Here’s an on-board video of a guy filtering through some pretty dense traffic, with cars going all over the place. It’s clear that most of the cars don’t see him coming, which reminds me to be a little extra careful at the beginning of each riding season.
Because of the weather here in Denmark most people don’t ride motorcycles between December and March. Apparently cagers have to get attuned back in to looking out for motorcycles. It’s like the three months of motorcycle absence makes them totally forget that motorcycles even exist.
A good rule of thumb, the first month or so of riding, is to ride expecting that car drivers haven’t seen you. It might sound stupid, but several years of riding have taught me that there’s something to it.
Yes, maybe the rider in the video seems to be a bit on the aggressive riding side, but it still gives you a pretty good idea of what to expect. It’s your safety, ride as you feel comfortable, but ride as if you were invisible, and it could save you from some nasty surprises.