Had a bit of a "You silly sod!" moment last Sunday. Was batting down the freeway to Mandurah in the ute (was helping a mate sort out a houseful of crap for a deceased estate so no digs about not being on the bike please) and saw, at one of the overpass junctions, a largeish group of bikes turning to head down the slip road in the direction I was travelling. Being a forward thinking and courteous chap I do the mirrors, indicators and headchecks and move over from the left lane to the right lane so they can join the freeway without having to fit in around me. So the bikes come down the slip road, I continue at my usual speed limit plus a needle's width and all is well. The bikes are mostly big tourers and sports tourers with mature riders, many carrying pillions and they're pretty spread out with good gaps between them. I suppose I was about halfway down the column and pretty much keeping pace with each other. As I'm not sure of my junction I start to think about moving over to the left again so I'm ready in good time if necessary. I decide that, given our relative speeds the best option is for me to line up with a gap in the group, slot in safely with plenty of room ahead and behind and then, if necessary, ease off a fraction so the tail of the group can pass me on the right, as is good, if not mandatory, practice. So far so good. I pick a huge gap, match speeds, do the mirrors, indicators and headcheck and I'm already starting to move over when, in the course of my continuing observations, I spot the guy on the bike behind (possibly a Triumph Trophy) give it a big handful and come howling up the inside . F'kin good job I'm very familiar with bikes and so was paying attention 'cos if I'd trusted him to stay where he was and just kept moving over we'd have probably made contact. So WTF happened to never ever going up alongside a vehicle which not only has its indicator on but has already started the manouver? FMD! OK, I'd get it if I'd carelessly started to move in on him while he maintained a constant speed, but he piled a shitload on after I clearly signalled my intentions and started to go. Yes, I actually saw his hand move to apply the throttle and heard the bike so I know he did. I expect such behaviour of car drivers here, who take every opportunity to block you out if you try to change lanes but it's f'kin poor (not to mention self destructive) for a bike, especially with the additional responsibility and weight of a pillion. Like I said, it wasn't some young, learned-no-better f'wit either. I mean, would anyone really rather die than wait until I'd got across and then gone round the outside in a completely clear lane?