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To all bikers !.

I have noticed on Youtube and forums there is a large number of videos and stories about bikers acting out road rage smashing wing mirrors kicking car doors, hitting people and generally intimidating people. I have been a biker for over 20 years and i also drive a car. I would be the first to say the general standard of driving is bad but i will also admit to making a few mistakes myself both on bike and car.
Yes its annoying when they try and kill you in there shiny armored cages while talking on the phone or doing there makeup in the rear view mirror. By all means let them know you are there and they did something wrong but should our first reaction be to yell bad words or threaten people ? How exactly will this help ? If they react aggressively by all means defend yourself or even better get out of there as your not going to win against an armored cage. The videos would have far better impact if bob the cager pulls out on a biker who isn't acting like a dick and when approached by the biker in a calm and reasonable manner then starts all the aggressive name calling crap. This is great for bikers as we can name and shame and at the same time improve our image as humans with kids and jobs rather than criminals with bad attitudes. As for those car drivers who messed up and know it make them aware make them realize we are human and maybe just maybe they will pay more attention in the future.


anyways rant over

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Agree 100%. I had a lady come very close to hitting me , last summer. We made eye contact, but I did not respond.

As we pulled to the light, she rolled her window down. I flipped my helmet up. As I did, she said, "I'm sorry.....my daughter cut her arm, and we are goign to the hospital." I looked at the passenger seat and saw what looked like a horror film.

I was still mad, but at least I did not make things worse. I looked up and suggested we both run the red light since no one was around. She agreed, and we were off.

Three weeks later, I almost took out a scooter rider on a local University campus. He was riding like an idiot, in my blind spot. I got the bird, and deserved it, but had I decided to escalate the situation, he was defenseless.

You cant educate them all.
 

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To all bikers !.

I have noticed on Youtube and forums there is a large number of videos and stories about bikers acting out road rage smashing wing mirrors kicking car doors, hitting people and generally intimidating people. I have been a biker for over 20 years and i also drive a car. I would be the first to say the general standard of driving is bad but i will also admit to making a few mistakes myself both on bike and car.
Yes its annoying when they try and kill you in there shiny armored cages while talking on the phone or doing there makeup in the rear view mirror. By all means let them know you are there and they did something wrong but should our first reaction be to yell bad words or threaten people ? How exactly will this help ? If they react aggressively by all means defend yourself or even better get out of there as your not going to win against an armored cage. The videos would have far better impact if bob the cager pulls out on a biker who isn't acting like a dick and when approached by the biker in a calm and reasonable manner then starts all the aggressive name calling crap. This is great for bikers as we can name and shame and at the same time improve our image as humans with kids and jobs rather than criminals with bad attitudes. As for those car drivers who messed up and know it make them aware make them realize we are human and maybe just maybe they will pay more attention in the future.


anyways rant over

Mythic
Well said bud. I spend a lot of time on the road with my job and also seen plenty of YouTube footage of guys and gals riding bikes thinking they own the road. Just because you ride a bike doesn't give you the right to ride like a [email protected] and expect car drivers et al to bow to your superiority and get outta the way.
 

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Sure there are stupid cager drivers all over the world but from my experience in NZ, there are a lot of riders who put themselves and others at risk through their own stupidity and lack of situational awareness. We all develop bad habits unless we periodically refresh our skills. I wonder just how many actually re-visit our road skills?
 

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What does this have to do with grammar? Aslo, I have been easing up. :)
OK I have been waiting for someone else to say it but I will now ask, was the typo "Aslo" deliberate ?
 

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OK I have been waiting for someone else to say it but I will now ask, was the typo "Aslo" deliberate ?
Nope. I just missed it. Thanks for pointing it out. I went back and fixed it. Amazing how one can read over that stuff in haste.

This is not an excuse but I will add that typing on an I Phone all the time is a real pain. I don't want to hi-jack this thread but their keyboard is terrible if you ask me.

So to stay on topic. Yes, road ragers are morons and I have had to talk myself out of being really ticked off at least twice a year when someone tries to kill me with their car.
 

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All those little cameras have taken all the fun out of a good old fashioned road rage. I mean really is there anything more satisfying than after a narrow escape from death having the culprit say '' sorry mate i didn't see you'', going over to their car and head butting them through the window, dragging them out into the street and kicking them until your legs ache. Ah the good old days.....
 

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After taking the mandatory rider course, I realized that by choosing to ride a motorcycle on the road I'm accepting that I will not always be seen. Getting angry at someone for something that I already accepted will happen is futile. Be prepared and move on...
 

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After taking the mandatory rider course, I realized that by choosing to ride a motorcycle on the road I'm accepting that I will not always be seen. Getting angry at someone for something that I already accepted will happen is futile. Be prepared and move on...
of course you won't be seen by drivers eating breakfast txting and getting a blow job while they snort cocaine , these idiots are not a problem and i turn the other buttock so they can have another go at shafting me, the ones you can get real joy and feel total justification out of kicking to within an inch , thats about 25mm i think,of their useless lives are the ones who make eye contact with you, then clean you up. And i love moving on, however it can be difficult wedged underneath a tin can , people moving trendy 4wd .. but it's great that you are aware that you may not always be seen, good luck and enjoy the ride, if in doubt kick a side mirror off , it is really really satisfying........>:D
 

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of course you won't be seen by drivers eating breakfast txting and getting a blow job while they snort cocaine , these idiots are not a problem and i turn the other buttock so they can have another go at shafting me, the ones you can get real joy and feel total justification out of kicking to within an inch , thats about 25mm i think,of their useless lives are the ones who make eye contact with you, then clean you up. And i love moving on, however it can be difficult wedged underneath a tin can , people moving trendy 4wd .. but it's great that you are aware that you may not always be seen, good luck and enjoy the ride, if in doubt kick a side mirror off , it is really really satisfying........>:D
PS i am only saying this because i am SO JEALOUS, that i can't have a cocaine eating , cereal snorting blow job start to the day as i quietly commute to work 5mph under the speed limit and doing a few OOHMMs or whatever those peaceful thought thingy's are
 

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I don't get mad at anyone when I ride, no matter what they do. I've been riding 32 years and I've seen everything. Ride like you are totally invisible and nobody can see you, no matter how cool your trick blinking tail light is. Remember too the bounty Captain Zargat put on your head, so there are people out there that will intentionally try to kill you so they can collect their 4 million dollars.


Ride like this and you'll be safe as can be. I ride around humming to myself and sinking songs all the live long day while dodging maniacs and weaving in and out of cars running me off the road.
 

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After taking the mandatory rider course, I realized that by choosing to ride a motorcycle on the road I'm accepting that I will not always be seen. Getting angry at someone for something that I already accepted will happen is futile. Be prepared and move on...
Hmm I get what you are saying. I think. Some things in my life are accepted, they will happen anyway, so resistance is futile, for eg...bills, taxes and when aunt Irma visits my girlfriend frowns at my wee man, BUT I don't accept that I may not be seen whilst riding my moto...possessing a driving licence is a privilege and people should and must take more ownership and responsibility when using a vehicle, whatever it is.
 

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Plenty of tools on YouTube sitting in a cars blindspot, almost getting hit and then getting into a slanging match or worse. Ride like your invisible +1
 
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