Riding into Manhattan on my 400Ö Dare I try it? - Suzuki Burgman Forum
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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-05-2006, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
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Riding into Manhattan on my 400Ö Dare I try it?

I need some advice from you big city people.

Iíve read all about the adventures of guys crossing the Serengeti on their motorcycles, or traveling to Alaska and stuff like that Ė real heroic stuff - but I have an even bigger challenge in mind Ė Iím considering riding my 400 to Manhattan to visit my daughter.

Seriously, I live in a relatively rural area of Pennsylvania about three and a half hours from NYC, and Iím thinking of riding in to visit her. I have lots of experience here on rural parts of Interstate 80, so traveling at high speeds with lots of traffic doesnít bother me. Doing high speed twisties on a rural two-lane Ė no problem. But the big city?

What Iím concerned about, from the many times Iíve made the trip in my car, is the horrendous condition of the road surfaces - big gaping four-inch gaps between metal construction plates on the George Washington Bridge, potholes that would engulf a VW Beetle on the Henry Hudson Parkway Ė this all with traffic behind you traveling at 60 mph or faster.

Is it possible on a scooter? Am I crazy? Are there really people who ride in this stuff every day?

Iíll keep you informed. The trip is scheduled for next week.

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I used to live in NYC. I would ride to Manhattan park it in a safe garage and take the subway to whatever you want to see. Its not worth the stress to ride in Manhattan. Everyone takes the subway in NYC.

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In my opinion, riding in 'the big city' is the most dangerous type of riding I do. I've nearly been hit several times. That said, I'd still ride the 400 there if it were me. We all know that riding 2 wheels is inherently more dangerous than driving cages. Riding in the city is another risk I'm willing to accept. If you decide to take the 400, just be very careful.

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I ride in downtown Seoul, the most dangerous city in the world for death by car. If you can handle the stress, maintain 100% alertness, and have a lot of experience in heavy, fast, crazy traffic, go for it. If you come out on the other end alive, you will be a much improved rider, hate cars more, and likely will have formed a much stronger bond with what ever god you follow. stay out of the inboard lanes unless you need to turn. Don't yield the lane. Hog the center or they will slither in beside you. Pretend you are a car and do nothing that a car cannot do. Oh, an invisible car that is handicapped by lack of seatbelts, airbags, and crumple-zones. Let us know how you enjoyed the ride.

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