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How often do you split lanes?

  • ALL THE TIME

    Votes: 10 18.2%
  • NEVER

    Votes: 22 40.0%
  • ONLY ON STREETS

    Votes: 3 5.5%
  • ONLY ON THE FREEWAY

    Votes: 3 5.5%
  • ITS ILLEGAL IN MY STATE... BUT I STILL DO IT

    Votes: 12 21.8%
  • OTHER

    Votes: 5 9.1%

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2 things...
I was wondering how often do some of you split lanes...

And what would you have done in this situation..
A few months ago I decided to go get my wife from work on the bike. We were comming up to a red stop light and I was reving my engine about every five feet or so to let the cage drivers know Im going between them. As I reached about the eighth car back from the front of the line. The summbitch riding shotgun opened his door right in front of me and then closed it real quick as I got way too close! Flipping my shield up I turned around and told my wife Im gonna kick his door in as soon as he passes. She told me it wasnt worth it so I sucked it up and proceeded to the front of the line. I just dont like the fact that someone thought it was funny, to do that shit at the expense of my wife and my bike (my two babies).:finger:
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I don't ever split lanes, I don't think it's worth some 'ya-hoo' opening the door in front of me to kill me.:cool:
I just do not think it is safe at all to split lanes any where; not trying to be a smart ass. Just safe!!!
 

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I would never even think about splitting lanes, it's way to dangerous to do. As in your story, there are way to many buttmuching turd packers out there that think doing that kind of crap is funny.
 

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Depends on the situation... 95% of the roads here have pot holes between the lines, so splitting at speed isn`t the best idea. I have rode down the shoulder a few times instead of sitting in traffic in 90º+ waiting for my bike (and me) to over heat. The shoulder usually has more crap on it than the lanes, but traveling at less than 25mph in a straight line its not bad, and you`re far enough away from any dickhead opening his door.
 

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I split lanes a lot but haven't had a car door opened on me yet. I've had a couple of yahoos drift up to and over the lane lines squeezing off the room to split but it's hard to say if it was on purpose with the exception of an incident in LA where I could see the guy watching me in his rearview mirror and laughing. If I think it's just not paying attention I beep my horn or if I'm next to them I'll tap on their window and give the international "look where you are going" sign by pointing @ my visor then @ me. I was tempted on the idiot in LA to do something more dramatic but he got his when the car in front of him stopped and he didn't :twofinger because he was too busy messing with me to watch the traffic. Poetic justice. It seems like your choice to follow your wife's wishes worked out although it is tough to swallow the anger.
 

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Insn't Ca the only place that they allow lane spliting. If they do, And from what I saw it seems like most sport bikes do split lanes. I would think in some instances it would be safer. Epsically when the 405 goes from 65MPH to 0MPH in a heart break. You don't want to be the one at the end of the row if you know what I mean.
 

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Insn't Ca the only place that they allow lane spliting. If they do, And from what I saw it seems like most sport bikes do split lanes. I would think in some instances it would be safer. Epsically when the 405 goes from 65MPH to 0MPH in a heart break. You don't want to be the one at the end of the row if you know what I mean.
I think CA is the only place it's legal. I was afraid to do it out there at first, but when you live 65 miles from where you work and are facing a 2-3 hour commute if you don't split, you learn to get over your fears real quick. It's not bad at all because for the most part people out there expect it and many will even give you room when they see you coming. There are some dickheads though that will squeeze you, turn on their washer fluid to squirt you, flick cigarettes at you, etc. You just get over it. It's easy when you realize that they will be stuck in traffic for another 2 hours just to go 5 miles while you'll be home in 15 minutes. I would usually find the biggest Harley I could and just tuck in behind them. What better to plow the road for you than one of those big bastards?

I miss being able to split lanes, but not enough to convince me to move back to California. Ever. There are a few people out there I'd like to save, but for the most part I wish it'd break off and sink into the ocean. :)
 

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I think CA is the only place it's legal. I was afraid to do it out there at first, but when you live 65 miles from where you work and are facing a 2-3 hour commute if you don't split, you learn to get over your fears real quick. It's not bad at all because for the most part people out there expect it and many will even give you room when they see you coming. There are some dickheads though that will squeeze you, turn on their washer fluid to squirt you, flick cigarettes at you, etc. You just get over it. It's easy when you realize that they will be stuck in traffic for another 2 hours just to go 5 miles while you'll be home in 15 minutes. I would usually find the biggest Harley I could and just tuck in behind them. What better to plow the road for you than one of those big bastards?

