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Lane splitting thoughts...

Hello all,

I live in sunny Northern California (SF Bay Area) where the weather is great, but the traffic could be killer. I am working up my confidence riding out on our interstates/freeways; been riding less than 6 months. Lane splitting is acceptable out here and I see it all the time. I lane split during peak traffic times, but am wondering a few things.

1) how long before you started splitting lanes? Maybe it's too soon for me...

2) how fast should I be going as I do split lanes?

3) any good rules of thumb out there? Straightaways only, hazards flashing, etc...

Just curious what yalls thoughts are. Ride safe!
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I'd be very hesitant to split lanes being a newer rider. It would feel like going down a narrow gauntlet where somebody with a piss-poor attitude could throw open a door for no other reason than to prevent you from getting an edge in traffic and then saying, 'Golly officer....I was just going to poor out the rest of my organic coffee on the ground and that guy just about took my arm off'.

I still weave a little when I come to a slow stop at an intersection keeping balance even when dragging brake and riding clutch, so I would kinda doubt my ability to keep it together slicing between 4,000 pound cars for very long before I got twitchy and leaned into one =)
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CHP has put out some "guidelines" for lane splitting but there are no specific regulations. Things like not traveling more than 15 mph over the surrounding cars, which lanes to split in when in a multi-lane highway situation, etc. I see it ALL the time here in Los Angeles. And there have actually been studies to show its safer to do so (less risk of being rear-ended for example). That being said, I'm just not up to it yet comfort-wise. I'm still too new of a rider. But I'll get there eventually.

Here's a good recent article on it if you're interested.
Motorcycle lane splitting is now legal in California - RevZilla
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Thanks for the article, Skout. I'll check it out.
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Its why the FD and Ambulance squads are always on duty. I have seen it go wrong, very wrong and I have seen some extremely close calls. Personally, I wouldn't do it under any circumstance. One last comment,,,don't forget about the road ragers being smart asses.
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Ah sorry, that link I posted is the most recent update, but this is the article I was looking for and couldn't find... The UC-Berkeley study on lane splitting.

UC Berkeley study shines some light on safety of lane splitting - RevZilla
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Yep it ok in Cali - I WOULD NEVER split lanes.

So dangerous and any dumb ass can upset your day with a arm,bat out the window or a door opened on to your face!!!!!!!
No thanks, none for me, and we cant do it here.


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Its why the FD and Ambulance squads are always on duty. I have seen it go wrong, very wrong and I have seen some extremely close calls. Personally, I wouldn't do it under any circumstance. One last comment,,,don't forget about the road ragers being smart asses.
So on my commute this morning, I was riding though a pretty congested highway. I was following a Ducati (prob 35 meters back going about 30-40mph) when a cross over SUV merged into the Ducati. The other rider banged his leg up pretty good, but he and his bike survived. Ruined my day though. Definitely had me on a more heightened level of focus the rest of my ride to work and home. I tell you what though... Sure am glad I went with the ABS. Ended up needing it today.
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Yep it ok in Cali - I WOULD NEVER split lanes.

So dangerous and any dumb ass can upset your day with a arm,bat out the window or a door opened on to your face!!!!!!!
No thanks, none for me, and we cant do it here.
Lived in La county for a long time,Rode a Enduro Everywhere,split lanes all the time,Had plenty of close calls and 1 or 2 mirrors hit,
Thinking About it,,,,,Was one of the most Dumbest things I ever did
Could of been on,1000 ways to die,Ride safe
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I'll never lane-split.
Never.

No point in it,
not worth the risk,
too big a chance of somebody with a bad attitude turning a fender into you or opening a door,
and
it creates more bad-will with the cagers than it earns us riders anything good.

Just for a point of reference;
I have never broken a limb, nor have I ever worn a cast.

And I don't live a quiet, sedate life.
I fly helicopters, and have done so in combat.
I have surfed the North Shore.
I have raced motocross and TT, and ridden motorcycles since 1972.

Lane-splitting.
Not in my vocabulary.

No knock against those of you who enjoy the practice of it, but I will find a religious relative, (just to get a refresher-course in prayer) and we will pray for you.
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