No Heart

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This is about the people driving on the road, not everyone but just about. I have been riding bikes for almost two years in Kuwait, and I have been riding for five years in the US. I know that there is an inherent danger in riding, and riding in Kuwait is at another level of its own.

This is about when I’m holding my own lane or planning to pass car. I have been swept aside by cars who want to get into the lane, or people who just don’t care even after noticing. Its as if the drivers don’t care about hurting other people, they don’t give space or move out of the way. My riding is extremely tactful, I know I’m an aggressive rider, but I really have to curb myself when there are cars on the road because you really have to expect the worse from them. Even after they notice you, some people try to squeeze you in, and I have a situation where a man after seeing opens his doors intentionally and looks me in the face, acting like he wants to get something out of the back. I didn’t react to him, I just let it go and moved on. The thing is I know that in Kuwait a hit and run isn’t considered a really serious offense and they don’t make a real effort to find the person who caused the accident, so if they hit you they would just run away while your laying on the ground.

I knew that people drive badly in Kuwait, but I didn’t think that they had no heart to the point they don’t care about inflicting pain to a person riding a motorcycle. I try to ride fast enough to Keep my distance from all cars because its safer to be riding alone on the road then next to other cars.

And that aside, I want to say thank you to EVERYONE who gives a motorcycle space to ride through while stopped at traffic or lets them through when they are going faster, or even being considerate to them. Those who give me space I always wave to, because I want them to do that again to any other person on a motorcycle. I want to thank those people who are considerate to those motorcyclists who are idiots on the motorcycles who are trying to slow traffic down to look at someone or to perform stunts in the middle of traffic, I know they are stupid, but thank you to those who are considerate enough not to hurt them.

Its frustrating try to get people to respect or be considerate to motorcyclists on the road when there are idiots on motorcyclist, but thank you to everyone who is! This was just on my mind after a few good and bad experiences I have had with people on the road! I will always keep riding, and keep on riding! And I want anyone who does ride to enjoy it!

A guy who is just trying to enjoy life!

11 Comments

  1. Even though I do not drive a motorcycle, I know how you feel. It is not only about motorcycles but like you said, people should be even more considerate to those on bikes. But some of these people just don’t give.. I also am an aggressive tactical driver, and I’m always cautious and always try to keep plenty of openings incase something goes wrong. However, sometimes I do feel pressured to hammer the gas pedal and swerve past idiots and crazy drivers, but without being wreckless. I love giving space to motorbikes and buggies etc (even tho buggies shouldn’t be driven on the road!) I don’t think driving in this country will change anytime soon, so for now drive safe bro.

  2. Man i know how you feel, i ride with a buddy of mine and its really bad, my friends just keeps his hand on the horn and headlights, but the problem really is older women, these are the bombs. T/K

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  4. I usually make way for the bikers .. People tend to drive them off the road. I suggest you carry a pair of brass knuckles to break windows when people get to close.

  5. I feel you Zouk but somehow they fear a Harley more than other Bikes, maybe its the loud noise from the exhaust or the perception that harley riders are bad people but overall they seem to respect harley’s more than other bikes.

  6. I know what you mean about people who really for some strange reason want to hurt the motorcycle riders! I remember telling my dad (in Kuwait) about a car in front of me that laid on or as you called it squeezed a motorcyclist, and the rider barely survived a hard fall! What my dad’s response was GOOD HE SHOULDN’T BE ON A BIKE FROM THE FIRST PLACE, THEY SHOULD BAND ALL MOTORCYCLES!

    WHAT???? I hope not! I just survived a motorbike accident 2 months before that, (my dad didn’t know about the accident ;) ) because of one of these kind of stupid drivers that don’t care about us!

    I really hope the riders start loosing the stunts performing, because I do think it’s stupid. And I also want to join Marzouq and thank every one that respects or just are considerate to the riders! :)

  7. I know how you feel bro. The image people have about bikers in kuwait is real bad thanks to all the idiotic stunters out there.
    I’ve been riding for more than a decade but now after coming to kuwait I dont know if I should continue. I’ve seen a guy in a beat-up maxima try to run a fireblade off the road, people in kuwait have some kinda sadistic pleasure in all this.
    Hopefully things will change for the better,
    till then..Ride safe

  8. zouk, idiots all over the road man! donno how these r guys getting licenses! bike or car or truck …they dont care anyone on the road..these idiots feel the roads are their family property and his / her dad owns 99% of stake in fahaheel express company!….

  9. 1. may allah keep you safe
    2. i know when i drive and i a see a bike i am more careful

  10. Transparently: I know what you mean, I know it might not change but its damn frustrating!

    Qaiss: Man I keep my hand on the brake ready to squeeze hard and avoid whatever is thrown at me!

    K: I was thinking about that! Breaking windows, but too much effort! hehehe

    fadibou: Your about people being more aggressive to sportbikes then harleys and you can see it. But overall they don’t give riders a second thought and it drives me nuts!

    Nora: I hope your ok!! U never mentioned it! What kind of accident did you have? R u OK? I agree with you its those drivers that cause us problems!

    Mathew: Yeah I agree with you, some of these drivers have some screwed up mentality. Thats why I try to get away quickly! To survive!

    Cyber: I agree with you 100%, all I’m saying is that they don’t realize the damage they do to motorcyclists is lethal!

    Laiayly: Thank you! :)

  11. God keep them safe,,
    i always try my best to let them pass,, but i hate it when the bikers ignore the lanes and swing between here and there

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