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Advice on lane splitting for a rider new to California

PostAuthor: Bloodshot » Thu Oct 06, 2016 11:54 am

Hi all.
It's a bit early, but next year I will be on a long road trip and I'll be winding up in California visiting friends in the San Diego area. It looks like lane splitting is legal now but it has been part of the riding culture forever.
My question is should I attempt it when I get there? I found a really good page about lane splitting just now and it lays things out very well: http://www.highsidemoto.com/california- ... nd-tricks/
I'd be interested in hearing from those who do it on a daily or weekly basis. I'm not looking for thrills, just to get through traffic I'll inevitably encounter. From what I can see from videos from responsible riders on youtube, most drivers give way between the 1st and 2nd lanes without many surprises. I think my main concern is clearance since I'm not on a sportbike. Though, the Virago isn't all that much wider and I guess harley riders do it often enough, too.
I expect it will be like the first time I got on a freeway with my bike. I got on, got to where I was going at got off and said to myself, "I'm never doing that ever again!", only to find myself comfortably riding there a few days later.
Anyway, thanks for reading and let me know what you think.
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Re: Advice on lane splitting for a rider new to California

PostAuthor: mark75 » Thu Oct 06, 2016 7:54 pm

JMO: lane splitting is for those who are looking to become an organ donor - only barely acceptable in grid-lock/ freeway parking-lot situations.
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Re: Advice on lane splitting for a rider new to California

PostAuthor: Artie » Thu Oct 06, 2016 8:02 pm

:yup:

Ive done it, but I just don't trust the other wads on the road to not get impatient and stick their nose out in front of you. Its only recently become legal here in Australia and there are still enough idiots who don't know yet that its legal, or who are offended that you have an advantage over them being gridlocked, that they get antsy...like open doors on you as you pass....... check youtube, plenty of examples....

if you REALLY want to do it, go very slowly and only when the traffic around you is stopped....

just my 0.02c
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Re: Advice on lane splitting for a rider new to California

PostAuthor: CX Rancher » Thu Oct 06, 2016 9:07 pm

I know this isn't the advice you are looking for but I have only been lane split as an automobile driver and I get pretty worked up over having to watch for bikes constantly behind me as well as beside me. Very uncomfortable as a car jockey, I don't think I'd have the nads to do it on a bike regularly.

Few riders (imho) that I saw were using much sense. I'm sure it takes some getting used to.

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Re: Advice on lane splitting for a rider new to California

PostAuthor: fomoco69 » Thu Oct 06, 2016 9:54 pm

I agree....very risky in the city areas of California.....people are rude & impatient & have thier heads up thier asses & cell phones in hand.....better to be patient & stay off freeways during week days & rush hours....I try to ride early or late or on week - ends.....too many idiots in California

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Re: Advice on lane splitting for a rider new to California

PostAuthor: fomoco69 » Thu Oct 06, 2016 9:56 pm

Artie wrote::yup:

Ive done it, but I just don't trust the other wads on the road to not get impatient and stick their nose out in front of you. Its only recently become legal here in Australia and there are still enough idiots who don't know yet that its legal, or who are offended that you have an advantage over them being gridlocked, that they get antsy...like open doors on you as you pass....... check youtube, plenty of examples....

if you REALLY want to do it, go very slowly and only when the traffic around you is stopped....

just my 0.02c

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Re: Advice on lane splitting for a rider new to California

PostAuthor: Bloodshot » Thu Oct 06, 2016 11:50 pm

OK. So from what I'm reading here, I should only do it if traffic is at or near a stand still or not even attempt it, period. Sounds good to me. Thanks guys.
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Re: Advice on lane splitting for a rider new to California

PostAuthor: gregkw1 » Sat Oct 08, 2016 8:02 pm

Also don't go to fast when you split.
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Re: Advice on lane splitting for a rider new to California

PostAuthor: budwana2001 » Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:44 am

As another Aussie rider has said It's legal to lane split here in Australia.
In saying that different states different laws, I will not attempt to say what the laws are for different states. I am 73 years of age and have lane split quite often, be wary of the cars that are close together.
I will add here I DO NOT LANE SPLIT in moving traffic, the legal speed to do so is below 40 KPH.
That helps to eliminate some of the dick heads.

Recently after a great weekend and reuniting with my daughters after 17yrs , towing a trailer I hit horrendous rain with only 40 kilometers to go.It happened so fast before I knew it I was on the ground.
Apparently I had hit a greasy patch bike went out from under me, speed was not a cause 80 ks we had slowed down to 70. Anyway bike went one way me the other. I was carried to the side of the road. Looking over my shoulder was able to see guys lifting bike up.

Pheww that's good then the pain in my left shoulder started.
A young woman and a young guy were now attending me he was a 1st aider she was a Nurse. How lucky was I.

They had rang the ambulance, after a check was taken to hospital xrays pain killers done, badly bruised.
Time accident happened 2.30 pm out of Hospital 5.30 all good now find my bike!!!!

No drama's recovered bike next day then rode home. Damage done: Screen gone crash bar bent, indicator ,Helmet stuffed, Jacket gravel rash, air cover bit of ding,the lucky part not one bit of blood spilt.

So after 3 weeks the shoulder is almost good as new slowly I have repaired bike, trailer will be done later only slight paint scratches there. What I really came on here today was to find advice on a new windshield/screen gladly I have found that. So guys take it easy on the road and have safe trip.
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Re: Advice on lane splitting for a rider new to California

PostAuthor: bstig60 » Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:50 pm

I don't care if people who never rode a motorcycle decided to make lane splitting legal or not. It is a very dangerous business. I will not do it on any of my bikes...... Anyone who does is putting their live in the hands of some idiot who gets P'd off....
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Re: Advice on lane splitting for a rider new to California

PostAuthor: mark75 » Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:00 pm

sorry to hear you had a "go-down", but glad to hear you are OK.

doesn't sound like you were splitting when it happened, yes? that could have been a very different ending.
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