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post #1 of 29 Old 12-13-2016, 07:56 PM Thread Starter
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I'm going to start filtering.

I live in Texas where filtering/lane splitting is illegal but texting while driving is legal. Makes a lot of sense doesn't it? Well I've decided that until Texas either legalizes lane splitting or bans texting and driving I'm going to filter to the front at red lights to prevent getting hit from behind by idiots preoccupied with the freaking phones. I would rather take the chance of getting a ticket by the cops than becoming a statistic.
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post #2 of 29 Old 12-13-2016, 08:16 PM
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Sorry dude but giving Joe Citizen and LEO another reason to target motorcyclists doesn't help the cause. Write a letter to your congressman/start a petition - power in numbers!

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Sorry dude but giving Joe Citizen and LEO another reason to target motorcyclists doesn't help the cause. Write a letter to your congressman/start a petition - power in numbers!
I hear ya. I'm gonna do that.
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I'm in California and don't filter at lights mostly because I don't want to be first through an intersection.

What I do is stop about half a car length behind but off to the side. Keeping an eagle eye on the mirrors. If need arises I'll squirt through the gap.

Saying that though I decided early on in my riding career that I would do what ever was necessary to keep myself out of harm's way. If that meant breaking some law and having to pay the penalty that's alright. Cost of doing business!

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Texting is not legal here, but that doesn't stop them.
I practice Spec's method. I also don't come into a stop hot and prefer to have someone following closer behind me as I'm coming to a stop rather than have them two or more blocks back.

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I was fuming last night when I got home. This idiot on his phone had to lock up his brakes to prevent running into the car next to me. If he'd been behind me he would have hit me. So I was venting a little. I'm sure there is some sort of happy medium. I get yall's point about not being the 1st through an intersection and I may try your method Spec. The only thing is that here in Texas you get people driving these huge trucks with enormous wing mirrors. They are almost as numerous as the cell phones. Anyway I'm gonna do what I need to do to stay safe, that's for certain. Thanks for yall's feedback.
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When I'm stopped and a car is coming up behind I pump the front brake lever a number of times, also have the Hyperlite flashing Leds.
Times I wish I was a cop when I see some of the morons on the roads.
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When I'm stopped and a car is coming up behind I pump the front brake lever a number of times, also have the Hyperlite flashing Leds.
Times I wish I was a cop when I see some of the morons on the roads.
Make sure your foot is not on the rear brake lever.

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At a stop I keep it in gear and stay towards the side of the lane to maintain an escape route. After a couple cars stop behind me to create a barrier I'll put it in neutral and relax a bit.


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I was fuming last night when I got home. This idiot on his phone had to lock up his brakes to prevent running into the car next to me. If he'd been behind me he would have hit me. So I was venting a little. I'm sure there is some sort of happy medium. ...
You should be angry. We all should. As far as filtering goes, everyone can find their own level of satisfaction. That is once it is legal and riders have a choice.
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