Sidecases and lane-splitting

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  1. VFR Love

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    If someone can measure overall width of their cases that would be great!

    Currently I'm looking at OEM, Shad and a couple of designs by Givi in preparation for a long weekend.


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    Mine are off presently but lane splitting is no problem with OEM bags. Just remember they are there.

    (GAWD! I read this once I put the android device down and switched to the laptop. I will stop posting with the phone.)
     
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    I have the oem cases and from reflector to reflector is 37 inches. I always forget they are there and I have hit everything with them. Both of my cars, garage, sons truck. Most people probably do fine but this is the first bike I've owned with bags. Easy to forget about them with the front being narrow.
     
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    Just don't do THIS: [video=youtube_share;b424iGkWe0Q]http://youtu.be/b424iGkWe0Q[/video]
     
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    When I first got mine I did some splitting with the OEM cases but never since. It was just too nerve wracking.
     
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    Hmmmmmm....do they allow(tolerate) lane splitting in New York?

    Can't help ya with the width measurements, however, the ease of splitting depends on how wide the lanes are. If you ask scubalong, he will say "it no problem", however, one look at the scratches on his bags would suggest otherwise. I have split lanes for years, thousands of miles of lane splitting, and more often than not I encounter some narrow spots that I would not fit thru will bags. It is funny in that many instances I have seen a rider in front (with bags on) of me hit/nick a cars mirror or fender without realizing it at the times so they "think" they never hit anybody. Ignorance is bliss...

    Summarizing, yes, you can, albeit with more difficulty at times. I prefer the "keep it narrow" philosophy in regards to lane-spiltting whenever at all possible. Meaning a tailbag and/or topbox.

    Happy trails...

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    Hmm honda spec sheet shows 28.9 as factory width without bags. So only 8" of difference but of course there are times my bars only look just passable.

    Anyone have Givi's or anything narrower?

    I've got pelican cases I could sneak on but they don't hold much and the price of racks and pre-fab quick release hardware is fairly prohibitive for what I'd gain.

    As for lane splitting in NY- well I was talking about out of state travels of course!


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    I have a pair of these on my 5th Gen - http://www.motorcycleplanet.co.uk/products/1630-GIVI-E22N-Side-Cases-Monokey/

    Got them for a trip to Spain in August; didn't want anything too wide so these were the best I think; when they are fitted they are about as wide as the handlebars..
     
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    I have Give side bags on Motec brackets. The bags stick out 4" more than the mirrors on both sides. I can't lane split for fear of damaging cars and collecting mirrors. Once the bags are off I have been splitting lanes here in Oakland sometimes. I'm finding not all cage drivers like that and won't give you space. I'm still a novas at splitting.
     
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    Lots of info on lane widths on California freeway systems. Most are the standard 12' type. Most does not mean all.

    Other places that do not allow lane splitting have roads that are upgraded roads that the Romans built or were wagon roads or even animal trails.

    Also, most CA drivers know that lane splitting is legal. Once more, most does not mean all.

    One area in Washington State where lane splitting is legal are ferry lines. This has to do with loading procedures ie: Walk ons, bicycles, motorcycles then cages. Legal but expect a ration of shit from cagers who do not know the procedures.
     
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