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Well, while you've sorta admitted your "mistake", those double yellow lines are generally put there for a reason, and not observing them doesn't qualify as a "mistake". "Mistakes" can be forgiven, but a direct violation of the law, not so much. "A guy with my (your) experience should have known" it was dangerous, and a violation of the law. It could possibly have had dire consequences, as you almost found out, and if caught in the act, it would usually earn you a "performance award" and a fine. I wonder what that guy in the truck thought of your decision. It's stunts like these that give motorcyclists a bad name.

As a very young man, I earned a performance award for the very same thing, except in my. case there wasn't an oncoming vehicle in my path, just a Highway Patrol officer right behind me. I just couldn't take the oil burning exhaust fumes from the jalopy in front of me anymore - blue smoke boiling out from behind the car. The HP officer had no sympathy.

In the aviation community there's a saying - "There are old pilots and there are bold pilots, but there are no old bold pilots." It occurs to me that he same might be said of motorcyclists.
 

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The best thing you can do is take down the video as it serves no purpose other than to incite negative comments. Of which you should get many.
 
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Well, while you've sorta admitted your "mistake", those double yellow lines are generally put there for a reason, and not observing them doesn't qualify as a "mistake". "Mistakes" can be forgiven, but a direct violation of the law, not so much. "A guy with my (your) experience should have known" it was dangerous, and a violation of the law. It could possibly have had dire consequences, as you almost found out, and if caught in the act, it would usually earn you a "performance award" and a fine. I wonder what that guy in the truck thought of your decision. It's stunts like these that give motorcyclists a bad name.

As a very young man, I earned a performance award for the very same thing, except in my. case there wasn't an oncoming vehicle in my path, just a Highway Patrol officer right behind me. I just couldn't take the oil burning exhaust fumes from the jalopy in front of me anymore - blue smoke boiling out from behind the car. The HP officer had no sympathy.

In the aviation community there's a saying - "There are old pilots and there are bold pilots, but there are no old bold pilots." It occurs to me that he same might be said of motorcyclists.
I appreciate your sermon and since I both deserved it and opened myself up to it I will just take my due rewards. I posted that video because it really shows 2 things: First is how something that seems relatively risk free can change at an instant-that's why we don't do stupid things on motorcycles. The second thing is to stay calm and in control as long as you can as most situation you can find a hole to ride out of if you stay cool.

I posted that video so a very specific group of riders could see it. They appreciated that a guy with 45 years on motorcycles would admit that it only takes one brain fart to end the party. I don't know if they will have patience out there on the road but they did seem to get my point. Frankly I post my mistakes often and have a pretty good following on another site.

I seriously doubt that video gets any comments on YouTube. It will be lucky to get 40 views.
 

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If you going to leave it posted at least put the minute and seconds mark when the incident occurs. It'll save everyone else from watching you follow cars for 3 or 4 minutes.
 
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Lately I've watched quite a few motorcycle safety videos on this guys channel:

He does a solid job of post-accident analysis...you should maybe send you video to him. 😄 While you will catch a lot of flack for the video, I think there is a ton of value in postmortem close call (and accident) analysis.

Speed is a huge factor in this and many accidents. Crossing the double yellow is always a huge risk. As for the car you passed, I assume every car will kill me and ride accordingly.

If the comments go really downhill we can close the thread.
 

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I appreciate that you use a lapse in judgement to educate and remind others just how quick and easy it can happen. Thank you for being of a mind to risk embarrassment for the benefit of all. In aviation, many lessons are learned through experience. I doubt that most of us have not had a few “I’ll never do that again!” moments. I’m very glad that you came out the other side wiser and unscathed.
 

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The best thing you can do is take down the video as it serves no purpose other than to incite negative comments. Of which you should get many.
Actually I would like to thank @crazyarch for posting this, b/c it is a great reminder to us all, who are tempted every-now-and-then to do just that,
I.e. I am 50+y/o with 20+ years riding (re post stupidity age) and still find myself doing exactly that at times,
And I find that these kind of footage (or worse) remind me what is at stake.
 

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I don't have a problem with passing cars over the double yellow. I would only have done one at a time. It takes two seconds to pass a single car. One thousand one one thousand two and I'm done. I certainly wouldn't record myself doing it.
In some states people get angry but here in California people will move over a bit to help.
 
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