Originally Posted by GT_M3_Bob
Thanks for the comments........ I am trying to determine how hard it will be to keep to the left versus right. May look at getting out of the London area first and then getting a bike.
I rented a bike in London a few years ago to go ride through the south of the country with a friend on a long weekend. I'll have to see if I can find the info on the place I rented from- although I wasn't too impressed. We rented two bikes - a Yamaha Fazer and a Triumph Bonneville.
I've ridden in the UK several times throughout the years and the left hand drive thing is can be an issue if you don't have any traffic around you to show you the way, otherwise it's no big deal - just requires a bit more concentration (and putting some sort of very visible marker on the bars, tank, dials, or somewhere - to remind you which side to be on is not a bad idea.
The toughest thing is entering round about - if there is no other vehicle in them it can be a little offputting at first.
I also agree with the suggestions of getting out of London - there's no point in visiting London on a motorcycle, walk if you want to see the city. It is an aggressive driving atmosphere - like most larger European cities, especially those in Latin Europe. Lane splitting or filtering is a survival tactic and no where in the US is that type of driving practiced - even in California. On the flip side, cars are much more aware of motorcycles in Europe and in many cases they will actually move out of the way for you so that you can more effectively lane split.
Unlike the States, people accept that motorcycles on the road are actually reducing traffic and rather than having the mentality of "hey bud, get back in line and wait like the rest of us" it's more of a "let them through - one less car to wait behind". Or if not that, then at least a "if I let him through he won't knock of my side-view mirror".