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Old 12-29-2012, 11:54 AM   #1
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Smile Hello from the UK! Moving to Houston

Hi all,

I'm a brit that married a Texan, as such we will be moving back to Houston early next year.

I currently own a 2000 Honda VFR 800 FI which sadly is being sold

I'm not sure if I wil get a bike straight away in the US 1- Im european so the summer heat will do me in for a while. 2- Need to get used to roads over there.

I was wondering if we have an expats on here who ride in Texas? Whats it like compared to the UK?

I got my license in Scotland and have ridden in London for the past 16 months which is a bit of a crazy experience!

Do any of you commute on a bike to work?
Do you wear protective gear over there much?
The main point is whats it like riding in the heat?

Pic of my current ride, this was taken on the west coast of Scotland.

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Old 12-29-2012, 12:00 PM   #2
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Summer heat do you in? Summer is riding time! In fact, riding season in Houston is ~11 months long.

Welcome, btw! Bike prices will be good until march- so checkout craigslist and the ads here. You'll find some great deals.

Be careful here, people drive a lot faster than in most European cities, although driver attitudes are probably a lot alike in some regards.

You'll see tons of squids riding around with no helmet/gear here, but there a lot of us wear gear too. We tend to last longer.

I always wear boots, gloves, helmet, vest/back protector. And if it's under 95 I'll have a jacket on too.

You'll get over "the heat".. I promise.
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Old 12-29-2012, 12:12 PM   #6
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Welcome. The heat isn't so bad...there will be a handful of days you won't want to go outside, but 95% of the time, once you get moving, the temp is fine...

You have to pay extra on your license to ride without a helmet, I'd just assume save 200$ and my brains.

You won't have to get used to the roads, they are flat and straight. Minimal curves; you have to hunt for fun roads, but there are plenty just on the outskirts of town.

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South African here, I've been in Houston for 7yrs and can now say that I'm used to the heat. As far as gear, I usually do helmet, gloves, boots and back protector in the 10 months of summer.
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Old 12-29-2012, 01:48 PM   #12
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Thanks for the welcome all.

I will get a bike at some point, I will NEED too, you cant just give it up once you start!

Good to hear that the heat isnt as bad as I thought it would be. I guess when youre moving its not an issue. I wont ride without gear but thats my choice. I have kevlar jeans so a back protector / vest is a good option.

I assume anyone riding a pocket rocket does not have heating issues then?

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Thanks for the welcome all.

I will get a bike at some point, I will NEED too, you cant just give it up once you start!

Good to hear that the heat isnt as bad as I thought it would be. I guess when youre moving its not an issue. I wont ride without gear but thats my choice. I have kevlar jeans so a back protector / vest is a good option.

I assume anyone riding a pocket rocket does not have heating issues then?

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you mean like overheating issues with the bike? or the rider? It does get hot sitting at a light, but it fades quick. Mine (gsxr) will get over 200 stopped, but runs at nominal temp when moving.

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Old 12-29-2012, 01:59 PM   #14
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Welcome. Born and raised in Texas, and I can tell you that the heat IS as bad as you think it is. Lol. You don't get used to it, you just adapt and overcome.
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Old 12-29-2012, 02:25 PM   #15
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This. It's hot. VERY hot. And it's humid. VERY humid. Summer riding gear is essential if you ride; leather gets too hot, IMO. There are several styles of mesh or ventilated jackets that will protect you in the event of an accident. You'll find that you will ride in spite of the heat.
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Old 12-29-2012, 03:09 PM   #18
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Yeah I need to look into these warm weather jackets and whatnot.

Glad to hear its doable. Looking forward to get a new car 1st the bike will be a toy. Will probably get another VFR depending on US prices and insurance etc.

Yup the wife is a Houstonion (spelling?) so we are moving to the motherland. Really looking forward to it. I have been over many times but usually its AC unit to AC unit (bar to bar).

Oh pic as requested. Its the best you're getting


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Old 12-29-2012, 03:13 PM   #19
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Old 12-29-2012, 03:15 PM   #20
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This was taken actually riding through the very center or Bruges of all places! VERY biker friendly you can go everywhere a car cant.

If you ever get the chance take a trip through Austria, Germany on a bike its stunning and LOTs of twisty roads.

Let me grab a couple of the Scottish road pics I have, fantastic sweeping bends. I dont get my knee down but you can roll off an on the power very smoothly and feel like a pro.
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