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So I'm riding down the street here today, and I pass a car (#1). He was in the right lane doing probably 35-40 and I was doing 40-45 (35 mph speed limit). I drive a little bit in the left lane until there's another car (#2) in front of me going about 35, and mirror/shoulder check and move back into the right lane. After a few seconds back in the right lane, I check my mirrors and see a car (maybe car #1 :dontknow: , call it car #3) coming up on me pretty fast. He gets within 10 feet of me and makes a move for the pass, but that car (#2) isn't too far back and car #3 behind me almost runs into #2. If he were a motorcycle, he would have almost split lanes and passed me (like some dick on a cruiser one time, whole other story).

Anyways, when I first saw him approaching I sped up, and started going even faster when he made his pass attempt (still gaining on me). So I give it some more throttle and mover over to the left lane, way past car #2, and check my speedometer to see that I'm going 67 mph and check my mirrors to see that car #3 is still very close, but still in the right lane. Stop light ahead with two cars in front of me, so I slow and stop behind them. Car #3 has stops right next to me instead of pulling up to the intersection, and I look over to see a white guy in one of those big colorful hoodies ("thug"). He starts saying something about how I "better be real careful" and something about a "b!tch." I couldn't hear everything he said because of ambient sound and my helmet, but I started laughing and shaking my head at his ridiculousness. He pulls up to the stop light and keeps glaring at me through his left-side mirror. Light turned green, but the two cars in front of me were slow enough that he ended up way ahead. I saw him trying to drive as slow as he could though, waiting for me to catch up. I stayed back and made the turn onto my street before I caught up with him.

Now, he could have been telling me to be careful because motorcycles are dangerous or because there might be cops around or something, and saying that getting hurt or caught would be a b!tch, but his tone of voice and behavior said otherwise.

When I first decided to get a motorcycle, a friend told me about how he's heard of people in Miami deliberately bumping into motorcycles with their cars, but I shrugged it off as BS. Now I'm not so sure. Seemed like this guy would have been happy to do it. As a side note, he was driving a beat up mid-90s (?) Mazda Millenia.

Has this kind of thing happened to any of you, or have you heard of similar happenings?
 

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this is why I carry a sack of ball bearings.
 

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my last 2 rides have had the spoiler, tinted windows, thumpers wanting to race. I think it's that time of year again so be careful out there. People tend to get antsy when you can maneuver better through traffic than they can and it seems they always see it as speeding. You probably did the right thing. You can always do the don't look thing as they bal bla bla.
 

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First day riding on the roads, out with a friend that rides. Pulled up to a stoplight, car with a couple of high school kids pulls up next to me. Light turns green and my friend leads so I wait to take off. The kids ride next to my friend and start yelling stuff at him, I heard "douch" and other gibberish. They slow down and when I pass them they throw a water bottle at me and then dodge into a neighborhood. Gotta love people.
 

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ive had a guy almost run me over and then smirk about it because he thought it was cute. some people give you the temptation to pull up next to them and start ranting or kick there
car or something. its not worth the legal repercussions to get into a fight or hit someones car or anything like that. on a side note, last spring here (spring break) i nearly got into
an altercation with 2 spring breakers (im assuming) because they stopped about 10 feet ahead of the drivethru in the drivethru lane mind you to eat there food. i got out asked him
to move his truck and slapped it on the way back.both guys got out of the vehicle acting like they wanted to fight, both way larger then i. was he being a dick. yes, but slapping his
vehicle was probably not the best option as i probably would have got pummeled.
 

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its smarter to just gtfoutta there. i've had people literally try to hit me and run me over in their cages before.
 

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Heh...cagers are *******s. I was cut off by a dumb a$$ and had to brake for my life in order to avoid rear ending this guy..we ended up at the same light and I shook my head at him. He started yelling at me telling me he was gonna get out of his car and "fk me up" "fking kill me" etc etc etc. I just laughed...I mean comeon whats he gonna hit thats gonna hurt me? I'm fully suited up with boots and titanium knuckled gloves. Douchebags are everywhere.
 

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Sure, there's all kinds of people out there and there's all kinds of road rage stories.

Last week, a friend of mine had a roll of toilet paper thrown at his head while he was (legally) lane splitting in traffic on the freeway. Traffic was especially bad and people are really ****** off and frustrated, so when they see a motorcycle actually moving they don't think it's fair and act out.

A weekend ago for me, even, a BMW got ****** at me when I filtered up to a light. Maybe I got too close to his car for his taste or something (I'm always very careful about not touching other people's cars). He tried to chase me but I completely lost him after 2 lights as traffic was bad and he wasn't nearly as maneuverable. I was only going half the speed limit, too, so it wasn't as if I made some quick getaway.

I've had people yell at me, act like they're going to hit me, throw cigarette butts at me, some other random things thrown at me, people purposefully block me in traffic (yeah, I see them staring at me in their rear-view), randomly come up and tell me stuff, put their drink or trash on my bike while I'm parked, all kinds of stuff.
 

