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    Stray Observation
    on: Aug 13, 2016, 03.39 pm
    Aug 13, 2016, 03.39 pm
    So, I'm officially a week into owning my TTSE and I can say that I 99.9% love it.  The one and only niggle is the placement of the hazard lights switch, and how lousy the switch is.  When I have a bike with hazard lights I always turn them on when lane splitting, and the placement of the switch combined with how small the actuator is compared to the size of the cover makes turning it on/off almost dangerous while moving.  The hazard switch on my FJR was on the right handlebar cluster and just a thumb-press away.

    I should develop muscle memory over time and be able to turn them on/off with ease, but for the moment it can be a tad frustrating.  I do everything I can to be seen - highlighter yellow jacket and helmet - and when splitting, adding hazards makes me all the more visible.
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    Re: Stray Observation
    Reply #1 on: Aug 13, 2016, 05.32 pm
    Aug 13, 2016, 05.32 pm
    Agreed, it is a bit of a challenge; although I wish I could use it to lane split here. Legally.

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    Re: Stray Observation
    Reply #2 on: Aug 13, 2016, 05.37 pm
    Aug 13, 2016, 05.37 pm
    *Originally Posted by plgoddard [+]
    Agreed, it is a bit of a challenge; although I wish I could use it to lane split here. Legally.

    Splitting should be permitted everywhere.  Most U.S. legislators have their heads so far up...
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    Re: Stray Observation
    Reply #3 on: Aug 13, 2016, 09.04 pm
    Aug 13, 2016, 09.04 pm
    I disagree,, ( rider for over 46 years, MSF instructor for a decade, LEO, and accident re-constructionist ) IF the riders could abide by the splitting rules   MAYBE but on my trips out to california, I saw that most of them are splitting between cars already doing the speed limit OR BETTER,  that is NOT what the law was created for.  It was intended ONLY for backed up slow moving or stopped traffic
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    Re: Stray Observation
    Reply #4 on: Aug 13, 2016, 09.26 pm
    Aug 13, 2016, 09.26 pm
    (Former LEO here)  You're right, but that logic can be applied to any rule of the road.  Nothing burns me more than seeing some idiot bombing down the line when traffic is moving along at 70+ mph.  I only split when it's safe to do so, and I never split over 35 mph, and even then that's incredibly rare and usually only when I need to quickly maneuver around someone.

    If there's one thing I've learned over the years is that it makes no difference what it is - rules of the road, technology, good will, etc. - people will find ways to abuse it.
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    Re: Stray Observation
    Reply #5 on: Aug 13, 2016, 09.46 pm
    Aug 13, 2016, 09.46 pm
    I totally agree about the position and how difficult it is to actually switch on, at first I thought that mine were just a faulty switch, I just couldn't get the hazards to work.

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    Re: Stray Observation
    Reply #6 on: Aug 14, 2016, 11.57 pm
    Aug 14, 2016, 11.57 pm
    *Originally Posted by kniterider [+]
    I disagree,, ( rider for over 46 years, MSF instructor for a decade, LEO, and accident re-constructionist ) IF the riders could abide by the splitting rules   MAYBE but on my trips out to california, I saw that most of them are splitting between cars already doing the speed limit OR BETTER,  that is NOT what the law was created for.  It was intended ONLY for backed up slow moving or stopped traffic

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    I'll see your credentials (rider for 31 years, CLASSRides instructor for 4 years, LEO, former traffic investigator).

    Your statement of "...that is NOT what the law was created for." is null-and-void.    There is no statute allowing, nor prohibiting lane splitting in the state of California.  Your next statement about the intention is equally without merit, as there is no law with which to reference your opinion of its intent.

    Now, can we return this thread to the OP's original intent, please?!
    Last Edit: Aug 15, 2016, 12.00 am by thumper
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