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post #1 of 19 Old 11-17-2005, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
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Calling all LANE-SPLITTIN' Stroms...

New DL1K owner here who spent quite a few miles splittin' on my maiden voyage last wkend. Instead of posting what issues I have w/the Strom I thought I'd just see what other CA Strommers did (if anything) to their bike *specifically* for lanesplitting. It's quite good as is but also think it has potential to be a great lane splitter. I know you're out there so pony up those mods/farkles for Stromette here.

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post #2 of 19 Old 11-18-2005, 03:19 AM
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I commute into and through central London on a daily basis and can't say that the bike needs any modifying at all.
I find that the bars are above the level of most car wing mirrors, and that it is only vans that pose a problem. Most of their mirrors fold back when you hit them, so it's not a problem 8) (only kidding, I very rarely knock mirrors!)

What kind of mods did you have in mind?
(Is it bad that I find gaps get bigger the faster you ride?)
post #3 of 19 Old 11-18-2005, 01:05 PM
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Hi Stromette, congrats on your new DL! Good to know you went all out on the 1000. 8)
I lane split often, and found the only real issue is pickup truck mirrors; they are about the same height as our 'Stroms. I've "kissed" a few on the way by and experienced 'the finger' from a few...oh well. Just wave and keep on truckin' :wink:
 
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I split about 10-15 miles a day, every day, on my 650. The seating position is just high enough, and I can still plant both feet when I need to. I do use the "flash to pass" feature a ton. I hit it about every 5 seconds when splitting.
I am thinking about a headlight modulator, though I like the "when I need it" aspect of the "ftp". A fellow commuter on his FZ6 uses the emergency flashers when splitting. I think that is illegal, so I do not use them.

I do really like one aspect of the modulator. When you hit the horn, the high beam flashes. I would like to see that become standard on all bikes. Saves having to "hover" over two switches. Maybe someone here has a fix?

I added the factory "knuckle guards" on my 650. Swiped a few mirrors on my old bike, these are invaluable. Your 1000 has them already, though, so no mods to date.

On one 4 (2 each side) lane I use highway the 18 wheelers are prone to use lane #1. They take a little extra "ftp". So far so good though, just swing between the suv mirrors, and enjoy the advantage of 2 wheeled commuting.

This bike replaced a KLR650, which I modified with a Supertrapp exhaust. Tried the "loud pipes save lives" thing. Turns out all that loud stuff just annoyed/startled the people I already passed, rarely even getting the attention of the drivers ahead. IMHO, the tech side of this bike is a huge advantage.

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well, its illegal down here...but that doesnt keep me from doing it :twisted:
anyway...i havnt had any issues with my 650, both on 4 laners and 2 laners 8) ...as long as i remember NOT to split when i have my side cases on (GIGANTIC e46s) i'm fine... havnt forgotten yet
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I don't fliter with the side cases on. It's a bit too wide with then.

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lane splitting

i just put my high beams and hazard flashers on and go!
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Re: lane splitting

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i just put my high beams and hazard flashers on and go!
Watch the flashers :!: using them for splitting lanes is illegal as they are for emergency use only.
Just tap your flash to pass every few seconds, works better than constant high beam for attention.
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lane spliting

went cruisin right by CHP and he never blinked. id rather be judged by twelve than carried by six.
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Re: Calling all LANE-SPLITTIN' Stroms...

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New DL1K owner here who spent quite a few miles splittin' on my maiden voyage last wkend. Instead of posting what issues I have w/the Strom I thought I'd just see what other CA Strommers did (if anything) to their bike *specifically* for lanesplitting. It's quite good as is but also think it has potential to be a great lane splitter. I know you're out there so pony up those mods/farkles for Stromette here.
The 650 V-Stom needs no modifications for "lane sharing" because it's already perfect. :lol:

I lane split on I-405 and I-5 almost everyday. Here in CA splitting is tolerated by most of the driving pubic. Just be careful and super aware of cars when passing and keep in mind what you are doing is inherently dangerous. If done properly it's a great way to beat the slow traffic. It's the best part about owning a bike in SoCal.

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