Thoughts while lane-splitting

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Andrew, Jan 27, 2009.

  1. Andrew

    Andrew Optimus Primer Super Moderator

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    I suppose I shouldn't be thinking at all when I'm filtering between the cars and trucks, rather relying on instinct and sensory input, holding to a meditative state. But think, I do, and I'm often surprised at what comes bubbling up.

    Work, home, love, life... it's all there, open for analysis and inspection, while I'm buzzing between big Dualies with hinged mirrors and slow-poke Hybrids. Hybrids! Why do they drive 'em so slow, I just can't figure it out...

    Occasionally a life-saving jolt breaks through the mental fog, and reminds to look to my own mirrors, as the man in East Bay black on a rat bike decides he wants to share the "motorcycle lane" with me. Sure, fine, no problem mang. Mind the side cases on the GS, eh?

    Time for another round of pothole patrol, and to take up the issue with CalTrans and CHP. There has got to be a way for a single citizen such as myself to get fast action on the gaping maw abyss there on eastbound I-80 just off the Bridge, center lane. As well, the rough interface between lanes 1 and 2 on 680 near Danville. Somebody send out the crews to fix these things, and I bet they have a phone on their desk.
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  2. tedder

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    I'm disturbed you didn't include the ever-present thought of installing some sort of lane-clearing rocket launcher.
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  3. Andrew

    Andrew Optimus Primer Super Moderator

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    I am that rocker launcher, 'twas ever thus.

    The time I bounced between two trucks, and stayed up, I remember thinking "that was different," and kept on splitting. It didn't hit 'til hours and days later just how scary it had been.
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  4. Mudcat

    Mudcat Unregistered

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    Man, I think you are a little too relaxed.:D
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    I don’t do a lot of lane splitting but I find it fun to do. I remember one day in particular:
    I was going north on 1 out of Carmel Highlands and the road was just a parking lot for miles and miles. I had the biggest grin on my face going through that.
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  5. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Ain't it great?!

    I've bounced the system cases of my RT off a few bumpers before. Clipped a few SUV/truck mirrors with the ones on my GS. No worries. :nah Tensing up is bad, m'kay.

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  6. slackmeyer

    slackmeyer Don't mean sheeit. .

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    The area between lanes 1 and 2 on 101 south coming into San Rafael always seems terrible to me, not that I've split there more than a couple times.

    Lane splitting seems to have a lot in common with riding singletrack on mt. bike or motorcycle. Not much else really has the same flow of decisions made in the not quite conscious mind. IMHO.
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  7. Mudcat

    Mudcat Unregistered

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    Yeah, I see it as a technical ride. A lot of fun and requiring my attention.
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  8. the darth peach

    the darth peach eats crackers in bed

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    I found the majority of thoughts, if any at all, are more along the lines of 'turn signal, A**HOLE!' and 'pedal on the right' and of course 'that would be a great shot'


    80/580 is crazy during commute.
    A whole different breed than the 101ers.
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  9. MoxNix

    MoxNix Stuttgart Germany

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    I love splitting.

    Here in Germany, they will close the Autobahn if needed- you're stuck too bad.

    One morning there was a fatal accident, car went into the opposite travel lane. Only one lane was open, split through it in 15 minutes, guys at work took 2 hours!

    I did get pinched between a semi and a panel van, as in my handlebars were stuck. I had to turn them and wait for the van to move.:eek1
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  10. motorbike.ventures

    motorbike.ventures n00best of the n00b

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    Being a new rider, my only thought when lane splitting is "please don't open the door" :)

    It does get my heart racing! :D
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  11. Mudcat

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    What about <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:Street><st1:address>19th Ave</st1:address></st1:Street> through <st1:City><st1:place>San Francisco</st1:place></st1:City>? It gives me the giggles but I wouldn&#8217;t want to do it all the time.
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  12. redseca2

    redseca2 Long timer

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    The scariest was (trying to) follow a guy who was lane splitting Oak Street in San Francisco (one way, timed lights, at least 4 lanes) while doing a wheelie on an off road bike.

    Out on the highway my wide GS with bags means I need to really center myself to lane split so I am doing the Dah-duh, Dah-duh, Dah-duh, Dah-duh, Dah-duh, Dah-duh of the Botts Dots while trying to put it to music.
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  13. Andrew

    Andrew Optimus Primer Super Moderator

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    After my first major stoppie in traffic, dodging a fool on my left who wanted to be in the space on my right, the thought occurred to me that it was probably time to reset the ABS, despite how attached I had become to the blinking red lights.
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  14. Darth Lefty

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    My usual thought when lane splitting is "hahahahahaaa, suckers! Wheeee!"
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  15. the darth peach

    the darth peach eats crackers in bed

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    That too. :D
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  16. Andrew

    Andrew Optimus Primer Super Moderator

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    Beware the Hubris, it can smack you down fast.
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  17. Ryan

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    Cover both levers. :nod

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  18. Dadd

    Dadd Just another AARGHRider

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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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  19. SocalRob

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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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  20. tedder

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    :rofl

    There's some truth to that.
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