Moving to the Bay Area from NC (maybe)

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by ph0rk, Sep 22, 2013.

  1. ph0rk

    ph0rk Doesn't Care

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    So, I might have a ~2 year gig in the Bay Area (near Cal). If I take it, I'll need to move over there pronto. I've spent most of my life in North Carolina where the roads are already great and motorcycle theft is something that happens to other people - I really don't know jack about the area. I moto commute 365 days a year - is there anything critical I should know about moving to Berkeley in specific or California in general? Is a garage and a lock critical?
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  2. Dick

    Dick Its a big old goofy world

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    You can split lanes and a garage is great for peace of mind. I lived in SF for almost 5 years and always put the bike(s) in the garage.
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  3. ramjet

    ramjet Long timer

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    I'll give you the obligatory "Don't do it!" Now that's done , yes-Lock everything up. Garage it. It's not just Berkeley but most of California. I've lived here all my life and can tell you, don't turn your back on anything even for five minutes if you want to keep it. Theft is not rampant but you just never know when it will strike.
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  4. scottrnelson

    scottrnelson Team Orange

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    There are a lot of better choices of nearby towns to live in than right in Berkeley (in my opinion).

    Look at some of the East Bay towns along 680, like Danville, San Ramon, Dublin, Pleasanton, or even Livermore. Much less theft issues over there.

    From the towns further south, you would even have a nice twisty road commute. http://goo.gl/maps/sBIrg (You could take Crow Canyon from Danville or San Ramon).
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  5. ph0rk

    ph0rk Doesn't Care

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    All, thanks for the replies. As for "not doing it" I don't really have much choice given my chosen career, besides, what's significant debt and reduced lifetime earnings in the long run? Oh...


    I'll definitely check out all the neighborhoods mentioned - the number of choices is causing some decision paralysis - I'm used to one or at most two viable neighborhoods to choose from. I'll spring for a garage, too, if I can get it.
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  6. sonarman

    sonarman Been here awhile

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    What city are you actually going to be working in?
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