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Old 07-05-2010, 10:50 PM   #1
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I'm from Houston but haven't actually lived there in 8 years now. I'm stationed out in Cali, but my enlistment is almost up and I'm seriously considering moving back to Texas. Whether it'll be Houston or Austin.... yeah.

Currently, I have a 2010 Daytona 675 SE. So far she has CRG levers, Arrow Rear Sets, Frame Sliders, Triumph Quick Shifter, BMC Air filter, the flapper has been disabled, Jardine RT-1. I have the PC-V with Auto-tune on order. Right now she has the slip-on map loaded from the Triumph shop.

Ok, so I recently read about how lane splitting is legal now. What are y'alls take on this? How is it there?

Like I said, I'm in Cali and have been lane splitting for the last 40k mi. The drivers out here seem a bit more perceptive to bikes, and are a little nice sometimes. From what I remember of most Houston drivers, it seems like road rage at the passing biker would be a problem.

I'm also spoiled rotten by the roads out here, , the riding in general is great. I'm right by the coast, just south of the OC and so the weather is perfect 99% of the year. The 74 (ortega hwy) is a few minutes from me. If I'm down to ride a little further, there are more roads than I can even list. What is the riding like there? I've never spent much time in Houston on a bike and I never bothered looking for twisties in my truck when I drove back there. I don't imagine that there are many. I know the place is flat. I've also done a number of track days out here, WSIR and Camp Pendeton Specials. What are the tracks like there? I know of MSR-H, TWS (Texas World Speedway), and I think there's one more.

Like I said previously, it'll either be the Houston or Austin area. I'll come back to Houston for a bit, but I may have to move to the hill country.

So yeah, the questions...
Lane splitting?
Twisties?
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lane splitting is legal here in texas?
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lane splitting is legal here in texas?
If it is I hadn't heard.

You must have been talking to people who say they do it, legality be damned.

Welcome back to Texas - I can't imagine you'd want to live anywhere else!

Twisties are limited to forest rides, and even then they are woefully lacking in actual twistiness. Austin and the hill country is sure to have better roads for riding.

Track organizations are phenomenal! There are quite a few to choose from and more than a few good tracks within driving distance - two right here in Houston. At least we have that over Austin.

Street riding in Houston is pretty dangerous, as I'm sure it is everywhere, but there are a lot of riders to don't ride the streets at all - just track, because of it.

Then there are those of us who commute daily regardless of the heat and traffic - we like to ride the forest and up to the lake, even though the roads aren't great. We just love to ride for the sake of being on the bike.

I'm sure more people will chime in with their answers.
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If I had to choose between those two cities, Austin would be it.
Right by the hill country and (hopefully) soon to be FIM spec race track.
Plus you got Harris Hill Raceway and you're just as far from TWS (Texas World Speedway) as we are.
Houston aint a bad place to live, but Austin is nicer IMO.
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I was reading up and Harris Hill and they have a track day organization that works out of there. Its just that some of the rules they had listed regarding passing seemed, well, lame.

Ever been there?
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ummm houston vs. cali. come on man.
i ship to San deigo in a few months, i cant wait to get out of here
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Welcome to the forums. I agree with Squoddy; like everything else, lane change is legal as long as you dont get caught doing it. One of my cop friends said that they can legally get your for unsafe lane change/unsafe passing or somethin like that.

Twisties on the Northside from what i've heard.

Track conditions... i have only done one track day so i cant give my input.
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ummm houston vs. cali. come on man.
i ship to San deigo in a few months, i cant wait to get out of here
Yeah, I know. Its not much of a comparison. Till you factor everything in that sucks about this place. Like the laws, the cost of living, the absurd number of douchebags. I mean really, the cost of living out here within 20 - 30 mi of the coast is phenomenal. AND who wants to live inland in Cali? Its hot as and full of tweakers!

Being in the Corps gets me a job and a place to live within 5 mi of the beach, so that has made Cali great. The PCH is one of the best roads around for cruising. There are girls in bikinis year round there. The 74, palomar, and idyll wild are great roads for twisties. But when you have to pay $350 to register your truck, and then consider getting even a modest apartment for a g a month, it'll make you reconsider staying.

What MOS are you going for?
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im not 100% untill the 19th. i wanna do infantry but then again a pog job with be alittle bit easier. whats your mos? how long you been in for?
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good choice on bike. twisties are north of houston but far from far. austin is nothin but hippies. houston has black dirt and green grass and trees year round. my hearts in houston. but im in dallas for now. dont come here.
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im not 100% untill the 19th. i wanna do infantry but then again a pog job with be alittle bit easier. whats your mos? how long you been in for?
0351... so yeah, grunt.

If you are planning on doing more than 4, go with a POG MOS. You can get promoted faster. The infantry is a blast though. I've been in 4 yrs and 3 mos now. I'm still awaiting a med sep to go through. I was ****ed up pretty badly a couple years ago and have bolts in my r knee and r elbow. So yeah, the grunts are done with me. It just takes the corps a while to process you out for that stuff. But for now, I have a job and a place to live in Cali. While I hate a lot of things about this place, the riding is world class.
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