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  1. Unclezip says:

    I used to stop every half-mile to clean my face-plate in the Bayous at night. Green goo forever! And in Oregon this time of year you’ll get clouds of tiny, soft white midges which mix with the drizzle. Nasty shit, that.

  2. nwoldude says:

    Alaska roadtrip badge of honor?

  3. dotacion says:

    I left Tempe AZ early one fine morning (still dark) in Jun 1977 on my Kawasaki wearing a 3/4 helmet with a plexiglass face shield. Which was getting plastered with something. It was actually getting darker outside which was wired. I used my glove as a wiper and kept rolling. I assumed it was mud or something- I don’t know what- to do with being in an agricultural area. A little while later, it was lighter outside and I got off my bike for gas only to find a sleeping gas station attendant. Pump was unlocked so ‘ oh well’ he’ll wake up when he hears the noise. Nope. I knocked on the glass of the office. The guy was still out, sawing logs. Surreal. I left $2 in the office under an empty coffee cup. (The tab was slightly less but I had no change.)
    I inspected the detritus on my bike headlight and ‘windshield’ and scratched my head for a few minutes… until I realized it were bugs. ew. Smaller bugs than those in the pic above.
    Grabbed the Windex and a few paper towels next to the pump and wiped everything down (the bug goo was still moist thankfully). Started up, turned my head and yep, attendant was still asleep.
    Gunned it and headed for LA.
    tl;dr: #metoo

  4. Bob says:

    Those are “love bugs” in the Florida upper to mid sections. They are a mess and they will take the paint off your vehicle in a very short time. Don’t ask, J hawker in the south thing.

    • singlestack says:

      They’re so bad in south Florida that they’ll stop up your radiator and prevent airflow through it. People mount “bug screen”, which is just a piece of window screen with grommets for bungee cords, to the front of their cars to prevent this.
      The best thing to take off the bug splats on the paint is Coke.
      We’ve had them in Mississippi ever since Katrina brought them from Florida. They’re not the scourge here that they are in Florida – yet, but they’re multiplying.

  5. Greg B says:

    Been there. Done that.
    Not Alaska, but riding through Missouri into Arkansas at night. Everything not covered by the fairing was a mass of matted insects.

  6. Roger says:

    The little bastards are in south Florida too. They will take paint off are difficult to remove and they STINK when they are a mashed slurry.

  7. riverrider says:

    nah, gas is only 3 plus bucks at the station behind him. mine was like that one night coming back from the grand canyon to flagstaff. wouldn’t wipe off either, like pine resin. had to ride without n eat bugs the rest of the way. somebody had acetone at the hotel and that just barely cut it off.

  8. Rob says:

    Found Spring!

  9. Judy says:

    Not Alaska, Marathon is only in the Eastern USA.

    And thank God they aren’t June bugs, those damn things hurt at 60mph.

  10. OhioGuy says:

    Sandflies and ‘Canadian soldiers’ (Mayflies) used to be so thick in the summer you’d have to pound on doors before opening them to drive off critters, or else the house would fill up. All along Erie’s shoreline, standard operating

    Saw cars slide … SLIDE ! … through intersections on Lake Road on a layer of flies.

  11. Chris says:

    Ran into a cloud of them little green fuckers riding through the panhandle of Texas one night back in ’74. Damn near puked in the helmet.

  12. Lofty says:

    Shit, it wasn’t till I read the comments that I realised it is a helmet..At first look I thought it was an outboard motor cover, and I wondered how the fuck you drive a boat backwards so fast to smash bugs without swamping your boat.
    I need new specs!

  13. Tennessee Budd says:

    I’ve had enough bugs on my face shield I’ve at times just used the squeegee to clean it. Been known to go to a car wash & blast my jacket with the wand.

  14. eeewwww!>luis says:

    Reminds me when I shake out my underwear.

  15. Brian says:

    Not Alaska. Gas prices WAY too low.

  16. Gater, OKC says:

    Another bad bunch is brine flies, outside Salt Lake City in May.

    Nasty buggers.

  17. Steve in KY says:

    Thats a FZ6 yamaha. I put over 80,000 miles on mine before I sold it. Just a great bike.

  18. Ed357 says:


    My son sent me a pic…..they’re swarming Slidell, LA.

  19. rick says:

    At least they ain’t butterflies. Hitting those is like flying though a bucket of paint.

    • =TW= says:

      I ran through swarms of little yellow butterflies on 395 up around Bridgeport once. Face shield loaded up ’till you couldn’t see thru it. All the bikers on the road were yellow on the front half. After a while it was just comical.
      Still, better than June Bugs.

  20. Bacon says:

    And yet, after all of those comments, the fact remains that the continental US has one of the lowest levels of insect problems in the entire world.

    Despite our black widows and grey recluses, we have far fewer poisonous spiders than most regions.
    The middle east and north Africa have regular locust swarms that darken the sky and decimate crops.
    Almost the entire polar north (including Alaska) has swarms of skeeters and other bloodsuckers that darken the sky, kill animals, and drive men mad.
    The equatorial jungles of the world (including Hawaii) don’t merely crawl, they seethe.
    China has insects so large, they skewer and roast them. South America has even larger ones, including roaches bigger than a football.
    Australia, well damn near everything in Australia is trying to kill you.
    Africa is chock-full of poisonous creepy crawly shit.
    Etc., etc., etc.

    Truly, truly, are we blessed in this great land.

  21. Timbo says:

    A couple years ago i had to pick up a vehicle in the province of Sakatewan. On the way back the mosquitos were so thick, that i had to keeps my wipers going and squirt washer fluid every 5 seconds, just to keep it to where i could see enough to keep it on the road.
    Every half hr, id have to get out and clear the headlights, because they were blacked out!
    No exageration, i swear.

    • crazyeighter says:

      I’ve noticed the same thing near the catfish farms near my old home town in NE Arkysaw.

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