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Old 07-28-2013, 05:41 PM   #41
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Default Re: Your opinions (and tips) on lane-splitting

lane splitting is not safe. It's on a motorcycle. nothing on a motorcycle is "safe" There is no greater or lessor of a chance of someone cutting you off, opening a door, or otherwise wrecking into you than at any other time on the road. We are always at risk of someone, cutting us off, running a red light, swerving with no warning, ect ect ect. I always shake my head at the safety argument. someone rear ends you while waiting in traffic, you get just as hurt as you would if you were lane splitting and someone opened the door. (though personally if i had to choose i'd take the door over getting rear ended ANY day.)
The implication that the cagers fighting against these laws give two hoots about biker safety is laughable as of right now there is not ONE single law that protects bikers. none. at least not where I live. I lane split legal or not when its nessesary IE: traffic is dead stopped on the freeway and doesn't look like its going to move again anytime soon. In those situations i dont see how a cop could pull me over anyhow and even if he did I'd simply explain how difficult traffic jams are on bikers, if he tickets me, oh well. that's a risk im willing to take.
As far as what other drivers think about it, american drivers are self entitled assholes and I gave up trying to please them LONG LONG LONG ago.
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Old 09-11-2013, 12:28 PM   #42
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Default Re: Your opinions (and tips) on lane-splitting

I'm pretty sure I'd get shot or stabbed if I tried it here in Baltimore.

I've only been riding for 3 years, and only twice have I ridden in the median (at 15-20mph) when traffic was at a dead stop. This was mostly to prevent overheating.

My bike (FZR400) is known to run hot, and stopping/riding under 20mph for any more than a minute or two after the bike is up to temp will put the needle just below the red zone. My fan usually saves me, but I don't like to rely on it. On one hot day I actually had my coolant tank overflow.

I know CA has some gnarly traffic, but I'd have to say that Baltimore/DC traffic is up near the top of the list as well... I feel it should be legal here but I can see a lot of people not taking kindly to it.
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Old 09-11-2013, 12:47 PM   #43
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its legal here, and done with caution is safe as any other type of overtake
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Old 04-05-2017, 09:30 PM   #44
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Originally Posted by troyohchatter View Post
I was in the military for 9 years and drove in the majority of the states. My local area, Dayton OH, is without a doubt the worst and rudest drivers in the nation. I have absolutely no doubt that if you attempted to lane split in this area the drivers would turn in front of you, open doors, and do all matter of cruel and unusual things to ensure your lane splitting days were over. Shoulder, eh, maybe, but forget about the lane splitting. Hell, I've ridden 10-15K miles a year for decades and I can tell you you are taking your life in your own hands just taking I-75 during rush hour.
dude im from dayton also, u must not get out much
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