(sorry for my language for those who mind) Mother F**king mother f**king f**ker! ...now I feel better - a bit! I think... maybe not So - my first SMIDSY this evening - however it turned out to be SMITICGIFOU... read on. So, I'm riding up a two lane road, with barriers on left, median strip one right For those of you in Melb I was heading north on Burke rd, just of Eastern freeway, right before the beginning of the Boulevard ( here ). Anyhow, I'm on my L's, so I am a little wary when lanes merge that people will try to get in front of the "L" plate - seems to be, that irrelevant of the speed you go, an "L" plate seems to give people a friggin' brain ache, which results in all logic being suppressed... hmm So, I'm approaching the position where the lanes merge in the left lane (rght wheel track), one car not too far in front of me in right lane, one car coming up from behind in right lane (not too fast, kind of wobbly though). Speed limit 60km/p/hr, I'm travelling at the speed limit, but beginning to slow a little as the car in front of me does coming towards the next corner. Anyhow, I indicate early, and begin to merge towards the right lane, probably a little earlier than I would do in a car but I felt like I wanted to own my lane before the car coming up behind me got too close. Now, as I begin to merge right I take a peek in my mirror (all good), then do a quick head check, and my mind goes "WTF"! as the car to the right behind me has floored it, puts wheels on median strip and is coming right up next to me, FAST!!!! WTF!!!!!!!! I went to give the bike some, to move forward, but realised the car win front was looming large ahead as the lanes merged, and still the car next to me was accelerating, wheel on median strip!!! Again, WTF!!!! SO, I go for the EB (60km/p/hr)... Squeeze, Dip, wiggle...OK... Just as the car comes off the median strip, back towards me, past front my wheel, and then takes over the whole lane and keeps going... WTF!!!! (Note: Thank you thank you thank you to Sat morning sessions - I am soooo indebted. I obviously still need to work on keeping bars straight though... ) Now - I am happy (as a new rider) to be instructed, chastised, and grilled here - but hell, I'm not sure what else I could have done with that car actively trying to go around me for no reason at all? I'm just happy I watch my mirrors, and that I seem to naturally drive defensively. Please feel free to point out to me if you see a fault from me here - coz if I can avoid it I have no interest in this happening again. To continue... I had not stalled (surprisingly), so I proceeded to drive up the road and around the corner (brown stripes in pants and eyes rather large I'm sure), to find my friendly lane sharer stopping at the lights ahead... not even running the orange... oh, yea gods... So, I pull up next to their front door, horn going...long and loud, front window is open, and then my mouth acts (before my brain can) "WHAT THE F**K WAS THAT YOU F**KING F**K" says my mouth (hmmm - classy, clever and eloquent as ever hey), as my mind registers: 1 x little old man and 1 x little old lady looking at me in complete shock and horror. I'm pretty sure more things came out of my mouth, but cannot really recall what they were, as he then up and says: HIM: "Sorry, I thought I could get in front of you?"... My mind: "come again.. WTF!!! My mouth: "F**KING WHY" This time only louder (my mouth is obviously no good without my brain) HIM: ... ...crickets... ... My mouth: "WELL I'D LIKE TO GET OLD LIKE YOU TOO YOU F**K. F**KING THINK"... I was a little happier with my mouth for that one, however I do believe my mind had started to work a little again. Lights change, I ride off, he turns left... I then mess up all of my lines through the next corners, ao have to pull over, breath, slow down, think, breath... ahhhhh Thanks again to Doug and Dave for Sat morning L's session - they've made me happy, and I've only been to a few of them!