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Old 02-04-2013, 12:48 PM   #21
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@easyriderZX10R Thanks! I hope to be there, wherever it is Anyone got a link?

@ArmyApe Hey, thanks! What part of the world are you from?
Winter time in sounds... toasty. I spent some time in Afghanistan, but everyone keeps telling me that was a dry heat (which it was) and that Houston is a moist heat (which I have gathered, what with 80% humidity and 70F one week in December); I'm guessing the most humid months are good for the electrical companies and the air condition sales / repair people

I sure hope it doesn't take me 7 years to acclimatize, but I do hope to find out. I'm staying in Uptown, near the Galleria. My colleagues have expressly told me that drag racing down Westheimer is a thing of the past, though there are good mountain roads called "The Witches Fingers" a day or so west. Looking forward to exploring the area.

@Solracer Hehe, cool! I'll read his thread, see how he's doing. If he's still having issues settling in, I might be able to provide some advice!

@white_335i Thanks! Hehe, so I hear, looking forward to racing in "blast furnace" conditions And thanks, can't wait to get started shopping around, especially since bikes are about a third of the price here compared to Norway.

@rhenriksen Thanks! With a name like Henriksen, you certainly do sound like you've got Nordic blood in ya. And cool on getting to visit! Did you get to see Preikestolen, or did you spend time with your folks/in the city?

As mentioned, I've settled up near Galleria; walking distance to work is pretty sweet, but again, summer will tell if that'll be feasible in the long term.

I might well be interested in the jacket; what size are you? I'm a 56/58 in Euro/Italian racing leathers, a 42R or 42L in regular jackets.

And thanks for the invite! Will definitely check it out. I just factory ordered a 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT-8, though, so I might not be able to attend until I actually get my license and my car, and then the MSF and a bike (or two). Will definitely keep an eye out, though, thanks again.

@grsa Thank you for the welcome, and the link. Much appreciated!

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@BYRDMAN "Down under"? I thought that was Australia; Aussie aussie aussie!
In any case, thanks! Where would I find info on the meet downtown? I certainly will try to make it.
@kdog22 Thanks! I come from the south-west coast of Norway, near the town Stavanger. Since we're on the coast we don't get too much snow, but it rains a whole of a lot, and winter is an icy mess as it'll freeze, thaw, rain, then freeze again. 2 wheels in Norway during winter time basically means enduro and hella-studded tires.
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Old 02-04-2013, 02:15 PM   #26
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@kdog22 Hehe, no kidding. Great meals for 15-20 bucks (which feeds me for a couple days because the portions are INSANE), the Challenger (which would have cost me 350K USD back home, by the way), rent, taxes, the whole lot pretty much.

The only thing I notice which is pretty similarly priced is some electronics; I guess there's just no margin on some products, where other, more exclusive generally, items are still half price over here. I'm just glad I'm not an economist, and I'm enjoying the out of it while I can.
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Old 02-04-2013, 04:04 PM   #27
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Wow, an SRT-8, you're definitely going whole hog American! The Porsche Club rents out Texas World Speedway 6-8 times/year for track weekends, you can take it out there & stretch its legs. www.lsrpca.com. We definitely have some Scandinavians from the O&G industry out there.

You can always come out to MSR pre-bike to meet & greet, check out the scene. We won't turn you away if you're not on two wheels yet :-p

I'm 180cm, 80 kilos, size 52 in racing leathers. So this jacket might be too small? They seem to be growing Norwegians bigger these days. I'm in Rice Military, which is just east of Memorial Park about 3-4 miles from the Galleria. Enjoy those walks to work while the weather is still mild.
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Old 02-04-2013, 04:06 PM   #28
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@jakeg; mesh or perforated jacket, got'cha. My racing leathers are perforated, but I suspect it'll be way too humid for it. I'll find out one way or another, though. And thanks!

@Posterchild2; Thanks, and absolutely.
Peforations are your friend here in Texas.. Even during our "winter"

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The leathers will be fine for a weekend ride. But not good if you are city riding

I have a kevlar jacket and it feels good even when stuck in traffic.
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Welcome to it! It looks like you've already been given the important information. We certainly won't have any roads that compare to what you're used to, but there are some nice hills out west - not quite a day away, more like a couple of hours.

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@kdog22 Hehe, no kidding. Great meals for 15-20 bucks (which feeds me for a couple days because the portions are INSANE), the Challenger (which would have cost me 350K USD back home, by the way), rent, taxes, the whole lot pretty much.

