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Old 03-16-2012, 09:03 AM   #721
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Going to lunch a few weeks back, I'm exiting off Mopac North and Anderson lane. Its a busy intersection with dedicated
left and right turn lanes, with a middle "free for all" lane wher you can turn left, right or go straight.

The right turn lane frequently backs up onto the highway, so, knowing I can turn right on red from the middle lane since the right lane is dedicated, If the middle lane is open I will zoom past all the cages waiting in the right lane and make that turn.

That day the middle lane was clear so I zoom past he cars and wait for the traffic to clear. Last 2 vehicles are a cage and an austin motorcycle cop both turning north onto the feeder, away from me. I lock eyes with the cop, drop the clutch and execute the turn, keeping an eye on the cage to my right in case he tries to use both lanes. I notice a truck has pulled behind me with his right turn signal on too, so I'm not the only one taking advantage of the situation.

Soon as I do, I hear a loud WHOA!!! . I brace for impact, imagining the cop has changed lanes and is about to hit me.

Nope, as soon as I can I check my 6 and he's lit me up! He pulls alongside and tells me to pulli nto the first parking lot on the right, but its full. So he directs me to a convenience store across thr street where we pull into adjacent spaces.

I'm sitting on the bike, looking at him, but he's not looking at me, got the PTT going running the plates I guess. He gets off the bike clutching the ticket book, so I do as well. We finally get F2F so I ask "Whats the problem officer?

He politely tells me he's officer such and such, and the reason he pulled me over was my right turn from the middle lane.
I tell him yes, I did it but the only reason I did was because i could do it because you CAN turn right from the middle lane.

He takes a step back and says " You can?" I say sure, unless the painted stripes and signs indicating I can are wrong. So he calls his partner (they run in pairs) who is somewhere else and asks if what I said was true.

Then he lets me go, but not before admonishing me about my soon to expire inspections sticker. No apology and even though he was on an RTP and I'm on the 12gs, no mention of that either.

I still wonder though, did that truck behind me turn after he saw me get lit up?
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Old 03-16-2012, 09:12 AM   #722
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One of the strangest things that happened to me was on k100rs, i was just leaving austin heading to houston. I'm at the last stoplight out of town when a thoroughly used mid 80s camaro pulls up besides me and starts blipping the throttle.

A K100rs with bags aint much of a drag racer, but its likely got an edge on a clapped out camaro. I look over at a couple kids, who are looking at me, who are clearly looking to race me. So they start torquing up, the light turns green and I let them get a couple lengths on me before I drop the hammer. By the time I fly past them, I'm well over the ton, and the camaro is wheezing on at about 70. I give short wave as I leave them for dead, smiling all the way to houston.
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Old 03-16-2012, 09:32 AM   #723
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One of the strangest things that happened to me was on k100rs, i was just leaving austin heading to houston. I'm at the last stoplight out of town when a thoroughly used mid 80s camaro pulls up besides me and starts blipping the throttle.

A K100rs with bags aint much of a drag racer, but its likely got an edge on a clapped out camaro. I look over at a couple kids, who are looking at me, who are clearly looking to race me. So they start torquing up, the light turns green and I let them get a couple lengths on me before I drop the hammer. By the time I fly past them, I'm well over the ton, and the camaro is wheezing on at about 70. I give short wave as I leave them for dead, smiling all the way to houston.
I once owned a K100, and my technique was to stay neck and neck until the car started to run out of steam, then shift down a gear and pull away. Those bikes were rated at almost 100 hp, and I think would run the 1/4 in the mid 12 second range.
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Old 03-16-2012, 10:08 PM   #724
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Old 03-17-2012, 05:29 AM   #725
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Riding home with the man today, in the pissing rain, the guru ran out of petrol on the Bandit

A nice chap in a car stopped and ferried him to and fro the fuel station Turns out he was a fellow mental health worker musta known that madness was incipient

