Best part about the 500 for sure, 32 inches ish at the mirrors, bars are even more narrow. The ninja can really fit through almost anything as long as cars aren't touching.That said, cagers absolutely do try to block the splitters. All you can do is laugh and still get past them at some point anyway.
Ha, I'm not the only one that's been stopped by a LEO on foot! I used to commute thru the Jersey City area, and bridge traffic got brutal at times. One time is was backed up a good mile or two and crawling, and I did the similar first gear crawl through the center. Saw a cop on the side of the road, quickly found a lane and resumed going nowhere like everybody else. He walked over, said "Stop riding between the cars." I said "OK" and I had to sit it all out.a cop parked aside the road walk out into the jam and stopped me
My understanding was that filtering was moving to the front of a queue at an intersection. That makes some sense but comes off as more of a dick move to me than crawling through traffic. By your definition, I would never lane split, always filter. I've seen the yahoos that wanted to go 90+mph when highway traffic was doing 45-60mph, so they scream between lanes. Those people are nuts, and usually wearing tank tops beating on their bare backs. My personal rule is stay in first gear and always be ready to find a hole to re-eenter a lane when traffic starts moving again.I find it strange some don't seem to know the difference between the two.
brainless....many to become statistics. All it takes is 1 driver attempting a lane change....I've seen the yahoos that wanted to go 90+mph when highway traffic was doing 45-60mph, so they scream between lanes. Those people are nuts, and usually wearing tank tops
that is pretty much the situation anywhere in the UK. very few issues at all. most drivers just make room probably due to us being a nation of bikers and most would have ridden one at some time so understand the reason you have a bike.Interesting perspectives on here, doesn't seem to be representative of my area in the South East UK. If I couldn't filter through traffic then there's no advantage of me riding for the commute really, then it's just a toy. I was in the South West last week and had the driver of a large aggregates vehicle seemingly annoyed by my ability to filter, which was a bit of a blast from the past - haven't had that in a long time! Generally though when traffic is stacked up I find a surprising number of motorists pull quite far over to let you move past safely.
Having said that there's definitely a certain type of driver that wants to make a scene to kill time if they're stood in traffic, and especially if they see you have a camera on you. Like ducatiman says, just avoid aggro and focus on making progress.