I know I am getting older not bolder but last night I watched a young woman rider move through traffic riding way outside her limits. I had to give myself a good head shake at all of her maneuvers.
Lets follow our rider and think about how she was riding and the conditions. I know most of us in cages do that and one day Vince couldn't get my attention on 99S when I was on my bike so I am as guilty as the next one of us.
I had stopped at Deeley's to have a quick tour of the MC Museum and see a friend of mine who works there.
It started to rain about 4:30 and it was just pounding down for about 45 minutes, so hard I didn't want to make a dash for my car. The rain finally let up enough that I got in my car turned north onto boundry and made my way to First Ave. It was 5:15 peak rush hour traffic
I am sitting second in line a the light (one of two left turn lanes at First and Boundry) behind a panel van (no rear or side windows) when a black Yamaha FZ6 lane splits up between the long line of traffic and slides across in front of the van. The rider is wearing Black on Black and she seems a little dodgy coming to a stop. Cute Black Braided pigtail and nice Gearne boots (look new) and pack tied on to her rear seat
Now there is still running water on the streets and crap is floating around near the storm sewers.
Light turns green and she is off and though the intersection before the left turning traffic both ways has moved 10 feet.
I then watch her (it is still raining) weave up through the traffic and split to the front of the next line.
My traction control light is flashing the road is so slippery if I tap the throttle.
We all cozy up to the next light she is now about 12 cars ahead on me.
The light west on first turns green. She peels off to the left and runs aggressively up the left lane that is closing and forces her way into traffic, lane splits to the front of the light and then takes off again westbound. She is out of sight in 1 minute
Attention Young Lady, you are not that good a rider to get away with that method of traffic management for too long. You will get hit, plain and simple.
Here is what I observed.
1. You were invisbile in your gear (all Black) and it was raining and I missed you in my mirror as you split by me.
2. Except for when you pushed back in from the closed lane you never did a shoulder check.
3. The road was greasy as snot and full of moving debris - what were you thinking riding so far into your traction envelope?
4. I know it is fun to split lanes but is is illegal in BC, and most importantly Vancouver's already brain dead motorists don't expect to be split. They will crush you against a UPS truck and never hear your screams over their cell phone conversation. I never saw her officer will be their valid defense
5. You gave another example to the average Car Driver that Motorcyclists are pushy daredevils.
And BCCOM wonders why there is no support for single plate licensing . Here's why because between riding like Asshats, loud pipes, and displays of poor road manners like this rider showed we are not on anyone's love list.