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Old 07-30-2018, 01:48 PM   #1
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Hello! Getting back into riding as of last week. Rode dirt bikes as a kid, got a 250 ninja at 15. Bike was stolen back in in 2014 and I stopped riding for a while. Went riding with my dad on his Harley street glide (he has a tri glide as well) and once again caught the bug. Just bought a brand new XSR 700 last week and have been enjoying it. Got the bike solely for enjoyment and fun rides on my off days. Any tips/suggestions for riders new to Houston area?
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Old 07-30-2018, 02:17 PM   #2
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Any tips/suggestions for riders new to Houston area?
Yes, buy quality gear.
At a minimum a jacket (preferably with armor in the shoulders and elbows), helmet, gloves (preferably over the wrist, ask if you don't know why) and boots (preferably lace up or with a secure closure system, ask if you don't know why).

Then always wear them. I know it's hot but you'll cool off faster than you'll heal up.

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Old 07-30-2018, 02:26 PM   #3
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At a minimum a jacket (preferably with armor in the shoulders and elbows), helmet, gloves (preferably over the wrist, ask if you don't know why) and boots (preferably lace up or with a secure closure system, ask if you don't know why).
Have the jacket, helmet and gloves. Looking for good boots at the moment.
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Old 07-30-2018, 03:33 PM   #4
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Have the jacket, helmet and gloves. Looking for good boots at the moment.
I like my TCX Heros. Good price at around 200. But of course it depends on how premium, or lack there of, your looking for.
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I like my TCX Heros. Good price at around 200. But of course it depends on how premium, or lack there of, your looking for.
I'm actually looking at a couple of TCX boots. The TCX rush and TCX street aces. The aces definitely look good but it's definitely more of a riding sneaker. than boot I like the look of those heroes though. I may bite the bullet and grab those. Do they run pretty true to size?
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Any tips/suggestions for riders new to Houston area?
Welcome! And to add to this, a good tip here is to check the forecast before every long ride. Weather here can be very unpredictable. Cagers here are inconsiderate or flat out dont care about motorcyclists or their own bad driving habits, never get comfortable while riding in traffic, always be on the lookout and expect the worst to happen at all times and be prepared for it. With that said, there's some pretty nice riding on the west side of town away from people
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I'm actually looking at a couple of TCX boots. The TCX rush and TCX street aces. The aces definitely look good but it's definitely more of a riding sneaker. than boot I like the look of those heroes though. I may bite the bullet and grab those. Do they run pretty true to size?
I have a pair of brown Street Aces too and I like them. Iíve only had them for about 3 weeks so I canít give you any details on long term wear or quality but Iím happy so far. Rode for 6hours on them one day and no complaints.
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Welcome! And to add to this, a good tip here is to check the forecast before every long ride. Weather here can be very unpredictable. Cagers here are inconsiderate or flat out dont care about motorcyclists or their own bad driving habits, never get comfortable while riding in traffic, always be on the lookout and expect the worst to happen at all times and be prepared for it. With that said, there's some pretty nice riding on the west side of town away from people
Yes, now that I'm back on two wheels I'm remembering that constant on edge feeling that everyone is trying to kill me. Growing up in rural Dallas area definitely makes me miss those roads and that riding. I live in the Oak Forest area, any tips for close fun roads and which roads are safest to take to get out of Houston?
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Yes, now that I'm back on two wheels I'm remembering that constant on edge feeling that everyone is trying to kill me. Growing up in rural Dallas area definitely makes me miss those roads and that riding. I live in the Oak Forest area, any tips for close fun roads and which roads are safest to take to get out of Houston?
check the Events,Meets and Rides section, and jump right in! Might not help you find a fun way out but will help you have fun after you get out.
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I have a pair of brown Street Aces too and I like them. Iíve only had them for about 3 weeks so I canít give you any details on long term wear or quality but Iím happy so far. Rode for 6hours on them one day and no complaints.
I'm between the street aces, heroes, and x-squared. Do you think the street aces offer up enough protection?
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...and which roads are safest to take to get out of Houston?
I haven't been in your area in awhile but I'm pretty sure US-290 is a lot less terrifying than it used to be a few years ago due to completed construction in areas. Stick to HOV lanes when they're available to you. It'll keep you out of the clusterfuck in the main lanes.

If you're in doubt, do a dry run in your car and be sure to use the same set of eyes you'd use on the bike.
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I haven't been in your area in awhile but I'm pretty sure US-290 is a lot less terrifying than it used to be a few years ago due to completed construction in areas. Stick to HOV lanes when they're available to you. It'll keep you out of the clusterfuck in the main lanes.

If you're in doubt, do a dry run in your car and be sure to use the same set of eyes you'd use on the bike.
Yeah, 290 is what I've been using to get out. Really hasn't been too bad. I'm fortunate that I have odd work hours so I can get out during low traffic times and random weekends. I also don't commute on this motorcycle so I don't ever have to take the bike.
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