Haveing been almost plastered by cars innumerable times because THEY drifted over a faded line, or ignored some dented stop sing I have recently found myself following a new phylosophy on the road. I think that it is probably the heat, but things are getting stupid on the road as of late.
1) ALL vehicles with more than 2 wheels, are the enemy and driving is a war which you cannot win, only survive.
2) Never expect an enemy to obey the "rules".
Don't expect that car to stay in his lane, don't expect that SUV to stop at that stop sign.
3) Never let the enemy make decisions for you.
Never allow a vehicle to force you to do anything. If a car is crowding you GET AWAY. Either pull off the road or dig into your bag of sportbike magic and seperate.
4) Never accept gifts from the enemy.
Never pass a car that is waving you by until they are OFF the road and stopped. At any moment they might realize that the pullout lane isn't 2km long and they would rather kill you than hit that barrier.
5) Don't try and read the enemy's battle plans, he may be feeding you what HE wants you to hear.
Ignore signals from cars. Either they have forgotten that they are on, or haven't turned them on. A signal that isn't on doesn't mean that that truck isn't going to change lanes. A signal that IS on doesn't mean that that car is going to make a turn. Always assume that ALL vehicles might move randomly and be ready for it.
6) Realize that more often than not the conventional battle is the most dangerous.
Don't expect that passing in passing lanes is any safer than other areas. The FIRST question is "is it safe?". "Is is legal?" is a distant third after "is it practicable?" There are plenty of "legal" passing areas that are deadly and plenty of "illegal" ones that are safe.
7) Never follow anyone blindly into battle.
Just because the crazy nut on that blue VFR think that he can take that corner at 100 don't think that you can too.
8) Never take advice from people who aren't on your side. Anyone not currently ON your bike with you is not really on your side in this war.
Don't listen to crackpots either at Starbucks ot on the Internet.