Honda CBR 1000 RR vs. BMW 325
by WhyBike.comHere is an incident I witnessed when splitting lanes can go bad. I wrote this a few minutes after I finished my commute:
So I am riding my daily commute, just off the Bay Bridge going south on 101 past Candlestick Park. There was a slight breeze off the bay, the sun was shining and it was a crisp 65 degrees. A great day so far.
I was splitting lanes, doing about 45, the cars around doing 35mph when I saw a black race bike (it turned out to be a Honda 1000 RR) come up fast behind me. I started to move over, but he got over and started splitting the #2/3 lanes. He was going fast, but not unusual for race bikes around here. 10 or 15 seconds passed, and a BMW passes me doing about 75+ on the shoulder. Kicking up dirt and rocks, it wasn't nice. Then when he gets in front of the black Honda, he cuts over three lanes in heavily congested traffic and forces the bike into the slow lane. I think this guy is crazy and catch up to get the Beemer's plates and help out a fellow biker. As I approach the guy on the race bike gives me the hand signal for "slow down", and then the signal for "this guy is crazy". I ask if he is OK and start to memorize the Beemer's license plate and he slams on the brakes. I was a lane over with clear road, so I gassed it and moved away from the BMW, but the Honda had nowhere to go but into the back of the car. The motorcyclist hit the roof of the BMW and went over and fell off the car by the driver's front door. I stopped as soon as I could on the shoulder and raced back to help the guy get his bike out of the road.
The front end is demolished and the BMW didn't fare to well either, but is still drivable.
I guess the Honda clipped the BMW's mirror and broke it and that is why he was chasing the bike. At least that was the excuse the driver was giving. The motorcyclist was taken away with his forearm in a sling, but I think he is fine.
I can deal with cagers that are oblivious, I can deal with drivers that don't want to let you through, but having to deal with people actively hunting you down is more than I can handle. I still have the adrenaline in my system, my hands are still shaking. Whether or not this guy should have stopped is one thing, but the number of cars with the "United We Stand" stickers on that are flipping off each other in traffic and cutting me off is somewhat ironic. So be hyper-aware, courteous, and tread lightly because this is the life of a motorcycle commuter.
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