Some days just remind me how vulnerable on bikes we are, and how ignorant people can be.
#1) ignoramous: On the highway with girlfriend on back, heading down to Newport RI. Behind an Altima, and notice a cigarette butt get tossed out the sunroof. Ok, think nothing of it. Then notice another. Now I'm pissed, and proceed to hold the salute
for a few seconds in front of me, as it's pretty obvious they know I'm behind them. They then start tossing more...I'm assuming these a$$holes(guy driving, girl in pass.seat) are grabbing butts out of the ashtray and throwing them at me.
Pull up to the side when I can, and the guy is looking at me smirking. I get VERY pissed, and get back behind them. Follow them off the highway, and try pulling back up to them at the stop sign at the end of the ramp...they take off. Start following again with every intention of pulling him out of the car and beating him senseless...then remember my gf is on the back, and she's probably pissed at me for what I want to do, so I stop and turn around. When I get a chance to talk to my gf, she tells me she wishes I kept following them. Dammit.
#2) After a good day of riding & sightseeing, heading back home on the highway. I'm in the passing lane, and a F-150 is in the lane to my right, it's rear quarter lined up with my front wheel. Without blinker, he just drifts right over into my lane, I have to slow down so I'm not sideswiped. Thankfully I didn't make a pass at the same time. Get on the horn as he's changing over, and he just goes right into my lane regardless. Pulls back over to the right, and when I pull up to his left, he just looks over at me, then back to the road with no "sorry" or acknowledgement he could have ran me off the highway. Thanks, buddy. He proceeds to start weaving in and out of traffic ahead.
#3) Sitting at a red light, right up front. It's a major intersection, with a delay between one side turning red to the other turning green. My light turns green, get on the gas, picking up my feet, and a Camry FLIES through the red on the other side in front of me, probably going 60mph in a 30. If he was a few seconds later, I'm dead, no questions asked.
Stuff like the last two really make me question just how safe can this be? I ride with full gear, don't pull squidly moves on the road, but sometimes there are things you just can't control. Well just wanted to rant about these clowns on the road...stay safe and alert out there.