Tips To Lane Splitting

This past Memorial Weekend holiday I ran into holiday traffic, something that Iw as expecting. Whenever there is a major holiday weekend, you are guaranteed to run into some traffic.

My recent motovlog touches base on tips to start off at lane splitting, what to be aware off, and a quick mention of SB 694.

Incase one doesn’t know what is SB 694, it is an Oregon Senate Bill that, if passed, would introduce lane splitting to Oregon. Sadly right before the Memorial Weekend holiday, the bill did not have enough votes to become a law. It is a shame that the northern neighbors of California failed to become the second state in the Union to legalize lane splitting.

For those that are new to riding a motorcycle and will be trying their hand at lane splitting in California (the only state that legally allows lane splitting/sharing) I have several tips for you:

  • Start of slow, on the streets to build up confidence before lane splitting in traffic for several miles.
  • Ride comfortable; at your own speed and within your skill.
  • Keep an eye out at other drivers mirrors, drivers  sometimes like to check their mirrors before switching lanes.
  • Know your roads: keep an eye out for pot holes, where drivers like to merge on or off the free way, switch lanes, make random turns, etc.
  • Focus! Focus on the road and the task at hand. Limit your distractions while you ride.

These above are some of the tips that I share on my YouTube video. What are your thoughts to the tips that I share?

If there are any tips that one can share with me, that would be awesome!

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4 thoughts on “Tips To Lane Splitting

  1. Cool tips. The only thing I would add is, don’t be afraid to rev that engine, it is just as important to be heard as it is to be seen. Especially when you have a driver encroaching to the other lane, or just being a dick and doesn’t want to let you pass. Rev that engine so you’re heard and uses hand signals (directional pointing, not the finger) to tell them to scoot over.

    Cheers and ride safe

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