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Old 08-07-2012, 08:58 PM   #1
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bike watching NYC Manhattan...

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We are just back from Manhattan, NYC and the Brooklyn area. I watch for bikes where ever I am, all the time. Taking a friendly cab from JFK airport to Manhattan I spotted a Ducati (?) with a passenger doing the lane splitting thing through congested/stopped traffic on a major freeway. Frankly, I had to shake my head as while he was weaving in an out his female passenger was clearly struggling for balance. Then the traffic unlocked, and he had to make several very fast flicks to avoid being creamed by big trucks. I decided: lane splitting is not safe practice. In Manhattan I saw a few bikes, but one stood out at Colombia University: a young guy on a gixxer, very loud, enjoying screaming between dorms. Sweet music, but my daughter who had just finished living there bitched about him.

Harleys seem to be the most common bikes in Manhattan, but compared to Houston bikes are rare. I did see and greet a young man who was very proud of a new, white, shiny Yamaha 600. We chatted for a bit and he was pleased and I showed him my bike pictures.

I would much rather ride here than in that part of New York. The congestion is horrid, and the taxis are ultra-agressive, and the streets very crappy by comparison.

Yup, it is good to be home.

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Old 08-07-2012, 10:13 PM   #2
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Most people in Manhattan that own bikes just keep it in their living room as aphrodisiacs. lol Forget riding, driving is scary enough..

Next time take some photos, I bet motorcycles look really good w/ the scenery of the city!
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I had to drive a 40 ft rider truck through manahtann traffic. I think I took out a few side mirrors on parked cars, I was only 17 at the time.
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