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Something that annoyed me on the way home

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Nazbit, 26 May 2006.

  1. Nazbit


    Joined: 11 Dec 2004

    Posts: 3,864

    Well bit of a rant really,

    I was driving along the motorway earlier doing about 80 steady in the middle lane (yes I was overtaking, not hogging ;) ) and noticed two bikes coming up pretty fast in my mirror. I'd say doing about 120mph

    When the first one passed me he didnt brake, but dropped of the throttle significantly, turned around to look back at the second rider and drifted over in to the middle lane causing me to take evasive action.

    I have nothing against people who ride bikes (infact I intend to learn myself in september) but I know a lot of who drivers do, I just think that they should maybe have been a little more responsible, its not just their saftey they are risking but that of the people around them, plus they are giving their fellow riders a bad name.

    People driving fast when its safe to do so is fine in my opinion, but it was rush hour, the motorway was busy and they caused disruption to other drivers, well im sorry but that doesnt impress me.

    Am I just annoyed because I had to slam on, or do I have a valid point?
  2. NickXX


    Joined: 19 May 2005

    Posts: 7,031

    I was in France over the summer last year, driving around lunchtime, and the motorway effectively split in two. The inside lane and middle lane went one way, and the outside lane went another. I was also in the middle lane doing 80, and saw a signpost indicating that I wanted to be in the outside lane to bank off to the left.

    Checked my mirrors and noticed nothing, indicated and started moving over, then checked again - to see a motorbike about 50 metres behind me, absolutely belting it in the region of 120ish at a guess. Had I not checked again, I doubt he'd still be in one piece.

    Yes, I can accept that most bikers take care and drive safely, but the ones who act like morons must surely expect to meet an untimely fate.
  3. Cyanide


    Joined: 5 Mar 2006

    Posts: 3,968

    Location: Nottingham

    When me and my Dad went out with his mates on the 'Blades and 'Busas we only used to break the 100mph barrier at night when there wasn't much/anything else around.

    But booooooy did we ever break it :D
  4. Fr0dders


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 33,290

    Location: West Yorks

    unfortunately there seems to be more of the latter type of rider than the former

    its very rare that i see a motorbike rider who can show some self control and keep to a reasonable speed.

    most will quite happily overtake heading into oncomming traffic and dart back in cutting up the other motorist at the last minute.

    i have nothing against filtering in stationary traffic, but using the gap between traffic as your own personal overtaking lane and cutting back into our lane when you see fit is just rude and downright dangerous.
  5. agw_01


    Joined: 11 Apr 2004

    Posts: 19,690

    Whenever I see a bike in my mirrors, I move over as far as I can to let them past.

    I never know if they appreciate it though, as they don't give me a nod or thumbs up or anything. :(
  6. Rednut05


    Joined: 1 Aug 2005

    Posts: 909

    When I last moved over on a 2 lane, 2 way traffic road to let a biker past, he held out his hand to say thanks. So guessing they do appreciate it.
  7. Cyanide


    Joined: 5 Mar 2006

    Posts: 3,968

    Location: Nottingham

    I always acknowledge someone doing that... although most won't as it's not the best idea in the world to wave whilst you're filtering :D
  8. JayMax


    Joined: 2 Nov 2002

    Posts: 2,774

    Error of judgement on the bikers behalf? It happens, and whilst I know bikers are generally better road users than car drivers (ocuk motors forum standard disclaimer ©™: excluding mopeds and hardcore suicide kings). The rider might have made a mistake or was genuinely inconsiderate/professional tube. You'll be cut up alot more off bmw's/women/old men and other idiots etc in tin cans in your driving career. Number 1 rule for road users = everybody else out there is trying to kill you.
    Trust me ;)
  9. MrSix


    Joined: 21 Oct 2004

    Posts: 6,147

    Location: Los Angeles

    I do this too, just a simple hand up off the left bar, or a sideways head nod.
  10. Shootist


    Joined: 25 Apr 2006

    Posts: 100

    You should have stayed where you were. I'm all for giving people the benefit of the doubt for making mistakes but travelling at 120mph on a motorway, no way. The only reason I would have moved, and possibly the only reason you did, was to save my vehicle from damage.
    Swerving to avoid idiots can cause more problems for you. Imagine if you had lost control and written off your car or even worse, been crippled, would that m/c have been grateful? I doubt it.
  11. Serj


    Joined: 18 Nov 2004

    Posts: 3,581

    Location: Bournemouth

    I always get out of the way of bikers. Always move as far across to the left as i can. I encounter many on my journey home through mid-Wales, some nod, some give the thumbs up, some seem to not care less whether you move over for them or run them over tbh.....
  12. triggerthat


    Joined: 26 Aug 2005

    Posts: 6,865

    Location: London

    Didn't fancy creating a new thread, however I was on my way home from lancaster to london on the motorway and this dodgy guy in his car with a few young kids who I suspected wasn't his considering how rough he looked. Anyway, I was behind him and he decided to change lanes, not once but around 5 times in a very short space with out indicating at all. I thought to myself - "insert a string of naughty words".
  13. BigshotPie


    Joined: 20 Jan 2006

    Posts: 279

    Location: Kent

    I've had a motorbike wheeling inbetween me and a van on a slip road onto a motorway before......nutter!!
  14. AlexG12


    Joined: 21 Dec 2005

    Posts: 232

    If it was rush hour how did they manage to hit 120?
  15. Kol


    Joined: 8 Jan 2003

    Posts: 13,954

    Location: London

    OK, just to make a point you would have stayed where you were and killed someone because they were speeding?


    From the OP, he was able to take evasive action without threatening his life, or that's how it reads. For the record, I agree with the OPs annoyance and I too would be annoyed, but not annoyed to kill anyone.
    Last edited: 27 May 2006
  16. lukechad


    Joined: 25 May 2004

    Posts: 8,925

    Location: Burton-On-Trent

    A bike would only need a little stretch of road to get to that speed.

    I have to agree with some of the comments here, I do know that lots of bikers give a bad name to the rest who try and be sensible, I'm no saint, I am sure I have overtaken a few times and not made someone very happy but I dont make a point of doing it. Having all that power between your legs has to be used sometimes, but I chose my places carefully and usually know the road like the back of my hand when i do so.
  17. Smiley Man


    Joined: 17 Apr 2003

    Posts: 6,518

    Location: hOme

    doesnt take long for a bike to do 60-120 ;)
  18. Cyanide


    Joined: 5 Mar 2006

    Posts: 3,968

    Location: Nottingham

    Or 0-120 :D
  19. Nazbit


    Joined: 11 Dec 2004

    Posts: 3,864

    I managed to take evasive action safely without harm to me or my vehicle, surley you are not saying, that even though I was able to do so, I should have held my ground and risked killing him because he annoyed me??

    As I have mentioned before, he cut his speed significantly to look behind him, (looking to fellow rider) but drifted in to my lane as he did so, at that point, he risked my saftey, and thats what annoyed me, not the fact the he was speeding but the fact that he failed to do it responsibly.

    Bikers are indeed amoungst the safest drivers on the road, often have very good observational skills etc, but clowns like that will get them a bad reputation.
  20. Draeger


    Joined: 4 Feb 2004

    Posts: 12,849

    Location: Falkirk, Scotland

    I agree, Nazbit. Some bikers are complete clowns on the road, certain of them give us all a bad name and tarnish us all with the same brush as it were.

    I'm a bit unclear about what the situation was here though. Did the first guy pass you in the outside lane and then drift over into your ( middle ) lane or did he drift over as he was passing you, causing you to take evasive action?.