just a quick rant to get this off my chest. i've noticed an alarming and rather annoying phenomenon of late. as an experienced sport bike rider, i usually wear full leathers everywhere i go. this practice has saved me more than once on track days and on the street when i was struck by a car a couple of years back. what's really annoying is the fact that many car drivers seem to feel that this is my way of inviting a race or, worse yet, make the assumption that i am AUTOMATICALLY speeding and riding FAST. on a stretch of Cambie st. from S.W.Marine Drive to the downtown core i was challenged by no less than 5 cars that seemed to assume that because i'm aboard a Ducati wearing full race leathers that i want to race them off the lights or show them just how fast my bike is. puhlease. is a sportbike doing the speed limit such an ABNORMAL thing nowadays?
this occurrence doesn't seem limited to cars unfortunately. there have been occassions where i'll meet another motorcyclist on the road who upon noticing or seeing i'm back there will then start to ride like a total knob - weaving through traffic, rapid speed bursts, illegal or close cuts and vehicle passes. to prove to me what? just how much faster your bike is than mine? most of the time i'll let that rider leave me in the dust... what's left though is a wake of pissed-off cagers who now see ALL motorcyclists as impatient and crazy dickheads.
so what's my point, you ask? simply put... i have more at stake with my Class 6 license than most. ask people i ride with however and they'll tell you that i'm neither a "safety wimp" or a "passive rider victim" of car traffic... i AM however a firm believer of THE RIGHT TIME AND THE RIGHT PLACE for riding my sportbikes the way they were meant to be ridden. and yes the hypocritical connundrum is that sometimes it means bending the law... but just a little. i am always the first to back down when the situation gets dicey or pushes the risk envelope of common sense.
...but i WILL NOT race your Subaru WRX, or your souped-up Civic, or your Ninja or whatever because it makes absolutely NO sense to do so on a busy, traffic-filled, PUBLIC street. get me to Seattle International Raceway or Portland or some closed circuit racetrack and we'll talk.
take this anyway you want and remember it's just my opinion. like i mentioned earlier there is a time and a place for higher speeds and simple pure motorcycling fun. using common sense and discretion is your sole responsibility as a SPORTBIKE RIDER.
thanks for reading this far...