1. You were riding in the passing lane and not paying attention to traffic around you, paying more attention to your pride in a new exhaust. The passing lane is for passing, if you are not passing, get out of it!
2. You pass that you were overwhelmed by his speed, 20 MPH (your estimation, not mine) is not really that fast. If 20 MPH overwhelms you, it may be best that you avoid the higher speeds of the interstate... at your claim of 80, you were likely passing other's at 20MPH more.
Now you can claim that I did not see everything, true, I made the above using nothing more than what you gave us. I have also not heard his side. But from what you tell us, you were endangering other's also.
I am privately embarassed anytime I see a vehicle that I did not realize had switched lanes, come up behind me, etc... I pride myself in being keenly aware of what is around me. You are on a bike, you are the one that is going to lose the battle of gross tonnage, you need to avoid the accident. Roadsmanship is a skill to be constantly honed.
As it is, you should have just taken it as a personal lesson that you need to improve on, after all, you can not change the actions of another, but you can change the impact of the actions on yourself!
Hope your exhaust is great and glad you got home safely!
I didn't want to do it but y'all have forced me to:
19 BMWMOA Nationals under my belt, and I have no idea what I am doing.
So while you may think you own the lane, the law states otherwise. The US would be a safer place to drive if the police would simply enforce the laws.
LoL - I think even the diehard ERC instructors would tell you to take your eyes off your mirrors and break the sentinel for idiots suddenly popping into your lane at triple-digit speeds, to look at what's in front of you, at least occasionally.If you can not pay attention when riding and be able to see in your mirrors, then you are not really riding in a prudent manner and should consider something a bit safer, like a cage or, if you like the wind in your hair, a big wheel!
I think that is the whole issue..."failure to yield to traffic"
"A good stick is a good reason"
To the few posters out there ragging on Tony for his post, you are really hilarious... I'm going to have to assume that you are just kidding with him or that you routinely lane-split at high speed to extract revenge on any other rider who is not perfect. You really sound silly at best. Tony could have been having cheese and crackers in the left-hand lane on his LT, or reading a book, or talking on his cell phone. It really does not matter what he was doing. None of the above would have displayed safe and courteous riding skills but it doesn't excuse another rider passing him in the same lane. Period. The passing rider, regardless of what kind of bike he was on, is the one who put both riders in danger... not Tony. For the record, Tony clearly stated that he was passing in the left lane and checked to make sure he was not pulling out in front of anyone. He was later passed by the approaching rider. I'm not sure where the confusion comes in. If Tony were picking cracker crumbs off his tank bag when the other rider approached, the safe and courteous response from the approaching rider is to slow down and if Tony spent the next minute or two slicing some smelly cheese while in the left lane, the rider behind should pass him safely in another lane. Simple as that. To suggest anything else is just noise and rather junvenile.
I also should note that I too read some of the thread on the S-bike forum and to put the attacks on Tony in perspective, the inital post referred to Tony's post as (paraphrasing) "the typical way the rank & file MOA members vew S-bike riders." So Tony, look at it this way, you've been promoted to representing the MOA for all things related to S-bike riders. You are now officially the S-bike Czar.
By the way... can I have a slice of that smelly cheese?
2005 R1150RT (sold)
1987 Hurricane 1000 (RIP)
1985 Suzuki GS1150ES (Still alive in friends hands)
1982 Honda CB750F (RIP)
Oh yeah, if he had hit Tony at a mere 20mph speed differential (by the way, go run into something at 20mph and tell me if it hurts) and they had both gone down (at 80mph) and Tony had died, the appropriate law if the prosecutor chose to apply it might be "vehicular manslaughter" or something of the sort. All of course, considering the "S" bike rider was absolutely justified by the "LAW" you quoted. Apparently the "LAW" as well as the"law" of common sense are different in my world.
Steve Marquardt, 2004 R1150RT