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post #1 of 45 (permalink) Old 06-07-2019, 07:47 PM Thread Starter
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Lane Splitting notice

I saw this on my neighborhood web page, it's from the California highway Patrol - I like it!
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post #2 of 45 (permalink) Old 06-08-2019, 02:49 AM
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Great innovative.
Lane splitting has been legal where I am for a while but I still cop it from fools in cages.
I've had the conversation with friends and shown them why it's safer for me and then they get it but it takes the conversation otherwise they never will

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Important to note that the notice does not permit wheelies whilst filtering, must always have two wheels on the ground.

In the UK, where filtering/splitting has never been verboten, there are still car drivers who go out of their way to block. On the other hand, there are many car/van/lorry drivers who move over, even when there is already sufficient room.

Many videos on youtube of Brit Bikers filtering, much to the horror of many transatlantic cousins. My best motorcycle for filtering was a Y*m*h* trail bike.
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Hi Dibnah

so in Brisbane Australia, most drivers of non two wheeled vehicles these days make space, but like the UK there is always some twat that doesn't like the motorcycle guy/girl getting ahead or still thinks it's an illegal manouvre.

It is legal to split lanes here in the State of Queensland, but you may not exceed 30kph and only do this when safe to do so. Some muppets still think your breaking the law.

"Overtaking on the left" or in an "unmarked lane" as the Police Traffic Branch refer to it are both offences and attract a fine and points.
So running down the left side of a left lane on say a motorway or "riding the shoulder" as it's commonly refered to, is illegal.
Ask me how I know all this

Unfortunately there are a group of riders who must persist in higher speeds whilst lane splitting, in my opinion that makes all motorcycle riders look bad.

I commute to the CBD in a large 4x4 Utility and in the last 2 years have been witness to two separate incidents where riders "clever, skilled & very confident types" who came to an unfortunate and rapid halt resulting in smashed bikes & other vehicles and injury to themselves after hitting vehilces whilst executing very high speed lane splitting.

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30kph Dave? Even to someone as old as me that seems very slow. Other motorcyclists sometimes filter at 70mph+ in the UK. I'm beginning to think that British bikers are a wild bunch, although the Portuguese have their moments
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Hi Dibnah
yes it is very slow I agree 30kph is crawiling, I didn't say I agreed with that low a speed, but that is the law here. Riding at more than 40kph over any speed limit in Queensland will get you a loss of licence if caught

I don't know about you, I'm 59 and regularly riding my Daytona 955i with original clips ons I'm not usually refered to as being slow

But a 30kph lane split limit is a damn sight better than no legal lanesplitting at all, which is what we had here until a few years ago.

I think Australian Motorcycle racer history on the international circuit shows Aussies are not less "wild" than anyone esle

Oh and that guy in the video clip doesn't have great chances of "getting old".

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My best mate gave up motorcycles after a lane splitting smash. I regularly see guys on the Monash Freeway in Melbourne splitting at 100kph in 5 lane peak hour traffic, it makes me break in to a cold sweat. I once thought I was invincible and did a lot of stupid things on bikes, but not any more.

Can't believe the conservative powers that be legalised lane splitting. As somebody once said, 'if motorcycles were invented today they would never be allowed on the road'.

Don't know about other juristictions but here in Victoria our road toll is significantly worse than last year, and motorcycles are well over-represented. I'd rather take 10 minutes longer.

I'll have you know I come from the best of convict stock.
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I'd rather get the hell away from any cars coming my way. Lane splitting is the best way to get away from people who are not paying attention, if you do it paying attention yourself.

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Lane splitting keeps me sane on my commute in city traffic. Not that i commute too much nowadays as I only work 2 days to mentor other managers.

I hate being at a standstill in the car and wonder what car users think as I filter past them on the bike. I am sure that it is not very pleasant.
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Oh and that guy in the video clip doesn't have great chances of "getting old".
You think?

I don't ride stoopid anymore, but even when I did I was never a big fan of wheelies. It was always my experience that I could accelerate quicker and go a lot faster with both wheels on the ground and going quicker and faster won races. My heroes back in my early motorcycle days were the likes of Clem Johnson, Leo Payne, Boris Murray, and Joe Smith (legendary motorcycle drag racers) and you didn't see them getting their front wheels more than a couple inches off the ground. That, I'll add, was before they started putting wheelie bars on drag bikes.

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