A few weeks ago I was side swiped by a reckless rider. He was riding in the shoulder or lane splitting at such high speeds that I didn’t see him when I checked my mirrors a few seconds before we collided.
I was too busy not crashing to realize what happened right away, but I quickly realized that the black shape that flew past my face was my left mirror. Unfortunately by the time I put it together the other motorcyclist was speeding away. Initially I was glad he wasn’t hurt, and that neither of us had crashed in heavy traffic, however he just broke my motorcycle and took off…
Not very brotherly. At first I just assumed that he didn’t know what he’d done and I thought that maybe if I caught up and honked at him and flashed my lights he might pull over.
He just sped up, now lane splitting past nearly stopped traffic at near or above the posted speed limit. I really wanted get my mirror paid for, but not at the risk of my life. I slowed down and let him go, he was riding the bike like he stole it, which who knows maybe that’s what was going on.
So I’m replacing my left mirror for the second time in six months. Let’s hope it’s the last time.
Overall I was pretty disappointed in this guy, it’s one thing to be taken out by those idiots texting and driving, but it is especially sad to be hurt and have my bike broken by someone who should have known better and was “one of my own”. I know it is silly to think that this guy would give more of a crap about me just because of the way we like to get from point A to point B. I’m just another face in the masses to him.
Hell, he probably doesn’t wave to other motorcyclists either.