Where are you? Pros and Cons
May 21, 2009 at 10:28 pm #18817EddiepowerfmParticipant
Thanks for the laugh Jersey boy! Reminds me how lucky I am to be in Texas.May 22, 2009 at 3:25 am #18826owlieParticipant
My must be the luckiest sucker in the world. Everyone tells me this, but even though I get down there 2-3 times a year, I can only remember it being drizzly and overcast once…
LOL – Next time I go, it will be raining and miserable.May 22, 2009 at 9:06 am #18837eternal05Participant
I love the place. Winter is just not the best time (not for snow mind you, but for utterly depressing grey day in and day out).May 22, 2009 at 2:44 pm #18844SpoolParticipant
I live in Derrick City, PA about a 3.5 hour drive northeast off Pittsburgh so my Pro’s and Con’s are about the same as Weapon Zero’s with the one exception being there are no large cities around here so traffic isn’t much of an issue:
More winding roads than you’ll ever need.
Weather-Just the right temperature for riding when not in winter.
Not much in the way of traffic
Cobblestone roads are more common than I would like.
Roads are poorly maintained, with potholes EVERYWHERE.
Weather-Winters suck and the fact that it rains every other day in the spring really only leaves 2 seasons for nice riding conditions.May 23, 2009 at 3:27 pm #18871TerriKhaliParticipant
Edmonton AB Canada
If you don’t like the weather, wait a min.
Tons of STRAIGHT roads to open it up
2 hours to the Rockies
Huge open/wide roads
Not constantly hot for more then 2 months, leathers are GOOD/comfortable to wear
More doughnut shops then cops! *lol*
Onoway is close to ride to, to get class 6
If you don’t like the weather, wait a min.
Potholes after serious winters
Never more then 6 months without snow
-40 = dead battery- even in a GARAGE
Rain gear a MUST. So is riding on WET roads!
Class 6 license obtainable in Edmonton *IF* instructors are in a good mood- which is 1 day out of their entire season! (new laws to get class 6)
More money then brains = squids EVERYWHERE
Farming province = HUGE mac trucks with OVER TIRED DRIVERS! EKK!
Yah… thats about it for here… I think.
All in all, good place to be. Not usually overly sweaty in leathers. LOVE that!May 26, 2009 at 12:02 am #18931AmorylParticipant
you sissy pac northwesterners have no concept of bad weather you live a couple years out in chicago or minneapolis and then ever EVER complain about seattle weather.
I loved living in seattle, and basically calling all the natives sissies right and left when they complained about the cold RAIN in december.
honestly I don’t remember the potholes being that bad, and I drove a van all over the place, not nearly as bad as here in chicago anyway. I DO remember the evil hills and switchbacks…particularly driving on the western edge of lake washington. and how mapquest doesn’t mention that half of deerborne (sp?) is not actual street, but pedestrian stairways.
the first 3 months I lived there didn’t rain a drop. most of the rain in general was mostly confined to the morning or 5 minute increments.
but seriously, no one knows how to drive in snow at all there. as Tycho put it, “Its like NASCAR in slow motion”May 26, 2009 at 9:14 am #18940eternal05Participant
We’re talking about riding here. For somebody who doesn’t ride in the rain (and for THAT you’re welcome to call me a sissy), Seattle has bad weather for riding. There are more days of rain per year here than almost anywhere else, even if it really never rains that hard. That and you don’t see the sun from November to April. But in every other sense, Seattle’s weather is incredibly mild. Never too cold. Never too hot. Almost no snow. No hurricanes, tornadoes, or fire-breathing monsters. It’s all good.
And no, nobody knows how to drive in the snow. It’s both hilarious and terrifying. I can’t tell you how many people I saw in front-wheel drive compact cars trying to, say, take an exit on a downhill slope at 40mph, only to drift hopelessly into the concrete at road’s edge. Also, it seems the Seattle way to get unstuck from snow is to spin your drive wheels as fast as you possibly can until you run out of gas. Who knew?May 26, 2009 at 3:58 pm #18947AtlAggieParticipant
– Great riding weather, almost year round.
– Lots of two lane country roads around the house, perfect for cruising.
– If I go north, the North Georgia mountains are only 60 miles away, and the Tail of the Dragon is 120.
– If I go south (like I have to to get to work), I’m in Atlanta!May 26, 2009 at 5:58 pm #18950wbsprudelsParticipant
– Weather (or lack of horrendous winter weather allows me to ride year-round)
– Traffic (rush hour is relatively painless)
– Many enjoyable twisty roads with hills and bluffs within an hour’s ride
– Annual charity ride allows bikers to ride on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
– No mountain rides
– No ocean front rides
Very happ riding in Indy!May 26, 2009 at 8:21 pm #18953Clay DowlingParticipant
I was driving through Indian (Michigan to St. Louis), and I think I saw two helmets in the entire state. The roads were full of Harley’s (clearly, those Hondas imported from Ohio were not welcome), and there seemed to be a moral imperative to wear as little protective gear as possible.May 27, 2009 at 1:21 am #18962wbsprudelsParticipant
I ordered my helmet and gear online!May 28, 2009 at 2:57 am #18993indyogbParticipant
-Low population density (less traffic, relatively speaking)
-Low cost of living (allows for more/better bike purchases, I suppose)
-MotoGP in September
-Weather: summer= sweltering hot, winter= freezing cold, spring = rain, rain, rain, but fall is pretty nice
-Some bike makes are hard to come by (KTM, Aprilia, Hyosung)May 29, 2009 at 5:56 pm #19045jmango95Participant
not too many people
quite a few bike shops around here also, love to go drool over the ducatis
drivers look at you like youre something from hell they need to run over
stupid looks from drivers
drivers that feel they have to ride your ass (and without even getting you dinner first)
(ok im done being angry at cagers for now)
weather can change in ten minutes, one day we had snow, hail, rain than sun in a matter of 20 mins, WTF?!?!?!?!?!May 29, 2009 at 6:20 pm #19046zeppelinfromledParticipant
Metropolitan Boston is pretty small, so it’s easy to stay out of “the city.”
Easy to get to some better riding (western MA, NH, and further north).
Some of the benefits of a bike are exaggerated (parking, easier to maneuver heavy traffic).
Taxis might as well not have mirrors, and they seem to think that their wheels are meant to straddle the dashed white lines.
The general driving strategy is that if you want to be somewhere on the road, just go there and other people will accommodate .
The road get pretty bad with potholes over the winter and it takes them a little while to fix it (they’re not so bad at this point in the year).
Riding in the winter can’t happen unless you’re comfortable on snow and ice.
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