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Hatemail: Pissed off drivers

By James - 6/30/2006

I get hatemail. There are people who think that motorcycles should be banned because they are not held up to the same crash tests that cars are. Some think that the biggest vehicles rule the road and motorcyclists should just get out of the way. These people are idiots and I usually give them the consideration of my delete button. But this guy used the name of the “motorcycle community” in his “argument” and I would like to reply, and since the coward didn’t leave his email, I will respond here.

you are an a**hole. if you’re going to ride between cars you should be looking out for other people. not expecting people to look out for you. people like you gove(sic) the rest of the motorcycle community a bad name.
- mikeikem

I will ignore your opening statement, since it shows your gift for critical thought.

When I am spitting lanes, I am always watching for other people. I usually know what you are going to do before you do it. I see the woman, three cars up, hunting through her glovebox. I know she will drift into my lane as she overcompensates for leaning across the car. I see the executive, on his cellphone, who is trying to get over four lanes of traffic because he zoned out and missed his exit. I can’t say I have seen it all but I most days it is the same story, and it is always a sad story.

The problem is that 9 out of 10 drivers are not looking for motorcycles legally splitting lanes. They change lanes without checking their blind spots, and some of the ones that do check simply do not see motorcycles even though they are less than 5 feet from them. Many motorcyclists are hit when splitting lanes, but if we are riding in a safe and prudent manner, the cager is usually at fault.

Ironicly your rage and beligerent reation is typical of many cagers and is why motorists have reputations of being clueless and unfit to operate their vehicles. I could say something like “I hope to see you on the road” or assault your personal driving habits, but I think that the fear, anger, and fustration that you have to go through in your everyday commute is punishment enough. I will keep passing you, in the morning and on the way home.

My suggestion? If you can’t beat us, join us. Get on a motorcycle and leave all that anger behind. Life is too short to overheat.

For more info on splitting lanes:
Lane Splitting Articles



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  1. honestly, they really are just jealous.

    Comment by Ricky — 6/30/2006 @ 11:04 am

  2. The fact is that the California Highway Patrol largely lobbied to keep lane splitting legal in this State. Imagine the horror on this guy’s face when he realizes he just side-swiped a CHP motorcycle cop!

    Comment by Steve — 7/7/2006 @ 12:07 am

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