Some years ago, when I was a Harley rider, I'd hear from other Harley riders about the "idiots" on sportbikes. One of them was sure to tell me about the guy they saw riding 100+ MPH down the freeway weaving in and out of cars.
"They give motorcycle riders a bad name" they'd say.
Now that I ride a sport touring bike, I don't get many Harley riders coming to me with that sentiment.
I do, however, still hear people in general tell me about the idiots on motorcycles. And true, there are idiots out there.
But is 2 seconds really enough time to judge someone an "idiot"?
I've ridden my motorcycle over 100 MPH on a number of occasions. I even did that on my Harley. But I don't do it all the time. In fact, I rarely do it.
I'll bet however, in those instances when I rode that fast, someone saw me and told their friends about the "idiot" they saw on a motorcycle.
I was having a day when I felt rebellious, angry, or had a wild hair up my ass. I think everyone has those days, even Harley riders. It's not fair to label me an idiot for 2 seconds of whoosh that sped past your eyes.
In all fairness, it's not just Harley riders who point their fingers. I've witnessed sportbike riders complain that Harley riders are inexperienced posers who can't handle a motorcycle.
Why do we rush to judge and categorize people as idiots?