How to Pass Like an Idiot

A woman was killed while riding on the back of the Harley-Davidson last Sunday, after another motorcycle ran head on into hers... The cra...

A woman was killed while riding on the back of the Harley-Davidson last Sunday, after another motorcycle ran head on into hers...

The crash occurred about 1:15 p.m., when Joe Silver Sr., a 43-year-old Tracy man riding his 1993 Suzuki motorcycle east on the two-lane road, tried to pass the vehicle in front of him, CHP Officer Tom Stewart said. Silver crossed the double yellow lines into the westbound lane just as he was going around a curve and collided with the Harley, Stewart said.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/08/06/BA0RRDG1F1.DTL

I've crossed over the double-yellow line several times to pass cars. I only do it when I can get a long view down the road, and when the road is clear. My Ultra Classic doesn't accelerate well in the higher gears, so I don't normally try it.

My presumption is that people with bikes that accelerate very well tend to take these risks more often. I'm not going to say never ever cross over the double-yellow lines because clearly, there are times when you can safely do so.

I just wanna say that if you're going to do it, and you're on a blind curve, think about that rider who's coming at you from the other side.

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  1. There is a really good reasom why there are double yellow lines marked on the roadway.

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  2. Crossing the double yellow lines = bad idea. Passing without being able to see the road ahead = really bad idea.

    Enjoying your blog Steve!

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  3. People don't understand what the instant death of a family member can do to somebody. That was my mother and Joe Silver will never get what he truly deserves.

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