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post #1 of 21 Old Sep 12th, 2009, 11:09 pm Thread Starter
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Passed on Left by Fellow Rider

This was a new one on me today - got passed on the left - on a two lane road, at close quarters, by a Gold Wing. There were six bikes ahead of me, all of us staggered in the lane. I was to the inside of the lane and I guess he wanted my spot - and took it like a NASCAR driver. I felt he was drafting me closely already, but didn't expect the pass on the left.

The other six bikes were cruisers I couldn't get past - that were slower than Grandma's Buick, but that's another story - but it was a new move for me in my 35 years of street riding. Not one I appreciated.

Anyone seen the move? Done the move?


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I attempted .. once .. crashed. Totally my fault.. stupid stunt... could have killed my younger and only brother..

Stupid, stupid, stupid.

If I want to crash and die.. shouldn't mess with others.

My perspective.. Stupid move.
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a little something we can all learn from..........I've ridden with those who thought they were above the law of the land..............now I don't...............I've done some really dumb maneuvers with absolutely no fore thought.............so far I've survived and not been the cause of others fatalities..............just another evident that I am blessed...............must have at least one more job to do.....
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I see you live in the state that has the worst drivers.... But you have me a bit confused. Aren't you supposed to pass on the left? Now, I have been passed on the right by a cab, who was half on the sidewalk. All to get the four feet of space in front of me. I was nice enough to give him the other eight feet he needed. That's Manhattan for ya.

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I see you live in the state that has the worst drivers.... But you have me a bit confused. Aren't you supposed to pass on the left? Now, I have been passed on the right by a cab, who was half on the sidewalk. All to get the four feet of space in front of me. I was nice enough to give him the other eight feet he needed. That's Manhattan for ya.
I'm with you Brian ... I to thought your suppose to pass on the left ?!? Unless he is talking about passing "IN" the same lane.

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I think they were in the same lane, but what would really make me mad is being passed by that goldwing.
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I had someone pass me on the right in my lane one time. Scared the crap out of me. Did not know where he even came from. I was going about 65 at the time in rush hour traffic. As he passed me he stuck out his left hand to wave, which I swore he could have touched me with.
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If this was a group ride, then I would say something, I had to ride as a group like that as people do stupid stuff. If you are a need for speed rider then ride up front and I will meet you there.

If it just somebody that you did not know then, learn from it I guess. Know that there are stupid people out there.

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Doesn't sound near as dangerous to me as lane splitting.

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MIne was AT THE "ONE LAP AROUND THE LOOP" and I had two riders pass me simultaneously on both sides...
Thats when I quit these types of rides.

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It's not something I would do without being invited. Many times coming up on a slower rider or a group the rider directly in front of me will move to the right and wave me by. This is just common courtesy and I will wave a faster rider by me every time. I see no reason to hold up a fellow rider that wants to move a little faster than me if I see him back there. Were all out there to enjoy the ride, Right?

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It's not something I would do without being invited. Many times coming up on a slower rider or a group the rider directly in front of me will move to the right and wave me by. This is just common courtesy and I will wave a faster rider by me every time. I see no reason to hold up a fellow rider that wants to move a little faster than me if I see him back there. Were all out there to enjoy the ride, Right?
I agree that if I am aware of another rider coming up on me from behind and there's room ahead of me for him I'll wave him by to pass me in the same lane. However, on a group ride about a year ago when I still had Tarkus a dick on a Bonnie passed me on the left in the same lane. I didn't know he was there until he was right beside me. If I had swerved into the left portion of the lane for any reason I would most likely have punted him into the oncoming traffic. I may have gone down as well- then I'd be really pissed. I spoke to the guy at the end of the ride and let him know my displeasure. He thought I should be more aware of what's going on around me. I haven't been in a group ride since.

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Personally, I have no ego where traffic is concerned. Lead, follow, or get out of the way



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Yes , the pass was on my left in my lane. The other lane had oncoming traffic, and there was no shoulder of any kind.

No, I was not riding with anyone. The cruisers had been holding me back for 10 miles - most of which was on one of the nicest twisty roads around, though this was after we got on the farmland flats. I couldn't get enough room to pass them, strung out as they were. I definitely wanted to be going much faster - they were under the speed limit and slowed down giving me slow down hand signals whenever we passed an intersection.

I later ran across Grandpa in his Town Car going that slow - but I respect Grandpa.

Yes, it was illegal as hell - and so is lane-splitting in Washington.


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Sounds like he was as frustrated with the slow pace as you were and decided to pick 'em off one at a time, starting with you. If he was in your mirrors for a while, maybe you should have given him room to get by.

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I see the confusion now - I meant the other left - it was on my right side. It was because it was on the RIGHT side that I was taken aback by the move.

I'll go sit in the corner in the garage now


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I see the confusion now - I meant the other left - it was on my right side. It was because it was on the RIGHT side that I was taken aback by the move.

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Doesn't sound near as dangerous to me as lane splitting.
hmmm, big difference. When lane splitting I have the option to decide when it's safe to proceed. Another vehicle passing in an unexpected way takes away some of my safety margin. Should hazards such as road debris or the need to set up for the next turn require I move within my lane the sudden loss of part of my lane could lead to disaster.
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I see the confusion now - I meant the other left - it was on my right side. It was because it was on the RIGHT side that I was taken aback by the move.

I'll go sit in the corner in the garage now
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