BTW, in my six years of riding to work every day on freeways at about 20K miles a year, I can't even remember a time when I was tailgated (I don't ride like a Harley rider, which is probably why).
Unfortunately tailgating is a fact of life where I live. The worst part is when I leave a long buffer zone in front of me to account for the tailgater (so I don't have to stop short and get killed by this idiot) people take it as an open invite to cut in front of me.
If somebody's going faster than me, and very few do, I let 'em go by, then they get to be the performance award dummy.
Why am I reminded of some paranoid evil scientist, toiling away for hours in his lab, fixing to make "them" pay for slighting him?
You guys are missing the whole point of what I mean by being tailgated in traffic. I don't know where you live or ride , but What I am referring to is in solid traffic when all lanes are full, no room in front and no room behind, when the proper driving method is the 3 second rule, for safe following distance. Now picture that as your surrounding and as a good rider your watching in front and behind simultaneously, your leaving room in front of you to allow for emergency, road debree, or other problems that are lurking waiting for you. The drivers around here can't help themselves when there is even a tiny bit of room in front of you between the next driver. If you're not right up their ass they act as though you need to be cut off.
I love it when others claim no-one tailgates them because they are the fastest on the road all the time, Pah-Lease
not in my traffic you're not. Maybe I'll buy that "little hero" weather tight camera and start videoing my rides to and from work, then you'd understand. ever have anyone come on from the on ramp and just punch it, cut all the way over 4 lanes whether anyone is in the way or not, look straight at you in their rear view mirror when you lay on the stebel nautilus air job, and keep coming in front of you anyway 18 inches off you're fucking front tire, only to give you that extra little quick jab swerve as they finish there attempted murder driving maneuver, THEN ONCE THEY ARE IN FRONT OF YOU KEEP LOOKING IN THE MIRROR LAUGHING, FLIP YOU OFF, AND EVEN GIVE YOU A LITTLE BRAKE JOB TO SHOW YOU YOU HAVE NO PLACE HONKING AT THEM AND ALMOST SENDING THE CAGER BEHIND YOU INTO YOU REAR BECAUSE HE'S AN ASS HOLE TOO AND FOLLOWING TO CLOSE.
It must be nice to ride such a sheltered life, where you can avoid all conflict with the cagers, Give me a break every fifth thread around here (slight exaggeration) is complaining about cagers in one way shape or form.
If you were to commute to work every day 60 plus miles each way, how many rear enders do you think you'd see? How many roll-overs are on your local highways daily? I see a least 3-5 rear enders between morning and afternoon commutes, and roll-overs (albeit they are mostly in the afternoon) are almost daily. Evey one knows the reputation of Massachusetts drivers, This is merely my response to them.....And for Christ sake this whole thread was put up for fun, to give people a chuckle during times when the economy has people ledge bound, and when your breakfast sausage will give you the death flu, and you can't get any Spanish Fly because Mexico is closed for business.
Now, Get back on track Fjrforum and learn to have a little laugh now and again, only about half of you all so far are getting it.
Yes I have, and yes it does make me mad. But if I keep that anger inside me, then they won, that person accomplished what they set out to do, that is make everyone as miserable as them. If you know that commute makes you angry, you should consider an alternate way. I have a similar commute in CT on I-95, 30 miles each way, mostly slab. And I'm sure these drivers are no different than yours. But I've found an alternate route on some nice back roads, yeah it takes me a little longer to get there, and there are alot of lights. But I arrive at work or home with a smile, thats the key. If riding is not fun, then I need to put the bike away. Oh BTW I've found alternate routes back and forth, from any exit ramp. So when traffic gets too much I just get off anywhere and meander. What you mean to tell me I'm the only one who leaves for work 2 hours early for a 45 min commute. Sometimes those 2 rides are the best part of the day so I make the most of it.