The other motorcyclists on the road

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Flyinace1, Apr 18, 2013.

  1. Flyinace1

    Flyinace1 Been here awhile

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    Everyone knows that cagers can be rude, do weird things or just not pay attention but what about motorcyclists? I figure we can be just as bad...every once in a while :wink:. I've had a couple odd things happen when another rider comes along on the road and I'd like to hear other peoples stories; the funny, the strange, the bad, the scary or whatever else you might have.
    Here's my first story, it happened this morning:

    I was riding on a two lane road during rush hour, so lots of cars. Most of them were going the opposite direction than me but there were still plenty on my side. I was riding behind some cars all moving at about the speed limit (which usually doesn't happen when this section gets busy) and there was an FJR behind me.
    He was following at a good distance and we were staggered, I to the left of the lane and him to the right. As we come up to a three way intersection with stop signs each way I put on my blinker to turn right, made sure there was space and scooted on over cautiously.
    As I come to a stop I notice him scoot to the left of the lane and pull up beside me so I figure he's going straight. Well as soon as it is our turn he pulls out in front of me and turns right my response :huh "What the heck?!?" He couldn't go any faster and there's no where to pass anyone else, and I was behind him til he turned off the road.

    By the way, does anyone know why someone would make a move like this?
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  2. mtnbkrmatt

    mtnbkrmatt Adventurer

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    Just a guess, maybe he did it to make sure you saw how awesome he is.


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  3. rapidoxidationman

    rapidoxidationman Easily trainable

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    You're sure it wasn't a GSA?

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  4. HooliKen

    HooliKen Awesome is a flavor

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  5. Flyinace1

    Flyinace1 Been here awhile

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    Unless the tuning forks are BMW know, yep I'm sure :D
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  6. davidbeinct

    davidbeinct Been here awhile

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    I have two, both involve cruisers, both me getting passed on the right side of my lane.

    First, I'm on Rt. 9 in CT, nice day, no traffic. I'm in the left half of the right lane (two lane divided highway). I'm on a Super Sherpa, which is pegged (a Sherpa is pretty much always pegged on the highway). This chopped cruiser comes flying up behind me and passes me on the right, in my lane. Plenty of room (like, ALL of it) for him to move over into the, you know, PASSING LANE!

    Second, also on the Sherpa. I'm in a group ride of a former internet forum called beginner bikers. In the left half of the right lane in a pretty good staggered formation of about half a dozen bikes. Anything from a little Super Sherpa to a Maxi Scooter to a Honda Valkyrie. The Valkyrie passes me on the right, in my lane. Later he said he knew I was holding my line so it was okay. After a few other bullshit experiences with riding with folks I'd "met" online, I've pretty much decided to only ride with people I actually know.

    David B.
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  7. foxtrapper

    foxtrapper Been here awhile

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    A few things immediately come to mind, because of their repetition.

    Loud pipes on other bikes. Have a niche carved out in traffic, everyone getting along just fine. Here comes the rider with the loud pipes blasting through traffic, torquing everyone off. All the cagers are now thinking "blasted bikers", and I get to enjoy their wrath. I'll get crowded and sometimes cut off as a result. Interestingly, I can often times diffuse it by face palming my helmet and shaking my head.

    Squids on sport bikes. To the point that there are areas I just don't ride. Don't like having dingalings blow past me at 140 mph doing a wheelie. Even if they're wearing a $1000 full faced Arai helmet perched on the top of their head, with a plastic rooster comb glued on. Nope. And the cops. Since they can't catch the squids, I'm a nice and convenient target. More than once I've been accused of racing and such just because I was on a bike in the area.

    Group rides. Dear lord, trying to figure out how to get around them and not be integrated into their mob. The bigger the group, the worse the problem. 100 bikes strung out for half a mile, oh what fun. Especially if you want to do something like make a turn, which will invariably be where they are.

