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Old 10-12-2012, 02:36 PM   #41
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This is what it will be like to motorcyclists when/if they ever allow lane-splitting in this state


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Old 10-12-2012, 03:43 PM   #42
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It sounds like even the Chips don't know the law. I was told it is legal if traffic is moving less than 25 mph. That being said this is a reasonable way to split lanes but remember that most Cali drivers realize that motorcyclists split lanes and know to look out for them. The lanes are also wider than here in Washington for the most part.

I would've split, wouldn't be the first time. How's a cop going to pull you over if traffic is that bad anyway?
It has been legal since 77 in Cali. All the Police officers we knew at that time helped get it through as well they were Motor Officers and used this all the time. they helped push it through back then and yes the whole "Air cooled" issue was brought in to it as well.

BTW... those Chipy's can catch you even while lane splitting as I found out in 83 damn them

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Old 10-12-2012, 04:09 PM   #43
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Why I love carbed bikes with a choke:
Use the choke to keep you rolling a low speed , adjust to suit speed. Almost never need clutch unless i need to stop. Extra fuel means engine doesn't get as hot either.

I technically lane split all the time but on city streets. I ride in the bicycle lane for like 50 ft so i can turn right at the stoplight.

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Old 10-12-2012, 07:21 PM   #44
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When I started riding I lived in a spot wher splitting the lanes was legal. Thank goodness, because traffic would pile up for about 12 miles out of the city every morning.

Things can get messy though. I've had a woman exit a vehicle at a red light. Clipping my bars and shattering my mirror. She was very lucky indeed. So was I , I guess.

Then I had my chain come off my sprocket and lock up the rear at around 40mph, that was really interesting. (This was in my younger days when partying was way more important than maintenance)

It's not that lane splitting is dangerous. Riding is dangerous period. So yes I'd split lanes if it was legal and of course the general cager public was expecting it. Then I would feel a lot safer about it, but in an area where it is illegal and it is not expected in traffic, you may be asking for some trouble.

This guy is my hero. Cue the lane splitting god.


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Old 10-12-2012, 11:48 PM   #45
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I honestly feel that if a committee actually was created, and spent substantial time on it, this could eventually work. Networking is the golden egg to this all. I want in...

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Old 10-13-2012, 12:10 AM   #46
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Meh..if slower drivers can't even stick to the right, then fucking forget trying to ride between them

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Old 10-13-2012, 10:09 AM   #47
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I've always considered the yellow line was a motorcycle trail. Stay on that and everyone's happy, right. If you can't please others you can always please yourself. Lead, follow, or get the hell out of the road.

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Old 10-13-2012, 10:24 AM   #48
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I split lane all the time...I dont care that its illegal..

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Old 10-13-2012, 10:27 AM   #49
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When I started riding I lived in a spot wher splitting the lanes was legal. Thank goodness, because traffic would pile up for about 12 miles out of the city every morning.

Things can get messy though. I've had a woman exit a vehicle at a red light. Clipping my bars and shattering my mirror. She was very lucky indeed. So was I , I guess.

Then I had my chain come off my sprocket and lock up the rear at around 40mph, that was really interesting. (This was in my younger days when partying was way more important than maintenance)

It's not that lane splitting is dangerous. Riding is dangerous period. So yes I'd split lanes if it was legal and of course the general cager public was expecting it. Then I would feel a lot safer about it, but in an area where it is illegal and it is not expected in traffic, you may be asking for some trouble.

This guy is my hero. Cue the lane splitting god.

I love the wheelie in oncoming next to the line of gridlock.. That was Pro!

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Old 10-13-2012, 11:03 AM   #50
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Easy question. Don't ride I5 because I5 sucks nuts.

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Old 10-13-2012, 11:58 AM   #51
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Easy question. Don't ride I5 because I5 sucks nuts.

Derp
Or better yet, move out of the PNW.

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Old 10-13-2012, 12:31 PM   #52
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R6Roller, that wasn't lane splitting, that was lane inventing.

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Old 10-13-2012, 07:25 PM   #53
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I will do it until I get a ticket. After I get a ticket, I will do it until I get another ticket.

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Old 10-14-2012, 02:31 PM   #54
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I personally think lane splitting is safer than sitting in bumper to bumper traffic. How many times have you been caught in that traffic and started feeling sleepy? Yup...the fumes are getting to you...literally. I may not split lanes all the time, but I will get in the emergency lane and travel at a safe speed...usually around 25-35mph.

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Old 10-14-2012, 03:01 PM   #55
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So, i've always been a lil confused about the whole "legal" vs. "nothing against it" in the California law. I understand the argument on it, but seriously...

There's nothing in the law books saying you can drive with 1 hand on the wheel. Nothing saying you can have your window down and an arm hanging out when it's hot. Or smoking while driving etc...

Basically, if there is no law AGAINST something, then it's legal... period. We don't live in a dictatorship here.

That being said, it is HOW someone splits. If they're riding like an ass, then yes, they can get busted for neg or whatever. But basic point... YES, it's legal in Cali.

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Old 10-14-2012, 05:24 PM   #56
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There's nothing in the law books saying you can drive with 1 hand on the wheel. Nothing saying you can have your window down and an arm hanging out when it's hot. Or smoking while driving etc...
This. If something isn't prohibited, it isn't prohibited, so make hay while the sun shines. This is how I learned to think of the law a long time ago, thanks to my father, the lawyer. I understand if you're being a jackass they'll just get you for reckless, but that's something else entirely.

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Old 10-14-2012, 06:50 PM   #57
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Meh..if slower drivers can't even stick to the right, then fucking forget trying to ride between them
This.

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Old 10-14-2012, 07:56 PM   #58
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Splitting lanes got me a $1800 ticket. Well that and "Failing to yield". Who says a 250 cant get you in trouble..

That being said, I think it should be legal. I have yet to do it again though.

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Old 10-15-2012, 08:08 AM   #59
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I would skip lane splitting around here. Aside from it being specifically illegal here, Too many drivers merge over suddenly without signals. On top of that drivers arent used to bikes lane splitting so they probably wont be looking out for you. That means when that derp is texting and swerving over to get off the exit at the last second they dont have an open hand to signal and cant look over completely to check their blind spot.... not worth the risk to me..

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Old 10-15-2012, 08:23 AM   #60
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Yeah, I do not deny the legality of it at all and in no way do I condone it...but given the nature of what we love, speeding is a common thing. For me, I LOVE going fast, when it's safe to do so of course. I know it's completely illegal to blast past a hundo in I-90 tunnels but I still do.

It'd be nice to hear a police officer's view on it, and how much he weighs its legality. Also, does anyone know why only CA was able to pass that law? I am very curious about how they're the only state*. (only state to my knowledge)
It was deemed ok by cali law because back in the day everyone riding on their harley complained about overheating in traffic, since there was no airflow on their engines.

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