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#1 Mar 20, 2019 10:39 am

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Urban dictionary: Dallying

Ninety-five percent of all Jamaican bikers are certifiably insane. Okay that’ a bit unkind; only ninety percent. On top of the everyday variety of Jamaican badness, Jamaican bikers are possessed of an even more virulent strain of exhibitionism: they are the ultimate poseur. For starters there’s no such thing as helmet laws: how can you flash your locks in a helmet? The most important piece of a Jamaican biker’s safety equipment is his darkers.

And then there’s dallying: the uniquely Jamaican style of riding a bike. For normal mortals, the laws of gravity and common sense dictate that when riding around a corner you lean into the corner. Not so with dallying. To properly “dally roun’ de corner” the rider leans in the opposite direction to the bike, as he weaves his way through the traffic, screwface rigid. Even when there were no corners you’d see guys dallying down a perfectly straight road, just for stylee.

The dallying king of Kingston was a Rastaman (who else?) who rode a yellow and chrome Honda 350-4. With his waist-length dreadlocks flowing behind him he cut a swathe through the clutter of Kingston traffic, dallying and diving like a Rasta Dervish. I once saw him take a corner by Grant’s Pen at breakneck speed, only to buck up on a minibus stopped to pick up a fare.

I winced, preparing to witness the demise of the dread. Chi-ching! Sparks flew as he flung the bike one way then the other in the blink of an eye, avoiding bus, car and stray dawg in quick succession. Like everyone else who witnessed that piece of sublime riding, I was agog. The dread flashed his locks and rode on, cool as an ital cucumber. Jah!

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#2 Mar 20, 2019 11:37 am

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NH, I enjoyed the read but tried hard to picture the reckless Rastaman "Dallying".

As you know, a picture is worth a thousand words!

How about a video? How about the skilled West African police escorts in this video?:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B70T2l9 … e=youtu.be

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#3 Mar 20, 2019 11:47 am

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Insane lol!!

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#4 Mar 22, 2019 9:51 am

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Dude, you have Dillied and Dallied before.... smile

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#5 Mar 22, 2019 9:54 am

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Expat wrote:

Dude, you have Dillied and Dallied before.... smile

I suspected so, but a good dally is always worth a repeat!

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