    Friendly riders. I'll wave at you going by. But please, if we're going the same way, I don't want to formation ride with you. This may get much worse now that I own a Harley. They like to ride side by side in the same lane. I *hate* that. Bad enough having someone off my quarter, but beside me? I'm turning off now, bye bye.
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  8. BanjoBoy

    BanjoBoy Been here awhile

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    Cuz FJR riders are ASSHOLES? :dunno

    Just be glad you ain't ride'in in Taipei; Outta mah way beeeoootch! :lol3

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  9. jnclem

    jnclem True Airhead

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    I ride an airhead; no one wants to ride in formation with me. I ride slow; everyone blows past me. I often turn off on to dirt; road bikes don't follow. I spend a lot of time in the right track on two lane roads; forces them to pass on my left. Most of the problem is solved:clap
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  10. Offcamber

    Offcamber Long timer

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    Last fall I had something similar happen. Cruising down a main route with traffic lights I see a group of cruiser riders about two cars behind me....no big deal. I am waiting at a light...the light turns I proceed as normal.....as soon as the other cars behind me clear the light the cruisers in formation split around the car in front of them (both sides left and right) and then the second car....here they come up on me and as expected they split me. I ride left side of the lane routinely so some had to cross over into the oncoming lanes. At first I thought they must be the Sons of Douche Bags...(local MC) and wasn't going to even gesture a WTF...but as they pass I see no patches at all and got stunk out by the last guys giant stogy....I just laughed at the arrogance...they eventually turned off and I went on my way.....
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  11. rdcamp

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    Power to the airhead riders :)

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  12. Flyinace1

    Flyinace1 Been here awhile

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    Something like that has happened to me twice except they weren't passing.
    Once was on the freeway riding my magna a guy on a harley comes up behind me and pulls into a staggered position but then slowly starts getting closer and closer til he's beside me and I figured that he'd pass me but instead he just stays there so I slow down and move to another lane.
    The other time was on the streets & I was riding my FZ6 and a harley decides he wants to ride next to me :huh I filtered up through the cars where he couldn't follow :lol3

    Maybe I should just ride the center of my lane more often when a motorcycle is behind me :evil
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  13. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave Backyard Adventurer

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  14. Huzband

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    Last month I was looking for a M/C park, but was having a hard time finding it. Out in the sticks on a deserted road, I determined that I was (again) not going in the right direction. Looking at the gps, there was a road up ahead where I could turn around. As I was entering a long right hand curve, behind a couple of SUV's, I notice a bevy of sport bikes come up behind me. Finish the curve, & as I check the gps again for the turn around spot, I hear a motor winding up. As I look in my left mirror, one of them shoots past. Then it got scary. Another goes by...ON THE RIGHT!!!:huh Two up no less. Three went by on the left, but two went by on the right. Both were two up, girls had on no gear except for a helmet. Oh, I forgot to mention this was on a two lane country road. They barely kept it on the pavement as they blew past the two SUV's. Then these asshats turned at the road I was going to use as a turn around, less than a quarter mile ahead.






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  15. mamm

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    Consider that here, way down below the Equator, a monthly payment for a 125cc Honda/Suzuki/Yamaha is cheaper than a monthly bus fare. Add that to the fact that big cities are increasingly congested (to the point where a 10min bike commute can easily turn into a 1 hour - or more - car/bus one). Consider also that public transport here sucks.

    Result: people who have no business being on a bike, people who don't have the slightest idea on how to handle a bike (mandatory training here is laughable), people who don't wear gear (except for the law-mandated helmet), people who think the only maintenance a bike needs is fuelling up, all those people are loose on the streets, lane-splitting like there's no tomorrow. Chaos (and lots of crashes) ensues.

    These under-trained and unfit bikers endanger me more than the cagers. The cagers are a lot more predictable.

