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Young Thai Big Bikers, Mentally Retarded?

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Yesterday, Sunday, I witnessed by far the scariest thing I have ever seen on Thai roads, and I ve been here 12 years and I ve seen some stuff. I live at Moo Bahn Sansaran, Nongkwai, the start of the "Samoeng Loop" road.  As you will all know, the Samoeng road is a fairly narrow two way road, with turns on and off the road every few metres, with shops, restaurants, bars, villages, hotels, resorts, etc etc etc. On a daily basis people constantly turning on and off the road at very regular intervals, people just going about their daily business, including me.

 

At about 2pm I had to pop down to the 7/11 just past the traffic lights as you start up the Samoeng Road, and in the little parking area outside the 7/11, there must have been about 20 or so "big bikes", all youngish Thai riders in their leathers etc. There was obviously some kind of "meeting/ day out" taking place. Suddenly, as I stood in front of the 7/11, I heard a noise I have only heard before when attending motor racing tracks, the huge roar of big bikes going at Formula 1 type speeds, and as I stood there, astonished, four bikes flew past the 7/11 and up the Samoeng Road travelling at, I kid you not, well in excess of 100 MPH. As they went by, you didnt see them as such, they went by in a blur.

 

Now, bear in mind this is an extremely busy domestic road. My Moo Bahn entrance is about 700 metres past the 7/11. Had I pulled out onto the road at exactly the same time as these people, they would, at those speeds have been on top of me in less than 10 seconds! Before anyone thinks I m exaggerating, I promise you I m not. At the speeds these bikes were travelling, on the road they were using, I simply find it hard to believe that some accident catastrophe wouldnt have taken place soon after what I saw.

 

I know this "big bike" thing has recently become fashionable for youngish ( affluent?) Thais.....just another way to kill yourself, I guess.....but is it now happening all around Chiang Mai?  This was just mental. And by the way, yes, they could have been part of the "foreigner biker fraternity", but I genuinely dont think they were. I know quite a number of those guys, and simply dont believe that they would take the kind of "death wish risk" that these idiots were taking yesterday. Of course, it goes without saying, no cops anywhere to be seen.

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As Ive said in another forum, it appears there is very little in the way of driver education here.  At it appears the BiB dont give a rats arse as to enforcing the rules.  If there is no revenue to be made then why bother seems to be the prevalent mind set.

 

Of course I could be completely wrong and the BiB are covertly collecting information on all these types of activities.  A big crackdown is only days away!  I would think any planning in this regard is likely to be a big 'crackup"

 

I agree there are some idiots on them thar roads....and all we can do is try and avoid them as best we can.

 

Perhaps if the men in top positins were to engage the help of some Western police enforcement officers, then they may learn how to do their job properly?  Nah dont be stupid.... we dont like a nanny state and hell afterall this is our country.  We know how to run it.

 

OK sarcasm over...

 

  Be safe out their guys (And guyesses)

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It is well known that

 

1. Thais frequently and flagrantly disobey traffic laws

2. Thailand has a very high death and serious injury rate from traffic accidents

3. Enforcement of traffic laws is pitiful, particularly moving offences as these are more "tedious" to enforce.

4. Driver training is almost completely absent. Most riders learn by copying their older relatives and mates.

 

Scale up these facts from a Honda Wave to a CBR 650F or bigger and you get exactly the same traits and driving behaviour except with much more HP, acceleration and speed.

 

Take a video. Post it on Facebook. This is how to get action from the authorities these days.

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Posted (edited)

To be more realistic;

Young Thai [  replace with near any nationality in the world ] Big Bikers, Mentally Retarded?

 

PS   And add to your original with young and older foreigners in Thailand doing the same thing as the young Thais.

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Thirty five million Thai men..if half of the short ones have Napoleon Complex, that means a lot of people on big bikes.  I saw some jackass racing on campus earlier...yes , would like to post a video of it.

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7 hours ago, cornishcarlos said:

 

These days, there is always someone that will be offended... Sign of the times !! 

 

Retarded...  slow or limited in intellectual or emotional development :

 

Its descriptive, end of story...

Retarded is not the correct word to use. Selfish, ignorant, stupid even, but many non retarded people behave in the way you have described.

I have seen many ignorant etc young farangs behaving in the same way on big bikes in Pattaya.

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If you'd had to pull out onto the main road wouldn't you have to "give way" anyway? 

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1 hour ago, sharktooth said:

If you'd had to pull out onto the main road wouldn't you have to "give way" anyway? 

Sigh......are you just being provocative or deliberately obtuse?  Let me spell it out ( again). When you come onto the Samoeng Road from my Moo Bahn, you can see about  150 metres in both directions due to bends in the road. If some idiot is driving a big bike at 100 miles an hour he will be on top of you in less than 10 seconds.  OK? Got it now?

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10 hours ago, Briggsy said:

It is well known that

 

1. Thais frequently and flagrantly disobey traffic laws

2. Thailand has a very high death and serious injury rate from traffic accidents

 

 

This is probably why other countries don't need traffic police/highway patrol, etc.

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11 hours ago, tonray said:

Really not restricted to Young Thai men/boys. The difference is that culturally here no responsible adult is going to tell them what asses they are. I have seen my old school students pile  onto bikes going the wrong way on a major highway when leaving school to avoid traffic and Thai school staff standing right there in front of the school don't bat an eye. That is the problem.

 

Happens all the time back home, too.  Young, bulletproof kids feeling their oats at the same time their after school job throws off enough cash for a starter crotch rocket.  

 

It's not a cultural thing.  It's an enforcement thing.  The difference is that cops back home just love busting their balls (and I mean that in a good way- it saves lives).  And have the equipment, training and political will and backing to put a stop to it, regardless of who their fathers are.  The standard line when I was a kid at that age was that you can outrun the cops' Fords, but not their Motorolas.  (It was actually can't outrun their Philco's, but most folks wouldn't get the reference to Ford and Philco)

 

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3 hours ago, thaibeachlovers said:

Retarded is not the correct word to use. Selfish, ignorant, stupid even, but many non retarded people behave in the way you have described.

I have seen many ignorant etc young farangs behaving in the same way on big bikes in Pattaya.

 

I didn't describe people behaving in any way, that would be the OP

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