The only thing I notice which is pretty similarly priced is some electronics; I guess there's just no margin on some products, where other, more exclusive generally, items are still half price over here. I'm just glad I'm not an economist, and I'm enjoying the out of it while I can.
$350,000 USD for a Dodge? Wow, how much is a BMW M3 in Norway?
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:39 PM   #36
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@rhenriksen You bet I'm going all the way! Now that I actually have the chance of buying a car like the Challenger SRT-8 there's just no way I'm letting it slip through my fingers. I've seen some pretty swanky cars at the Houston Luxury Car Rental place, but I've also heard that it gets real expensive real fast. The Grandsport Motor Speedway down in Galveston is promising, though, especially since they have a rebuilt Ford GT40. Would LOVE to take a ride in something like that, particularly on the track. Will definitely check out LSRPCA; thanks!

Jacket might be a little tight over the shoulders and chest, yes. Tried on a 52 racing suit and got it on, just barely, but I couldn't close the zipper across my chest if my life depended on it. And it's not that I'm that barrel chested, I'm just not built like an Italian I guess.

Preikestolen is freakin' awesome. One of the things I really like about Norway is the fact that we have some pretty stunning nature. As for basejumping, you don't want to do that off there; the incline causes turbulence, which will drag you right back into the mountain if you try. Been a couple who tried; key word in that statement is tried.

@Slyder Thanks! And yes, it seems perforations will be required. Oh well, I did pack my trust Black & Decker drill; there's one mod that should be easy enough to accomplish, eh?

@Chris_5.0 Ah, much obliged. I see what you're saying about leathers and moving, point well taken. Kevlar, huh? Nice, will need to look into that.

@Squoddybody Thanks! Not having roads that compare is not necessarily a bad thing. Some of the mountain passes I've ridden barely qualify as roads... Definitely looking forward to hitting the track so I can tear it up entirely legally, and in good company. Same to you!

@sunday_rider An M3 would cost about the same, 300k-350k depending on options. See, we tax cars to and back in Norway, and some of the biggest factors are engine size (and the 6.4L V8 in the Challenger is larger than that of a lot of small lorries in Norway), horsepower (and again, the 470HP of the Challenger is fairly hefty), and emissions. Granted, the M3 has less raw displacement, but it puts down some mean numbers, and you also pay a lot for the brand.

Let's put it this way; I've yet to see a single one of the new Mustangs, Challengers, Camaros, or Corvettes. This is why :(

@Longdraw Thanks!

@Vegas_Kid Nice! Oslo is pretty much the only city where public transport actually works. They get a lot more snow than I'm used to, too. But yeah, the prices are wild. 10-15 bucks for a pint, 10 dollars per gallon of fuel, 30+ smackaroos for a decent meal... it all adds up and fast.

@Jyn Thanks! Work brings me here; working for Big Oil gets you one of three places; nowhere, Iraq or the Congos or some other dangerous as place, or the good ole U.S. of A. Thankfully, I got sent here
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@ArmyApe Hey, thanks! What part of the world are you from?
Winter time in sounds... toasty. I spent some time in Afghanistan, but everyone keeps telling me that was a dry heat (which it was) and that Houston is a moist heat (which I have gathered, what with 80% humidity and 70F one week in December); I'm guessing the most humid months are good for the electrical companies and the air condition sales / repair people

I sure hope it doesn't take me 7 years to acclimatize, but I do hope to find out. I'm staying in Uptown, near the Galleria. My colleagues have expressly told me that drag racing down Westheimer is a thing of the past, though there are good mountain roads called "The Witches Fingers" a day or so west. Looking forward to exploring the area.
I'm South African. I'm pretty near the Galleria area as well, right off Washington and Westcott.

Power companies love the hot months, roofing companies love the hurricane season. I'm not sure how windy Norway gets, but Houston hardly ever gets wind. At all. Except for hurricanes. It's pretty much an all-or-nothing kind of deal. That said, apart from the few days of bad weather we've had lately, most of Houston is bike-friendly weather 300 days out of the year.

What took you to Afghanistan?
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@ArmyApe Cool. Never been to South Africa; how's it like riding bikes there?

Norway, at least the part I'm from, get's a lot of wind but it's all usually evenly spread. It's not the all-or-nothing you describe at all; usually we'll have a nice, strong breeze with the occasional still day, and then you'll have the days where the storms whip up a little stir, but we haven't had gale force winds in years. Tornadoes are entirely unheard of.

300 days of bike-friendly weather? Sounds like I've come to the right place!

NATO took me to Afghanistan; spent about four years there.

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