...It just kinda seems like it sometimes...
Folks, I need to address something. Something serious to me. Something that pains me very much to do. Something I've dragged my feet on doing for quite some time now.
I have to call out some of my fellow motorcyclists.
First off, what in blue blazes are these idiots thinking that drag their feet along the ground at low speed? What, exactly, are you hoping to do? Break your ankle? That's the only thing I can think of that you'll accomplish by dragging a foot or, worse, both feet as you leave a stopped position (or worse, slowing to a stop).
Secondly, I had the most unsettling experience with a motorcyclist the other day. I'm turning left behind this guy on a small bike, maybe a 250. He gets into the right turn lane and is putting along. As I pass him, he drifts over DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF ME.
I jackrabbit into the left lane (thank goodness for large mirrors!) and accelerate around him, at which point he cranks the throttle and tries to keep up with me. Seriously? You're on a 300 pound motorcycle, you just cut off a 3 ton truck, and you're going to play chicken with me? Fortunately I got around him (a little bike carrying a large person just doesn't have the torque), but it really messed with my head.
When I'm riding, my head is on a swivel big time. I'm scanning four or five cars down the road to see if anyone is hitting their brakes, I'm constantly looking to my left and right for anyone that might drift into me, I'm checking out all possible angles of escape should things go bad. What I DON'T do is change lanes blindly without signaling or looking, and when I f**k up and cut someone off I don't challenge them. Things would have turned out VERY bad for our two-wheeled friend had I either not had good reflexes or decided he was going to lose the game of chicken.
Respect is a two-way street. I try really hard not to tailgate bikes and give them plenty of room. It's hard enough with people who are clueless at best and malevolent at worst on the road, but to be so oblivious? There's a guy who's going to wind up in a YouTube compilation some day.
Lastly, weaving in and out of traffic is a dick move. You're a dick when you do it in a car; you're a suicidal dick when you do it on a motorcycle. One pissed off motorist and you're road pizza while the car has to have a fender repainted. It's dumb. It's unsafe. It's also illegal, and when you're weaving in and out of traffic like you're rounding the curves at the Isle of Mann TT, all people see is a dick on a bike. They're going to keep that impression when they see the retiree on the Goldwing or me on my Harley.
Okay. Glad I got that off my chest...
That is all.