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Recently my wife and I rode to Pechanga Casino, about 45 -55 minutes away. On the way back home there was an accident no one could see because it was a half mile up the road, this was a main non freeway road. I have never split lanes on the 9 because I haven't had a genuine need and its a big bike. It was absolutely stopped traffic so I pulled all the way over to the far right and proceeded to split lanes where the end of the far lane and the bike lane meet, is that legal? Also are our bikes too big to safely split in between the 1 and 2 lane or 2 and 3 etc lanes? I would never split lanes in medium or even slow traffic, but very slow or stopped traffic I would consider doing if it was safe. Do you split lanes when necessary? Thanks guys.
 

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In WA it is illegal. I posted the state statue on another thread here,
 

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It is legal in California, but I am still 95% likely to not do it. But there are some instances where it really makes sense. You are sitting on a motorcycle in dead stopped traffic when you have the ability to "simply" ride through the stopped cars. I am not ever going to go through moving traffic, unless it is moving at 1-2 MPH. I just don't know how much room I would have with the beast. To me its never worth even hitting someones mirror. But I have had success with lane splitting on smaller bikes.
 

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I would not split lanes myself, but while reading your post all I was thinking is "At least he gets to enjoy riding!!!" Our weather has been COLD and snowy:-[
 

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Its raining right now, during the Long Beach Int. Motorcycle Show, dangit! I wanted to demo bikes all day. I heard BMW will let you demo in the rain, but how fun would that really be?
 

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I just moved here (CA) and I do it almost everytime I ride. It was a little scary at first but I LOVE it! Usually every red light I move up to the front if theres enough room.. I only do it on the expressway if its a near stand still... which is almost everyday here. Some people even move over a bit...must be riders.
 

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In WA it is illegal. I posted the state statue on another thread here,
It's also illegal in SC. The road that I take to work. Takes 45 mins to an hour to ride 15 miles. (during school season) 15 mins if you catch all the lights during Summer.

I'd like to split lanes during rush hour. I'd feel safer than just sitting there. Get rear ended buy someone shaving, putting make-up on or reading a paper.
 

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There arent any fitment problems? I always picture getting wedged in between 2 cars. I guess our bikes arent that big.
 

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It's also illegal in SC. The road that I take to work. Takes 45 mins to an hour to ride 15 miles. (during school season) 15 mins if you catch all the lights during Summer.

I'd like to split lanes during rush hour. I'd feel safer than just sitting there. Get rear ended buy someone shaving, putting make-up on or reading a paper.
Are your motorcycle cops allowed to do it? I thought that was part of the reason that it is legal in Ca.
 

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A cop will see that as riding the shoulder, actually its passing on the right which is technically Illegal for all vehicles, when there is no vehicles on the right of you. However, When there is vehicles on your right of you, its splitting. plus its real dangerious since people will never see you if they need to pull off the road. I split with my 9 all the time, the bike is easy but watch for the side view mirrors "Ive tagged 2 so far, no problem and barley hit them. PS I'm going to the Convention Center tomorrow, My wife wants to see a Ducati motorcycle,:2cool: Finally, Splitting is only legal in California
 

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A cop will see that as riding the shoulder, actually its passing on the right which is technically Illegal for all vehicles, when there is no vehicles on the right of you. However, When there is vehicles on your right of you, its splitting. plus its real dangerious since people will never see you if they need to pull off the road. I split with my 9 all the time, the bike is easy but watch for the side view mirrors "Ive tagged 2 so far, no problem and barley hit them. PS I'm going to the Convention Center tomorrow, My wife wants to see a Ducati motorcycle,:2cool: Finally, Splitting is only legal in California
I thought the right shoulder was too good to be true. I felt safe riding in it but it did feel wrong. Check out the Ducati Multistrada if you are able, it kicks a$$! Thing does rolling wheelies, goes off road and is super comfortable. I pray that we are able to demo and the rain lets up.
 

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I thought the right shoulder was too good to be true. I felt safe riding in it but it did feel wrong. Check out the Ducati Multistrada if you are able, it kicks a$$! Thing does rolling wheelies, goes off road and is super comfortable. I pray that we are able to demo and the rain lets up.
I'll check it out, but I rode by buddys Streetfighter S and Damm, 2 gear and up go's the front wheel, heeeeeee, fun.:bigthumbsup: PS the Dual Sport sector is covered.
 

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It's also illegal in SC. The road that I take to work. Takes 45 mins to an hour to ride 15 miles. (during school season) 15 mins if you catch all the lights during Summer.

I'd like to split lanes during rush hour. I'd feel safer than just sitting there. Get rear ended buy someone shaving, putting make-up on or reading a paper.
I went to seattle yesterday and almost back home, there was this car in front of me driving kinda crazy, so i wanted to get around HER, she was brushing her teeth in heavy traffic chezzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
 

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Are your motorcycle cops allowed to do it? I thought that was part of the reason that it is legal in Ca.
I live in the Charleston area. I think I heard that there are only 5 or 6 motorcylce cops. Not alot. the only time I did split lanes was rush hour going home (wose than going to work) my fuel light came on. (C50) Didn't know how far I could go before running out. So I started splitting lanes. Only time I've done it.
 

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Splitting lanes

Our highway 4 gets backed up even on weekends, so most everyone who commutes on 2 wheels splits the lane, sometimes a whole row of bikes following each other. The only part I don't split is where they are working on widening the road, and barriers on both sides make it too narrow.
Actually, drivers are used to it, and most move over a bit to make it easier. Then there are those who try and block you since they are stuck.
Not cool. It's legal to "share a lane" on a bike here. Some drivers just don't know it or are jealous. Fortunately, they are in the minority. I've seen doors get kicked, but I've never done it:D. Well a couple of times long ago.
Is it safe? Not really. Smart? Well, no. Does it get you out of a traffic jam? Yes. So you have to make your own decision.
 

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I split lanes when the traffic is at a standstill or very close. If it is a choice of putting a foot down or splitting the lane I'll usually split the lane. I started when I was riding with a bunch of harleys on the way to San Diego. I figure if they can fit, so can I. Twice I've hit a mirror trying to get to the front at a stop light. Luckily with no damage but it probably didn't make us bikers any more popular.
Passing on the right is definitely a no-no.

I've seen sport bikes fly by me splitting lanes with traffic going 40mph. To me, that is just crazy. I'm not in that big a hurry.
 

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Illegal to pass on the left of the fast lane or to the right of the slow lane. It is legal to split lanes but only if done in a safe manner ("unsafe lane change" is an official moving violation). It is legal to enter the bicycle lane or cross a solid painted line but only to make a turn. Crossing the solid white line separating road from shoulder (except when turning or parking in emergency) is as illegal as crossing a solid double yellow.
 

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Not a lane splitter here. I do lots of crazy things with my nine. Don't need to add splitting lanes. I rather be the one to mess up then some one else messing me up.:-\
 
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