You shouldn't react with the finger or anything really when on a bike. Get out of the situation and shake it off. Yea you might not see the same jerk again but some other rider will. You're poisoning the well so to speak.
...and you should be afraid of cars, the physics don't favor the bike.
%99.9 percent of the time I don't even let it phase me.
But in these two cases it was so malicious and aggressive twards me that
regardless of who was on the bike these 2 jerks would have acted in a
manner as to endanger and cause harm to the motorcyclist.
Extremely isolated incidents really
I see a lot of motorbikes react with gestures towards the simplest driver mistakes and show
hostility at times when i would have just gone around like water off a ducks back.
However when someone uses a 4000lbs vehicle to assert they're manhood
with malicious intent it becomes a different story.
In both cases I backed off to get space between me an the vehicle and the
drivers slowed to impede and assert themselves akin to someone stepping
in front of you and pushing you back or aside when they had no reason to.
They threw on the brakes in front of me when I backed off and swerved they're
vehicles at me when I was beside them, for no apparent reason but to
I often pass police cars and ride the center with police motorbikes in the same
manner as I was exercising and have never, NEVER in my life received a
ticket for being unsafe or dangerous. I spent 6 years 10hrs a day 5 days
a week on a moto and never received a ticket. I commute 80mi rt 6 days
a week besides recreational riding.
If I felt for one instance any of this was warranted I am the type of person
that would accept the responsibility and consequences on my actions
Like I said, Im not afraid of cars, I have respect for them and what they can do. To be afraid of them
would mean not riding a moto, bicycle or walking across the street. Respect is an awareness of the
nature of things and coexisting. To live your life in constant fear would negate all rational thinking.
Next time somebody tries to intentionally ram you off your bike with ill intent for no apparent reason,
tell me what your reaction is.
Gotta have some serious Zen to not let a few words fly.