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View Poll Results: Have you consumed alcohol and rode before?
Never, it's just stupid. 49 54.44%
Once or twice, Never again. 15 16.67%
Every now and again but nothing crazy. 23 25.56%
I ride a Harley, of course I drink and ride. 3 3.33%
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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 02-25-2008, 07:30 PM Thread Starter
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Drinking and riding

Who has had some amount of alcohol and ridden a motorcycle somewhere?

I'll start it off by saying that when I was 20 I went out with a number of friends and had 4 beers over the course of an hour or so and rode my GS500e home. I made it home safely but it threw off my balance so much that it was like learning to ride all over again, I told myself then that drinking and riding didn't make sense and haven't done it since.

It's a private poll so don't worry about hiding your identity, but let us know if you've drank and rode before.


EDIT: Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, don't get all preachy here, I think we all realize that it's not the smartest/safest thing to do, but at the same time, we're not exactly the smartest/safest group of people to begin with, after all, we ride motorcycles, this isn't chicagolandHummerowners.com

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post #2 of 32 (permalink) Old 02-25-2008, 07:35 PM
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Yeah, I've done it a coupla times but only for a short distance (I know that's not an excuse) and only after 1-2 beers over an hours time. I didn't think or feel buzzed at all but I did notice I was more throttle happy than normal.
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Never...I can barely drive a car with a beer under my belt....I couldn't imagine riding a motorcycle.

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I have but it is only 1 beer for 1 hour and it would only be 2 hours max. I only do that once in a great while. I don't make it a habit.
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I have but it is only 1 beer for 1 hour and it would only be 2 hours max. I only do that once in a great while. I don't make it a habit.

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I once had a few and then went to push my bike about 15 feet to another parking spot and almost dropped it about 5 times. I knew from that I should never drink and ride.

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I think once I maybe had A beer an hour or so before I got back on the bike. That barely counts.
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On a fiddy, yeah.

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On the fiddy it is a requirment to have at least 2 40oz before operating.
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On the fiddy it is a requirment to have at least 2 40oz before operating.
And then another in your left hand while riding?
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Once upon a time. Never ended well, just ended with me saying "whoa... that was stupid"

Worst case was me getting blotto and riding a barely road worthy motorcycle with no gear through three states...because I got lost. True story.
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i crashed my fiddy at MAM cause i was kindof drunk, doing a wheelie, while drinking a beer and riding thru the Paddock.

street i have had drinks, but i spred them over a decent time.. whatever happened to poser nights?

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What's the differance between drinking and riding and drinking and driving? I sense that on this site people find it more acceptable to drink and drive. Why is that so much safer? Or do I have the wrong impression and no one is really getting as smashed as they claim at these social gatherings? Or they are making ohter arrangements, etc. I am a bit confused here.

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I was in my teens back in the 80's Did some stupid things back then. I'm really lucky I never crashed my bikes. Needless to say I dont do those things anymore.

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What's the differance between drinking and riding and drinking and driving? I sense that on this site people find it more acceptable to drink and drive. Why is that so much safer? Or do I have the wrong impression and no one is really getting as smashed as they claim at these social gatherings? Or they are making ohter arrangements, etc. I am a bit confused here.
I'll drive after a couple drinks (read 2-3) if they are over the course of a couple of hours. Riding requires being more alert and constant worry about some idiot not seeing you. It's not that I don't pay attention when I'm driving, it's just that riding requires more attention and quicker reactions.

If I've got a DD then it's drinking time.


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Never -
Unless you count drinking at night and then riding the morning after which we do most every weekend.
Ever blow into a breathalysers after a night of drinking when you jump on the bike? I bet some people would still be over the legal limits, and some still considered trashed.
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What's the differance between drinking and riding and drinking and driving? I sense that on this site people find it more acceptable to drink and drive. Why is that so much safer? Or do I have the wrong impression and no one is really getting as smashed as they claim at these social gatherings? Or they are making ohter arrangements, etc. I am a bit confused here.
Interesting point! I would guess that drinking & riding puts one's self at more risk, but drinking & driving seems like a bigger threat to the other motorists.
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On the fiddy it is a requirment to have at least 2 40oz before operating.
i rigged a reverse sobriety tester on mine. Must blow over.08 to operate

and no, will never touch a drop and jump in the saddle.

to jrocks point, it is a good one and both are very unacceptable. as Troy said though on a bike your risking yourself alot more and in the car your risking everybody else around you.

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I never have. I am not really a big drinker anyway. The most I will have is 2 beers if I'm out and know I am driving. But I would never up the risk factor by drinking then getting on my bike. I know some who do and when they aren't drunk they ride like idiots so I can't imagine the way they ride when they have been drinking.

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I was in my teens back in the 80's Did some stupid things back then. I'm really lucky I never crashed my bikes. Needless to say I dont do those things anymore.
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Change the 80s to 70s and you have me. Very stupid. It's been over 30 years since I've drunk and rode. Oh, working in an ER right after collage cured that impulse real quick.

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there were a couple comments made about being more alert on a bike than driving a car so it's not as bad if you've had a couple then go driving...by that logic you're saying bikes are hard to see by most drivers and most are sober. So now you've been drinking, it's probably night, have bikes become easier to see that it doesn't matter? Is it their responsiblity to get out of your way? Does it even matter because you're not the one sliding across the pavement? If bikes are hard to see in the day and sober why is drinking, even a couple, and driving at anytime alright?
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The most I ever had was 5 beers and rode, but when you're used to drinking a 30 pack in a evening, 5 is hardly enough to get a buzz. Honestly though, I really try not to drink and ride at all, every once in a while when I feel the need to pose.

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