup of 2-3 day old soda (Coke, Pepsi, Orange Crush...etc). It makes for a sticky mess on a windshield. There is lots of ideas for cup 'fillers': eggs, paint (water soluable as you will probably pay for damages), bearing grease, etc... i'm sure you get the idea:)

That said, now that i'm older i usually think along the lines of redcat and a little bit of mole2 mixed in. You never know how the other nutcase is going to react. I would still like to hear that she got what she deserved.
 

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It has only happened a few times to me so far but we have multi lane roads in most areas around here. Once my boyfriend chased the guy down (there was a cop or I am sure he would have lost a side mirror) and then when our light turned green and I got up next to his open window I made sure to blow his ears out with my pipes after I loudly openly question his manhood. The other time it happened was on my way to work and a women decides I was not going fast enough for her and races past me flipping me off. I just made sure to catch up to her (once I was off the one lane road with hidden driveways the reason I was going the speedlimit). I made sure she got a good look at my NRA sticker on my helmet and I pointed at it and smerked. Yah she was freaked out after that. I then just happened to be going the same way as her for about three miles and I made sure she knew it.
 

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i'll turn my head around and look directly at them for a moment and they seem to get the hint when i do that.
That seems to work pretty well for me most of the time, too. It's pretty obvious when you suddenly turn into an owl and stare right at them. :)

One morning on the way to work I did that, and it didn't work. But since the person was close enough to me to see her clearly, I recognized her uniform as someone that works at the same place as me. We happened to meet up after we both parked and she got an earful. Her excuse for riding my ass was that she was running late; I calmly pointed out to her that she'd be running a lot later if I had had to nail the brakes and she had run me over. She's never been anything but nice to me since.:rolleyes:
 

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Two words:

snot rockets.......
 

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I carry some small ball bearings in my pocket, never had to use them but my thinking is just to throw a few straight up and let them drive into em, don't even think they would figure out where they came from.
So far all I have had to do was slow down and gesture for them to back off, they have always done one of two things, backed off or went around.
I hate people on my ass, except of course my wife :)

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