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Old 10-02-2016, 11:20 PM   #1
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Moving from KY

I'm thinking of moving to Katy this Fall from Kentucky. Just found this site online, trying to get a feel for what riding is like in the area.

I used to ride year round, and am looking forward to riding in winter without wearing a bunch of snow mobile gear...or getting caught in snow!

I used to ride sport tourers/standards, but just this summer fell into a Ducati Panigale, so I feel like I'm learning how to ride all over again.

Anyhoo, just wanted to introduce myself and see what kind of roads y'all have down there.
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Old 10-03-2016, 04:21 AM   #2
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Welcome...we have really good curvy roads around my area...maybe not Kentucky standards but good for West Houston area...i post rides every weekend in the rides section...come join us...
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Katy is a good area to move to as all of the best riding is West of Houston.
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Welcome to MH! If you move to Katy, it is a stone throw away from some really nice roads

Morg hosts some pretty awesome rides as well!
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You will be bored of Houston area riding after a week. No blind corners, zero elevation changes and lots of high speed sweepers. The LEO presence will also be higher than what you are use to.

With that said, south Austin all the way to Kerrville(West San Antinio) is an absolute hidden gem. LEO presence is low, hardly any sport bikes, and a few Harley riders.

Oh yes, enjoy your green tall tree's before you leave. Different type of country down here.

Not sure if your interested in Track days, but these organizations do it correctly down here. Lots of one on one time with video critique. And the cost is very reasonable.

Good luck and let us know when you get settled.
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Old 10-03-2016, 01:21 PM   #6
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That's about what I thought. I don't mind the trees so much. The shade it's nice, though, sometimes.

I haven't done any track days, yet. Been dragging my feet on buying leathers. The guys I ride with do 3-4 per year, but I just haven't done one yet. It's on the list. All my gear is armored textiles, for the most part.

Blind curves suck. KY had a lot of decreasing radius curves, too. Drives me nuts when it's both. I could get used to high speed sweepers. Elevation changes (lack there of) will be really strange. Every road we have has a slope on it.

I'm a little worried about the LEO. Are radar/laser jammers legal in TX? It's not that I like to speed, but the Palmdale is the hottest grading bike I've ever ridden. You've got to get the air flowing pretty well to blow it out from the inner thighs.

I don't see me commuting on it much. I hear the traffic is pretty rough around town.
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Well, the some of the guys that ride heavy recreationally on the weekends do have some type of radar detection device. Although I'm not sure of the effectiveness. (Long story)

Yes, traffic is heavy everywhere. Be prepared for loads and loads of toll roads. The state does sell a small box for motorcycles (transponder) which you get billed monthly. If your not out the door by 5:30 am you will be in stop and go traffic to your destination.
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Welcome! Katy is a nice area and close to the "best roads" that the Houston area has to ride.
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Seemingly stupid question. Is lanesplitting legal-ish in TX?
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Seemingly stupid question. Is lanesplitting legal-ish in TX?
not illegal but not legal, you will have the who will swerve at you every now any then.
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Welcome! Did you ever ride with anyone from Louisville Sportbikes forum? We may have ridden together. I just moved here from Ft. Knox.
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Old 10-04-2016, 05:05 PM   #12
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Yep. Same screen name on LSB. I had a red FZ09 until late this summer. I've only done 2-3 group rides this year. Been a busy year.
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Old 10-04-2016, 05:12 PM   #13
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Went out with Donkey, Will, and a few others last month up the Ohio to Owenton.
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Cool! Small world eh! My last ride with them was the annual ride to Deals Gap. They shamed me into riding my bike down, I prefer trailers lol. Booger took us on the Devils Triangle on the way up and Donkey met up with us along the way back. Good group of people, I miss them.
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Ouch. That's got to be a long ride down there! I've been afraid to go to the dragon with those guys. I don't think I'm at that level. And I think I'd trailer for that...
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It was but we took the back roads so it was twisties 80% of the ride, I didn't get sore or cramped at all. All skill levels come to the Deals Gap trip, and we always waited at any turns and emphasized ride your own pace. Being sonfar from home we didn't want anyone crashing.
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