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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-12-2009, 09:31 AM Thread Starter
 
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Another biker passed me......

on my right side. We were going through a small town which had a turning lane and there was a biker in front of me and then one behind me. I didnt know either one, but the guy behind me gets really close to me then scoots on by on my right side. Was he just trying to get around me becuase i was going slower then him? or was he trying to initiate something? Im fairly new to the bike world and didnt know if this was something bikers do or if i should take it as a insult (which i didnt, i just want expecting that).
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No insult intended. I would not do that myself. I might pass on the left same lane some one that I am riding with. One has to be sure that the other rider is aware that they are being passed up close. But no I would not take it as an insult. And also it is not commonly done.

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There was a post a while back about motorcycle laws for each state, for instance in PA you are allowed to ride side by side in the same lane. I guess it's possible he just wanted to get around you and didn't see the need to go into the passing lane.

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Cool thanks, yea thats pretty risky to pass on the right side because if i had not of looked i wouldnt have seen him.
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yeah that guy may not have meant anything by that but he just made us al looke like law breaking a-holes...
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There was a post a while back about motorcycle laws for each state, for instance in PA you are allowed to ride side by side in the same lane.
But it also states you are supposed to only pass on the left.

Whether this would apply to bikes in the same lane, I don't know. But, IMO, common courtesy is to usually pass on the left, not right.
If I'd have thought he was wanting to pass, I would've moved to the right side of the lane and motioned him to pass, so he knew I was expecting it.


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But it sounds like this guy just rushed and didn't even give him the opportunity to move to the right so he could pass on the left properly.

Unless you are with people you know, or are part of group. you wouldn't pass people on the right unless they are okay with it. and even then you make sure they know whats going on.

It sounds to me like this guy is a jerk or a total squib and doesn't understand anything. and the sad thing is about this, is that this guy gets to drive a car. thats kinda freaky. Cuz to me if you are a good biker, you will generally be a good driver all around.

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It sounds like laziness, bad manners and poor judgment to me. It seems to me that he could have flashed his hi-beam and/or sounded his horn to signal his intention to pass. (I know the odds of a rider in front hearing a stock OEM horn is slight, hence flashing the light.) However if there was a passing lane open and clear for him to use, it is unlikely that he would think to give warning of a pass on the right.

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But it also states you are supposed to only pass on the left. Whether this would apply to bikes in the same lane, I don't know. But, IMO, common courtesy is to usually pass on the left, not right.
If I'd have thought he was wanting to pass, I would've moved to the right side of the lane and motioned him to pass, so he knew I was expecting it.
Thats what I do also, as I always ride the rear or our group... One other thing, I don't hear hardly at all out of my left ear (no stereo) and had I have heard him I would have probably veered right not knowing he was on my right...
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It just seems so to me that passing on the right is a bad idea in general, given that people don't expect to be passed on the right, can be surprised when someone does it, and react in all manner of unexpected ways. Also one of the hazards of lane splitting, I guess.

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