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Old 05-28-2008, 09:10 AM   #76
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Guys keep in mind that in California, lane sharing is legal but lane splitting is illegal. You can't straddle the line between lanes, you need to be in one lane and only if there is room for both vehicles and it is safe to do so.
Aren't you the kid who sat behind me in 5th grade that used to remind the Teacher on Friday afternoons that we had homework???
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Old 05-28-2008, 09:23 AM   #77
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I didn't read this one:

In the Netherlands, where we have daily gridlocks, the 'rule' is to flash your 'alarm' lights when you approach the tail of a gridlock in order to warn the cars behind you.

Quite a few motorcyclists will leave their blinkers on when they split, but that's against the rules of the lane splitter's guide.
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Old 05-30-2008, 02:50 PM   #78
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Lane Splitting 201:

Don't do it and live.
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Old 05-30-2008, 05:13 PM   #79
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Old 05-30-2008, 07:03 PM   #80
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Lane Splitting 201:

Don't do it and live.


Come to Southern California and see how that works out for ya.
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Old 05-30-2008, 07:21 PM   #81
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Old 05-31-2008, 12:55 PM   #82
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Lane Splitting 201:

Don't do it and live.
Hey - it's not for everybody.

Even Canookian trolls.
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Old 05-31-2008, 04:36 PM   #83
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100% with the OP. good list. i'm going to copy that.
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Old 06-02-2008, 01:12 PM   #84
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Hey - it's not for everybody.

Even Canookian trolls.
Very complete list on your original post. All you left out is why you need to do it in the first place.
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Old 06-02-2008, 02:31 PM   #85
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Interesting question.

My reason: minimize my commute time[s]. Make my commute suck less.

Others probably have their own reasons.

It might be interesting to note how many non-Californians wish they could legally lanesplit.

The nice thing is that no one is actually forced to do it. It's an individual decision, that only an individual can make. [One of the few times CA got it right, IMO...]

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Old 06-02-2008, 03:39 PM   #86
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Very complete list on your original post. All you left out is why you need to do it in the first place.
For me, it's to get home. Traffic here, especially during the summer sucks balls. When I cage it, I usually take 1 1/2 hours to get home. On the bike, the longest I've ever had was 50 minutes.

Also, when it's hot, say over 80 F, sitting on a bike in ATGATT without moving is hell and possibly dangerous. Moving air is the only thing that keeps me cool enough to function.
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Old 06-02-2008, 03:59 PM   #87
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Very complete list on your original post. All you left out is why you need to do it in the first place.
I work weekends with a 20 + year vet of the CHP; we teach MSF together. He told me what I already knew and other motor cops have also told me; done properly, you are safer splitting traffic than sitting in rubber banding commute traffic.

I know that must be hard for folks who have never lane split to understand, but talk to one of us veteran lane splitters about our comfort level in stop and go traffic when we travel in other states where it is not allowed.
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Old 06-02-2008, 05:54 PM   #88
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I was JUST about to post this.... damm you.



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Come to Southern California and see how that works out for ya.
I LOVE when people talk smack about lanesplitting that have never had their bike to start to overheat on the 10 or had to deal with 15,000,000 cars at the same time....

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Old 06-02-2008, 06:22 PM   #89
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I've been splitting lanes for a long time now and here's my feedback:

1. Be careful not to have too much fun while splitting lanes behind a rider who rides faster than your safety / comfort zone. It's really easy to do. Let the faster riders blaze ahead.

2. I am most fearful of other motorcyclists when I split. If a faster rider comes up behind me, I move over and let them pass. If you are that rider, then steer clear of me, please.

3. Splitting lanes with a motorcyclist in one of the lanes being split can be dangerous. I look behind me before I start to split to avoid a collision with another motorcyclist and when passing a rider while splitting, I wait a few seconds or so to try to get their attention that I am there and passing them up. I know how if feels to have a zippy rider come up from nowhere from my six.

I do love lane splitting though. It keeps me focused on any potential danger in front of me... and behind.
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Old 06-02-2008, 09:24 PM   #90
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Interesting question.

My reason: minimize my commute time[s]. Make my commute suck less.

Others probably have their own reasons.

It might be interesting to note how many non-Californians wish they could legally lanesplit.

The nice thing is that no one is actually forced to do it. It's an individual decision, that only an individual can make. [One of the few times CA got it right, IMO...]

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Not sure sure about that. WHen I first got there, I was told in no uncertain term by 2 motorcylce cops that I better lane split, and they physically showed me how on 10 from downtown to santa monica. They pulled me over for not lane splitting basically. Told me my riding was unsafe here. After a bit, I understood what they meant and they were right.
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