Overtake haters

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WaferThinHam

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1,680 posts

71 months

Friday 10th January 2014
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You guys must have experienced this phenomenon. I seem to get it most when out on the bike, but had it in the car as well.

You pull out to overtake. There's a car coming the other way, but they're at a safe distance. When you're back onto your own side, the oncoming driver gives you a flash followed by some hand gestures. I assume to congratulate me on a splendid overtake.

My response is usually to do an overly cheerful wave back, or see how many headlight flashes I can get back at them before they pass me. My PB is 5 flashes back.

Anyone else experienced this?

General Fluff

448 posts

78 months

Friday 10th January 2014
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I've only seen people flash and get angry when the manouvre was unsafe. I overtake regularly but am yet to have any such issues

WaferThinHam

Original Poster:

1,680 posts

71 months

Friday 10th January 2014
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General Fluff said:
I've only seen people flash and get angry when the manouvre was unsafe. I overtake regularly but am yet to have any such issues
I'm still here, and they've never had to brake. The only reason I can see is that they're just not used to the power of a modern Superbike. As I say, I can had it in the car before too...

poing

8,464 posts

141 months

Friday 10th January 2014
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I normally wait until there is a bit more room for the cars heading towards me but I live in a quiet part of the country so it's easier, I have had it once or twice despite the fact I could have stopped for drive-through and eaten the food before they got near me.

I have had it a lot more often from the people I'm overtaking though which I always find strange. Drive faster or let people past, why get all stressed about it.

eybic

8,535 posts

115 months

Friday 10th January 2014
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We seem to take real offence in the UK with people overtaking. Sometimes it's like you've called their mother the worst name imaginable.

As long as I'm not caused any inconvenience by the overtakee then I have no issue with it.
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9mm

3,128 posts

151 months

Friday 10th January 2014
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WaferThinHam said:
General Fluff said:
I've only seen people flash and get angry when the manouvre was unsafe. I overtake regularly but am yet to have any such issues
I'm still here, and they've never had to brake. The only reason I can see is that they're just not used to the power of a modern Superbike. As I say, I can had it in the car before too...
It's only your opinion that they haven't had to brake or shouldn't have needed to brake. Some people are easily alarmed/nervous/extremely risk averse, etc but if it's happening to you a lot it would suggest you need to get some feedback on your riding style.

Edited by 9mm on Friday 10th January 20:53

GTIR

24,741 posts

207 months

Friday 10th January 2014
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I've had the overtakee flash me on more than a few occasions when I pull in.

Not sure why.

Don't care.

B'stard Child

17,514 posts

187 months

Friday 10th January 2014
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It's not the ones where the oncoming traffic flash you (when I did my advanced driver training that was viewed as a good overtake if they had time to flash you etc)

It's the thunders that get upset having been overtaken - You've "queue jumped" and in the UK that's such bad form

Drivers these days are becoming lemmings and follow each other like sheep

The art of making safe progress is dying and I'm going to continue to make sure it doesn't die completely.

GadgeS3C

4,072 posts

105 months

Friday 10th January 2014
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B'stard Child said:
Drivers these days are becoming lemmings and follow each other like sheep

The art of making safe progress is dying and I'm going to continue to make sure it doesn't die completely.
I'm with you on that - thought it was just my mission.

entropy

3,568 posts

144 months

Friday 10th January 2014
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General Fluff said:
I've only seen people flash and get angry when the manouvre was unsafe. I overtake regularly but am yet to have any such issues
It depends on the circumstances.

A very risky overtake then fair enough but there are circumstances when you're being overtaken or see an overtake then being co-operative and slowing down which I consider to be good road manners rather than red mist - saying that I'm not 100% perfect.

WaferThinHam

Original Poster:

1,680 posts

71 months

Friday 10th January 2014
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9mm said:
It's only your opinion that they haven't had to break or shouldn't have needed to brake. Some people are easily alarmed/nervous/extremely risk averse, etc but if it's happening to you a lot it would suggest you need to get some feedback on your riding style.
Well, you'd see the bonnet dip if they'd braked Shirley?

To this day I've never seen a bonnet dip. Indicating they haven't braked?

Pothole

26,744 posts

223 months

Friday 10th January 2014
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I wonder what the angry flashing handwavers believe they will possibly achieve by their actions...

WaferThinHam

Original Poster:

1,680 posts

71 months

Friday 10th January 2014
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Pothole said:
I wonder what the angry flashing handwavers believe they will possibly achieve by their actions...
Wearing out their headlight bulbs?

9mm

3,128 posts

151 months

Friday 10th January 2014
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WaferThinHam said:
9mm said:
It's only your opinion that they haven't had to break or shouldn't have needed to brake. Some people are easily alarmed/nervous/extremely risk averse, etc but if it's happening to you a lot it would suggest you need to get some feedback on your riding style.
Well, you'd see the bonnet dip if they'd braked Shirley?

To this day I've never seen a bonnet dip. Indicating they haven't braked?
You'd see a bonnet dip if they braked fairly heavily but maybe they didn't, they just felt the need to get off the gas momentarily and were about to brake? That would be enough to alarm plenty of nervous Nellies. I'm sure you see what I'm getting at. If it's an occasional thing I'd put it down to chance, but if it was a common occurrence, like if you were regularly finding yourself in road rage situations, it may be time to look in the mirror. I'm sure it's the former.

WaferThinHam

Original Poster:

1,680 posts

71 months

Friday 10th January 2014
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9mm said:
You'd see a bonnet dip if they braked fairly heavily but maybe they didn't, they just felt the need to get off the gas momentarily and were about to brake? That would be enough to alarm plenty of nervous Nellies. I'm sure you see what I'm getting at. If it's an occasional thing I'd put it down to chance, but if it was a common occurrence, like if you were regularly finding yourself in road rage situations, it may be time to look in the mirror. I'm sure it's the former.
Perhaps. smile

Blakewater

3,247 posts

98 months

Friday 10th January 2014
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If I see someone coming toward me overtaking I just ease of if they're a bit close. They often look at me as if they're expecting a reaction from me. I've had HGVs coming at me sometimes. I've never had people flash at me though.

Big Rod

5,899 posts

157 months

Friday 10th January 2014
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B'stard Child said:
It's not the ones where the oncoming traffic flash you (when I did my advanced driver training that was viewed as a good overtake if they had time to flash you etc)

It's the thunders that get upset having been overtaken - You've "queue jumped" and in the UK that's such bad form

Drivers these days are becoming lemmings and follow each other like sheep

The art of making safe progress is dying and I'm going to continue to make sure it doesn't die completely.
'Ent seen you for ages and you appear on two threads I'm watching.

Where you been?

B'stard Child

17,514 posts

187 months

Friday 10th January 2014
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Not helped by the public opinion that when overtaking you are on the wrong side of the road, complete crap there is no right and wrong side of the road just that we drive on the left in the uk (or keep left unless overtaking)

Pablo68

910 posts

76 months

Friday 10th January 2014
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Queue jumping...Tut! Worse than rape and murder to a lot of British.

B'stard Child

17,514 posts

187 months

Friday 10th January 2014
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Big Rod said:
'Ent seen you for ages and you appear on two threads I'm watching.

Where you been?
here chap, perhaps we only cross paths on certain thread subjects that we both feel strongly about......
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