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Lane splitting - Japan style

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Holy cow! I actually couldn't look at the whole thing.

I wonder how many times a month he (she) does THAT - Or, was it a one-time-deal just for posting?

In any event, thanks for sharing the insanity. It's one post I will NOT be forwarding to my son

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Watched the whole thing. I need a drink now...

Several thoughts:
1. Wow.
2. The rider is either nuts or has terrific skills -- or luck. All it takes is one semi slowing down, someone opens a door...
3. I lived in Japan for 3 years (late 60s). Looks like the Tokyo traffic I remember. Taxi drivers were just as bad as this guy.
4. I thought it hugely ironic that this guy lane-split other bikes, and I wonder if any of them fell in behind him... and then survived.
5. He definitely makes good time!
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He is good, but I still give him less than a week to live.
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This guy is obviously suicidal. Wonder if he is still alive.

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Wow, can you say "suicidal" (or would that be "hari-kari).

I give that rider no more than 1 month of health if that is their routine manner of commuting, no matter his level of "skill".

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Not unlike splitting in Los Angeles!

40-some-odd-years-ago as a kid sitting in the backseat of the family car, I'd tell my dad he was speeding - and he used to say "the speedometer looks faster from your angle!"

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it looked to me like he/she was totally in control. not suicidal at all. and he/she was not the only one doing precisely the same thing.
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Now y'all know why I removed the factory mirrors. And also why I got rid of my daily 405 commute and moved out of Orange County. That's an irregular occurrence now, instead of a daily one.

It looks like he was doing between 40-80 Km/hour (25-50 mph) for most of it. I liked when he merged to the right and almost took out another lane splitter. That was a bit close.

Occasionally, a sport bike will come up behind me so I will pull into a lane and let him pass. Usually if other bikes see you coming up from the rear they will move over too, but not always. Harleys are the worst, as they're wide and slow, but don't think that they are. Sometimes you have to move a full lane to the right and go around them before cutting back over.

And in twenty years, I've had maybe three cars specifically slide over to block me. I just go a lane or two over and continue on. Honestly, most cars will pull away a little if they see you coming up. I always wave at them as I pass. It's just accepted here and considered normal. Whenever I'm talking with someone who thinks it isn't fair, I reply "You could always get a bike."

It was also hard to judge how wide this guys handlebars are from that viewpoint. Notice towards the end that the bike he comes up behind was a lot more wobbly? This guy was skilled, but he was still pushing it pretty hard. Maybe the camera had him going just a bit more for overall effect. But still, I wouldn't be surprised to see him end up like that girl on the R1.

And there's always someone more crazy than you. I once watched a bike split lanes into oncoming traffic in South Korea. No thanks.

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I don't think I've ever seen so many trucks. It looks like "Truck World" to me.

As probably most of us in Cal. split some or all the time, we can attest to the fact that the rider was going a little too fast. But, I'll bet we have all done some of what the video shows. I will usually split for a while and then when I think I'm going too fast, I will look down and see that I'm going about 40mph. I'll pull in behind at that point and just wait 'till it slows down again and then continue splitting. Forty mph seems to be my limit.
When I'm in my company van during the week in the bay area, I regularly see sportbikers split around 60+mph even when traffic is moving over 40mph.

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See as he left the toll booth, it looks like he hit the jersey kerb as he tried to merge in with the traffic? I would say that he has a death wish!

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It exhausted me to watch it. Nuts -- 100% certifiable! And yes, he will eventually end up being scooped into an oversized baggie!
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Wonder how many times he (she) has to clean up the seat!
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Wonder how many times he (she) has to clean up the seat!
I dunno 'bout he/she, butt I need a new desk chair!!!
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Watched the whole thing wondering if he was going to crash! That guy has nine lives?
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I see the Kamakazi Spirit is still alive and well in Japan.

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I think his father passed me in 1984 on this the "Shuto", the Metropolitan Expressway that winds it's way through out Tokyo. It is an elevated or underground two lane earth quake proof road that is stop and go from 7AM to 9PM. Then they start road repairs overnight. The speed limit is 40-70 km/hr depending on the section. All goods move by truck, only saw passenger trains in the 5 months I was riding about in a leased "cage".
Cycles rule at traffic lights, on the street level streets. They have two sets of stop lines, cycles go to the front stop line and cars and trucks stop at the depressed line.

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They have two sets of stop lines, cycles go to the front stop line and cars and trucks stop at the depressed line.
That works for me. Of course, I also think bikes should get their own lane.

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I've watched this video several times now - and you confirmed what I was thinking - that riding like this is accepted and "ok".

You'll notice that nobody honks at the motorcycle, nor maneuver to cut him off, and, in fact, only one car switches lanes in the 12+ minutes of the ride and one car moves left out of the way. I think the high frequency of trucks is actually a benefit - because of their size they stay in their lane, and because there are so many trucks it keeps the cars in their lanes, too.

There's no doubt this is an aggressive rider, especially in the blind curves, but given the implied acceptance of the cages, it really isn't as bad as it looks.

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A good vid for a MSF course!

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This rider must be a retired Kamikaze pilot still looking to fulfill his destiny!!
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One other item to be mentioned here. If the motorcycle is 125cc or less, don't have to worry about lane splitting, you get to ride in the bike lane. Yep, the one marked for bicycles. DAMHIK.

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I'm worn out. That was crazy, I really didn't think he was going to make it a couple of times...alright...more than a couple of times.
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