Originally Posted by JIS
“Cager” is clearly meant to be derogatory and why? Not all car drivers are brainless and drive in a state of semi-consciousness!
If we (as motorcyclists) wish to receive respect, we need to show it; and the terms “cager” is hardly showing the way ….
First of all, sticks and stones. You're in a car...safe. What do you care if the gnats about you call you some names? When push comes to shove, as it often does, you win and they lose.
Re: "cager" and "cage"
I use the term in a perjorative sense, and I mean it. When people who drive cars show some respect, they'll get some respect. In the U.S., motorcyclists will never get respect. Why? Because it's the home of the bully. The big dog has right of way..that's as American as apple pie, the WWF, or torture. The motorcyclist is the small guy and as such he will never be respected here.
I played nice for a long time and it doesn't work. Most cagers don't give a damn about anyone "smaller" than them. Sure, there are plenty of decent drivers..but the numbers don't tip the balance to the point where I'm gonna give a cager the benefit of the doubt in any circumstance.
Basically, I don't give a damn about them and I'm unapologetic about it. It's a war on the roads and I'm not a pacifist. I can't win a striaght up duel with a cage, but I'll be damned if I'm going to be nice and courteous all day long as they push me around, that's for sure. If you're in a car, you're a deadly threat. I don't have a lot of room in my heart for deadly threats.
When I'm riding--which is every day--I'm living my life, not acting as a representative for every other rider. I'll call you a cager, split your lane, and tailgate you as I see fit. I don't care at all about advancing the motorcyclists reputation to people who drive cars.