Why Do Some Drivers Have A Problem With Bikers?

Discussion in 'Questions To Truckers From The General Public' started by skooter, May 4, 2008.

  1. Lurchgs

    Lurchgs Road Train Member

    Feb 13, 2008
    Denver, CO
    as was posted earlier, California is the ONLY state that allows split-lane driving for bikes =- and even there driving on the shoulder is illegal.
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  3. Dukesdad

    Dukesdad Light Load Member

    Aug 3, 2008
    toronto ontario
    The way I see it, he's a grown man, knows the chances he's taking, and the consequences his choices have.
    roadtime549 Thanks this.
  4. biggeno

    biggeno Light Load Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    Crossville TN
    I have been going through this forum all night and this is the first time I thought to reply. 15 to 35 bikers out for a friendly ride, spread out, make room? You obviously don't ride and if you do your prob. a weekend warrior. I may only have a couple of years in trucking but I have 21 years on 2 wheels. How many times have you heard about a bike accident and the 4 wheeler or even rig say "I never saw him" This is the exact reason we stay tight even handlebar to handle bar (in my case anyway) If you trust your brothers riding with you, KEEP IT TIGHT its the safest way to go.
  5. notarps4me

    notarps4me Road Train Member

    Jan 1, 2007
    Until you are on a back road and a few deer pop out and you can't react because you are tight....:biggrin_2554:
  6. biggeno

    biggeno Light Load Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    Crossville TN
    Very true, but that is why in situations like that we stagger on back roads. But highway??? 4 wheelers are bad enough for cuttin bikes and trucks off, keeping it tight as possible and we move as one unit. But that is us, and most other patch holders.
  7. txviking

    txviking <strong>Trucker Geek</strong>

    Jul 18, 2009
    I think there's a big difference between "having it out for bikers" and "having it out for bikers who illegally bypass the traffic jam by riding on the shoulder."

    I'm a motorcycle rider, although I've always had water-cooled bikes, in part for this reason. The limitations of your vehicle isn't everyone else's problem; just like you wouldn't take a farm tractor on the interstate, you need to learn to avoid traffic jams if your vehicle cannot cope with them.

    This is not a case of truckers "having it out" for bikers. This is a case of people being upset with you because you're breaking the rules everyone else has to follow.

    If you took your car down the shoulder, you'd get the same reaction. Or a big truck, for that matter.

    I wouldn't advocate violence for this. I never advocate violence, and I think people who do should be fined or, if they pose a genuine threat, arrested. "Freedom of speech" does not include the right to threaten the life or liberty of another person.

    That said, if I saw you get ticketed for riding this way, I would probably not feel bad for you as you try to argue the limitations of your motorcycle with the officer.
  8. Nighthawk34

    Nighthawk34 Light Load Member

    May 3, 2009
    Salem, OR
    I used to play on 2 wheels and when I did I was living in CA.. and while it was ok to split lanes but not ride on the shoulder I still would rarely find it bad enough to split the lanes but then again I had 32" bars so didn't quite fit anyways LOL... I never really minded when ya would see riders creeping up through a traffic jam by splitting lanes the ones that I couldn't stand are the ones that are splitting lanes #### near at normal highway speeds while everyone else is doing like 5mph !!!!!!

    I found the easiest way to avoid traffic jambs so that I wouldn't end up in the position of splitting or bike over heating was to just stay off of the superslab unless I absolutley had to be on it... I was to the point I can make it from LA to SF with out spending more than about 10min on a freeway.. whats the point of going out for a nice ride on a bike if you are just gonna see what ya see everyday on the slab anyways ???

    Just my .02 worth... I still miss my bike and miss driving trucks BUT on the brightside next week I get to start drivin truck again and hopefully by next summer I'll be on two wheels again as well !!!!!!

    Drive and ride safe.....
  9. 05chopper

    05chopper Light Load Member

    Dec 25, 2008
    Its simple fix your bike so it wont overheat! Check jetting.timing,run syn oil in the motor,buy a cutout for the rear cylinder this drops temps a bunch when at an idle.
  10. BooDawg

    BooDawg Bobtail Member

    Jul 20, 2009
    Keep in mind that some of these so called Truckers are stupid idiots that don't belong in a truck and a hazard to everyone.They get on the CB and cuss, whine and argue.Backups are part of the job and happen everyday.People passing on the side is against the law but thats the policemans job to catch them not yours.If they wasn't jackin their jaw on the telephone and drivers had the courtesy to inform each other they would know whats in front of them
  11. roadtime549

    roadtime549 Bobtail Member

    Jun 11, 2008
    YES, Well said!!
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