I was tossing up where to put this, Embarassing Newbie Mistakes, or Mini Rages, so I thought I should make a new thread. To the dope who failed massively trying to drag off his mate. I'm riding down Canterbury Rd on a glorious sunny day. Probably too sunny as it's brought out the idiots. Turning onto the road I saw a couple of bikes at the front of the lanes at the lights where they've filtered to the front awaiting the light change. They didn't catch up to me at the next set of lights, but they do at the following set. I've filtered to the front at the lights and sit in the left wheel track of the centre lane. The first rider (on a KTM) comes up the bike lane and sits in the left wheel track of the left lane. The second rider (on a MV Augusta) filters up between lane 1 and 2 and parks in the right wheel track of the left lane, on my left. They proceed to rev the bikes and egg each other on for a drag. I don't pay them too much attention. As long as we all get away cleanly in front of the traffic I don't mind what they're up to. It's a 70 zone ahead though so it's not going to be much of a race if that's what they plan. So the lights go green. I'm conscious that these guys are both in the left lane and might need more room and we all take off. The guy on the Augusta is slightly ahead and cuts across into my lane. That's OK, he's still accelerating so I'll cruise along behind him. Until he needs to change gears from 1st to 2nd and can't. I'm rapidly gaining on him, the KTM has passed him, and he's still hitting the rev limiter and trying to get into 2nd. Quick head check and jump into the left lane before I go up his ass. I'm guessing he was so intent on changing gears quickly that he wasn't releasing the clutch enough to engage the gears, or something similar. The message - 1 / If you're going to try and race your mates, don't do it in front of other riders unless you can actually change gears. 2 / If you move into someone else's lane try to ensure that you are going faster than them, and will continue, or that there's plenty of clear space to do it.