While it's a strong belief that car drivers in Metro Vancouver are known for their particular incompetance, motorcyclists here have found that they also have particular desire to actually purposely try to hit us, cut us off, and generally offer us less "road sharing rights" than another car. I've been very lucky enough to ride in areas where respect for street motorcycles are very high,,,,New Zealand, Germany, England, etc, etc,,,,.
It's been 4 years since I've ridden in California. Having just returned from 9 days of riding in Norcal, mainly from Mt. St Helens to Redding, from Hwy 101 to the Nevada border. We ticked off 10 of Norcal's best according to Designated Highway's list of best rides. We also sampled many remote single track paved and gravel hard pack roads criss-crossing the Sierras. I was simply blown away how car drivers are so willing to clear the way, often turning off the road within seconds of us arriving at their bumper. Also noted was how good most were at driving, sometimes even entertaining to follow some of them because we were already doing 80mph in a 50. What really startled me was the fully laden logging trucks. That they would even bother with us at all,,,,,,instead they mostly pulled off HARD and FAST, sometimes threatening to lose their load in the process. It was a breath of fresh air.
A quick spin last Sunday up to Squamish really pointed out the true uselessness of cage drivers here,,,,,painfully slow in anything remotely called a corner, yet point-n-shoot speedy in the wide open twin lane runs where you end up going WAY fast to pass them so as not to bugger up the next corner. I've now confirmed in my head that 'serious' motorcycling in BC is a myth, and will now be buying an enclosed bike trailer in order to transport bikes south at times of the year when either the need for great weather or desire to enjoy great roads are in order. It really is too bad.