Alright. I don't trust cars. You don't either. (If you're smart). I am constantly waiting for somebody in a car to do something asinine. But it has been cold by SF standards until recently and on the way to work today I saw at least four guys on bikes that may not have made it home. So I thought I'd mention it. We all know that cagers present a danger, but what about people who ride motorcycles but don't really know HOW to ride them? This has gotten even worse lately as a lot more folks are buying bikes. Today I saw a lot of shaky stops at lights. Bad shifts. Guys who didn't get their feet on the pegs until they were going 25mph plus. Hell, the other week I saw a guy on a new Harley dresser who couldn't, or didn't know how, to get the bike out of first. He just kept slamming the throttle and then pulling the clutch between lights.
And the guys I saw today were on sportbikes that could do a lot of damage to them or someone else. I don't guess there is a solution to this, but man it creeped me out. Partly because sometimes these asshats pull up next to me or try to split lanes and I don't want to see someone die or get maimed on my way to work. Especially ME.
It also brought up an interesting question for me. I ride my bike every day. 30-45 mins each way to work. When I don't ride for a while, I REALLY notice that it doesn't feel as natural as it usually does. This makes me wonder if motorcycles are a valid "recreational vehicle". I wouldn't feel safe if I only rode a few times a month. Or only when it was sunny and warm.
Anyway, just wanted to hear some others' opinions. If I am wrong or out of line, let me know. Just freaked me out extra today. All those idiots on bikes nicer than mine that don't know how to freaking operate the machine. I may not be much with a wrench, but I know how to ride a GD bike. And that doesn't guarantee I won't get hurt. I'm tired of seeing bikes go by and thinking, "that dude will be dead or in the hospital by the end of the month".
And yes, I left women out of this for a reason. All the women I see on bikes look like they know what the hell they're doing.