While I usually ignore the near miss forum as reading about cagers stupid actions just enrages me and the responses from other forum users are typical, I thought about this last night. Is it the rider or other road user? I commute CBD Melbourne peak time traffic, suburban traffic and highway traffic, twisties at all times of the day and night. However I can count on one hand all the close calls I've had this year. Yet other people are constantly talking about been nearly wiped out. What is the definition between been wiped out and just a 'flinch' moment? For me, I spend 90% of time going faster then the traffic. Call it hooning or a defensive maneuver, but I feel I'm more in control of the traffic. I'm moving past them, I'm looking for those going to pull out, I have my set plans in place in case they do, I know where pedestrians might step out from etc. Call it a false sense of security, but it seems to be working for me. *touch wood*. I also love to split at all speeds, those who have gone through traffic with me would know when I'm up for a hoon what I like to get up to. However on the contrary, and lets face it, when I spend more time speeding, if someone pulls out I accept that its my fault. That road user looks in their mirror, sees a bike in the distance and automatically assumes close to the speed limit and pulls out. If i'm doing 150% of the speed limit and they pull out I'm close. I take my not-so-evasive action (i.e. pre-planned), and continue on. I don't get angry, I face the fact I'm not 'normal' traffic. Those who do see me speeding and immanently cease their merge or stop pulling out because they saw me, I wave to and acknowledge their observation skills for motorcycles, much a thanks you to them. Is it the rider or is it the traffic? Your thoughts?