Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Seattle in the summer and East Cape, Baja in the winter. Perfect!
Report from Europe
Sitting in London waiting for a flight back to Seattle tomorrow. Have been in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Paris over the last 3 weeks and have a whole new perspective on 2 wheel transportation. This place is packed with bikes! My guess is that between scooters and full up around 20% of Spain and France travels on 2 wheels. In both countries the law allows parking on the sidewalks. Just so long as you are organized well and allow for ped throughput you can park it off road. Seems like every other corner in Paris neighborhoods had 15 bikes on the sidewalk. I ran into one Wee in Spain and saw a couple older 1000s in Paris but the majority of full up bikes are Beemers or Yamahas. Saw two or three Harleys, but mainly parked in front of cafes as a prop. The full ups were vastly outnumbered by Scooters. Burgmans being the SUVs of the scoots and almost as popular as Vespas. What really surprised me is the population of Aprillia 3 wheelers. You know, the two front tire type. I thought these were an flop but they are extremely popular in the two countries visited. Bottom line, 2 wheels are a vital means of transportation in the packed cities here and not the oddity we riders seem to be in the states. And there were no leathered out accountants trying to look like something other than an accountant. All commuters in suit & tie with briefcases strapped to the back or dedicated, full safety dress riders. Loved it!