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By Jef Mallett
Aug 17, 2013
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Caulfield: There goes something I don't understand. Frazz: You have to think like a physicist. It seems like the apparent wind would be pushing his shirt down. But the air above his shirt is "moving" faster than the air that's sheltered by his torso- moving air experts less pressure than still air, so the differential lifts his shirt the same way it lifts an airplane wing. Caulfield: I meant I don't understand why anybody would balance over an abrasive surface at 70 mph in shorts and a t-shirt. Frazz: You have to think like a 20-something who's been really lucky so far.
Aug 19, 2013
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    JanCinLV  over 4 years ago

    I once heard that there are only two kinds of motorcycle riders: Those who have been involved in an accident and those who will be involved in an accident. Both my husband and I are in the first category.

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    alviebird  over 4 years ago

    I see idiots around here riding motorcycles in sandals and flip-flops.

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    LeslieBark  over 4 years ago

    Before a young friend of mine bought leathers to wear on his motorcycle, he seemed to have more scab than skin from all the falls he took. Of course, he then ripped up his leathers a lot, but bruises hurt a lot less than road rash. Never broke any bones that I know of, so he was “really lucky so far”, unlike my 20-something dad who, back in ’49, was hit by a car which ran a red light. Dad had a compound fracture of his femur and was on crutches for six months.

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    LeoAutodidact  over 4 years ago

    Around here we refer to Guys riding in Shorts, T-Shirt and Sneaks as “Organ Donors”

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    curmudgeon68  over 4 years ago

    Simply put, “As velocity increases, pressure decreases.”

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    AshburnStadium  over 4 years ago

    Pennsylvania repealed its helmet law a few years ago. The vast majority of those who don’t wear helmets are riding Harley-Davidsons. It’s especially widespread among those who I call “pigs on hogs,” who are the ones who take on the “biker” look and remove the mufflers from their “hogs.”Most who ride “rice rockets” in PA still wear helmets.

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    black_knight15_au  over 4 years ago

    Thanks Jef, nice follow up to Rainbows a week or so ago

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    ellisaana GC Insider over 4 years ago

    There are a few things crazier. Sidecar racing for example.


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    jrfranks  over 4 years ago

    O, to be immortal. Again.

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    pauline_gangof4  over 4 years ago

    There are old motorcyclists, and there are bold motorcyclists. There are no old, bold motorcyclists,

    Doesn’t matter how good a rider you are if you’re sharing the road with an idiot. Defensive riding pays,

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    tahoeh2o  over 4 years ago

    Buy your son a motorcycle for his last Birthday…

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    Plods with Beer (did I mention beer?) GC Insider over 4 years ago

    He’s got his helmet on so they’ll have something left to identify after the crash.

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    FUNG1  over 4 years ago

    Always a good strip ! I Thought like a 20 Y O till my 50s …when I realized all my old ridin’ buddys were a LOT younger than I ! I decided I wanted to try to get older !A lot of the guys didn’t have that choice.

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    Ichabod Ferguson  over 4 years ago

    I really appreciate the effort Mallett puts into these Sunday strips. The artwork is superb and using a vertical format instead of the normal horizontal one today is surprisingly innovative and fits the theme perfectly.

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    Nighthawks GC Insider over 4 years ago

    observations from a cartoonist who is passed on the highway by crotch rocket rider wearing a t shirt.ideas come from strange places , but they do come

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    Nighthawks GC Insider over 4 years ago

    a 20 year old is invincible . right up until they find out they are not.

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    JudyAz  over 4 years ago

    The ultimate irony:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/03/motorcyclist-dies-helmet-protest_n_889427.html

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    exaltedwombat  over 4 years ago

    The strip gets the physics SO wrong! Why can airplanes fly upside-down?

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    Oclvroadbikerider  over 4 years ago

    And applies to a lesser degree to us bicyclist. I’ve been really lucky/ or just plain cautious for some 30 years/ 125K miles.

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    sbchamp  over 4 years ago

    Now THAT’s just crazy talk!

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    Seed_drill  over 4 years ago

    In SC he wouldn’t even be wearing a helmet.

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    Agent54  over 4 years ago

    And yet no one considers they are wrapping their privates around a 5 gallon gas tank sitting on top of a 500 degree easy bake oven, while racing down the highway of life.

    yeah – I been riding 40 years and had time to think about it. current bike has 112000 miles on it.

