- Apr 7, 2015
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- rancho mirage
That is so sad.It's not allowed in NY but I wouldn't do it here even if it was. A rough guess (on my part) is 70% - 80% of all drivers on NY roadways are a mosquito's bite away from a full blown, murderous road rage incident....seeing a biker slowly motor on past them while they sit..trapped in traffic..would surely result in total chaos....injuring many bikers!
I've been doing in California since 1984. No accidents and only one close call that put a scuff on my saddle bag. It is standard procedure and ALWAYS done by motorcycle cops and CHP.
Freeways are the safest place to do it as there are no immediate left or right turns and traffic is traveling at roughly the same speed - also 99.99 percent of the time, the same direction. Freeways are also wider than non-freeway roads and streets. The safest time is when there is a lot of traffic and the cars are locked in their position.
I have seen ricers doing 80-90 MPH splitting lanes, but those are the ones that get taken out and the main reason that they are considering that new law. Some lawmaker's relative got killed going way too fast splitting and he is the cause for the introduced legislation ( which I am against). I say leave the laws as they are and let natural selection occur.
I don't do it on non-freeway roads and streets unless it is at a traffic light to get to the front after all the traffic has stopped. Still, I've seen doors open, arms come out, drinks and ice tossed out, and cars move to cut you off if they see you coming up behind them. That is the reason I am always covering the brakes. On the freeways when traffic slows to a crawl, my Fatboy has 4-way flashers that I employ and cars will usually move slightly to create more space. They get a hand wave if safe to so. No 4-way flashers on the Vmax yet...
Seems there is an unwritten rule in the courts that you can be cited if you go 10 MPH over the "common" speed of the traffic, but I've never had that happen to me.
I have never lived where it was legal but I have done it if the idiot behind was on the phone or distracted/dangerous in some way. As anything other than a measure of self preservation, no. I have to believe that the hazard behind me outweighs the risk of a lane split. Normally if it comes down to it I will pass on the shoulder if I can see far enough ahead. I do NOT trust Joe/Jane Q Public enough to believe it to be safe.
I think I would move if I lived somewhere that had so much traffic that lane splitting actually saves you time.
Not sure what part of NY you guys are from but I was in upstate NY. Never had a reason to lane split. Not sure I would for fear of somebody cutting you off, that's just me though, had way too many close calls in a concrete truck, I take that driving with me on the bike. I can usually read people and tell if they are gonna pull out in front of me, comes with experience I guess 9 times of 10 I'm right and already on the brakes before they go. Can't trust anybody. That's how I ride.
I'm from the Buffalo NY area. I also agree that there's never been a need to lane split with the amount of traffic we have here. If you have a ten minute wait in traffic, That's a lot, and unusual for me
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