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Old 04-04-2011, 07:41 PM
 
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I will be moving to the high desert (probably Victorville) in a month and I would like to ride my motorcycle to and from work to save on gas for my long commute to Ft Irwin. I have read that the winds in the area are constantly very high. Is this too much of a problem to ride a motorcycle?
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Old 04-04-2011, 10:48 PM
 
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I see them all over the place here, I imagine people get used to the winds on them. The highway from the mall to Barstow is quick about 25 min, by car. Super quick by motocycle I would think. (I have never heard of anyone getting blown off)
I know I told you the area behind the mall was not so nice, but there are several really nice homes, surrounded by nice homes. Amethyst down from La Mesa to almost to Palmdale has several nice/safer areas and you can rent for cheap right now!!!
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Old 04-04-2011, 11:02 PM
 
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Thanks again for the info! How is the Mountain View area?
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Old 04-05-2011, 05:25 AM
 
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If you are talking about the mountain view acres area, it is the same area I was just describing. It is actually good. Depending on where your cross streets are. Lots of families in that area, and an elementary school every few blocks it seems. The very middle of that area (El Evado east & west) is still desert, so don't judge a book by it's cover. What I mean by that it, some of those homes are not on paved roads, which makes them look beat down, but the neighborhoods are established & not crime ridden. Victorville also has a 'country club' area called spring valley lake. It is where you live if you want to brag about where you live in the high desert, lol. Or so it seems that's what people like to do. It is nice, and there is a lake and some really nice homes, the prices right now are really good as well. The little lake is cute & people seem very happy that are there. Houses are older, newer & I believe there are quite a few rentals. You will be about 7 or 8 miles down Bear Valley Road, it took me 25 min yesterday to go that distance at 1 pm.
Eagle Ranch off of 395 in Victorville is getting a bad reputation, lots of foreclosures, short sales & abandoned houses..LOTS. Steer clear of there.
My husband works out in the desert and he has lots of co-workers who ride there motorcycles and said they generally don't complain of the wind, except for on unusually windy days. For some reason about 4 pm every day the wind blows for 3-4 hours...
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Old 04-06-2011, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Boise, ID
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I have read that the winds in the area are constantly very high. Is this too much of a problem to ride a motorcycle?
Generally speaking, the lower the COG and the smaller the side profile, the
less susceptible a motorcycle is to crosswinds. There are winds as severe
or more so than the IE high desert in many parts of the country. You can
google "motorcycles and crosswinds" for more information.

BTW, we also get our share of winds up in the high desert here in Boise
which is at 2842 feet in elevation.
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