I quite like riding in the rain ... it's kind of soothing
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Old 03-17-2012, 11:19 AM   #726
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A few months ago I was riding my regular route to work. I'm on a road with a 90 km/h speed limit and two lanes in each direction, the lights up ahead are red and there's a semi waiting at them. I'm closing in on the semi, no-one cuts in between us so I settle in behind the semi to wait for the light to change. I am on the left of my lane about 40 or 50 feet behind the semi so that the driver can clearly see me in his l/h mirror when a woman in a Subaru Forester comes up behind me...and keeps going right past me - in my lane - and stops right behind the semi in the middle of the lane where the driver can't see her in either mirror.
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Old 03-17-2012, 07:38 PM   #727
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I knew there was a storm coming in today, but I was in a hurry to get to work this morning (I needed the money from working the overtime) so I took the car as I don't have to wait for it to warm up or deal with helmet and gloves. I did, however, manage to get back home during my lunch break so I could trade out the car for the bike

Just before I left work for the day, I got my wish and it started to rain Non-riders at work (and even some of the riders) don't quite get why I like riding in weather other than warm sunshine and I do get quite a few looks like It's always a nice change for me to go for at least a short ride in the wind, rain, or cold

The best part of the short ride home was as I was approaching the only red light I encountered which was right after I turned out of the parking lot at work. There were two guys on a cheap 49cc Chinese scooter (the type you see around here on Craigs List for $700 or so brand new) who were waiting about three cars back from the light.

Both were in tennis shoes, jeans, and flannel jackets. Neither one had gloves or a helmet - Helmets aren't required for < 50cc scooters here. The pillion turned as I approached and while pointing to his head (indicating my full face helmet) yelled over at me, "We need a couple of those!"

I turned back to them after I'd stopped, raised my shield, and said back (with a bit of a grin), "It sure does come in handy at times "

Right as I was about to turn back and take off (the light was about to turn green), the pillion pointed at his face and yelled, "It feels like needles all over our faces!!!"

At least they were both smiling

I had to take off then, so I couldn't respond but I hope they made it to their destination safely
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Old 03-17-2012, 09:57 PM   #728
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Commuting into DC every day... I must be crazy.
Nice thing is...

You can lane share here 'cause *most* people are imports and don't think twice about it.

...its the locals that get bent out of shape.

BUT you can't share CA-style here. Gotta go a few cars, jump in, go a few more cars, jump back in, repeat till you get where you're going. Used to go from outside Manassas to Rockville every day. It works.

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Old 03-18-2012, 05:49 PM   #729
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[QUOTE=eric2;18230150]One of the strangest things that happened to me was on k100rs, i was just leaving austin heading to houston. I'm at the last stoplight out of town when a thoroughly used mid 80s camaro pulls up besides me and starts blipping the throttle.[QUOTE]

That brings back memories from a long time ago... in 1980 or thereabouts I had a GS1000S, complete with not so quiet Yoshi race pipe and was trundling down the motorway (freeway to you lot) sitting around 50 -60 when a car full of teenagers pulled alongside blipping the throttle and yahooing about a race.
I was idling along in top (5th) so taking my time worked my way down through the gears complete with throttle blipping and a gradually increasing howl from the Yoshi until I got to first which must have been near peak revs (only did 60 in first IIRC). By the time I'd done that there was a strained silence and nervous looks radiating from the car beside me.


Never did get that race.
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Old 03-18-2012, 06:42 PM   #730
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Talking on your cell phone is hazardous to your lunch.

Saturday I was running errands on my motorcycle and on the way home I stopped to pick-up some lunch to go. When I came back out with my lunch I proceeded over to my motorcycle to place it in the top case. From where I was parked I could see to the parking lot on the other side of the building.

A small SUV over on the other side was just preparing to back out -- I saw the back-up lights come on and the brake lights go out. The car was backing to the right so the front end was swinging out to the left. I immediately noticed a small white bag, identical to the one containing my lunch, on the ground next to the driver's door and very, very close to the left wheel track. There was nothing I could do but watch as the front left wheel swung around and squashed the bag and its contents.

As the driver's side came into full view, I could see the driver and she was holding a cell phone up to her left ear. She stopped, shifted into drive and headed off. After I got myself squared away on my motorcycle, I swung over to the parking spot and it was clear the bag had been full of something.

As best as I can figure, she must have walked out of the restaurant, talking on the cell phone with one hand and the bag of food in the other. Arriving at her car, she must have needed a free hand to unlock and open the door. Rather than interrupt the phone conversation, she set the bag of food down, unlocked the door, climbed into her car and proceed to run over her now forgotten purchase.

