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    A week ago, while on my way home from visiting friends in MO, my bike broke down on the side of the interstate. Luckily I was only around 90 miles from where most of my family lives and my brother was able to come get me. What got me thinking was this. I sat on the side of the road, fiddling with my bike trying to see if I could figure out what was wrong with it for over 2 hours and the only 2 people who stopped was a sherriff's deputy and a really cool older couple in a chopped 46 Ford. At least 20 bike rode by without most even acknowledging me at all. I have almost no skills when it comes to bike repair, but I have never rode by a broke down bike without stopping to see if there was anything I could do to help. I wasn't too worried because I knew someone was on the way to get me, but it just struck me as odd that not one single person on a bike thought to stop. Maybe I just look scarry!!?? ed
    Tommy
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    I always stop for a bike, always
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    • #3
      I always stop also, but maybe the cop glide scared em. lol
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      • #4
        Used to stop all the time. Got to the point I was stopping every 5 or 10 minutes for a guy stopped to smoke, scratch his ass, make a cell phone call.... Now, it I don't get eye contact, or they are obviously in trouble I'll wave and look for a sign.
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        • #5
          Like u Tommy I lack in the technical dept but I at the least slow down and ask em if they need a phone to make a call!!
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          • #6
            Well with just about anyone and everyone these days having a cell phone I think most people think why bother they probably already called someone.
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            • #7
              The wife and I always at least stop as ask if they need help. Like screwball said, here when it gets hot you see tons of bikes on the side of the road taking rest/smoke breaks. But you can for the most part tell when someone is broke down... Usually fiddling with something.
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              • #8
                I always stop to see if everything is ok.
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                • #9
                  Like everyone else, I will always stop, or hit the horn and give a thumbs up to see if I get one back.
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                  • #10
                    I stop if it looks like they need help. 4 way flashers or a bandana on the mirror is usually what I look for.
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                    • #11
                      I usually make eye contact and get the OK wave before I move on. Sorry you did not have a better response from fellow riders.
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                      • #12
                        I always slow, stop or get some sort of signal before passing by.
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                        • #13
                          yep.. I always slow down and try to get a thumbs up or down.. too may times I have stopped to a guy rippin off his gloves tryin to make a run for tha woods.. lol
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                          • #14
                            I was riding Friday afternoon and saw a bike on the sidewalk in between the road and a convenience store parking lot on a busy road out at the mall. The store parking lot had tall landscaping so the only way he could have got on the sidewalk was from the road at the crosswalk at the light. The concrete curb is lowered to asphalt level at the crosswalk for pedestrians. Dude was on an Ultra. While pulling in to the store parking lot to see if the dude needed help a Street Glide pulled in from the other entrance to see if everything was ok.

                            Turns out the guy was from Tennesee riding through town and had stopped there intentionally to take some pics for a ride report he was doing for H.O.G. magazine. So the three of us are standing there shooting the chit, and a pickup pulled up to see if everything was cool. Turned out I knew the dude in the pickup (he rides) so now there are four of us out there shooting the chit.

                            Man, it was hot that day so we all said later and went about our business. You break down up here, ya just might start a party. As long as it ain't too hot.
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                            • #15
                              That's a funny story Strat! Too bad you will not be the centerfold for the next publication!

                              I also slow down for a signal to see if they are OK. Common courtesy!
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