2021 CanAm Spyder RT
As part of a long road trip I was driving north on the Pacific Coast Highway (CA 1) the other day. Traffic was very heavy in the miles from Santa Monica to beyond Malibu, and I was driving my SUV with trailer in tow, a 7 and a half foot wide travel trailer. I encountered literally hundreds of bikes (after seeing relatively few earlier in my time in CA) lane splitting around me in the heavy traffic, and the general skill and ability of these riders made a really positive impression on me. Some of the bikes were big touring bikes, or sport tourers, and the space between the lanes was not very generous, but the bikes deftly moved around traffic like my camper and SUV, saving themselves time and the rest of us extra congestion on the road. Honestly, had I been in that traffic on my Goldwing I do not think I would have felt comfortable lane splitting with the rest of the riders. I wonder if things were always this smooth with lane splitting, or if things go so well now only because drivers are so used to this practice. I shudder to think how this practice would go if allowed in IL where I reside, at least at first. But for now, hats off to the skilled riders on the Left Coast.