Understanding other road users
By: Web Editor
It is a widely held belief that other road users would make far better drivers if they were all forced to ride around on small capacity two-wheelers for a couple of years before being unleashed in a tin box with wheels. Sadly this is not the case in the United Kingdom, so Sticky has crafted this handy scooterist’s guide to spot potential hazards posed by other Tarmac terrorists.
Sports motorcyclists, so-named because of their predilection for tight-fitting gaudily-coloured outfits like those of the eponymous kids TV show. With an ageing biker population these are in natural decline. Talented riders these days tend to drift towards track days, off road ‘adventure’ riding or even stunting. Most of the really hopeless ones have embedded themselves into roadside objects by now, but there are still sufficient dreamers around riding at 20% of their machine’s capability to keep the patterned knee-slider industry alive.
While most modern bikers acknowledge scooters, you should never expect a nod from a true Power Ranger. Instead they are more likely to intimidate you by overtaking just inches away from your side panel in the same lane, because they are so much faster. Don’t worry though, you’ll catch them at the next set of lights just 100 metres away and will have the opportunity to laugh as they fumble through the gears trying to impress you when they turn green.
Special Skills: Pathetic wheelies.
Natural Enemy: Ambient temperatures below 20º, corners.
• Read the full feature in Scootering magazine, February 2013!
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