I miss being able to split lanes, but not enough to convince me to move back to California. Ever. There are a few people out there I'd like to save, but for the most part I wish it'd break off and sink into the ocean. :)
Whats wrong with Cali? Its like Disneyland..The happiest place on earth! As for finding a Harley and sticking right behind them so they can break traffic for you, I find motorcycle cops do a really good job of it too. People will move for them, and by the time any cars realize Im behind the cop, Im already passing another car.
I remember the first time I split lanes I was scared, but I feel as long as your a little afraid of it youll be alright, once you become over confident that when accidents happen due to carelessness.:2cents:
 

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Whats wrong with Cali? Its like Disneyland..The happiest place on earth! As for finding a Harley and sticking right behind them so they can break traffic for you, I find motorcycle cops do a really good job of it too. People will move for them, and by the time any cars realize Im behind the cop, Im already passing another car.
I remember the first time I split lanes I was scared, but I feel as long as your a little afraid of it youll be alright, once you become over confident that when accidents happen due to carelessness.:2cents:
The list of things that aren't wrong with Cali would be shorter....
 

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The list of things that aren't wrong with Cali would be shorter....
LMAO. :laughing:


All and All. I find me self completeting moving back there. I'm going for a visit again in a few weeks. See how I feel after that.
 

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LMAO. :laughing:


All and All. I find me self completeting moving back there. I'm going for a visit again in a few weeks. See how I feel after that.
Never base a decision like that on a short trip or vacation. The grass is always going to be greener if you know what I mean. I loved everything about California for the first couple of months I lived there. Once it sank in that high cost of living and 4 hours driving per day was going to be the rest of my life, it wasn't so pretty.

There is a lot more I could go into, but it's WAY off topic of this thread. Let's just say it would take an obnoxious amount of money to get me to consider living there again.
 

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Never base a decision like that on a short trip or vacation. The grass is always going to be greener if you know what I mean. I loved everything about California for the first couple of months I lived there. Once it sank in that high cost of living and 4 hours driving per day was going to be the rest of my life, it wasn't so pretty.

There is a lot more I could go into, but it's WAY off topic of this thread. Let's just say it would take an obnoxious amount of money to get me to consider living there again.
True, Cali does own Americas biggest parking lots (405 fwy/ 10 fwy), and that can delay your time till you get home and relax.
Thats what got me into sportbikes. I used to be stuck in traffic watching them go by, and now its nice to know that there is no more traffic to worry about. Ive done a lot of traveling to other places in the states and the first thing I do when I get off that plane at LAX is take a deep breath of the wonderful smog filled air... God Bless Southern California, and its disgusting over-priced rent, and terrible police department (LAPD). :twofinger
 

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yea there are good and bad points about Cali. I have lived there for 4 years. and being 90% of my friends are out there, and my best friend is moving back out there, IDK. Shall see what happens.
 

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I was riding the other day, in the left half of the left lane and another biker that I don't know was the in the left half of the right lane. We were more or less side by side, slowing on approach to a red light, and this f**ker in a Ranger pickup splits the damned lanes right between us!! I felt like riding up and bashing the idiot's window in, but I restrained myself.

Usually, when I'm on my bike and somebody does something idiotic, I just yell "f**ker" or some-such and let it go. It's not worth it, and cage vs bike, bike loses.

No, I don't lane-split. It's not legal here anyway. But I might be tempted to do so if I found myself in a situation where traffic had come to a stand still. Leathers in high heat are ok as long as you are moving, but stopped for a while you start to bake.
 

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It’s not legal in Michigan, but even if it was I still wouldn't it bad enough here when you have your own lane. :finger:
 

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Whats wrong with Cali? Its like Disneyland..The happiest place on earth! As for finding a Harley and sticking right behind them so they can break traffic for you, I find motorcycle cops do a really good job of it too.
I did that exact thing for the first time yesterday. It was slowing down to a stop on I-5 right around Del Mar so I jumped behind a biker CHP. I find it much less nerve racking when you are following another bike.

Another problem with splitting lanes is after awhile you kind of get tunnel vision and it sort of turns into a video game, I call it dodge the cars.

I've seen a variety of different styles of lane splitting as well. Personally I typically don't go faster than 10 mph than speed of traffic and I only do it if the traffic is slower than 35 mph on the freeway. I've seen some riders who are just asking for it going at least 30-40 mph faster than regular traffic :eek:
 

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When I'm in L.A. all the time. There isn't much traffic in the Fresno area but I still split at the stop lights.
 

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Living in California makes it almost a necessity. I split up to red lights to escape the cage drivers and I split up the freeways to escape traffic. I like to fight my way up a crowded road to get some free space.
 
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