Motorcyclists Have a "Bad Name"
Ok - I'll get a discussion started, because I just want to know your opinion. Why do you think the cager public seems to assume that if you ride a motorcycle, you are "bad"?
I can't tell you how many times my husband and I have been the recipients of "the middle digit display" while just riding along on our bikes. It doesn't matter if we're going slow, fast, changing lanes, not changing lanes - anything. It doesn't even matter what kind of bike we're riding (we've had several over the years).
We try very hard to be "polite" riders. We always signal our intentions. We don't cut too close to cagers - even though we could because MC's maneuver so easily. Yes, we go over the speed limit sometimes, but so do the cagers. The speed limit on our freeways through the city is 65 mph. Most cars are going 80-90 all the time (unless there is a cop leading the pack). Our bikes have stock pipes and are not very noisy unless we're going uphill in 1st gear. That's about as noisy as they get, unlike "some" stock pipes.
A short story: We were coming home from a ride one day along a 6-lane highway. There were only 3 of us on the entire road at that point - my husband, myself and another motorcycle. We were definitely going over the speed limit as the road was empty. We caught up to the other motorcycle (a large cruiser-type) at the next stop light. He flashed his cop badge at us and announced that he was an off-duty cop and we were giving motorcyclists a bad name and to knock it off. So, we stayed behind him the rest of the way to our turn-off. Guess what? The speed limit (again) was 65 mph. HE was going 85-90 - we stayed right with him to clock his speed. So why was it okay for an OFF-DUTY copy to go over the speed limit and chastise us???? How arrogant and hypocritical can he get? (Okay - I'm finished with that rant.)
I just don't understand people's "automatic" attitude about motorcyclists. I know it probably started a long time ago with the Hell's Angels (and they were bad boys), but come on! Motorcyclists are moms, dads, attorneys, doctors, plumbers, computer programmers, waiters and waitresses, real estate people, etc., etc., etc. We're not a bunch of rebel rousers - we're just a bunch of people who love to ride.
P.S. Hmmm . . . maybe I should ask this on a non-motorcycle forum for some input from cagers.