I have similar things happen to me in Seattle on I-5 and 405 when I used to commute on my bike. I would be in the HOV lane driving 10 mph over the speed limit and be tail gated. Most of the time it was women in SUVs usually talking into a cell phone. I gave up gettng angry about it and just moved over and let them go on.
In this situation I guess I have to defend the motorocyclist a little. No one deserves to be hit with a 3000Lb + weapon. I am surprised you didn't get a little more involved by following the now felony hit and run driver and getting a better id Yes the rider was a jerk and maybe escalated the situation but deliberately hitting somone one and then running is extreme. Again I think you should of done more. If I saw a motorcyclist hit like this believe i would of gone out of my way to make sure the Driver was brought to justice. I guess maybe I expect the same from every other rider.
"Not to be skeptical", indeed! More like expecting the worst from all.
Actually, Kpaul, if you read the first post you can see where I said that I was driving, not riding(couldn't keep up), and while I am reacting to your criticism, I could give a sh!t as to whether or not you believe I'm a good guy or not. You weren't there; you didn't see it; how do we know what you would have done other than what you're saying after the fact of another's situation?
Re: Trade your SUV in for a minivan, SUVs are breast enlargement devices
I hate to agree with kpaul but last summer I traded my '99 loaded Explorer for a short wheelbase '00 Venture minivan. During our week long snow storm last winter we got around just fine in the Chevy, in fact with some sand bags in the back my 2wd Ranger got around pretty good too.
I really liked the Explorer but realisticaly for a kids and dogs hauler the van is alot more practical. If I didn't need the room I think something like a Forrester would be pretty cool.
1) No one should ever pull out a gun unless they've already made the decision to use it. You don't pull a gun to scare someone. The only reason to ever pull one is to prevent them from killing you, or someone else.
2) I'm perfectly willing to take a butt-kicking, if it means I don't have to shoot someone.
This 'leave the cop work to the cops" crap is rationalization and nothing more. You yourself just said you'd rather make it home than make that choice. In other words... you're scared. it's fine to be to scared to help someone... but it's still being scared.
That ain't what the people are saying, what they are saying is, if someone is nutso and they are maybe 10 times bigger than you, maybe you should give em some room. If you was hiking in the mountains and the path was blocked by a bear, would you assert your right of way? That's the best way to treat cars, large, not very bright, but dangerous objects to be avoided.
I'm not taking the car's side, but I think the guy on the Ducati is an idiot. We don't know why the car was tailgating in the first place. I have read many posts where someone on a bike flips the bird to a cage and then wonders why the car is now chasing them. Whether you are in a car or on a bike, if you antagonize someone else on the road you are asking for trouble. Frankly, there are a lot of a-hole riders out there who think that the cagers owe them something. I ride because I love to ride, and I know the risks involved. I'm not a "Sunday" rider, either. I do my job (insurance adjuster) on my bike and I ride about 1,000 mi a week... sometimes more.
So what are you going to do? Chase down every idiot in a cage who offends you? A hit and run is one thing, but where does it end? Be a defensive rider and don't give the rest of us a bad name.
Well, a car's a gun and a Motorcycle is less than a knife. So when riding, it's the right time to let the testosterone go and do everything possible to let the a**holes have their way and get out of your way as soon as possible.
For your own sanity, it's best to forget their transgressions as soon as possible thereafter and think about nicer things.
(Of course, this is easier at 38 than it was at 28 or, God forbid, 18, and will probably be even easier at 48 and 58.)