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2013-01-19 12:09:11 PM
I'm a motorcyclist (for a few months of the year at least) and while I rarely ride anywhere with traffic that dense when I do I've split a lane or two it beats the hell out of directly inhaling exhaust fumes.
 
2013-01-19 12:13:18 PM
Lane splitting is legal here in CA, it's a great way to deal with heavy traffic. And, it's safer.
 
2013-01-19 12:25:39 PM

dj_bigbird: Lane splitting is legal here in CA, it's a great way to deal with heavy traffic. And, it's safer.


IIRC, it doesn't apply to moving traffic.
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2013-01-19 12:27:31 PM
Challenge accepted.
 
2013-01-19 12:31:53 PM
So these donorcyclists who split lanes at 80 are breaking the law? Lets see here. We've got 2 corneas, a heart, 2 lungs, a liver, a couple of kidneys...
 
2013-01-19 12:47:32 PM
Slight smugness, "I can do it",

Followed by the general call to arms of most motorcyclists..."you can too!  Come join me!"

All in all, not trollie at all.
 
2013-01-19 12:50:30 PM
It's legal in some states (not here in NJ, though) and, in some cases, absolutely makes sense.  Why have a biker take up space in traffic when he can just get the hell out of everyone's way?

The biggest problems I see are 1) bikers who can be jerks about it & split the lane at stupid speeds and 2) drivers who can be jerks about it and actually cut off the biker, regardless of what speed he's doing (seen it done).
 
2013-01-19 12:55:43 PM
I don't care about bikers. Doing stupid shiat like that will eventually get them.

I can't stand the cars/trucks that ride along the outside lanes just because they don't think they should have to sit in traffic. I don't care if I can see your flashing lights or hear your horn Mr. ECNALUBMA, you need to wait like everyone else.
 
2013-01-19 12:56:02 PM
The weirdest traffic phenomenon I ever saw in California. "WTF was that?"

That and the afternoon traffic, "Hmm, I think I'll just switch lanes for no reason. Then switch back." Must be boredom.
 
Pud [TotalFark]
2013-01-19 01:01:58 PM
Motorcyclist used to do that a lot when I was in California. During that time I would ride when the weather permitted, but I just never did the lane splitting thing. I do remember one time someone a few cars ahead of me threw coffee out the window just as the rider was passing them and hit him right in the face guard. I couldn't help but think that was intentional.
 
2013-01-19 01:05:43 PM
Who cares? They life they save may be someone else's.
 
2013-01-19 01:21:26 PM

Pud: Motorcyclist used to do that a lot when I was in California. During that time I would ride when the weather permitted, but I just never did the lane splitting thing. I do remember one time someone a few cars ahead of me threw coffee out the window just as the rider was passing them and hit him right in the face guard. I couldn't help but think that was intentional.


And illegal. And a very good chance of getting road raged. It's like when people get behind the wheel, they think it's like the internet. Anonymity ends where enmity begins.
 
2013-01-19 01:39:48 PM
 
2013-01-19 01:40:52 PM
Lane splitting has specific rules in the state of California and the way most motorcyclist lane split here is illegal.
 
2013-01-19 01:43:36 PM

Beerguy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GH8D2EqDZs


Blame seems pretty clear in that one.
 
2013-01-19 01:44:37 PM
Same road, same rules motherfarker.  If lanes don't matter, why have lanes?
 
2013-01-19 01:46:27 PM

flucto: Beerguy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GH8D2EqDZs

Blame seems pretty clear in that one.


The guy crossing double yellow lines plus solid white, or the guy traveling at 10 times the speed of other traffic?
 
2013-01-19 01:57:30 PM
 
2013-01-19 02:02:08 PM
Around Philly the most bizarre traffic move I've seen isn't a motorcycle splitting lanes or farkwits shoulder riding but when faced with a massive backup on I-95 I have on numerous occasions seem people who have no issue with putting their cars in reverse for a half mile to get to an exit.
 
2013-01-19 02:05:42 PM

flucto: Beerguy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GH8D2EqDZs

Blame seems pretty clear in that one.


I am not placing blame, I am just displaying how risky it is to lane split.

Regardless of who is to blame, if you end up maimed, you are still maimed.
 
