But... in the interest of self-preservation the minute you realize that you are dealing with road-rage its time to back off. To confront the guy could have lead to being shot. To stay away from these kind of situations I prefer to ride in a way that does not draw a lot of attention to me. i.e. no weaving in and out of traffic, no crossing yellow lines when there is traffic and other such things that cause the average driver to resent motorcyclists. There are plenty of un-conspicuous occasions to have fun and go fast. IMHO
I'm not here to say that I condone the actions of the pickup driver - there were certainly better ways to handle it. Having said that, I also understand (again, not condone) his feelings (not actions). Am I making myself clear here?
As soon as the vidoe started, it stated that this would be a back road that motorcycle riders LOVE to ride. That set the stage, and you already knew what was coming. What I didn't expect to see where all the residences along that route. But you just know that sport bikes (not picking on them at all) just rip through there, and the locals probably get completely fed up with it.
When this rider elected to make an illegal pass across the double yellow lines, you know that the guy in the pickup was at his last straw.
Demonstrates the responcibility of BOTH rider and driver to act appropriately and considerately. Lessons learned on both sides.
And by the way, that guy in the pickup was doing a great job of driving!!!
For some reason, I don't get upset when someone passes me on a double yellow. I may think he's an idiot, but I sure don't try and him/her off the road or chase after him.
And how many times did that driver cross the yellow line? That's not good driving in my view. Yeah, he handled that truck loaded with a 4 wheeler really well, but it could have turned really nasty had he been on the wrong side when he met those other bikes.
Not knowing how fast the truck was going before getting past, that might have been a "safe" pass. I've passed on double yellow when I had a clear view and I knew I had the power and room to safely do so. It's not unusual to get behind someone on these back roads doing 45 in a 60. Just depends on the road and the speed.
I agree the guy in the pickup is an idiot. However, he happens to be an idiot behind the wheel of a 4000 lb hunk of rolling metal. Some folks like to take risks. Apparently the lead rider decided this was a hill he was willing to die on. Luckily this didn't turn out as it easily could have. Those fella's are probably too young to have seen Easy Rider. Road rage takes many forms.
Just my opinion, but I'd want that guy in front of me, even if he was poking along. Playing the video at his trial 9 months after my death wouldn't, console me much.
I have a few questions.
1. The speed limit of the road.
2. Was truck driver under the influence
3.What might have taken place before the video started
4. The conclusion should have been dealt with long before 8 minutes into the video.
Call 911 at the earliest, get safely away from the truck both in front and behind and get his tags. I think the first 3 or 4 minutes of video tell the story that the trooper would be interested in.
Besides if the truck driver had a beef he could have done the same thing and tell his side to the cops. I noticed he got smart when he slowed for a vehicle to turn right into a side road. And when the Lowe truck was pulling by he got out of the road to signal him by and he lost the tire iron he was previously waving around.
ride safe :bmw:
I ride down in North Carolina/Tenn, Arkansas, Kentucky about 8 trips each season. I trailer my R1 with 3-6 other guys all on CBR1000, GSXR1000, Ducati 1098..we are all from about 43 yrs old too one guy who is 66(and one of fastest too)
We don't drink at all...not even one at lunch and we ride like your granny in town. When we get into the twisty stuff(rt 28 in NC, War Woman rd in GA or rt 123 in AR we are not going to sit behind a car/truck etc and ruin all those tasty curves. We always pass within safe sight lines and each of us waves as we get by the vehicle. Once or twice on each trip somebody....usually a pick up. will move a bit over or flip us off....Some people take it as a personal insult if you pass....usually some inbred under endowed jerk off in an old pick up. Same thing out in California where I ride often. 90% of the people accept lane splitting and filtering but there is always some numb nuts who just hates that fact that your riding free from traffic and enjoying life.
We are heading to Northern Ark. next week and I am sure over the 3 days of riding...some jerk will do something stupid. Then again...lots of drivers will see you in their mirror and actually move over on a tight corner and wave you pass....I always honk and give them a 3 second thumbs up.
I'm just going to have to rat myself out here. Last year my son and I were riding back roads on our Harleys. Leaving a very small town we got behind a huge toy hauler being towed by a pickup. Up ahead I can see for probably 1/2 - 3/4 a mile, all sweeping curves, and all double yellow lines.
I'm thinking like byke33, "why waste all them there kewl curves?". So out I go, and just opened it up. I'm watching my mirrors for Brian, and he's not coming. I'm thinking, what a wuss. About 3 miles later I see a pickup coming really fast, although I'm only running about 60-65 out on the flats. Straight line speed doesn't interest me much, just ripping through fast curves.
I'm watching this guy coming, then notice the red and blues flashing in his grill. Turns out it's a state game trooper, the one that pulled onto the hwy behind Brian and I. Yeah, the one Brian saw and I didn't.
I'm already stopped, helmet off, license in hand when he finally gets to me. He asked me if I knew why he stopped me. Felt like telling him it was because I chose not to outrun his ass, but instead I told him the truth (the other truth). I told him I knew it was double yellow, but that I could see, it was safe, and that I just didn't want to waste all those curves.
He let me off with a warning.
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