Our Own Worst Enemies.
You’re probably thinking. Uh oh, what’s happened now?
Well nothing really, I’m just pondering. Contemplating my navel, as it were.
Let me explain:
It’s common to be cut off, have someone change lanes on you, pull out from a side street or driveway, or some other silly thing. It happens to cagers and bikers alike, with monotonous regularity. Most of the time, you anticipate and take action to avoid the situation.
Sometimes, you can predict what’s going to happen. While at other times it’s impossible to anticipate what’s unfolding before you and you’re forced to make a last-minute evasive manoeuvre.
It’s all part of road craft and the day-to-day push and shove on our roads.
Some people even put clips up on YouTube, perhaps as a way of venting when they have been wronged. More likely it’s an effort to gain followers… and, yes, in the interests of full disclosure, I’ve posted up at least two clips showing some of the day-to-day happenings on my daily commute.
I have to wonder about some of the clips I saw recently though. Riders chucking* wheelies, groups of riders swarming cars, lane splitting at speed. Silly stuff like that.
I know these are posted for their entertainment value, but I have to wonder what effect they are having on the riding community and the future of motorcycling.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m no wowser*, I enjoy a good fang… er… ride through the twisties just like anyone else. I know my limits though from years of making dumb mistakes and getting into tricky situations… and crashing.
I was young once too, remember: Fearless, indestructible and all that. I don’t bounce as well as I used to though.
One thing that really made me shake my head, was a series of Road Rager vs Biker clips I saw recently. Some had the driver getting the irits* because a rider was filtering (legally) and was either giving said rider a mouthful, or trying to block their way or run them off the road. I just don’t get what gives someone the right to try to take another persons life for what would seem a minor thing.
On the other hand, some clips had the rider (or a group of riders) giving the driver a mouthful for some infraction and then either kicking in the door or smashing a mirror off.
There were several clips I watched where I can’t see what the problem was to start with. In most cases there was ample room, and time, to avoid a situation, while at other times the rider probably shouldn’t have been doing what he or she was doing at the time in the first place.
Lashing out doesn’t achieve anything, and often a rider will come off second best if the driver loses the plot and decides to use his vehicle as a weapon. Or in the case of one clip I saw from the US, the rider was shot at.
These clips and some of the antics I have observed on my commutes have made me wonder if we riders are our own worst enemies, with all our actions making it harder for all riders, both present and future.
We know drivers can, and do, make mistakes. Deliberate, or not, they happen.
But what we do as riders reflects on all of us as a minority, and I include myself in that statement.
Perhaps we should be setting an example, instead of being made an example?
- Chucking: Throwing, performing, vomiting.
- Narc-y: Upset
- Wowser: A puritanical or censorious person
- Irits: To become irritated
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