2013-01-19 02:09:59 PM

doyner: dj_bigbird: Lane splitting is legal here in CA, it's a great way to deal with heavy traffic. And, it's safer.

IIRC, it doesn't apply to moving traffic.


Incorrect. It's legal up to 30mph, with certain restrictions.
 
2013-01-19 02:14:14 PM
1.2-liter engine on two wheels and a 600-pound body

Yeah, but what about his twin?

www.ridersplus.com

I'm surprised he could fit between two cars
 
2013-01-19 02:23:40 PM
Lane-splitting SUV

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2013-01-19 02:50:22 PM

Z-clipped: doyner: dj_bigbird: Lane splitting is legal here in CA, it's a great way to deal with heavy traffic. And, it's safer.

IIRC, it doesn't apply to moving traffic.

Incorrect. It's legal up to 30mph, with certain restrictions.


Incorrect. It's legal when done in a safe and prudent manner. It is not advised when traffic is flowing at speeds over 30MPH, or with a differential speed over 10MPH.

Link.
 
2013-01-19 02:55:18 PM
Welcome to the thread where a bunch of automobile drivers stop willfully ignoring the presence and safety of motorcyclists just long enough to wag their fingers at them for "dangerous behavior" while simultaneously texting, putting on makeup, eating a Big Mac, posting to Fark, and disciplining their crotchfruit in the back seat.

And all because they're butthurt that someone who chose to drive a smaller vehicle is able to pass them in a traffic jam.

As someone who has ridden all year every year, for two decades: Please, please... just shut the hell up and go back to ignoring me. After all these years of learning how to survive your indifference, entitlement, and stupidity, I now find it preferable.
 
2013-01-19 03:10:03 PM

Z-clipped: Welcome to the thread where a bunch of automobile drivers stop willfully ignoring the presence and safety of motorcyclists just long enough to wag their fingers at them for "dangerous behavior" while simultaneously texting, putting on makeup, eating a Big Mac, posting to Fark, and disciplining their crotchfruit in the back seat.

And all because they're butthurt that someone who chose to drive a smaller vehicle is able to pass them in a traffic jam.

As someone who has ridden all year every year, for two decades: Please, please... just shut the hell up and go back to ignoring me. After all these years of learning how to survive your indifference, entitlement, and stupidity, I now find it preferable.


Like you, I've been a full-time rider for nearly 20 years (started at 18). In 1999 I sold my last car and never bought another one. You can't reason with drivers; they're here to mock us and call us donorcyclists. Don't listen to them.

Lane-splitting is a perfectly viable method of dealing with traffic. No, it's not to be done at 50mph. But if I'm at a massive red light in the city, of course I'm going to it - cautiously. There's a reason it's legal in California...it makes sense.
 
2013-01-19 03:11:36 PM

cmunic8r99: Incorrect. It's legal when done in a safe and prudent manner. It is not advised when traffic is flowing at speeds over 30MPH, or with a differential speed over 10MPH.


I stand corrected. But I'll be damned if the last time I looked up that law, the "10mph difference" and "not over 30 mph" were listed as "advice" and "general guidelines". I remember it being worded more along the lines of, "It's legal if you do it safely. Here are some of the things a police officer will NOT consider safe as he's writing you a ticket..."
 
2013-01-19 03:40:48 PM

doyner: IIRC, it doesn't apply to moving traffic.


so bascially, most of the article is about the guy breaking the law?
because how the car driver drives, really doesnt matter if the traffic isnt moving ... LOL

you should get rewards for hitting these people
seriously

/traffic jams, yah, sure probably ok with that .... except that we know that most of these riders are tools of the worst sort .... cyclists with motors !! here me roar
 
2013-01-19 03:46:33 PM

Z-clipped: Welcome to the thread where a bunch of automobile drivers stop willfully ignoring the presence and safety of motorcyclists just long enough to wag their fingers at them for "dangerous behavior" while simultaneously texting, putting on makeup, eating a Big Mac, posting to Fark, and disciplining their crotchfruit in the back seat.

And all because they're butthurt that someone who chose to drive a smaller vehicle is able to pass them in a traffic jam.

As someone who has ridden all year every year, for two decades: Please, please... just shut the hell up and go back to ignoring me. After all these years of learning how to survive your indifference, entitlement, and stupidity, I now find it preferable.