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    Ken M. GC Insider over 4 years ago

    As a former road cyclist, I can only say this… spandex pants and high-tech jerseys don’t hold up too well against asphalt at 45 mph either. I quit riding mostly because I’d been hit by a car once, and nearly hit a couple of times afterward. This despite being overly cautious, having blinking lights on the back and a strobe on the front. What ultimately made me quit, though, was all of the other careless, “I’m better than a car driver” idiot riders out there who give cyclists a bad rep. I hope Jeff is not in that group. Love the strip.

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    mudkid  over 4 years ago

    My personal injury lawyer told me that he would kick his kids out of his house if he ever caught them on or on the back of a motorcycle.

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    unca jim  over 4 years ago

    In 2002, I sold all my MC’s.. Fifty years of accident-free bug-killing was enough. Yet, I’m at the age and infirmity enough to be of no more help than to offer advice to wanna-be medicsat the scene of the accident: “DO NOT remove that helmet !!”Speed doesn’t kill, it’s that sudden stop that does.

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    Rwill  over 4 years ago

    When I was in college for Aircraft maintenance/flight training that is what the instructors always told us. Accidents don’t just happen they are caused by carelessness or negligence.

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    The Wolf In Your Midst  over 4 years ago

    Well, at least he’s wearing a helmet, but still… I remember a series of photographs I saw (inadvertently; some moron posted them for shock value on a forum) of a motorcyclist who’d been riding at high speeds and then gotten in an accident. They were five pictures of the same guy… in five different spots on the road.The human body is a soft and squishy thing, especially when physics has its way- and it ALWAYS does!

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    Radical-Knight  over 4 years ago

    Also, there’s also the sun and windburn factor when riding a scoot while wearing shorts and a t-shirt for any extended length of time on a sunny day.

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    Radical-Knight  over 4 years ago

    When I went down to purchase my first motorcycle, the salesman had the nerve to ask me what kind of biker I was… one that has or one that will. When I asked what he meant, he simply said, “Ever been pavement surfing?”

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    Tricia A. GC Insider over 4 years ago

    The accident I was in was caused by an idiot who turned left right in front of us. Luckily, none of my injuries were life-threatening, but I have a permanent limp.

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    Nabuquduriuzhur  over 4 years ago

    re: Punished Snake

    wear a mail shirt to protect your skin in the event of a wreck.


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    jessegooddoggy  over 4 years ago

    Yes, as soon as I read the strip I knew he would be complaining today! Frazz is such a breath of fresh air in this dumbed down world, and the artwork is terrific.

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    comics  over 4 years ago

    Not when a large dog runs in front of you. Nothing to do with “equipment” failure …

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    krisl73  over 4 years ago

    No matter how well you drive, you’re still at the mercy of every idiot who doesn’t notice you and might run into you. That’s why air bags and seat belts and crumple zones are so nice.

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    krisl73  over 4 years ago

    I was on a bicycle, crossing the street with a stop sign to stop a car. The car stopped in the middle of the crosswalk, hit my bike, and flung me over the handlebars. Thank goodness for helmets!

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    lindz.coop  over 4 years ago

    Only 70 mph — they are buzzing down the I75 at over 100 mph. I just read that “invincibility” ends at about age 25 — if they make it — and who is right or wrong doesn’t matter when you’re on a cycle.

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    Bargrove GC Insider over 4 years ago

    bigpuma: Please go away. Way far away.

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    Bargrove GC Insider over 4 years ago

    exaltedwombat: Thank you. I wasn’t sure anyone wasgoing to say this. It is the old theory but not the new.

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    HelmeetElGato  over 4 years ago

    Thanksthanksthanks! This is the kind of observation that make my life as an illustrator easier!

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    childe_of_pan  9 months ago

    Even riding a 150cc scooter, I have never ridden without helmet, leather jacket with padding, and leather gloves. I have heard people ask if it was necessary on such a small bike (especially since it was a scooter and therefore not a “real” motorcycle). My response: “If you hit pavement at 45 mph, pavement doesn’t care if you’re riding a 50 or an 1150.” (One small advantage of a scooter over a motorcycle: if you lay it down, the scooter won’t pin your leg.) (I did say small advantage.)

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    Bysshe  3 months ago

    That might have saved Duane Allman’s life.

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