I drive a bike, but I actually agree with you on some points.
A lot of guys get a bike, and first thing they do is, “replace the can” with something as loud and crazy sounding as possible. Then they, for some reason, insist on SCREAMING from every intersection at full tilt.
Now call me boring, but I don’t see the point. My 600cc bike will out-accelerate everything on 4 wheels short of a Ferrari. What would the average life-expectancy of a ferrari driver be if he pulled off from every stop at full tilt? The logic is just against these guys.
I do NOT:
- Go on breakfast runs (these have a higher fatality rate than you can imagine)
- Replace stock mufflers with loud obnoxious shit.
- SCREAM through neighborhoods at ungodly hours.
- Drive without a plate.
- Cut through traffic going at 2x the speed limit, or more.
- Slow down in suburbs if it’s late.
- Fall into a lane if “splitting” is dangerous.
- Go to the front at robots.
Now, the going to the front thing at robots seems to rise much ire with non-bikers. I USED to think like that before I drove one. When you’re on a bike, you don’t want traffic around you. People just do not see you when changing lanes. In my 1st week of owning a bike I almost got sideswiped twice. You learn quickly that “in the muck with the other traffic” is BAD and “ahead of the pack” is GOOD. However this still doesn’t mean you have to max throttle it from every intersection, see point about how fast bikes can be, no car can keep up even at 1/2 throttle.
So, I kinda agree. I think lots of bikers can be very considerate on the road, and because I own a bike, I try to be as considerate as possible towards them. However there’s no helping some people, just like ricer-boys in hot hatches… They give the rest of us a bad name.