So I had a driving lesson on Tuesday and, rather than tell you how it went (good; nothing died) I thought I would share two stories that Martin told me as we were driving around. I don't know if it's as much of a stereotype in other countries, but over here bikers (motorcycle riders, not people on push bikes) are regarded as being a bit wanker-ish with no regards for anyone but themselves. Somehow this subject came up during the lesson. Martin himself is a biker, so he was keen to defend them, but admitted he had encountered a few dumbass bikers himself.
The first story is probably the most dangerous. He was giving his niece a driving lesson (must be nice to be related to a driving instructor) and they were going around 60 down a dual carriageway. Keep in mind that 60MPH is the speed limit there. The first thing that happens is that a biker speeds past him, clearly going well above the speed limit. Then stupidity struck as a second biker raced past him, doing a wheelie, with his knee on the seat. So he's going to be doing about 70-80MPH, on one wheel, with his knee on the seat.
As we were waiting at a crossing Martin told me about one time he used that particular crossing, and saw a biker mount the pavement and drive around the crossing to avoid the red light. That's right folks; this asshat literally drove around a red light on the pavement. He recorded it on his dashcam but sadly there was no time to re-watch the footage.
I'm sure that the majority of bikers are good, decent folks like Martin but man, with some of the stupid bikers to be found, it really is no wonder people hate them.