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Old 01-11-2006, 07:20 AM   #1
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Default Re: Bikers fight lane splitting ban Down Under.

I was just in Australia (Sydney) for new year - lots of bikes about, lots of bike parking spaces (are you listening San Francisco?) but for some reason almost nobody was wearing gloves when riding (except for a couple of guys who had opted for shorts, T-shirt and gloves - bizarre).



Australia tends to have a much more of a "nanny government" than the US is used too - lots of safety regulations (eg can't get take out food unless the restaurant has a take out license). The lane splitting thing sounds like another government knows better idea - hopefully it won't pass.

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Old 01-11-2006, 07:46 AM   #2
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Default Re: Bikers fight lane splitting ban Down Under.

As bad as ATL traffic is you'd think that GA would encourage the use of lane splitting.
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Old 01-11-2006, 08:27 AM   #3
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I would just hate to be stuck in traffic, and then get eaten by a crocodile. Lane splitting saves lives!
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Old 01-11-2006, 09:06 AM   #4
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Beats pants splitting.
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Old 01-11-2006, 10:29 AM   #5
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but nothing beats banana-splitting.
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Old 01-11-2006, 11:04 AM   #6
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Default Re: Bikers fight lane splitting ban Down Under.

My understanding of California law relative to lane splitting is that the law is "silent" on ths issue, but motorcycle operator manuals mention lane splitting with the admonition that it is not a recommended practice.
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Old 01-11-2006, 11:27 AM   #7
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Default Re: Bikers fight lane splitting ban Down Under.

I do it here in ATL anyways, but the drivers down here are mean. I've actually had people swerve over just to cut me off.
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Old 01-11-2006, 12:03 PM   #8
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Default Yeah, well...

I've done it for thousands of miles and never been pulled over. The MSF also teaches you to put the bike upright and go straight if you're in a turn too hot, and to not cover your front brake lever while riding.



The day I can't lane split is the day I quit riding on the street!

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Old 01-11-2006, 12:24 PM   #9
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I got pulled over two days ago down here in Huntington Beach. Not for lane splitting(which I was doing) or for speeding(which everyone else was doing as well), but for having a modulating headlight, which according to the AMA website, is legal in CA.



Go figure.
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Old 01-11-2006, 02:06 PM   #10
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Default Re: Bikers fight lane splitting ban Down Under.

Crikey!



You poor blokes down under. First they take your guns, now this?



Next they'll ban any beer can over 12 fluid ounces.



Slippery slope, eh wot?
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