    There's a popular saying here: "I miss the time where the only ones riding were people who liked bikes".
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  16. DarthJ

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    :eek2Holy shit, that's a nasty spill. Asshat on the left clipped her, Dickhead on the right, meh, I'm just going to keep going.
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  17. manfromthestix

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    :y0! I was sitting in the salesman's office at a dealership in Fort Collins, CO once finishing up the deal on a DR650. As we sat there, they must have sold four or five of those tiny little scooters that you see so many of these days. I commented that those things scared me, they aren't quite motorcycles and they aren't really bicycles, yet these folks are out there in traffic on them pretending they're cars. The dealer asked, do you know who's buying all those things? No... People who have lost their driver's licenses for some reason, most commonly DUI convictions; under a certain engine size they aren't required to have a driver's license or even get the damned things plated! Well, that's comforting, sez me. Tell me about it, sez he, those things are everywhere and are driven by people who can't get a license! I watch very carefully for scooters.

    Second story of :asshat motorcyclists - I love to bicycle as well as ride my motorcycles. I was biking up on the Blue Ridge Parkway one fine Monday morning, a glorious day with almost zero traffic. I hear the sound of motorcycles overtaking me and think no sweat, bikers are cool. I always ride toward the right side of the road anyway, especially on twisty roads with no shoulders, so I was far right when WHOOOSH!!! four MC's came blazing past me at maybe two feet separation and (I'm guessing) +40 or 50 MPH. WTF!?!?!? I sit up and kinda wave my arm at them, then two more come blazing by in the same manner! This was on a relatively straight stretch with plenty of sight distance and no on-coming cars. A couple miles up the road I see the group pulled over at a viewpoint and hold my arms up like WTF, you guys. They saw me but didn't acknowledge my gesture. I kept pedelling up the hill and sure enough, here come the asshats again in a little while and do the same damned thing! This time I sat up and flipped them off and got the same in return. The group was riding ADV bikes like KLRs, Tigers, and GSs; I was severely disheartened by that - I'm sure if a cager did that to them they'd be just hashed about it.

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  18. Flyinace1

    Flyinace1 Been here awhile

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    Well that's comforting...:puke1
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  19. Farmholio

    Farmholio Smarmy Marmot

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    Interesting thread and just as you suspected, there appears to be no shortage of crappy riders. The overall theme appears to be acute testosterone poisoning.

    I lived in Calgary for a few years and there's a stretch of road between Bragg Creek and Transcanada 1 that was routinely a parade of two wheeled fools on any warm sunny weekend afternoon. It was such a predictable junkshow that I actually completely gave up on the motorcycle "wave".

    One time I happened to be headed out on a trip south to Glacier and I had successfully made it through the fray and onto what was usually two or three rural roads away from the typical parade route and I came to a T intersection where to loud pipe types had decided to stop side by side and try to have some conversation over the sound of there exhausts. I can't imagine what was so urgent as the right turn was a dead end so after waiting a good bit for them to get sorted, I decided to go around them and made the left by going around on the left side. As I continued on my way, it became apparent that this was apparently some kind of slight as they were immediately spurred into action and were barreling down the road wide open to catch and pass me (a lot closer than I was particularly happy with at that). I ended up passing them a few miles later at a breakfast joint in Black Diamond and gave them my best stink eye. Maybe one of them had to pee really badly, who knows? With the way they were riding, I half expected to come across them buried into a curve.
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  20. woolsocks

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    I've got a few:

    - Cruising down the highway on my way to the gym, I was passing some cars in the right lane (I was in the left, fast lane). Temp was around 40 degrees and I was bundled up in all my gear, shivering at 70 mph. A biker on a cruiser passed me in my lane going at least 15 mph faster wearing only a beanie, sunglasses, a wife-beater, jeans and boots. I tried to move over for him into the right lane so he could pass, but I couldn't get in because of the cars. He just blasted right on past me and forced me to the left portion of the lane. He did wave after he passed though :lol3...he lane split at considerable speed between some cars after he passed me too...late for work?

    - Leaving after work one evening I ran into a couple on some sort of fat wheeled bike. Purple, pink flames, chrome, HUGE tires, etc. They were weaving all over the road pointing out houses along the river. I followed them at some distance going about 15 miles under the speed limit for a mile or more, inched closer hoping they would move to pass. They didn't move over so I passed them in the opposite lane. Came to a stop sign and the rider blocked me in and gave me a few words about passing him so aggressively :huh
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