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Old 12-18-2020, 01:02 PM
Location: Orange County, CA
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Huntington Harbour is such a cute area. I like the little islands and the neighborhood feel. There are restaurants and fun things in walking distance. There is also better freeway access there (up Bolsa Chica) than in the southern parts of Huntington Beach.

Seal Beach is cute too. It has a great main street with shops and restaurants. The pier is nice and the police there keep things quiet.

I taught just south of Carson (in Wilmington) for awhile and one teacher commuted from Huntington Harbour. She had done that drive for 20 years, and she said it was fine.
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Old 12-20-2020, 08:57 PM
Location: Sandy Eggo's North County
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Originally Posted by smbartl5 View Post

Could also be a reason to convince my wife to let me upgrade my motorcycle, with the lane-splitting laws saving significant time!
Ummm yeah.
If you're intimately familiar with "lane splitting" then go ahead. But if you're coming from another State that doesn't have lane splitting, then learn/observe how it's done. Follow a CHP motor and watch how they do it.

Some things to remember:

Pass at 5mph faster than the existing traffic.

Cease splitting at 50mph

Don't split with a passenger

Don't split in the rain.

Don't split at night.

ONLY split between lanes 1 & 2 (unless there's a car pool lane.)

If another motorcyclist closes in on you, merge between 2 cages and let the faster rider by. (There may be a "train" of riders, so check yer mirrors.)

You are "allowed" to split, it is NOT mandated that you do split.

Beware of BOTTS Dots, as they can be very slippery when wet. (They can also play havoc with ABS braking systems.) Can you say, "NO BRAKES!"

There, these are just a few of the more major things, when it comes to "splitting."

Oh, I'm a retired MSF ridercoach btw.

Ironically, the MSF Headquarters is in Irvine! I was there about a month ago!
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Old 01-08-2021, 08:49 PM
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Originally Posted by smbartl5 View Post
Any other recommendations, anything we are missing or considering that we shouldn't?
What's wrong with Torrance, Lakewood, Long Beach, PV, Cypress, Los Alamitos, Lakewood, Cerritos? Plenty of schools and friendly people and GREAT weather (not hot).
Once COVID subsides, the traffic will return to horrible. You will NOT want to commute from OC to Carson.
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