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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Hey brainiac...you are invisible to a car in front of you

It's more than a month that I have been back on the socal roads...and I have to tell you, there are a lot of riders that will not make it to the next year of doing so.
In my car and on my motorcycle I watch riders on all types of bikes weave in and out of traffic as if they own the road. Couple things here...currently cars have stereos and insulation good enough to not be able to hear you when you are right next to them, and these cars now have phone systems built into the radio soa driver can be having a conversation while driving. You they don't care about--or even recognize you exist
When I started riding on the street the older riders used to tell me to ride like the cars were out to get me...which 30 Years ago was probably true. Now I don't want too see anybody get hurt, but when I am rolling in the carpool lane on my bike and you fly up behind me at 20-30mph over the flow of traffic and slip between me and the cars to my right, well I have little regard for you. It would seem you have little regard for you as well...So, in my semi mentor role, riders, make pretend the cars are out to get you and be visible, make your presence known and show some respect for the traffic flow. That way the cR driver you piss off isn't out to get me next time