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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