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Old 07-27-2014, 01:55 PM   #1
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Presentation and few questions

Good evening all!

i was searching the web for some information while i found this website and i thought i would be the most appropriate to join.

I'm 38 years old and i love motorbike in all the forms (commuting, touring, offroad, track etc).
Although my parents were against i've managed at 18years old to get my first 125cc and since that day all my life was accompanied by a motorbilke...good and bad moments (1 big crash but i'm still here!!)

I will move in the next months to Houston for work therefore i was searching for info when i discovered that in US and especially in TX filtering/lane splitting is illegal and, even worst, is hated by the people.

i lived in Italy, in UK and in UAE and i've traveled a many countries and everywhere was allowed and now i'm quite scared and skeptic about motorbiking in US.

Can you please give me more details about? some articles, codes, law to read in order to understand?

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Old 07-27-2014, 03:47 PM   #2
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Welcome. I don't know what more there is for you to read, it's not legal and cagers get . That said, I've been filtering for over a decade in Houston and I've never had any trouble, but YMMV.
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Old 07-27-2014, 05:36 PM   #3
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Welcome. I don't know what more there is for you to read, it's not legal and cagers get . That said, I've been filtering for over a decade in Houston and I've never had any trouble, but YMMV.
+1 but not as long as him. I filter when needed and safely.
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Not filtering won't kill you. It's not the end all
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Old 07-28-2014, 04:42 AM   #5
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Not filtering won't kill you. It's not the end all
definitely won't kill me and probably filtering will kill me (or the other car's occupants ) but i honestly don't understand why they should be so upset.

First step i will get a car and then i will decide if it's a good idea or not to buy a motorbike. i will miss it a lot but i'm quite sure i will have troubles with police and drivers.
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One reason is that people here in Texas aren't used to it. It scares people when you slip through the middle. Others just get mad because they are . Lol
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One reason is that people here in Texas aren't used to it. It scares people when you slip through the middle. Others just get mad because they are . Lol
I used to get really upset about it because it startled me but that was generally on the freeway when some guy blows past me in my lane going 30mph faster than me, so close to my car that I could high-fived him through my passenger window. I have filtered up to lights a couple times and people immediately become irritated and I feel like it would only be a matter of time before some psychopath attempted to run me off the road.

Lane splitting is illegal, but... If you're lane splitting through traffic, are the police really going to be able to catch up to you? I'm not advocating running from the cops obviously, but would they even try? I don't know.
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Sure they can, they just roll up on the emergency lane

Will they? Guess depends on their mood.
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Lane splitting is illegal, but... If you're lane splitting through traffic, are the police really going to be able to catch up to you? I'm not advocating running from the cops obviously, but would they even try? I don't know.
They could I suppose. Never had one try. Honestly, I rarely ever see a cop sitting in mainlane traffic anyhow. And 290 currently doesn't have shoulders due to construction. I don't ride in this current heat often, but when I do I most certainly filter/split traffic. If I had a cop try and actually pull me over I'd likely stop and just pay the fine...I'd almost bet they wouldn't do about it though.
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thank you for all your message and sorry for the delay....crazy week at work.

really this subject looks to me incredible...i would not ever thought that line splitting/filtering could be illegal....
it's so common and so useful in the rest of the world that is anachronistic to imagine that there are place were this is forbidden.

Let's see but definitely my mood changed a lot after this news
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You have to take the risk with reward. 1: yes a LEO can site you for splitting but most don't bother as long as your courteous, but that's not always the case. 2: as stated before since it is not legal no one is expecting it or all to happy by you doing it. So it's your responsibility to make your self safe and the cars around you. I.E. I don't split around areas I know traffic will be merging or a lot of cars try and move over multiple lanes as I know they won't be looking for me and making quick movements to fit in gaps or traffic. I also try and split only when the cars are completely stopped and fall back in line when traffic starts moving.

I assume responsibility for any accidents that may occurs even if it's not my fault as I'm braking the law. My main reason for splitting is my bike does not have a adequate cooling system for city use so if I don't stay on the move it will over heat. It still gets too hot when I am splitting some days. On a different bike capable of the heat I would sit in traffic.
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Old 08-01-2014, 12:58 PM   #13
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honestly i'm concerned of other drivers than police and fines/tickets.
i don't want to have any troubles and accidents.

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On a different bike capable of the heat I would sit in traffic.
but what is the point to have a motorbike if i have to stay in queue like a car?!? under the rain, under the sun...inconceivable for me
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Old 08-01-2014, 01:52 PM   #15
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honestly i'm concerned of other drivers than police and fines/tickets.
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but what is the point to have a motorbike if i have to stay in queue like a car?!? under the rain, under the sun...inconceivable for me
I agree to some extent. But reality is in the State of Texas it is still Illegal. So if some D-bag decided as he saw you in his mirror to pull out in your way and y'all collided there is a good chance you will be at fault. Or if a LEO decides to site you for splitting I would rather spend the money on my track bike rather than a fine.

Even if I sit in traffic sweating my off the conceivable part for me is I'm still blessed to have the opportunity and ability to ride my bike in the heat and sit in traffic while some are no longer able to ride or no longer with us to ride. So I would rather spend a day sweating in my gear than miss the opportunity to ride the machine I love most that I may not get to ride tomorrow.
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