Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Castle Rock, CO 80108
Take out soapbox...
I don't know about most of you guys, but I will add this:
I am one of us, so I am constantly watching out for bikes. In traffic situations, when I am in my car I will put myself between mini-vans filled with mom and the kids and other obviously distracted drivers, so they don't wind up swiping the biker. Even so, I am occasionally suprised by some asshole on a sportbike (less often a cruiser) who thinks he owns ever open inch of asphalt on the road. Lord help the guy who takes a run at me in my car, or even worse- my wife if I am with her, because in his perception I was not looking out for him. And I would think twice about trying to make a run myself after being nearly nailed on my bike. Permits to carry are pretty common around here, and cars themselves make pretty good weapons. Not to mention the roads are not real conducive to making a getaway.
This is not a defense of people who drive cars. Most of them are idiots. I treat every one of them like they are out to kill me because that is the best way for me to not get dead. However, we have a tendency to place blame almost automatically with the cage. I would venture a guess and say that most of the guys on sportbikes would either fall into the "squid" category, or don't ride with anyone but themselves in mind. Like it or not, we are small and hard to see, we ride fast, and usually don't follow established rules (i.e. passing on the right). Riding a bike is a risk. It is not up to mom in the minivan to be constantly looking out for us. It's the other way around.
OK, soapbox is put away now.
Don't try to keep up with my life, you'll only get hurt.