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Jun 28th 2016, 04:26 PM   #1
 GPD323's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Spanaway

Motorcycle strafes and few riders, a cruiser and a car what do you think?

So, coming up on 2 sport bikes and a cruiser slowing down a car and the 2 bikes, (the cruiser is in the lead and slow) its a double yellow as far as the eye can see. Its in tight corners and the guy in the back thats been waiting and watching grabs a handful zips past the 2 sport bikes with room to spare, comes up on the slow cruiser and then passes them too with lots of room and then takes the car. This all happened in a very short time period and the bike disappears into the distance. I mean in less than 20 seconds or less!

The road is super twisty and I guess he was wanting to get on with it. Sight lines were iffy but all seemed to go well as far as I could tell. I did not see any panic on the bike riders ( I think they were taken off guard?) and no one grabbed any brakes, car and cruiser included.

Was the guy who passed us OK? I found it fine with me as I saw him early on and really did not think he would attempt a pass, but off he went.

Several bikes, a cruiser and car all in tight corners and double yellow, sight lines were OK when he did the passes.

What do you think?

Edited by GPD323 on Jun 28th 2016 at 04:43 PM
Jun 28th 2016, 04:44 PM   #2
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  Jan 2016
  Portland

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If I was itching that hard to ride fast, I'd either find a new twisty with less traffic or go slower/pull over till there is some distance between you and the slow people.

Passing in a corner is just too edgy IMO.
Jun 28th 2016, 04:54 PM   #3
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  Jan 2016
  Spanaway

He came up on traffic, where was he supposed to go? Stop and wait for traffic to clear? We are in the middle of no where and not in a city or town. Is he supposed to sit back and wait another 20 miles till he gets a passing lane?

Personally I thought it was OK, but some of you may not?
Jun 28th 2016, 05:32 PM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Salem, Oregon

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Passing anywhere you can't see oncoming traffic is not smart. If he had met another vehicle head on it could have gone bad for him and everyone he just passed.

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Jun 28th 2016, 06:49 PM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  Beijing

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I think it's a calculation and every situation is fluid and different... I've passed in corners where I knew I had either enough time to make a clean pass or at least where the road was wide enough that I could easily split the lane if I needed to... Sometimes it's also just a matter of carrying momentum on the road enough that the closing speed between me and the vehicle being passed is so great that the pass itself literally takes almost no time to execute...


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Jun 28th 2016, 07:05 PM   #6
 
  Jan 2016
  Lynnwood WA

  2007 Yamaha FZ6, 2008 Aprilia Tuono & 2009 Yamaha WR250R
Should he have done it? Probably not, but like galenernest said, each situation is different. Would I have done it? I plead the fifth.
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Jun 28th 2016, 08:06 PM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  Silverdale, WA

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If I'm out in the boonies, on one of many favorite roads, yes, I don't even think twice about waiting for a legal passing lane, I pass when I feel it's safe enough on a double yellow. I will say this, I don't just happen on someone and just do a fly by, but usually hold up a bit so the rider(s) notices me, and has an opportunity to move over (sometimes waves me past) for me to pass by more safely. A lot of times they don't, so I just go on around, when I can. I'm not about to follow someone traveling the posted speed limit on a desolate road mile after mile after mile.........

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Jun 29th 2016, 08:32 AM   #8
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  Feb 2016
  Bellingham

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Could also be the case where said rider rode many miles to get to the twisty stuff only to find cars etc. blocking the way.

Trackdays have calmed my need to carve corners on the street and make questionable passes, though I still like riding on the street.
Jun 29th 2016, 11:19 AM   #9
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  Jan 2016
  space needle

sounds like hwy 20

typical...
Jun 29th 2016, 08:40 PM   #10
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  Apr 2016
  Kitsap

By the scenario you painted, I would have probably waited...but I can't say that I haven't done something similar before when I've known the road and seen similar drivers/riders.


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Jun 29th 2016, 09:01 PM   #11
 
  Feb 2016
  Shoreline

I think over time the double yellow lines are becoming more cautious and common. Also the type of vehicle and how fast you can pass and get back into your lane vary depending on the vehicle. I'd pass on a double yellow if I felt safe doing it. Which would be based on a lot more than whether the center line is a double yellow or not.
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Jun 30th 2016, 03:59 AM   #12
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  Jan 2016
  Spanaway

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Originally Posted by inod3
I think over time the double yellow lines are becoming more cautious and common. Also the type of vehicle and how fast you can pass and get back into your lane vary depending on the vehicle. I'd pass on a double yellow if I felt safe doing it. Which would be based on a lot more than whether the center line is a double yellow or not.
agreed, he did sit back behind me a time before the run past us all. Personally I had no issue with it.
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