Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA
This Is Long!!!
Please don't flame me - here goes:
Grew up in Boston and bought my first motorcycle (a new 1977 Honda CB-400F) at Boston cycles. I had ridden a cumulative total of less than one mile on motorcycles before I bought that bike. The saleperson shook my hand, wished me luck (boy did I need it) and I drove off into Boston traffic.
I rode around the city for a few years before leaving town. I sold my bike before I left. Eventually, I moved to Kansas City (still one of my favorite places in the U.S.) and bought a 1982 Suzuki GS750EZ - a real standard.
I took that to Los Angeles when I moved here. For a few weeks I was nervous about driving in what looks like traffic soup, then realized that I'd never get a chance to ride if I didn't ride in L.A. traffic. So I jumped on and drove carefully and gingerly around L.A. until I got used to so many cars.
I had that bike for years, then sold it and got a 2002 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R. A rice rocket of the first order.
Last summer, I bought a 2005 LT as a stablemate.
Now I commute on one or the other, depending on how the weather and my mood strikes me.
Bottom line is this. I've ridden in city traffic for 30 years. To me, what that guy in the video Co0k1e posted is like a Sunday ride in the country to me. Personally, I see no challenge to what he's doing at all.
I've split lanes for hours driving to the Red Sox games in Anaheim. I'd never see the first pitch if I didn't.
In L.A., cars are packed like sardines for 100 miles every morning and afternoon. Several of our freeway intersections are in the Guiness Book Of World Records as the busiest roads in the world. I see the motorcycle as the best way to keep my sanity.
KEEP IN MIND - I have a ton of experience doing this and I've never come remotely close to an accident. I will NEVER allow my mind to wander - even for an instant. And yes, driving like that is VERY tiring.
I'm sure the "motorcyclist down" I hear about almost every morning on the traffic report is either A. Some squid or B. Some middle-aged guy who's on his first bike - a giant Harley.
Yep, I'm sure you now perceive me as a jerk or pompous or some-such, but every girl who has sat behind me admitted she was freaked out during the first few miles, and then complimented me on the ability to split lanes and never feel unsafe.
It's tough to do on a ZX-12R, and much tougher on the LT. I don't have any problems on the LT by trying to keep over 5mph and/or dragging the rear brake, which I learned from the Motorman DVD's. I can only split lanes on the LT when traffic leaves me a wide lane - but I'm new at it and getting better every day.
So if anyone wants to send me a helmet-cam, I'll put my money where my mouth is. I've never had an interest in a helmet cam, although it's much less $$ than the Rick Mayer I have on order.
Let the flames begin...
2005 BMW K1200LT (got it in July 2007)
2002 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R (parked next to the LT)
1982 Suzuki GS-750EZ (paid $500
for it in 1985, sold it for $450 in 2000)
1978 Honda CB-500F (sold in 1980)
1976 Honda CB-400F (drowned to
death in the blizzard of 1978 in Boston)