For motorcyclists, respect is a key word

Tom Greenwood
The Detroit News

Motorcycles: I love ’em. Motorcycle drivers: Eh, not so much.

Actually, my respect for bikers depends entirely on their behavior while motoring beside me on our glorious Michigan roads.

It turns out that motorcycle riders’ respect for other bikers also depends on how they drive, according to a recently released national survey commissioned by Erie Insurance and conducted by Harris Poll.

The survey, which was conducted in June, asked American motorcycle riders to share their top five pet peeves about their fellow bikers, drivers of automobiles and the top mistakes made by rookie riders.

The top five gripes of motorcyclists about their fellow bikers are:

■ Riders who drive aggressively (speeding, weaving in and out of traffic, wheelies, etc.)

■ Riders who pass on the shoulder

■ Lane splitting (riding between lanes of stopped traffic)

■ Lack of protective gear (riders who wear shorts, sandals, tank tops, etc.)

■ Riders who don’t wear helmets

Bikers’ top five complaints about automobile drivers are:

■ Drivers who don’t check their blind spots before changing lanes

■ Texting while driving

■ Aggressive drivers

■ Tailgaters

■ Not using turn signals

The top five mistakes made by novice drivers are assuming other drivers can see them, showing off, buying a bike that’s more powerful than they can handle, not taking a safety/riding course and venturing into traffic before they can comfortably maneuver their bike.

The survey also asked bikers some of the wildest/craziest/goofiest things they’ve done on two wheels.

The list included: standing on the seat with their hands in the air, texting while riding, steering with their feet and riding while in a delicate, amorous position.

And one rider said he cruised up behind a woman who had her bare feet sticking out the passenger seat window of a car and tickled her feet.

He said: “She freaked ... then burst out laughing.”

I-75: In Madison Heights/Troy, one lane NB will be open nightly from 12 Mile to Big Beaver from 10 p.m. Friday until 10 a.m. Sunday.

I-75: In Detroit, two lanes SB will be closed from Clark to Springwells from 9 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday for repairs.

I-94: In Detroit, only one lane WB will be open from Linwood to Wyoming from 11 p.m. Friday until 9 a.m. Sunday for roadwork.

I-96: In Milford, EB will be down to a single lane nightly from Milford to Novi from 9 p.m. Friday until 9 a.m. Sunday for repairs.

I-275/I-96/M-14 interchange: In Livonia, only one lane will be open between Newburgh and Sheldon from 9 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday for roadwork.

M-5 (Grand River): In Farmington, EB and WB will be closed between Mooney and Liberty from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday for a parade.

M-10 (Lodge Freeway): In Detroit, one lane SB will be open from Meyers to the Davison (M-8) from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for repairs. The ramps from Wyoming, Livernois, Meyers and McNichols to SB M-10 will also be closed.

M-150 (Rochester Road): In Rochester Hills, the two left lanes NB and SB will be closed nightly between M-59 and Avon from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 a.m. Sunday for repairs.

M-153: (Ford): In Canton Township, the EB ramps to NB and SB I-275 will have intermittent closures from 9 p.m. Friday to 3 p.m. Saturday.

U.S. 24 (Telegraph): In Bloomfield Township, two lanes NB will be closed from Long Lake to Square Lake from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for road repairs.