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If someone says "Ride safe," how do you interpret it?

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    If someone says "Ride safe," how do you interpret it?


    Do you take it as them telling you to ride safely, like they don't trust you not to be a squid? Or do you take it as them saying they hope your ride is a safe one, sort of like "Be well"?

    I say it all the time. I usually mean it as the latter, like "go in a state of safety." But sometimes I wonder if people think I'm momming them.

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    Re: If someone says "Ride safe," how do you interpret it?

    As with everything in life, it depends on the context.

    If it's coming from a friendly person, perhaps another rider and they're wishing me an uneventful ride: Thanks and you too (if it applies)

    If it's coming from someone who thinks riding is too dangerous, or doesn't trust that I'm a safe rider: Thanks and go fuck yourself.

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    Re: If someone says "Ride safe," how do you interpret it?

    That's a license to do a brake stand and then unicycle away. No?

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    Re: If someone says "Ride safe," how do you interpret it?

    Slightly different, but in the same vein. It drives me nuts when I tell someone I'm going to the track and they respond with "don't hurt yourself". It's like WTF. Yeah,that's why I'm going to the track, I want to try and hurt myself. How about something positive like, "Good Luck", "Have Fun", etc... Noooo, let's make him feel like it is dangerous and we're never going to see him again. Selfish bastards...

    But in response to your question, OreoGaborio said it all.

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    Re: If someone says "Ride safe," how do you interpret it?

    Quote Originally Posted by PeaPod View Post
    Slightly different, but in the same vein. It drives me nuts when I tell someone I'm going to the track and they respond with "don't hurt yourself". It's like WTF. Yeah,that's why I'm going to the track, I want to try and hurt myself. How about something positive like, "Good Luck", "Have Fun", etc... Noooo, let's make him feel like it is dangerous and we're never going to see him again. Selfish bastards...

    But in response to your question, OreoGaborio said it all.
    haha. Not to derail it too far but it's like the guys (and gals) that I've tried to talk into going to the track and they go, "Nah, I don't feel like crashing my bike."

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    Re: If someone says "Ride safe," how do you interpret it?

    Quote Originally Posted by PeaPod View Post
    Slightly different, but in the same vein. It drives me nuts when I tell someone I'm going to the track and they respond with "don't hurt yourself". It's like WTF. Yeah,that's why I'm going to the track, I want to try and hurt myself. How about something positive like, "Good Luck", "Have Fun", etc... Noooo, let's make him feel like it is dangerous and we're never going to see him again. Selfish bastards...

    But in response to your question, OreoGaborio said it all.
    That's why they say break a leg, it's the opposite of be safe and thus breaks the curse of wishing someone well.

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    Re: If someone says "Ride safe," how do you interpret it?

    “Go fast, take chances.”

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    Re: If someone says "Ride safe," how do you interpret it?

    I'd take it as the first, unless there was reason for me to believe that they were anti motorcycle.

    If I know or think they might be a rider, I'd definitely think that it is the first meaning.

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    Re: If someone says "Ride safe," how do you interpret it?

    It's just something people say without a ton of meaning behind it. I get it all the time on the car side. "Drive safe" as I drop them off. At first I wondered if I drove a little too "Boston" for them but the number of people saying it had to be something else.

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    Re: If someone says "Ride safe," how do you interpret it?

    Drive fast eat ass

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    Re: If someone says "Ride safe," how do you interpret it?

    Quote Originally Posted by wiggeywackyo View Post
    That's a license to do a brake stand and then unicycle away. No?


    Quote Originally Posted by Chippertheripper View Post
    “Go fast, take chances.”
    Quote Originally Posted by jhawley View Post
    Drive fast eat ass

    Noted. I mean these things from now on.

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    Re: If someone says "Ride safe," how do you interpret it?

    just another way to say "keep the shiny side up"

    why in fuck get offended by what people say ?

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    Re: If someone says "Ride safe," how do you interpret it?

    These days, I wouldn't worry about how people interpret what is said. Seems people go out of their way to MIS-interpret things.

    Say nice things with good intentions and f*** em if they have a problem with it.

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    Re: If someone says "Ride safe," how do you interpret it?

    I wouldn't go so far as to say I think anyone is offended or has a problem with it. I was more just curious what it comes across as to most people. My "social/emotional intelligence" isn't high and there are occasionally those things where you think you're communicating one thing but it comes out as another.

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    Re: If someone says "Ride safe," how do you interpret it?

    Personally I hate it when I get the "ride safe" mini speeches just before a race weekend. I get it from my boss every time with fear in his eyes. Same with my parents and my wife and some friends. If anything it always kind of puts me on edge and i hate it. I always take it in my mind as a "be safe because you know what can happen"

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    Re: If someone says "Ride safe," how do you interpret it?

    I mostly hear this as a thing people "just say," with no real specific meaning intended at all.

    Convo end marker + some acknowledgment that I have ridden, am riding now, or intend to ride at some point in the future.

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    Re: If someone says "Ride safe," how do you interpret it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mgiossi View Post
    Personally I hate it when I get the "ride safe" mini speeches just before a race weekend. I get it from my boss every time with fear in his eyes. Same with my parents and my wife and some friends. If anything it always kind of puts me on edge and i hate it. I always take it in my mind as a "be safe because you know what can happen"
    I hear that...

    Ultimately, I understand they're trying to come from a good place which is why I put up with it... but sometimes those are the moments that I want to turn around and say "I know the fucking risk, I'm not a fucking child, I've made my decision, stop trying to persuade me away from my passion."

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    Re: If someone says "Ride safe," how do you interpret it?

    Lol so much butt hurt for someone wishing you well. Jesus christ

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    Re: If someone says "Ride safe," how do you interpret it?

    I simply say, "I shall," and ride away.

    The context usually seems to imply "I wish you well," so that reply seems to satisfy everyone.

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    Re: If someone says "Ride safe," how do you interpret it?

    I rode my Kawi H2 to the registry for my road test and the cop looked at the bike and said skip the road test and signed off on my license and said "you're gonna kill yourself".

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