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Old 03-14-2009, 10:15 AM
 
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My co-worker bought a motor cyclelast week and he seems so happy. The main reason is he by himself can zoooom on HOV and be at office in 25 minutes from 59/6. The main advantage is the 59 HOV drops you right at the throat of downtown.

That makes me to think why others are not consdering it. Some reasons may be

1) Motor cycle is not for everyone

2) Chilly/wet weather may not suite for Motor cycles

3) Many dads/moms may have to drop their kids at school/daycare on their way to office and a car is a must

Even still, a Motor cycle may suit many many others who just hate traffic. Fuel efficiency is another plus. But still I see VERY few Motor cycles on the road

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Old 03-14-2009, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Regardless of the efficiency - not everyone is suited for a motorcycle here. It is still a select market really - it's not really part of the average American's daily life culture as it is in so many other countries.
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Old 03-14-2009, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh N. Hills / Houston-Clear Lake
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Your co-worker must be very brave riding during rush-hour!
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Old 03-14-2009, 11:24 AM
 
Location: La Isla Encanta, Puerto Rico
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I live near a couple of miles from the Belfort Park and Drive and have been riding my 200 cc Aprilia scooter (which believe it or not can hit over 80 miles per hour) for a couple of years on the HOV to downtown. It's a blast, almost like being in a video game, blasting down the single-laned HOV. I feel much safer than on the main lanes where the cars are cutting in and out of lanes. You just have to be careful of the expansion joints on the overpasses where the gap is big enough to see through to the pavement below. I was nearly thrown once when I hit a big gap at a low angle.

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Old 03-14-2009, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Houston
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WHen I used to live in Europe I had one myself. And many people do have one there. Way way more people than here.
I don't have one here cause it's very dangerous here. So many reckless drivers... I would end up in a hospital for sure.

HOV lane might still be safe..
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Old 03-14-2009, 06:54 PM
 
Location: where nothin ever grows. no rain or rivers flow, TX
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parking. and parking garages are not for the amateur biker. personally i wouldnt ride a quiet motorcycle. some people arent very aware of their surroundings and have run over bikes waiting in traffic. I knew a couple who have lost confidence in bikes because of them
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