Originally posted by JamesMH
Do you lane split on traffic that is flowing at about 60/70 mph? I'm not sure i'd risk that. I see bikes go in between semis, that makes me cringe just watching.
That car pool lane looks like a godsend out here though, have you split lanes in that too?
I'm looking at a few bikes, gsxr1000, daytona 955(what I last had), r1. What do you think is good these days?
Where is a good place to get bikes in this area, what places allow test rides?
Those winding roads to Big Bear look interesting.
Hey, I'm pretty close to you, too. I think I heard somewhere that lane splitting is legal only if the traffic is slower than 45mph, but I can't confirm that. I agree lane splitting when traffic is doing 70mph is spooky, so I do it rarely.
I have lived here for over 40yrs. Forget the roads to big bear or arrowhead lakes. Always crowded on weekends.
You are actually closer to sportbike heaven than that. Take the freeway that goes through Temecula and get off at the offramp to Mt. Palomar. Once you are through Pauma Valley take the turn off to Mt. Palomar. Once you get to S6 the fun begins(check it out on MapQuest). BUT you MUST go up the hill SLOWLY your FIRST TIME for two reasons.
First, the turns are very sharp and almost all of them are decreasing radius.
Second, and this reason makes me hesitate to even recommend this road, is that the locals have becone very active about demanding that law enforcement patrol the road heavily. Sometimes they do, sometimes, they don't, so on your first time up the road you will want to cool it to see if they are patrolling that day. Once at the top, ask the other riders what the CHimPs are up to, and NEVER NEVER NEVER cross the double yellow line. That is what the Gestapo generally write you up for and it could get you killed.
Despite all of this, you should go up at least once, just to say you have been there.
Maybe I will see you up there.
I am really prejudiced, so I would get the R1 if I were you. Shop around at Chapparral and then give Honda/Yamaha of Redlands a shot at it too. They have an excellent service dept.