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'11 Suzuki GSX1250FA
Date Joined Jun 2011
Total Posts : 493
| Posted 6/22/2011 1:05 PM (GMT -7) |
I live in the S.F. Bay Area, and I do not lane split. I don't think I ever will, as I just don't think it is safe. Like gone in 60 said, cages out here don't seem to have too much of an issue with it, and many will pull over and give you room. I was one of those. Heck, I even pull the bike over so that a fellow rider can have a hole to escape into if he or she needs it. But I personally just never liked the idea because I have seen what happens when things go wrong, and it's a mess. I've decided that I'm not in that much of a hurry to introduce that kind of risk into the equation. But that is just me and the decision I have made. I'm obviously not comfortable with it, so I don't want to be that guy, the dumb*** that doesn't know how to do it right and get into trouble!
Many guys I ride with on the highway in the morning do, and I think that's fine. They are real pros, and we wave at each other every morning as they go by. I admire the skill. It's just not for me, and that's OK too.
Play Hard, Ride Safe
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Date Joined Mar 2003
Total Posts : 17483
| Posted 6/22/2011 1:33 PM (GMT -7) |
|That's the thing Raptor, to spit the lanes safely, there is an astounding amount of Mental processing going on, in the scanning of changing spaces and speeds, and gaps,and paths, involved.|
I doubt very much, if a very high percentage of California Bikers between the lanes, are splitting safely...but are really just getting by, with luck, that they haven't gotten caught at getting caught, Yet.
Just like everything else in bike riding...Professional training and working at what was taught..is the way
(like cops do it).
Self Instruction, is a study in...the one doing the "see if I can get the hang of it, instruction...doesn't know what has to be done" Method.
It's a science, and a discipline...but...when it is done right...it's safer than being between the bumpers.
And when it is safely done...(that involves knowing what to look for) it doesn't matter if the driver of a car, just came from Kansas or a rice paddy in asia...You the biker have to look at every indicator of every driver...You have to know what that driver can and can't do.
Focus the forces, Be The Force
Post Edited (louemc) : 6/22/2011 8:41:17 PM GMT
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