Dave Pote: Motorcycles riding side by side
Editor: I have been riding a motor since the 1970s so I know something about the subject. I also wear a helmet and leather gloves which is my choice to do. My head is softer than pavement and if I go down leather gloves might help grind off less skin.
More and more I see riders traveling in the same lane riding side by side. Is this God’s way of strengthening the gene pool? I think so. All it takes is one of them become distracted for an instant and both machines touch or bump. One or both riders will instinctively try to over-correct for immediate instability created then they slam together. This happens every time. The higher the speed, the closer those riders and their passengers will come to God … after they bleed out, of course.
The only time I am next to another vehicle is when I am stopped at a traffic light. I never ever ride next to anything. I speed up or drop back. More people who ride motors should practice this simple defensive driving strategy. If you choose to, wear a helmet and leather gloves.