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post #11 of 104 (permalink) Old 11-26-2012, 03:03 PM
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If lane splitting or lane sharing is legal then other vehicles expect it. It is common in many parts of the world even California. Doing it when it is illegal and unexpected can have horrible results.

I ride with the crazy Houston traffic every day. I see to rocket guys doing the weave all the time. Scary stuff. Let one redneck open the door on him and it's over. Let one of our friendly patched guys (not Sons of Anarchy) catch up with him. Yikes.
The patched guys would have made his day for sure!

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Total douche...
Wait until it happens in a long sweeping off ramp that the Power Rangers like to push their limits on. Believe me if I had caught that clown...
The OP did mention a BMW

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Totally unaccceptable riding behavior. I'm pretty sure that down here under such circumstances, ride plans just might have been adjusted so that the group could "discuss" the problem with the errant rider at the first convenience stop ahead. He could have caused some serious damage/injury and even gotten people killed doing that to you.

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If lane splitting or lane sharing is legal then other vehicles expect it.
Wrong. While Lane splitting isn't illegal here in California, it isn't legal either. It's not covered in the Vehicle Statutes at all. They only overlook it in stalled or slowed traffic. What that douche-nozzle did is highly dangerous and illegal even here in California .
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To be young and dumb. You can't fix stupid. As long as everyone was ok. Don't let the 1% of riders ruin your day. Most guys respect other riders. Some kids think they have to ride like they stole it. Until they become part of a car or pavement. There is nothing worst, when they go by me doing 150mph.
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Wrong. While Lane splitting isn't illegal here in California, it isn't legal either. It's not covered in the Vehicle Statutes at all. They only overlook it in stalled or slowed traffic. What that douche-nozzle did is highly dangerous and illegal even here in California .
Sounds like you get an at a boy on that one. As for CA, I have never ridden in CA, but have always heard that and there is lots of information on it.

I did find where the CA DMV motorcycle handbook strongly advises against it.
https://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/dl655/mc.../abilities.htm

I found the law and some information on a lawyer's website and drilled down a bit further.

Sounds like the basic rule in California is that all persons are supposed to act reasonably in the operation of their vehicles. California Law, Vehicle Code Section 22350
" V C Section 22350 Basic Speed Law "

This makes it unlawful to operate a vehicle at a speed which is unreasonable for the given traffic and roadway conditions. A jury may attribute fault for lane changes or lane splitting if someone riding a motorcycle was unreasonable, given the traffic and roadway conditions.

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I don't like friends sharing my lane. Let alone some a$$hole I've never met. I don't let anyone pass me in my lane.
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I can see the danger if someone passes a group of bikes by weaving through the same lane. I've had a few bikers pass me on the right in my lane when riding solo. It can be a big surprise if I'm not ready for it.

I personally don't do it, nor do I care for it much when others do it. But now that it's happened a couple times, I keep an eye on the mirror when another bike pulls up behind me.

Ride defensively. You never know what the other guy (or gal) is gonna do.

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