Monday morning on my way to work I get into some fog and traffic slows, so I start splitting on the double yellow. I see a squid come up behind me, and I did notice that he came on fairly quickly, but I didn't think anything of that because most riders that commute are very good riders, wether it's HD, Squid, or Sport Tourer/Tourer. However, ALL of "The Stupids" are squids, so I guess I should have been more careful.
Anyway, I see him, so I look for a spot to slide in and let him by. I see a spot that looks good, but as soon as I start to move into it I realize that it's too small, and the car is slowing down too much, so I move back-out to choose another gap, and you guessed it! The Squid was RIGHT NEXT TO ME sharing a 3 ft wide lane with me. We didn't touch, and as he sped away he was shaking his head like I was a moron.
An entire two seconds elapsed from when I ducked-in to when I returned. The only possible way he could have been on me so fast was to just crack his throttle as soon as he saw first movement from me. I've seen guys going 30-40 mph faster than traffic when splitting, and thought they were really stupid, I now fully realize just how stupid.
Last week on Friday I heard on the radio that two motorcycles went down during the morning commute and yelled in my helmet, "What are you guys doing? We have to watch out for each other.....nobody else will." And I learned one day latter just what they were doing.
30 Years of riding experience has taught me, and continues to teach me that you cannot look out for yourself too much, and you have to be as critical of yourself as you are of others. I made a huge mistake assuming that all MC commuters were good riders, and that he would provide me ample room to find a safe spot to let him by. What "A Stupid" I was
The good news I learned a great lesson without scratch, and for now I get to keep my perfect record of never dropping a street bike. I hope you can learn from my experience as well.