Legal Consequences of Lane Splitting/Filtering?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by duncanmac, Dec 25, 2012.

  1. slartidbartfast

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    I think it all depends on which you rank as worse - SOx, NOx and unburned hydrocarbons, or CO2 and resource consumption. SoCal has smog problems so rates the first three higher than the last two. The EPA takes its lead from CARB and so makes the same assumptions about what's "worst". In other parts of the world, the CO2 and resource consumption are the biggest environmental impacts.

    Furthermore, there are plenty of clean, fuel-injected, catalyzed bikes around these days, plus still more than a few (mostly older) cars with ineffective or missing emissions controls.

    Despite all the above, if people with cars were better at car pooling, cars would win hands down - Just sayin!
  2. RxZ

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    While this was true 5-10 years ago, didn't the government enact more strict rules for motorcycles starting with the 2010 or so model year? They are much cleaner now than they were just a handful of years ago, that much is fact. They may still be dirtier than cars though, I am not sure on that point. Seems like the ancillary effects of using less gas has to factor in somewhere. You know, like less drilling and processing stress on the environment.

    Either way, commuting on bike is more fun, and in my case cheaper than taking the car!
  3. Jim Moore

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    You gotta think of the whole equation. First, you spend less time sitting in traffic on a bike = Less pollution. Millions of people commuting on bkes (in my dream world) = shitloads less pollution from the entire chain, from drilling to shipping (what mpg does an oil tanker get?), to the diesel truck putting gas in the underground tanks at the corner gas station. Fewer cars mean smaller parking lots, leaving tons of room for green space, which cools the atmosphere and eats CO2. Etc., etc. Bikes are a win-win in a lot of different ways.
  4. IheartmyNx

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    Steam wouldnt have an emission unless you think water is a bad thing?

    And why couldnt a man run his bike off of cracked water? Hydrogen? Burn hydrogen = Water.

    Sure, it could take a lot, but what is "a lot" and if you've got nothing better to do all day than make up a batch (like my friend that makes his own Bio-D), then where's the slavery to a dollar, economics and war there?


    WTF people. Stop bitching a find a fucking way already.


    Oh, I know... lets talk about the bad weed, or that Obama's the AntiChrist instead...


    Who gives a shit about lane splitting... I'll spit (anytime, anywhere) to save MY LIFE!

    I also did 65 right past a Trooper today too. I waived as if I admitted defeat and never turned around... I was in a 50. But I knew the war was over before it started because of my faith.

    ...the last 100 miles of church was the best.
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    IIRC while they didn't specify the model on Mythbusters, it was pretty obviously a WR250R with a catalytic converter.
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    Are you aware of the concept of quotation marks?
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    Pfft. That's crap they used 40 years ago.
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  9. slartidbartfast

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    I'm guessing that your English class at Tallahassee Community College was a little short on fundamentals.
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  12. duncanmac

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  14. duncanmac

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    The Transport Accident Commission of the State of Victoria, Australia, spends some of our money trying to frighten us off our bikes. They produce graphic videos, some of which are really misleading, implying that in accidents, bikers are mainly at fault.

    The attached video is not representative of the majority and I rather object to the government spending money on the minority who are dumb-stoopid in their determined efforts to eliminate themselves from the gene pool. Still, it does show how NOT to lane split.

    If you are at all squeamish, do not watch. :ricky

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTXF179g6zg
  15. Aj Mick

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    Having ridden, and split lanes, in about 15 countries, I was kind of surprised that it is a controversial topic, and illegal in much of the USA.

    Here in Phuket, Thailand, the lane splitting police would have a field day.... if anybody could be bothered stopping to be booked. There is little enforcement of anything, other for than those who obligingly stop, sans helmet and / or documentation, at check points set up by the police when tea stocks are running low. A lot of people just ride on through.

    But back to the topic; I "filter" at round town speeds, but on the open road I go with the flow.

    Strictly speaking here in Thailand, motorcycles are required to stay on the inside (left hand) lane of the road, nearest the kerb. It is a law that is not much enforced, outside Bangkok. In Phuket "Somchai's rules" apply; everybody goes anywhere...... hard to fathom at first, but after a bit you realise that there is a bit a pattern, and run with it.
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    I too applaud morons self-culling.

    Not sure if the waste of tax dollars bothers me as much as TAC's over-the-top approach to safety adverts.

    Of course, they're not MY tax dollars, are they? :1drink
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  18. abnslr

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    Actually I don't think this video is all that objectionable -- it's just a visual way of saying 'don't be a dumbass.' The downside is the possibility that it conveys a message to drivers that all motorcyclists are riding like this.
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    How in the world did that guy crash his bike at the end of the video? His bike was vertical, he wasn't navigating a curve, and he wasn't struck. Nevertheless, his bike suddenly goes haywire and he gets ejected into the neighboring lane. Maybe his forks failed or something equally catastrophic. Hmm. Maybe he was struck by the vehicle doing the filming?
  20. duncanmac

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    Well if it was real, he would be in the running for a Darwin Award :evil