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A group of friends liked to take their motorcycles out
at night and tear up and down back roads with their
headlights off. One night they went to an access road
that led to a quarry. One biker was having an especially
good time. He had a new Harley that was outdistancing
all of his friends' bikes.
At one point he shot away from the rest of the group and
raced down the long dark road. At the quarry gates he
stopped and turned his bike around. A long way back he
could see two headlights.
"They've gone chicken," he thought. "They've switched on
He gunned his engine and tore back down the road,
intending to dart between his two friends.
The headlights were blinding, but he increased his
speed. He aimed dead center between the two
headlights—and ran straight into the grille of a gravel
Variation: An alternate version of this legend tells of
a high school boy who likes to play chicken with
oncoming cars. He sees a single headlight coming toward
him, assumes it is a motorcycle and decides to give the
biker a real scare. The kid goes barreling down the
road—and straight into the grille of a truck with one