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Old 09-04-2013, 07:13 AM   #226
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Keep the engine in the power band, did anyone mention that already? It's a win-win situation: more engine braking and more "instant leap" power to evade dangerous situations. Don't lug that sucker while lane splitting. In fact, never lug the engine, period.



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I can't imagine riding and NOT lane splitting when traffic is congested. I was rear-ended twice in stop-and-go traffic - in my car, thankfully. There's no way I'll put myself in that situation while on a bike. Might as well paint a target on my back.
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Old 09-04-2013, 12:17 PM   #227
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Old 09-05-2013, 03:22 PM   #228
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This morning

I was lane splitting this morning, or lane sharing (whatever you choose to call it) on a busy, slow and go highway loaded with commute traffic. I am a bit conflicted about riding this way, because of the fact that I'm so vulnerable if a cager makes a mistake...but I do it when traffic gets really slow. I'm also concerned that I'm pissing drivers off, but I figure that's their issue. It's legal here in Ca.

So I was passing a pickup truck which was in the fast lane, and I saw the car in front of him slow to a stop in traffic. It occurred to me that the pickup was going a bit too fast as I viewed him in my mirror, and then he locked up the brakes and slammed into the stopped car. I was clear, and managed to squirt into the next lane and came away unscathed, but it was sobering. It occurs to me now that I would have been struck pretty hard if I had been in that lane, and stopped. The impact was not enough to cause me great concern in the cager world, but the bike is a different story.

I was mostly an observer in this one. I don't think that I was a factor in the accident (unless someone was distracted watching me) and I don't think I could have done anything differently. Still, a wake up call!
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Old 09-05-2013, 03:51 PM   #229
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I was lane splitting this morning, or lane sharing (whatever you choose to call it) on a busy, slow and go highway loaded with commute traffic. I am a bit conflicted about riding this way, because of the fact that I'm so vulnerable if a cager makes a mistake...but I do it when traffic gets really slow. I'm also concerned that I'm pissing drivers off, but I figure that's their issue. It's legal here in Ca.

So I was passing a pickup truck which was in the fast lane, and I saw the car in front of him slow to a stop in traffic. It occurred to me that the pickup was going a bit too fast as I viewed him in my mirror, and then he locked up the brakes and slammed into the stopped car. I was clear, and managed to squirt into the next lane and came away unscathed, but it was sobering. It occurs to me now that I would have been struck pretty hard if I had been in that lane, and stopped. The impact was not enough to cause me great concern in the cager world, but the bike is a different story.

I was mostly an observer in this one. I don't think that I was a factor in the accident (unless someone was distracted watching me) and I don't think I could have done anything differently. Still, a wake up call!
I've had that happen once to me too. I know for a fact the driver was looking at my bike instead of traffic as he and the passenger were pointing at my bike. For the record, I was on my beautifully restored Ducati at the time, not the GSA.
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Old 09-05-2013, 03:54 PM   #230
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I was lane splitting this morning, or lane sharing (whatever you choose to call it) on a busy, slow and go highway loaded with commute traffic. I am a bit conflicted about riding this way, because of the fact that I'm so vulnerable if a cager makes a mistake...but I do it when traffic gets really slow. I'm also concerned that I'm pissing drivers off, but I figure that's their issue. It's legal here in Ca.

So I was passing a pickup truck which was in the fast lane, and I saw the car in front of him slow to a stop in traffic. It occurred to me that the pickup was going a bit too fast as I viewed him in my mirror, and then he locked up the brakes and slammed into the stopped car. I was clear, and managed to squirt into the next lane and came away unscathed, but it was sobering. It occurs to me now that I would have been struck pretty hard if I had been in that lane, and stopped. The impact was not enough to cause me great concern in the cager world, but the bike is a different story.

I was mostly an observer in this one. I don't think that I was a factor in the accident (unless someone was distracted watching me) and I don't think I could have done anything differently. Still, a wake up call!
sounds to me like it was a good thing YOU were on a motorcycle

remember you are small. you can slip away, squirt a gap, come inches from a vehicle and slide right by and its all good

yes, and it is lane splitting, not lane sharing. lane sharing is dangerous and i believe illegal. its when you ride alongside another vehicle in the SAME lane and make no attempt to pass. its two "vehicles" sharing the same space in the same lane. that is lane sharing and is largely discouraged for obvious reasons
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Old 09-05-2013, 04:37 PM   #231
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I've had that happen once to me too. I know for a fact the driver was looking at my bike instead of traffic as he and the passenger were pointing at my bike. For the record, I was on my beautifully restored Ducati at the time, not the GSA.

Nothing turns heads like a nice looking Duc!
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Old 09-05-2013, 08:19 PM   #232
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