Nice to find these forums. I'm a new motorcyclist in NW Ohio and glad to be here. I just recently went through the BRC course here and obtained my motorcycle license and have begun to ride my '81 Honda GL500 that I purchased in July of this year.
It has rained a LOT here, lately. So, it's nice that we now have nice a break and the weather is once again sunny! It gave me the opportunity to commute to work yesterday evening and back home this morning, finally. I now have 157 miles driven, so yes, I'm a very new rider.
It was a smooth ride into work yesterday and a smooth ride home this morning, almost. Within a mile from home, I was driving on a 35 mph road. Coming up to a red traffic light, I came to a full stop with my right turn signal on. I had just put my feet to the ground and was making a head check to turn right on the red light. A small silver sedan behind me evidently thought I should have just continuued through the light, honking her horn at me just as I started to proceed. The road that I turned onto is a 25 mph zone. So, I went 25 mph. The silver sedan turned right, proceeding behind me and rode so close to me that I couldn't see her bumper in my rear view mirrors. Now, people regularly speed in this 25 mph zone, going 40 or even faster. This is coming up on a school zone and I always go the speed limit here, even in my truck. The lady behind me continuued riding my rear end, so I started to slow down further, proceeding at about 15 mph until I went the one block to make my right turn into my neighborhood. I seriously thought about coming to a complete stop right in the middle of the road and walking up to the occupant behind me and just giving her a bunch of "What the F!"'s. But I remained steady and slow until I turned. I don't know if I reacted correctly, but I stayed cool, so I guess that is a plus. Other than that little incident, it was a great commute back and forth from work!
So far, this is the only semi bad experience I've had with others on the road. Should I have done anything different... I'm not sure, but willing to take advice into consideration.