Blimey this old cyclist chestnut again. I don`t like to give people labels or fit them snuggly into pigeonholes as you will find that if you took the time to talk to them and find out what they do, are interested in, care about etc, most will have a vast degree of overlap in that respect.
I motorcycle, hike, run, drive a car, and heaven help me, cycle various types of pushbike. I enjoy doing all these things except driving the car which I only do out of sheer convenience. Do I call myself a biker? No when I`m on the motorbike I`m a motorcyclist. Am I a cyclist? Only when I`m on a cycle. Thing is, my mindset doesn`t change. I try to stay legal, safe, and respectful of other people around me. This label thing is the problem here Hosabusa. Take me "The cyclist". I don`t have to pay road tax. Correct, but I have already paid it twice, Once for the car and again for the Bandit. However I can only use one of them at a time and if I`m on the cycle I`m not on any of the motorpowered vehicles, but I`m still paying. Also the insurance thing. Most of the "cyclists" (Label again) you see wearing lycra and riding pretty quickly will be members of either the "Cycle touring club" or the "British cycling federation". As part of those organisations they will be covered by third party insurance. My third party cover is actually far higher on my cycle than it is for the motorbike.
Regarding the "label" thing again. As a cyclist I cringe when I read things such as, "Bloody cyclists riding with no lights through red traffic lights, down one way roads the wrong way, through pedestrian precincts" etc. the thing is they probably aren`t cyclists, they are just bloke/ nipper on a bike. The same when I read "Bloody motorcyclists, not insured, no helmets, learners carrying their mates around the kids playpark". Trouble is in my opinion they are not motorcyclists, they are just hoodie loonies on Peds.
The point I am trying to make here Hosbusa, is that we are all people, and we will be legal/non legal in all things we do in various degrees. Please don`t pigionhole people, you are paying them the same disrespect that Mr Tingvall is paying you.