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  1. I have a problem being sympathetic to motorcyclists. I hear and see these PSA’s on TV & radio about how I’m suppose to be aware of their presence. However, I never hear or see PSA’s stating motorcyclists should not pass on the outside borders of the highway, go between cars in traffic, or fly down the highway at speeds of excess of 90 MPH. I don’t want to hear the response that this is only a few riders. That is BUNK. It happens day in and day out by more and more riders. If motorcyclists want respect on the road they better start earning it.

  2. I would suggest that you look at the Hurt report, an NHTSA sponsored study on motorcycle riding. I think you would be surprised at the results, which are based on actual research rather than angry self-righteous indignation and hostile generalizations. The majority of motorcycle accidents are caused by inattentive car drivers while the motorcycle is at low speeds.

  3. The original complaint about lane splitting started out by saying the irritated driver was in California where that is legal. The response quoted Washington State law, where it’s not. Woops. Got some apples in with that citrus.

    The simple fact of the original complaint was that the driver was annoyed because he was sitting still in traffic, he tells us right off the bat about his irritation at being stuck, and the motorcycle riders were moving.

    It is an understandable emotion, but not one that any reasonable person would want to use as justification for any kind of law change or for some crackdown on those pesky motorcyclist who are getting home on time while the GOOD people are stuck on the freeway..

    As for being scared by motorcycles going by at 25 miles an hour, I call BS.

    There you sit in your giant Ford Expedition with the AC on, a Coke in your lap, talking to your mom on your cell phone, and you want us to believe you were reasonably afraid for your physical safety because some guys on bikes were passing by?


  4. I am sorry to hear about Frank G.’s experience with motorcyclists while on his road trip. I have been riding motorcycles longer than not, and have over 250,000 miles in the saddle. But let’s examine his story for a minute.

    First off, he mentioned being in a traffic jam in Los Angeles, California. As upsetting as it may seem, lane-splitting is legal in California. So when motorcyclists ride by “legally” while others must wait in the traffic jam, is just something that he, and all of the others, will just have to accept. To loose a person’s respect for doing something that is legal and allowed is pretty shortsighted. Lane-splitting is not legal in Washington and if Mr. Frank G. sees a motorcyclist splitting the lanes, then I expect him to dial 911 and report it. Personally, I ride a touring bike, with a fairing and saddlebags, so my motorcycle is wider than most. Even when I’m in California, I choose not to split the lanes, simply because I don’t think I could clear the other cars safely.

    On his other comment, “I don’t want to hear the response that this is only a few riders.” Unfortunately, the majority of excessive riding really is done by a relatively small group of riders. To prove this, I ask Mr. G. to watch the ‘daily’ offenders and take note of who does and who does not ride wildly. He may find the the offenders are usually the same few riders. The next thing I would ask Mr. G. to do is go to a motorcycle rally. Stop by the “Governor’s Run”, it’s the first full weekend in May every year and 2007 is the 25th anniversary. With well over 1500 motorcycles at this one rally, it’s pretty hard to believe that every one of them are the wild and crazy riders mentioned by Mr. G.. And the proceeds go to benefit Holly Ridge Center, the learning and assistance program for developmentally disabled children. I agree that there are a few riders that ride crazy, wild and very dangerously, but they are not the majority.

    As for earning your respect, again I ask you to visit a rally and see just a few of the local charities that motorcyclists support. You may find that there are several motorcyclists that support multiple events, giving hundreds of dollars to various charities and events every year. Personally, I ride the Governor’s Run, Ride for the Dogs (Guide Dogs of America), Childrens Run (Childrens Hospital), Veteran’s Ride (Retsils Veteran’s house in Port Orchard), plus several others that come up as a last-minute notification. All of the rides that I go on support facilities and/or organizations that depend on donations so that they can help others that are not able to help themselves. And with each ride or rally, I am part of a big group of motorcyclists that have earned the respect of those we help. So Mr. G., to earn your respect… well, what have you done to earn mine?

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