Welcome to the thread where bikers with entitlement issues think they can do whatever the fark they want.
 
2013-01-19 04:03:10 PM
one thing I have been seeing a lot of is mopeds and motorcycles using the bike lanes my fine city recently installed. That scares the shiat out of me.
 
2013-01-19 04:06:21 PM

Some Bass Playing Guy: Z-clipped: Welcome to the thread where a bunch of automobile drivers stop willfully ignoring the presence and safety of motorcyclists just long enough to wag their fingers at them for "dangerous behavior" while simultaneously texting, putting on makeup, eating a Big Mac, posting to Fark, and disciplining their crotchfruit in the back seat.

And all because they're butthurt that someone who chose to drive a smaller vehicle is able to pass them in a traffic jam.

As someone who has ridden all year every year, for two decades: Please, please... just shut the hell up and go back to ignoring me. After all these years of learning how to survive your indifference, entitlement, and stupidity, I now find it preferable.

Welcome to the thread where bikers with entitlement issues think they can do whatever the fark they want.


You're confused. This thread is about motorcyclists, not bicycle riders.
 
2013-01-19 04:07:01 PM

Beerguy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GH8D2EqDZs


Funniest video I've seen all day. Thanks!
 
2013-01-19 04:07:46 PM
Jeez what's the big deal? This is SOP for motorcyclists in the UK.
 
2013-01-19 04:09:26 PM
My only lane splitting story comes from Kansas City, MO. I was driving there up US 71 which is a 4 lane interstate type highway with a speed limit of 65. Some dude come off the ramp on my right, whipped around me (I was doing about 70) and tried to split the lane between a Fed Ex semi and an SUV.
Difficulty: He wasn't on a motorcycle, he was in a Cavalier. Didn't work out so well.

/Dodging debris at 70 MPH is no fun
 
2013-01-19 04:12:00 PM
I've heard that the Police unions have something to do with keeping it legal in California.

I moved to Sacramento a few years ago from the coast, and you never see lane splitting on the freeways here. I think word has been passed around that people in the area simply do not signal for lane changes.
/miss my bike
 
2013-01-19 04:12:14 PM
Idiots ride motor bikes. That is all.
 
2013-01-19 04:13:50 PM

Z-clipped: Welcome to the thread where a bunch of automobile drivers stop willfully ignoring the presence and safety of motorcyclists just long enough to wag their fingers at them for "dangerous behavior" while simultaneously texting, putting on makeup, eating a Big Mac, posting to Fark, and disciplining their crotchfruit in the back seat.


Where did that happen? Everyone hates both of these groups equally.

Why make shiat up?
 
2013-01-19 04:16:12 PM

Nefarious: Around Philly the most bizarre traffic move I've seen isn't a motorcycle splitting lanes or farkwits shoulder riding but when faced with a massive backup on I-95 I have on numerous occasions seem people who have no issue with putting their cars in reverse for a half mile to get to an exit.


Meh, South Philly cars park in the median (illegal, but never ticketed). Philly has its own rules, along with Chicago.
 
2013-01-19 04:17:32 PM
Fo Shiz : So these donorcyclists who split lanes at 80 are breaking the law?

In CA it's legal if (IIRC) the traffic is moving at less than 40 MPH.

If traffic is moving over 40MPH it's illegal even in CA. The idea being that air cooled bikes would overheat in stop and go traffic (also, with the way monkeys drive in stop and go traffic, I don't even want to be in the lane in a car).

// I ride way to the left of the #1 lane to give them plenty of space to pass through, unless I'm going at the CA standard speed range (65-85), you've got to be nuts to try lane splitting at those speeds.
 
2013-01-19 04:17:49 PM
In Asia, it's not just lane splitting, but Motorcycles and Scooters also get a "box" at the traffic lights.  All bikes move to the box during the red light in front of all the cars.  Any Motocycle or Scooter will take off faster than a car from the stop.
 
2013-01-19 04:17:53 PM
Splitting moving traffic is kinda terrifying.

People can change lanes and when they do, they check for an opening in the destination lane and whether there's a vehicle immediately in front or back of their opening moving in to cut them off, or if this is a middle lane, that no one on the far side is trying to change into the same lane.

