The Unwritten Rule: Don't Invade my "Space"
Here's the Scenario:
So today I went out riding, since it was such a beautiful day to take some time off work (it's good to be the Boss!). I was stopped at a red light, and some guy in a bling custom chopper pulls up to the right of me, IN MY LANE! I can see him looking at me in the corner of my eye. I turn my head right a little bit because it's bothering me. He nods at me (to be friendly, I guess). I just kinda look at him for a few seconds, but I ackowledge the fact that he just nodded at me... and nod back. I look forward, waiting for the green, but it's a loooong light. I could see him again in the corner of my eye that he's checking out my bike. The guy tells me "Nice bike." I contemplate the fact that he just spoke to me. "Did he just say something?" I turned my head back to him and say "Thanks..... ..... ... U2." I turn my head forward again waiting for the green. Light turns green. I wait for him to take off first. He's expecting me to take off first (since I was there first). I turn to him and say "Go ahead." "Nah, that's cool. You go." I say again, looking him straight into his shades "Go ahead" as I motion my head to the left. He takes off, then I follow.
This is one of many recent times this has played out. There's this "unwritten rule" in motorcycling, that you just do not invade a stranger Rider's "space", especially at a light. It's ok if you're friends, but if you've never seen him before, then you leave him alone. Same goes for groups.
Has this 'rule" gone with the wind?