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Date Joined Jan 2008
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| Posted 2/10/2011 9:35 AM (GMT -7) |
|I hope this guy made it to wherever he was going this morning.
Doing my normal morning commute on the freeway, in the left slot of the car pool lane. I'm in an area where there's a two foot gap between the sets of double yellow lines separating the car pool lane from the left hand regular lane of the freeway. I usually ride the left slot to give room to faster bikers so they can pass me easily.
Looking in my mirror, I saw a biker coming over from the right, crossing the double yellow to get into the car pool lane. Risky, as CHP bikes patrol the area watching for bikers crossing the double yellows and not waiting for the dotted "enter/exit" area of the car pool lane like a car would have to do. My initial thought was that they guy was a CHP, so I kept an eye on him.
There's nobody in the car pool lane in his area, but the guy rode along in the two foot gap between the car pool and regular lanes. I thought that was weird. OK, maybe still a CHP.
Then the guy moved fully into the car pool lane, accelerated, and pulled up on my right side and sat next to me. We're both going 70 or so at this point. Looking over, I can see that it's a brand new Ducati Monster (still had a paper dealer plate), with a young guy riding. I was watching him to see if he was trying to signal me for something like "something is about to fall off your bike", or maybe it was somebody I knew, otherwise why would he want to ride right next to me. He wasn't looking over at me.
I slowed to get away from being right next to him, but he slowed as well, and stayed next to me. At this point, I hear an engine revving behind us. It's a guy on a Ninja, wanting to pass us both. There's now a big gap to the car in front of us, so I sped up, hoping the Monster would drop in behind me to let the Ninja go by. But, of course, the guy on the Monster did as well. and stayed next to me.
This frustrates the guy on the Ninja, so he just crosses the four yellow lines and goes around both of us. This apparently pisses off the Ducati rider, so he accelerated to "go play" with the Ninja I guess. I'm still going about 70, and within a minute, the Ducati, splitting traffic at about 85-90, was over the horizon.
Good luck buddy!
Work to ride, Ride to work
Honda VTX 1300R
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Date Joined Jul 2007
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| Posted 2/10/2011 12:34 PM (GMT -7) |
|Riding next to another bike is a very dumb idea, as you point out.|
The only thing you could have possibly done was to accelerate or slow dramatically and get out of the car pool lane to lose this dummy.
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Date Joined Jul 2011
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| Posted 7/20/2011 1:19 AM (GMT -7) |
|but if we want to drop speed suddenly , what we can do apart from break application.|
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