Posts Tagged ‘lane splitting’

Below are the news items, in no rank order that had the most interest to me in 2014. They run the gamut from touring, racing, safety to just stuff I liked. Why 9, because everyone does 10 and 11 is too many. Hope you find them interesting as well.

 

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Interactive map of American Byways

America’s Byways Website: A website the federal government got right!!! I wrote about this site back in March in this post. America’s Byways is an interactive, map based, website that will provide you a listing of each of the 150 different roads.  Those roads are comprised of the National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads. You can select the road from a national or state map to see basic information on the road (length, average time to travel the road and historical background) as well as route maps, directions and photos.

 

Electric Iron Butt Ride: 1000 miles in 24 hours on a motorcycle can be hard on a normal bike. Terry Hershner completed the endurance ride on a heavily modified 2012 Zero S electric motorcycle. You can read about his ride and see pictures of the bike at this link.

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Project Live Wire: Speaking of electric motorcycles everyone has to take notice when Harley Davidson rolls out their prototypes on a nationwide tour. I got to ride one of the bikes a few months back and I was impressed how well they performed/looked for prototype machines. We even had John Wheeler from Harley Davidson Project Live Wire as a guest on The DawgHouse Motorcycle Radio Show #291.

 

Safercar.gov: Another website done right by the government… how quaint. Although saffercar.gov has been around for a while, this year they added the ability to look up your bikes VIN to determine if it has a recall applied. Check that feature out here.

 

Sons of Anarchy: The final season. I liked the entire series but that last episode seemed like it was more of “let’s get this done as fast as possible” instead of well thought out end to a classic show.

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MotoAmerica: I am not a huge motorcycle racing fan but after hosting The DawgHouse Motorcycle Radio with Ken and Phil I have learned a lot. One of the things I have learned is that there is a lot of excitement for the new AMA sanctioned racing series. Daytona Motor Group was replaced by MotoAmerica, lead my former champion Wayne Rainy. The series is coming to Virginia this year and I plan on attending. We interviewed Wayne on the Dawghouse a few months ago, you can hear the interview here.

 

BMW R1200RT Do Not Ride Recall: That a BMW has a recall is no big deal. That “Bike of the Year R1200RT” has had a recall that lasted 4 months is a big deal. Multiple magazines and websites declared a bike, which owners could not ride for a large part of the year, the best bike of the year, what crap. Now don’t get me wrong, I do not think this is a BMW issue, they have went out of their way to support owners of the bike. This is a big deal to me because industry media leaders fell all over themselves for a bike that did not deserve the accolades. Was this advertising dollars at work?

 

Marc Marquez – Again, I do not follow racing that closely but WOW. A dominant performance from the defending champion to win the MotoGP championship for a second straight year. He set the record for the most races won in a season with 13. Take a look at the link to see all the records he has broken and he is still a very young guy at 21.

 

Lane Splitting – Apparently it is a lot safer then we all thought. A study by University California, Berkeley for the California Highway Patrol found, for example:ijustwant2ride.com

>  The practice of riding in between marked lanes to filter through slow-moving or stopped traffic, is just as safe for riders as traveling in normal lanes

>  Riders who split lanes are less prone to getting rear-ended; however, the likelihood of a rider rear-ending a car is greater.

>  Danger level does increase for riders who are splitting at speeds of 10mph or faster than the surrounding traffic.

>  They found that lane splitters were splitting at lower speeds and in slower moving traffic than they had been previously.

You can read the whole study here and my earlier post on the issue here.

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On Any Sunday, The Next Chapter: It is not too often that we get feature presentation style movies dedicated to motorcycling. This movie paid homage to the original 1970s movie (as a son would a father which in this case is accurate as the son of the original movie directed the Next Chapter). I saw this movie on the big screen and it was just great. Hopefully this will get some good karma for our industry and lifestyle

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Ken’s News:

Lane-splitting: perhaps not as dangerous as we first thought?

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Mercedes Benz (Daimler) pulls the trigger on MV Agusta.

Warren’s News:

Stolen 1954 Harley Hydra-Glide Returned After 42 years

 

42 years later

He and Dong buy bodies!

Racing News:

Interview with Chris Ulrich.

World Superbike Championship decided in Qatar.

MotoGP & Moto2 picks for Valencia.

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A lot has occurred on the subject of lane splitting (or filtering depending on where you are) this year to include the following:

>  A complaint from one person forced the California Highway Patrol (CHP) to remove lane splitting guidelines from their website.

>  In Australia, New South Wales is now allowing lane splitting and Queensland is will be legal in 2015.

>  Change.org has a petition to make lane splitting legal in the state of Virginia.

>  UC Berkeley issued a study, commissioned by the CHP, finds the practice does not increase safety risks.

 

The most important item of the year on this subject is the UC Berkleley/CHP study. The study shows that lane splitting is, mostly, as safe as riding in a standard lane. I can see this report supporting the movement to allow lane splitting in other states in the very near future. The report, titled “Safety implications of lane-splitting among California motorcyclists involved in collisions” studied the “prevalence of lane-splitting among approximately 8,000 motorcyclists who were involved traffic collisions in June 2012 through August 2013”. Some of the highlights of the UC/CHP study: (LSM=Lane Splitting Motorcyclist)

 

>  The practice of riding in between marked lanes to filter through slow-moving or stopped traffic, is just as safe for riders as traveling in normal lanes

>  Riders who split lanes are less prone to getting rear-ended; however, the likelihood of a rider rear-ending a car is greater.

>  Danger level does increase for riders who are splitting at speeds of 10mph or faster than the surrounding traffic.

>  They found that lane splitters were splitting at lower speeds and in slower moving traffic than they had been previously.

>  Time of day also varied greatly by lane-splitting status 59.5% of LSM were involved in collisions between 6-9 am or 3-4pm, compared with 37.3% of motorcyclists who were not lane-splitting.

>  Patterns of injury were significantly different comparing LSM and other motorcyclists. LSM were notably less likely to suffer head injury (9.1% vs 16.5%), torso injury (18.6% vs 27.3%), or fatal injury (1.4% vs 3.1%) than other motorcyclists. The occurrence of neck injury and arm/leg injury did not differ meaningfully by lane-splitting status.

The authors of the report have promised further analysis on the data they collected. They plan to look at things such as age, gender, rider characteristics, and roadway conditions to further dig into what exactly is and isn’t dangerous on the roads.

You can read the summary of the UC Berkeley/CHP study yourself at this link.