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Old 09-30-2012, 08:26 PM   #1
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Question Is it ok to filter to b 1st?

Here in TX it's illegal to split lanes in moving traffic, so my question is not in regards to legality but safety. Is it ok to filter thru when reaching an intersection to be in front and not trapped in between cars (who are checking Facebook, answering calls and returning txts)? I've been riding for 20 or so yrs -sport bikes- this is my first Dual sport and I've noticed a different attitude towards me without me changing any of my riding habits. I would like to keep that going .Just don't feel like getting plowed from my 6 or cut into while waiting for a light to turn in exchange. Then again, I am enjoying this new "friendly" attitude towards me and the bike I ride.
So what's your call? yes: get to the front ( piss cagers off), or no: wait in line (just don't get killed).
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:34 PM   #2
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Legally no! Morally yes! However, in most places you are likely to get hurt trying.

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Old 09-30-2012, 08:49 PM   #3
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It's legal here, but some of my bikes don't always fit. I stop in line and aim at an opening, keep it in gear and watch my six...I'll fill a gap before I get rear ended, you should do the same.
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:30 PM   #4
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I don't know what part of TX you are in, but here in DFW, most of the times nothing will happen, most are too busy texting and won't even notice, even when they are first in line and you are close enough to knock on their window (I don't suggest that though) sometimes you will get a horn honk after you have passed them, and very rarely somebody might try to block you, but when it does happen, I can almost guarantee you it will be a pickup, probably a diesel, and very likely 4wd and/or lifted. I have never had a car try to block me. Profiling works very well here. Keep on eye on Bubba, fortunately he moves pretty slow.
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:35 PM   #5
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.....should have made it a Poll.


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Old 10-01-2012, 01:02 AM   #6
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.....should have made it a Poll.




That along with the Aerostich Lane Sharing Tool, and I think you're set.

http://www.aerostich.com/aerostich-lane-share-tool.html
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:28 AM   #7
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skipping line is lame.
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Old 10-01-2012, 11:21 AM   #8
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if you're not lane sharing then isn't it cutting in line?

BTW, I'll stop between two cars in front of me if I'm uncomfortable about leaving my six exposed and I'm not filtering to the front.

I do this on double left turn lanes if I'm not able to filter all the way up. moron cagers don't know how to keep it in their lane while turning.
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Old 10-01-2012, 11:42 AM   #9
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Back on topic, I can't imagine riding a bike in heavy traffic and not filtering. I feel sorry for the good folks who live in a part of the world where filtering is illegal.
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Old 10-01-2012, 02:10 PM   #10
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Uhh.....when you filter to the front at a light, you wind up right between the two cars who are first in line. So what do you do when the light changes, count on one of them to let you get ahead in their lane? Riding some dual sports, you may not have the juice to force the issue and would more than likely piss off the driver anyway. What's the problem with just taking your turn, aiming for an escape route in case someone tries to make a sandwichh of you from behind, watch your mirrors, as others have said, until you have a car or two buffer behind you (of course keeping the bike in gear)?
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Old 10-01-2012, 02:14 PM   #11
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I never filter so I end up between 2 cars.

I filter to the front, as in I park in front of the right car.

It's Europe, people can't drive for sh*t so they pull up leaving a good carlength before the white line.

I always check, if the cars are all the way upto the white line I just stay in the lane, don't want to end up next to a car...
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Old 10-01-2012, 03:24 PM   #12
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Uhh.....when you filter to the front at a light, you wind up right between the two cars who are first in line. So what do you do when the light changes, count on one of them to let you get ahead in their lane? Riding some dual sports, you may not have the juice to force the issue and would more than likely piss off the driver anyway. What's the problem with just taking your turn, aiming for an escape route in case someone tries to make a sandwichh of you from behind, watch your mirrors, as others have said, until you have a car or two buffer behind you (of course keeping the bike in gear)?
uhh.. I gently roll on the throttle and easily clear all traffic.
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Old 10-01-2012, 03:00 PM   #13
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Filtrer smilter, schmatagat....

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Old 10-01-2012, 03:25 PM   #14
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Filtering up is a nice way to say you're snaking all the stopped cars, and saying it's for safety is just trying to justify your snakeyness. Nobody likes a snake...
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Old 10-01-2012, 03:47 PM   #15
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Filtering up is a nice way to say you're snaking all the stopped cars, and saying it's for safety is just trying to justify your snakeyness. Nobody likes a snake...

I've to agree to disagree, if you're filtering without holding someone up, what's the problem?
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