Racetrack bikers

Racetrack bikers

Racetrack bikers

First published in Letters by

WOULD motorcyclists taking the A166 York and Fridaythorpe road please note that this is a public highway with a speed limit of 60mph and not a race track.

I was driving to Bridlington on the A166 on Sunday in the usual summer procession of cars, within the speed limit, and was overtaken by about 40 motorcycles, They seemed to be together as a group and wanted to stick in formation at all costs. This involved swooping, high speed passing manoeuvres, many performed within inches of the cars, which forced me and other car drivers to brake to create gaps that weren’t there in the first place.

There are numerous large signs along the route warning motorcyclists that this is a dangerous road and to be very careful, sadly all unheeded. I use this route regularly and it’s not uncommon to see motorcyclists take risks, but what I saw on Sunday was utter madness. The machines are getting faster and more capable, sadly it seems that the capabilities of the drivers to handle them with common sense is not.

Chris Plows, Brooklands, Osbaldwick, York.

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7:13pm Tue 26 Aug 14

notpedallingpaul says...

I also traveled that road on Friday 15 August, again I was in a procession of cars, but that was because the tw@t at the front wanted to drive at 40mph instead of the national speed limit (60mph), drivers who drive at these speeds i.e. below the national speed limit when the roads and weather conditions are ok are as dangerous as those who speed, simply because it leads to a lot of frustrated drivers behind them who then take silly risks.
Personally as a former motorcycle rider, I always allow motorcyclists room to overtake me, motorcycles can nip past quicker than a car, is your problem that you just don't like motorcycles passing you?
I also traveled that road on Friday 15 August, again I was in a procession of cars, but that was because the tw@t at the front wanted to drive at 40mph instead of the national speed limit (60mph), drivers who drive at these speeds i.e. below the national speed limit when the roads and weather conditions are ok are as dangerous as those who speed, simply because it leads to a lot of frustrated drivers behind them who then take silly risks. Personally as a former motorcycle rider, I always allow motorcyclists room to overtake me, motorcycles can nip past quicker than a car, is your problem that you just don't like motorcycles passing you? notpedallingpaul
  • Score: -6

8:17pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Osoman123 says...

Nope notpedallingp, I don't mind bikes overtaking me. Get your point, but the convoy I was travelling in was doing a respectable 60 mph - ie. the limit and I allow bikers room too. I'm not an old dodder/Sunday driver. I just don't have the same confidence in the motorcyclist abilities to handle their machines as they do. If they wan't to take silly risks, then be it on their heads, I just resent the fact that I could be taken out too by some idiot going through my windscreen.
Nope notpedallingp, I don't mind bikes overtaking me. Get your point, but the convoy I was travelling in was doing a respectable 60 mph - ie. the limit and I allow bikers room too. I'm not an old dodder/Sunday driver. I just don't have the same confidence in the motorcyclist abilities to handle their machines as they do. If they wan't to take silly risks, then be it on their heads, I just resent the fact that I could be taken out too by some idiot going through my windscreen. Osoman123
  • Score: 6

8:32pm Tue 26 Aug 14

notpedallingpaul says...

Osoman123 wrote:
Nope notpedallingp, I don't mind bikes overtaking me. Get your point, but the convoy I was travelling in was doing a respectable 60 mph - ie. the limit and I allow bikers room too. I'm not an old dodder/Sunday driver. I just don't have the same confidence in the motorcyclist abilities to handle their machines as they do. If they wan't to take silly risks, then be it on their heads, I just resent the fact that I could be taken out too by some idiot going through my windscreen.
Take your point.
[quote][p][bold]Osoman123[/bold] wrote: Nope notpedallingp, I don't mind bikes overtaking me. Get your point, but the convoy I was travelling in was doing a respectable 60 mph - ie. the limit and I allow bikers room too. I'm not an old dodder/Sunday driver. I just don't have the same confidence in the motorcyclist abilities to handle their machines as they do. If they wan't to take silly risks, then be it on their heads, I just resent the fact that I could be taken out too by some idiot going through my windscreen.[/p][/quote]Take your point. notpedallingpaul
  • Score: -9

9:44pm Tue 26 Aug 14

NoMorePlease says...

The more risks they take the geater the donor rate.
The more risks they take the geater the donor rate. NoMorePlease
  • Score: -1
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