Motorcycle Q&A: How to lane splitting or whiteline “safely”! Bike: Kawasaki ZX6R

Motorcycle Q&A: How to lane splitting or whiteline “safely”! Bike: Kawasaki ZX6R
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Some lane splitting tips on how lane share safely on your motorcycle. Bike is Kawasaki ZX6R. Response to Drive’s “How and Why Motorcycle Lane Splitting is Safe and Good – RideApart”. I don’t recommend lane splitting, but it is certainly very convenient and makes a lot of sense in theory. Most important thing is to avoid splitting unmatched cars. So if one car could look to his side and THINK it’s safe to lane change, then you should avoid passing or risk and accident. When cars are lined up, they generally won’t cut you off, because they see the other car there.

The Drive video I’m responding to features Jamie Robinson, Nik Wogen, Wes Siler and Harlan Flagg. They also feature the Zero S, Suzuki GSX-R600, Triumph Street Triple, Triumph, Suzuki, Zero. They refer to lane splitting also as filtering
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12 thoughts on “Motorcycle Q&A: How to lane splitting or whiteline “safely”! Bike: Kawasaki ZX6R

  1. Great video; this should help new riders realise how much they need to think about the traffic around them. It’s so easy to just focus on the car in front. In Queensland, Australia they have a progressive bike riding licence system and it’s only legal for full licence holders to lane split (riders with at least 1-2 years experience).

  2. Constantly swerving to the right and left while lanesplitting will make drivers think you are drunk.

  3. I’ve been riding for over 50 years, with zero accidents. If I had ridden like you are, I wouldn’t have lasted 5 years. Since we all know that many car drivers are completely oblivious to what’s happening around them, why would I want to constantly put my life in their incompetent hands like this?

  4. 1. Be visible! When you are waving from line to line, you are often hidden behind the cars.
    2. When you are visible drivers are making (in most cases) more space for you. Use hi-vis vest, jacket, helmet etc.
    3. If you are not sure, wait.
    4. In a moving traffic try to ride close to the markings. Drivers can see you in the mirrors and you can have all the time some free space in front of the bike.

  5. not safe?…ive had only 2-3 close calls lane splitting over years of riding, i get 2-3 close calls a month when being in my own lane, youre just an idiot who doesnt know how to lane split.

  6. swerving around like that is not safe. being able to read the traffic and really well and use instinct then you can keep it straight

  7. Never split lanes to the right, cars are not looking for you !!!! Only split lanes between the 1 and two lanes, to do other wise is nuts. I have split lanes for 30 years ( knock on wood) in LA and have lots of lane time.

  8. Hi. It’s good that you are analyzing traffic, but you don’t need to be swerving left and right when splitting lanes as you do – “left, right, left, right”. If you actually watch your video at around 2:30, you’re swerving INTO cars! You won’t be able to stop fast if you need to while leaned over. Move over if you need to, or smoothly move into an open area to give yourself some buffer when you need it but there’s no need to reflexively start bobbing and weaving all over for no reason. And you spend too much time stuck behind other stop-and-go drivers, and having to brake for them before you finally start splitting at the beginning of the video. You keep waiting unnecessarily for other cars to pass, when there are huge gaps you could have easily and safely jumped into. And there’s no need to move from he #1 lane, over to the far right lanes as you do at 4:30 – you end up getting stuck in slow traffic behind school buses and semis, and then having to wait to merge back into the fast lane. Just stick between the #1 and 2 lanes – no need to be all over the place – it’s dangerous.
    Overall, your riding is too spastic.

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