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Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by gmiguy, Mar 31, 2012.
Just say no to "riding season".
there is nowhere that you can't ride every day
I lived in Tennessee. GREAT roads there, but WAY too much rain.
I lived in Grenoble, France, "le Capital des Alpes." The roads in all three mountain ranges around the city are about as close to heaven as you can get, this side of Northern Italy.
Now I live in Colorado. Nothing for you to see here. Move along.
I've moved a lot, but always for career. I started in the Bay Area and have been in Boston for the last 22 years. In between were stops in Scottsdale, Denver and Monterey. The good news is I got to sample some great parts of the country for quality of life.
The two coasts have good riding, but you're always going the same places. The west has great vista's but too much traffic. New England is like living in a hedge. Unless I'm at my desk on the 24th floor, I have to ride to NH or VT to get a vista.
Denver was interesting in that any direction led you to something. The very best was Scottsdale, though. Within a 2 hour ride you could have pine forests, grass ranchland, and of course, the spectacular Sonoran desert.
These days I don't really ride around town much so it really doesn't matter where I live. I get most of my seat time going distant places. I try to have a couple big trips every year and mix in some closer destinations like MotoGP at Indy. If they ever get that new F1 track in Austin built, that will be an annual trip as well. I keep a 250 dual sport in AZ to visit during winter, too.
Not really, but in a round about way, yes. I have always lived in or very near the mountains, the Sierras, followed by the Cascades & now the Rockies (Wasatch). I would never live anywhere that is a long way (more than 30 minutes) from mountain country. Where there are mountains, there is generally some very good riding.
I left the Cascades and came to to Utah because I wanted to live in the Rockies. The riding here is indeed better than in the Cascades, but really, only due to better weather and lovely Utah desert. I love the skiing, river running, hiking and biking here and in my neighboring states. These things are more important to me than riding a moto. For me motorcycles are just a way to explore the country side. I had given up motorbiking for a very long time because I always wanted to take my kayak/bike or other toys.
I rediscovered motorcycling on my first trip to the Indian Himalaya. It was a much better way to see the country side than by bus. I have now see many of the world's greatest mountain ranges, but there are many more to explore and I hope to do it mostly by moto.
The best road in the world, is one that is empty except for me.
Would I relocate for better riding?
Perhaps not as the sole reason. But it would be a highly weighted factor, among others, in considering a move.
I'm lucky. New Mexico is damned near dual sport heaven. Not the easiest place to make a living, but my wife and I have decided that we've done enough moving. We'll figure out how to make it work here. And she understands the need for the dual sport.
That is the best argument I have ever seen for a sidecar.
Not when I'm surrounded by roads like this.
And can ride virtually year round, if I wasn't such a candy ass when it comes to cold weather. So basically, March to November.
You got that right! As simple as a heated vest and gloves and those other months have become good as well! Double Camp Road in Citico on New Years Day, great ride.
If I had the money and was single, I might look for better places, but I am lucky to have lots of good riding close by.
I live in Southern New Jersey, hardly a motorcycle hot spot, but almost endless trails are 5 miles from my house (pine barrens) and its a nice 2 hour ride to the hills in PA and New York for twisty stuff.
I have been out west on a bike, and it sure is nice, but I can ride year round here as the climate is mild, and while the woods are large, you can get to a road in under a day walking no matter where you are.
I could never be happy living someplace that really sucked for riding.
Florida is where the job is, along with generally good weather, and good condition, but boring, roads.
That's why I also have a place in western N.C.
moving to colorado for just that reason, western slope.
that and i build rockcrawlers .. so it works out for me
Have you thought about the glamorous New Mexican industries of border patrol or methamphetamine production?
I used to live in the Capitan Mountains, a lot of my family is from there/still there. If you need a place to test missiles and nuclear weapons, or store hazardous waste, New Mexico is your place! If you need an economy... Well, the motorcycling is great! Mountains, deserts, sometimes trees. New Mexico needs a motorcycle based economy.
Thankfully I don't need to. I'm 5 minutes from the Santa Cruz Mountains.
I relocated from South Florida to East Tennessee 9 years ago for better riding mostly. It was one of the few smart things that I have ever done!
I went from great riding in Northern California to mostly crap because of a move for work. I hate not having great roads 10 minutes from my house, it's so frustrating not being able to unwind after a long day at work. When I move again the local riding will be more of a consideration but the career has to come first. Kinda pointless to live in a great riding area but not have the money to afford the bikes.
Gee - Ilived in DC for a year. My apartment was next to the Naval Archives. I had a supermoto for my bike. I loved riding around there. The horse country or the MD farm country. The shores of the Chesapeake. Budd's Creek MX, Hagerstown flat track...
Only thing was you had to get outside the beltway. I grew up in the Bay Area. You gotta' get pretty far out of town there too.
I was up there for awhile in 2006. Manassas area.
Lots of traffic, even as far out as Warrenton and Fredericksburg.
I found some great county and state roads, but they all had 35mph speed limits, and it seemed like the patrols were everywhere.
Similar roads that here in The Hills are defaulted at 55 (and you can ride 70) were posted at 35 and 45. So, easy cruising at 55 was 20mph over the limit in NoVa.