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post #1 of 23 Old 07-08-2019, 05:17 PM Thread Starter
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How not too split lanes

Guess the guy videoing wasn't that good of a friend.
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post #2 of 23 Old 07-08-2019, 06:30 PM
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We had a police officer get greased when he tried to split on his police Harley. He survived, but I'm not sure he will do that again on a police bike.

Do you cal guys split with saddlebags?
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Split whenever we can. Saddlebags...not very much. Too wide most times. Although I've seen cops do it and some BMW guys do it to a point. I would rather use a tailbag to enable splitting at a moment's notice rather than wide saddlebags that forces me to sit behind cars in traffic.
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Not sure why the guy taping wasn't that good a friend. You can't exactly stop in the middle of the freeway. Traffic appeared to be moving right along and the lane splitters were obviously going way too fast for conditions. You can't lane split 15 minutes without someone changing lanes in front of you. That was an accident waiting to happen.

We lane split in Cali with saddlebags and N1k mirrors but only when traffic was near a standstill and even then only 15-20 mph faster than traffic was flowing. There were even a few cars that moved over to make more space which surprised me. Being from a non-lane split state (and having a boatload of hours on the road with cars) we're very cautious doing it.

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My hope the guy survived and learned something from this experience,,.
In Vancouver you would be dead in no time doing this, they even get prissy here when you drive up the shoulder,,.
Not sure how it is in California however In Europe folks actually look before they change lanes and they don't meander all over the hi-way either,,.

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Not sure why the guy taping wasn't that good a friend. You can't exactly stop in the middle of the freeway. Traffic appeared to be moving right along and the lane splitters were obviously going way too fast for conditions. You can't lane split 15 minutes without someone changing lanes in front of you. That was an accident waiting to happen.

We lane split in Cali with saddlebags and N1k mirrors but only when traffic was near a standstill and even then only 15-20 mph faster than traffic was flowing. There were even a few cars that moved over to make more space which surprised me. Being from a non-lane split state (and having a boatload of hours on the road with cars) we're very cautious doing it.
Very well said, specially the mirror part, if you can pass with mirrors, then the saddle bags are fine ... as long as you don’t mind scratching them 😁
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Not sure why the guy taping wasn't that good a friend. You can't exactly stop in the middle of the freeway.
No offense intended here but my guess is our definition of friend differs some.

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Do you cal guys split with saddlebags?
Literally the reason I do not use saddlebags and only run a tail bag. If I need to carry more, I'll use a tank bag. If I need to carry more than a tail bag and tank bag, I wear a backpack.

Honestly not being able to split lanes defeats the entire purpose of riding a motorcycle for transportation. It saves me an hour and twenty minutes round trip on my daily commute. I'd just ride dirt bikes and/or have a track bike if I couldn't split and commute in the air conditioned comfort of a car.

It's an odd thing that California and pretty much the rest of the world it's legal to split lanes, but every other state in this country it's not.
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We do have the legal ability to split. Traffic must be stopped, and you cant go faster than 10mph.....i think it is. I have seen some guys here who must be from cal.....damn, they are good at this. Me....yea. lol. Not so much.

I still dont understand how and why our law passed. It took me 1 hr and 15 min to go from Hermosa beach to Long Beach airport. We dont have that here in Utah.
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Yeah why UTAH? LOL! It surprised me too. WA needs it. NY, FL, parts of Texas, parts of AZ and NV too. But Utah? But I'm glad. It should be legal across the country.
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