I am a senior citizen farang who rides a motorbike as I find it convenient. Also, parking a car can be a challenge and baht buses on my main artery, S. Pattaya Rd, are usually full. Cars intentionally drive dangerously close to bully bike riders. Also, if you stop at pedestrian crossings, you will be rear ended for sure.
What to do? Do as the Thais and follow other drivers / riders for protection. The police do nothing about young reckless riders who feel ‘bullet proof’ on their bikes.
Also, bike taxi’s take great delight in scaring h*ll out of you when overtaking. Answer: Drive slowly and watch out; they ARE out to get you.