I just got back from a trip to the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota. I wasn’t able to catch and yell at any of the idiot motorcyclists who almost killed me on my way up and down, so I thought I’d vent here instead.
I ride a motorcycle, as does the friend I went with. We drove the 400 miles there and back, and before I left I gave some thought to safety. I figured that my main problem would be cars going too fast on the little highways we would be taking. Cars tend not to see motorcycles, and it can get dangerous at times.
But NOOOOO… the big problem was IDIOTS on MOTORCYCLES. I can’t COUNT the number of times that I thought for sure either me or my man was going to end up dead on the side of the road.
Idiots who think that it’s OK to split lanes while passing. Do you really think I can hear or see you when you come up behind me and share the lane with me? What happens if I decide I want to ride on the left side of the lane instead of the right, and YOU’RE in the left lane?
Idiots who invite ME to pass them by splitting the lane. I come up behind you. You’re going slower than me. You get over on the right side of the lane and want me to pass on the left. No way, baby. If I can’t get over into the oncoming traffic lane and pass like a car, I’m not passing you. Sorry.
People who think it’s OK to pass, and get in between me and my buddy who is slightly ahead of me. Don’t you GET IT!?! We’re travelling TOGETHER! If you can’t pass both of us at once, you don’t have enough room to pass. Just stay behind us until you do.
People going just way too fast. I’m already going above the speed limit. I got passed by people doing 90+ mph on a regular basis. There was a high wind. Tell me this isn’t dangerous. And yeah, I saw your bikes parked outside every single bar on the way up and down. I’m all for stopping and having a cold one every couple of hours… but not every 20 minutes.
And just general observations…
Harley drivers who will do just about anything to protect themselves from the elements, but would NEVER consider wearing a helmet. I saw people with their entire heads covered with scarves, hats, etc. - right over their face, leaving slits for their eyes. Yeah, the wind was bad. I was comfy in my helmet. Maybe I didn’t look as cool as you, but come on…
People with children in dangerous positions on bikes. I saw one bike go by with a 10 year old hanging on for dear life. His butt was half on the passenger seat, and half on the back fender of the bike. I fully expected to see the kid splattered on the side of the road.
I also saw a man with an extremely small child - 2 or 3 years old - sitting on the passenger seat behind him. The child was strapped to the man with a wide velcro band, but was not old enough to firmly hold on to the man or the bike. Leave your kid off the bike until he/she is old enough to sit and hang on by his or herself.
I could go on and on and on… talk about a bunch of seriously dumb people. No wonder you hear about so many accidents.