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Old 09-25-2007, 04:49 PM   #16
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Excellent thread. Near the top of my list is that the most dangerous time to split is as traffic is slowing - I always wait back a little for things to settle down (I usually see cars making last minute dives during this phase).

Lanesplitting is tiring and requires alot of concentration - just don't do it if you don't feel up to it, for whatever reason. It is also hard not to find yourself speeding up as the traffic speeds up around you - keeping an eye on your speedo is hard when focusing so much. I like to think that I am getting back in line when the speeds are 35+ mph.

Truthfully, I hate lanesplitting but it is just unavoidable at certain times and I am glad it is acceptable/legal in CA. I actually try and work around the worst traffic times specifically to cut down on the times I "have" to do it.

Also, I think it is important to acknowledge (if safe) those drivers that make an effort to give you room - even though you may not have needed it!!

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Old 09-25-2007, 05:11 PM   #17
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My biggest problem in lane splitting is the adrenalin rush I get from splitting in commute traffic. It can be almost as addicting as cornering fast in the mountains. You can not lane split in a relaxed riding mode. You must get into a hyper aware, vigilant, alert mode, that in me starts to kick in the adrenalin and if I’m not paying close attention I start to push it too much and take too many risks.

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Old 09-26-2007, 06:37 PM   #18
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Where's Das Rider? He usually enjoys chiming in during these posts.




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Lane sharing is a safety issue my ass. It is the most dangerous thing imaginable on a motorcycle. Happily I've never seen it and hope I never do. I guess I'm a motorcycle owning and riding jackhole because I wouldn't allow anyone to pass me in my lane. Don't even try, you won't like the results and I never saw you. I don't want you or your bike that close to my vehicle. You endanger everyone's lives with this stupid practice.

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I contend that it is the lane splitters (law breakers) who jeopardize my safety and the public safety. If I see it coming from behind, you can bet I will pull over (into you) to stop you from passing me in my lane. I will be the cop; I will not allow you to endanger me or my vehicle. If you don't try to squeeze between me and the car next to me then you won't scratch my vehicle you won't get hurt. If you get hurt in the process, it's your fault, that's the law. You were breaking the law, making an illegal pass.
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America needs vigilantes. They were heroes when they started and they still are. Notice "doer of justice". Nothing wrong there. Liberals and criminals fear vigilantes.


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Old 09-26-2007, 07:43 PM   #19
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As an avid lane splitter, and I have over 50 years of riding in SoCal, so not much suprises me, however, for me the most dangerous time to lane split is after dark...

During dayling, I will just twist the throttle and enjoy the ride. 6" clearance is plenty of room at 70 MPH. However when the sun sets, and the traffic is all headed for home after a day of work, I try to avoid riding, or if I do, in is into the HOV lane and just follow along (Unless I have some incredibly slow jerk ahead, then I use the merge lanes to pass. )

The biggest danger when riding a sports bike and lane splitting is the reaction to use the brake instead of the throttle. Ususally I can clear a situation that is starting to become dangerous with a twist of the wrist and 2 seconds I am in the clear. If you are riding a larger cruiser bike, then the dynamics are understandably different.
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Old 10-03-2007, 12:30 AM   #20
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My prefered lane splitting configuration is to never let up on the horn while doing a wheelie. I figure the noise alerts drivers and the vertical position limits lateral exposure.
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Old 10-03-2007, 11:37 AM   #21
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My prefered lane splitting configuration is to never let up on the horn while doing a wheelie. I figure the noise alerts drivers and the vertical position limits lateral exposure.
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Old 10-03-2007, 03:10 PM   #22
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Old 10-03-2007, 09:21 PM   #23
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I'm late to the party. Great thread.

I turn on my left signal when splitting & leave it on. I wonder why more don't do it. I have fogs also.

All good posts...
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Old 10-07-2007, 03:48 PM   #24
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I want that sticker!! where can I find one or 4
Thats a knock off of the "Share the Lane" art ADV member Boney made for t-shirts and stickers. The image above was done without permission so its a bit of a sore point. Support the original here: http://www.boneytees.com/
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Old 10-09-2007, 12:07 AM   #25
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With all the talk about assuming cagers are out there trying to kill us, cell phone addicts, do loud pipes save lives? etc. and here we have people purposely putting themselves in harms way by lane splitting. Any way you slice it, its still one of the most dangerous situation a motorcyclist can put himself in.
You are at the cagers mercy, anyone of them can legaly kill you without even a citation been written.
One of my riding buddy's Dad was killed while lane splitting on the Williamsburg bridge in NYC by a cager that opened his door to dump his coffe but some witnesses stated the door was opened enough to have its edge meet the bike which was way more than needed to dump coffe, still no charges, no citations, just a dead Dad.
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Old 10-12-2007, 09:39 AM   #26
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Headlights

OK - I think it's "official": Instead of "Loud Pipes Save Lives", could we substitute, "More Lights Save Lives"?

Over the past few weeks, I've been splitting in the dark going to work []. It sucks, but the extra fog/driving (Hella FF50s) lights really seem to increase my visibility. Even today, in the rain, no one has cut me off [knock on wood].

Also, looking in my mirrors to see if there was anyone behind me, there was simply no way I would have been able to differentiate between a single MC headlight and any other headlight. In other words, a single headlight becomes just another light in the mass of lights visible to a driver looking in his/her mirrors before changing lanes [assumming that they, you know, actually do that].

Anything to increase forward visibility - breaking up horizontal "lines" of lights, making them modulate, throwing more 'trons downstream - anything seems to improve the odds of arriving at the destination.



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Old 03-04-2008, 07:18 PM   #27
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Is this thing on?



With more bikes on the road at this time of the year, I thought I'd see if there was any additional input from y'all.

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Old 03-04-2008, 07:37 PM   #28
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I've got one.... Maybe I just missed it but I didn't see anything about making eye-contact in mirrors.

I know you can't make eye-contact with everyone you pass, hell, not even most of them. I usually try to make eye-contact or at least see the eyes or glasses of as many drivers as possible in their mirrors. You can tell a lot about what sombody's about to do by their eyes. I'd say it's kept me out of a situation or two.
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Old 03-04-2008, 07:51 PM   #29
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I AM THE GOD OF TRAFFIC! The common people wait in line like lemmings as I fly by with not a care in the world. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha (evil laughter). What is the meaning of the word "wait" ? I am not familiar with this term.

But seriously, I agree with the tips. I use high beam also and I'm thinking I should get some fog lights!
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Old 03-04-2008, 07:54 PM   #30
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I also put reflective tape on the forward facing part of my mirrors, fork legs, and helmet.
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