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I travel the Interstate everyday and have noticed over the months the following:

I make note to travel 70mph, limit is 65 and when I am in my truck I may get passed by 2 or 3 vehicles and I pass everyone else pretty well.

On my bike everyone passes me when I am doing 70mph. Thought this was odd so I sat on 75mph, same thing. Sat on 80mph and still everyone passes.

Go back to driving the truck and I am passing everyone again.

Guess the cagers have something to prove in a straight line.
 

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I travel the Interstate everyday and have noticed over the months the following:

I make note to travel 70mph, limit is 65 and when I am in my truck I may get passed by 2 or 3 vehicles and I pass everyone else pretty well.

On my bike everyone passes me when I am doing 70mph. Thought this was odd so I sat on 75mph, same thing. Sat on 80mph and still everyone passes.

Go back to driving the truck and I am passing everyone again.

Guess the cagers have something to prove in a straight line.
hate it when semi's feel like they have something to prove in a straight line :p

or even worse in the rain
 

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So I'm riding down the street here today, and I pass a car (#1). He was in the right lane doing probably 35-40 and I was doing 40-45 (35 mph speed limit). I drive a little bit in the left lane until there's another car (#2) in front of me going about 35, and mirror/shoulder check and move back into the right lane. After a few seconds back in the right lane, I check my mirrors and see a car (maybe car #1 :dontknow: , call it car #3) coming up on me pretty fast. He gets within 10 feet of me and makes a move for the pass, but that car (#2) isn't too far back and car #3 behind me almost runs into #2. If he were a motorcycle, he would have almost split lanes and passed me (like some dick on a cruiser one time, whole other story).

Anyways, when I first saw him approaching I sped up, and started going even faster when he made his pass attempt (still gaining on me). So I give it some more throttle and mover over to the left lane, way past car #2, and check my speedometer to see that I'm going 67 mph and check my mirrors to see that car #3 is still very close, but still in the right lane. Stop light ahead with two cars in front of me, so I slow and stop behind them. Car #3 has stops right next to me instead of pulling up to the intersection, and I look over to see a white guy in one of those big colorful hoodies ("thug"). He starts saying something about how I "better be real careful" and something about a "b!tch." I couldn't hear everything he said because of ambient sound and my helmet, but I started laughing and shaking my head at his ridiculousness. He pulls up to the stop light and keeps glaring at me through his left-side mirror. Light turned green, but the two cars in front of me were slow enough that he ended up way ahead. I saw him trying to drive as slow as he could though, waiting for me to catch up. I stayed back and made the turn onto my street before I caught up with him.

Now, he could have been telling me to be careful because motorcycles are dangerous or because there might be cops around or something, and saying that getting hurt or caught would be a b!tch, but his tone of voice and behavior said otherwise.

When I first decided to get a motorcycle, a friend told me about how he's heard of people in Miami deliberately bumping into motorcycles with their cars, but I shrugged it off as BS. Now I'm not so sure. Seemed like this guy would have been happy to do it. As a side note, he was driving a beat up mid-90s (?) Mazda Millenia.

Has this kind of thing happened to any of you, or have you heard of similar happenings?
I tried to understand what happened, but it is a little confusing...did you deliberately speed up as the car approached from behind because you wanted to make it hard for him to pass? ???
 

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I'm no stranger to taking a forearm pad to their Rear view when they try to squeeze me out. We have a 15 mile scenic loop out here that is 2 lanes wide and only goes one direction- people love to drive down the middle and squeeze you to the weeds when you pass. I give them one try on each side, then they lose their right side mirror. The plastic housings crunch fairly easily with a downward thrust.
 

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The ones I don't get, and it's happened to me a couple times (in only a little less than 3 months riding), are the ones that cross the centerline coming AT me on an otherwise light-traffic road. If I were better at U-turns, I'd go catch a tag number...
 

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Per the MSF "when being tailgated, DO NOT SPEED UP."

IF you do get rear-ended by the tailgating vehicle, do you want to fall off your bike at 30 or 67 mph?
 

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Ehh the last 'thug' I got into an altercation with didn't hold up very well. You only dress and act like that to seem tough.

I would gun it out of the there with a guy trying to kill me, you know his car isn't going to out accelerate you, if the cop sees you he'll also see him. I'm sure he's gonna see the guy chasing you and you have more than a legitimate excuse to be speeding.
 

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I tried to understand what happened, but it is a little confusing...did you deliberately speed up as the car approached from behind because you wanted to make it hard for him to pass?
I sped up to stay away from him and to keep him from rear-ending me.

And yes the MSF says to not speed up when being tailgated, but he was accelerating towards me, and I had no idea if he planned on slowing down or not. As I'm sure all of you do, I assume worst-case scenario; that way, if it is worst-case I'm prepared, and if it's not, then big deal.
 

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I saw a guy on a ratty harley (no helmet, just wearing sunglasses) get cutoff by some dumb broad, guy had to wail on the brakes and swerve to avoid death. He rolled up to the light next to them and tapped on their window to get them to roll it down. I thought he was just going to yell at them or something, but he made himself vomit into their car, then took off. I laughed a good while after that.
 
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