In Texas the road test is a real pain on the butt: TRC §521.166 MOTORCYCLE ROAD TEST REQUIREMENTS.billmeek said:Very nice. I especially like the requirement :
"(2) has successfully completed a motorcycle operator training and safety course under Chapter 662;"
.Texas exempts riders 21 yrs. or older if they either 1) can show proof of successfully completing a motorcycle operator training and safety course or 2) can show proof of having a medical insurance policy
Yes, you will be allow to take your life in your own hands -- in the same fashion as that you will be allowed to drink. 8)4DThinker said:Does it mean it's OK for a motorcyclist to cut between lanes of congested same-directon traffic if the rider is well trained and well insured and at least 21?
I believe there are other limiting factors involved as well. Good for when traffic comes to a dead stop in Houston tho!(4) operates the motorcycle:
(A) at a speed not more than five miles per hour
over the speed of the other traffic;
(B) in traffic that is moving at a speed of 20
miles per hour or less; and
(C) in a location other than a school crossing
zone or other than a location where the posted speed limit is 20
miles per hour or less.
In Houston, even at 5 mph, drivers would quickly switch lanes without warning to gain a few seconds. BAM! There goes one lane splitter.Selias said:I believe there are other limiting factors involved as well. Good for when traffic comes to a dead stop in Houston tho!
Be very careful though. I've seen folks deliberately open doors, spit out windows and empty the contents of their commuter cups on lane splitters! (mostly in Cali)
I was talking to a pal who has been riding bikes in this town for over 20 years, and his first reaction was: "lots of people gonna get killed." Besides the fact that all those constructions have made freeway riding around Houston an adventure every day, the roads seem to become narrower as a result.Randy said:The law makes it legal, it does not make it mandatory
Each one of us will have to weight the pro's & con's and decide if it's worth the risk at any given time or place.
You mean a mobile STOP sign that moves with us? :wink:Now if they would just make "rolling STOP sign" legal :lol:
It just takes some getting used to.lifegetter said:some cited that Burgman 650 is too fat for driving between cars. i rode my ninja 500 in Los Angeles and found that it takes a lot of coordination with other motorists to make split lane safe...you will have to pray that someone won't hit you with their side mirrors.
Traffic standing still is in fact not moving ."in traffic that is moving at a speed of 20 miles per hour or less"