Does anybody remember Firestone 500's? Steel belts would peel right out of the tread. We can all find tires that have poor track records. Firestone 721's were better. That's how tire manufacturing goes, just like other industries. Engineers design a product and test it. They qualify its use and purpose. They test it and spent huge amounts of money. There are load, compound, heat, pressure, and speed ratings. The same with motorcycle tires. I don't want anybody who knowingly puts safety at risk,to be on the roads I may be on, as well. When you knowingly ignore common sense rules, and threaten the lives and well being of others, are you surprised that people question your judgement?
The trucker I previously mentioned: He thought he was "super trucker". Tailgating a middle aged couple down a mountain pass (that was known for runaway trucks), must have seemed to him to be our fault. Don't we know he has a schedule to keep? What are we doing on that road on a motorcycle? Why don't we go faster than 75 mph, downhill?
Don't we understand how much weight he was carrying?
Of course, dumbass didn't know me. He had no clue I wasn't some yuppie who never turned a wrench. He didn't know that I could school him on all of the tractors and mid range trucks I worked on that had brake system failures. He never saw a brake pad, 3/4" thick, crack, or a brake drum as big as a tub, separate itself from its own hub. He hadn't seen wheel bearings welded onto their axle, due to heat and lack of maintenance, where you had to cut it apart with a torch. He didn't know the bikers I had known, killed due to arrogant dummys like him.
I thought of following his smartass to the truck stop and giving him hell. But my wife didn't need to be terrorized any further. I also knew down deep, it wouldn't have done any good. He was so into being a wild ass cowboy trucker, he had no concept of how stupid he really was and how little he really knew. He THOUGHT he knew, but "He didn't know, what he didn't know".
Hard to respect people who's pride in their ignorance outweighs consideration of anyone who unfortunately happens to be around them, when they get their reward for their arrogance.
If you guys want to ignore common sense, go ahead, but don't ask me to cheer you on.
Last edited by Hathaway; 05-18-2019 at 10:21 AM.