Squids, ya gotta love these guys. I riding home from a class I'm taking, and working an 8 hour day as well. Fuel light lit since riding in to work this morning, Km's hitting 30+. Nearest gas is the Chevron near Metrotown. Gas up, and pull out to a red light on Kingsway. Dutifully scan the rearview, and see a bike pulling up behind me. He pulls in right next to me my lane. T-shirt, shorts, Pro-Keds and no socks. Safety gear is helmet and gloves. '02-'03 R1, white repainted bodywork.
The 20-something glances over. I say to him, .."lane discipline, have you ever heard of it?". He seems shocked that I'm not thrilled he's there. He answers "what?". I ask the question again. He says "I don't know what the f*ck you're taking about". I answer "you probably don't..", and wave him ahead. He leaves on the green, does a feeble clutch wheelie. Lands it, does a hasty median to curb lane change, wobbles to a stop and leaves Kingsway to a side street.
Don't get me wrong about the gear. This rant ain't about that. If I'm going to the store doing only Tour de France speeds, I'm not wearing race gear. I know some good friends are comfortable only with ATGATT (All The Gear, All The Time).
This isn't even about wheelies. I throw my own license on the line occasionally when I speed.
This isn't about getting a starter litrebike, even though it seemed like it was his first streetbike from his ability and actions. I could be wrong.
This rant is about staying in your OWN lane. A very basic driving skill I'm seeing less of year by year.