Two Reasons California is the Best Motorcycle State in the USA

Motorbikes parked in San Francisco in December
I love California for many reasons, but speaking as a motorcyclist/biker/hooligan/whatever y'all call me, California is damn hard to beat. Here's why: Lane splitting. If you don't know what this means, get a motorcycle and come to California—you're basically immune to traffic. Commuting by moto is the only way to go! A couple of years …

Lane Splitting is Safer. Here’s Why.

There are lots of reasons lane splitting is good. For me, it's mostly that I become almost immune to traffic congestion and can slip through gridlock smoothly and quickly. Perfect for commuting. Also, it's fun! Safety is another really good - but often forgotten - reason motorcyclists should split lanes, as demonstrated in this video. …

2011 BMW R1200R Classic: The Gentleman’s Hooligan Bike

My taste in motorbikes often runs towards the hooligan side of the street - such as my '07 Speed Triple SE - but I also have a long-running love affair with comparatively "sensible" Boxer-engined Beemers, ever since I rode a buddy's yellow R90S cafe racer many years ago. Lately, I've had my eye on a …

Lane Splitting Lesson Learned, or Reminder: Watch the Road Too!

I've been riding motorbikes a long time, and I've been lane splitting since I started riding on the street. For me, it's an integrated part of street riding. I'm not sure I'd want to ride on the streets if I couldn't filter through traffic. I've also done a lot of commuting by motorcycle, in some …