We don't check for a slim, faster-moving incoming bike 3 cars back between lanes. That may be in the blind spot too- and really this sort of check every time would be an unsafe distraction overall.

So we can create a situation where there's a car to the left, car to the right, and suddenly the car in front of both of them cuts off the split and there's nowhere for you to go. I don't know what to tell ya, I try to signal and all, but we could be going 60 mph and if you can't stop in time it's not gonna be just the differential of you hitting my bumper at 10 mph faster than me if you lose it- there's a car on the left and one on the right and you may end up bouncing off them or going under one.
 
2013-01-19 04:23:29 PM
Lane splitting isn't legal in Nevada, but that doesn't stop riders here from doing it.
 
2013-01-19 04:27:24 PM
Visited N. Cal and tried lane splitting with Honda CB650SC. Wished for crash bars. Lost my nerve and stood with traffic.
 
2013-01-19 04:27:47 PM
I may not agree with it but it is kind of cool that CHP pretty much said "do it at your own risk". They realized people are going to do it, so why not let them but if they die it's all on them.
 
2013-01-19 04:28:58 PM
Oznog: We don't check for a slim, faster-moving incoming bike 3 cars back between lanes.

When you say "We", you really mean "all of the people who don't check for motorcycles" and not "everyone that drives".

Because "We" do check for motorcycles.

// IMO, there's a lot of people that shouldn't be on the road driving to begin with, those are the "We" you're referring to. Hell, some of them don't even bother checking for CARS, let alone motorcycles. YMMV according to state.

// I don't tailgate, I use my signals, I added wide angles to my side view mirrors so I can easily check lanes for cars/motorcycles, I don't run lights, etc ... but I speed like a motherfarker!
 
2013-01-19 04:31:17 PM

Z-clipped: And all because they're butthurt that someone who chose to drive a smaller vehicle is able to pass them in a traffic jam.


I'm not taking on extra responsibilities because you make terrible choices in life.

You'll get the exact same courtesy anybody else does, but if you get run over because you were in my blind spot driving a short, squat vehicle that's not reasonably visible?

Well, sorry you chose to die.
 
2013-01-19 04:34:15 PM

Some Bass Playing Guy: Welcome to the thread where bikers with entitlement issues think they can do whatever the fark they want.


We CAN do whatever we want, and there's not a damn thing you can do about it. So you may as well quit throwing stones from inside your enormous glass house, and pay more attention to your own driving than you do to mine.
 
2013-01-19 04:34:21 PM
This happens all the farking time in Boston. I secretly hope all of them get into an accident and learn their lesson.
 
2013-01-19 04:38:17 PM

Z-clipped: Welcome to the thread where a bunch of automobile drivers stop willfully ignoring the presence and safety of motorcyclists just long enough to wag their fingers at them for "dangerous behavior" while simultaneously texting, putting on makeup, eating a Big Mac, posting to Fark, and disciplining their crotchfruit in the back seat.

And all because they're butthurt that someone who chose to drive a smaller vehicle is able to pass them in a traffic jam.

As someone who has ridden all year every year, for two decades: Please, please... just shut the hell up and go back to ignoring me. After all these years of learning how to survive your indifference, entitlement, and stupidity, I now find it preferable.


Yeah, except I don't do ANY of those behaviors while driving, so fark you.
 
2013-01-19 04:38:23 PM

lordargent: Oznog: We don't check for a slim, faster-moving incoming bike 3 cars back between lanes.

When you say "We", you really mean "all of the people who don't check for motorcycles" and not "everyone that drives".

Because "We" do check for motorcycles.

// IMO, there's a lot of people that shouldn't be on the road driving to begin with, those are the "We" you're referring to. Hell, some of them don't even bother checking for CARS, let alone motorcycles. YMMV according to state.

// I don't tailgate, I use my signals, I added wide angles to my side view mirrors so I can easily check lanes for cars/motorcycles, I don't run lights, etc ... but I speed like a motherfarker!


Pretty much.

A good driver checks for everything on the road. EVERYTHING, regardless of its size, or its state of motion, should be paid attention to as long as there's the slightest chance that your vehicle can make contact with it. It's really not that hard,
 
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