Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Fresno aka Shake & Bake California
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Spent 12 years in Socal and used to lane split all the time. Retired and moved back to central Cal in 2015 so I don't get on the freeway much any more.
Most of my lane splitting happens in town these days. That being said one must always be on the look out for crazy folks in cars. The following happened a few months ago.
Took a lunch ride up to my favorite burger spot in the Sierra's. It's about 25 miles of delightful twisty roads in the foot hills. Normally during the week there is not much traffic.
Tooling along at a moderate clip I come up upon a slow pickup towing a trailer with one compact car following close behind. Being very familiar with the road I knew all the good passing spots. On one of the short straits I hit the gas in 4th gear and proceeded to make a pass. As I got along side the car the driver layed on the horn and hit the gas. Now I am stuck along side of the car and in the opposite lane. Here comes an opposite direction car and this idiot om my right won't let me back in the lane. Riding on the center line I manage to squeeze past the oncoming car. All the while the idiot is still on the horn. I finally got in behind the truck with the idiot glued to my back wheel until I got to the next strait to complete the pass. This is not the first time this has happened to me.
Fortunately I kept my cool, hit the gas and drove away from the idiot. 30 years ago it would have been a very different end to the story. Someone may have lost some teeth.
Regardless of your opinion on lane splitting be careful out there fellas. When it comes down to the battle between a 400 pound motorcycle and a 4000 pound cruise missile with a steering wheel the guy on the bike loses every time.
Cookin Wid Gas
2015 V-650 of course it's green...it's a Kazawalski.