I actually have some info from other people's rides that I want to share. I was out in my truck today, and I saw something that explains to me one of the reasons people think of motocycles as being more dangerous than cars. In front of me was a small flock of about 4 GoldWings out riding around on the freeway, so I dropped in line behind them. Although I was not on my Burgman (thankfully in this situation) I usually try to run interference for riders when I can so I get behind them. I know I'm not going to run up on them or knock them over, so I stick my truck between them and other cars. Well, this group was some of the most idiotic riders I have ever seen. The wind was only blowing about 15 mph, but none of them could hold a strait line and were swerving all over the lane. They were riding in the center lane of a 3 lane highway during 5 pm rush hour traffic. All of a sudden the woman on the rear bike swerved over into the left hand lane, cutting off a large truck for no reason. I know it was for no reason, because a few moments later, she swerved back into her original postion in the center. Then, a couple of minutes later, she did it again. After that, the whole pack of them runs up into the middle of a cluster of cars, with vehicles 4 or 5 deep on either side, leaving themselves no escape route. Then, of course, the inevitable happens, and one of the cars tried to change into their lane, since they were in the blind spots of about 6 cars at once being crammed up in traffic like that. The biker who almost got sideswiped swerved out into the lefthand lane, cutting off ANOTHER truck, and forcing the truck to jump on it's brakes to keep from rear-ending him. Sadly, I am sure that when those people got to wherever they were going, they all sat around griping about how inconsiderate drivers are to bikers and how no one ever looks, when the whole situation was their fault. Idiots. It's people like that who give bikers a bad name, and who create the perception that motorcycles are more dangerous than cars. I'm sure they are when you ride as if you own the road and everyone else needs to get out of your way. A little common sense would have gone a long way toward keeping the whole situation from ever occuring. I just wanted to share this observation as a reminder to everyone that no one is going to look after our safety for us, and to please be careful and aware.