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Old 01-28-2009, 09:14 PM   #16
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My usual thought when lane splitting is "hahahahahaaa, suckers! Wheeee!"
Beware the Hubris, it can smack you down fast.
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Old 01-28-2009, 09:40 PM   #17
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Old 01-28-2009, 11:35 PM   #18
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You don't realize just how convenient it is until you get out of state. Really pisses 'em off in Chicago. And Oregon. And Washington. To name a few.

I couldn't live like that...............
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Old 01-29-2009, 12:10 AM   #19
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My hat is off to my brethren lane splitters from the Bay Area. LA traffic always seems more ordered to me than traffic in the Bay Area. Only exception is the Long Beach Freeway which carries a huge amount of truck traffic to and from the port and always seems to have huge pot holes, loose rocks and crap dropped off trucks. I don't like those angle iron corners of death on the back of trucks. Long Beach Fwy might be almost like a Bay Area freeway. Of course I generally wont split between two big rigs either. My hat is off to Andrew.

I love splitting here in SoCal. For me its as just about the same as a trip up a canyon. Definitely keeps me here and now.
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Old 01-29-2009, 12:13 AM   #20
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You don't realize just how convenient it is until you get out of state. Really pisses 'em off in Chicago. And Oregon. And Washington. To name a few.


There's some truth to that.
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Old 01-29-2009, 12:21 AM   #21
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You don't realize just how convenient it is until you get out of state. Really pisses 'em off in Chicago. And Oregon. And Washington. To name a few.

I couldn't live like that...............
Add Florida to that list. Big time. They will fucking kill you if you even think about it. Then the cops will put a ticket on your dead body when they arrive onscene.
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Old 01-29-2009, 01:51 AM   #22
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One of the few laws (or lack of) that we have here in Ca. I tend to be careful during splits (10-15 above speed of traffic) and don't split if traffic is moving at 25 or higher. Still there are those concerned cager citizens that try to block your path. Some think your a lawbreaker. Maybe they lost a mirror to a lane-splitter?
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Old 01-29-2009, 04:24 AM   #23
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So what do you guys do when you hit a car's mirror rather hard? pull over and... do what?
Or keep going?
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Old 01-29-2009, 05:39 AM   #24
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So what do you guys do when you hit a car's mirror rather hard? pull over and... do what?
Or keep going?
I had a long chat with a CHP last summer whilst shopping at a Cycle Gear outlet in Santa Rosa. I wanted the hard facts on this, as it's not legal [for non policemen anyways] where I live. He explained that IF there were any impact, clip, or other collision while va bike is lane sharing, the motoryclist [or should I say the vehicle undertaking lane sharing] is deemed automatically at fault.
As far a hitting a mirror, it's a personal decision, it's hit & run if you don't stop, elevating the situation 5 fold.
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Old 01-29-2009, 05:41 AM   #25
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So what do you guys do when you hit a car's mirror rather hard? pull over and... do what?
Or keep going?
Usually I hit em on purpose because "Johnny Do Gooder" is trying to stop me from splitting. Ti Knuckled Gloves are also good for slapping a window with the back of your hand. I have taken a few off of cars for trying to pinch me. Hyundai mirrors make damned good pinballs. I will be in the Bay area in a couple weeks with my 400EXC Supermoto and I am looking forward to Splittin with it. As for lane splitting while Living in Colorado, they are as bad as florida.
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Old 01-29-2009, 10:16 AM   #26
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Lane splitting is fun and handy but itís not as fun as a back road or dirt track. And in the middle of heavy traffic is no place to be pulling stunts. It just creates animosity among the general public against all motorcyclists and, frankly, itís pretty squirrelly behavior. Its pit racer stuff
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Old 01-29-2009, 10:17 AM   #27
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The other day I saw a rider splitting traffic on the freeway at above 70 MPH leaned back against backpack on back of seat knees against handle bars steering and texing at same time just looking up occationally.
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Old 01-29-2009, 10:30 AM   #28
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Lane splitting is fun and handy but itís not as fun as a back road or dirt track. And in the middle of heavy traffic is no place to be pulling stunts. It just creates animosity among the general public against all motorcyclists and, frankly, itís pretty squirrelly behavior. Its pit racer stuff
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Old 01-29-2009, 10:39 AM   #29
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Coming home last night splitting lanes between the carpool and fast lane on the 405 in Orange County I got stuck behind a bus. I hate getting stuck behind those motherfuckers. Yeah, I get that it makes sense to let them use the carpool lane, but ya can't see past 'em and they dump shitloads of diesel exhaust into your face. Pisses me off.

Finally found a spot where there was a break in traffic on in the fast lane, shot right and got around him with absolutely no room to spare between his front end and the back end of a car in the fast lane. Scared the fuck outta myself.

Then I was pissed at myself for pulling that stunt off. Really stupid. The bus was doing 50, so it wasn't like I wasn't making decent time compared to the traffic lanes.

Wife would be pissed if I killed myself doing a stunt like that.

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Old 01-29-2009, 11:11 AM   #30
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Lane Splitting

Not only do I do it daily, but I have done so for the last 30 years. Only once did I make contact....or should I say he made contact with me. A 3/4 ton van with a blind driver started to change lines an I felt a nudge on my handle bars. A reactive one fingered salute and I was back on my way.
My pulse didn't even rise.

My worst experience was 26 miles of bumper to bumper lane splitting on the 91 freeway going east thru Green River (Orange county to Riverside County) here in So. Cal. on a bagged GS no less. My eyeballs were dry from that one.

For the most part though, the drivers will move aside but once in awhile there's the guy who wants to ruin your day.
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