I feel sorry for her but I can only imagine her arriving at her destination and wondering what happened to her purchase.
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Old 03-19-2012, 07:30 AM   #731
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Nice thing is...

You can lane share here 'cause *most* people are imports and don't think twice about it.

...its the locals that get bent out of shape.

BUT you can't share CA-style here. Gotta go a few cars, jump in, go a few more cars, jump back in, repeat till you get where you're going. Used to go from outside Manassas to Rockville every day. It works.

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Tried on a V-strom 650 Adventure last Saturday. That thing is WWWIIIIIIIDDDDDDDEEE compared to the KLR. I think I would be taking mirrors with me as I lane split. (45" in case you were wondering)

Overall though, I'm sure that the cagers between downtown DC and Frederick that see me every day think I'm nuttier than a squirrel turd, especially in the winter, so I really don't have anything to lose.
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Old 03-19-2012, 07:54 AM   #732
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Nice thing is...

You can lane share here 'cause *most* people are imports and don't think twice about it.

...its the locals that get bent out of shape.

BUT you can't share CA-style here. Gotta go a few cars, jump in, go a few more cars, jump back in, repeat till you get where you're going. Used to go from outside Manassas to Rockville every day. It works.

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Totally NOT my experience in 30+ years of combat commuting here.

Whether locals or the 4/8 year transients, my experience is that ALL the cage drivers are unprepared for the "shock" of someone passing close aboard, and they react with a mixture of indignation/aggressive action. None of which engenders any good feelings toward motorcyclists. While a bit childish ("If I have to be stuck in traffic, you should be stuck, too!"), it is the reality. Lane-splitting around here is inviting trouble to come visit and ruin your day's commute.
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Old 03-19-2012, 08:16 AM   #733
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Tried on a V-strom 650 Adventure last Saturday. That thing is WWWIIIIIIIDDDDDDDEEE compared to the KLR. I think I would be taking mirrors with me as I lane split. (45" in case you were wondering)

Overall though, I'm sure that the cagers between downtown DC and Frederick that see me every day think I'm nuttier than a squirrel turd, especially in the winter, so I really don't have anything to lose.
I was riding a GS-Adv, so your V-Strom ain't go nuthin on me

@mneblett: we'll have to agree to disagree on our experiences. Again: you can't just 'CA style' it, you have to at least look like you're playing the 'stuck in traffic' game. I'd jump 3-5 cars and sit in line for a few seconds before going at it again.

In CA its 'straight up the middle as long as you've got room.' Makes MUCH more sense to do it that way, but ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

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Old 03-25-2012, 01:48 PM   #734
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Practicing quick stops really helps, but I have NEVER practiced a stoppie. That was my lucky day.
Was this on the Buell? Those things make stoppies too easy.
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Old 03-25-2012, 01:57 PM   #735
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Oh man I have a story. It's not that great cause I don't yet have a motorcycle :( but still funny.

Street in front of my work is 5 lanes, 2 going each way and then a center turn. I am stopped at a light behind one car, there's a car sitting beside him. There's another intersection two blocks down the road past the one we're stopped at. The light at that farther intersection turns green, and BOTH cars that are stopped at our light that's still red just go right through as if it had turned green. I looked around at the other drivers that were sitting at we were all making WTF faces at each other and laughing.

Also even though I have never ridden a bike and have no authority upon which to make a statement I will anyway XD! I must agree with the folks saying left side of lane is better. You're supposed to ride like you're invisible right? That means the right side of the lane sucks because of less time to react, and your escape from being rearended is less likely since cars will change lanes from right to left if you're in the left but it's less likely for them to change lanes from the left to the space to the left of the lane(onto the shoulder).

In my car, I have near 360 degree vision using my mirrors. My only blind spots are about 1' off my rear fenders. So if you were in the right side of the left lane beside me in the right lane, I would not see you. I'm not expecting anyone to be that close to my vehicle so I set my mirrors up to ignore it. If I am passing a vehicle in the left lane, the car moves from my peripheral vision, into my side view mirror, into my rear view mirror, with no break at all. They are always visible without me turning my head. Despite this, I always turn my head and check over my shoulder at least twice when I am changing lanes.
I stopped at one of these once.
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